Minnesota Groups/Projects Involved with Urban Agriculture
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We believe you deserve the opportunity to enjoy fresh, home grown, organic food that meets your individual eating preferences - with as much or as little personal involvement in the growing experience as you desire. Our"miniature farm" raised bed systems are designed to provide maximum produce in a minimum amount of space.
We will design, install, grow, maintain and harvest an organic vegetable and herb garden right in your own backyard!
The mission of Afro Eco is to connect Pan African people to the land, to sustainable food production practices, to healthy living, to cultural knowledge and processes that improve our capacity to practice effective social, economic, cultural and ecologically sound cooperation with each other and others.
The mission of the Alliance is to bring about personal, organizational & planetary sustainability through support of projects that are ecologically sound, economically viable, socially just and humane.
The Aurora St. Anthony Neighborhood Development Corporation's (ASANDC) purpose is to address the needs of neighborhood quality of life issues, advocacy, organizing and community economic and housing development.
Our mission is to foster positive relationships within and between neighborhoods, and to support its community members in effecting their choices relative to the quality of life in their neighborhoods.
Backyard Harvest’s mission is to strengthen the Twin Cities local foods infrastructure one yard at a time by turning lawns into nourishing and healthy landscapes. We connect eaters directly to their food, neighbors to one another, and urban farmers to professional opportunities.
Also see: Growing Food In the Twin Cities with Backyard Harvest
Barnyards in Backyards
The basic goal is to help educate urban gardeners/farmers and help those who want to raise their own food, raise it. Barnyards in Backyards will not only educate and assist those beginning with urban livestock, but provide ongoing assistance for those who are established.
The Blue Thumb program was started by the Rice Creek Watershed District as an outreach program to meet water quality goals identified in their strategic plan and to help their cities meet their federal Clean Water Act mandates. Now Blue Thumb reaches beyond the Rice Creek Watershed District boundaries into the Twin Cities metro area and greater Minnesota. There are currently over 50 Blue Thumb partners.
CFANS is a college devoted to solution-driven science. We study the health of the land and the health of the living. We ensure the safety of the food and water supply. We strive to improve our economy, foster job creation, strengthen our agricultural and natural resource-based industries and enhance the social fabric of communities. We care about having enough food and worry that some may have too much food. We turn biomass into products including biofuels and many other products society depends upon. We work with molecules, microbes, plants, and animals in the water, on the land, and in the sky. In doing so, we interact closely with our citizenry. We use critical and innovative thinking plus all the tools of the arts and sciences to make our planet a productive, friendly, and sustainable environment—to solve everyday problems.....
Also visit Public Gardens of Minnesota listed below!
City Backyard Farming, LLC
*Webpage coming soon
Operated by Susan Moua - 612-263-1167
Grow local fresh produce using organic practices at an affordable price using excess land of city residents
Pilot project funded by USDA SARE Dept. (Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education) For 2009-2011
Community Design Center of Minnesota is a Saint Paul-based organization whose mission is to help revitalize low-to-moderate income communities by providing technical assistance and operating programs that will enhance the physical, economic, social, ecological, and spiritual well being of the community and its residents. We believe that building and renewing a community requires a holistic approach that creates long-term sustainable change.
Today we operate children's and youth programs on the East Side of St. Paul aimed at engaging young people in the civic life of their community as well as providing them with experiences that enrich their lives and develop important life skills.
The mission of CSP is to “inform, educate, advocate and organize socially and economically disadvantaged tenants and people of color to take action to preserve and increase the supply of affordable housing in the metro area. We fulfill our mission by working with the community to actively pursue policies that promote multiculturalism.” CSP is committed to accomplishing its mission through anti-racist community building efforts that put its members in the lead.
Dovetail Partners provides authoritative information about the impacts and trade-offs of environmental decisions, including consumption choices, land use, and policy alternatives. Dovetail's information about land use includes urban agriculture, and they have several publications on urban ag.
The Dream of Wild Health is a traditional garden project in the upper Midwest. It's mission is to become the seed saver of indigenous Native American plants in the region. Primarily, we are about the recovery of indigenous cultural wisdom, and within that is an effort to save indigenous varieties of seeds and perennial plants. We value cultural continuity regarding agriculture, health and food systems and see it all as healing work.
