Headwaters Community Food and Water Bill

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No matter where we live or heritage we claim, we all depend on water. Water is Life.

As the headwaters for three major watersheds, Minnesota is positioned to be a leader in caring for water. As our communities make plans to live sustainably, this leadership has never been more important.

Yet, today Minnesota’s economy-every community within her borders- remains dependent on the industrial food chain. From source to table, this publicly funded economy is by design unsustainable-depending on practices that contaminate and destroy ecosystems and contribute to greenhouse gases. We need an economic solution to this economic problem.

The good news is that we know what we need to do. Building on the knowledge, skills and foods generated by indigenous communities for thousands of years, we can meet the demands of water & food and climate with regenerative economies designed to connect urban and rural communities to a common purpose-neighbors caring for one another and the home we share. 

Headwaters Community Food & Water Bill

The Headwaters Community Food & Water Bill provides the economic infrastructure (public investment and policies) to launch local economic development that: 

  • Anchors every local economy in regenerative food system (food web)

  • Restores the ecological foundation for sustainable living and capture carbon 

  • Establishes and maintains effective partnerships between rural and urban communities

  • Rewards practices that help communities live sustainably and nurture well-being 

  • Nurtures the current and next generations of regenerative food leaders (source to table)

  • Provides an economic legacy capable of sustaining this and future generations

Our common challenges offer an opportunity to work together as neighbors to care for one another and home we share. The Headwaters Community Food & Water Bill makes the pathway to success visible.    

Print version of the Headwaters Bill


Headwaters Economic Resiliency Program

The bill creates Headwaters Community Food and Water Economic Resiliency Program (HCFWEP) to establish a locally-adapted regenerative food web creating the economic conditions capable of meeting the combined demands of climate, food and water and connecting communities to a common purpose-neighbors caring for one another and the home we share. 

For more on this program, click here.


Headwaters Community champions

The Headwaters Community Food & Water Economic Resiliency Program envisions every community operating as an economic engine for sustainable living-neighbors connected by a locally-adapted regenerative food web capable of meeting the demands of climate food and water.


I/We will champion the economic resiliency program created by the Headwaters Community Food & Water Bill. 

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