Food Resilience: How Do We Do It

Resources to Make the Transition to Healthy Local Food

Nowhere is the transition to a new way of living more apparent – and more appealing – than with food. Dozens of organizations in the Twin Cities are working on food resilience, some are working on food waste, others on funding the changes we need in the food system. Some are working on the bigger picture of land use, pollinator protection, and water protection in order to boost our natural systems. See the resource list below. If you would like help finding a speaker on a food topic, contact Transition Twin Cities.

Individual Action is an Easy Way to Start

There are many reasons to take action on food. It’s relatively easy to reduce your carbon footprint. For many people, it’s easy to start to grow some of their own food, and to learn how to preserve some of the seasonal harvest. Growing and preserving are important elements of food resilience. And when we prioritize buying from local farmers we are supporting jobs in our state and keeping money flowing in local economies.

Change Your Diet

  • Make friends with ugly food. So much produce is wasted because it doesn’t look picture perfecct. Imperfect Foods is one food delivery service operating in Minnesota that allows consumers to buy imperfect foods, delivered right to their home. Similar businesses are popping up all over the country so watch for new businesses to arrive.
  • Make the shift to eat less meat by going meat-free just one day a week. It could be the beginning of a wonderful journey. Check out the Meatless Monday movement.
  • If you’d like to try eating vegetarian/vegan more often, check out some of the great restaurants in town.
  • Get support from experienced eaters at Minneapolis Vegan Meetup, or the Vegan Minnesota Facebook group. Check out Compassionate Action for Animals for in-person classes and events, like VegFest! Or get personalized vegan coaching from a vegan nutritionist or dietician.
  • Your local food co-op or community ed program may offer vegetarian cooking classes.

Change How Your Food is Grown

  • Support organic farmers for some or all of your fruits and vegetables. Check out the Organic Farm Directory from the MN Department of Agriculture. Learn more about the benefits of organics at the Organic Consumers Association (in Finland, MN).
  • Not sure how your food is grown? Nothing beats talking directly to a farmer. Meet them at the farmers market or attend an event with CommonGround Minnesota – farm women talking to consumers about food and farming.
  • Start growing some of your own produce, fruits or berries. Set up a garden in your yard, plant raspberries by the garage, plant in a container on a sunny deck or patio, or grow microgreens on your countertop.
  • Several local businesses can help you set up a hydroponic system. You can even grow mushrooms indoors! Check out the University of Minnesota Extension Service for gardening tips.

Change Where Your Food Comes From

Change Where Your Food Goes

We’re wasting 30-40% of the food we grow or import into the U.S. That’s huge.

  • Take the Stop Food Waste Challenge. This website has many useful tools including shopping lists, food storage guides, and even fridge signage.
  • Check out Love Food Hate Waste for recipes that use foods about to go to waste.
  • Join a CSA with a friend so you can share the bounty and minimize the waste.
  • Learn to use it all. You will find many online tips for how to use all parts of an animal or vegetable. Check out the Zero Waste Chef, for example.
  • Learn proper food storage techniques. Even if you think you already know it all, go ahead and click that link. You might be surprised!
  • Preserve what you can’t use now. The U of M Extension Service offers a variety of classes on food safety, food preservation and safe growing methods.
  • Donate your excess. Did you know you could donate fruits and vegetables from your garden to the food shelves? See this article for a list of locations that may take fresh produce – call first.
  • There’s an app to share! The phone app Olio allows individuals and businesses to advertise excess food that someone can come and take.

Who Can Help?

This list may not be complete. If there are organizations or companies you would like to see added, please email the webmaster to request consideration for inclusion. Resources found on this website are for informational purposes only and listing does not constitute endorsement. Transition Twin Cities does not receive any financial support from companies listed here.

