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Minneapolis Urban Agriculture Activity Plan – Draft Document

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Of the approximately 192 community gardens in Minneapolis, 70% percent are food-producing.

Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
2013
A draft of the MPRB Urban Agriculture activity plan is available for public review and comment between November 6, 2013 and December 31, 2013.

Excerpt:

Introduction

Minneapolis boasts an extensive network of non-profit groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations, and individual residents that support the city’s well-established urban agriculture community. Within the last several years, initiatives including Homegrown Minneapolis and the City’s adoption of an Urban Agriculture Policy Plan have expanded the community’s ability to grow, process, distribute, consume and compost more healthy, sustainable and local foods. As Policy Plan implementation continues and trends for urban agriculture activities evolve, citywide efforts of this type have helped residents and policymakers develop consensus about the topic of urban agriculture and related food system goals.

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November 26, 2013   Comments Off on Minneapolis Urban Agriculture Activity Plan – Draft Document

Beyond the Feel-Good of Urban Farming

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girlboygardChildren living at Hope Community help prepare the ground for planting a new garden plot. Photo: Bruce Silcox.

Farm Advocates Push to Shape Minneapolis’ Food Systems—and Future

By Jon Collins
Walker Magazine
Nov. 25, 2013

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“One of the most contentious things at the City Council was this notion that the city development and urban agriculture were at odds with each other,” Cioffi said. “Our argument was that it’s not either business and housing or urban agriculture—it’s both.”

Cioffi said policy makers need to see past the warm fuzzies of urban agriculture, and start taking it seriously as an alternative form of economic and social development:

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Minneapolis’s Stone’s Throw Urban Farm Localizes Midwest Agriculture

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“We have a bunch of tiny fields throughout the city, and they’re kind of in clusters.”

By Jeff Nelson
Urban Plains
November 5, 2013

Except:

After a slow morning, Stone’s Throw Urban Farm’s crew is packing up leftover produce. “I would say 200 to 300 people pass through our stand every day,” Stone’s Throw co-founder Hanson says, putting fresh goods—everything from bright-red tomatoes and salad-ready greens—in crates to return to their refrigerated trailer. Despite the sluggish turnout, much due to the inclement weather, their stand’s pile of excess produce is considerably smaller than most nearby vendors’.

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