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Urban Farms and Market Gardens

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Urban farms and market gardens contribute to our city's local food economy and food security by enabling fresh vegetables, fruits, and other food products to be grown and sold to City residents and businesses. They also create vibrant community-building spaces.


Please follow these COVID-19 safety guidelines (PDF), available in English, HmongSpanish and Oromo, especially if your market garden or urban farm operation involves multiple people.

Gardens and farms can still renew or apply for a garden hydrant permit by calling 612-673-2865. Check payments for permit fees must be mailed to 250 South 4th Street, Room 206, Minneapolis, MN 55415 instead of dropped off in person. Hookups will begin after a check is received and a permit is approved. More information on how to access City water.
Looking for land to grow food in Minneapolis? Lease a vacant City-owned lot for your market garden/urban farm through the Minneapolis Garden Lease Program.

Urban Agriculture Policy Plan Text Amendment/Zoning Code

In March of 2012 the Minneapolis City Council amended the zoning code to allow for expanded urban agriculture in the city. The zoning code text amendment approved two new land uses—for market gardens and urban farms—and set development and design standards. This effort took food growing to a new level for the benefit of resident health, the environment and the economic vitality of the city. Under the new code, regulatory barriers were removed that made it difficult to establish land uses for agriculture in the city. Urban agricultural land uses were expanded in all zoning districts. The change in the zoning code originated from a broader vision and a specific recommendation for policy changes to support access to land for growing food and to support local food-related activities that was put forward in the first phase of the Homegrown Minneapolis initiative.

Zoning and Development Standards

Visit our Zoning for Urban Agriculture page for information about zoning and development standards for market gardens and urban farms.


On September 19, 2014, the City Council adopted an amendment to modify our zoning code regulations pertaining to farmstands. Farmstands no longer require a Temporary Use Permit, but rather are regulated through the development standards below, listed in the Accessory Uses chapter 537.110 of City code. Farmstands are defined as a temporary structure for the display and sale of food or ornamental crops grown at a community garden, market garden or urban farm.

Farmstands are allowed accessory to a community garden, market garden or urban farm, subject to the following:

Water Access

The Water Works Permit Office issues hydrant garden permits to community gardens and urban farmers to access a specific fire hydrant for their garden/farm when there is no other water option available. The person must have legal documentation from owner giving permission to use land. These permits are issued seasonally. The water usage is metered and paid for during the growing season. To apply for a permit call (612) 673-2865 or or visit the Public Service Center located at 250 S 4th St., Room 224, Minneapolis. Learn more about accessing water for your garden or farm.

On-farm Food Safety Resources

The University of Minnesota provides workshops and consulting related to on-farm food safety and GAPS, as well as an assembly guide for an affordable hand-washing station. Hand-washing is one of the important food safety strategies for every farm and garden. Read more at their website.

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Last updated Jul 9, 2020



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