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YLG Presents: Recultivating the City – Urban Agriculture and St. Louis Today

October 14, 2015
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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Urban Harvest STL
1335 Convention Plaza
Saint Louis, MO 63103 United States
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2015 has seen strong growth in innovative urban agriculture projects in St. Louis: the first rooftop farm, a Metro bus converted into a mobile farmer’s market and dedicated support from the City for sustainability driven projects are among the highlights. This follows recent years where backyard production has risen, farmers markets’ have expanded the local food market and St. Louis saw its first row-crop plantings in the city limits since the 1920s.

FOOD ROOF FarmJoin us for the first organization tour of the FOOD ROOF Farm followed by a panel discussion on urban agriculture’s role in community development as a real estate amenity, job creator and resilience strategy.


Mary OstafiMary Ostafi, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Executive Director of Urban Harvest STL will host a tour of their newly constructed FOOD ROOF Farm in downtown St Louis. Recently featured in the New York Times, the FOOD ROOF Farm provides healthy food to the community, enhances biodiversity in the city, and inspires people to grow their own food and contribute to a more resilient local food system.

View Mary Ostafi’s TEDx Talk where she expounds on the benefits of community gardening and how she first had the idea to bring a rooftop farm to St. Louis.


Michael Allen


Michael Allen, Director of the Preservation Research Office and an influential voice in St. Louis urban affairs, will moderate a panel featuring Mary Ostafi and other leaders focused on utilizing urban agriculture to build a more sustainable St. Louis. Michael’s expertise will frame a discussion of historical land use patterns in the City, recent policy shifts affecting future projects and the local innovators garnering national attention in the urban agriculture arena.



Cara Spencer


Cara Spencer, an engaged and progressive Alderman for the City’s 20th Ward, will discuss how businesses and communities can work together to address the real, daily needs of the citizens while, at the same time, working to put underutilized vacant buildings and properties to work.


Gibran Burchett is Co-Founder of Hosco Foods, a nutritional foods cooperative founded in St. Louis. HOSCO began with its flagship product Kurbiskernol or “Pumpkin Seed Oil”​ and now includes sustainable farming, food production, and food systems development. The focus of the co-op is to create sustainable communities beginning with the food system.

Jeremy Goss, Founder of the St. Louis MetroMarket, a non-profit that has converted a donated Metro Transit bus into a mobile farmer’s market designed to provide access to fresh produce in the numerous food deserts in St. Louis. Through partnerships with local farmers and food suppliers, St. Louis MetroMarket has the mission of providing direct access to healthy, affordable produce and advocating on issues related to food justice, hunger, and health.



$15 ULI Members
$25 General Public


FOOD ROOF Farm, Urban Harvest STL
1335 Convention Plaza, St. Louis, MO 63103
(the venue is on the rooftop of the U-Haul building at the corner of 14th and Convention)


On-street parking is available around the building.

About Urban Harvest

Urban Harvest STL promotes a healthful St Louis community, enriching lives through education and innovation in urban agriculture, green space and multicultural connectivity. Urban Harvest STL envisions a city where underutilized city spaces are transformed into productive food-based platforms.

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