What does local food mean? And what do you need to know - and to prove - to grow capacity for local-food producers, and get their foods to an equitable range of eaters?
Missouri Coalition for the Environment is digging deep, strategically, into these questions, and raising a healthy crop of results! Two big ones are the launch of Known & Grown STL, a branding campaign to help progressive farmers working within 150 miles of St. Louis spread the word about their practices, their products and the sustainable principles grounding their work, and a Farm to Institution Feasibility Study.
Rae Miller (left), MCE's Local Food Coordinator, and Food & Farm Director Melissa Vatterott (right) lead a regional effort to better promote local foods and cultivate connections between farmers and consumers, at both individual and institutional scales. Developing data, partnerships and sound policy supporting Healthy Food Access is one of four areas of priority focus for the Coalition.
This Earthworms conversation is the first in a series that will celebrate MCE achievements and leadership during this 50th Anniversary year.
Music: Hunter's Permit, performed live at KDHX by Mister Sun
THANKS to Andy Heaslet, Earthworms green-savvy engineer
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