SouthWoods Center for Ecological Design Education and TrainingDaniel Halsey is a private permaculture designer offering PDC’s, digital design for permaculture, and offering residencies in July for students interested in permaculture. Dan is an expert in the field and was the director of the board for the US PRI. Contact: Email: dan@southwoodscenter.comBoost Natural Systems, Food, Permaculture, Regenerative agricultureboost-natural-systems food permaculture regenerative-agriculture
Big River PermacultureBig River Permaculture offers regular PDC’s, permaculture education, and permaculture design/consultation services. Pricing for PDC’s is $900-1300 on a sliding scale. Contact: Email:, mycopolis@riseup.netBoost Natural Systems, Food, Permaculture, Regenerative agricultureboost-natural-systems food permaculture regenerative-agriculture
Como Community Seed LibraryCCSL is dedicated to giving access to sustainable, low cost heirloom, historic variety, and native seed to the Como Park community. Contact: Contact Form: & Sharing, Food, Ramsey County, Seeds, Sharingeconomy-sharing food ramsey-county seeds sharing
West Side Seed LibraryLocated out of the Riverview Library, this is a seed bank that is open whenever the library is open. If you are looking for planting/gardening advice, a Seed Librarian is available each Wednesday from 5-7PM. Contact for Riverview library: tel:+1-651-292-6626Economy & Sharing, Food, Ramsey County, Seeds, Sharingeconomy-sharing food ramsey-county seeds sharing
Slow Money MNSlow Money Minnesota is an emerging network that connects people interested in building a better local food system. SMM works to support local farmers and food makers with knowledge and capital. They offer a Grow a Farmer grant fund that allows people to invest in beginning farmers around the state. …Economy & Sharing, Food, Food Systems, Local Investing, Slow Moneyeconomy-sharing food food-systems local-investing slow-money
Land Stewardship ProjectThe Land Stewardship Project is a private, nonprofit organization working to foster an ethic of stewardship for farmland and promote sustainable agriculture and communities. LSP is a great resource for bringing speakers to come present for Transition groups. Contact: Natural Systems, Food, Land & Soil, Land Use, Regenerative agriculture, Remediationboost-natural-systems food land-soil land-use regenerative-agriculture remediation
Minneapolis Vegan MeetupMinneapolis Vegan Meetup is a social group for vegans that offers community, support, and guidance for people currently practicing or considering practicing veganism.Food, Vegetarianism/Veganismfood vegetarianism-veganism
Vegan MinnesotaVegan Minnesota is a Facebook group offering information and community for MN vegans.Food, Vegetarianism/Veganismfood vegetarianism-veganism
Compassionate Action for AnimalsCAA is a nonprofit that works to encourage people to move towards a plant-based diet by building empathy for farmed animals. This is the group that hosts the Twin Cities Veg Fest. Contact: Email: , Phone: 612-276-2242Food, Vegetarianism/Veganismfood vegetarianism-veganism
MN Department of Agriculture Organic Farm DirectoryThis resource is a directory of organic farms in MN organized by county. Information is offered on what farms grow as well as the type of organic certification they hold.  Food, Food Sourcingfood food-sourcing
CommmonGround MinnesotaCommonGround is a group of farm women who volunteer their time to share information about farming and food. These women share their personal experiences as well as science and research to educate on topics of food and farming. Contact: Email: hello@CommonGroundMinnesota.comFood, Youth/Educationfood youth-education
Minnesota Farmers’ Market AssociationMFMA provides services, programs and leadership that support and promote farmers’ markets across Minnesota. MFMA offers a directory of farmers markets across the state on its website. Contact: Email: info@mfma.orgFood, Food Sourcingfood food-sourcing
Minnesota Grown DirectoryMinnesota Grown’s farm directory provides a comprehensive directory of local farmers markets, produce/food products, and CSAs. Contact:, Food Sourcingfood food-sourcing
CSA Farm DirectoryThe Land Stewardship Project provides a comprehensive list of CSAs delivering to the Twin Cities(as well as greater MN) as well as resources on selecting a CSA based on location, delivery site/day, season, and types of produce/goods.Food, Food Sourcingfood food-sourcing
Explore Minnesota’s Farm Tour ListThis is a webpage offering descriptions and contact info for farms around the Metro area and Greater Minnesota that offer visits and tours. This is a great option for community members to learn more about farming in our state. Contact:Food, Food Sourcingfood food-sourcing
