Minneapolis-owned vacant lots available for community gardens

The City of Minneapolis is making 21 "non-buildable" City-owned vacant lots available for community gardeners to lease, in a pilot program to help make Minneapolis more beautiful, provide healthy food and build community. Minneapolis already has more than 100 community gardens throughout the city.

This pilot will make leases available for community gardens on 21 City-owned lots. These lots were selected because they are not appropriate for development. This means that they will remain available for years of gardening even as the economy changes and redevelopment picks up. Lots are available first-come, first-served to qualifying groups. Experienced community garden groups may be eligible for three- to five-year leases, while groups gardening for the first time will start with one-year leases.

A qualifying group is a not-for-profit or a group with a not-for-profit sponsor. The garden will need to have liability insurance; usually this is liability insurance with the City as an additional insured party. Applicants should be ready to discuss the layout of the community garden, how it will be managed and how it will engage and benefit the community.

The Community Garden Pilot Program is part of Homegrown Minneapolis. Homegrown Minneapolis is an initiative of the City of Minneapolis to improve the growth, sales, distribution and consumption of healthy, locally grown foods within the city and the surrounding region. A community garden program is one of nine Homegrown Minneapolis recommendations adopted by the City Council.

For more information on the Homegrown Minneapolis Community Gardens Pilot Program, visit the City's website.

Published Apr 20, 2010