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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.

January 13th, 2016

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Presentation and Open House about Future of Minneapolis Lyndale Farmers Market

The Minneapolis Farmers Market has been a staple of the community for nearly 100 years. With a future light-rail stop planned and many opportunities affecting the neighborhood, the City of Minneapolis contracted with UrbanWorks Architecture to conduct a site analysis. This includes a study of options of how to preserve, improve, enhance, and re-envision the Farmers Market. UrbanWorks is seeking input from surrounding neighborhoods, farmers, merchants, and local residents in the planning process. The City envisions options for redeveloping and expanding the Farmers Market to serve as a catalyst for economic development, a food and entertainment destination, and a civic landmark in Minneapolis. At this point, we invite you to provide your input in the early stages of this process.

When: Thursday, January 21, 2016 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Where: Minneapolis Central Library, RKMC Community Meeting Room, 2nd Floor

300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis


6:00pm Registration

6:15pm Welcome and project overview by Council Member Blong Yang and UrbanWorks

6:30pm Public Feedback

8:00 Adjourn

This event is free and open to the public. An online form will be posted soon by UrbanWorks for people to provide input if they are unavailable to attend the meeting.

Questions or comments:

Neil Reardon, UrbanWorks,  612-455-3100

Daniel Bonilla, City of Minneapolis, 612-673-5232

Minneapolis Garden Lease Program Open Soon for 2016 Applications

The City of Minneapolis recently approved new rules to lease City-owned vacant lots for community gardens and market gardens and also approved additional lots for lease. The application and related process information will be available soon on the Homegrown Minneapolis website and distributed through the newsletter list.

Additional information is available on the Homegrown Minneapolis website regarding community garden and market garden leases. View details of new policy.

2015 Open House Celebrated Homegrown Heroes and Local Food System Progress

Many thanks to everyone who joined us at the Annual Open House on December 3rd.
The following Homegrown Heroes were awarded for their great work in our community.

  • Adam Pruitt & Demetria Fuller of Brightside Produce
  • Christina Elias of Good Juju and Mashkiiki Gardens
  • La’Taijah Powell of Appetite for Change
  • Pollinate MN and Beez Kneez
  • Project Sweetie Pie’s Green with Envy Project

Learn more about the event and each of the 2015 Homegrown Heroes here.
View 2015 Homegrown Highlights

2016-17 Food Council welcomes new community representatives

We are excited to introduce you to the 2016-17 Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council!
Meet the 2016-17 Food Council members. Learn more about the work of the Food Council
Many thanks to outgoing members: Sammie Ardito Rivera, Alison Babb, Omari Chatman, Kristine Igo, Katie Lampi, Bob Lind, Jesus Perez, Aaron Reser, Hashep Seka and Rhys Williams.

Public Hearing: Food Truck Regulations

TuesdayJanuary 191:30 pm

Minneapolis City Hall, Room 317, 350 South 5th Street Minneapolis

The Community Development and Regulatory Services Committee of the Minneapolis City Council will consider amending Chapter 188 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances relating to food truck regulations. Details of the proposed ordinance change are available here.

Register for Organic Carts from Minneapolis Organics Recycling Program

Sign up to receive your organics cart from Minneapolis in the main part of the roll-out this spring. Due to the number of carts the City has to deliver, participants need to sign up by February 1st. People who sign up afterward will get their cart in July/August. Learn more here.

Deadline: February 1st, 2016


January 2016 Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council meeting

Wednesday, January 13th | 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm meeting

Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Headquarters – Minnehaha Room
2117 West River Road, Minneapolis

Meeting Agenda

Minneapolis Public Schools True Food Taste Tests

Wednesday, January 27th through Friday January 29th

Volunteer for the Minneapolis Public Schools True Food Taste Tests! Taste tests times vary by school, typically between 10:00am and 1:30pm. Participating schools and dates can be foundhere.

Contact Kate Seybold with questions or to sign up:

Deep Winter Greenhouse Tours

Saturday, February 6th | 1pm

Thiel Gardens, 4121 27th Ave S Minneapolis

The Sustainable Farming Association is hosting an ongoing series of Deep Winter Greenhouse Tours, including a stop in Minneaplis at Thiel Gardens on February 6. Learn more here.

Nourish Film Series

Monday, February 8th5:30-8:30pm Featured Film ‘Urban Roots’

Monday, March 14th | 5:30-8:30pm Featured Film ‘The Garden’

All films located at Hope Community, 611 E. Franklin Ave. Minneapolis

Join Hope Community and Gardening Matters as they co-host monthly film nights this winter at Hope Community. Come share a meal*, connect with others, participate and discuss. For more info, contact Alisa at 612-435-1683 or

*Food provided is Potluck-style. Please bring a food dish to share if you are able.


Fiskars Project Orange Thumb

Project Orange Thumb is dedicated to supporting the community garden movement throughout the U.S. and Canada. Learn more and apply here.

Deadline: February 1st 2016

Hennepin County Business Recycling Grants and Technical Assistance

To help businesses, nonprofit organizations and institutions start or improve recycling programs, Hennepin County provides funding, technical assistance and guidance on best practices.Learn more here.

For more info, contact Andre Xiong at or 612-543-1316


The Wedge Community Co-op Outreach and Marketing Ambassadors

Learn more and apply here. SHORT DEADLINE: Thursday, January 14th

The Land Stewardship Project Urban Food Systems Organizer

Learn more and apply here. SHORT DEADLINE: Friday, January 15th

Urban Roots Market Garden Training Coordinator

Learn more and apply here. DEADLINE: Thursday, January 21st

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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