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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Urban Farming

Racism is the systemic mistreatment of people based on their ethnicity or skin color. It affects all aspects of our society, including our food system. While racism has no biological foundation, the socioeconomic and political structures that exploit people of color, alongside the widespread misinformation about race, cultures, and ethnic groups, make racism one of the biggest causes of poverty, hunger, and malnutrition. Despite how prevalent racism is in the United States, it is rarely mentioned in programs designed to bring food aid and agricultural development. Racism is rarely ever identified as the cause of high hunger rates, food insecurity, pesticide poisoning, and diet-related disease among people of color. The concept of racism has long existed but truly began with the exploitation of enslaved POC. Enslaved human beings on plantations allowed slave systems to overpower normal wage labor. With slavery, human beings

Tyrean Lewis, founder and president of Heru Urban Farming and Garden, welcomed me to his garden on Maffitt Avenue with a warm smile, a firm handshake, and a quick tour of the property. What had once been an empty lot was now a beautifully rich garden. Even with winter fast approaching and the summer crops beginning to die off, bees fly around, neighborhood cats stop in for visits, and new plants begin to sprout up out of the ground.