Seeking Individuals to help in starting up a ‘Local Foods Resource Hub’ for the East Side

posted Nov 17, 2011, 11:04 AM by Stephanie Hankerson   [ updated Nov 17, 2011, 1:00 PM ]
Initial planning for a new start-up 'Local Foods Resource Hub' (LFRH) for the east side of Minneapolis is underway. 2011 was the first year of operation for LFRH’s in Minneapolis, lead by the community gardening organization Gardening Matters and the city’s Homegrown Minneapolis. In the past year, Hub household membership cost $10 (with an expectation to volunteer) and over 600 members received free seeds and seedlings, took discounted gardening classes and participated in hub events.  Next year expanding to include tool lending and other resources is planned.

Hubs intend to be:

  • local points of distribution for physical gardening resources,
  • physical space for education classes,
  • focused on building leadership capacity at the community level,
  • a community network of gardeners and urban farmers that are able to support one another,
  • enhancing community connections.

The LFRH could be a strong support system for SE Minneapolis gardeners and community gardeners. SECIA is looking for a couple of individuals who would like to assist getting a LFRH up and running on the east side. This commitment would involve a series of meetings starting in late fall 2010 through winter, and then implementing the hub activities during the growing season.  Meeting locations will happen at varied SE & NE locations per the group's schedule.  We are most interested in finding folks that know they will be living in Southeast Minneapolis for a couple of years, but anyone can assist if they have the interest.  Have questions and inquires? Contact Steph at SECIA 612-508-4415 or