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Homegrown Minneapolis is a citywide initiative 

expanding our community's ability to grow, process, 

distribute, eat and compost more healthy, sustainable, 

locally grown foods.

December 2018

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Farmers Markets of Minneapolis Collaborative to Receive Local Government Innovation Award

The Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota recognizes local governments for finding innovative ways to deliver services to their residents. The Farmers Markets of Minneapolis collaborative has been named a 2018 Local Government Innovation award recipient for their work to foster the vitality of the City’s farmers markets through strategic and informed innovation, advocacy, education, and cohesive partnerships. Key achievements to date have included citywide metrics, marketing, training and technical support for markets. Learn more about the award and view other recipients.

City of Minneapolis Updates Staple Foods Ordinance

On Friday, December 7, 2018, the Minneapolis City Council voted to amend the staple foods ordinance, a local policy that requires licensed grocery stores in Minneapolis – including supermarkets, corner stores, gas stations, and pharmacies – to stock nutritious foods including fruits and vegetables and whole grains. The changes, effective immediately, reduce the number of required food categories from ten to six, reduce the required quantities in certain categories, and expand acceptable varieties and package sizes in others. More information about the staple food requirements is available at www.minneapolismn.gov/staplefoods.

These changes will give store owners greater flexibility in stocking a wide variety of healthy, culturally appropriate foods that meet their customers’ needs and will help ensure that all Minneapolis residents have access to healthy food options in their neighborhood.

In early 2019, all licensed grocery stores in Minneapolis will receive written communications about the staple food requirements and the resources available to help with compliance. The Minneapolis Health Department will offer education, training, and technical assistance opportunities throughout 2019 to help store owners successfully comply with the requirements. More information will be posted on the staple foods website in the coming weeks.


Hennepin County Requires Organics Recycling for Cities and Certain Businesses

On November 27th, the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners approved revisions to the county’s recycling ordinance. The changes require businesses that generate large quantities of food waste to implement food recycling by January 1, 2020 and cities to offer organics recycling service to residents by 2022. In addition to requiring organics recycling, the ordinance was revised to improve conventional recycling at businesses, apartments, and other multifamily dwellings. Since organic materials make up 30 percent of trash, recycling food and other organic materials is the biggest opportunity to achieve the county’s recycling goals of recycling 75 percent of our waste and sending zero waste to landfills by 2030. 

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December Food Council Meeting

Wednesday, December 12th | 5:00 - 7:30 pm

5:00 - 5:30 pm Pre-meeting discussion with Tracy Singleton, Owner of Birchwood Cafe

5:30 - 7:30 pm Food Council meeting at Birchwood Cafe (Social hour at 6:30 pm)

3311 E 25th Street, Minneapolis (Community room at back of cafe)

Meeting Agenda


Produce Safety Rule Grower Trainings

Wednesday, December 12th | 8:30 am – 5:00 pm, Brooklyn Park

Monday, December 17th | 8:30 am – 5:00 pm, Saint Paul

Fruit & vegetable farms that grow, pack, harvest and/or hold produce and do not qualify for an exemption or exclusion under the federal Produce Safety Rule need to attend a Produce Safety Rule Grower Training. However, all growers interested in learning about produce safety, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and the Rule are also encouraged to attend! Trainings are hosted by the University of Minnesota Extension and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture Produce Safety Program.

More Information and Registration


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Winter Farmers Markets

In Minneapolis, winter doesn’t mean the end of local foods and farmers markets. Check out the various winter farmers markets open during the colder season! Stock up on fresh late-season produce, artisan crafts and handmade goods, savory treats, and more.

Resources & Opportunities

Greater Twin Cities United Way Community Investments RFP

Greater Twin Cities United Way is issuing a Community Investments Request for Proposal (RFP) to secure the services of eligible organizations to address the most pressing needs for our region across three core impact areas of Economic Opportunity, Educational Success and Household Stability. The RFP is now open and will close at 3 pm on January 8, 2019.


Good Food Access Grant-Minnesota Department of Agriculture

The Good Food Access Program Equipment and Physical Improvement Grant (GFAP) increases the availability of and access to affordable, nutritious, and culturally appropriate food (including produce) for underserved communities in low and moderate income areas. Grants help grocery store and small food retailers make physical improvements and purchase equipment to stimulate sales of such foods. The application period will close on January 17, 2019. 


Allina Neighborhood Health Connection Grant

Neighborhood Health Connection Grants support communities in building social connections, among the same group of adults, through healthy eating and physical activity. Any community nonprofit or local government can apply. The 2019 Neighborhood Health Connection Grant application period is now open and will close on February 14, 2019. 


U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Justice Small Grants

The Environmental Justice Small Grants Program supports and empowers communities working on solutions to local environmental and public health issues. The program is designed to help communities understand and address exposure to multiple environmental harms and risks. Environmental Justice Small Grants fund projects up to $30,000, depending on the availability of funds in a given year. The application period is now open and will close on Friday, February 15, 2019. 


Beginning with Compeer Financial Grant Program for Farmers

The Beginning with Compeer Financial Grant Program is available to farmers who reside in Compeer Financial’s 144-county territory, have started farming no longer than ten years ago, and demonstrate farming as the applicant’s part-time or full-time vocation.


East Isles Farmers Market Seeking Vendors

The East Isles Farmers Market is seeking produce, fruit, cheese, gluten-free, vegan, and fermented foods vendors for the 2019 season. The application is available online.  


Center for Good Food Purchasing

Good Food Purchasing Program Analyst - Applications due 12/7


Dakota County Public Health

Health Promotion Specialist


Four Sisters Farmers' Market

Market Manager


Great River School

School Chef


Minneapolis Parks Foundation

Project Implementation Director


Minnesota Farmers Market Association

Communications Director


Neighborhood Roots

Market Manager


Open Arms

Volunteer Engagement and Hospitality Director


University of Minnesota Forever Green Initiative

Market Opportunity Development Specialist (Job ID #327472)

Supply Chain Development Specialist (Job ID #327424)


View additional information on the Homegrown Minneapolis website.


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