Eco Education is a non-profit environmental education organization based in Saint Paul, Minnesota, that has served thousands of students since 1991. We are committed to making environmental education relevant to urban learners and to helping them address their unique environmental concerns.
Edible Twin Cities is a quarterly publication that promotes the abundance of local foods in the Twin Cities area and surrounding communities. We celebrate the family farmers, chefs, food artisans, farmers' market vendors and other food-related businesses for their dedication to using the highest quality, seasonal, locally grown products. The lovingly produced foods they bring to the table are what makes our community an interesting and healthy place for us to live, work and thrive.
Our mission is to transform the way residents of the greater Twin Cities area shop for, cook, eat, and appreciate the food that is grown in our region. Through our publications and website, we connect consumers with local growers, retailers, chefs, and food artisans, enabling those relationships to grow and thrive in mutually beneficial, healthy and economically viable ways.
Egg|Plant Urban Farm Supply is a small family-owned company borne out of our love of gardening, growing food, and backyard homesteading in the city.
Egg|Plant Urban Farm Supply is your source of supplies and inspiration for your own backyard homestead in the city. We sell seeds, plants, soils and tools for small-scale urban kitchen gardens, as well as backyard chicken-keeping supplies, canning and preserving, fertilizers and pest control, all with an organic and sustainable focus. We believe your backyard garden and homestead can be beautiful, edible and sustainable, and we are stocking our store with products that will help you make that happen.
The mission of the Emergency Foodshelf Network is to provide high quality food and essential support services to hunger relief programs in the community.
Emergency Foodshelf Network’s Harvest for the Hungry program
Harvest for the Hungry partners with local farmers to bring the health benefits of fresh fruits and vegetables to families struggling with hunger in the Twin Cities. When donors contribute to Harvest for the Hungry, EFN uses these gifts to purchase produce at the best possible price from participating farms, and then distributes it to local foodshelves, on-site meal programs and mobile foodshelf sites.
Emergency Foodshelf Network is a full service food bank, providing quality, nutritious food and support services to over 200 hunger relief organizations, including foodshelves, on-site meal programs, subsidized housing and other hunger relief programs throughout the state. Over 95% of the food EFN distributes is considered nutritious and several of ourprograms offer culturally specific and specialty foods that meet dietary needs of the many cultural populations served by our members.
Emergency Foodshelf Network accepts donations of fresh produce from local gardens any weekday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Food Alliance is a nonprofit organization that certifies farms, ranches and food handlers for sustainable agricultural and business practices.
By choosing Food Alliance -certified products, consumers and commercial food buyers can be assured they are supporting environmental stewardship, safe and fair working conditions, and humane treatment of animals.
For clients, Food Alliance certification provides independent verification of marketing claims for social and environmental responsibility, differentiating and adding value to products, and protecting and enhancing brands.
Food Alliance offers certification for farm & ranch operations, and food packers, processors, and distributors.
Friends School of Minnesota prepares children to embrace life, learning, and community with hope, skill, understanding and creativity. We are committed to the Quaker values of peace, justice, simplicity and integrity.
Read about the challengesand successes of the gardens as our staff, farmers, customers &friends sharestories of their experiences throughout the season.You'llalso find photos of the gardens as they progress frominstallation to harvest, as well as some tasty recipes that willhighlight theseasonal crops.
Gardening Matters is an organization dedicated to promoting and preserving community gardening across the Twin Cities by connecting gardeners to each other and to the communities in which they reside.
We are an organization that is driven by community gardeners for community gardeners, helping each gardener to tap into the resources and expertise of the gardening community.
We host a comprehensive community garden inventory, Community gardener listserv, and provide other web resources. We host a Community Garden Spring Resource Fair each March and the Parade of Community Gardens in August, and provide other opportunities for gardeners to meet each other and share their knowledge.
Gardening Matters believes that community gardeners are the best experts on community gardening. Answers to many dilemmas faced by community garden groups have already been faced by other community gardeners.
