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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.

April 2019

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Minneapolis to Launch Planning Process for Food Action

The City of Minneapolis is developing a roadmap toward a more equitable, climate resilient, just and sustainable local food system and local food economy. The planning process will be held in partnership with the Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council, University of Minnesota, Sustainable Healthy Cities Network and community input. Attend the Homegrown Minneapolis Community Food Forum and follow the Homegrown Minneapolis newsletter to learn more and get involved.

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April Food Council Meeting

Wednesday, April 10th | 5:00 - 7:30 pm

5:00 - 5:30 pm Pre-meeting discussion with Campus Kitchen

5:30 - 7:30 pm Food Council meeting

Augsburg College, Hagfors Building, Room 150A 

700 21st Ave S, Minneapolis

Meeting Agenda


Homegrown Minneapolis Community Food Forum

Join Homegrown Minneapolis for a dynamic evening of food systems conversations. Learn how a food action planning process will help the City promote a more equitable, climate resilient, just and sustainable local food system and local food economy and how you can get involved.

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

5:00 - 6:00 pm Registration, reception and resource fair.
Delicious light bites from Minneapolis Public Schools True Food Catering. The first 150 attendees will receive a reusable lunch bag upon registration and completion of a brief survey.

6:00 - 7:30 pm
Program and breakout sessions.
Learn about the City's vision for a Food Action Plan in a program featuring 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 and contribute.

Minneapolis Public Schools Davis Center
1250 W Broadway Ave, Minneapolis

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MPS Junior Iron Chef

SAVE THE DATE 5th annual Jr Iron Chef Competition 
Thursday, May 2, 2019 | 5:30-7:30pm
Chowgirls @ Solar Arts 711 NE 15th Ave, Minneapolis Free and open to the public! 

Calling all middle school student chefs! Apply to compete in the 5th annual Jr Iron Chef Competition!

Applications are now OPEN for the 5th annual MPS Junior Iron Chef Competition on Thursday, May 2nd! Encourage MPS 6th-8th grade students to grab a friend and apply to cook alongside some of Minneapolis' greatest chefs for a night. Selected students will be paired with local chefs to compete top-chef style for a panel of judges.

Apply by April 5th online at: http://cws.mpls.k12.mn.us/junior_iron_chef

Resources and Opportunities

Green Partners Environmental Education Grant RFP

Applications are being accepted until 3 p.m. on Monday, May 6 for Green Partners environmental education grants to engage youth and adults in Hennepin County. Eligible organizations include registered nonprofit organizations, park districts, private and public schools and school districts. Visit the website for more information.


University of MN Healthy Food, Healthy Lives grant RFP

Community-University Planning Grant proposals due by May 1, 2019


Minnesota Agricultural Education Leadership Council (MAELC) Grant RFP

Common Fund and Strategic Initiatives proposals due by April 15, 2019


Midtown Farmers Market Try It! Program

Try it! Program
Are you a small business owner looking to get into vending at farmers markets? Since 2003, the Midtown Farmers Market has built a reputation for incubating small businesses, and they strive to ensure that the opportunity to innovate and grow is accessible and beneficial to all community members. The Try It! Program seeks to give small businesses an opportunity to try a farmer’s market experience at the Midtown Farmers Market with limited financial investment. Twin Cities residents who identify as having low-income, are black, indigenous and/ or people of color, identify as women, trans, femme, or gender non-binary are prioritized. For more information, contact Jenna Yeakle at manager@midtownfarmersmarket.org or call 612-724-7457 ext 2. 

Attend one of two free Try It! Program workshops this spring to learn more! Workshops will cover the benefits of vending at farmers markets, how to prepare and what to expect during market season, and processes for permits, licenses, and becoming an official business in Minneapolis.

Saturday, April 13th OR Saturday, May 18th | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Corcoran Neighborhood Organization, 3451 Cedar Ave S in Minneapolis

Learn more and register today


Dinkytown Farmers Market

Part-time seasonal market manager

View additional information on the Homegrown Minneapolis website.

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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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