FOOD, GARDENS, AND PARKS
Gardens within the community are clustered around West Broadway Avenue. Most of the gardens are owned and leased by the city to nonprofit organizations. Project Sweetie Pie and the Lao Assistance Center have significant presence in North Minneapolis. North Minneapolis nonprofit, Appetite for Change, manages two successful gardens that help feed residents and turn a profit that supports their organization.
Minneapolis as a whole is nationally recognized for its parks. North Minneapolis has multiple parks and many of them include playgrounds, picnic tables, basketball courts, baseball fields, and paths for walking/biking. A few of the larger parks also have spaces for hockey, sledding, and cross country skiing in the wintertime. North Minneapolis is also home to two regional parks: Theodore Wirth and North Mississippi.
GROCERY STORES + MARKETS
With recent closures only one large grocery store is located in North Minneapolis. This store offers conventionally grown fresh foods, and frozen food. Organic, nutrient dense, and non-GMO food options are available through food gardens, which need an increase in volume to meet the nutritional demands of the people in North Minneapolis. The convenience stores available within walking distance from most housing in the area offer largely pre-prepared, shelf-stable products that are high in fat, salt and sugar. Distribution of food from local gardens in these stores should be encouraged.