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What's new from MFJN?

MFJN Action Teams are moving, grooving, and growing into the summer season! Fill out our Interest Form or email info@mfjn.org to connect with these cross-sector collaborative teams working towards systemic change in our food system.


How are you taking collaborative action towards a more just food system this summer? Let's hear about it! Tag us @mfjnmn on instagram and facebook!

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CFAC Action Team Hosts Pupusa Making Workshop

"We had such a great time and a fantastic turnout, with over 25+ people!! It was truly a healing experience for me, given that, like many other immigrants, I felt this odd and shameful feeling of eating food that wasn’t American growing up."

Olivia Mancia Chavez

MFJN Cross-Campus Food Access Coalition (CFAC) Network Coordinator 


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Northside Fresh Hosts Annual Seed and Plant Distribution Event

"Community members came from across the city to get the tools they need to grow food! The diverse bunch of growers from novice to master gardeners, all shared the same goal of increasing the number of people growing food on the Northside. Thousands of plant starts in seedlings were offered on a donation basis for anyone who wanted to partake. Thank you to all our volunteers and partners who made this happen."

DeVon Nolen

MFJN Action Teams Weaver

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The Common Table @ MN State Fair

Is your org interested in having a presence at The Common Table?

Talk with 10,000 visitors each day, share your work and wisdom, and get a free ticket the MN State Fair! Reach out to Hayley (hayleyball@urbanrootsmn.org) or Rosie (rosie@communitykinetics.com) to schedule a date.

Youth Action Team - Skillshare Dates!

July 16, 8-11am

Urban Roots Youth Skill Share at Rivoli Bluffs Farm and Restoration Site

We would love to host your youth programs! We plan to give a lesson about plant identification and the histories of different agricultural weeds, then Jenna Grey Eagle from Wakan Tipi Awanyankapi will be giving a workshop. 


August 7, 5-7:30pm

AFC Youth Skill Share at Community Cooks

Are you passionate about cooking or eager to learn new culinary skills? Then we have the perfect event for you! Our upcoming Community Cooks Workshops promise an enriching experience filled with delicious food and great company.


More dates to come from MFJN partners at Youthfarm, Urban Ag Initiative, and Growing for Good. 

Call for a Youth Chef!

MFJN Youth Action Team Food Justice Day at the Farm will host a meal featuring local products of the farm. We are recruiting a Youth Chef to work alongside Chef Beth at the Arboretum to develop the meal and conduct a cooking demonstration. Please contact Randy at the Arb with recommendations (gage0020@umn.edu).

What's new from MFJN?

Jobs

Communications Manager | The Food Group

Grant and Development Specialist | The Good Acre

Carleton Farm Manager | Carleton College

Farm Laborer | Wozupi Tribal Gardens

Grants Administration & Operations Manager | The Wallace Center

Staff Attorneys | Farmers’ Legal Action Group

Digital Media Production Intern | Greener Pastures

Extension Educator –Terrestrial Invasive Participatory Science (Hmong language) | U of M Extension

Food Security Coordinator | Hennepin County

Development and Communications Manager | Renewing the Countryside


Board / Committees

Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture (MISA) - nominate or apply!


Volunteer

North Country Food Alliance - foodshare, gleaning, and more!

Greener Pastures - outreach and digital media content!


Got an opportunity? Send it to info@mfjn.org.

Learning & Connecting

Feeding Our Hearts And Minds

Attention Farmers and Growers:

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The Food Group logo: a grey wheelbarrow full of colorful circles on the left with "the food group" written to the right

BIPOC Grower Survey

If you’re a BIPOC grower/land steward in the Midwest we wanna chat with you & give you $50! 👩🏿‍🌾

Email mfccmapping@gmail.com or click here to take the survey.

Gleaning Opportunity

Do you have produce that is going to waste in your fields? Schedule a glean with The Food Group for volunteers to harvest, pack, and deliver your produce to local food shelves. You'll receive a $250 stipend for your time and documentation for your taxes! Reach out to Marena at 763-450-4211, mekblad@thefoodgroupmn.org.

Exploring Resources for Youth in Urban Ag

June 29 - Field Day at Urban Roots (Rivoli Bluff Farm)

This event will bring together youth, youth programming facilitators and the USDA to learn and share with each other challenges, hopes, and ideas to foster more opportunities for what’s possible in urban spaces. Dinner included!  RSVP here.

Attention Eaters, Growers, and Makers:

Keystone's Free Farmer's Market Dates Announced

Join us for 14 events at three community locations - Roseville Covenant Church, the Rice and Arlington Field, and the Allianz Field. Anyone in need of food assistance is welcome and registration is not required for any events this year. Find the schedule and locations here.


