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2018 Food Policy Forum

The Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council hosted a Food Policy Forum in place of its annual Open House on May 23rd, 2018 at Minneapolis Public Schools Davis Center. Over 100 attendees came together to discuss strategies for continuing to grow our local food system.

Food Policy Forum Image 2018Prior to the program, attendees enjoyed refreshments catered by True Food Catering. An energetic performance by the Urban Youth of Appetite for Change opened the forum, followed by welcoming remarks from Mayor Jacob Frey and Food Council Co-Chairs, DeVon Nolen and Tasha Powell. Tamara Downs Schwei, Homegrown Minneapolis Food Policy Coordinator, presented on the work of Homegrown Minneapolis since its inception ten years ago (check out our 2017 Homegrown Highlights). Amanda Karls, Staff Attorney with the Public Health Law Center, gave a presentation on “Opportunities in City Food Policy – Innovative Examples from Around the Country,” which set the stage for the panel discussion comprised of community members, Miah Ulysse and Rogue Farmer, City of Minneapolis staff, Narin Sihavong and Tamara Downs Schwei, and policymakers, Minneapolis Ward 2 City Council Member Cam Gordon and Minneapolis Ward 11 City Council Member Jeremy Schroeder.

Food Policy Forum Panel Discussion 2018

The panel discussion touched on many topics and opportunities within the Minneapolis food system, including:

• Decreasing barriers to land access and ownership for urban agriculture
• Lessening the negative impacts of zoning on urban agriculture
• Increasing staff capacity at the City level to support urban agriculture efforts
• Addressing policies that limit year-round food production, such as hoop house and greenhouse regulations
• Focusing on soil toxicity and remediation efforts

Check out more photos on the Friends of Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council Facebook page.

Last updated Nov 5, 2018

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