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Local Food
no. 27

Strengthen local food and fiber production and access.
  Best Practice Action 3      [ 1 2 3 4 ]       [all actions]

Create, assist with and promote local food production/distribution within the city:

a.  A farmer's market or co-op buying club.
b.  An urban agriculture business or a community-supported agriculture (CSA) arrangement between farmers and community members/employees.
c.  A community or school garden, orchard or forest.
  • Comprehensive manual on how to start a farmers market from the Minnesota Farmers Market Association. From the MN Dept. of Agriculture see Minnesota Grown promotional assistance for farmers markets and farmers, and the AGRI Urban Agriculture Grant Program.
  • A model resolution of support for community gardens (Public Health Law Center, St. Paul: 2011).
  • Contact the Land Stewardship Project for assistance in starting a community-supported agriculture enterprise.
  • MN Dept. of Natural Resources' school forests program and information from University Extension on school gardens.
  • University of MN Extension resources for enhancing the sustainability of Minnesota's small farms and the Urban Farm Business Plan Handbook (U.S. EPA: 2011), a framework for any organization or community interested in developing an urban farm on cleaned brownfields or vacant sites to help address neighborhood blight, food access, or community development challenges. The handbook provides guidance on how to assemble marketing, operating, and financial strategies to communicate your urban farm project to potential partners and funders.
  • During 2012 J&J Distributing of St. Paul teamed with the city of St. Paul and New York-based BrightFarms LLC to develop a 38,000-square-foot hydroponics facility to produce more than 350,000 pounds of tomatoes and lettuce annually. Reduced costs and shrink rates at the facility and fresher produce will result in competitive prices. In addition to new jobs created and a product with a reduced carbon footprint, BrightFarms will recycle and reuse storm water captured in tanks, preventing 750,000 gallons of runoff. BrightFarms will also use 4.5 million gallons less water than traditional field agriculture while producing the same amount of crops. Contact Garden Fresh Farms of Maplewood about license agreements to build and operate an aquaponic or hydroponic urban farm.
  • See case studies of season extension techniques - growing with greenhouses / high tunnels - by Minnesota CERTS (Clean Energy Resource Teams).
  • Some local food promotion efforts, such as Homegrown Minneapolis, and St. Paul's Healthy and Local Food cover the multiple areas of expanding a community’s ability to grow, process, distribute, eat and compost more healthy, sustainable, locally grown foods.
Summarize what exists in the city: a farmer's market, urban ag businesses, etc.
Report on supportive actions taken by the city such as use of city land for a farmer's market, garden plots in city parks, hiring a garden/market coordinator, supporting season extension techniques such as hoop houses or greenhouses; donations from markets/gardens to food shelves.
Report on percent of housing units within a 1 mile of a healthy food source (farmer's market, community garden, CSA drop point, and stores with an NAICS code of 445110 or 445230); convert top level of a parking ramp for a local food growing business.

Golden Valley

Date action report first entered:   12/05/2017
Date of last report update:   12/05/2017
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
Market in the Valley is a farmers market that is held in the City Hall parking lot every Sunday morning June through October. Market in the Valley is operated by the Northwest Community Farmers Market Connection (NCFMC), all produce is Minnesota grown and sold by the farmers who grow it. 7,072 out of 9,610 residential units are within a mile of CSA drop-off points or the farmers market (74% of the population).

Outcome measures/metrics:
In 2017, Market in the Valley had an average attendance rate of approximately 1,000 shoppers per Sunday.

Descriptive links: http://www.marketinthevalley.org/home

For more information contact:
Market in the Valley Market in the Valley (Community volunteer)   |   marketinthevalley@gmail.com   |   612-440-2648

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Albert Lea

Date action report first entered:   07/20/2016
Date of last report update:   04/04/2017
Year action initially completed:   2017

Implementation details:
The City allows use of city land for a farmer's market. The City also has 3 Community Gardens all administrated by Parks and Recreation. Two are on City property and the other is a Joint Powers Agreement. A total number 120 of plots are available to city residents.

Outcome measures/metrics:
With three grocery Stores , 2 Farmers Market locations and 3 community gardens located within the city limits of Albert Lea at least 80% of the total population is within 1 mile of some form of food access.

For more information contact:
Jerry Gabrielatos (City staff)   |   jgabrielatos@ci.albertlea.mn.us   |   507-377-4316

Blue Zones Project; SHIP; Albert Lea Economic Development Agency;Farmers Market; Hill Top CSA, Wintergreen Food coop; Hy-vee, Marketplace Foods.

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Apple Valley

Date action report first entered:   03/21/2012

Implementation details:
(a) Currently farmers markets are conducted twice a week in Apple Valley at Mt. Olivet church on Tuesday evenings, and at the Municipal Center on Saturday mornings. (c) ISD 196 Dakota Ridge School has a greenhouse and gardening program. ISD 196 School Environmental Studies has a community garden.

For more information contact:
Charless Grawe (City staff)   |   CGrawe@ci.apple-valley.mn.us   |   952-953-2508

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Date action report first entered:   07/22/2015
Date of last report update:   07/22/2015

Implementation details:
In 2010, Sibley East High School was awarded $1,000 from the Statewide Health Improvement Plan (SHIP), as well as $5,525 from the Minnesota Agricultural Education Leadership Council, $2,500 from AgStar, and $1,000 from the Minnesota Valley Electric Co-op, which made the implementation of a pilot Farm-to-School program possible.

Outcome measures/metrics:
http://www.farm2schoolmn.org/index.php?q=sibley_east_unique_approach 2010's success encouraged them to try again the following year on an even larger scale. In addition to planting two acres of vegetable gardens, they planted an acre of corn, which was sold to offset the cost of the garden. The school also reserved a section of its garden for Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), which provides additional funding to pay the garden managers, who spent 15 to 20 hours a week during the summer working on their green thumbs. Through the CSA, members of the Sibley East community had the chance to purchase a share of the vegetable garden and take home its harvest. Twenty-nine Arlington community members participated in the CSA in 2012 and participation continues to increase.

Descriptive links: http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/oshii/ship/stories/sibleyeaststory.html

For more information contact:
Tim Uhlenkamp (Community volunteer)   |   tuhlenkamp@sibley-east.k12.mn.us   |   507-964-8272

Sibley East School District, Sibley County Public Health

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Belle Plaine

Date action report first entered:   04/16/2018
Date of last report update:   04/16/2018
Year action initially completed:   2015
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
The City of Belle Plaine supports a local farmers market held every Wednesday May through October at Court Square, a municipal park. The City allow park usage free of charge and also allows directional signage to be placed on public property. Information about the market is posted on the City website.

