The #EcolutionCollective is a newsletter series in four weekly installments focused on different topics.
We launched our Ecolution Collective series with food security as the central topic because:
Ecolution Collective, as the name suggests, is a collective effort. This new communication tool about equitable economies and sustainable ecosystems is driven by reader engagement. Take our survey: tinyurl.com/EcolutionPoll1
What solutions have you seen around the state that are improving supply lines between healthy foods and those who need access? Do you work with data or research that illuminates this issue? Reach out to [email protected] with “food security” in the subject line.
Interested in getting involved with sustainable food networks in Minnesota?
The Food Group MN, providing resources to food shelves and direct food access programs.
Minnesota Central Kitchen, Second Harvest Heartland, brings together restaurants, caterers, and hunger-fighting organizations to tackle hunger and service-sector layoffs brought on by the pandemic.
MN Food Charter, a roadmap designed to guide policymakers and community leaders in providing Minnesotans with equal access to healthy food.
Metro Food Access, creating a re-imagined metro food justice network that uses a robust community engagement process.
East Side Table, empowering individuals to improve food skills, awareness, and access to healthy foods.
The Good Acre, improving the local food system for diverse, independent farmers and to increase access to healthy produce for all consumers.
Farmers Market Hub, expanding produce sales through farmers’ market aggregation
Rural Renewal & Sustainable Agriculture
Renewing the Countryside, renewing the countryside through sustainable and innovative initiatives, businesses, and projects.
The Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture, bringing together the diverse interests of the agricultural community with interests from across the University.
Land Stewardship Project, founded in 1982 to foster an ethic of stewardship for farmland, to promote sustainable agriculture and to develop healthy communities.
Farmers and animal rights activists are coming together to fight factory farms, Vox
“If the Farm System Reform Act passed, how much would really change?”
These small dairy farms are a model for a resilient food system, Yes! Magazine
“These farmers don’t operate alone. They band together in cooperatives, sharing resources for the benefit of all.”
Hmong farmers use Minnesota roots to bolster the state’s farmers markets, Duluth News Tribune
“Having diversity in vendors at the market is the only way that it should exist.”
Recommended resources and suggested action steps on behalf of food issues in Minnesota.
From Mark Ritchie at Global Minnesota: Attend the Oct. 16 World Food Day 2020 virtual conference about hunger relief, regenerative agriculture and sustainable development, food security and safety, impacts of climate change, and more.
AFC operates a youth program that runs an urban farm on seven sites, grows and harvests food, and distributes meals through fresh grocery boxes and recipe kits. It works largely with small local farms and farmers who are immigrants, Black, Indigenous, and people of color. Its weekly meal kits are free, and include two recipes and locally grown produce for 12 meals that are delivered to families. Taronda Richardson explains the program:
AFC makes 1,000 meals on weekdays out of its Breaking Bread kitchen in North Minneapolis and Station 81 in St. Paul’s Union Depot.
The pandemic has prohibited some of AFC’s other work, yet its central mission remains intact: to break down systemic barriers to healthy food.
More details about what the Ecolution Collective is about, and why you might want to become part of this new statewide community.