Minneapolis Community Gardens: A Study of Public Policies in Minneapolis and Hennepin County

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Minneapolis Community Gardens: A Study of Public Policies in Minneapolis and Hennepin County

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2008

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The Twin Cities Metro Area has a large number of community gardens but no comprehensive city policy regarding community gardening. As vacant or tax-forfeit land is increasingly unavailable, land has become difficult to acquire for establishing a community garden. Gardeners need to increasingly look toward public land to provide the space needed for community gardens. Public agencies also have the capability to provide much needed services such as water and compost and other services that cities and counties can offer community gardens. The purpose of this study is to explore these relationships and enhance the understandings of how community gardens and public agencies interact. This research project identifies and explains public policies in Minneapolis and Hennepin County and provides an inventory of land use, water, and compost policies specific to community gardens.

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Conducted on behalf of the Green Institute. Supported by Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), a program of the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA), University of Minnesota.

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Foster West, Erin. (2008). Minneapolis Community Gardens: A Study of Public Policies in Minneapolis and Hennepin County. Retrieved from the University Digital Conservancy, https://hdl.handle.net/11299/203829.

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