Descriptive links: http://www.belleplainemn.com/farmers-market-2

For more information contact:
Laura Blue (City staff)   |   lblue@ci.belleplaine.mn.us   |   952-873-5553

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Date action report first entered:   10/31/2012

Implementation details:
a) Bemidji is host to two different farmer’s markets: Bemidji’s Natural Choice Farmers Market and the Bemidji Area Farmers Market. Bemidji’s Natural Choice Farmer’s Market is located in Union Square parking lot (off 2nd St and Beltrami Ave) and is open twice a week (Saturdays from 8:30 to 3pm and Wednesdays from 11 to 4pm) from May through late October. The vendors include small-acreage, home based, family-businesses and farms located in and around the Bemidji area, and they provide fresh, high-quality local produce and other products. More information, including a list of vendors, can be found at http://naturalchoicemarket.org/. The Bemidji Area Farmer’s Market is located in the Pamida/Subway parking lot at 200 Paul Bunyan Drive South and is open seasonally on Sundays from 11 to 4, Tuesdays from 10-5, Thursdays from 12-6, and Saturdays from 9-3. The Bemidji Area Farmers Market is a non-profit corporation recognized by both state and federal government, serving the Greater Bemidji area. The market is operated by a board of directors made up of both market members and community minded individuals. They strongly encourage members to donate food products to the food shelf, soup kitchen and other like organizations. More information can be found at http://bemidjifarmersmarket.com/our-mission/. b) Bemidji supports a number of local CSAs who have partnerships with local community organizations. For example, a portion of Chill Creek Ridge’s CSA investments go to support the Rail River Folk School (http://chillcreekridge.csasignup.com/members/types). Farmucopia, another local CSA, also supports Harmony Foods Cooperative and will be providing produce to local schools through the Farm to School program (http://www.farmucopia-csa.com/author/admin/). Northern Light Farm (http://www.localharvest.org/northern-light-farm-M7072) is another prominent CSA in the Bemidji area. c) A campus garden began at Bemidji State University in the summer of 2011, giving students the option to grow their own organic food. There are a total of 28 plots, with the option of planting extra seeds on the outside of the fence for the public to use for free. The Gitigaan Garden is located across from the campus library on Birch Lane and 16th. The 2012 year was a great success, with all the plots filled. The City of Bemidji also provides community garden plots at Nymore Park.

For more information contact:
Michelle Miller (City staff)   |   michelle.miller@ci.bemidji.mn.us   |   218-759-3561

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Big Lake

Date action report first entered:   10/06/2017
Date of last report update:   03/29/2018
Year action initially completed:   2011
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
Big Lake has a farmer's market that is run by the city and uses a city park for operation. We have a market coordinator who is looking into opportunities to donate to food shelves in the future. The City also began a winter farmers market in 2017-2018 through a partnership with a local church. The City also maintains a community garden.

Descriptive links: https://www.facebook.com/biglakefarmersmarket/

For more information contact:
Corrie Scott (City staff)   |   cscott@biglakemn.org   |   763-263-7800

SHIP, BLEND, Big Lake Chamber of Commerce, Saron Lutheran Church

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Date action report first entered:   01/05/2018
Date of last report update:   01/05/2018
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
City of Bloomington hosts a weekly farmers market and has a number of community gardens: https://www.bloomingtonmn.gov/ph/community-gardens.

Descriptive links: https://www.bloomingtonmn.gov/market/bloomington-farmers-market

For more information contact:
Steve Gurney (City staff)   |   sgurney@BloomingtonMN.gov   |   952-563-4606

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Date action report first entered:   06/06/2012

Implementation details:
The City of Burnsville plays a direct role in the Wolk Park Community Garden. This garden is on city property, within a city park, and the city provides the water resources for the garden. The rest of the resources and funding for the garden were raised by the nonprofit organization Woodhill. Burnsville worked with Valley Natural Foods to allow a community garden to be built adjacent to the co-op's storm ponds. As far as the city's efforts to created local food access, the city allows a farmer's market downtown at Mary Mother of the Church. A co-op, Valley Natural Foods, is located downtown that is a drop-point for several rural CSAs. Also, their are two community gardens within city parks.

For more information contact:
Sue Bast (City staff)   |   basts@ci.burnsville.mn.us   |   952-895-4524

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Coon Rapids

Date action report first entered:   05/10/2016
Date of last report update:   05/10/2016

Implementation details:
Coon Rapids is proud to work with the Anoka County Growers Association to host a weekly farmer’s market at the Coon Rapids Ice Center. This event run during the summer growing season and draws in numerous residents each week. In 2016, Coon Rapids plans to expand to include other local vendors related to overall health and activities to encourage residents more. The market continues to grow and has been very successful.

Descriptive links: http://www.coonrapidsmn.gov/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/295

For more information contact:
Colleen Sinclair (City staff)   |   csinclair@coonrapidsmn.gov   |   763-767-6485

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Date action report first entered:   06/01/2007
Date of last report update:   05/01/2015

Implementation details:
A) Crookston has a farmer’s market that was established in 2007. This farmer’s market meets on city land at Town Square in the red pavilion. Products sold include locally grown fruits and vegetables as well as local arts and crafts. The current market coordinator is Steve Dufault. B) Crookston is home to at least one community- supported agriculture, Whitetail Gardens, which launched in 2011. The Farmer to Plate program has been running since 2012 and connects farmers in our area to the food services in Crookston schools. There are currently 3 farmers that participate in this program. C) The City of Crookston will be breaking ground on Riverside Community Garden in May 2015. This community garden is on city land on a city block that was cleared due to flood regulations. This space will now be filled with 8 raised beds, 2 wheelchair accessible beds, a butterfly garden, a berry patch, melon patch, sunflower and corn patch, as well as perennial gardens. There are several school gardens located throughout the city. The University of Minnesota Crookston has a ¼ acre plot on city land that goes directly to campus food services. One of the public schools also have a hoop house and garden. Through an after school program, children get to have hands on experiences with the garden while growing food.

