Known and Grown helps farmers spread the word about their practices, their products, and their principles.
Known and Grown focuses on supporting a thriving, local, equitable, food system within 150 miles of St. Louis, which we refer to as the “St. Louis Foodshed.”
A report by Missouri Coalition for the Environment (MCE) in 2014 outlined the opportunities for local food to meet the nutritional needs of our region while improving soil, air, and water quality and addressing public health outcomes for diabetes and obesity. Known & Grown STL is part of the response to that report and a feasibility study funded by the USDA Local Food Promotion Program.
Our research and experience tells us that corn and soybean production and Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) dominate much of the farmland in the St. Louis Foodshed. By contrast, farmers in our program are dedicated to growing their products and raising their animals with practices that protect the Foodshed’s soil, air, and water resources.
Our farmers are each vetted by our Farmer Specialist and meet the Good Stewardship requirements we require for membership.