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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 30, 2015

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2015 Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council Open House: Growing with the Next Generation

Thursday, December 3 | 6:30-8:00 pm; registration open at 6:00
Minneapolis Public Schools- Davis Center, 1250 West Broadway Ave, Minneapolis

Please join the Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council in celebrating another year of growing, processing, distributing, eating and composting healthy, sustainable, locally grown foods. The event will begin with a reception featuring light refreshments and an information fair. A brief program will follow including remarks from Minneapolis City Council Member Blong Yang and Minnesota Department of Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson; a presentation and taste test with Minneapolis Public Schools Culinary & Nutrition leaders and students; recognition of Food Council members; 2015 local food system highlights; Homegrown Heroes awards and a raffle. View event details here.

ONLINE REGISTRATION NOW OPEN (RSVP encouraged but not required.)

NOMINATE A HOMEGROWN HERO
DUE BY MONDAY, NOVEMBER 2

Submit a nomination for a “Homegrown Heroes” award. (Deadline: November 2nd) As a part of our Annual Open House, the Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council recognizes and honors the accomplishments of community partners who help expand the community’s ability to grow, process, distribute, eat and compost more healthy, sustainable, locally grown foods.

Online nomination form is available here. Submit a nomination now!

REGISTER YOUR ORGANIZATION TO TABLE AT OPEN HOUSE
DUE MONDAY, BY NOVEMBER 2

Sign up to table at the Open House information fair. (Deadline: November 2) This is a great opportunity for local partners to showcase the ways they support our community’s ability to grow, process, distribute, eat and compost healthy, sustainable, locally grown foods.

Online registration is available here. Sign up now!

Metro Food Access Network (MFAN) accepting applications for Leadership Team

Two positions have opened on the MFAN leadership team. If you are interested, check out the “Ways to Engage” page. Learn more about MFAN here.

Volunteers needed for Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) True Food Taste Tests

Volunteers are needed to help prepare samples, distribute them to students, and generate excitement for these taste tests. Taste Tests take place three times each year to help generate student excitement around trying new, flavorful recipes. The first True Food Taste Tests of the school year will be on November 18th-20th during lunchtime (times vary by school, typically between 10:30 and 1pm), and will be sampling our new Apple Kohlrabi Slaw. If you are interested in volunteering or have any questions, please contact Kate Seybold atkate.greencorps@mpls.k12.mn.us. To learn more please visit the MPS website.

Events

November Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council meeting

Wednesday, November 4th | 5:00-5:30 p.m. pre-meeting presentation from Land Stewardship Project; 5:30 p.m.-7:30 pm Food Council meeting

Land Stewardship Project – 821 E 35th St, Minneapolis, (in the large downstairs conference room)

Meeting Agenda

2015 Food Council Open House: Growing with the Next Generation

Wednesday, December 3 | 6:30-8:00 pm, registration open at 6:00
Minneapolis Public Schools- Davis Center, 1250 West Broadway Ave, Minneapolis
Event and registration details

Youth Social Entrepreneurship (YSE) Collaboration: Reaching for New Funding Opportunities

Tuesday Nov. 10th | 8:30am-1pm
Save the Date – Location TBD

Join Sundance Foundation on Tuesday, November 10th from 8:30am to 12pm–with lunch and mingling from 12-1pm. The focus is on YSE funding opportunities that include evidence-based research. This session is designed to explain where money may be coming from, who will be eligible, and how to collectively organize. Engage in conversation about a funded longitudinal research study that will promote greater access to funds by demonstrating your program’s positive impact on YSE youth.

Due to the popularity of this event, the exact location has not been determined. However, the general area of Midtown St. Paul has been decided. Your prompt RSVP will help determine the appropriate location and catering order. For more information, please register HERE.

Urban Agriculture and Local Food Symposium

Thursday, Nov. 12th | 9 am -12pm

University of MN: Urban Outreach and Engagement Center (UROC), 2001 Plymouth Ave. N., Minneapolis, MN 55411

University of Minnesota Extension-Hennepin County is hosting a symposium for those who are striving to make a full or part-time living producing and processing food for local markets in the Twin Cities Metro Region. They will be showcasing promising financial models and leaning from veteran practitioners in the field on what it will take to make it work.

Learn more and register here. Contact Karl Hakanson with questions – khakanso@umn.edu or612.624.7948. Call Kirsten Saylor to sponsor the event – 612.968.3678

Metro Food Access Network (MFAN) Quarterly Meeting: Nov. 18th

Wednesday Nov. 18th | 9 am – 12pm

Urban Roots, 463 Maria Ave #207, St Paul 

The meeting will be focused on the MN Food Charter – Celebrating Success & Exploring Next Steps. The great work of a few of MFAN’s Metro Food Charter Champions will be highlighted. A presentation and discussion session will occur about the newly emerging MN Food Charter Network. More details and agenda to follow. RSVP here.

Urban Gardening Film Premiere: Can You Dig This

Wednesday Dec. 2nd | 7pm (If enough tickets are pre-sold.)

St. Anthony Main Theatre, 115 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, MN

Minneapolis premiere of CAN YOU DIG THIS, an award-winning documentary featuring Ron Finley. View the trailer here: https://vimeo.com/142570527 Reserve your ticket here!

Resources

Sustainable Agriculture Demonstration Grant Program

This 25-year old program provides small grants to test ideas that could conserve natural resources, enhance profitability, and improve life on the farm. The program objectives are to explore the profitability, energy efficiency, and benefits of sustainable agriculture practices and systems from production through marketing. Grants are available to fund on-farm research and demonstrations. The program also funds Minnesota nonprofit and educational organizations if Minnesota farmers are meaningfully involved in the project. Learn more on the RFP Fact Sheet.

Application Deadline: December 15, 2015, 4:00 PM, CST.

Jobs

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