For more information contact:
DeAndra Navratil (City staff)   |   oconn587@Umn.edu   |   701-330-5226

Chamber of Commerce; University of Minnesota Extensions

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Date action report first entered:   01/03/2015
Date of last report update:   01/12/2015

Implementation details:
Crystal Recreation Department has community garden plots, in partnership with Brooklyn Park. There is a waiting list for the existing community gardens and options are being considered for additional community garden plots.

Descriptive links: http://www.crystalmn.gov/parks_and_amp_recreation/new_community_garden_registration.php

For more information contact:
Anne Norris (City staff)   |   Anne.Norris@crystalmn.gov   |   763-531-1140

City of Brooklyn Park

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Date action report first entered:   11/29/2016
Date of last report update:   12/01/2016
Year action initially completed:   2013
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
- The following schools in Duluth have school forests: North Shore Community School, Lakewood Elementary, Lester Park Elementary, Homecroft Elementary, Duluth East High School, and Bay View Elementary. - The Duluth Farmers' Market has existed since 1911. The West Duluth Farmers' Market and the Lincoln Park Farmers' Market serve different parts of Duluth. - The Duluth Community Garden program has several plots located on city-owned property. - The Duluth Parks and Recreation department's Edible Duluth program "aims to promote, develop and create sustainable and maintained edible landscapes on public property". There are currently 147 trees at 16 different locations across the city.

For more information contact:
Jennifer Moses (City staff)   |   jmoses@duluthmn.gov   |   218-730-5328

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Date action report first entered:   02/16/2012
Date of last report update:   05/29/2018
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
Edina hosts a Farmer's Market in Centennial Lakes Park from mid July through Sept. The City staff person responsible for coordinating the Farmer's market is Tom Shirley. The city began a Community Garden with 50 plots at Yorktown Park in May 2013. The City staff person who coordinates the community garden is Kristen Aarsvold. Both the Farmer's Market and Community Garden have collection boxes for the VEAP food shelf.

Outcome measures/metrics:
11 of the 30 vendors are produce vendors. Attendance averages over 1,000 people per market. Last year, 1,445 pounds of food was donated to VEAP foodshelf.

For more information contact:
Tom Shirley (City staff)   |   TShirley@CI.Edina.MN.US   |   952-833-9582


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Elk River

Date action report first entered:   11/25/2010
Date of last report update:   12/31/2014

Implementation details:
The City of Elk River farmer's market was created in 2007 and is held every Thursday from late June until the end of September. This farmer's market was moved to a city-owned parking lot in Downtown Elk River to coincide with the Downtown concert series which promotes shopping at the Farmer's Market.

For more information contact:
Amanda Bednar (City staff)   |   ABednar@ElkRiverMN.gov   |   763-635-1068

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Elko New Market

Date action report first entered:   12/28/2015
Date of last report update:   04/30/2018
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
The city holds and promotes a community garden within city limits. Although there are no urban ag businesses, provided the city's location, Ag business in the rural and suburban areas of Elko New Market are thriving and many businesses are within a five-minute commute to local farming entrepreneurs. The City has held a Farmer's Market each Thursday in the Summer, but has been unable to sustain more than a 10 to 12 vendors. It does currently have one, but will continue to try to find a viable one. The City is in the process of working on a Food Shelf with interested residents.

Descriptive links: http://www.ci.enm.mn.us

For more information contact:
Mark Nagel (City staff)   |   mnagel@ci.enm.mn.us   |   952-461-2777

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Date action report first entered:   04/28/2016
Date of last report update:   04/28/2016

Implementation details:
The City owns an open lot where the community can grow produce. School uses garden for educational programs. City has a farmer's market.

For more information contact:
Harold Langowski (City staff)   |   elyod@ely.mn.us   |   218-226-5474

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Falcon Heights

Date action report first entered:   01/18/2011

Implementation details:
Since 2007 the City of Falcon Heights has operated a community garden. Priority for plots is given first to apartment dwellers (who do not have a yard of their own), then other Falcon Heights residents, and then non-residents. Each year there has been a waiting list of people who wish to rent a plot the next year.

Outcome measures/metrics:
The garden was so successful that after 2008 it was expanded by nearly 50% (from 20 plots to 29 plots). Beginning in 2010 the gardeners began to donate extra produce to the local food shelf through the city's "Adopt-a-Crop" program.

Descriptive links: http://falconheightsgarden.blogspot.com/             view file

For more information contact:
Justin Markon (City staff)   |   justin.markon@falconheights.org   |   651-792-7600

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Fergus Falls

Date action report first entered:   01/14/2016
Date of last report update:   01/14/2016

Implementation details:
Local residents have formed a Farmer’s Market that is open twice a week for local vendors to sell their food products in a city park. Bluebird Gardens is located just outside of the city and they operate a large CSA. Several businesses within the city are drop-off points for their product line. Lake Region Healthcare, the City of Fergus Falls and the Fergus Falls School District all have community garden plots.

For more information contact:
Len Taylor (City staff)   |   len.taylor@ci.fergus-falls.mn.us   |   218-332-5418

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Date action report first entered:   12/08/2017
Date of last report update:   12/08/2017
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
The City of Fridley has 46 Community Garden plots that residents can rent during the summer. These plots are located adjacent to the Public Works facility as well as a regional park.

Descriptive links: http://www.ci.fridley.mn.us/733/Community-Gardens

For more information contact:
Rachel Workin (City staff)   |   rachel.workin@fridleymn.gov   |   763-572-3594

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Grand Marais

Date action report first entered:   11/04/2015
Date of last report update:   11/04/2015

Implementation details:
Northwoods Food project is a non-profit organization who's purpose is to increase Cook County's long term food sustainability and self reliance by eating and growing locally produced food. Some of the ways to accomplish this is through: Developing county-wide linkages / communications between the public, for-profit and non-profit food sectors. Farmers Markets: The City support Farmers market in the downtown on City-owned lots every weekend. School forest and garden: ISD 166 School District has a forest maintained and used for educational purposes on the K-12 School site. School also maintains small gardens in the elementary school area.

Descriptive links: http://www.co.cook.mn.us/index.php/northwoods-food-project#sthash.tAYmLEj9.dpuf

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Granite Falls

Date action report first entered:   06/06/2017
Date of last report update:   10/02/2017
Year action initially completed:   2016
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
The City of Granite Falls has a yearly Farmers Market to provide food options to residents. City allows the Market to be held in the City's parking lot.

