Urban Agriculture Plan
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is developing a plan to support urban agriculture. This plan will guide the MPRB in defining and prioritizing community needs, recommending service delivery goals, and guide allocation of resources to support urban agriculture within the park system.
This project is currently in a planning phase of community engagement. The project schedule calls for development and release of a draft plan in spring 2013 for a 45-day public comment and review period pending Board approval.
You can help shape the Plan through a variety of opportunities:
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Contact Ginger Cannon, MPRB Planning at 612-230-6413 or email@example.com
Five public meetings were hosted by MPRB staff throughout the city in November and December 2012. Meetings consisted of a brief presentation followed by small discussion groups in which individuals shared their opinions. These community responses will help inform development of the MPRB urban agriculture plan.
Community Response Summary
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 gardening activities 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 delivery of services with the needs of Minneapolis residents and park users.