URBAN HARVEST STL BUILDS COMMUNITY AROUND INCLUSIVE AND REGENERATIVE LOCAL FOOD SYSTEMS IN ST. LOUIS.
Urban Harvest STL believes that all St. Louisans should have equitable access to fresh, healthy food regardless of socioeconomic status or location. More than 700,000 residents live in areas of concentrated poverty without a grocery store, which negatively impacts their nutrition, health, cognitive and academic performance, and in turn, life chances. In response, UHSTL is creating an inclusive, local food system. We grow organic produce at five farms in the heart of the city – where our most pressing nutritional needs exist – and donate our harvest to a mobile farmers market serving under-resourced neighborhoods and a food pantry for the homeless. We also engage and empower people of all backgrounds through educational programming, fitness classes, events and volunteerism at our acclaimed rooftop farm, which is a model for experimental urban agriculture, sustainable building, and community and economic development. In partnership with the community, we’re transforming lives and nourishing the common good.
1760 HEALTHY MEALS - distributed to families through Farm to Food Dessert Alliance
3514 LBS OF FOOD - grown organically on 3 urban farm sites
1.8 MILLION GALLONS OF WATER - captured by greenroof and mitigated from stormwater runoff
16 INTERS - educated on leadership and urban agriculture
131 K-8th YOUTH - learned about gradening on the FOOD ROOF
FOOD DESERT: AN AREA WITH LIMITED OR NON-EXISTENT ACCESS TO HEALTHY, NUTRITIOUS FOOD. THEY MOST COMMONLY AFFECT PEOPLE FROM LOWER SOCIOECONOMIC STATUS AND PEOPLE OF COLOR WHO DON’T HAVE ACCESS TO CULTURALLY RELEVANT FOOD.
RELIABLE ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE AND NUTRITIOUS FOOD.
$25 - purchases seeds and plants
$50 - Electricity for greenhouse and farm tools
$100 - Chicken feed & coop care
$200 - Educational Materials for local schools/field trips
$500 - Creates internship for aspiring farmers
Grow more food in 2018
Use further sustainable methods and diverse growing systems
Educate work study students
Educate local schools
Grow food Flance Early Learning Center (preschool in Food Desert)
ROOFTOP AGRICULTURE COMPOUNDS THE BENEFITS OF A GREEN ROOF, ADDING EMPLOYMENT, FOOD SECURITY, AND ACCESS TO LOCAL PRODUCE.
- Increase access to healthy food
- Engage urban schools and families
- Inspire citizens to grown their own food
- Create a productive green space
- Reduce building energy costs
- Increase life span of the roof
- Create jobs
- Support the local economy
- Improve property value
- Enhance biodiversity
- Improve air quality
- Decrease urban heat island effect
- Mitigate stormwater runoff and flooding
- Reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions from transportation