Homegrown Minneapolis makes progress on eating local, healthier

Minneapolis is making progress in helping residents eat and grow more healthy and local food. Over the last two years, these initiatives have been a part of Homegrown Minneapolis, which is a City-community vision that unites efforts to get more healthy, local food grown, processed, distributed and eaten in Minneapolis. Local food is good for our local economy, our community’s health and the environment.

Homegrown Minneapolis successes so far include ordinances changed to allow indoor farmer’s markets, require most corner stores to sell fresh fruits and vegetables, and permit beekeeping in the city. People can now use food stamps (EBT) to buy fresh produce at two farmers market locations, thanks to a Minneapolis Department of Health and Family Support State Health Improvement (SHIP) obesity prevention grant and Communities Putting Prevention to Work program.

The City has a new Urban Agriculture Policy Plan to guide City land use and zoning to support local food-related activities. Minneapolis residents are invited to comment on the draft plan until Jan. 31, 2011 at Urban Agriculture Policy Plan.

Interested residents can learn more about Homegrown Minneapolis at Homegrown Minneapolis.

Published Dec. 13, 2010