Arrive MinistriesArrive Ministries’ Refugee Church Gardens program has secured almost 2,000 refugee families garden plots at Twin Cities churches. Arrive Ministries has done this by connecting congregations to refugees interested in growing their own food. Contact: Dennis Murnyak: Email:, Phone: (651) 332-6463Food, Food Growing, Food Justicefood food-growing food-justice
New City ChurchNew City Church runs a program of planting fruit trees in neighbors yards as part of their Fruit Tree program. Contact:, Food Growingfood food-growing
Renewing the Countryside’s Farm to School and Early CareRenewing the Countryside works to connect childcare providers and young children with local farmers for the purpose of sourcing healthy meals and snacks to serve children during the school day. The goal of this program is not only to support local farmers and provide students with healthy food, but to …Food, Food Sourcing, Youth/Educationfood food-sourcing youth-education
Homegrown MinneapolisHomegrown Minneapolis is a citywide initiative sponsored by the City of Minneapolis that brings together key partners from local government, local businesses, community organizations and residents to build a healthy local food system. Homegrown Minneapolis offers resources and information on community gardens, leasing land, food rules, and food businesses. Contact: …Food, Food Systems, Hennepin County, Policy & Advocacyfood food-systems hennepin-county policy-advocacy
Grow North MNGrow North works to create an interconnected, sophisticated, invested, and equitable ecosystem for Minnesota’s entrepreneurs and innovators in food and agriculture. Grow North offers digital database resources for everything from commercial kitchens to food hubs to farmer training programs to soil tests. Contact: Email: hello@grownorthmn.comFood, Food Systemsfood food-systems
Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board’s Urban Agriculture Activity PlanThe Urban Agriculture Activity Plan is a document produced in 2014 that defines food as a priority to the city of Minneapolis and lays out a plan to boost the city’s local food ecosystem by putting park land and programs to use. Contact: Adam Arvidson, project manager Email: , …Food, Food Systems, Hennepin Countyfood food-systems hennepin-county
Appetite for ChangeAppetite for Change uses food as a tool for building health, wealth, and social change in North Minneapolis. They bring people together around food as a way to build community for creating social, racial, and economic justice and change. Contact:, Food Justice, Food Systems, Hennepin County, Policy & Advocacyfood food-justice food-systems hennepin-county policy-advocacy
Saint Paul Urban Agriculture OrdinancesThis resource is the City of Saint Paul’s standards and codes for all urban agriculture practices. This is a great resource to consult for those considering community gardens or urban agriculture enterprises.  Food, Policy & Advocacy, Ramsey Countyfood policy-advocacy ramsey-county
The Good AcreThe Good Acre is a food hub offering classes, CSAs, event spaces, and commercial kitchen space that works to connect farmers, food makers, and communities. Contact: Resources, Food, Food Growing, Food Justice, Food Sourcing, Food Systems, Foraging, Youth/Educationcooking-storing-resources food food-growing food-justice food-sourcing food-systems foraging youth-education
Twin Cities Urban Agriculture ConnectionThe Twin Cities Urban Agriculture Connection is a hub for urban community food systems enthusiasts. They exist to connect urban ag practitioners, researchers, educators, and the Twin Cities community with each other, in order to foster healthy lifestyles and diets, more opportunities in the urban agriculture space, and sustainability in …Food, Food Systems, Youth/Educationfood food-systems youth-education
Twin Cities Metro Growers NetworkThe Twin Cities Growers Network aims to connect anyone who grows produce seriously and seeks education, networking and fellowship. Contact: Email: , Phone: (612) 624-7948Food, Food Growing, Policy & Advocacy, Youth/Educationfood food-growing policy-advocacy youth-education
Minnesota Food AssociationThe Minnesota Food Association works to build a more sustainable food system by operating an educational farm and the Big River Farms food hub to support beginning farmers from diverse backgrounds in starting organic farm businesses. In addition, the farm offers educational resources for youth and family programming. Contact: Phone: …Food, Food Growing, Food Systems, Youth/Educationfood food-growing food-systems youth-education
