In September 2009,  Gardening Matters spearheaded a film series in the Twin Cities entitled Celebrating Local Food, Creating Permanent Community Spaces that highlighted the need for permanent spaces for a neighborhood-based community food system and that evoked a very positive community response.  Around the same time, there were several community gardens in danger of losing their land-use arrangements.  With both this community interest and community need in mind, a small group of individuals and organizations met and decided to hold a facilitated community meeting that focused on identifying strategies to achieve land permanency for a community-based food system.  A broad base of individuals and organizations were invited to this meeting on April 25, 2010 which resulted in four work groups being established to carry out the directives of the larger group.

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