Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council outlines strategic plan for 2012

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The Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council approved a strategic action plan for the remainder of 2012 on Wednesday, laying out goals and ideas for the coming months.

The council formed in January with the goal of expanding sustainable, locally-grown foods in the community.

The council spent the first half of 2012 laying out a vision, advocating urban agriculture amendments and a composting ordinance, and supporting the installation of bee hives on top of City Hall.

One of the food council’s long-term goals is to provide all Minneapolis residents with access to fresh, healthy food.

For example, a goal of the strategic plan is for all Minneapolis residents to live within a half-mile of a community garden.

The council is also working to increase fruit production in public spaces.

As the group moves forward, members are working to involve community members and are searching for interested residents to join working groups. At the meeting, members discussed listening sessions as a way to engage the community and inform the public of the council’s efforts.

The strategic plan also includes improved promotion of farmers markets. Homegrown has already created an interactive map that shows all farmers market locations around the city.

The council meets monthly and is made of members from local government, area businesses, community organizations, nonprofits and neighborhoods.