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Power Mapping Local Food

How to achieve is not clear yet but it would be great to have a complete map of all sustainable, locally grown food for the state of Minnesota especially vegetables, fruits, nuts, dairy and meat.


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  1. Comment
    Mike Dolbow

    A KML of Minnesota Grown data is available at It is not kept up to date, but if a strong application came out of this effort, the owners of the data might be convinced to either open the data in new ways or commit to keeping the KML updated.

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    Michael Altmann

    Five years ago there was a way to buy directly from local farmers and have the food delivered. Of course there were min quantities but it worked well for large events where you wanted 10 lbs of onions. I can't find it any more. Could we have an "Etsy" for produce? Are Coops already serving this need?

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    Russ Henry

    That's a great idea. Would be very useful to add in all the supportive infrastructure for start-up sustainable farms as well. Understanding where farmers co-ops, composting operations, processing centers, farmers markets, and greenhouse rental space is available would inform many start-up farmers of best places to get growing.

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    Michael Altmann

    What I remember was different from a CSA in that you don't have to commit to a season. I finally found this site, which is similar or the same as what I used a while back

    One of the challenges with farm to table is transportation. Yet every day there are thousands of people driving in to the city. Could we have a 'ride share' program where you carried food instead of a fellow commuter?

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    There's lots of stuff being done in the TC area on this topic. For example, community gardens (, local-level gleaning (, and larger scale gleaning ( The Mpls Parks Board also has a huge database of trees, if you could get access to it...

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    Karlie Cole ( Idea Submitter )

    Another question to answer is how much food - local and not - do Minnesotans consume (broken down by categories would be excellent)?

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    Karlie Cole ( Idea Submitter )

    Thanks to the team that worked on this and helped it win the Best Data Mash-Up for Persuasive Visualization award. The MN Grown Data did come in handy. Much more to do so suggestions are still welcomed. You can see the preliminary results of the work done yesterday at - quite interesting was the relationship of community gardens springing up in the center of the 7 county metro area where there is almost no land zoned for agricultural use.

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