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Food Networks

Food Networks in Minnesota

Food networks are multi-stakeholder groups of people working together to advance change in the food system. More than 60 active and developing food networks are at work in Minnesota.

Health and Nutrition staff created an email list, map, and directory of Minnesota's food networks as part of Extension's leadership role in the engagement function of the Minnesota Food Charter Network. You can use these online resources to connect with food network leaders across the state, learn about their work, and engage in food systems change in your community and across Minnesota.

Food Networks Email List and Quarterly Meetings

Extension hosts a monitored email list in order to help Minnesota Food Networks stay connected and share resources. Join today by sending an email to: mnfoodnetworks+subscribe@umn.edu.

We also host quarterly online meetings with food network leaders. Meeting dates for 2017 are as follows:

The goal for this year's quarterly meetings is to support, connect, and build capacity of food network leaders to activate their networks to engage in policy efforts of all scales (local, regional, statewide, national, institution).

If you plan to attend any of these meetings, please RSVP here: 2017 Quarterly Meetings of Food Networks RSVP form.

Food Network Map

This ArcGIS map demonstrates the breadth and scope of food networks across Minnesota and provides information to help you connect with each network. Open the map in a new window: Minnesota Food Networks: ArcGIS Map.

map

This screenshot of the ArcGIS map shows all the known food networks in Minnesota.

Food Network Directory

This sortable table lists all known food networks in Minnesota. Don't see a network listed that you think should be in the directory? Need to update info about your network? Other questions? Contact Noelle Harden.

Region Network Name Status Contact Email Geography
Central United Way Access to Food Community Solution Team Active Alexis Lutgen Stearns County, Benton County, and portions of Sherburne and Wright Counties
Central East Central Food Network Active Jessica Norman Pine, Isanti, Chisago, Kanabec, and Mille Lacs Counties
Central Crow River Food Council Active Connie Carlson Wright County
Central Hunger Free Sherburne County Active Carmen Pouliot Sherburne County
Central Central Region Food Access Network Active Serdar Mamedov Wadena, Cass, Todd, Crow Wing, and Morrison Counties
Metro Community Food Partnership Active Margaret Perez Cities of Bloomington, Richfield, Edina
Metro Carver County Healthy Eating Work Group Active Caitlin Reis Carver County
Metro Metro Food Access Network (MFAN) Active Jamie Bain Ramsey, Hennepin, Anoka, Washington, Carver, Dakota, and Scott Counties
Metro Homegrown Minneapolis Active Tamara Downs Schwei City of Minneapolis
Metro St. Paul/Ramsey Co Food and Nutrition Commission Active Nadja Berneche Ramsey County
Metro Homegrown South Active Casey Silver Dakota County
Metro Northside Fresh Active Miah Ulysse North Minneapolis
Metro Urban Farm and Garden Alliance Active Melvin Giles City of St. Paul: Rondo and Frogtown neighborhoods
Metro Farmers Market Collaborative Active Tamara Downs Schwei City of Minneapolis
Metro Metro Refugee Health Task Force (MRHTF) Active D. Wanduragala Ramsey, Hennepin, Anoka, Washington, Carver, Dakota, and Scott Counties
Metro Twin Cities Agriculture Land Trust (TCALT) Active Valentine Cadieux Ramsey, Hennepin, Anoka, Washington, Carver, Dakota, and Scott Counties
Metro Phillips Healthy Living-Food Shelf Team Active Francisco Segovia City of Minneapolis: Phillips neighborhood
Metro East Side Table Active Terese Hill East Side of St. Paul
Metro Washington County Food Access Network Active Nathan Hesse Washington County
Multi-State Regional Bemidji Area Partnership in Health Active Jill Breyen Multi-state network including Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Chicago
NE Rutabaga Project Active Brian Bluhm Virginia
NE Iron Range Partnership for Sustainability Active Brian Bluhm St Louis, Itasca Counties
NE Western Lake Superior Good Food Network Active Clare Hintz Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Kooch, Lake, Pine, and St. Louis Counties plus NW Wisconsin and southern Ontario; focus on Duluth and the North Shore
NE Healthy Northland; NE MN SHIP collaborative Active Annie Harala Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Kooch, Lake, and St. Louis Counties
NE Get Fit Itasca Active Ashley Runge Itasca County
NE Northwoods Food Project Active Kristin Dearruda-Wharton Cook County
NE Carlton County Food & Nutrition Network Active Ali Bilden Camps Carlton County
NE Fair Food Access Coalition Active Brooke Wetmore City of Duluth
NE Duluth Community Garden Program Active Emily Richey City of Duluth
NE Aitkin County Good Food Network Active Lynn Sue Mizner Aitkin County
NW Cass Clay Food Commission Active Megan Myrdal Cass County, ND and Clay County, MN
NW West Central Minnesota Food Systems Collaborative Active Janet Lindberg Fergus Falls, Alexandria, and surrounding communities
NW Headwaters Food Sovereignty Council Inactive Simone Senogles Hubbard, Beltrami, Cass, Itasca, Mahnomen, Pennington, Red Lake, Clearwater, Becker, Polk Counties 
NW Detroit Lakes Community Food Partnership Inactive Janet Lindberg Town of Detroit Lakes and surrounding communities
NW Growing Forward Thief River Falls Active Amy Beckius Johnson Pennington, Red Lake, Marshall, Roseau, Kittson Counties
NW Mahnomen Community Nutrition Network Active Monica Douglas White Earth Reservation
NW Kelliher Food Network In Development Deb Dilley Towns of Kelliher and Northome
NW Lake Agassiz Chapter of the Sustainable Farming Association Active Alethea Kenney NW Region: from Fergus Falls north to Canada, from North Dakota East to Bemidji
NW Toxic Taters Coalition Active Katie Deschene Becker, Wadena, Hubbard, Cass, Otter Tail, Todd Counties
NW NW RSDP Local Food / Sustainable Ag Workgroup Active Linda Kingery Kittson, Roseau, Marshall, Pennington, Red Lake, Lake of the Woods, Clearwater, Hubbard, Beltrami. Polk, Norman, Mahnomen, Clay, Wilkin, Becker, Otter Tail Counties; White Earth, Red Lake, and Leech Lake Tribal Nations
SE Roots, Shoots and Boots Food Network — Mankato/North Mankato In Development Kelly Kunkel Mankato and North Mankato
SE Hunger Assistance Network Active Sheri Sander-Silva Blue Earth and Nicollet Counties
SE Waseca County Healthy Food Access Network In Development Andrea Kronbach Waseca County
SE United Way Healthy Eating Group Steele County In Development Tanya Paley Steele County
SE Community Food Network Steering Committee In Development Sandra Burke Winona County
SE Watonwan County Community Food Partnership