Metro BloomsMetro Blooms is a nonprofit providing ecological design, installation, maintenance, and education services to create resilient landscapes, protect clean water, and provide wildlife habitat. Metro Blooms offers workshops, on-site consultations, equitable engagement, and landscape maintenance. Contact: Natural Systems, Food, Land & Soil, Land Use, Metro-Wide Resourceboost-natural-systems food land-soil land-use metro-wide-resource
The Beez KneezBeez Kneez offers a comprehensive 14-week beekeeping course as well as shorter workshops and classes for aspiring beekeepers. Contact:, Foodbees-bee-keeping food
Minnesota Food Charter NetworkMN Food Charter Network is a statewide network that supports shared action towards food access. They provide a shared roadmap of policy and systems change strategies designed to increase access to safe, affordable, and healthy food to all MN residents. Contact: Email: info@mnfoodcharter.comFood, Food Justice, Food Systems, Policy & Advocacyfood food-justice food-systems policy-advocacy
University of Minnesota ExtensionUniversity of Minnesota Extension discovers science-based solutions, delivers practical education, and engages Minnesotans to build a better future. Contact: Email: , Phone: (612) 624-1222Food, Food Growing, Land & Soil, Policy & Advocacy, Youth/Educationfood food-growing land-soil policy-advocacy youth-education
Master Gardener Volunteer ProgramThe UMN Extension’s Master Gardener Volunteer Program uses research-based horticultural knowledge and practices to deliver educational outreach and project-based efforts that inspire change and promote healthy people, healthy communities, and a healthy planet. Volunteer Master Gardeners engage and educate people across the state to help them improve their lives and …Food, Food Growing, Youth/Educationfood food-growing youth-education
Dovetail Partners Inc.Dovetail Partners Inc. develops land use projects and partnerships that link sustainable forestry, responsible trade and consumption, and land use. Dovetail offers comprehensive environmental information regarding land use and local food systems. Contact: Email: , Phone: (612) 333-0430Boost Natural Systems, Food, Land & Soil, Land Useboost-natural-systems food land-soil land-use
Minnesota Institute for Sustainable AgricultureMISA is a partnership between the University of Minnesota, UMN Extension, and the Sustainers’ Coalition that aims to bring together the diverse interests of the agricultural community with interests from across the University community in a cooperative effort to develop and promote sustainable agriculture in Minnesota and beyond. Contact: Email: …Food, Food Growing, Food Systems, Land & Soilfood food-growing food-systems land-soil
Minnesota State Horticultural SocietyMinnesota State Horticultural Society offers hands-on classes, lectures, webinars, special events, membership packages, volunteer opportunities, community outreach programs, and the award winning Northern Gardener magazine. Contact: Email: , Phone: (651) 643-3601Cooking/Storing Resources, Food, Youth/Educationcooking-storing-resources food youth-education
Cooperative Development ServicesCDS provides organizational and developmental guidance to communities seeking to start new co-ops in all sectors of the economy and planning assistance to existing co-ops seeking to expand. This is a great resource for food and agriculture cooperatives looking to establish themselves or expand their operations. Contact: Local, Cohousing, Economy & Sharing, Food, Food Sourcing, Food Systems, Sharingbuy-local cohousing economy-sharing food food-sourcing food-systems sharing affordable-sustainable-housing
Sustainable Farming Association of MinnesotaSFA is a state resource that advances environmental stewardship, economic resilience, and strong, diverse communities through farmer-to-farmer networking, education, demonstration, and research. Contact: Email: , Phone: (844) 922-5573Food, Food Growing, Food Systems, Land & Soilfood food-growing food-systems land-soil
Seed SagesSeed Sages is an educational endeavor that is based in the Twin Cities and offers seed services in many regional areas throughout the midwest and beyond. This organization provides seed consultations, designs, trainings, and research for seed production. Contact: Email: seedsages@gmail.comFood, Seeds, Youth/Educationfood seeds youth-education
Dream of Wild HealthDWH is a intertribal, independent nonprofit that serves the Twin Cities Native American community. DWH owns a 10-acre farm in Hugo MN that provides education to reconnect the urban Native community to preserve native plants and their culinary, medical, and spiritual use. Contact: Email: , Phone: (612) 874-4200Food, Food Growing, Food Justice, Youth/Educationfood food-growing food-justice youth-education
