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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.

March 2019

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Green To Go Exemptions End April 22, 2019

Green To Go is the Minneapolis ordinance requiring reuseable, recyclable, or compostable packaging for food and beverages served for immediate consumption or to-go.

Under an exemption, two products could be used even though they did not meet Green To Go rules. However, the exemption is ending. After April 22, 2019, these products can no longer be used:

  • Polyethylene (PE) lined paper hot and cold cups and containers for liquids (soup, etc.), and
  • Rigid polystyrene lids. The lids are marked with a #6 inside three chasing arrows.
  • If you have Green To Go questions, contact the Health Department by calling 311 (612-673-3000) or emailing health@minneapolismn.gov.



March Food Council Meeting

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

5:00 - 5:30 pm Pre-meeting discussion with Kieran Folliard, FOOD BUILDING

5:30 - 7:30 pm Food Council meeting

FOOD BUILDING, Community Room

1401 Marshall Street 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

Event 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.

Resources and Opportunities

Blue Cross Blue Shield MN

Catalyst Funding Initiative and Webinar

Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute

Community-University Planning Grants

Minnesota Agricultural Education Leadership Council

Common Fund and Strategic Initiative Fund Grants

Minnesota Youth Institute

MNYI is an interactive daylong program where teens from across the state come to the St. Paul campus of the U of M for an immersive science experience and have the opportunity to connect with research and industry leaders. Students are also eligible for scholarships, paid internships, as well as potentially being selected to represent Minnesota at the Global Youth Institute and World Food Prize. As we look to a future, we need to figure out how to feed the continually growing human population; your students could contribute their ideas to these solutions. The process is simple: students select a food security issue in a developing country, and research a solution that they submit as a 3-5 page paper. Students are then invited to the U of M St. Paul campus to present their solutions to business, policy, and research leaders. We also encourage teachers and parents to attend the institute, and come check out Minnesota’s land-grant university! More information can be found at z.umn.edu/mnyi.


Columbia Heights School District

Agriculture Specialist, Community Education

Neighborhood Roots

Assistant Market Manager

Farmers Markets of Minneapolis Collaborative in partnership with University of Minnesota

Metrics Team Summer Intern

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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