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November 2018

In Minneapolis, winter doesn’t mean the end of local foods and farmers markets! Check out the various winter farmers markets open during the colder season.

October 2018

Community Garden Policy officially adopted by Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board of Commissioners, allowing for community gardening in neighborhood parks in Minneapolis.

Submit your comments and/or attend a public hearing
on October 29th and November 14th regarding the revised draft of the City of Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan. Several policy areas involving food systems topics include Policy 63 - Food Access, Policy 64 - Food Business, Policy 65 - Urban Agriculture and Food Production, Policy 67 - Climate Resilient Communities, Policy 73 - Stormwater Management, Policy 75 - Waste Reduction, and Policy 86 - Healthy Food in Institutions.

September 2018

Apply for one of four open seats on the Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council!

August 2018

August 5-11 is National Farmers Week and Farmers Market Week in Minneapolis!

July 2018

Update to Mobile Food Store Ordinance will increase food access by allowing for mobile food stores to park on public streets in addition to private lots.

June 2018

National Pollinator Week is June 18-24! Support pollinators by picking up free Seedles (wildflower seed balls) at participating farmers markets.

May 2018

Attend the Homegrown Minneapolis Food Policy Forum on May 23 to discuss strategies for continuing to grow our local food system.

March 2018

Minneapolis seeks candidates for Sustainability Manager

Minneapolis releases draft comprehensive plan for public comment.

Minneapolis seeks input on Neighborhoods 2020 Roadmap. Learn more here and submit comments through Monday, April 30, 2018.

Farmers Markets of MPLS and University of Minnesota seek seasonal team members for Farmers Market Metrics Project

Undergraduate research opportunity with University of Minnesota project at Minneapolis and St. Paul urban farms "Investigating Soil Quality in Urban Agricultural Systems to Improve Environmental and Economic Outcomes

December 2017

City approves changes to Homegrown Small Business Fund, reducing match requirement, expanding eligible uses of funds and eligible lending partners, and exploring a pilot grant component in the Promise Zone with a community philanthropic partner. View staff report to City Council here.

Homegrown Minneapolis announces 2017 Homegrown Highlights of food system accomplishments.

City approves 15 community members for appointment to the 2018-19 Food Council. View list of community members here.

November 2017

Minneapolis to sign Milan Urban Food Policy Pact Learn more about the Pact.

New handout available explaining guidelines for donating prepared food to reduce wasted food and support community food access

September 2017

The Coordinator's Sustainability Office is hiring a Program Aide to support local food policy and Homegrown Minneapolis efforts

Free compost for community gardens in Minneapolis still available for fall delivery. Requests will be taken on a first-come, first served basis while supplies last.

August 2017

August 6-12 is Farmers Market Week in Minneapolis. For event updates and details, check out the Homegrown Minneapolis' farmers market page and the Farmers Markets of Minneapolis Facebook page.

Apply for the Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council. Applications open through October 20, 2017.

June 2017

Minneapolis Celebrates National Pollinator Week June 19-25: Pick Up Free Seedles at Participating Farmers Markets

March 2017

City Adds Lots for Garden Lease Program. Apply Now Through April 14

2017 Community Garden Compost Program accepting applications for low or no-cost compost for Minneapolis community gardens

January 2017

2017 Garden Lease Program Open For Application

December 2016

Homegrown Minneapolis hosts Open House and celebrates local food champions and achievements

September 2016

Minneapolis Farmers Market Collaborative - Request for Qualifications: Strategic Plan

City of Minneapolis declares September 17 to be Community Garden Day in the City of Minneapolis.

August 2016

Farmers Market Week!
Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges proclaims August 7-13, 2016 to be Farmers Market Week in the City of Minneapolis.
U.S. Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack issues proclamation that the week of August 7th-13th, 2016 is National Farmers Market Week.  
Visit one (or more) of the 35 farmers markets and mini-markets in Minneapolis to find delicious local food and participate in the festivities.

