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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.

June 2019

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National Pollinator Week is June 17th - 23rd!

Healthy pollinators promote healthy communities, a healthy ecosystem, and a healthy food supply. To support pollinators, over 15 Minneapolis farmers markets are distributing free Seedles during National Pollinator Week in partnership with City of Minneapolis Environmental Health Department and Homegrown Minneapolis. Seedles are balls made of nutrient rich soil and clay encasing seeds that blossom into wildflowers, providing food and shelter for pollinators. 

View the participating farmers markets distributing Seedles.

Pollinator Week


June Food Council Meeting

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

5:00 - 5:30 pm Pre-meeting presentation

5:30 - 7:30 pm Food Council meeting 

Red Stag Supperclub, 509 First Ave NE, Minneapolis

Meeting Agenda

coop farm tour

Co-op Farm Tour

Saturday, July 13th | 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Minneapolis Food Action Plan Topic 2 Discussion - RSVP

Wednesday, July 24th | 5:00 - 7:30 pm

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

Mark your calendars for next month's upcoming Minneapolis Food Action Plan discussion hosted by the Food Council. The focus of Topic 2 will be Diets and Community Demand. Visit the web page for more details.
RSVP is encouraged, but not required

Missed the May 15 meeting discussion about Food Justice and Equity in the Food System? Provide your input here.

National Children & Youth Garden Symposium (NCYGS)

July 10th - 13th, 2019

University of Wisconsin Campus, Madison WI

The American Horticultural Society is hosting a three-day long symposium for educators, non-profit professionals and others working directly with children and youth in garden-based settings across the country. NCYGS will explore innovative sustainable gardening curriculum and practices, exploring “green” career resources, and highlighting model partnerships for attracting the human, financial, and intellectual capital needed to sustain youth gardening endeavors. Providing the next generation with the knowledge and tools to create a sustainable environmental future and finding ways to maintain and grow the gardens and programs that nurture youth is the focus of the 2019 symposium. Registration is now open.

Learn more about this event.

Resources and Opportunities

Seward Community Co-op Grant Opportunities

SEED Round-up Program

The SEED program is a simple yet powerful community giving opportunity that allows customers to “round-up” their grocery bill for recipient organizations that share the co-op's commitment to a healthy community. All funds donated at the register are given directly to the recipient organization at the end of each month.

Seward Community Fund (SCF) 

SCF grants are awarded annually in the amount of $1,000 per recipient; this grant money comes directly from co-op resources.

Cycle Perks Grant

A grant of $1,000 is awarded annually to a bike-related organization as part of the co-op's commitment to positive environmental impacts through promoting alternative transportation.

Application deadline for all three opportunities: June 30, 2019

Learn more about these opportunities.


2019 Food Justice Summit Call for Co-Creation

Are you passionate about creating a just food system in Minnesota? Do you have ideas, skills, knowledge, or a vision to share with other passionate people from across the state? Help create a meaningful and successful 2019 Food Justice Summit by contributing your voice, and submit a form to lead a session. The Summit is the largest food-focused gathering in the state with an expected attendance of over 600 this year.

Submission deadline: June 25, 2019

Learn more about this opportunity


Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Environmental Justice Student Worker (ID 33110)


Hunger Solutions

Program Assistant


Midwest Food Connection

Full Time Food Educator

Part Time Food Educator



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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