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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also host quarterly online meetings with food network leaders. Meeting dates for 2017 are as follows:
- Thursday, March 23, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. View meeting notes: Virtual Policy Meeting with Food Network Leaders.
- Thursday, June 8, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. View meeting notes: Virtual Meeting of Food Network Leaders.
- Thursday, September 21, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
- Thursday, December 14, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
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.
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|
|Central||Long Prairie Wellness Network||Active||Katie Gruber||Long Prairie|
|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|
|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||St. Peter Food Access Network||Active||Leah Mahoney||St. Peter|
|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||Martin County Community Food Partnership||In Development||Alyssa Munsterman||Martin County|
|SE||Wabasha County Food Access Network||In Development||Tina Moen||Wabasha County|
|SE||Watonwan County Community Food Partnership||
|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|
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.
Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems — View projects by region in this focus area of Extension’s Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships.
Food Hub Resources — This webpage 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.