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Urban Agriculture Minneapolis Needs Your Voice

Though historically there is more land available in low-income neighborhoods to support the growing trend of urban farms, that’s not the only place you’re likely to see urban farms springing up.

By Anna Cioffi
Simple Good and Tasty


With phenomenal potential such as this in cities across the country, why wouldn’t City Council members in Minneapolis embrace these zoning code changes? The reasons are shaky at best. City Council members who are opposed to allowing market gardening (smaller scale urban farming in residential areas), cite disturbance of the “character” of the residential neighborhood. These worries could be addressed easily by giving neighbors and neighborhoods the right to decide what standards urban farms, market gardens and community gardens need to meet in their neighborhood.

Proposed urban ag zoning language already protects citizens from many of these concerns, such as noisy machinery during off-hours, and other aberrant practices. Create standards of excellence—don’t just restrict urban farming completely. You would be unnecessarily stifling a policy that could allow single mothers to sell tomatoes from their own backyards, or kids in Youth Farm and Market Project to learn job skills.

If you live in Minneapolis, you might want to consider e-mailing or calling your City Council member today to talk more about what preserving a strong urban agriculture policy plan can do for the city of Minneapolis. If we allow the text amendments to be weakened, we are giving up the potential for innovative urban farmers, jobs, fresh foods and economic activity, right in your own backyard – literally!

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