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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 2020

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Farmers Markets of Minneapolis Open for 2020 Season with COVID-19 Modifications

The State of Minnesota views farmers markets as essential grocery providers. Farmers markets are an important part of our food supply and are essential to our local farmers. There has never been a more important time to buy local food and contribute to a healthy local food economy. More than 20 markets will operate in Minneapolis this season with markets and customers asked to follow safety guidanceFind market schedules and plan your market trip. 


Asparagus & Radish Salad in Bacon Vinaigrette
(Courtesy of Beth Dooley and Mette Nielsen) 

Radishes and asparagus dance into the market the same time of year. Pretty and peppery, radishes add color and zip to the lush, tender spears. The bacon adds salt and just enough heft to make this a hearty appetizer or main dish salad.

Recipe available at Farmers Markets of MPLS Facebook page

Food Shelves in Minneapolis Offer Food and Welcome Support

Food shelves in Minneapolis are providing critical community food resources.
View our webpage for a map and pdf with food shelf schedules and locations and other resources. 

Many of these organizations invite donations of food, funds or volunteer support from those who are able to contribute. 


May Food Council Meeting Canceled

Homegrown Minneapolis will provide updates on upcoming scheduled Food Council meetings and Food Action Plan next steps once available.


Free Meals for Kids Mobile App

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Community Gardening Guidelines During COVID-19

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Community Garden COVID-19 Response Plan Template Available

The University of Minnesota Extension's horticulture team has developed a workbook that garden leaders and members can use to create a garden response plan. This plan is a series of prompts to help you identify risk across your garden, with lists of suggested practices you can use to minimize risks. You may use this template (after adapting it to your operation) as your garden's official COVID-19 response plan, or use the questions in it to inform your plan.  

View the response plan template


Donate Excess Food through Twin Cities Food Justice

Twin Cities Food Justice (TCFJ) is a non-profit food rescue organization working to reduce hunger and food waste. TCFJ works to redistribute extra food and remove barriers to food access. TCFJ receives food donations from grocers, restaurants, bakeries, farmers and others. TCFJ distributes food through their own programs and by partnering with other organizations. All TCFJ services are free.

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Garden Hydrant Permit Update

Gardens and farms can still renew or apply for a garden hydrant permit by calling 612-673-2865. Payments for permit fees must be made by check and mailed to 250 South 4th Street, Room 206, Minneapolis, MN 55415 instead of dropped off in person. Hydrant hook-ups will begin after a check is received, permit is approved, and nighttime temperatures are above freezing to prevent damage to the hydrant.

More information on how to access City water.


Minneapolis Community Garden Compost 

No-cost compost is still available for community gardens located in Minneapolis this year with a delivery fee. There are no more no-cost deliveries available for this spring. The delivery fee for up to 10 cubic yards of compost is $120. Compost deliveries begin in May and end in November, weather permitting.

Apply for compost.


Danone Institute North America- One Planet One Health Initiative RFP

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Green Partners Environmental Education Grant RFP

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Eastside Food Co-op Seedlings Fund Application

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Environmental Justice Brownfield Assessment Grant RFP

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Equitable Food Oriented Development Request for LOIs

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Mosaic COVID Infrastructure Grant RFP

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Seward Co-op Offers Curbside Pick-up

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Twin Cities Co-op Partners Offers Curbside Pick-up at Wedge & Linden Hills Co-ops

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Zero Waste Challenge

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Jobs and Volunteer Opportunities

Main Street Project

Executive Director (Deadline extended to May 29)


Minneapolis Farmers Market

Market volunteers


Pillsbury United Communities

North Market Store Manager

View additional information on the Homegrown Minneapolis website.

"Like" the Friends of Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council on Facebook!

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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