Local Food Resource Hubs Network Helps Residents Grow Their Own Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
Hubs members received seeds and seedlings at neighborhood distribution days held in April and May 2011.
DID YOU KNOW…?
- People who garden reap health benefits. Gardening is great physical activity, and gardeners get to eat the nutritious fruits and veggies they grow!
- Growing fruits and vegetables might help increase access to healthy foods for some members of the Hubs Network. 45% of the individual Hubs Network members that were surveyed reported having to cut the size of meals of skip meals in the past year because there was not enough money for food.
As part of its efforts to increase access to healthy food in community settings and support the recommendations from the City’s Homegrown Minneapolis initiative, the Minneapolis Department of Health and Family Support, in partnership with Gardening Matters and community leaders, launched the Local Food Resource Hubs Network (LFRHN) in the fall of 2010. Based on a successful model from Detroit, the LFRHN supports Minneapolis residents in growing, preserving, cooking and composting their own fresh produce.
In 2011, three pilot hubs were established in Minneapolis: Northside Hub (North Minneapolis), Southside Hub (Powderhorn/Central) and the Phillips/Ventura Village Hub. A fourth hub was added in early 2012 in the Northeast/Southeast area of Minneapolis and a fifth hub was created in the St. Paul/Midway area. Hubs are locally-based partnerships of residents, neighborhood organizations, local businesses, Gardening Matters, and the City of Minneapolis. Gardeners pay a small fee to become members of the Hubs Network and receive seeds, seedlings, access to tools, low-cost workshops, and become part of a dedicated and supportive community of people growing their own food. Hubs are not physical locations, rather they are neighborhood networks of gardeners who come together to support each other in growing, cooking, preserving, and composting their own fresh produce.
Results and Accomplishments (courtesy of Gardening Matters):
- In 2012, the network grew to 692 members
- 127 community gardens are in the Hubs Network
- Nearly 2,000 adults and over 1,000 youth are gardening with the program.
- Over 30,000 seed packets and over 20,000 seedlings were distributed to Hubs members
- With conservative measurement, Hubs members gardened at least 140,232 sq ft of space in our two cities; we estimate that this produced about 70,116 lbs of food, valued at about $150,000.
- The Local Food Resource Hubs Facebook group has grown to over 200 subscribers, discussing everything from rainfall to canning tomatoes.
- In partnership with the MN Landscape Arboretum, over 100 Hubs members visited the Arboretum for Hubs Appreciation Day, many for the first time.
- Strong leaders worked together in each hub to carry out the year’s activities – we look forward to growing this group and continuing to garden in this community we are creating!
Reports and Resources:
- View a summary of the results from the Spring 2011 baseline survey of LFRHN members.
Additional LFRHN information is available on the Gardening Matters website.
This program is made possible in part by funding from the Minneapolis Department of Health and Family Support and the Statewide Health Improvement Program.
Last updated Jan. 15, 2013