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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.

February 2021

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Garden Lease Program Accepts Priority Applications through Feb. 19

Looking for a place to grow food with your community gardening group, or to grow food to sell as a market garden? The City of Minneapolis offers specific vacant City-owned lots to lease for gardens through an annual application process. Priority requests will be gathered through Friday, February 19, 2021 with leases planned to start April 1. (Note that this programs leases lots, not plots.) View a map of available garden lots. 

Learn more and apply for a lot.



February Food Council Meeting

Wednesday, February 10, 2021 

5:30 pm online meeting

612-276-6670 Conference ID: 658 836 026# 

Meeting Agenda

Please note that City advisory groups are now distributing an agenda notification if they were not doing so previously. Homegrown Minneapolis newsletter subscribers will receive this new monthly communication for Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council agendas but will rarely receive other messages.  


Andrew Family Foundation Grants

The Andrew Family Foundation seeks to partner with one or more nonprofit organizations in the United States offering creative solutions that address issues facing under-resourced communities as well as the protection and preservation of the natural environment in which they live. The Foundation seeks to support one or more organizations focused on alleviating disparities in food access, affordable housing, high quality education, physical and psychological healthcare, and/or criminal justice. Preference will be given to organizations whose programming is intersectional, alleviating these disparities while demonstrating an interest to conserve our planet's natural resources and promote environmental sustainability. The Foundation will award grant(s) of up to $600,000 to be paid over a three-year period. 

Learn more and apply by March 15, 2021.


Minneapolis Public Schools Continues Offering Free Food Boxes to All Youth 18 & Under

Youth do not need to be enrolled in MPS to receive a food box. All families are welcome to participate in this program.  Please note the upcoming adjustments to MPS’ food boxes distribution, including site locations and hours. Starting on Monday, February 8, food box pick-up will be available at 15 sites across Minneapolis. All 15 sites will operate Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. MPS will be offering convenient food boxes with a week’s worth of nutritious breakfast and lunch items. Boxes include school favorites, whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, and more. Families can pick up one food box per child per week.

Learn more and find a food box location.


MPCA Seeks Applications from Organizations to Host GreenCorps Members 

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is accepting applications from organizations interested in hosting a Minnesota GreenCorps member for the 2021-2022 program year. The environmentally focused AmeriCorps program places members with organizations throughout Minnesota to spend a year of service addressing critical environmental issues while gaining experience and learning valuable job skills.

Learn more and apply by 5:00 pm on Tuesday, March 16, 2021. 


MPCA Prevention of Wasted Food and Food Rescue Grants

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is excited to announce the release of a second Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Prevention of Wasted Food and Food Rescue Grants. These grants provide financial assistance to programs that help prevent food from being wasted and/or promote food rescue (food-to-people).

Learn more and apply by March 19, 2021.


Nature's Path Gardens for Good Grants

The Nature's Path Gardens for Good program supports non-profit organizations with community garden projects in the U.S. and Canada. The focus is on community gardens that make fresh organic food more accessible in their local neighborhood. Grants must be used specifically for the development of an organic garden that will supply food to a non-profit feeding agency such as a food bank, soup kitchen, emergency pantry, shelter, before- or after-school program, or other similar type of program. Projects must demonstrate high community support and a viable plan for the project. For 2021, Nature's Path will award 21 grants of $5,000 each. 

Learn more and apply by March 24, 2021.


New MDA Mini-Grant Pilot Program for Produce Growers

Are you a MN produce farmer that purchased water testing for generic E. coli between September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2020? You may be eligible for reimbursement of these expenses under a new pilot mini-grant program from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA). The mini-grant application period is open through February 26, 2021.

Learn more and apply by February 26, 2021. 


USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture – Food and Agriculture Service Learning Program  

The purpose of the Food and Agriculture Service Learning Program is to increase the knowledge of agricultural science and improve the nutritional health of children. The program’s goal is to increase the capacity for food, garden, and nutrition education within host organizations or entities, such as school cafeterias and classrooms, while fostering higher levels of community engagement between farms and school systems by bringing together stakeholders from distinct parts of the food system. 

Learn more and apply by May 3, 2021



Sustainable Farming Association

Part-time Community Organizer

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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