Minneapolis adopts urban agriculture plan
The City Council adopted Minneapolis Urban Agriculture Plan at its regular meeting on Friday, April 15. The Urban Agriculture Plan supports the residents’ efforts to grow, process, distribute and consume more fresh, sustainably produced and locally grown foods. The plan addresses policies around access to land for growing food and zoning guidelines to support local food-related activities. The plan was initiated in 2009 when the City Council outlined eight actions to implement recommendations developed by Homegrown Minneapolis, the City's initiative that unites efforts to get healthier, local food grown, processed, distributed and eaten in Minneapolis.
With the goal of promoting urban agriculture, the plan examines existing urban agriculture policies and facilities (farmers markets, community gardens, etc.), outlines issues and opportunities for residents and businesses. Key recommendations of the plan include:
- Defining several urban agriculture related activities, such as market gardens and urban farms, in the zoning code.
- Incorporating urban agriculture into long range planning efforts.
- Encouraging the urban agriculture in new development projects.
- Reviewing the City's land inventory to find opportunities for urban agriculture.
- Supporting and potentially enhancing the newly opened Homegrown Business Development Center and studying other urban agriculture related economic opportunities in the future.
The plan will be incorporated into the City's comprehensive plan, The Minneapolis Plan for Sustainable Growth
Homegrown Minneapolis is a City and community partnership established to develop recommendations and implement strategies to increase and improve the growing, processing, distribution, consumption and waste recovery of healthy, sustainable, locally grown foods. Under the leadership of Mayor R.T. Rybak and Council Member Gordon and the Minneapolis Department of Health and Family Support, Homegrown Minneapolis is bringing together key partners from local government, area businesses, community organizations, nonprofits and residents to build a healthy, local food system.
Published Apr. 15, 2011