Permaculture Research Institute Cold ClimateWhile PRICC is laying low in 2019, this organization is a research organization and good source for permaculture education that offers apprenticeships as well as a perennial CSA. Contact: Natural Systems, Food, Food Growing, Food Sourcing, Permaculture, Regenerative agricultureboost-natural-systems food food-growing food-sourcing permaculture regenerative-agriculture
Geoff Lawton OnlinePermaculture educator Geoff Lawton offers an open-access online permaculture masterclass in four installments.Boost Natural Systems, Food, Food Growing, Permaculture, Regenerative agricultureboost-natural-systems food food-growing permaculture regenerative-agriculture
Minnesota Mycological SocietyMMS is an educational organization for the study of mushrooms and other fungi. MMS offers guided mushroom hunts(forays) from May to October that are dedicated to teaching mushroom identification skills. Contact: For general communications, contact Richard Pizarro at rpmush@gmail.comEducation, Food, Foragingeducation food foraging
Four Seasons ForagingFour Season Foraging is an organization providing trustworthy information and educational resources such as classes and workshops for those interested in foraging and native foods. Contact: Email: , Phone: (612) 440-5958Food, Foragingfood foraging
MN and WI Traditional Skills & Earth Connection MeetupThis is a meetup group for MN and WI residents interested in sharing traditional skills and develop a greater connection and appreciation for our Earth. They offer events and workshops bridging topics from foraging, food preservation, and plant based medicine.Cooking/Storing Resources, Education, Food, Foragingcooking-storing-resources education food foraging
Green Lands Blue WatersGLBW supports the development of and transition to a new generation of multi-functional agricultural systems in the Upper Mississippi River Basin and adjacent areas. This group acts as a connector, collaborator, convener, and communicator serving multiple partners and focusing broad challenges regarding land use. Contact: Email: , Phone: (612) …Boost Natural Systems, Food, Land & Soil, Land Use, Policy & Advocacy, Regenerative agriculture, Soil Healthboost-natural-systems food land-soil land-use policy-advocacy regenerative-agriculture soil-health
Slow Food MinnesotaSlow Food Minnesota promotes healthy farm ecosystems, awareness of the circular food economy, and local organizations doing meaningful work in the food equity space. SFM provides opportunities for volunteering, connecting with like-minded individuals, and donating to make an impact and change our food system so that it works for everyone. …Economy & Sharing, Food, Food Systems, Slow Moneyeconomy-sharing food food-systems slow-money
UMN Extension Preservation and Preparation ResourcesThis resource from the UMN Extension offers information on food preservation methods such as canning, pickling, drying, etc for people interested in preserving food.  Cooking/Storing Resources, Foodcooking-storing-resources food
Forager ChefForager Chef is the website of Twin Cities Chef Alan Bergo. This site contains great information on foraging local mushrooms and wild edibles as well as how to prepare and cook these foraged goods into delicious foods. Contact: alanbergo3@gmail.comCooking/Storing Resources, Food, Foragingcooking-storing-resources food foraging
Spark-Y Youth Action LabsSpark-Y is a nonprofit working to empower youth through engaging them in urban agriculture innovation. Spark-Y pairs innovative agriculture systems such as aquaponics with STEM-based curriculum focused on sustainability and entrepreneurship. Contact: Email: info@spark-y.orgEducation, Food, Food Growing, Youth/Educationeducation food food-growing youth-education
Midwest Food ConnectionMidwest Food Connection brings food education to students and their families on topics of health, environment, and life skills. MFC is a partnership between several Twin Cities food co-ops and local schools. Contact: Email: , Phone: (651) 373-9878Education, Food, Youth/Educationeducation food youth-education
Minnesota Community GardeningFormerly known as Gardening Matters, Minnesota Community Gardening offers many resources to those interested in starting or continuing community gardens in the Minnesota. This website offers the Community Garden Resource Guide which is a .pdf containing a multitude of resource for community gardeners across the state.  Food, Food Justicefood food-justice