July 2016

The City of Minneapolis seeks community partners to host pollinator patches and pollinator friendly trees

June 2016

City expands areas for food cart entrepreneurs

City simplifies famers market vendor permits

Minneapolis Health Department offers free HACCP workshops in June on fermenting and canning

May 2016

City approves zoning code changes to increase food shelf location options

Lots still available in 2016 Garden Lease Program

SNAP-EBT recipients save at Minneapolis farmers markets with Market Bucks

April 2016

Farmers Markets in Minneapolis open for the season

Homegrown Minneapolis Annual Report Presents to Minneapolis City Council's Health, Environment & Community Engagement (HECE) Committee

Minneapolis Approves Plastic Bag Ordinance

Minneapolis offers trainings on expanded organics recycling program

March 2016

Minneapolis sells trees at affordable rates to city residents

February 2016

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture produces Urban Agriculture Report with assistance from Homegrown Minneapolis

City approves changes to MACC Ordinance including a simplified permit process for backyard chickens

2016 Free and Reduced Price Community Garden Compost Program

Minneapolis Community Planning and Economic Development Department accepts requests to lease vacant City lots

January 2016

2016-17 Food Council welcomes new community members

Sign up for City organics recycling going citywide this spring

City approves changes to food truck licensing regulations

December 2015

Homegrown Minneapolis Celebrates Homegrown Heroes & 2015 Highlights at Annual Open House

November 2015

City approves new community and commercial garden policies

2015-2016 Winter Farmers Markets locations and dates of operation

Annual Homegrown Minneapolis Open House program announced and registration open

October 2015

Minneapolis Community Planning and Economic Development (CPED) to propose new draft criteria and lease standards for community gardens and draft criteria and lease standards for commercial gardens (market gardens or urban farms) on City-owned vacant land.

Minneapolis Animal Care and Control (MACC) hosting meetings regarding proposed ordinance changes, including for backyard chicken permits

View MACC flyer in Somali Spanish Hmong

Nominate a 2015 Homegrown Hero by November 2nd

Register to host an information table at the Food Council Annual Open House by November 2nd

September 2015

City declares September 19, 2015 Community Garden Day 2015. Visit Gardening Matters website for details of Community Garden Day activities.

City adopts community indicators to help City measure progress toward goals. View the new set of indicators.

August 2015

 City takes action to protect dwindling local bee population. View the resolution.

July 2015

Mayor Betsy Hodges proclaims August 2-8, 2015 Farmers Market Week in the City of Minneapolis

Applications will be accepted from August 10-October 2, 2015 for the 2016-17 Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council

June 2015

City wins wellness and environmental awards from Hennepin County

City sets recycling goals

May 2015

Hold off pruning ash trees until fall, keep your trees watered

April 2015

Interactive map makes it easy to find farmers markets in Minneapolis

Restaurant takeout packaging changes in time for Earth Day

March 2015

Find out when organics recycling is coming to your block

Minneapolis part of ambitious international alliance to reduce greenhouse gas pollution

City of Minneapolis Seeks CSA Farm Interest- Deadline March 20, 2015

Homegrown Minneapolis Policy Updates (3/11/15)

Rain gardens and beyond - $15 workshops

Packaging fair for food businesses March 12

February 2015

Order a compost bin or rain barrel now, pick it up in the spring

City seeks proposals for One Minneapolis Fund grants

January 2015

Minneapolis Solid Waste customers will have an organics recycling option starting in 2015-2016

How should the City of Minneapolis gauge its success?

December 2014

2014 Homegrown Highlights Released

Food Council Honors Six "Homegrown Heroes" at Annual Open House

November 2014

National Good Food Guide Recognizes Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council

Homegrown Minneapolis reporting out results at open house Dec. 3

October 2014

First staple foods ordinance in nation now setting stronger example for other cities

Minneapolis recognizes Food Day October 24

New Facebook Page: "Friends of Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council"

Minneapolis residents can bring compostable material to five drop-off sites starting Oct. 14

September 2014

Tour Minneapolis community gardens Sept. 13

Garden study trying out a better way to grow food

August 2014

Minneapolis residents can bring compostable material to two drop-off sites

May 2014

Minneapolis mobile grocery store options expand

Interactive map makes it easy to find farmers markets in Minneapolis

April 2014

Planning your garden? Plant an extra row to fight hunger