The Peoples' Market MPLS Seeking Fresh Bucks Recipients, Vendors, and Sponsors

Biweekly market in North Minneapolis starts June 15! Northside Fresh Bucks, our Community-Led Fruit & Veggie Rx "prescription" program offers a healthy food incentive of $20 per week to purchase fresh local produce. Vendors welcome on a rotating basis, depending on vendor type. Ready to sponsor this season? Email: thepeoplesmaketmpls@gmail.com


Attention Lovers of Peace and Liberation:

June 19-24

Joy and Justice Journey with Jim Embry

Check out the schedule for opportunities to be inspired by this powerful peacemaker!


June 21, 2-6pm

28th Annual Community Peace Celebration

@Western Sculpture Park, St Paul

This free event welcomes everyone and offers live music, delicious food, useful neighborhood resources, and fun activities for all ages. Learn more at communitypeacecelebration.org


June 23

Sankofa Rising Garden Project

@Black Youth Healing Arts Center, St. Paul

Someone in our ancestral line lived deeply connected to the earth. Let’s go back and get it! Experience a gardening workshop, food, live entertainment, painting and crafts, and giveaways!


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Orange and red background with a circle in the center, text around the circle reading "Queen's Garden". A slender African queen with a proud look on her face is in the middle with veggie illustrations behind her.

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 June 17

Food security and food recovery services

Hennepin County seeks proposals from emergency food providers or organizations that support emergency food providers to offer:

  • food security services that includes free meal, food shelf, mobile food shelf and/or food bank services,and/or 
  • food recovery services, which includes collection and redistribution of surplus food to support residents 

The Request for Proposals (RFP) is now available and closes June 17. A pre-proposal conference is May 13 at 10 a.m.​ Contracts for food security services will start January 1, 2025, while contracts only for food recovery services may begin in 2024.

 

Visit the Hennepin County Supplier Portal to learn more. View the RFPs by selecting “Contracting opportunities” and choosing “Food security and food recovery services.” Contact HSPH.Vendor.Selection@hennepin.us with questions about the request for proposal.

Due June 27

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation - Childhood Obesity and Health Inequities

Through this call for proposals, the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation will support projects with the potential to bolster, sustain, and evolve the field by promoting systems-level change to prevent childhood obesity, address structural racism, and advance health equity. The foundation is especially interested in projects that aim to address structural racism and other systems that perpetuate health inequities, respond to gaps in evidence or action identified by the field, engage with communities most impacted by childhood obesity and nutrition insecurity and organizations focused on people of color, and leverage and complement existing field assets (those of RWJF and others). Within those broad goals, the foundation encourages ideas and innovation from applicants that cut across the following four strategies, and even go beyond them: 1) influence policy and systems change; 2) produce and disseminate actionable evidence and data; 3) catalyze investment in communities; and 4) change narratives. 

Due June 28

Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Community Foods Project

(CFP)

Phase II: CFP Food Loss and Waste (FLW) Training and Technical Assistance (T&TA)

Grants Program National Call for Proposals

The purpose of the project is to implement outreach, training and technical assistance efforts to build capacity for food loss and waste initiatives. Communities that will benefit from Food Loss and Waste Training and Technical Assistance Grant activities include: Farmers/ranchers, youth, tribal, and community organizations, higher education organizations, non-governmental organizations, and other stakeholders.


Funding Range: Expected grant size $500,000, capped at $1 million per project

Project Timeline: Three (3) Years, Beginning September 1, 2024

Call for Proposals Application Link: SARE Grant Management System

For more information, contact: SARE Food Loss and Waste Program Manager

Lisa Johnson at FLW@sare.org

Due June 30

Emerging Farmers May Qualify for PROMISE Act Grants and Loans

Emerging farmers that were in business between 2021-2023 should be aware of a new opportunity for competitive grants from a state-funded program called PROMISE Act to support entities that suffered from COVID, civil unrest, and structural racial discrimination, among other factors. The grants range between $10,000 to $50,000 and are funded by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). You must be in a qualifying geographic area.  

For farmers who are located in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, or who sell at markets there, check the Neighborhood Development Center’s PROMISE Act website to see if you are eligible to apply. Applications for the metro area program are due by June 30. Many community organizations are providing technical assistance.  


In addition to grants, there are also loans available through the PROMISE Act program. If you have questions about this opportunity that aren’t answered on the program websites (which are the best source of information!), contact the Emerging Farmer Office Grant Specialist Emily Toner at emily.toner@mda.state.us. 


Due July 19

Ramsey and Washington Counties 

The Food Recovery Grant supports programs that recover surplus, edible food from businesses, organizations and/or farmer’s markets for distribution to people in need. Recovery Grants are open to businesses (food donors, including food producers, distributors, grocers and cafeterias), nonprofit organizations and college food shelves in Ramsey and Washington counties.


Grant awards are up to $20,000.


2024 application submission deadline is 4:00 pm on July 19. Applicants will receive award notification approximately 8 weeks later. Download full grant guidelines here.

Learn more about Food Recovery Grants at an Online Info Session on May 15 at 12:00 p.m. Click here to sign up.

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