Descriptive links: Farmers Market

For more information contact:
Crystal Johnson (City staff)   |   crystal.johnson@granitefalls.com   |   320-56-3011

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Date action report first entered:   04/21/2015
Date of last report update:   04/21/2015

Implementation details:
In order to promote agriculture in the City of Hermantown, a farmer's market is set to begin operation near the old city hall in the summer of 2015. Hermantown has a large rural region within its boundaries that has the ability to support agricultural activities. The farmer's market will offer a location for these citizens to sell their product, while encouraging healthy and sustainable dietary options for other citizens.

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For more information contact:
Adam Fulton (City staff)   |   afulton@hermantownmn.com   |   218-729-3618

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Date action report first entered:   05/13/2011

Implementation details:
The Community Garden, completed two years ago, has four raised gardens and 16 regular gardens. It was supported by the Horizons Program and the City. Foods were raised and sold at the Farmer's Market . The Local Lions Club has approved building 4 more raised gardens due to our aging population. Our Farmer's Market, established four years ago, begins June 1st with approximately 20 vendors and 200 customers attending. This is help in the local city park and the city has been supportive of this activity. New playground equipment was purchased for the youth. Every Wednesday it is full of children playing This is a community event and has molded the community together.

For more information contact:
Dianne Johnson (City staff)   |   heda@runestone.net   |   320-986-2448

Hoffman Lions, Horizons Group, Messiah Church

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Date action report first entered:   08/27/2012

Implementation details:
For over 25 years,the Hopkins Farmer's Market has offered a seasonal opportunity to Minnesota grown vegetables, fruits, herbs, meat, poultry, honey, flowers, annual plants, handmade soaps, crafts, jewelry, kettle corn, cookbooks, bakery items, and snacks. The farmers market runs Saturdays from mid-June through October. At the peak of the season there are 23 vendors that sell goods at the market. The City of Hopkins also provides a community garden site in Valley Park in the Westbrooke/Nine Mile Creek area where residents can lease a 20 ft by 20 ft garden plot.Residents can register for a plot at Hopkins City Hall. Due to the high demand for plots, there is a limit of two plots per household. The rate is $20 for one plot and $50 for two plots. One of the main reason of the popularity of the Community Garden Plots may relate to the fact that there is a source of water nearby that people try to get as close as possible.The Family Gardens is a place for people from a wide variety of backgrounds to come together, socialize, share gardening techniques, and admire each others bounty. More information on the Farmer's Market and the Community Garden is on the City's website, www.hopkinsmn.com as well as Think Hopkins website www.thinkhopkins.com,articles in the Hopkins Highlights, the City's newsletter, articles in Connections, the City's e-newsletter, as well as weekly reminders.These marketing efforts also resulted in stories in the two local newspapers, the Sun Sailor and the Weekly News, as well as the local Patch.com website.

Descriptive links: http://www.hopkinsmn.com/events/farmers-market.php

For more information contact:
Jane Ale (City staff)   |   Jale@hopkinsmn.com   |   952-548-6302

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Date action report first entered:   03/02/2016
Date of last report update:   03/02/2016

Implementation details:
The City of Hutchinson has long partnered with the Hutchinson Downtown Association to host a twice-weekly seasonal farmer’s market, drawing on local producers. As part of the brownfield redevelopment project completed in 2014, The City of Hutchinson, the McLeod County Regional Rail Authority, and the Hutchinson Economic Development Authority worked together to construct a pavilion and renovate an old train depot building where the farmer’s market is now held. The result is a more sheltered market location, making it more comfortable for customers and vendors. In addition to the pavilion providing greater benefit to vendors and customers during spring, summer, and fall, the indoor space allowed a winter market for the first time in December of 2015. The popularity of the event means that the market will be open once per month during the 2016 winter season, greatly increasing community access to local foods year-round.

For more information contact:
John Paulson (City staff)   |   jpaulson@ci.hutchinson.mn.us   |   320-234-5682

Hutchinson Downtown Association; McLeod County Regional Rail Authority; Hutchinson EDA

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Inver Grove Heights

Date action report first entered:   05/24/2016
Date of last report update:   07/07/2017
Year action initially completed:   2006

Implementation details:
A farmer's market is held every Sunday from June to October at the Veteran's Memorial Community Center. Any food not sold during the Farmer's Market is donated to a local food shelf. The City of Inver Grove Heights has created a community garden in a municipal park, Salem Park, that contains 20 plots available to residents throughout the city.

For more information contact:
Ally Hillstrom (City staff)   |   ahillstrom@invergroveheights.org   |   651-604-8511

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Date action report first entered:   02/05/2016
Date of last report update:   02/05/2016

Implementation details:
The City has operated and managed the City’s Farmer’s Market for four seasons. The Market continues to thrive with the addition of new vendors with a large variety of products and good. The market runs for 18 weeks and is located in the City’s downtown park. There is residential housing (owner occupied and rental) within feet of the Farmer's Market.

Descriptive links: http://isantifamilyfarmersmarket.org/

For more information contact:
Josi Wood (City staff)   |   jwood@cityofisanti.us   |   763-444-5512

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Date action report first entered:   08/18/2015
Date of last report update:   09/28/2015

Implementation details:
We have a farmers market that is located at one of our city parking lots. It's once a week

Descriptive links: Farmers Market

For more information contact:
Peggy McNamara (City staff)   |   pmlexington@comcast.net   |   763-784-2792

Julie VanderBloomer

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Maple Grove

Date action report first entered:   03/11/2013

Implementation details:
The City of Maple Grove has hosted a farmer's market at the Community Center since 2004. The market is run by the city with staff time devoted to it being part of standard wages. Vendors are charged per space and for electricity. In addition, a local church, Lord of Life Lutheran, has a very large (over 1 acre) community garden that supplies fresh local food to residents as well.

Descriptive links: http://www.maplegrovemn.gov/around-the-city/farmers-market

For more information contact:
Peter Vickerman (City staff)   |   PVickerman@maplegrovemn.gov   |   763-494-6046

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Date action report first entered:   03/22/2013
Date of last report update:   05/01/2015

Implementation details:
The city of Maplewood host a farmers market every Wednesday at Aldrich Arena from 8 am to 12 between May through October. The city's green team, in partner with the wellness committee, ran a local foods campaign throughout 2012. The final part of the local foods campaign was a spotlight of local produce and produce growers in Maplewood in the seasons publication. One of the city's naturalist also work as the community garden coordinator for all city community gardens.

