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The Healthy Legacy Forum on urban agriculture was held March 22, 2012.  The video of the forum is available below. 

MTN video of the Forum

Also check out these websites that look at the local food economy, the Minneapolis plan, health research, composting efforts, and Gardening Matters’ calendar of events.

Homegrown Minneapolis
“A citywide initiative expanding our community’s ability to grow, process, distribute, eat and compost more healthy, sustainable, locally grown foods.”

Urban Agriculture Policy Plan
The City of Minneapolis has adopted a comprehensive policy to guide land use decisions related to urban food production and distribution. The plan will help identify where and how land should be used to grow and distribute food through community and commercial gardens and urban farms.  On the bottom of the page, you’ll find a link to zoning code text amendments being considered -- policy decisions important to communities already engaged in local food production.

Gardening Matters
A nonprofit dedicated to promoting and preserving community gardening across the Twin Cities … it provides training and resources to support community gardeners in achieving community gardens that are successful and sustainable. The site has a calendar of events related to urban agriculture, health, etc.

Deb Wallwork: “Dirty Work,” the trailer with Kingfield Farmer’s Market
Local documentary to be shown at the Healthy Legacy forum.

Community Table
Community Table is helping to establish a local food system that draws from the local land base to sustainably produce, process, and market fresh and healthy food to meet the needs of the local community. … Our aim is to create a new local food economy that works to promote the health, well-being, and security of the land and people of our communities, all while providing just wages and a fair market environment.

Land Stewardship Project is involved with Homegrown Minneapolis.
The mission is to foster an ethic of stewardship for farmland, to promote sustainable agriculture and to develop sustainable communities.

Ladonna Redmond on Food Justice, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP)

Supermarket and fast food study
A recent study has concluded that increased supermarket access “does not translate into improvements in diet and health” — and instead tied health to the prevalence of fast food restaurants. Dr. Janne Boone-Heinonen, Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University, presents the research from the Fast Food Restaurants and Food Stores Study.

MPR Midday broadcast with Jonathan Foley of IATP
How can we feed the world AND sustain the planet?
A University of Minnesota scientist landed in "Nature" and "Scientific American" with his majoranalysis of the impact of agriculture on the global environment. Which practices need to change, in order to reduce the environmental impact of feeding nine billion people in 2050? The results of his study may surprise you.

Statewide Health Improvement Program
Learn about experiences with EBT at farmers markets in Minneapolis! Read about the projects happening in Minneapolis as part of SHIP! Minneapolis City Council
passed an Urban Agriculture Policy Plan that sets some guidelines for allowing land in Minneapolis to be used for growing and selling food. You can also access the Minnesota Public Radio story  “Coming to a vacant lot near you, the neighborhood farm.”

Louis Alemayehu - Community Organizer
Environmental Justice of Minnesota EJAM
EJAM’s new focus of work is localized sustainable economic growth on the North side of Minneapolis.

Eureka Recycling described its composting program at the forum.

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) Food and Health

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