Metro Food Plan

Background Information


The Metro Food Plan is intended to provide strategic recommendations to help guide the development of the local and regional food system in the Fargo-Moorhead metropolitan area, including the cities of Fargo, West Fargo, Horace, and Cass County in North Dakota; and the cities of Moorhead, Dilworth, and Clay County in Minnesota.

Local and regional food system development is an emerging area of focus in planning – both nationally and in the Fargo-Moorhead metropolitan area. However, communities engage in planning activities to help guide future decisions in many different areas including land use, housing, transportation, economic development, and other key areas that shape a community. 

Local governments can engage in food systems planning to identify and understand the various food production and food security challenges and opportunities in their communities and develop policy tools to better connect residents with those who produce food within their community.

The Metro Food Plan will set a framework for the next 10 years to guide policy changes by local governments, to shape the work of the Cass Clay Food Partners, and to inspire community actions and partnerships.


Project Objective


The objective of this plan is to identify opportunities for the development and implementation of food systems planning initiatives within local governments and other key partners within the Fargo-Moorhead metropolitan area. This includes the development of key recommendations to establish a more coordinated, strategic, and holistic approach to food systems planning in the community.