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Known & Grown exists to help farmers within the St. Louis foodshed spread the word about their practices, their products, and the principles that ground their work.

Known & Grown STL is a project of Missouri Coalition for the Environment, on behalf of the St. Louis Food Policy Coalition.

(314) 727-0600
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About

Known and Grown exists to help these farmers spread the word about their practices, their products, and the principles they value.

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.”

Corn and soybean production and Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) dominate much of the farmland in the St. Louis Foodshed. However, we know there are hardworking produce and livestock farmers in the foodshed, too, who are dedicated to growing their products and raising their animals with practices that protect the Foodshed’s soil, air, and water resources.

Our Purpose

Known and Grown is designed to promote and support the work of food producers and retailers who improve our food system, educate residents about food choices, and shift behavior to create a thriving, equitable, and sustainable local food system. Known and Grown focuses on providing the following things for our farmers, food entrepreneurs, and eaters of all income levels.

What We Offer

We celebrate environmentally-responsible, local food products and producers.

We help promote those who farm, produce, and sell local food.

We help food entrepreneurs and existing businesses create local jobs.

We help the general public and low-access communities learn about local food.

Our Values

Known and Grown is committed to helping environmentally-responsible farmers within the foodshed thrive. “Environmentally-responsible” farmers involved must avoid the use of synthetic chemicals while providing animals with open spaces and diets made up of food that is consistent with their natural diets, as opposed to living in confined spaces and being fed genetically-modified grain. The farmers that are Known and Grown are committed to protecting our environment, treating animals humanely, providing fresh, nutritious food to consumers and institutional buyers, and helping the St. Louis region be the best it can be.