For more information contact:
Shann Finwall (City staff)   |   shann.finwall@maplewoodmn.gov   |   651-249-2304

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Date action report first entered:   12/05/2016
Date of last report update:   08/07/2017
Year action initially completed:   2010
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
Milan is home to an innovative Deep Winter Greenhouse marrying passive solar energy and geothermal heating. The warmth of the winter sun allows three to five cuttings over the winter of cold-hardy foods like broccoli, cabbage, bok choy, chard, arugula, and three dozen other kinds of greens, sold via a CSA model. Easy Bean Farm is located in Milan and runs a CSA model. Easy Bean Farm serves Milan and other cities in the region.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Less fossil fuel energy consumption and less expense than conventional greenhouses.

Descriptive links: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTOeuTVH-Cw

For more information contact:
Ron Anderson (Elected official)   |   paparon69@gmail.com   |   320-734-4792

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Date action report first entered:   02/23/2015
Date of last report update:   02/23/2015

Implementation details:
Minnetonka hosts a Farmer's Market from June through September at the civic center campus. City staff facilitates the vendors and organizes the weekly event. Additionally, the city owns, organizes and facilitates 50 community garden plots. Residents are able to rent up to two 20x20 plots per year.

Descriptive links: http://eminnetonka.com/yearly-activities/minnetonka-farmers-market

For more information contact:
Drew Ingvalson (City staff)   |   dingvalson@eminnetonka.com   |   952-939-8293

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Date action report first entered:   05/05/2017
Date of last report update:   05/05/2017
Year action initially completed:   2015
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
The City of Morris Library partners with the farmer's market and Morris Healthy Eating to have the market at the library, conveniently in the middle of town so everyone has access to the farmer's market.

For more information contact:
Blaine Hill (City staff)   |   bhill@ci.morris.mn.us   |   320-589-3141

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New Hope

Date action report first entered:   04/02/2015
Date of last report update:   11/19/2018
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
The New Hope Farmer's Market began in 2009 and operates June through October. The market was organized by community members who saw the need for a central gathering place where residents could acquire healthy foods from local farmers and food producers to assist in the move towards a more sustainable community. "Hope Grows" is a community-based organization run by a volunteer board and sponsored by the city of New Hope and is run on land donated by The Food Group. The community garden began in 2012. The garden includes 24 individual plots available to local gardeners who want to grow fresh produce for their families. In addition, six communal lots are reserved for area organizations and groups to use as a service project to raise fresh fruits and vegetables for programs at The Food Group and other non-profit organizations.

Descriptive links: http://www.newhopemarket.org/

For more information contact:
Jeff Alger (City staff)   |   jalger@ci.new-hope.mn.us   |   763-531-5119

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Date action report first entered:   06/01/2007

Implementation details:
In 2007 the City of Oakdale began hosting a weekly Farmer's Market at the City Hall/Richard Walton Park complex. The market provides a variety of fruits, vegetables, spices, meats, cheeses, and breads among other items directly to residents from local producers. The market has a board of directors comprised of the vendors themselves and a city staff person is assigned as market manager.

Descriptive links: http://www.ci.oakdale.mn.us/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&SEC={3370F492-4A19-4115-8FC2-03D2175CE788}&DE=

For more information contact:
Jen Hassebroek (City staff)   |   jen.hassebroek@ci.oakdale.mn.us   |   651-730-2723

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Date action report first entered:   04/17/2018
Date of last report update:   04/17/2018
Year action initially completed:   2016
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
The City of Pierz organizes and manages a farmers market that runs May-October of each year. This allows residents and area citizens to provide and or purchase not only local food, but local homemade goods.

For more information contact:
Kari Tyson (City staff)   |   karit@pierzmn.org   |   320-468-6471

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Pine City

Date action report first entered:   05/26/2016
Date of last report update:   05/26/2016

Implementation details:
With a $10,000 grant from the Initiative Foundation, the Pine City Farmers' market was revitalized in 2005. The City played a major role in building momentum for the market and increasing the number of vendors. The City website currently contains a vender handbook and registration form. Throughout the growing season, the market ranges in size from 5-32 vendors. After about 2 years, the market transitioned from being managed by the city to being managed privately. It is now self-sustaining. The City participated in a "Buy Fresh, Buy Local" campaign to promote the market. City staff get calls frequently from the community with questions about the market. Pine City is also a member of the Minnesota Farmers' Market Association.

For more information contact:
Andrew Mack, AICP (City staff)   |   Amack@pinecitygov.com   |   320-629-2575

Initiative Foundation; Minnesota Farmers' Market Association

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Red Wing

Date action report first entered:   06/06/2011

Implementation details:
The Red Wing Farmers Market expanded again last year to a new location and a winter operation as well. They also offer sattelite locations (outreach) on limited days of the week at assisted living facilities. The city has actively encouraged the development and growth of the farmer's market. The city has two community gardens and the Live Healthy Red Wing organization is working with the Red Wing School District to develop school garden at Sunnyside Elementary. Both Kiki's Simple Abundance and the Riverbend Market Cooperative are thriving in the city of Red Wing.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Continue to expand the Market including the outreach operation

Descriptive links: http://www.redwingfarmersmarket.org/

For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744

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Date action report first entered:   02/19/2016
Date of last report update:   02/01/2019
Year action initially completed:   1990
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
The City runs a weekly summer/fall Farmers Market and a biweekly Winter Market which promote over 25 local farmers and vendors to residents of Richfield and neighboring cities. The Richfield Farmers Market is a member of the MN Farmers Market Association and Minnesota Grown.

For more information contact:
Bonnie Hanna-Powers (City staff)   |   BHannapowers@richfieldmn.gov   |   612-861-9362

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Date action report first entered:   03/07/2012

Implementation details:
The City of Rosemount partners with Local Harvest and the St. Paul Farmers' Market to host the Rosemount Farmers' Market at the City's Community Center 2-6 p.m. Tuesdays from June 19th to September 25th. The City's Parks and Recreation Department also offers community gardens at 4 park properties throughout the City.