Gardening Matters Goals
To strengthen networking between community garden groups
To strengthen internal functioning of community gardens
To improve public relations for community gardens
To foster partnerships between the gardening community and public and private sectors
To assist with the establishment of new community gardens
Gordon Parks High School serves high school age students who prefer individual and small group instruction, and a year-round setting.
Gordon Parks High School offers students a flexible schedule that combines both structured classes and supervised study. Learners attend Gordon Parks High School as a full-time student to earn their high school diploma. Gordon Parks High School students are provided with a wide range of learning opportunities to earn their high school diploma.
Our ability to provide a flexible and challenging learning environment makes this program highly desirable for our students.
Great River Greening leads and inspires community-based restoration of natural areas and open spaces. Our restoration efforts help preserve natural areas, protect clean air and water, and increase urban residents’ access to natural areas and sustainable open space.
Green Lands, Blue Waters is a long-term comprehensive effort whose mission is to support development of and transition to a new generation of agricultural systems in the Mississippi River Basin that integrate more perennial plants and other continuous living cover into the agricultural landscape.
Growing Food and Justice for All Initiative (GFJI) is an initiative aimed at dismantling racism and empowering low-income and communities of color through sustainable and local agriculture.
This comprehensive network views dismantling racism as a core principal which brings together social change agents from diverse sectors working to bring about new, healthy and sustainable food systems and supporting and building multicultural leadership in impoverished communities throughout the world.
The vision for this initiative is to establish a powerful network of individuals, organizations and community based entities all working toward a food secure and just world.
Stefan Meyer of My-Erth Agricultural Services is partnering with Seward Redesign, Inc., to create an urban farm in the western industrial area of Seward Neighborhood.
Growing Lots is an urban CSA based in south Minneapolis. It is a model based upon Growing Power in Milwaukee, WI, which is a farm on top of a parking lot! Volunteer events and farm tours will be ongoing through the 2011 season. See the website for more information, or email us at email@example.com
See website for more information on the farms progress!
The Heartland Food Network is a collaboration of Minnesota dining establishments, catering companies, institutional food service buyers and food distributors whose mission is to encourage and facilitate the increased consumption of local foods as a way to build stronger communities, healthier lives and a cleaner environment. We encourage all types of restaurants and institutions to join, especially those who may be new to buying local food.
We strive to increase the amount of locally grown fruits, vegetables, meat, dairy and other foods served in Minnesota every year.
Homegrown Minneapolis is an initiative to develop recommendations for the City of Minneapolis to improve sales, distribution and consumption of fresh, locally grown foods to positively impact the health, food security, economy and environment of our City and the surrounding region.
The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy works locally and globally at the intersection of policy and practice to ensure fair and sustainable food, farm and trade systems.
IATP works to build thriving local food systems in the Upper Midwest and around the world by strengthening small- and medium-scale sustainable farming, expanding market opportunities for farmers, creating innovative partnerships and advancing supportive policy change.
Climate change. Population growth. Widespread pollution. Increasing consumption. Fossil fuel depletion. Loss of biodiversity. Degraded land and water…
Complex environmental problems have taken center stage in the early 21st century, and will present enormous challenges to our economy, security and natural resources for generations to come. These issues cut to the very foundation of our civilization. And they can’t be solved with business-as-usual thinking.
It’s time for something different.
That’s why the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment (IonE) is taking a fresh approach. We’re discovering new solutions to Earth’s most pressing environmental problems through cutting-edge research, world-class leadership development and innovative partnerships.
The Land Stewardship Project (LSP) is a private, nonprofit organization founded in 1982 to foster an ethic of stewardship for farmland, to promote sustainable agriculture and to develop sustainable communities.
Laverme's Worms builds and sells vermicomposting bins and systems for home, offices and institutions looking for a more environmentally-friendly solution to discarding organic matter into landfills. We back up our vermicomposting bins with unparalleled customer service: we are ready, willing and able to answer your vermicomposting questions and help you get the best possible vermicomposting set-up for your needs.
