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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 2020

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Minneapolis Food Action Plan 
Topic 6 Discussion - Governance, Finance & Implementation 

Wednesday, March 11th, 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

Pearl Park Recreation Center, Multi-purpose Room, 414 E Diamond Lake Rd, Minneapolis

Meeting Agenda

The focus of our Topic 6 is Governance, Finance & Implementation. Visit the web page for more details. RSVP is encouraged, but not required. 

Missed the January 8th meeting discussion about Food Waste Generation & Management? View meeting slides, watch the meeting recording and provide your input here.

Land Stewardship Project (LSP) Family Farm Breakfast & Day at the Capitol

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 | 7:00 am - 2:00 pm

Christ Lutheran Church, 105 University Avenue West, St. Paul

This is an event for LSP members, supporters, state officials and staff. The cost is $10 and can be paid in advance or at the door. “The Best Breakfast in Town” will feature food grown on the farms of LSP members and will be prepared by Marshall Paulsen, the Executive Chef of the Birchwood Cafe, a local restaurant that has been an important partner of LSP’s over the years.  Join LSP for delicious food and an opportunity to come together with LSP members and legislators to discuss and promote LSP’s legislative priorities.

7:00 am - 9:00 am: Join LSP for a delicious local breakfast, fellowship and program featuring LSP members and staff.

9:00 am- 9:45 am: Join LSP for training on how to lobby your legislators and hear about LSP’s state policy priorities of this legislative session.

10:00 am – 2:00 pm: Head to the Capitol to talk with legislators about LSP’s policy priorities, such as strengthening local and community grown food, the farm crisis, and creating an affordable, accessible, high quality healthcare system that works for rural communities.

Learn more and register.


Volunteer for MPS True Food Taste Tests

Minneapolis Public Schools Culinary & Wellness Services (MPS) is seeking volunteers for their fun spring True Food Taste Tests happening April 15 - 17. True Food Taste Tests take place three times each year at forty-five schools across Minneapolis to expose students to new, flavorful recipes and encourage them to think critically about their food.

The next taste test item is Carrot & Beet Slaw with a homemade honey balsamic dressing Taste Test volunteers help to prepare samples, distribute them to students & generate excitement for trying new foods. Volunteer shifts take place during lunchtime, typically between 10:00 am and 1:30 pm. 

Learn more. If you are interested in volunteering, email farm2school@mpls.k12.mn.us



Minnesota Green Program Plants and Seeds - Minnesota State Horticultural Society

Are you part of a public or community garden plot? Apply online, pay $55 and enjoy donated annuals, perennials, trees, shrubs and seeds for a full year!

The Minnesota Green Program promotes community gardening as a means to strengthen neighborhoods through activities that connect people and plants and help people grow their own healthy food. The program partners with generous donors, including growers, garden centers, nonprofit groups and private individuals to provide seeds, plants, gardening tools and supplies to community and public gardens. Applications are open. 

Learn more about this opportunity


Minnesota Hemp Growers and Processors License - MDA

Those wanting to grow or process hemp in Minnesota in 2020 must apply for a license with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) by March 31.

Application deadline: March 31, 2020

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Minneapolis Community Garden Compost

Community gardens located in the City of Minneapolis may apply for low or no-cost compost. Compost deliveries begin in May and end in November, weather permitting. Compost and compost deliveries are provided on a first-come, first-served basis. However, community gardens that have never received compost, have poor soil quality, or are start-up gardens will get priority. 

Application request deadline for spring: April 17, 2020

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Minnesota Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier’s 2020 Academic Scholarship Application and Micro-Grants

Minnesota chapter of LDEI has opened their annual application to Minnesota women for scholarships for culinary education. Scholarship applicants must be women who are legal residents of Minnesota, attending or accepted to an accredited institution of higher learning within the USA, with the intentions of pursuing full-time academic coursework in the fields of culinary arts, beverage, hospitality, nutrition, agriculture and related areas of study. The amount of each scholarship given is a minimum of $1,000.

Application deadline: June 1, 2020

Learn more about this opportunity.


National Young Farmers Coalition Grants

The National Young Farmers Coalition (Young Farmers) is launching a new grant program to help young and beginning farmers and ranchers start up and grow their businesses. In 2020 Young Farmers will provide 50 farmers and ranchers $5,000 grants. Grant recipients will also receive a one-year membership to the National Young Farmers Coalition.

Application deadline: March 29th, 2020 at 11:59 pm

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Tiny Diner Farmers' Market - Apply to be a vendor

Applications for the 7th season of the Tiny Diner Farmers' Market are officially open! The market takes place on Thursday nights July 9th-August 27th from 5-8pm in the Powderhorn Park neighborhood of South Minneapolis. Tiny Diner Farmers' Market is the only market in the neighborhood, offering one of the lowest market stall fees and no application fee. New, small-scale and urban growers/makers are encouraged to apply. 

Learn more about this opportunity


City of Minneapolis - Homegrown Minneapolis- Division of Sustainability

Homegrown Minneapolis Food Policy Program Aide - Part-time temporary


Minnesota Department of Agriculture - MN Grown Program

Coordinator of External Relations - Full-time (Job #39273)


University of Minnesota- Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships

Sustainability Storyteller


View additional information on the Homegrown Minneapolis website.

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