Connect. Collaborate. Create community change.
Videos from the event:
- Ken Meter: Best Practices nationally in organizing local food systems
- Collie Graddick: Current local efforts to organize our food system
Working group reports:
- Acquiring and developing land for urban agriculture
- Expanding gardening in North Minneapolis
- Access to healthy food in North Minneapolis
- Economic development / Plymouth Ave. as a green corridor in North Minneapolis
- Processing and distributing food in North Minneapolis
More notes and next steps from the meeting coming soon!
This lab supports the development of a sustainable food system in North Minneapolis. Participants will explore the relationship between a sustainable food system and the emergence of a more sustainable and inclusive community. Many people working in the food and community development systems of North Minneapolis were present. We heard about existing and emerging initiatives across North Minneapolis that are growing food, getting healthy food into corner stores, launching new grocery stores or coops, developing processing capacity within North Minneapolis as an engine of food system re-design, engaging young people in the urban agriculture movement, and much more.
We imagine a future of North Minneapolis in which every household has access to fresh, locally grown, processed and purchased food. We imagine the active engagement and leadership of residents and entrepreneurs of North Minneapolis in making this vision a reality. At the lab we fertilized what is already happening, seeded new possibilities by designing activities or services that enhance the transition of North Minneapolis toward a sustainable food system and a sustainable and inclusive community, and fostered a broader network of agents, united around a common vision of the future for the community.
- Context-setting on the relationship between a sustainable food system and a healthy, sustainable and inclusive community
- Short presentations on existing and emerging initiatives
- Diagnosis of the existing food system of North Minneapolis
- Envisioning of a healthy food system
- Beginning an action planning process, to be picked up and continued by a coalition within the community that fosters movement from the food system we have now, toward one that we envision.
The over-arching purpose of this lab was to build on the network that has been fostered through three social innovation labs that occurred in 2012, and engage that network as support for a community to set conditions to realize concrete social innovations over both the short and long term.
This lab occured on March 27th from 1:30 to 5pm at the Minneapolis Urban League, 2100 Plymouth Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55411, in the basement conference room.