Local D'Lish is a market located in the historic warehouse district of Minneapolis. Everything in the store is grown, made or handcrafted in Minnesota and the Midwest region. We work directly with local farmers and food makers to offer the freshest and highest quality food at a fair price. The concept of the store is to "know where our food comes from and to establish a relationship between the growers and consumers".
Master Gardener volunteers are committed to providing the highest quality, research-based horticultural information and educational activities that enhance our community's environment and quality of life.
131 Ramsey County Master Gardener volunteers, trained by the University of Minnesota Extension, teach the public eco-friendly home gardening using the latest research, enhancing the public's quality of life and promoting good environmental stewardship.
Master Gardeners teach about vegetables, fruits, composting, trees and shrubs, lawns, flowers, insects, and pesticide use.
McKinley Community CSA is committed to growing healthy food in our neighborhood for our neighbors and the larger Twin Cities community. We are an urban agriculture CSA located in the city of Minneapolis and 2010 is our inaugural growing season! You can view our brochure here http://insidenorthside.org/McKinley+CSA Become a fan on Facebook!
Metro Blooms’ mission is to promote and celebrate gardening, to beautify our communities and help heal and protect our environment.
We are a private nonprofit volunteer-based educational organization which seeks to partner with other organizations, businesses, professional associations, local governments and watershed districts to promote environmentally sound gardening and landscaping practices to improve the health of our land and water resources.
Midwest Food Connection empowers elementary school children to make healthy and responsible food choices. Through school programs we educate children about natural foods, local sustainable farming, and the cultural origins of our food.
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board shall permanently preserve, protect, maintain, improve, and enhance its natural resources, parkland, and recreational opportunities for current and future generations. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board exists to provide places and recreation opportunities for all people to gather, celebrate, contemplate, and engage in activities that promote health, well-being, community, and the environment.
To serve the needs of the City of Minneapolis and to meet the conditions of the Metropolitan Land Planning Act, the City of Minneapolis developed a comprehensive plan entitled The Minneapolis Plan. The Minneapolis Plan was adopted by the Mayor and City Council on March 24, 2000.
Our Mission: "To strengthen the effectiveness of the peace and justice community in Minnesota by enabling memberorganizations to share their resources, insights and ideas and devise cooperative strategies to accomplish common goals."
The Minnesota Environmental Initiative (MEI) seeks solutions to Minnesota’s environmental problems through collaborative action taken by innovative partnerships. We bring together nonprofits, businesses, and government agencies to find consensus on critical issues and respond with actions that have measurable, positive environmental outcomes.
Minnesota Food Association (registered 501C3 nonprofit organization) actively pursues the mission to build a more sustainable food system by growing and distributing food, bringing new farmers into farming through training immigrant farmers, and networking, partnering and sharing with many diverse community-based organizations, nonprofits, foundations, government, local businesses, and institutions. Now celebrating its 25th year, MFA operates with the goal of ReLocalizing Food Systems.
The purpose of MISA is to bring together the diverse interests of the agricultural community with interests from across the University community in a cooperative effort to develop and promote sustainable agriculture in Minnesota and beyond.
The Minnesota Environmental Partnership is a coalition of more than 80 Minnesota environmental and conservation organizations working together to protect and preserve Minnesota's precious natural environment. Together, the Partnership's member organizations are supported by more than 450,000 Minnesotans. The Partnership provides a way for environmental organizations to collaborate in their efforts to make sure that Minnesota's natural resources are well cared for.
Incorporated in 1998 as a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization, The Partnership’s mission is to strengthen the effectiveness of the Minnesota environmental community in protecting and enhancing the state’s natural resources. It counts among its members the states leading environmental and conservation organizations whose leaders understand the power and productivity that comes from joining forces and working together toward a common vision.
The MFJA works to create a just food system by acting together, drawing on our collective understanding of race, class and gender disparities
Our Vision A food system in which all individuals—regardless of race, class or gender—have equal access to healthy, affordable, culturally appropriate food. This system is characterized by equity, shared power and accountability.
Our Mission Create a just food system by drawing and acting upon our collective understanding of race, class and gender disparities.
The Minnesota Food and Nutrition Network (MFNN) is a member-based organization that fosters coalitions to build and strengthen alliances focused on nutrition and physical activity for low-income persons.
