Local Food Hero: MU Extension Office in Jefferson County

Written by Melissa Vatterott, Food and Farm Coordinator, originally published in June 2015. Their Food Story: Technically, MCE first connected with MU Extension’s Jefferson County Office at the end of December, when it hosted a workshop, Creating Economic Development Through Local Food Systems. Melissa met several people at the workshop who work to support local food and has continued to engage…

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Local Food Hero: DineSLU Sustainability

Written by Melissa Vatterott, Food and Farm Coordinator, originally published in August 2015.   Their Food Story: DineSLU has developed and implemented long-term environmental stewardship programs and policies within the areas of sustainable food; green buildings; waste stream management; responsible procurement; energy and water conservation; and transportation. The Green Team, composed of employees, works to ensure sustainability…

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Farm Visit: EarthDance Farms

In June, MCE’s Melissa Vatterott and Food & Farm Intern Claire Mai visited EarthDance Farms in Ferguson, MO to learn about EarthDance’s beautiful farm and their priorities for local food policy change from co-founder Molly Rockamann. EarthDance is the oldest organic farm west of the Mississippi River, offers a CSA, and also houses a unique part-time organic farming and gardening apprenticeship program. Based on…

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Local Food Hero: Greater Kansas City Food Policy Coalition

Written by Melissa Vatterott, Food and Farm Coordinator   The Greater Kansas City Food Policy Coalition (GKCFPC) has been a huge inspiration for MCE’s Local Food Policy Coalition over the past few months. GKCFPC is housed under the nonprofit KC Healthy Kids, and its mission is to advocate for the Greater Kansas City food system and promote food policies…

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Local Food Hero: Sustainable Backyard Tour

Written by Melissa Vatterott, Food and Farm Coordinator Their Food Story: The Sustainable Backyard Tour is an annual event demonstrating how St. Louis-area residents can utilize their yards in more sustainable and environmentally friendly ways to provide food for their families, wildlife habitat, relaxation and visual appeal, all while minimizing impact on the earth and…

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Local Food Event: St. Louis Earth Day’s 2015 Symposium: Livable Communities

Written by Melissa Vatterott, Food and Farm Coordinator Background on St. Louis Earth Day   St. Louis Earth Day is best known for its annual Earth Day Festival in May, which attracts 30-40,000 attendees annually to learn about the environment and enjoy food and activities. However, St. Louis Earth Day works year-round in a variety…

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