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.
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).
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; a winter farmer's market; donations from markets/gardens to food shelves.
Report a permanent conservation easement on a school forest, orchard, garden; 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.
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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.
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.
The city started a community garden in 2002 and a community orchard in 2015. In 2003, the city partnered with local residents to start the Chanhassen Farmers Market. At least 32% of the population lives within a mile of the community gardens and orchard; 38% live within a mile of the farmer's market; and 33% live within a mile of a CSA drop point.
There are 75 plots in the Commmunity Gardens, including three raised beds, and all are filled each season with a mix of mostly returning and some new gardeners. The orchard is adjacent to the gardens and contains red and yellow raspberry bushes, apple and cherry trees that all bear fruit each summer. The city invites the public to use the fruit. The Chanhassen Farmers Market is a vibrant weekly event running spring to fall with a variety of vendors offering produce and homemade items.
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).
In 2017, Market in the Valley had an average attendance rate of approximately 1,000 shoppers per Sunday.
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The city of Dilworth has a weekly farmer’s market operating in the summer at Whistle Stop Park, a city park. The farmer’s market is every Thursday from 4pm-8pm with vendors and farmers featuring a variety of fresh healthy vegetables, fruits, homemade jams and jellies, teas, jewelry, and unique handmade items. Dilworth also has two community gardens in town, one available to residents at no charge. The other is from Dilworth Lutheran Church and is open to anyone in the community free of charge, but individuals are asked to donate 10% of their produce at this location.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Less fossil fuel energy consumption and less expense than conventional greenhouses.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Continue to expand the Market including the outreach operation
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
# 1The City of South St. Paul, along with Wakota Federal Credit Union hosts a weekly Farmers' Market. We work closely with the Saint Paul Farmers' Market (as one of the satellites) and offer fresh produce to the residents. In addition, the SSP Farmers Market will be the pilot project to reduce the use of single use plastic bags and will be distributed usable canvas bags and mesh bags for the patrons.
After each market, a community volunteer takes donated produce from the farmers to Neighbors, Inc for free distribution to their patrons.
#2 The City of South St. Paul has a Community Garden with 107 garden plots and offers the patrons the opportunities to rent a spot for the season.
#3 The South St. Paul Community Learning Center has a school garden that is planted and maintained by the students. This was started in 2017 and has had good success with the location and the students tending is during the school year and summer. The fresh produce is distributed to the local food shelf (Neighbors, Inc).
The North Hill Community Garden is located in Stillwater. It is run by a small group of volunteers and includes perennial food plants, native planting, a common sitting area and several different sized raised beds that can be rented for the growing season.
Also, in Stillwater there is a farmers market every other Saturday from June 8th thru August 10th, located at 3rd & Pine Street (Riverview Parking Lot of the Stillwater Veterans Memorial).
Last year, they rented 40 plots to gardeners of all ages, abilities and levels of expertise.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The city of Willmar has 2 farmers markets and a community garden on city property.
Located in historic downtown Willmar offering locally grown produce and local products.
Willmar Farmers Market
Westside Liquor Store (parking lot)
1600 Hwy 12 East, Willmar, MN 56201
High Ave. Community Garden - Willmar Community Center
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.
Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa - Pending
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Fond du lac is currently developing a strategic plan for its Local Food Initiative.
A weekly farmer's market stand is operated during the growing season in the FdL Gas & Grocery parking lot.
Journey Garden Program is a summer work program for ages 14-18 to learn about gardening, nutrition, cooking, business, science, math, community, language, and Ojibwe culture. Participants host a weekly farmer's market stand.
The Bimaaji'idiwin Garden operates as a research and demonstration garden with an aim to preserve and promote traditional Ojibwe cropping systems as well as educate the greater community about contemporary strategies for organic food and medicinal plant production. It is open to the community for harvest and also includes individual community member growing plots. Food and medicines from the garden are regularly provided to the Ojibwe School, Elderly Nutrition Program, community centers, and community feasts. Season extension techniques include the use of a greenhouse, high tunnel, and cold frames.
FDL is currently developing a property into an agricultural learning center for community members and particularly young people. The property currently has about 5 acres being worked on and is slated to be put into production in the spring of 2019.