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Guide to Dakota County food policy available online

farmers market stand

With funding from Dakota County Public Health, a local group called Homegrown South hired the Public Law Center to search through the local ordinances of the 11 major municipalities in Dakota County, and to prepare a report on how they relate to local food production, from back-yard chickens to farm stands.

The report is available free online. 

A summary guide compares ordinances across municipalities, and detailed reports on the policies of individual municipalities are available for

  • Dakota County
  • Apple Valley
  • Burnsville
  • Eagan
  • Farmington
  • Hastings
  • Inver Grove Heights
  • Lakeville
  • Mendota Heights
  • Rosemount
  • South St Paul
  • West St Paul

I attended the meeting where the report was presented, and can attest that it seems very clear and useful. If you've ever tried to read through municipal ordinances yourself, say to figure out whether you are allowed to build a compost pile in your yard, or where to start to open a farmers market, you'll appreciate the work that's gone into these documents. Check them out on Homegrown South's website here. 


Posted 11/16/15 by Neith Little

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