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Healthy, local food in Minneapolis

Public meetings on Homegrown Minneapolis initiative

April 21, 2009 (MINNEAPOLIS) The City of Minneapolis is hosting two public meetings in May to present recommendations on the Homegrown Minneapolis initiative and to hear from the public. Homegrown Minneapolis is a City initiative that’s working to find ways to get more fresh, locally grown food sold, distributed and eaten in Minneapolis. Food grown locally is good for your health and promotes a stronger local economy and protection of our environment.

Residents can come to a meeting, hear about the Homegrown Minneapolis initiative, review a summary of the Homegrown Minneapolis recommendations, and share their comments.

• Tuesday, May 12

6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

North Commons Park

1801 James Ave. N., Multipurpose Room A

• Monday, May 18

6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Martin Luther King Park

4055 Nicollet Ave. S.

Homegrown Minneapolis recommendations cover topics such as:

• Using public and private land for community gardens and food production,

• Increasing access to farmers’ markets or mobile food delivery services,

• Encouraging restaurants, schools, and other organizations to use locally grown food on their menus, and

• Supporting entrepreneurs who want to create small businesses focused on local food production.

Interested residents can also visit Homegrown Minneapolis to see the same materials and offer feedback. Materials will be posted May 1, and comments will be taken through May 31.

These meeting sites are wheelchair accessible. If you need other disability related accommodations, such as a sign language interpreter or materials in alternative format, please contact Kristen Klingler at (612) 673-2910 or kristen.klingler@minneapolismn.gov by May 5.

Any questions about the initiative or the community meetings can be directed to Kristen Klingler at Kristen.Klingler@minneapolismn.gov or (612) 673-2910.

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Published Apr. 21, 2009