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Southeast Foodshed Planning Initiative (SEFPI)


The SEFPI is a multidisciplinary, multi-year research initiative focused on SE MN that is informed by over a decade of food systems partnerships and projects. SEFPI brings the analytical strength of the U of M to our region's efforts to build a regional food infrastructure.


Sponsored over 25 U of M students, research fellows, and faculty members and involved over 40 community members


An on-going component this FY is a second phase of the foodshed analysis research that will provide a representative regional diet based on translated economic data, and identify potential economic benefits of utilizing surplus agricultural land for commodity crops.


The research materials of SEFPI food system efforts have been compiled into a “metadoc” called, "A Set of Research Tools and Studies Concerning the Food Environment of Southeast Minnesota." It is hoped that the digital reports, charts, and Excel data files found in this metadoc will be used by the Healthy Food Alliance of SE MN and other SE and statewide entities to help improve food system work in this region and to help realize a healthy food environment for all. Access the materials from the link below.

The Food Environment of Southeast Minnesota: A Set of Research Tools and Studies


SERP FY2014 spent: $2,256

SERP additional allocated: $30,000

SERP past funding: $163,921

Leveraged resources

  1. $3,250.00 Center for Rural and Urban Affairs, Community Assistantship Program intern, student researcher
  2. $8,000.00 graduate student research assistantship via Paul Porter, Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics
  3. $1,400.00 Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program
  4. Additional UM student, staff, faculty time beyond funding
  5. Community board and steering committee time
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