COMMUNITY VOICES | Park Board considers plan to expand urban agriculture

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A forest of fruit trees or youth-run community garden could soon be growing in a Minneapolis Park near you. Opportunities like these are outlined in a Urban Agriculture Activity Plan that is currently under review by the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board.

Additional goals outlined in the plan include: increase growing healthy, local food; use of outdoor public spaces to promote, sell and distribute local food; increase edible landscaping and urban fruit tree growth; expand community gardening options; and, enrich youth programs.

Russ Henry, an advocate for the plan and former resident of Corcoran, presented the December meeting of Corcoran’s Land Use and Housing CommitteeCNO members asked questions about the proposed plan and discussed how urban agriculture could impact the neighborhood and city.

“Urban agriculture is an important way to enhance food security for underserved neighborhoods” shares Henry, “and improve access to health for residents throughout Minneapolis. The MPRB Urban Ag Activity Plan, if adopted will give neighbors access to more tools, resources, and knowledge that will empower Minneapolis residents to grow health and sustainability in their neighborhoods.”

However, Henry also shared that this plan is not a sure thing. He has a personal goal of recruiting 1,000 Minneapolitans to submit feedback about the Urban Agriculture Activity Plan

The Park Board will be hosting two more information sessions about the proposed Urban Agriculture Activity Plan:
– Tuesday, December 17 from 5:15 – 7:15 PM at Hope Community
– Thursday, December 19 from 7:00 – 8:30 PM at St. Olaf Community Campus

Please review the draft plan (PDF), and then take a minute to share your feedback in this online survey before December 21. 

For more information please refer to the MPRB project webpage.