“The main way that most people will experience climate change is through the impact on food: the food they eat, the price they pay for it, and the availability and choice that they have.”
— Tim Gore, head of food policy and climate change, Oxfam
There is a reason we are hearing more about urban farming and locally grown produce. As Lester Brown, Earth Policy Institute, said, “Food is the new oil. Land is the new gold.”
California is one nearby example of how our food and water is being impacted by climate change. Fortunately — albeit with great struggle — our Homegrown Minneapolis consortium has Radical Roots in the local food economy. As creators of a documentary about this movement wrote: “The Twin Cities has by far the largest number of food cooperatives in the country, including several of the largest, forming the basis for an alternative food economy, which helped it be named the #1 metro area for local food in the nation.”
With such gold in our land, our deep roots include wisdom around Growing Things. Here are some of the insights.
Why are local growing efforts needed?
Op-Ed Action Step: “Why Local Food Is Vital”
MPLSGreen Guide: 2016 MPLSGreen E-Guide: Food
Listing of Minneapolis farmer’s markets
Local CSAs who have supported the MPLS Green mission
- Minneapolis Sustainable Design: Where Is It?
- Homegrown Food Council co-chair Russ Henry explains why our urban center is important for local food and 3 tips for the new growing season
- Planting for pollinators
- “Weeds” we should love, and why.
- The benefits of compost to backyard yield
- A MinnPost forum with Bee Lab expert Marla Spivak looked in-depth at the issues and solutions facing pollinators. Our first youth reporter was there and wrote about what he learned.
- Q&A: Raingardens
- Q&A: Soil
- Growing Gardeners in Longfellow
- Top 10 things you can do for sustainable living
- Insights about composting
- Gardening Matters offers information such as: how to start a community garden, training events, online garden directory.
- Minneapolis offers an interactive map that shows where vacant lots exist that could be used for community gardens.
- Metro Blooms offers three-hour workshops ($15) about pollinator-friendly yard care basics, introduction to raingardens and shoreline plantings, and one-on-one design assistance from landscape professionals and Master Gardeners.