MFNN facilitates the development of effective, high quality nutrition and physical activity initiatives that target persons eligible for the Food Support Program (FSP).
MFNN’s mission is to promote consistent, research-based nutrition messages to help Minnesotans with limited resources enjoy healthful lifestyles. The Network, comprised of nearly 40 organizations, includes state and local government agencies, industry and nonprofit organizations. MFNN welcomes agencies providing nutrition services to share resources that focus on community-based initiatives to create positive behavior changes to select healthy foods.
The Minnesota State Horticultural Society's Minnesota Green Program began in 1988 and has been serving the greening efforts of thousands of volunteer gardeners throughout the state. Minnesota Green promotes community greening as a means to strengthening neighborhoods through activities that connect people and plants.
The Minnesota Grown Program is a statewide partnership between the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and Minnesotans who grow or raise specialty crops and livestock. The program was created over 20 years ago at the request of specialty crop growers in search of a way to differentiate their produce from what was being shipped in from thousands of miles away. The first Minnesota Grown logo featured the phrase “Tastes 2,000 Miles Fresher”.
Today, the program has nearly 1,000 diverse members including farmers' markets, CSA farms, garden centers, wineries, fruit & vegetable growers, pick-your-own farms, livestock producers, meat processors, Christmas tree growers, and producers of honey, wild rice, maple syrup, cheese, and other gourmet products.
The MDA's Minnesota Grown Program just launched a new and much improved online Minnesota Grown Directory statewide directory of farms, farmers markets, orchards and others who market directly to the consumer.
The improvements make it much easier for consumers to find farms and markets in their area, get and print travel directions using Google Maps, print specific listings or to e-mail listings to friends. The new online Minnesota Grown Directory also has several enhancements for listed farms, including the ability to add a farm logo, farm picture and a thumbnail of the farm's homepage. Farms can also add special announcements and events without changing their printed listings.
The goal of the SULIS is to provide sustainable landscape information to the public and to the horticulture/landscape industry. By utilizing SULIS concepts, homeowners, business owners and related industry personnel will be able to create outdoor spaces that are functional, maintainable, environmentally sound, cost effective and aesthetically pleasing.
The Minnesota Land Trust is a private, nonprofit organization that preserves the natural and scenic heritage of our State by permanently protecting the lands and waters that define our communities and enrich our quality of life.
Increasing numbers of Minnesotans recognize that a transition to a more sustainable society is needed if we are to leave a healthy natural environment, a prosperous economy and vibrant communities for future generations. Many individuals and organizations throughout the state are working toward sustainability in areas as diverse as agriculture, waste management, energy, manufacturing, retail, urban planning, economic development, policy, housing, forestry, education, land use and transportation.
The NorthSide Healthy Eating Project is a collaboration of 30-35 Community Organizations and Individuals working to increase access to and Economic Developement from Healthy Nutritous Foods on the North side of Minneapolis.
Permaculture Research Institute www.pricoldclimate.org/
Through research, education, demonstration, and community-building, PRI-Cold Climate catalyzes and fosters the creation of an abundant and restorative culture for living in northern temperate climates.
Peta Wakan Tipi (Lakota for Sacred Fire Lodge) is one of Minnesota’s oldest (20 years) American Indian-established and run nonprofit organizations, having provided culturally appropriate housing and support services for recovering American Indian people in the Twin Cities since 1986. Our mission is to help American Indian people achieve economic, emotional and cultural balance.
Renewing the Countryside strengthens rural areas by championing and supporting rural communities, farmers, artists, entrepreneurs, educators, activists and other people who are renewing the countryside through sustainable and innovative initiatives, businesses, and projects. We do this by sharing stories of rural renewal, building awareness and support for sustainable endeavors, connecting people interested in sustainable rural development to each other, providing practical assistance and networking opportunities for those working to improve rural America, and fostering connections between urban and rural people.
The mission of Second Harvest Heartland is to end hunger through community partnerships.
Second Harvest Heartland distributes more than 41 million pounds of food and grocery products annually to 1,000+ member agencies and programs in Minnesota and western Wisconsin, as well as directly serving individuals and families.
