Community meeting on new urban agriculture land use plan and progress toward Homegrown Minneapolis goals A Homegrown Minneapolis community meeting 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9 at the Urban Research and Outreach Center, 2001 Plymouth Ave. N., Minneapolis will give folks a chance to learn about how 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.
At the meeting City staff will also unveil the draft of the City’s new Urban Agriculture Policy Plan and kick off the plan’s public comment period. The plan will guide City land use and zoning to support local food-related activities. Homegrown Minneapolis successes so far include ordinances changed to allow indoor farmer’s markets; require grocers to sell fresh, whole foods; and permit beekeeping in the city. A Minneapolis Department of Health and Family Support State Health Improvement (SHIP) obesity prevention grant also helped expand the use of food stamps (EBT) to two farmers market locations to make fresh produce more easily available.