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.

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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.


Our Purpose

Known and Grown promotes and supports the work of food producers and retailers who improve our food system, educates residents about food choices, and shifts behavior to create a thriving, equitable, and sustainable local food system.

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 our foodshed thrive. Farmers in our program don’t use synthetic chemicals on their crops or pasture, and animals are not confined. 

Known and Grown farmers are committed to protecting our environment, treating animals humanely, providing fresh, nutritious food to consumers, and building a more resilient food system for all of us.