Active

Beth Labenz Watonwan County
SE Faribault County Community Food Partnership Active Alyssa Munsterman Faribault County
SW Goodhue County Food Network In Development David Anderson Goodhue County
SW SW Regional Sustainable Development Partnership Local Food Systems Working Group Active David Fluegel Big Stone, Brown, Chippewa, Cottonwood, Douglas, Grant, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, Martin, McLeod, Meeker, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Pope, Redwood, Sibley, Renville, Rock, Stevens, Swift, Traverse, Watonwan, Yellow Medicine Counties
SW Southwest Food Network Community of Practice Active Anne Dybsetter Big Stone, Brown, Chippewa, Cottonwood, Douglas, Grant, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, Martin, McLeod, Meeker, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Pope, Redwood, Sibley, Renville, Rock, Stevens, Swift, Traverse, Watonwan, Yellow Medicine Counties
SW Community Wellness Partners: Cottonwood, Jackson, Nobles In Development Christine Bullerman Cottonwood, Jackson, Nobles Counties
SW Healthy Marshall 56258 In Development Kris Cleveland City of Marshall
SW Morris Healthy Eating Active Mary Jo Forbord Stevens County
Statewide Born to Thrive Active Sophia Lenarz-Coy Statewide
Statewide Child Nutrition and Wellness Advisory Group Active Gloria Wilkinson Statewide
Statewide MN Hunger Initiative Active TBD Statewide
Statewide MN Food Charter Network Active Michael Dahl Statewide
Statewide MN for Healthy Kids Coalition Active Rachel Callanan Statewide
Statewide MN Schoolyard Garden Coalition Active MNSGC Stewardship Team Statewide
Statewide Farm to School Leadership Team Active Stephanie Heim Statewide
Statewide Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota Active Theresa Keaveny Statewide
Statewide Mobile Food Shelf Task Force Active Peter Woitock Statewide
Statewide MN Farm to Early Childcare Stakeholders Active Erin McKee Statewide
Statewide Good Food Access Fund Campaign Active Leah Gardener Statewide
Statewide Nutritious Food Coalition Active Sarah Aughenbaugh Statewide
Statewide Partners to End Hunger Active Colleen Moriarity Statewide
Statewide Minnesota Young Food Professionals Active Eric Sannerud Statewide
Statewide Pesticide Action Network North America, Minnesota Chapter Active Lex Horan Statewide
Statewide Healthy Native Foods Network Active Amber Cardinal Statewide
Multi-State Regional Bemidji Area Partnership in Health Active Michelle Archuleta Multi-state network including Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Chicago

Notes

Region: To see which counties are included in which regions, see the map on this page: SNAP-Ed Team.

Status: Following the model of the Johns Hopkins Center for Livable Future Food Policy Council Directory, networks are listed as active (meets at least once a year), in development (formed within the last 12 months), in transition (redefining the purpose and/or the structure of the council), or inactive.

Related Resources

Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems — View projects by region in this focus area of Extension’s Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships.

Food Hub Resources — This web page provides resources to support rural communities just beginning to build a food hub and is intended for farmers, producers, and community organizations, but may interest anyone in community and local foods.

Minnesota Food Charter — The Minnesota Food Charter is a roadmap designed to guide policymakers and community leaders in providing Minnesotans with equal access to affordable, safe, and healthy food regardless of where they live.

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