We are strengthened by our partners, whose individual, corporate, community and foundational support bring relief to thousands of hungry families, children and seniors.
We are a group of community-minded Hamline students promoting environmental justice by growing local food and practicing sustainable land stewardship. For more information check us out at http://groups.google.com/group/hamlinesprout
The Hamline Midway Coalition (HMC) — District Council 11 — is a community-based non-profit organization dedicated to making the Hamline Midway neighborhood a better place to live, learn, work, and play.
HMC is one of 17 District Councils in the City of Saint Paul. HMC serves the area bounded by University Avenue on the South, Pierce Butler Route on the North, Lexington Avenue on the East, and Transfer Road on the West.
To help make Saint Paul the most livable city in America, Saint Paul Parks and Recreation will facilitate the creation of active lifestyles, vibrant places, and a vital environment.
“Our Promise To You” The staff of Saint Paul Parks and Recreation promises to cheerfully and respectfully serve you. We will provide access to quality programs and clean and safe facilities with timely and effective service. We will listen to your suggestions and concerns and respond to the best of our abilities.
Imagine what a safe, livable, healthy community might look like. Around the country citizens are coming together to create a vision of what their community might be and to develop steps toward making these visions come true. Alternatively called "healthy," livable" or sustainable communities, these efforts are integrative, inclusive and participatory. In many communities -- large and small, rural and urban -- issues are being addressed in an interconnected manner. They are demonstrating how innovative strategies can produce communities that are more environmentally sound, economically prosperous, and socially equitable.
Our Mission as a natural foods co-op is to provide a diverse selection of highest quality, fairly-priced products and a deepening understanding of their importance to our members, employees and community.
TC Aquaponics is a loose-knit group of people interested in bringing aquaponic systems into the local food scene. Aquaponics is the combination of small-scale aquaculture and hydroponic growing beds into to a recirculating system that provides both a protein source and vegetables on a fraction of the water required in other farming systems. We put together classes on aquaponics, work to design systems and help members install. Hoping to one day achieve a research/demonstration project locally.
Urban Farming's mission is to create an abundance of food for people in need by planting gardens on unused land and space while increasing diversity, educating youth, adults and seniors and providing an environmentally sustainable system to uplift communities.
The mission of the White Earth Land Recovery Project is to facilitate recovery of the original land base of the White Earth Indian Reservation, while preserving and restoring traditional practices of sound land stewardship, language fluency, community development, and strengthening our spiritual and cultural heritage.
The Women’s Environmental Institute at Amador Hill, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is an environmental research, renewal and retreat center designed to create and share knowledge about environmental issues and policies relevant to women, children and identified communities especially affected by environmental injustices; to promote agricultural justice, organic and sustainable agriculture and ecological awareness; and to support activism that influences public policy and promotes social change.
What's Up in Sustainable Agriculture? (WUSA) A discussion group bringing the University of Minnesota community together with professionals from the field to explore current topics in sustainable agriculture.
Yards to Gardens grew out of a realization of the tremendous potential in the vast amounts of space that we use for growing grass. Take a drive through neighborhoods in Minneapolis and St Paul. Imagine what these spaces would look and feel like if, instead of grass lining the sidewalks and blanketing yard after yard, there were a colorful patchwork of flowers and food bearing plants covering the urban landscape. Now imagine that each of these spaces is a collaboration, a cooperative arrangement between land owners and gardeners to create food, color, and a stronger fiber within the community.
TYFMP operates urban gardens in three neighborhoods in the Twin Cities – Lyndale and Powderhorn in Minneapolis and the West Side of St. Paul. We engage youth in running gardens to teach about where their food comes from, how to grow it, and how they can start to impact their local food system. Youth Organizing - At YFMP, we see youth as untapped resources in our communities. Instead of trying to “fix” their deficits, we form strong, long term relationships with youth to utilize their assets for their neighborhoods.
Project LEAD provides paid internships and summer employment for 25 older youth (ages 14-18) to develop power and public leadership in their neighborhood, apply these skills through their work on producing and distributing local produce, as well as supervise, mentor and create strong relationships with younger youth in our school year and summer program.