Urban farmers fear city rules will prune profits

Urban farmers are now tending 400 community gardens on lots around the metro. Urban farming has gotten so popular that many cities, including St. Paul, are scrambling to regulate the plots. Commercial gardeners fret that new rules could bury their businesses.
Author:
Updated:
Original:

Urban farmers are now tending 400 community gardens on lots around the metro. Urban farming has gotten so popular that many cities, including St. Paul, are scrambling to regulate the plots. Commercial gardeners fret that new rules could bury their businesses.

Next Up

Mayor Brad Wiersum

'Please, please, please get vaccinated,' Minnetonka mayor pleads

This comes as the local state of emergency officially ends.

YouTube - Jeopardy screengrab minneapolis

Can you answer all the Minneapolis questions from this week's 'Jeopardy?'

KARE personalities including Randy Shaver and Rena Sarigianopoulos presented the clues.

Pexels - woman shop mask covid CROP

35 counties, including most of Twin Cities, now COVID hotspots

The CDC recommends everyone wear a mask in public, indoor places in these counties.

covid, coronavirus

CDC document: Delta variant as contagious as chickenpox

Vaccines remain very effective at preventing severe illness from the delta variant, however.

Flickr - smoke McGregor minnesota wildfire July 29 2021 - Lorie Shaull

'Unprecedented': The wildfire smoke isn't going anywhere this weekend

The air quality alert that was supposed to end Friday is now in effect into early next week.

Alexis Saborit

Charges: Woman killed in horrific Shakopee attack was trying to leave suspect

The shocking incident happened at an intersection Wednesday afternoon.

3M Open, Tony Finau

Multiple injuries after pickup crashes into shuttle bus at 3M Open

Blaine police listed 25 people as being involved in the collision.

Screen Shot 2020-06-15 at 7.11.05 AM

Teen arrested in connection to recent St. Cloud shootings

The shootings, which occurred on Tuesday and Wednesday, did not result in injury or property damage.

Related

Minneapolis revising city code to clear more space for urban farmers

Changes in the works will give more clarity - and legitimacy - to backyard gardeners who are supplying a growing share of the produce sold at farmer's markets. Some boosters of urban farming say the new code could lead more gardeners to start their own businesses.

New rules means more local food at Minneapolis farmers markets

"Under the new rules, at least 60 percent of farmers market vendors will have to be actual farmers, selling the produce they’ve grown," says Minneapolis City Council Member Cam Gordon.

Freeport farmer charged for illegally selling raw milk

State law allows farmers to only sell raw milk at their farms. State officials say Alvin Schlangen sold raw milk at a warehouse in Minneapolis. He's also faces charges for selling unlabeled or misbranded products.

Farmers' safety net is now a money bag

Designed as a safety net, crop insurance was meant to cushion farmers from the multitude of risks that farming is famous for, from hailstorms to floods, the Star Tribune reports. But now, about 80 percent of the country's crop insurance policies are revenue policies, protecting farmers not only from weather and yield losses, but also from drops in prices.

Urban transformation: Technology

The growth period ahead for urban areas such as the Twin Cities will be staggering, adding more stress to an already sagging infrastructure. Only those cities that value technology, and recognize that each metropolis is a living, interconnected system will survive and thrive.

Heat creates dangers for farmers at harvest time

Regardless of the conditions, farmers have little choice but to begin harvesting when their corn, soybeans or other crops are ready. Farmers are being urged to keep a fire extinguisher, water and shovel with them in the fields.

Farmer narrowly escapes collapsing silo

A thunderstorm collapsed a silo and barn near Colby Thursday, and a farmer working inside was able to slip out with his life, the Marshfield News Herald reports. About 20 dairy cows were trapped in the rubble. The National Weather Service says 70- to 80-mph winds likely did in the structure.

Minneapolis woman calls out Urban Outfitters for 'Navajo' collection

Sasha Houston Brown is asking for a line of products called 'Navajo' to be removed from Urban Outfitters across the country. She says the products -- including flasks, necklaces and underwear -- are not only racist, but break a federal law that prohibits companies to sell products that suggest they were made by American Indians.