My hometown newspaper (and employer) has an article about community gardens and the red tape that can accompany the effort to get one started. The Homegrown Minneapolis initiative is trying to change that, and I applaud the effort. Their very noble goals are:
• Using public and private land for community gardens and food production.
• Increasing access to farmers’ markets or mobile food delivery services.
• Encouraging restaurants, schools and other organizations to use locally grown food on their menus.
• Supporting entrepreneurs who want to create small businesses focused on local food production.
I am not going to be able to make this, but the Homegrown Minneapolis folks will host a public meeting from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday at Martin Luther King Park, 4055 Nicollet Av. S., Minneapolis. If you go, let me know how it was.
Here’s a slightly more critical yet still hopeful take on the project.