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Local Food
no. 27

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

Measurably increase institutional buying, and sales through groceries and restaurants.

a.  Purchasing of local/organic/humane/equitable foods by schools, hospitals, nursing homes and event centers.
b.  Sales of local/organic/humane/equitable food in markets, retail food co-ops, rural grocery stores, urban convenience stores, food carts/trucks, hotels and restaurants.
Document city efforts, via city resources and through a local food campaign, to increase purchases of food with at least one of the following attributes: local, Minnesota-grown, organic, humanely raised, grown by fairly compensated growers.
Report increased sales of local food through groceries and restaurants.
Document increased institutional buying of local foods by schools, hospitals, nursing homes and event centers; document increased percent of households able to access fresh fruit/vegetables within 20-minutes walk, bike, transit travel of their home; create a city health/nutrition policy with healthy/local food goals and implementation plans.


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

Implementation details:
The Farm to School program delivers local foods to the Brainerd School District schools. This enhances the local foods industry and promotes healthy eating among school students.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Pounds of local foods sold, and number of students exposed to local foods.

For more information contact:
Sarah Hayden Shaw (Community volunteer)   |   sjhaay@gmail.com   |   218-760-6837

Farm to School; Sprout

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Fergus Falls

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

Implementation details:
Lakes Country Service Cooperative started a food hub for the school districts they serve. Meadow Farm Foods, Premier Meats and Seafood and The Market all sell locally grown food products in their local stores.

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:   06/13/2012

Implementation details:
c)Honey Tree Farm sweet corn/local grown sweet corn sold at Hy-Vee and SuperFresh (local own store with many more organic foods such as honey, bread, etc.) *KAAL TV/ABC 6 News Good Morning has weekly Fresh & Simple segment with Hy-Vee Dietician Jen Haugen *Jen Haugen also has weekly column in Austin Daily Herald

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

Hy-Vee, SuperFresh

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Grand Marais

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

Implementation details:
Promotion of Local Food. A number of restaurants that promote and use local foods. The Angry Trout is the primary restaurant that is almost exclusively local, and actively promotes it. A local dairy processes non-pasterized products for local sale.

For more information contact:
Shane Steele (Contractor)   |   shane.w.steele@gmail.com   |   507-884-5790

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Date action report first entered:   08/22/2016
Date of last report update:   04/27/2017
Year action initially completed:   2015

Implementation details:
Organic foods are sold by Jordan's grocery store, Radermachers. While all residents have access by car, the city has made improvements to its sidewalk and trail system allowing the majority of residents access via trails or sidewalks. The local meat market, Pekarna's, sells locally sourced meat to at least three local restaurants.

Descriptive links: http://places.singleplatform.com/the-station-bar--grill-0/menu?ref=google

For more information contact:
Lauren Walburg (City staff)   |   lwalburg@jordanmn.gov   |   952-492-7928

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Date action report first entered:   03/20/2013
Date of last report update:   05/01/2015

Implementation details:
The city initiated a local foods campaign in the summer of 2012 in partner with the city's internal wellness committee. The final action for the campaign was a spotlight on local organic foods. A local foods brochure was included in the seasons. The city also created a website dedicated to local food production in the area.

Descriptive links: http://www.ci.maplewood.mn.us/index.aspx?nid=940

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

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Date action report first entered:   02/19/2016
Date of last report update:   02/01/2019
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
The City's Farmers and Winter Market are licensed to be a wholesale food handler to aggregate available product from local farmers and sell to local institutions. Richfield is the only site undertaking this process in the Metro (there are 8 total in the state).

Descriptive links: https://farmersmarketaggregation.wordpress.com/

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

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Burnsville pending

Date action report first entered:   06/06/2012

Implementation details:
The city adopted an ordinance in 2009 to allow chicken and chicken coops within the city on residential property. In 2011, the city adopted an Urban Agriculture Ordinance to allow the development of community gardens throughout the city. Burnsville sent an internal sustainability tip to City employees promoting the purchase of CSAs. This tip will soon be added to the City of Burnsville's external sustainability webpage.

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

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Kasson pending

Date action report first entered:   05/13/2011

Implementation details:
Incomplete: Will be looking at campaigns to promote backyard gardening and purchasing local and Minnesota-grown food. We have just received "Minnesota Grown" directories available now at our Library.

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

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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