Descriptive links: http://www.localharvest.org/rosemount-farmers-market-M6336

For more information contact:
Anthony Nemcek (City staff)   |   anthony.nemcek@ci.rosemount.mn.us   |   651-322-2090

Local Harvest and St. Paul Farmers' Market

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Saint Paul

Date action report first entered:   11/19/2014
Date of last report update:   11/19/2014

Implementation details:
The Saint Paul - Ramsey County Food and Nutrition Commission is currently working on this. Saint Paul Farmers' Market operates a large downtown market on the Saturdays and Sundays and has 3 satelite markets during the week in Saint Paul. There are many smaller neighborhood markets across the city.. There are many CSA's with drop sites in Saint Paul. These are catalogued and promoted by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture on its web site as well as by the farmers and the businesses at which some of the drop sites are located. At least 23 Saint Paul Public Schools sites have gardens. There are numerous community gardens, including 6 which have formed a group called "The Urban Farm and Garden Alliance" and have received grant funding to improve their facilities in the Summit-University and Frogtown communities which are under-resourced communities. A tract of land of over 5 acres called Frogtown Farm has been set aside to host community gardening, demonstration gardens, and healthy eating community activities. A convenience store operated by BP at the corner of Como and Raymond revamped their offerings to be healthier at the suggestion of one of its employees. Public Health has worked with three other stores to increase healthy offerings in the Dayton's Bluff (2) area and on Rice Street (1).

For more information contact:
Kurt Schultz (City staff)   |   kurt.schultz@ci.stpaul.mn.us   |   651-266-6590

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Date action report first entered:   07/31/2014
Date of last report update:   07/31/2014

Implementation details:
The City supports the local farmer's market by providing the market location at city hall. Additionally, the City supports the community gardens by providing land for the garden plots and city staff assist with tilling in the spring and/or fall if needed.

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Date action report first entered:   04/04/2017
Date of last report update:   04/04/2017
Year action initially completed:   2011
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
The City of Scandia and Gammelgården Museum are collaborating to bring a Farmers Market to Scandia in 2011. The Scandia Farmers Market is located in the Gammelgården Museum parking lot at 20880 Olinda Trail in Scandia. The market had two initial goals: To help increase access to fresh, locally grown produce and to create an enjoyable, safe community event that brings people together. The market is promoted on the City website and in the Spring newsletter.

Descriptive links: http://scandiafarmersmarket.com/

For more information contact:
Neil Soltis (City staff)   |   n.soltis@ci.scandia.mn.us   |   651-433-2274

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Date action report first entered:   05/01/2013

Implementation details:
The City of Shoreview hosts a farmer's market every Tuesday afternoon in the Community Center parking lot, June through October. Donations are collected weekly for local food shelves and charities.

Descriptive links: http://www.shoreviewcommunitycenter.com/pdfs/documents/farmers-market.pdf

For more information contact:
Ellen Brenna (City staff)   |   ebrenna@shoreviewmn.gov   |   651-490-4665

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Silver Bay

Date action report first entered:   03/31/2014
Date of last report update:   05/12/2014

Implementation details:
Victus Farm was established in 2012 to promote sustainable food systems within the community. The greenhouse is able to process and distribute locally grown and fish year around for local consumption by citizens, schools, restaurants, and other sources.

For more information contact:
Lana Fralich (City staff)   |   lanaf@silverbay.com   |   218-226-4408

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Two Harbors

Date action report first entered:   05/01/2011
Date of last report update:   04/21/2015

Implementation details:
The Marek Fuller Community Gardens are located next to the Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency office. There are 35 raised beds being used by a variety of people and groups. Their experience ranges from beginner to master gardeners. The garden yields a variety of vegetables including potatoes, tomatoes, onions, and different types of beans.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Every person involved in the garden is encouraged to donate some or all of their harvest to the local Two Harbors Area Food Shelf. With the success of the garden in 2014, a new composter, tool shed, and fresh topsoil for the beds are planned to appear for 2015.

For more information contact:
Cindy Edwards (Community volunteer)   |   cjedwards2011@gmail.com   |   N/A

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Date action report first entered:   04/29/2014
Date of last report update:   04/24/2015

Implementation details:
The City of Victoria promotes local food production and distribution by promoting the local community garden and farmers market. The City's Community Garden is located at the Victoria Recreation Center. Residents are encouraged to participate. Annually the garden plots fill up quickly with interested residents. The City manages the Community Garden. The City promotes the local farmers market that is located at the local greenhouse/nursery. The Farmer's Market is held every Saturday through the summer. The City lists the Farmer's Market on it's website and send reminders to those who signed up on the website.

Descriptive links: http://gc.hartmancompanies.com/classes-and-events/

For more information contact:
Paul Moretto (City staff)   |   pmoretto@ci.victoria.mn.us   |   952-443-4210

Hartman Companies

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Date action report first entered:   02/14/2014

Implementation details:
Warren started farmers market in 2012 and ran market in city park in 2012 and 2013.

Outcome measures/metrics:
More traffic in Warren to local businesses with farmers market in town along with local farmers and other people selling the goods to people throughout the region.

Descriptive links: Warren Farmers Market

For more information contact:
Shannon Mortenson (City staff)   |   shannonm@warrenminnesota.com   |   218-745-5343

Local farmers market association/City of Warren parks and recreation

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Date action report first entered:   06/13/2012

Implementation details:
a)Have Farmer's Market Monday's at Oak Park Mall parking lot 3:30-6pm, Thursday's downtown Main Street from 3:30-6pm, Saturday's Oak Park mall parking lot 9:30-11am (mid May- end of Oct) c)Hy-Vee Sprouts- Get Out & Grow Garden & Cooking Program teaches kids about growning a garden and how to be healthy each week

For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer)   |   janetanderson2840@gmail.com   |   5072190680

Farmer's Market, Hy-Vee

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Date action report first entered:   06/27/2013

Implementation details:
The City of Delano is home to a community market, farmers market and a community garden. The Delano Community Market operates during the summer months and sells different types of local food, art and crafts made by local residents, showcasing local talent. The Delano Farmers Market helps connect residents to locally grown food and is open May through October. The Delano Area Community Garden was founded in 2009 to allow those wishing to plant fruits and vegetables in a public space to do so.

For more information contact:
Phil Kern (City staff)   |   pkern@delano.mn.us   |   763-972-0565

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Date action report first entered:   01/13/2011

Implementation details:
Eagan Parks & Recreation sponsors a large farmers market each Wednesday evening throughout the summer in Central Park, with locally grown products sold.

