Leasing now open for 2016 vacant lot gardens
City-owned lots available for community gardens and market gardens
Gardeners know that wintertime is garden-planning time. Community gardeners and market gardeners can apply by Feb. 19 to lease vacant City lots for the 2016 gardening season. About 55 parcels are available. Interested groups should submit a garden request form for each parcel they intend to request. (Any lots still available after the current application process is complete would be available first-come, first-served until the next application process in the fall or winter.) Access to these lots will help improve food equity and access to healthy food, and grow the local food economy.
Potential applicants can bring their questions to a community meeting:
6 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 3
Minneapolis Public Schools Davis Center, Assembly Room, 1250 West Broadway Ave.
6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 4 (This meeting will be conducted in Hmong.)
North Regional Library, Second Floor, 1315 Lowry Ave. N.
- Application process for leasing vacant City parcels for community and market gardens.
- New commercial garden policies and criteria for leasing City-owned vacant lots for market gardens or community gardens.
Starting this year, besides community gardeners, eligible leaseholders also include urban farmers and market gardeners. Other changes to the rules include:
- Insurance liability requirement for community gardens decreased to $1 million.
- Lease agreements will require pollinator-friendly practices.
These changes came about through the Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council’s 2015 policy recommendations following increasing demand from residents for both community and commercial gardening space in the city.
The Community Garden Program began in 2010 to help make Minneapolis more beautiful, provide healthy food and build community. About fifty City lots are already leased to community groups. The City of Minneapolis supports community gardens in its commitment to promoting access to good nutrition, improving the ecological footprint of the city, encouraging active and healthy living and providing spaces for human interaction, food production and beauty in our daily lives. Minneapolis already has about 275 community gardens throughout the city.
For more information go to www.minneapolismn.gov/homegrown.
Published Jan 29, 2016