The Indoor Urban Farm project needs your help NOW!

We have two great needs right now. Please consider taking action in one or both of these ways, AND keep scrolling down the page to see additional ways that you can help. 

FIRST, East Phillips Neighborhood Institute has filed an injunction to stop the demolition of the Roof Depot site. We expect that there will be an injunction hearing in November. If this is approved by the judge, there will be a bond hearing, and we will need to post bond for the case to continue. This is why it is crucial for us to raise significant funds NOW. TIME IS RUNNING OUT! Please DONATE to our legal fund stopping environmental racism in East Phillips: Give to the Max Day is coming November 17th, and early giving is open. You can support the Urban Farm here: https://www.givemn.org/story/Urbanfarmgtmd22. You can also donate at our Go Fund Me page: http://gf.me/u/y65d87

SECOND, we need people to show up at the Hennepin County courthouse for the injunction hearing once it is scheduled. PLEASE sign up for our newsletter below in order to stay informed on the hearing date. 

The fight to heal the land is far from over.  East Phillips is primarily low-income and one of the most racially diverse communities in the state, and experiences some of the worst racial health disparities due to toxic environmental pollution in the state. For eight years, our community has proposed to build a new community owned state-of-the-art-indoor-urban farm that includes: affordable housing, a job training facility, and all will be run on renewable energy such as solar. Our proposal has been community-driven, sustainable and serves the community's needs.

Note that this site is located in the SouthSide Green Zone (SSGZ), only two miles from the corner where George Floyd was killed. If allowed to proceed, it would violate the city’s own Climate Emergency Declaration principles. East Phillips residents assert it’s irresponsible and environmental racism to only consider locating toxic polluters in our most low income, majority Native American, and community of color neighborhoods, especially when that community already suffers from toxic environmental health overburdens–as is well documented in East Phillips residents. 

Neighborhood organizers have worked incredibly hard during the last eight years to put together a plan to redevelop the site for an indoor urban farm, affordable housing, cultural markets, and incubators for small businesses near accessible public transit. During this time EPNI has secured the active  support of State Representatives Hodan Hassan (62A) and Aisha Gomez (62B), Senators Omar Fateh (62) and Patricia Torres-Ray (63), and Hennepin County Commissioner Angela Conley (4). They also have strong commitments of support from numerous MN State House & Senate legislators and County Commissioner Conley to boldly advocate funding environmentally safe, community-based, community-led economic redevelopment at this site. Both bonding and direct appropriations targeted to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) communities from the State Legislature are already being drafted for the coming cycles. 

To sign up for our newsletter or to see what else you can do to help, please keep scrolling down the page. 

For additional questions about EPNI, contact Dean Dovolis at 612-817-0313 and deandovolis@gmail.com, Cassandra Holmes at 612-296-9499 and cassandra_tridani29@yahoo.com, or Steve Sandberg at 612-483-2941 and steve@stevesandberg.com.

Why the East Phillips Urban Farm Matters

The City of Minneapolis plans to relocate and expand their Public Works maintenance yard into our East Phillips neighborhood–a plan that  will bring more  pollution to our already overburdened community. Additionally, they refuse to have good faith discussions about our alternative community-based development project that would ensure environmental justice for our neighborhood. East Phillip neighborhood residents are predominantly low-income Native American, Latinx, African American, East African and other historically marginalized residents.

We can’t say it enough! We need your help raising funds for legal expenses: to post bond to stop the City’s proposed demolition of the Roof Depot, to have our case heard, and to continue the fight for our environmental rights in court. Toxic environmental pollution impacts our health, and we have some of the worst racial health disparities in Minneapolis. It’s imperative for our future and our children’s future that we stop the City’s project and have our day in court.

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What Can You Do?

VIEW Information Flyer HERE. Print and share with neighbors and friends!

SIGN our Chang.org petition supporting the East Phillips Urban Farm at http://chng.it/nmKXM5Vkfx

PRINT and send postcards to Minneapolis City Council:  click here.

VOLUNTEER! We host meetings every Wednesday evening open to all! Contact deandovolis@gmail.com to get involved and visit epnifarm.org for more information.

DONATE to our legal fund stopping environmental racism in East Phillips at gf.me/u/y65d87 

FOLLOW US on Instagram: @eastphillipsurbanfarm, Facebook: @eastphillipsneighborhood, our website: epnifarm.org, and our mailing list to stay informed!

POST on social media to raise awareness! Tag your local officials and tag #EPNIUrbanFarm .

Our Supporters

The East Phillips Indoor Urban Farm Project is unanimously supported by the EPIC Board of Directors, the EPIC membership at numerous membership meetings and unanimously at two large community meetings (250+ attendees). The project is also supported by the Sierra Club, the Green Team, the Seward Co-op, over 400 individual signers on support petitions and many other organizations & individuals throughout the city. The project also meets every goal of the South Side Green Zone and is in the South Minneapolis Opportunity Zone.