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What's new from MFJN?

This announcement isn't new... but this is a new kind of gathering for us! We're going to the State Capitol! Will you join us?


We will spend the morning in conversation with the MFJN Action Teams and each other. before heading over to the State Capitol to advocate for our values to be enacted in policies. Policy helps give structural support for transformation!


Never been to the Capitol or talked to a lawmaker? We got you! We'll get some training and split into small groups for visits with legislators, so new folks will have support of seasoned policy wonks.


Do you have a specific bill you're supporting right now? Name it in your registration or connect with Leah at Hunger Solutions (lgardner@hungersolutions.org) so we can get MFJN behind it, too!


Learn more and register here!



Reminder:


Applications due Feb 11 for the MFJN Sustainability & Operations Weaver



(this could be you! >>)

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Openings (so many!)

Jobs

Grants Manager | Savanna Institute (remote)

Market Garden Youth Coordinator | Urban Roots

Cook Fresh Program Coordinator | Urban Roots

Farm Crew and Kayak Guide | Dancing Gnome Farm & Broken Paddle Guiding

Multiple Positions | Hmong American Farmers Association

Cheesemaking Assistant | Shepherd's Way Farm

Multiple Positions | Dream Of Wild Health

Assistant Director, Pesticide and Fertilizer Management Division | MN Dpt of Health

Seasonal Farm Intern | Rising Sun Farm and Orchard

Farmers Market Cashier | Richfield Farmers Market

Farmers Market Co-Worker | Northwood Mushrooms

Board / Committees

  • Got any to share? Send them to info@mfjn.org!

Learning & Connecting

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Honoring Black History Month


Celebrating The Year Of The Dragon

Every other Friday starting February 9

MinneAg Biweekly Legislative Check Ins


The MN legislative session will be starting on Feb. 12, and MinneAg will be resuming our biweekly legislative session check in meetings starting next Friday!

 

Register for the recurring Zoom meeting, and join us to kick off the legislative session next Friday, Feb. 9, noon-1 PM. We will meet every other Friday noon-1 going forward to stay in touch for the rest of the legislative session.


Feb. 25 + last Sundays of the month

Farmers of Color Social Hour

Register here!


These Zoom calls are monthly times to meet each other, strengthen our network and get updates from the Midwest Farmers of Color Coalition Coordinating Team and each other. We encourage folks to bring announcements and opportunities to share. This is a farmer and gardener of color space only.

March 21-22

Regenarative Poultry Convergence

The Regenerative Agriculture Alliance is excited to announce that we are hosting the 3rd annual Regenerative Poultry Convergence in Northfield, Minnesota at Carleton College on March 21st and 22nd.  


This in-person event brings together agroforestry enthusiasts, farmers, scientists and regenerative poultry experts for two days of learning and networking.


For information and to register for the Regen Poultry Convergence-- click here! 

March 22-23

Upper Midwest hazelnut Growers Conference

The 15th Annual Upper Midwest Hazelnut Growers Conference will be held March 22-23, 2024 at The Grand Event Center in Northfield, Minnesota. Presentation topics will include research updates from the past year; insect pests; constituents of flavor; irrigation; industry development; and funding opportunities for hazelnut growers. 


Click here for more information and to register

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Feb. 22-24

Marbleseed Organic Farming Conference

LaCrosse, WI

Click here to register.

Now in its 35th year, the Marbleseed Conference draws a diverse range of farmers, homesteaders, and food system professionals for three days of special programming on a wide range of food and farming topics. This year’s theme is Roots and Rhizomes: Growing Together.

Run For Urban Roots Oct 4-6


Reach out to Sara to join us or ask questions:

SJohnson@UrbanRootsMN.org

Urban Roots MN is going to be a Charity Partner for the @twincitiesinmotion Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon weekend (Oct 4-6)! Several of our staff members are going to join in the fun of the 10 mile run. Before we officially register, we need an accurate count of how many people are running for us. If you want to be part of Team Urban Roots, let us know soon (including race distance). We'll have discounted, guaranteed race entries of $105+fees for the 10 mile and $129+fees for the marathon. We'll create a fundraiser page that you can share with family and friends. There is no minimum fundraising requirement, but we do ask that you share the story of the special way you're supporting us.

We are recruiting for the Richfield Farmers Market!

Please help us spread the word.

Our market is held on Saturday mornings, May-October.

Held at Veterans Park, 6335 Portland Ave, Richfield, MN

 

Join our small, mighty -and growing- farmers market team! Apply to be a vendor. Apply to be a volunteer.

Registration is open for 2024 classes

Women's Environmental Institute (WEI)

Check out the wide variety of hands-on agricultural skill-building classes and spread the word! Classes are held at WEI's Amador Hill Farm & Orchard in North Branch MN, full class calendar here. This year we are especially excited about some new offerings, as well as popular favorites (Women and Chainsaws, anyone?)

Are you passionate about organic farming and healthy local food systems? Are you ready to build skills to expand your organic farming practices? Do you want to be part of the next generation of regenerative farmers in Minnesota? Join Pam Benike of Prairie Hollow Farm and Jacquelyn Zita of Women’s Environmental Institute as they combine their expertise for this unique 12-month, college-level organic farming course to turn your dream of a farming business into a reality. More infomation here.

Watch MinneAg Farm Bill Webinar 

What’s next for the Farm Bill? Tracking what the next Farm Bill will mean for Minnesota

Watch the recording of the webinar to hear about what comes next, what the potential impact on Minnesota’s farmers and eaters will be, and how you can stay informed on new Farm Bill developments.  