For more information contact:
Kerry Phillips (City staff)   |   kphillips@cityofeagan.com   |   651-675-5525

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Eden Prairie

Date action report first entered:   09/13/2011

Implementation details:
Eden Prairie has community gardens on city park land. Community Garden Plots are available for planting from May - October at the following locations: · Pioneer Trail Gardens: 13180 Pioneer Trail (east of Super America entry) · Pioneer Park Gardens: 8940 Sutton Drive (behind Senior Center) Edible Playground Gardens  The Minnesota Recreation and Parks Foundation awarded the Parks and Recreation Department $800 for the new initiative Edible Playground Gardens. Raised vegetable beds will be constructed at Prairie View School/Park. Parks and recreation staff are working to make this a collaborative effort with Prairie View Elementary and the Parks and Recreation Playground program. Youth will raise various vegetables from spring planting to fall harvest. The program goal is to teach youth who participate to connect and understand where their food comes from and how to foster sound nutritional practices, responsible food choices and environmental stewardship.

Descriptive links: http://www.edenprairie.org/index.aspx?page=192

For more information contact:
Tania Mahtani (City staff)   |   tmahtani@edenprairie.org   |   952-949-8413

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Date action report first entered:   08/05/2011

Implementation details:
3a) The City has run a Farmer's Market for the past 3 years providing opportunities for residents to purchase fresh and local food. 3c) A community garden was established in 2010 and is run by the Community Education Council affiliated with the school district.

Outcome measures/metrics:
The Farmer's Market allows for the purchase of local foods grown in the area and provides a festive atmosphere for citizens. Education of growing local food is provided with the community garden.

For more information contact:
Adam Kienberger (City staff)   |   akienberger@ci.farmington.mn.us   |   651-280-6820

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Date action report first entered:   04/27/2016
Date of last report update:   04/27/2016

Implementation details:
From mid-June through November the Westview Shopping Center hosts the local Farmer's Market on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Hastings also has Spiral Natural Foods, a local whole foods store. The hospital in Hastings has a community garden as well as Spring Lake Park Reserve, a regional county park located in Hastings.

For more information contact:
Melanie Mesko-Lee (City staff)   |   mmesko_lee@hastingsmn.gov   |   651-480-2326

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La Prairie

Date action report first entered:   03/20/2012

Implementation details:
Adopt an ordinance allowing chickens to be raised in the city.

Outcome measures/metrics:
The Zoning Committee held a public meeting, studied the raising of chickens and recommended to the city council a chicken ordinance. That ordinance was adopted by the council in March of 2012.

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Date action report first entered:   04/28/2015
Date of last report update:   04/28/2015

Implementation details:
The City’s Park and Community Involvement Committee coordinates a farmer’s market at Lauderdale Community Park five times per year (once a month from June through October).

Descriptive links: http://www.ci.lauderdale.mn.us/index.asp?SEC=189ED1A4-5F93-42D6-A596-53E37EFBC4C9&Type=B_EV

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Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe

Date action report first entered:   04/16/2015
Date of last report update:   04/16/2015

Implementation details:
Inventory has been done for a farmers market on the reservation and a community garden is located at the Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig Tribal school.

For more information contact:
Brandy Toft (City staff)   |   air@lldrm.org   |   218-335-7429

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Date action report first entered:   03/29/2012

Implementation details:
The City is currently working with the Washington Park Neighborhood Association (an older and historic neighborhood within the community) regarding a proposal to utilize a vacant City-owned lot in the neighborhood for purposes of establishing a community garden. The current proposal is for the Neigbhorhood Association to work jointly with a local student group in overseeing and managing the garden, with some City resources assisting in setting up the garden. The City has worked previously with the School Sisters of Notre Dame in creating informational handouts and checklists for communtiy garden proposals. The School Sisters of Notre Dame own and operate a successful and highly-regarded community garden within the City. The City accepts proposals for community gardens via the enclosed checklist.

Descriptive links: http://www.ssndmankato.org/whatwedo/ministries/documents/garden.pdf             view file

For more information contact:
Molly Westman (City staff)   |   mwestman@mankatomn.gov   |   507-387-8571

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Date action report first entered:   08/22/2012

Implementation details:
Marshall has a Farmers Market that provides diverse local foods during the growing season near downtown. Marshall Area Christian School, Holy Redeemer School and Marshall Public School participate in the Farm to School Program. Community Members can rent a small plot of land that they can plant and tend throughout the growing season. Marshall Area Food Coop provides food service directors, restaurants, grocery stores and community members an ordering system with access to local producers.

Outcome measures/metrics:
The Farmer's Market has 50+ sellers each Saturday morning and Thursday evening July to October. 75% of food for MACS school lunch program is organic and local (less than 1 hour away). The Marshall Area Food Coop has produced a catalog of local growers for SW Minnesota. It is also online at: www.marshallareafoodcoop.com Marshall Community Services has 54 plots (25 X 57), each rented individually each season for $30. They are highly sought after and we have a waiting list every year. The rental fee covers two tillings (spring and fall) and access to water. Individual renters are responsible for care and cleaning of gardens throughout the growing season. There are expansion plans for 2013.

Descriptive links: www.marshallareafoodcoop.com

For more information contact:
Tom Hoff (Contractor)   |   Tom.Hoff@swsc.org   |   507-537-2271

Marshall Area Christian School

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Date action report first entered:   04/24/2012
Date of last report update:   02/14/2017
Year action initially completed:   2011

Implementation details:
The City established a community garden in 2011. The City is relocating the community garden in 2017. The new community garden will have 16 plots available for rent and one large "giving garden" plot. The giving garden grows fresh produce for the nearby food shelf.

Descriptive links: http://www.ci.newport.mn.us/CommunityGarden.php

For more information contact:
Travis Brierley (City staff)   |   tbrierley@newportmn.com   |   651-459-5677

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Date action report first entered:   11/15/2010

Implementation details:
This summer (2010) was the first summer for the River Walk Market Fair along the Cannon River in Northfield. Held on Saturdays from June to October the market fair offers high-quality goods that reflect distinctive local talents and tastes.

Descriptive links: http://www.riverwalkmarketfair.org/

For more information contact:
Tim Behrendt (City staff)   |   tim.behrendt@ci.northfield.mn.us   |   507-645-3027

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Pine River

Date action report first entered:   11/08/2010

Implementation details:
Pine River enjoys its own farmer's market and community garden, thanks to the hard work of HGCP task force members, vendors, gardeners, and other community members.

For more information contact:
Quinn Swanson (Community volunteer)   |   quinn@hugllc.com   |   218-587-5001

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Date action report first entered:   06/02/2011

Implementation details:
The Rochester Downtown Farmers Market is a project of the Rochester Downtown Farmers Market Association, seeking to support sustainable agriculture and the family farm by sponsoring a market to provide farmers with a well-organized retail marketplace, to provide local access to quality farm products, and to strengthen the ties between the family farm and the community.

