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Development of Recommendations

Purpose
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.

Organizational structure
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:

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:

Read more about the planning process, the final report, and recommendations in the Final Report.

Last updated Apr 4, 2012