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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.

May 2019

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Farmers Markets of Minneapolis Opening for the 2019 Season

One of the first sure signs of spring has arrived: farmers markets have begun opening for the season, with the remainder opening over the next couple of months.

The City of Minneapolis has an online interactive map that makes it easy to find farmers markets all over the city. Nearly 30 farmers markets and mini markets will operate in Minneapolis again this year with food that traveled an average distance of only 39 miles from the farm to the market.

All of the farmers markets in Minneapolis are collaborating as the Farmers Markets of Minneapolis to gather and promote information about the markets in partnership with the City of Minneapolis, University of Minnesota and many other market supporters. Most of the markets accept SNAP-EBT (“electronic benefits transfer”), as well as Market Bucks, which provides $10 in additional healthy food to market shoppers using SNAP-EBT.

New Charitable Fund Supports Local Action on Climate Change

The new Minneapolis Climate Action & Racial Equity Fund offers grants for place-based, community-driven initiatives and projects that result in a demonstrable reduction in local greenhouse gas emissions, align with the goals of the Minneapolis Climate Action Plan, and further the goals of the Minneapolis Strategic Racial Equity Plan. This fund is a partnership between the City of Minneapolis, The Minneapolis Foundation, and the McKnight Foundation.

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May Food Council Meeting & Food Action Plan Discussion

Wednesday May 15th, 2019 | 5:00 - 7:30 pm

5:00 - 5:30 pm Sign-in and refreshments

5:30 - 7:30 pm Meeting and Food Action Plan Discussion Topic 1: Food Justice and Equity

East Side Neighborhood Services, 1700 2nd Street NE, Minneapolis

RSVP for the meeting encouraged but not required. 

Meeting Agenda

Plant Distribution

Northside Fresh Plant Distribution

Saturday May 18th, 2019 | 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

2018 Aldrich Ave North, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55411

Join the Northside Fresh Coalition for your gardening needs! A wide variety of produce and medicinal herb seedlings will be available at sliding scale prices. There will also be free food, kid activities, cooking/planting demos, music, and more! Come out for a day of community fun.

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Raising Chickens in Your Backyard

Tuesday June 18, 2019
6:00-6:30 pm sign-in, 6:30-8:45 pm workshop 
Seward Co-op, Minneapolis (Specific location pending)

Thursday June 20, 2019
6:00-6:30 pm sign-in, 6:30-8:30 pm workshop
Eastside Food Co-op Community Room, 2551 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis

Fee: $10 per individual, $15/couple.

Have you ever thought about raising your own chickens but are not sure where to start? Do you have questions about the existing rules and regulations related to raising chickens? Are you curious what it might be like if your friends and neighbors started raising chickens?

Come to a workshop hosted by University of Minnesota Extension and Minneapolis Animal Care and Control to learn more and get your chicken questions answered! Light refreshments provided. This workshop meets training requirements for backyard chicken permits in Minneapolis.

For more information and to pre-register, please contact Wayne Martin at marti067@umn.edu or 612-625-6224.



Health POWER Funding Initiative

The Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota is pleased to announce a new three-year funding initiative to increase the capacity of local communities to create policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) changes that will lead to long-term, sustained health improvement. The Health POWER (People Organizing and Working for Equitable Results) funding initiative is designed to strengthen leadership development, invest in community-led solutions, and create collaborations to advance local PSE change.

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Eastside Food Co-op Seedlings Program

Eastside Food Co-op’s Seedlings program makes it simple for shoppers to support organizations making a positive impact in our community! Shoppers make small donations at the register which add up to meaningful contributions to nonprofit organizations whose work aligns with our store’s mission.

Nonprofit organizations working in the food access, agriculture and environmental sectors are encouraged to apply. Proposals for our 2019 Seedlings program are due July 1, 2019 at 5:00 pm.

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USDA Grants

Community Food Projects Grant Program

The USDA's NIFA grants to plan or implement food projects designed to meet the needs of low-income individuals and increase community self-reliance concerning food and nutrition.

Application Deadline: June 03, 2019

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Local Food Promotion Program 

USDA AMS plans to provide 60 awards of up to $100,000 each to fund projects connecting agricultural producers to local consumers. Supports two project types: 1) planning projects that may be conducting a feasibility study, devising a business plan, or hiring experts; and 2) implementation projects used to establish or improve existing food business that support local agriculture. 

Application Deadline: June 18, 2019

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The Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program (formerly FINI)

This program offers support for projects that will increase the purchase of fruit and vegetables among low-income consumers who participate in the SNAP by providing incentives at the point of purchase.

Application Deadline: June 10, 2019 

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Farmers Market Promotion Program

USDA's Farmers Market Promotion Program funds projects that develop, coordinate and expand direct producer-to-consumer markets to help increase access to and availability of locally and regionally produced agricultural products. The program offers two types of projects: Capacity Building and Community Development Training and Technical Assistance. Both have a three-year performance period. Funding ranges from $50,000 to $500,000.

Application Deadline: June 18, 2019

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Urban Roots

Associate Director

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