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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.

January 2020

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Homegrown Highlights 2019

Happy New Year from Homegrown Minneapolis! As we dive into the new year, we celebrate our accomplishments of 2019 and look forward to what is ahead.

View the 2019 Homegrown Highlights.


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New Food Council Cohort & Leadership

A warm welcome to the new 2020-21
Food Council cohort. We are excited to announce that Tsega Tamene will serve as the Food Council's Mayorally appointed Co-chair. The Food Council will elect the second Co-Chair at its February meeting.

Many thanks to outgoing Co-chairs DeVon Nolen and Tasha Powell, as well as all outgoing Food Council members. Thank you for your leadership and service!

Apply by February 14th to lease a lot for your community or market garden

Are you looking for a place to grow food with your community gardening group, or to grow food to sell as a market garden? Qualifying groups can apply to lease a City-owned lot through the Minneapolis Garden Lease Program.

View more information including a map showing which lots are available, lease requirements and the Garden Request Form.



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Minneapolis Food Action Plan 
Topic 5 Discussion -  Food Waste Generation & Management

Wednesday, January 8th, 2020 | 5:00 - 7:30 pm

5:00-5:30 pm Presentation, refreshments and sign-in

5:30-7:30 pm Food Council and Food Action Plan meeting

Minneapolis Public Schools Davis Center Cafeteria, 1250 W Broadway Ave, Minneapolis

Meeting Agenda

The focus of our Topic 5 Presentation and Discussion is Food Waste Generation & Management. Visit the web page for more details. RSVP is encouraged, but not required. 

Missed the November 13th meeting discussion about Retail, Wholesale, Processing & Distribution? View meeting slides, watch the meeting recording and provide your input here.


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Northern Growers and Marketers Conference

Thursday, January 16 - Friday, January 17, 2020 

Rivers' Edge Convention Center, St. Cloud MN

The Northern Growers and Marketers Conference will bring together fruit and
vegetable growers, farmers’ market managers, and marketers from across the state. Attendees will have access to a keynote address from Tera Johnson, Founder of the Food Finance institute at UW-Madison and over 50 workshops all about growing, marketing, profitability, and sustainability. 

Learn more about this event

Provide Input at Community Connections Conference

Saturday, February 1, 2020, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The Minneapolis Convention Center, lower level, Hall A.

Join Homegrown Minneapolis for a Minneapolis Food Action Plan Community Input Conversation during the 1:15 afternoon breakout session.

The Community Connections Conference is an annual free event that fosters connections between the residents of Minneapolis, community groups, neighborhoods and local government.

Learn more.


Lakewinds Organic Field Fund RFP

Lakewinds Organic Field Fund­ (LOFF) is a grant program dedicated to making an impact on local farming and organic food by furthering the development and sustainability of farms in the region.

Application deadline: January 31, 2020

Learn more about this opportunity.


Lawns to Legumes Grant RFP

The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) is now accepting applications for the Lawns to Legumes program, which aims to increase residential habitat for at-risk pollinators across the state. Two different grant types are available, including Individual Support Grants and Demonstration Neighborhood Grants. 

Application deadline: January 10, 2020 (neighborhood) and February 28, 2020 (individual)

Learn more about this opportunity


Good Food Access Program- Equipment and Physical Improvement Grant

The MDA Good Food Access Program is now accepting requests. The Good Food Access Program Equipment and Physical Improvement Grant (GFAP) increases the availability of and access to affordable, nutritious, and culturally appropriate food (including produce) for underserved communities in low and moderate income areas. Grants help grocery store and small food retailers make physical improvements and purchase equipment to stimulate sales of such foods. 

Application deadline: February 13, 2020

Learn more about this opportunity


Good Food Access Program - Technical Assistance Grant

The MDA Good Food Access Program is now accepting proposals from non-profit organizations and public agencies with capabilities to provide technical assistance to eligible grocery stores and small food retailers.

Application deadline: January 16, 2020

Learn more about this opportunity


Minneapolis Public Schools - School Garden Grants

Thirty-nine EcoGarden Original Garden beds (regular price $1,700) with built-in irrigation are available through this application for $20/bed. Mentorship from Spark Y, leaders in urban agriculture, is also available. MPS Culinary & Wellness Services is offering two opportunities to MPS schools to receive resources and support for their school gardens. Schools can apply to receive 1) raised garden bed(s) and/or 2) garden mentorship from Spark Y. All MPS schools are eligible to apply.

Application deadline: January 10, 2020

Learn more.


Minnesota Department of Agriculture

Deadline: January 9, 2020

State Program Administrator - Full Time (Job ID: 37781)


The Food Group

Director of Programs

Deadline: January 30, 2020

View additional information on the Homegrown Minneapolis website.

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




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