Development of Recommendations
The City of Minneapolis has a role to play in building a strong local food system by supporting residents’ efforts to grow, sell, distribute, and consume more fresh, sustainably produced and locally grown foods. The goal of the first phase (planning phase) of the Homegrown Minneapolis initiative was to identify and convene stakeholders from across the community to discuss food issues, challenges and opportunities, and develop specific recommendations for ways in which the City can grow the local food system.
Leading the initiative was a Steering Committee, comprised of 17 members including 3 tri-chairs from the community, the co-chairs of each of the 4 subcommittees, and additional City support staff.
At the heart of Homegrown Minneapolis was a Stakeholder Group made up of over 100 partners representing the City, schools, parks, local businesses, neighborhood organizations, non-profits, community residents, and other organizations. The purpose of the Stakeholder Group was to bring together key partners in order to share ideas and facilitate connections between those involved in the local food system.
Stakeholders were given the opportunity to self-select into one of the following four subcommittees. Each subcommittee was co-chaired by a City staff member and a community expert. Additional partners and interested community members were invited to participate on one or more of the subcommittees:
- Farmers’ Markets: This subcommittee developed recommendations related to providing coordinated services to the existing markets, using farmers’ markets as a foundation for providing food to underserved populations, and facilitating linkages between existing farmers’ markets, farmers, and consumers.
- Community, School, and Home Gardens: This subcommittee developed recommendations related to increasing the number of community, school and backyard gardens throughout Minneapolis, linking City resources and programs to community gardeners, and simplifying the process by which gardens are developed and managed.
- Small Enterprise Urban Agriculture: This subcommittee developed recommendations related to creating training and employment opportunities for youth, low-income families and others through food production and using City resources to encourage small food-related business ventures.
- Commercial Use of Local Foods: This subcommittee developed recommendations related to increasing the use of local, fresh foods in commercial institutions and connecting regional growers to opportunities within the City.
Recommendation Development Process
Subcommittee members met regularly from December 2008 to April 2009 to develop focused recommendations related to their topic area. These recommendations were organized and refined by the Homegrown Minneapolis Steering Committee and were presented for public comment during May 2009. Community engagement efforts included community meetings, online feedback, and presentations to various City advisory groups and community organizations. Comments gathered from these sources were integrated into a final set of recommendations and narrative report. The recommendations were broadly organized into 6 categories:
- City Resolution
- Green Jobs
- Land Use and Development
Read more about the planning process, the final report, and recommendations in the Final Report.
Last updated Apr. 4, 2012