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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.

December 2, 2015

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News

Tomorrow: Homegrown Minneapolis Open House Provides Opportunities to Learn About Local Food System Resources and Accomplishments

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

Located on Metro Transit bus lines 5, 14 and 30. Car and bicycle parking available on North side of the building.

Please join the Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council in celebrating another year of growing, processing, distributing, eating and composting healthy, sustainable, locally grown foods. View event details here.

Rules and Opportunities Expand for Vacant Lot Gardens

The City of Minneapolis recently approved new rules for leasing City-owned vacant lots for gardens. Now 43 more City-owned parcels will be available for gardeners to lease in 2016, for more than 100 total. Eligible leaseholders will now also include urban farmers and market gardeners in addition to community gardeners. Other changes to the rules include:

·         Leases for one-, three- or five-year terms.

·         Insurance liability requirement decreased by $1 million for community gardens.

·         Lease agreements will require pollinator-friendly practices.

These changes came about through the Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council’s 2015 policy recommendations and C, following increasing demand from residents for both community and commercial gardening space in the city. Access to these lots will help improve food equity and access to healthy food, and grow the local food economy. Additional information will be provided shortly on the Homegrown Minneapolis website regarding application process and timeframe for 2016 community garden and market garden leases. View details of new policy.

Winter Farmers Market Season has Begun

Find schedule details for Minneapolis winter markets on the Homegrown Minneapolis website.

Events

December Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council meeting

Wednesday, December 9 | 5:30 pm -6:30 pm meeting; 6:30 pm -7:30 pm social

Gandhi Mahal Restaurant, 3009 27th Ave S, Minneapolis
Meeting Agenda

Minneapolis Public Schools Farm to School Informational Meeting

Friday, December 11 | 10:00-11:30 am

Minneapolis Public Schools Nutrition Center, 812 Plymouth Ave. N Minneapolis

Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) is hosting a Farm to School Informational Meeting for local farmers interested in selling fresh, sustainably-grown produce for school meals. Come learn about how their school meal program works, how farmers cansell fresh produce to MPS, and what items they’re looking for. Check out the MPS farm to school website for more details.

Feed the Roots and Soulfood Monologues

Friday, December 11 | 5:30 – 8:30 pm

Minneapolis Institute of Art (MIA), 2400 3rd Avenue S Minneapolis

5:30- 6:30 pm A FREE public reception and release of Feed the Roots – A Hope Community Listening Report

For more information On Feed the Roots visit http://www.hope-community.org/.

6:30– 8:30 pm A performance of SOUL Food Monologues*, directed by renowned Food Justice Activist and Urban Goddess, LaDonna Redmond. *ticketed event

Purchase tickets for SOUL Food Monologues at http://thesoulfoodmonologues.brownpapertickets.com/

In 2013, Hope Community staff, leaders, and organizational partners began purposeful conversations with more than 400 people in the Phillips Community about food, health, community, land, and equity. Feed the Roots provides insights into what Phillips Community residents experience as they work to feed and nourish themselves and their families. SOULFood Monologues is part of an ongoing series of StoryHealers workshops designed to uncover and promote the powerful food and justice stories of everyday people working for change.

Urban Agriculture: Minnesota Department of Agriculture Public Feedback Meetings and Survey

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is gathering input to better understand the key issues currently facing urban agriculture in the state of Minnesota. Please fill out the short survey online at http://bit.ly/mnurbanag*. Please complete the survey by December 31, 2015.

*Print surveys will also be available in English, Hmong, and Spanish.

Public Meetings

Monday, December 7th | 5:30-7:30 pm

St. Paul-Ramsey County Food and Nutrition Commission Meeting – 90 West Plato Blvd, Saint Paul

Wednesday, December 9th | 1:00-3:00 pm

East Side Enterprise Center – 804 Margaret Street, St. Paul

Co-hosted by the Hmong American Farmers Association

*A Hmong interpreter will be available at this meeting.

Monday, December 14th | 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Hope Community – 611 E Franklin Ave., Minneapolis

Co-hosted by Homegrown Minneapolis, Hope Community and the Land Stewardship Project

Contact Callie Recknagel for more information: 651-201-6260, callie.recknagel@state.mn.us.

Resources

Annie’s Grants for Gardens – Deadline: December 4

Minnesota Department of Agriculture Sustainable Agriculture Demonstration Grant– Deadline: December 15

Sundance Family Foundation Youth Social Entrepreneurship Research Challenge Grant– Deadline: December 15

University of Minnesota Schoolyard Garden Grant – Deadline: December 15

Walmart’s Community Grant Program – Deadline: December 31

Jobs

Permaculture Research Institute (PRI) Operations Coordinator

Deadline: December 4th

Hope Community  Youth Stewards Facilitator

Deadline: December 31