Garden projects make an impact

The City of Minneapolis is committed to reducing climate pollution by 2030. To help accomplish this goal, the Minneapolis Health […]

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The City of Minneapolis is committed to reducing climate pollution by 2030. To help accomplish this goal, the Minneapolis Health Department has announced funding of more than $315,000 for 16 community-led projects related to urban agriculture and preventing wasted food. As part of the City’s Climate Legacy Initiative, the funding will support efforts to create a fair and climate-resilient food system in Minneapolis.

Some of the Homegrown Minneapolis project will serve residents with disabilities and chronic illnesses.

“Tackling climate change demands a united front,” said Mayor Jacob Frey. “That’s why we’re thrilled to support over a dozen local organizations through our groundbreaking Climate Legacy Initiative. From fostering urban gardens to preventing food waste, these groups are making a real difference. Together, we’re building a more sustainable future for Minneapolis.”

Each organization’s project is building healthier communities by addressing one or more of the following areas, by growing food using sustainable production methods; using energy-efficient controlled environments to extend the growing season into the colder months; and reducing wasted food through distribution to food shelves and other programs as well as composting.

Grapevine Collective will receive $5,000. As part of its effort to organize a community-led organic gardening project, the Grapevine Collective is helping to build handicapped accessible raised garden beds in New City Center.

Open Arms of Minnesota will receive $22,536. The funding will support Open Arms’ community garden program, Open Farms, which supplies their core meal program as well as their new Cultural Meals Program.

The program produces vegetables and herbs used in the meal program for clients living with critical and life-threatening illnesses. The funds will support North Minneapolis and South Minneapolis gardens, allowing installation of a drip irrigation system, establishment of a compost system, and increasing growing space.

The Aliveness Project will receive $15,000m to increase the food waste prevention activities of its food shelf program. This will expand the availability of the program’s nutritious food options.

“Thanks to the City of Minneapolis’s Homegrown initiative, the Aliveness Project will expand food rescue efforts, thereby increasing the availability of fresh, nutritious food offerings to individuals living with HIV/AIDS and their families, said Matt Toburen, executive director. “Our food shelf and hot meal program will continue to meet the increasing food insecurity needs of the community and ensure people living with HIV can live long and healthy lives.”

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