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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.
February 2019

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Apply to Lease a Lot for your Community or Market Garden by Feb 28th

Are you a community gardener or market gardener looking for gardening space? The City of Minneapolis is accepting applications until February 28th to lease vacant lots to qualifying groups for community or market gardening. Visit www.minneapolismn.gov/gardenlease or attend the upcoming info session to learn more!

Garden Lease Program Info Session*
Friday, February 22nd | 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Waite House, Community Room
2323 11th Avenue S Minneapolis

RSVP Required *Interpreter available upon request, please RSVP to indicate preferred language


Public Invited to Share Comments on Neighborhoods 2020 Framework Recommendations

The public comment period is open for the Neighborhoods 2020 framework recommendations on neighborhood programming, funding and governance structure to support the City’s 70 neighborhood organizations in 2020 and beyond. The public comment period runs through March 31. Learn more about the Neighborhoods 2020 framework recommendations and how to comment.


February Food Council Meeting

Wednesday, February 13th | 5:00 - 7:30 pm

5:00 - 5:30 pm Pre-meeting discussion with Eastside Co-op 

5:30 - 7:30 pm Food Council meeting

Eastside Food Co-op, Community Room
2551 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis

Meeting Agenda


Homegrown Minneapolis Community Food Forum

Join Homegrown Minneapolis for a dynamic evening of food systems conversations and the launch of our Minneapolis food action planning process.

Wednesday, April 17th | 5:00 - 7:30 pm

5:00 - 6:00 pm Registration, reception and resource fair.
Light bites from Minneapolis Public Schools True Food Catering.

6:00 - 7:30 pm
Program and breakout sessions.
Program to feature Mayor Jacob Frey, Minneapolis City Council Member Jeremy Schroeder, University of Minnesota Professor Anu Ramaswami, and Homegrown Minneapolis staff and Food Council members. Share your insights in breakout sessions and learn about opportunities to stay engaged. More program details to come.

Minneapolis Public Schools Davis Center
1250 W Broadway Ave, Minneapolis

More Information and RSVP

Interested in tabling at the resource fair? Local partners that support our community’s ability to grow, process, distribute, eat and compost more healthy, sustainable, locally grown foods are encouraged to sign up by March 15th.


Exploring the Power of Cooperative Economies

Wednesday, February 27th | 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Mississippi Market - East 7th
740 East 7th Street Saint Paul, MN 55106

More Information and Registration

Resources & Opportunities

Apply for Community Garden Compost

Need compost? The City of Minneapolis’ Community Garden Compost program offers low and no-cost compost, while supplies last, for qualifying community gardens located in Minneapolis. Applicants may request one delivery of up to 10 cubic yards of compost. Community gardens that have never received compost, have poor soil quality, or are start-up gardens will get priority. Applications are due April 19th for spring/summer requests.


Homegrown Small Business Fund - Loan Program

The Homegrown Small Business Fund loan program provides financing and technical assistance to Minneapolis-based businesses that process, grow and manufacture food products. Loans of up to $10,000 at a 2% interest rate are available for eligible expenses, including:

  • Processing/Manufacturing (raw materials, washing and drying of produce, packaging, storage containers, labeling, equipment)
  • Distribution (leasehold improvements, approved off-site storage facilities, logistics equipment)
  • Marketing (advertising, packaging materials, branding)
  • Working Capital


Top 20 Food Code Changes for Businesses 

As of January 1, 2019, Minnesota has a new Food Code. Check out the 20 major changes in the new Food Code for business owners, managers and food service workers. You can also view and share this information as a flyer in English or Spanish.


Next Stage Grant - Mill City Farmers Market Charitable Fund

The Mill City Farmers Market Charitable Fund (MCFM-CF) is committed to the success and sustainability of the local food economy. MCFM-CF designed the Next Stage Grant to provide funding to local, sustainable farmers and food makers who are improving sustainable farming and business practices or growing toward the next stage of their local food businesses. The application period will close on March 3rd, 2019.


Good Food Access Program Technical Assistance Grant - Minnesota Department of Agriculture

Non-profit organizations and public agencies with capabilities to provide technical assistance to eligible grocery stores and small food retailers are invited to apply for the Good Food Access Program Technical Assistance Grant. See the Request for Proposal (RFP) for more detail. The application period will close on March 14th, 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 will close on February 14th, 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 will close on Friday, February 15th, 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.


City of Minneapolis

Manager of Business Licensing and Consumer Service

Common Roots Cafe

Kitchen Manager

Farmers Markets of Minneapolis Collaborative in partnership with University of Minnesota

Metrics Team Summer Intern

Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board

Seasonal Gardener

Shared Capital Cooperative

Loan Administrator

University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Multiple seasonal positions based in Minneapolis and Hennepin County


View additional information on the Homegrown Minneapolis website.

"Like" the Friends of Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council on Facebook!

Homegrown Minneapolis brings together key partners from local government, area businesses, community organizations,

non-profits, and residents to build a healthy, local food system.




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