A local foods initiative engaging the South Metro in healthy food for all
We do this by supporting small-scale producers and independent food businesses, linking hunger relief agencies with healthy food for low-income residents, and advocating for policy and systems change that supports the local food economy.
To define healthy foods, we use the Metro Food Access Network’s definition: “Foods that promote health and well-being of diverse communities and are produced in a way that is environmentally sustainable; is accessible, affordable, and culturally familiar for all consumers; and provides fair wages for farmers and workers. Healthy foods are not too high in sodium, unhealthy fats, or added sugars and include fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains.” Our vision is a healthy, equitable, and sustainable food system.
- Participate in a community garden?
- Shop at a food coop?
- Operate a farm?
- Get food from a food shelf?
- Sell at a farmers market?
- Like to eat healthy food?
- Grow food in your backyard?
- Have backyard chickens?
- Geek out over soil biology?
If any of the above describes you, or if you’re just interested in learning more about your local food system, we want you to be a part of Homegrown South!
All who live, work and play in the South Metro—centered around Dakota County but including Rice, Scott, Carver and souths suburban Hennepin County—are welcome to participate in the regular gatherings and programs of this local foods network. Find more information on current activities atGo to Homegrown South website