City of Minneapolis: Daily Digest Bulletin


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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 4, 2016

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Minneapolis CPED Garden-Eligible Parcels

Minneapolis 2016 Garden Lease Program

The City of Minneapolis is inviting requests to lease vacant City lots for community gardens and market gardens during 2016. Visit the garden lease program webpage for detailed information about the application process and to view the map of currently available and leased parcels. The map will be updated as availability changes for parcels.

Interested parties can now complete a Garden Request Form online here or print out a copyhere.

Interested garden groups should complete and submit a request for each parcel they are interested in by February 19. Lots that remain available afterwards will be available on a rolling basis, first come, first served.

Garden Lease Program Community Forums

TONIGHT – Hmong Community Garden Forum
Thursday, February 4th | 6pm-8:00pm
(to be conducted in Hmong)

North Regional Library, 2nd Floor, 1315 Lowry Ave N

Learn more here.

Urban Chickens

Minneapolis City Council votes February 12 on changes to MACC ordinance, including streamlining chicken permits

City Council’s Health, Environment & Community Engagement (HECE) Committee approved substantial changes to the Minneapolis Animal Care and Control (MACC) ordinance at their meeting on February 1st, including eliminating the neighbor signature requirement for backyard chicken permits and several other changes for chicken regulations. The amended ordinance will by considered by the full City Council at their meeting on February 12, 2016.

Learn more about the proposed ordinance changes here.

Learn more about relevant HECE Committee actions here.

Minneapolis City Council streamlines food truck licensing regulations

The City Council has amended regulations for food truck vendors intended to improve safety, streamline permit and licensing requirements and support the relationship between food trucks and farmers markets.

Learn more about the approved ordinance here.

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2016 Community Garden
Compost Program Updates

2016 Community Garden Compost Program details are now available. Community Gardens that are registered with Gardening Matters and located in the City of Minneapolis may apply for free compost. Compost and deliveries are provided on a first-come, first-served basis with start-up gardens receiving priority. The amount of compost and number of deliveries are limited, and not guaranteed. Learn more here.

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Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) Request for Proposal: Farm to School produce partners

MPS is soliciting Farm to School partners for the 2016-2017 school year! Farmers can learn more and apply here.

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Minnesota Department of Agriculture Reports

Urban Agriculture in Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has completed it’s directive of convening stakeholders and developing a proposal to promote urban agriculture. Thanks to those who participated in online surveys, public meetings, and stakeholder outreach. The final report to the legislature is now available and can be found here.

The Status of Food Hubs in Minnesota

The MDA has also recently completed an examination of food hubs in Minnesota and across the country. They compiled key findings, barriers to success, and preliminary recommendations to overcome those barriers. The report can be found here.

Please contact Paul Hugunin with any questions at; 651-201-6510.


February 2016 Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council meeting

Wednesday, February 10th | 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm meeting; 5:00 pm presentation on Neighborhood Hub activities

Neighborhood Hub, 3210 Oliver Ave N, in Christ English Church (Highland Hall meeting room, enter at side door on Oliver Ave N)

Meeting Agenda

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Deep Winter Greenhouse Tour

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.

Twin Cities Agricultural Land Trust (TCALT) Events

Food Enough? A Continuing Forum on Food, Land, Access, and Possibilities within the 9th Ward and Beyond

Sunday, Feb. 7th | 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Beyond Repair, 921 E Lake St, Mpls.

Join TCALT at Beyond Repair in the Midtown Global Market, for an open discussion of urban agriculture in the 9th ward and beyond. Learn more here.

TCALT Monthly Meeting

Thursday, Feb. 11th | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Farmers’ Legal Action Group, 6 W 5th St, St Paul, on the 6th floor

Join TCALT to learn about their work building support for agriculture and food production so they are recognized as valuable land uses and economic engines in our metropolitan region. Learn more here.

Nourish Film Series

Monday, February 8th | 5:30 – 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.

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Good Food Access Fund Campaign Kickoff

Tuesday, February 23rd | 11:30 am Registration and Lunch;12:00 – 2:30 pm Program

Amherst H. Wilder Foundation 451 Lexington Parkway North

Be part of an exciting new effort underway to improve access to good food in all Minnesota communities. Learn about the Good Food Access Fund. Lunch provided. Register here.

Hiawatha Food Forest Participatory Design Workshop

Saturday, February 27th |12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

All are invited to attend the first design meeting for the Hiawatha Food Forest. Learn about the environmental issues of Lake Hiawatha, the concept of a “food forest,” share ideas and stories, and help increase the community’s capacity to make equitable and inclusive decisions.

RSVP to Learn more here.


2016 Environmental Initiative Award

Environmental Initiative is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Environmental Intiative Awards. Their list of categories includes Food Stewardship! Nominations will be accepted untilFriday, February 19. Learn more here.


Minnesota Department of Agriculture Manufactured Food Safety Advisor

Enter job code 2563 in the job search keyword box.

Minnesota Department of Agriculture Manufactured Food Safety Specialist

Enter job code 2683 in the job search keyword box.

Board Member, Member, or Volunteer positions for Twin Cities Agricultural Land Trust

View additional information on the Homegrown Minneapolis website.

“Like” the Friends of Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council on Facebook!

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non-profits, and residents to build a healthy, local food system.