Funding Opportunities

One of the ways MFJN is working to shift the social context of food justice work is to write collaborative grants for collective impact in our food system. Interested in collaborating? Let's connect!

Due Feb. 14

Homegrown Minneapolis Wasted Food Funding Opportunity

View the Request For Proposals here.

Homegrown Minneapolis, housed within the city of Minneapolis' Health Department, is pleased to announce a funding opportunity for projects related to urban agriculture and addressing wasted food. This funding opportunity is part of the City's Climate Legacy Initiative.

Organizations can apply for $5,000 - $25,000 to support the following projects:

  • Sustainable Growing: Educational programming and/or access to materials, equipment, water, lighting and other resources for growing food using sustainable production methods
  • Season Extension: Construction and use of energy efficient season extension/controlled environment growing structures for fruit and vegetable production​
  • Prevent Wasted Food: Reduce wasted food in the city through prevention, food rescue, and composting

Feb 17 - Collaborative EPA Climate Grants Workshop 

Join a Collaborative Federal Climate Grants Workshop [heads up: it's a Word Doc] at the Green Zones Summit, Sat Feb 17, 2024 1:30pm to 3:30pm at the Mpls Community Connections Conference at the Minneapolis Convention Center. RSVP here!

  • What: 2-hour Workshop with Topic Break Outs with 100+ participants
  • Goal: Get ready to collaboratively apply for & secure major Federal EPA Climate Grants to fund neighborhood & community-based organizations to do outreach to co-implement our Minneapolis Climate Equity Plan
  • Audience: Staff & volunteers from 50 Minneapolis community-based, EJ and neighborhood nonprofits and relevant City Department Staff   
  • Topic Break Outs: Co-facilitated by nonprofit & city staff - 1 hour work sessions to connect community, cultural & neighborhood-based organizations working on same topics to send in collaborative proposals & work with city staff to be included in city grant applications 

Make sure to come for the morning sessions and the free lunch. RSVP for the full Conference at at  https://whova.com/portal/registration/commu1_202402/  

Questions? Please send a note to Kara@rccmn.com. 


Due Feb. 19

Applications for The Good Acre's LEAFF program are now open.

The Good Acre’s LEAFF program is a pathway to wholesale market access for emerging farmers in Minnesota. Participants in the LEAFF program receive hands-on technical support to help them get ready to grow for wholesale markets. LEAFF is unique in that the program is accessible, useful, and responsive to the specific needs of emerging farmers. With state funding and support from donors, farmers are compensated with market prices for over 100 different crops, including many that are culturally relevant to Asian and African communities. The produce supplied by farmers in the program is then donated to hunger relief organizations serving the Twin Cities and beyond. Please contact Farm Program Specialist Xiong Thao (xiong@thegoodacre.org) if you have any questions or need support with your application. 

Due March 1

Mill City Farmers Market Charitable Fund Next Stage Grant

Mill City Farmers Market Charitable Fund (MCFM-CF) is committed to the success and sustainability of the local food community. MCFM-CF’s Next Stage Grant is designed to provide funding to local, regenerative farmers and food makers who are improving sustainable farming and business practices and growing toward the “next stage” of their local food businesses.

 

Grants are between $1,000 and $7,000 and awarded in early April. Past projects have included season extension, cold storage for produce and flowers, organic certification and experimenting with new equipment and techniques.


Grant applications are due on March 1, 2024. For more details and applications instructions, see our website: millcityfarmersmarket.org/grants

 

This grant is meant to be easily accessible for busy, hardworking farmers and small business owners. MCFM-CF staff is available to answer your questions, help you complete the application and will provide translation if needed.

 

For questions or assistance with your application, please contact Maya O’Brien McLeod at info@millcityfarmersmarket.org or 612-341-7580.

Due March 21

MN Department of Agriculture Announces Increased Funding for Urban Ag Grants

Grant funds can cover costs for personnel (staff and contractors), supplies, equipment (including the cost of construction and installation), transportation, or translation that are directly related to eligible projects. Applicants may request a maximum of $100,000 per project, and up to 100% of the total project cost may be covered by the grant. A cash match is not required.


Funding priorities for this year’s Urban Agriculture Grants include projects that demonstrate a commitment to positive environmental impacts, promote economic justice, and benefit underserved communities. Examples of eligible projects and costs can be found in the grant’s request for proposals (RFP).


Applications must be submitted prior to 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 21, 2024. Visit the grant web page to access the RFP as well as details of previously funded projects.

Due April 3

Resilient Food Systems Infrastructure (RFSI) Grant Program

The Resilient Food Systems Infrastructure (RFSI) Grant Program offers competitive grants for Minnesota businesses and organizations operating middle-of-the-food-supply-chain activities that support local agricultural products. Up to $9.6 million in funding is available as part of a cooperative agreement awarded to the MDA by the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service.


Grants will fund projects that expand capacity and infrastructure for the aggregation, processing, manufacturing, storing, transportation, wholesaling, or distribution of locally and regionally produced food intended for human consumption, including specialty crops, dairy, grains, aquaculture, and other food products (except meat and poultry, as they are funded through other programs). Awards will be between $100,000 and $3 million, and a 50% match of the total project cost is required.


Visit the MDA’s Resilient Food Systems Infrastructure Grant web page for full program and application details, as well as information on technical assistance available for developing grant proposals.

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