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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Congratulations to Local Food Director, Rae Miller, and her partner Jarred on their brand new daughter, Maple Breese. We are all wishing you well! The Known and Grown family of farmers continues to grow as we have recently added two new farms. Long time area organic farm Biver Farms joined us in July, as well as Mindy and Bobby with Rustic Roots Farm. Welcome to Known and Grown STL! Known and Grown farmer and MCE partner in the Washington University Building Resilient Inclusive Communities grant, Erica Williams of A Red Circle, hosted the first annual Good Food Summit at the University of Missouri Extension Office. This was an exciting event bringing together policy makers, growers, educators and many other activists in the North County Local Food movement. We identified what was required to sustain a viable food community in North County and

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.

Throughout human history, at least up until the 20th Century, this question has had a fairly straightforward answer: the land around us. To ask that question now is to invite all of the confusion and existential anxiety that a post-industrial society can offer, which is why mostly we don’t ask it. Our supermarket shelves are loaded with avocados from California and Mexico, peppers from Peru, and beef from New Zealand; and the labels on each product outnumber the flags from the countries of origin. That’s assuming there are labels at all. If we go out to eat, whether at the fanciest steakhouse or Steak N’ Shake, the source of our dinner remains shrouded in a thick fog of mystery, so potentially shameful that it demands an equally nefarious policy; don’t ask, don’t tell.