by Melissa Vatterott, Food and Farm Coordinator
Mission and Core Values
After several months of outreach, gap analysis, and policy research, the stakeholder group I’ve convened since April 2015 formalized last fall as the St. Louis Food Policy Coalition, or STLFPC. Our mission is to promote a thriving local food system that supports the health, community, environment, and economy of the Greater St. Louis area. We have established seven core values: community; education and empowerment; equity; health and nutrition; sustainability and environmental stewardship; local; and economy. We seek to foster policies and collaborative initiatives that support these core values with organizations and individuals within the one hundred mile radius of St. Louis, which we call the St. Louis Regional Foodshed.
Overview of STLFPC workgroups
Currently, STLFPC has four workgroups: marketing, policy, food hub, and healthy local food access. Individuals with relevant experience and capacity to foster a workgroup’s purpose and agenda are invited to meet with me to learn if there is a way to get involved.
The marketing workgroup assisted me in developing our STLFoodPolicy Twitter account and identifying what kind of content to share through this social media platform. Based on the ideas agreed upon by the workgroup members, I primarily use the Twitter to share local food and farm news articles and upcoming events. We plan to expand our social media presence to Facebook in the coming months. Organizations involved include Rise, EarthDance Farms, Greenhouse Venture, Green Dining Alliance, and Local Harvest Grocery and Catering.
The policy workgroup primarily provides insight on what policy changes would be useful and are needed to increase urban agriculture activities in the City of St. Louis. This workgroup has been supporting the Farm to Table Bill at the state level, creating a framework for public institutions to purchased ten percent of their food products from Missouri farmers by 2019. Last fall, we worked with a team of students in Washington University’s Sustainability Exchange Program, who assisted us in drafting a bill that would allow a greater number and variety of animals in the city in order to support urban agriculture!… Read the rest