Descriptive links: http://www.rochesterdowntownfarmersmarket.org/mission

For more information contact:
rochester Farmers Market (Community volunteer)   |   rochfarmmkt@hotmail.com   |   507-273-8232

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Date action report first entered:   01/10/2012

Implementation details:
In 2010, Rogers was awarded a grant from the MPCA to host a MN GreenCorps member who developed the Rogers Farmers Market and two community garden spaces for residents. The market and garden spaces are still active and in use. They are run by the City's Recreation Manager.

Descriptive links: http://cityofrogers.org/2011-12-01-14-39-18/community/local-foods

For more information contact:
Mike Bauer (City staff)   |   mbauer@ci.rogers.mn.us   |   763-428-1033

MN GreenCorps

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Saint Anthony

Date action report first entered:   05/05/2011

Implementation details:
The City of St. Anthony supports a summer and a winter farmers market to expand access to local foods.

For more information contact:
Jay Hartman (City staff)   |   jay.hartman@ci.saint-anthony.mn.us   |   612-782-3314

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Saint Cloud

Date action report first entered:   05/12/2011

Implementation details:
The City of St. Cloud offers many options for access to local foods for residents. A Farmers Market is operated on Saturday mornings and Wednesday evenings during the summer months connecting local farmers with local residents to provide local food sources. In addition, community-supported-agriculture (CSA) arrangements have been supported by the city in particular through its support of the 2011 Sustainability Event. The City of St. Cloud operates in conjunction with the Central Minnesota Sustainability Project, several community gardens throughout the community.

Descriptive links: http://www.sustainmn.org             view file

For more information contact:
Liz Kramer (City staff)   |   elizabeth.kramer@ci.stcloud.mn.us   |   320-255-7226

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Sauk Rapids

Date action report first entered:   01/01/2013

Implementation details:
The Sauk Rapids Farmers Market was started over three years ago by a citizens group. The market is held in the VFW parking lot along Benton Drive, a main street in the community leading to our downtown area. The Sauk Rapids-Rice High School plans to start a school garden and has funding set aside for it. SR Green, a citizens advisory group, continues to discuss and explore the options for establishing a community garden location.

For more information contact:
Marilyn Patterson (Community volunteer)   |   mpp03@charter.net   |   320-258-5300

Sauk Rapids-Rice School District

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Date action report first entered:   03/13/2012

Implementation details:
The city of Willmar has 2 farmers markets and a community garden on city property.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Becker Market Located in historic downtown Willmar offering locally grown produce and local products. Willmar Farmers Market Location: Westside Liquor Store (parking lot) 1600 Hwy 12 East, Willmar, MN 56201 High Ave. Community Garden - Willmar Community Center

Descriptive links: http://www.willmardesigncenter.com/becker%20market.html

For more information contact:
Sara Jacobson (City staff)   |   sjacobson@willmarmn.gov   |   320-235-4760

Willmar Design Center

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Date action report first entered:   04/28/2013

Implementation details:
Farmers markets are allowed in the city. Standards can be found in Section 24-272 of the municipal code. The Sustainability idea List on the city’s sustainability web page provides information on local farmers markets and CSA (community supported agriculture) sites. Visit: http://www.ci.woodbury.mn.us/environment-main/sustainability/sustainability-idea-list In 2011, the city honored Primrose School of Woodbury with an Environmental Excellence Award for waste reduction efforts in the school and for the implementation of a gardening and nature study program called “Mud Pies,” where an organic garden was established at the school for vegetables, fruit and flowers. In 2009, Crosswinds school was awarded an Environmental Excellence Award for the planning and development of a rain garden at the school. The development of the garden was incorporated into the school curriculum with students planting the seedlings in class and transplanting them to the garden later that spring.

Descriptive links: http://www.ci.woodbury.mn.us/environment-main/sustainability/sustainability-idea-list

For more information contact:
Jennifer McLoughlin (City staff)   |   jmcloughlin@ci.woodbury.mn.us   |   651-714-3522

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Crosslake pending

Date action report first entered:   01/30/2019
Date of last report update:   01/30/2019
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
A farmer’s market is open every Wednesday during the growing season from 9AM to 1PM. The market features a vast assortment of plants, vegetables, herbs, cut flowers in season as well as farm prepared fresh bread and jams and jellies. All locally produced. The farmers market is located in the Town Square in Crosslake. A community garden with 60 plots is located next to the community center and is overseen by the City of Crosslake.

For more information contact:
Martha Steele (Community volunteer)   |   steeles@brainerd.net   |   218-765-4041

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Hallock pending

Date action report first entered:   03/15/2019
Date of last report update:   03/15/2019
Year action initially completed:   2018
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
The city hosts a local farmer's market during the summer and fall months. In addition, the city has a small orchard with plum and apple trees available for the public to pick and use.

Outcome measures/metrics:
The farmer's market and the orchard provide residents with access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Local people selling their produce stimulates the local economy. A couple of local women pick the fruit and make home canned preserves to share with residents as well.

For more information contact:
Angela Grafstrom (City staff)   |   agrafstrom@hallockmn.org   |   218-843-2737

Participants in the farmer's market and the women who make the preserves

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Kasson pending

Date action report first entered:   05/13/2011

Implementation details:
Incomplete: Currently considereing the establishment of a community garden.

For more information contact:
Nancy Zaworski (City staff)   |   financedept@cityofkasson.com   |   507-634-6321

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West Saint Paul pending

Date action report first entered:   01/23/2019
Date of last report update:   01/23/2019
Year action initially completed:   2019
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
A farmers market is held every Friday morning from June to October at Signal Hills shopping mall through the St. Paul Farmers Market. Neighbors Inc, a local non-profit, collects produce donations and unsold produce from farmers for their food shelf. Also, the local school district uses part of the City's park for a school forest in return the City has an easement next to Garlough Elementary for a community garden.

Descriptive links: http://www.stpaulfarmersmarket.com/index.php/locations/signal-hills

For more information contact:
Cassandra Schueller (City staff)   |   cschueller@wspmn.gov   |   16515524118

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pending means a star rating has not yet been assigned to this city

greenstep advisor
Karen Lanthier, Minnesota Grown, MN Department of Agriculture: 651/201-6140, karen.lanthier@state.mn.us, http://www.minnesotagrown.com