North Country Food AllianceNorth Country Food Alliance is a worker-run nonprofit working to increase access to healthy food and share food with people in need. NCFA runs programs that deliver fresh produce to organizations like food shelves and soup kitchens, build community gardens, and prepare community meals. Contact: Email:, Phone: (612) 568-4585Food, Food Growing, Food Justice, Food Sourcing, Food Systemsfood food-growing food-justice food-sourcing food-systems
Twin Cities Food JusticeTwin Cities Food Justice works to reduce food waste and hunger by linking those willing to help and those in need. TCFJ picks up produce and bread that would otherwise go to waste and delivers it to hunger relief organizations. TCFJ has also worked with other food distribution programs that …Food, Food Justicefood food-justice
Frogtown FarmFrogtown Farm, located in the Frogtown neighborhood in St. Paul is a massive community farm that host community events, classes and workshops, and is home to permaculture inspired landscape design. Classes are occasionally taught about understanding permaculture guilds and co-plantings, but permanent signs at the farm include valuable information on …Boost Natural Systems, Cooking/Storing Resources, Education, Food, Food Growing, Permaculture, Pollinators, Regenerative agricultureboost-natural-systems cooking-storing-resources education food food-growing permaculture pollinators regenerative-agriculture
Minnesota Landscape ArboretumThe MN Landscape Arboretum features more than 1215 acres of gardens, model landscapes, and natural areas. It hosts classes for adults and children on horticulture, garden design, pollinators, tree care, and  more. Contact:, Phone: (612) 301-1210Bees/Bee-keeping, Boost Natural Systems, Food, Food Growing, Pollinators, Tree care, Youth/Educationbees-bee-keeping boost-natural-systems food food-growing pollinators tree-care youth-education
Metropolitan Council Local Planning HandbookThe Met Council has produced a Local Planning Handbook to help communities update their local comprehensive plans in the areas of land use, transportation, water resources, parks and trails, housing, energy infrastructure, resilience, health, economy and social connection. See the workbook at Policy, County/City Plans, Energy Policy, Food Systems, Housing, Land Use, Metro-Wide Resource, Policy & Advocacy, Preparedness, Resilience, Transportation, Waste Reduction, Water Protectionclimate-policy county-city-plans energy-policy food-systems affordable-sustainable-housing land-use metro-wide-resource policy-advocacy preparedness resilience transportation wastereduction water-protection climate energy food boost-natural-systems
Beez KneezThe Beez Kneez is a pedal-powered honey delivery business that manages 150 urban and rural hives. As a result of two confirmed pesticide kills of its hives, BeezKneez formed an advocacy campaign called Healthy Bees, Healthy Lives that helped get two pollinator-friendly laws on the books in MN. It continues …Bees/Bee-keeping, Food, Pollinatorsbees-bee-keeping food pollinators boost-natural-systems
Midwest Wild Edibles & Foragers SocietyA Facebook group (ask to join) for people wanting to learn about wild edibles and foraging.Education, Food, Foragingeducation food foraging
Foraging MinnesotaFacebook group for Minnesota foragers.Food, Foragingfood foraging
Midwest PermacultureLocated in Stelle, Illinois, Midwest Permaculture offers permaculture design courses in a small rural community setting, and a variety of online resources. Contact: Email:, Phone: 815-256-2215 Boost Natural Systems, Education, Food, Land & Soil, Land Use, Permaculture, Regenerative agriculture, Soil Health, Water Protectionboost-natural-systems education food land-soil land-use permaculture regenerative-agriculture soil-health water-protection
Soil Testing LabThe University of Minnesota College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences is home to the extension service soil testing lab. Land owners can send samples to be analyzed for a small fee.Boost Natural Systems, Food, Food Growing, Land & Soil, Land Use, Remediation, Soil Healthboost-natural-systems food food-growing land-soil land-use remediation soil-health
Plant Disease ClinicThe U of M College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources hosts a plant disease lab. Bring in diseased plant material – leaves, branches, etc – and they can disagnose it.Boost Natural Systems, Foodboost-natural-systems food
Save the Food Toolbox40% of America’s food is wasted. This website is all about helping you save, with a dinner party food calculator, meal planning and shopping list so you buy just the right amount, and a food storage guide.Cooking/Storing Resources, Education, Food, Reduce, Reuse, Waste Reductioncooking-storing-resources education food reduce reuse wastereduction