Thank you to all who participated in the St. Louis Food Policy Coalition’s 2016 survey about growing food in the city! The survey is now closed. We were able to hear from 854 people from 75 of the city’s 79 neighborhoods! Through this survey effort, we sought to learn from city residents: 1) what they and their neighbors are already growing, 2) what types of agriculture activities they would like to see in the city, and 3) how they would like those activities to be regulated.

The Results

The results from this survey informed the drafting and passage of Ordinance 70608, allowing residents to own up to eight fowl per city lot, and the drafting and release of the June 9, 2017 policy memorandum from Building Commisssioner Frank Oswald, allowing for the sale of eggs, honey, and produce from gardens and farms.
View results from the entire city here as well as the results for the neighborhoods in North CityCentral Corridor, and South City!
See the survey results by ward below:
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Click here to read our press release about the survey results.

Read articles from the St. Louis Post Dispatch and St. Louis Public Radio about the survey results.


Maps of the Survey Data

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Alderwoman of the 19th Ward, a Champion for Food Access and Community Gardening

Alderwoman Marlene Davis is committed to the issues expressed in the survey results above. Davis says,

“In neighborhoods with limited food access, residents must leave their neighborhood to access nutritious food. Many of these same neighborhoods have vacant lots, littering our neighborhoods with overgrown weeds and costing our taxpayers thousands to maintain. We can start to address both of these issues by organizing strategic plans for our communities, empowering residents to take back their vacant lots, put the land into productive use, and provide themselves and their neighbors with a source of healthy food.”

We thank her for her commitment to address food access and support food growing activities in the City of St. Louis!