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Urban Farms and Market Gardens

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Urban farms and market gardens contribute to our city's local food economy and food security by enabling fresh vegetables, fruits, and other food products to be grown and sold to City residents and businesses. They also create vibrant community-building spaces.


2017 Garden Lease Program Information
Commercial garden policies and criteria for leasing City-owned vacant lots for market gardens or urban farms.

Urban Agriculture Policy Plan Text Amendment/Zoning Code

In March of 2012 the Minneapolis City Council amended the zoning code to allow for expanded urban agriculture in the city. The zoning code text amendment approved two new land uses—for market gardens and urban farms—and set development and design standards. This effort took food growing to a new level for the benefit of resident health, the environment and the economic vitality of the city. Under the new code, regulatory barriers were removed that made it difficult to establish land uses for agriculture in the city. Urban agricultural land uses were expanded in all zoning districts.The change in the zoning code originated from a broader vision and a specific recommendation for policy changes to support access to land for growing food and to support local food-related activities that was put forward in the first phase of the Homegrown Minneapolis initiative.

Zoning and Development Standards

Visit our Zoning for Urban Agriculture page for information about zoning and development standards for market gardens and urban farms.

Farmstands

On September 19, 2014, the City Council adopted an amendment to modify our zoning code regulations pertaining to farmstands. Farmstands no longer require a Temporary Use Permit, but rather are regulated through the development standards below, listed in the Accessory Uses chapter 537.110 of City code. Farmstands are defined as a temporary structure for the display and sale of food or ornamental crops grown at a community garden, market garden or urban farm.

Farmstands are allowed accessory to a community garden, market garden or urban farm, subject to the following:

Hydrant Water Permits for Community Gardens and Urban Farms

City policies and processes for accessing water
Hydrant permit application and regulations

The Water Works Permit Office issues garden water permits to community gardens and urban farmers to access a specific fire hydrant for their garden/farm when there is no other water option available. The person must have legal documentation from owner giving permission to use land. These permits are issued seasonally. The water usage is metered and paid for during the growing season. For further questions please call (612) 673-2865 or or visit the Public Service Center located at 250 S 4th St., Room 224, Minneapolis.

On-farm Food Safety Resources

The University of Minnesota provides workshops and consulting related to on-farm food safety and GAPS, as well as an assembly guide for an affordable hand-washing station. Hand-washing is one of the important food safety strategies for every farm and garden. Read more at their website.

Urban Farming Financing

Soil Quality

Other Resources

 

Last updated Jan 9, 2017

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