Our environment provides us with many natural resources and benefits, from the air we breathe and the water we drink to natural spaces that help us relax and reconnect with nature and each other. The food we eat is also a resource provided by our environment and, like air and water, is one that none of us can live without. MCE believes that the food system is an integral part of our environment and that a healthy food system is both sustainable and equitable—it preserves the integrity of air, land, and water while producing abundant, healthy food that is accessible and affordable across all communities.
MCE’s Food and Farm Program works to diversify Missouri’s farming economy, help environmentally-responsible farmers thrive, organize community-led food justice programs, conserve fertile soils and clean water, and ensure access to a healthy and secure food supply for all people. We believe that to sustain a healthy environment and healthy communities across Missouri, we must work toward a future in which nutritious, locally produced food is accessible and affordable for everyone, and farmers can make a living wage producing it. Learn more about MCE’s food and farm work, and how you can take action today.
Melissa Vatterott, Food & Farm Director
Rae Miller, Local Food Coordinator
Tosha Phonix, Food Justice Organizer
Gabriella Simoneit, Food Justice Assistant
Jenn DeRose, Known & Grown Manager
Chris Wimmer, Known & Grown Farm Specialist