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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.

October 2020

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2021 MPRB Community Garden Application Process Open

The application for the 2021 Community Garden season with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is now available.

  • There is no fee for garden plots with MPRB.
  • Only one plot per household will be awarded.
  • Applications are due by February 1, 2021. At that time, all applications will be scored by staff and community members, and preference for plots will be given to Minneapolis residents without land access outside of the parks, who have a connection to the park and plan to grow food.

Learn more and apply.


Winter Farmers Markets Begin in November

Farmers Markets of Minneapolis operate year-round in Minneapolis and will do so again this winter, with markets primarily operating outdoors. Summer market season continues through October for many markets in Minneapolis.

View winter market schedules and locations.



October Food Council Meeting

Wednesday, October 7, 2020
5:30 pm online meeting
612-276-6670 Conference ID: 765 055 537#
Meeting agenda 



Hennepin County Expanded Community Services Grant 

This grant is funded by the federal Coronavirus Relief Fund established by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). Through this grant, Hennepin County will fund expanded services to assist communities impacted by COVID-19, especially low-income and communities of color. Non-profits and community organizations may apply for funds to provide additional or expanded human services to individuals that reside in Hennepin County and are in need of additional supports due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Services must be necessary due to the COVID-19 pandemic and funds may only be used for services provided through December 30, 2020.

Learn more and apply by October 30.


Lakewinds Co-op Community Giving Round-up Program Application

The funds should be directly related to food access, building a healthier and more equitable food system, or sustainable agriculture. Funds should be used for a specific project, not for general operating costs.

Learn more and apply by October 31. Recipients will be notified by early January.


MAELC Common Fund Grants

MAELC will award Common Fund grants to applications having a statewide impact. This grant program is designed to encourage collaborative initiatives with an emphasis on agriculture, food, and natural resource education programs at the primary, secondary, and postsecondary levels. Only single-year funding requests will be accepted. 

Learn more and apply by November 15.


Beginning with Compeer Financial Grants for Beginning Farmers 

Grant funds can be used to pay for a variety of farm business-related expenses such as tax preparation, farm accounting software, tuition for courses in farm business management, registration for farm related conference or workshops, fees for development of value-added agricultural product, FSA guaranty fees, creation of a LLC, agricultural marketing association membership fees (e.g. Minnesota Grown Membership), and set-up fees for online market site.

Learn more and apply.


Local Food, Local Places 2020-2021 Application

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Agriculture invite communities to apply for technical assistance to help revitalize their economy, promote local foods, improve health, and protect the environment. Local Foods, Local Places helps communities revitalize neighborhoods through development of local food systems. 

Learn more and apply.


Twin Cities Mutual Aid Project (TCMAP)

TCMAP is a local, volunteer-run collective that acts as a bridge, both supporting the work of mutual aid sites and helping our community find and access material aid and other resources. Our tools include (1) an interactive, searchable map that tracks the hours, needs, and available goods at over 200 Twin Cities aid sites; (2) a directory of mutual aid resources that don’t easily fit on a map, like free medical and economic assistance programs; and (3) a mutual aid calendar that lists educational trainings, community-led action, and other local events. 

Learn more and view the map


The Food Group

Program Manager


Marnita's Table

Administrative Coordinator

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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