Homegrown Minneapolis is a citywide initiative expanding our community’s ability to grow, process, distribute, eat and compost more healthy, sustainable, locally grown foods.
Homegrown Minneapolis brings together key partners from local government, area businesses, community organizations, non-profits, and residents to build a healthy, local food system.
Why support Homegrown Minneapolis?
Homegrown Minneapolis is about creating a local, healthy, and sustainable food supply that will positively impact the City and region’s:
- Economy: A local food system supports small farms and local jobs, creates new business opportunities, and encourages the re-circulation of financial capital within the city.
- Health: Increasing consumption of healthy foods contributes to improved nutrition and reduced levels of obesity and other chronic diseases.
- Food Security: The ability for residents to grow, process sell and easily obtain a consistent, adequate supply of fresh, sustainably grown, local foods can empower families and communities to be more self-sufficient.
- Environment: Producing and buying sustainably grown, local food can improve:
- Water and soil quality by reducing chemical and water useage; and
- Air quality by reducing the amount of transportation and packaging required to bring our food from farm to table, thereby by decreasing pollution.
- Social Connectedness: A local food system enhances community cohesion and encourages individuals to share resources in order to provide for the collective needs of their neighbors and the community as a whole.
- Food Safety: Food grown locally can be processed and distributed by small- and mid-size operations where careful attention can be paid to food quality and safety measures.
Last updated Feb 7, 2014