Grow and Find Local Food
Once you decide to eat more local foods, you have two options: you can grow it yourself or find Minnesota farmers and producers to buy from. Or you can do both! The resources on this page will help you get started with growing and finding local food.
Yard and Garden — How to grow fruits and vegetables, as well as guidance on soils and composting.
Junior Master Gardener — This program is a nationally and internationally recognized Extension youth gardening program developed by Texas Agricultural Extension Service.
Honey Bees — Protect the health of bee pollinators and to promote sustainable beekeeping practices at your own home.
Backyard Chicken Basics — Breeds, diet, housing, daily care, bird health, sanitation, manure management, egg production, regulations, and purchasing birds.
Garden & Agriculture Projects — Learn the skills and tools to grow fruit, vegetables and plants in various environments.
Indoor Gardening — Learn about the life cycle of plants, starting plants from seed, soil, watering, fertilization, propagation, planting and care of terrariums, dish gardens and hanging baskets, and houseplants.
Find Local Food
Minnesota Grown — Find one of over a thousand diverse farms, farmers market, or community supported agriculture (CSA) farms in your community.CSA Farm Directory — Land Stewardship Project — Download the 2015 edition of the Twin Cities, Minnesota, and Western Wisconsin Region community supported agriculture (CSA) directory.
Community and Local Food Resources — Browse the numerous resources to support rural communities just beginning to build their community food systems as well as those whose local food systems are already strong.
Rural Grocery Stores — Explore the research and resources the Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships have conducted and gathered examining the needs and concerns of rural grocery stores.