Draft of urban agriculture plan unveiled

The initial draft of the Park Board’s urban agriculture plan is now available for public comment.

Three overarching goals were identified in the plan:

  • Park programs and services provide public education, access to healthy foods, and economic support for the local food system
  • Park facility renewal and development fosters urban agriculture activities
  • Food available on parkland benefits residents, park visitors and the environment

The urban agriculture plan is expected to significantly impact future Park Board projects. It calls for $430,000 in investment over the next five years.

“It is not a small movement, this is much bigger than just a few little groups that want this,” said Commissioner Young (at-large).

Commissioner Kummer raised concerns about reaching out to stakeholders that may be opposed to parts of the plan and Commissioner Vreeland stressed that the plan should try to avoid conflicts competing parties may have over limited park space.

The plan is available online at http://bit.ly/18e0Wm6 and physical copies will be available at all Minneapolis rec centers. The Park Board is hosting an Urban Agriculture plan open house on Nov. 19 from 5:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Park Board headquarters, located at 2117 West River Road.

The public comment period will end on Dec. 21. Revisions to the plan will be made in January and it is slated for final approved in February.