Thank you to all who participated in the St. Louis Food Policy Coalition's survey about growing food in the city! The survey is now closed. We were able to hear from 854 people from 75 of the city's 79 neighborhoods!
Through this survey effort, we sought to learn from city residents: 1) what they and their neighbors are already growing, 2) what types of agriculture activities they would like to see in the city, and 3) how they would like those activities to be regulated. Five participants will receive a gift basket of food and farm swag from STLFPC members! We will use the survey responses to draft an urban agriculture ordinance that meets residents' needs and desires.
We developed this survey with the assistance of Andy Bramman, a St. Louis University student, interning with MCE's Food and Farm Program this summer.
The results are in!
See the survey results by ward below:
Click here to read our press release about the survey results.
Read articles from the St. Louis Post Dispatch and St. Louis Public Radio about the survey results.
Maps of the Survey Data
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Alderwoman of the 19th Ward, a Champion for Food Access and Community Gardening
Alderwoman Marlene Davis is committed to the issues expressed in the survey results above. Davis says,
"In neighborhoods with limited food access, residents must leave their neighborhood to access nutritious food. Many of these same neighborhoods have vacant lots, littering our neighborhoods with overgrown weeds and costing our taxpayers thousands to maintain. We can start to address both of these issues by organizing strategic plans for our communities, empowering residents to take back their vacant lots, put the land into productive use, and provide themselves and their neighbors with a source of healthy food."
We thank her for her commitment to address food access and support food growing activities in the City of St. Louis!