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GreenStep City Best Practices Economic and Community Development

Local Food
no. 27

Strengthen local food and fiber production and access.
benefits  
 
Optional for category A, B and C cities
All Category A, B and C cities that choose to implement this best practice are recognized upon completion of at least one action.
summary
The goals of this best practice are to:
  • Protect and expand food- and fiber-producing land within and near the city.
  • Increase the availability of locally produced food for residents and food businesses.
Depending on the specific action(s) taken, benefits of implementing this best practice include increased food security for residents, more healthful food and improved human health, enhanced soil and water quality, reductions in energy use and CO2 emissions, improved wildlife habitat, enhanced community livability and vitality, creation of green jobs, and stronger local economies. For farmers markets alone, of each $100 spent by community members, $62 stays in the local economy and $99 stays in Minnesota's economy.
greenstep advisor
Paul Hugunin, Minnesota Grown, MN Department of Agriculture, for an overview of this best practice, for urban agriculture and for farmers' markets: 651/201-6510, paul.hugunin@state.mn.us, http://www.minnesotagrown.com

Nadja Berneche, Program Director, Gardening Matters, for community gardens: 612/821-2358, nadja@gardeningmatters.org, http://www.gardeningmatters.org

connection to state Policy

The MN Department of Health's Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) funds community health boards and tribal governments across Minnesota to increase access to healthy foods.