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Local Foods Planning and Zoning: Understanding Challenges and Best Practices

Purpose

The Local Foods Planning and Zoning: Understanding Challenges and Best Practices research identified the zoning challenges facing small scale producers and the best practices or success stories from communities effectively addressing these challenges.

Rural communities seeking to support small scale farms and local foods are leading the way through rectifying their planning and zoning ordinances. These communities are setting the precedent on protecting small scale, non-urban agriculture through zoning that also protects land from irrational and harmful development practices.

Partners

The research project was led by SPROUT MN Food Hub, the Region Five Development Commission and the University of Minnesota Central Regional Sustainable Development Partnership. Funded by the Initiative Foundation and the University of Minnesota Central Regional Sustainable Development Partnership, the student research was sponsored through the University of Minnesota Community Assistantship Program (CAP).

Activities

Outcomes

The Local Foods Planning and Zoning: Understanding Challenges and Best Practices research report identified: challenges local foods producers are facing in rural Minnesota as a result of zoning ordinances; planning and zoning best practices that have been used to support or promote local foods in rural communities throughout the United States; and lessons learned among the communities that have successfully implemented ordinances which support local foods.

Funding

CRSDP: $6,000; Initiative Foundation: $1,500

Leveraged resources

In-kind research team: SPROUT MN, Region Five Development Commission, CRSDP; Project Sponsorship: University of Minnesota Community Assistantship Program (CAP)

Last updated 2-28-2015
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