Best Practice Action Detail

Best Practice Action 27.4

GreenStep City Best Practices: Resilient Economic and Community Development
Local Food No. 27

Strengthen local food and fiber production and access.

Best Practice Action 4

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.

1 star 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.
2 star Report increased sales of local food through groceries and restaurants.
3 star 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.

Who's doing it

Brainerd - 3 star
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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.
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Pounds of local foods sold, and number of students exposed to local foods.
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For more information contact:
Sarah Hayden Shaw (Community volunteer) | sjhaay@gmail.com | 218-760-6837
Partners: Farm to School; Sprout
Fergus Falls - 3 star
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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.
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For more information contact:
Len Taylor (City staff) | len.taylor@ci.fergus-falls.mn.us | 218-332-5418
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Stillwater - 2 star
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Year action initially completed: 2000
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River Market Community Co-op is a consumer cooperative located downtown Stillwater, committed to selling fresh, local, and organic produce and naturally-raised meats.


Axdahl Garden Farm and Greenhouse is a farm in Stillwater licensed by Minnesota Grown and certified by Food Alliance Midwest, that has wholesale accounts local grocery stores, restaurants, and distributors.They can be viewed at www.axdaflfarms.com
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For more information contact:
Bill Turnblad (City staff) | bturnblad@ci.stillwater.mn.us | 651-430-8821
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Austin - 1 star
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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
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For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680
Partners: Hy-Vee, SuperFresh
Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa - 1 star
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Year action initially completed: 2012
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Fond du Lac Ojibwe School has an Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Policy that includes a requirement to "maximize the proportion of goods and services that come from local providers with acceptable environmental practices, thereby reducing the environmental impact of transportation wherever feasible and supporting a sustainable local economy".

Fond du Lac is currently gathering input from a food purchasing practices survey to gauge interest in locally grown produce, meat, and specialty items.
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For more information contact:
Shannon Judd (City staff) | shannonjudd@fdlrez.com | 218-878-7123
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Grand Marais - 1 star
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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.
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For more information contact:
Shane Steele (Contractor) | shane.w.steele@gmail.com | 507-884-5790
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Jordan - 1 star
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Year action initially completed: 2015
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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.
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For more information contact:
Nathan Fuerst (City staff) | nfuerst@jordanmn.gov | 952-492-7929
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Maplewood - 1 star
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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.

In 2019, a local affordable food guide was created for Maplewood that will be distributed through various local institutions.
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For more information contact:
Shann Finwall (City staff) | shann.finwall@maplewoodmn.gov | 651-249-2304
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Richfield - 1 star
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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).
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For more information contact:
Bonnie Hanna-Powers (City staff) | BHannapowers@richfieldmn.gov | 612-861-9362
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