Monday, November 5, 2012

You can Help Shape the Future of Urban Ag in Minneapolis

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is developing a plan for urban ag in Minneapolis, and they want your input. If you're interested and/or engaged in urban ag in Minneapolis, consider attending one of these public meetings. You can also share your thoughts about urban ag in Minneapolis using an online form.

From the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board website...

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) has begun a process to develop a plan to support urban agriculture. This plan will guide the MPRB in defining and prioritizing community needs, recommending service delivery goals, and guiding allocation of funds to support urban agriculture within the park system.
Increasing numbers of Minneapolis residents are actively engaged in various urban agriculture activities, and interest in community gardens, farmers markets, community supported agriculture (CSA), and local food production has steadily increased in this decade.  The Board of Commissioners recognizes the many benefits of a sustainable, local food system and has supported community gardens since 2002 by resolution. 

Supporting urban agriculture aligns with the MPRB’s mission, values, and vision for the future.  The MRPB Comprehensive Plan states that park facility renewal and development is to respect history and focus on sustainability, accessibility, flexibility, and beauty.  Sustainability is a core value of the MPRB, and supporting urban agriculture is one component of improved sustainability.  The MPRB seeks to develop a plan that explores opportunities to partner with others, efficiently utilize MPRB resources, and align service delivery of services with the needs of Minneapolis residents and park users.

Share your thoughts at an upcoming public meeting:
November 13, 3-4:30 pm
690 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis
November 15, 6-7:30 pm
3100 43rd St. W., Minneapolis
November 17, 10-11:30 am
2117 W. River Road, Minneapolis
December 3, 6-7:30 pm
621 29th Ave. N, Minneapolis
December 4, 6-7:30 pm
2401 E. Minnehaha Pkwy., Minneapolis

[where: Sustainable Food, St. Paul, Minneapolis, Twin Cities, Minnesota]

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