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March 11, 2015

Homegrown Minneapolis Presents Annual Report to City Council HECE Committee

On February 23, 2015 Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council Co-Chairs, Russ Henry and Omari Chatman, and Homegrown Minneapolis/Local Food Policy Coordinator, Tamara Downs Schwei, presented the 2014 Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council Third Annual Report to the Minneapolis City Council's Health, Environment, and Community Engagement (HECE) Committee. The presentation included background on the Homegrown Minneapolis initiative and Food Council, a report on 2014 activities, a snapshot of the current local food system, potential 2015 activities and several recommendations for City Council action.

City Council Approves Four New Food Council Positions

On February 27, 2015, in response to a recommendation from the Food Council and HECE Committee, the Minneapolis City Council approved a resolution amending the membership of the Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council to add one staff member each from the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board (MPRB) and the Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) and one community member representative each, appointed by the MPRB and MPS.

City Council Supports Changes to Minnesota Seed Law

On February 27, 2015 the Minneapolis City Council approved support for changes to the Minnesota seed law and a resolution supporting seed libraries and interpersonal seed sharing in Minnesota. Gardening Matters is providing legislative updates regarding proposed changes to the Seed Law.

CPED Staff Will Assess City's Vacant Parcels and Make Policy Recommendations

On March 3, 2015 the Minneapolis City Council's Community Development and Regulatory Services (CDRS) Committee directed Community Planning and Economic Development (CPED) Housing and Economic Development staff to review their list of City-owned vacant properties and determine which parcels are developable based on economic conditions and lot size. They will also develop a set of policy recommendations regarding the Food Council’s land access policy goals, to present to the Community Development and Regulatory Services Committee no later than July 31, 2015.

Last updated Mar 11, 2015



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