2018 Community Agriculture Conference Celebrates Innovative St. Louis Projects

Gateway Greening celebrates innovative St. Louis projects with convergence of local and national urban agriculture leaders.

ST. LOUIS, MO. (February 16, 2018) – Gateway Greening, a non-profit organization in St. Louis that educates and empowers people to strengthen their communities through gardening and urban agriculture, will host its annual Community Agriculture Conference on Sunday, February 25 from 12:00 PM-5:00 PM at St. Louis University High School, 4970 Oakland Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110. The event is sponsored by Ameren Missouri, Fehlig Bros Box & Lumber Company, Whole Foods, and funds from the City of St. Louis’ Community Development Administration.

“This gathering will highlight national and regional initiatives making a difference in community agriculture. Attendees have the opportunity to learn from local experts, and connect with other change-makers in St. Louis that are changing our city by growing food. Converging community gardeners, urban farmers, and regional small growers, the conference creates a platform to learn about everything from urban orchards, to building community with school gardens.” – Matt Even, Community Education Manager at Gateway Greening.

The list to-date of local and national urban agriculture leaders participating include: Rob Reiman, Executive Director, The Giving Grove in Kansas City; Nicole Hudson, Deputy Mayor for Racial Equity and Priority Initiatives; Ryan Albritton, Sprouthood and the Progressive Strategy Coalition; Matt Lebon, Custom Foodscaping; Brigette Zettl, St. Louis Community College; Nelver Brooks, Nahed Chapman New American Academy; Petra Baker, Gateway Michael Elementary School; Hannah Reinhart, the Saint Louis Science Center GROW Exhibit; Millie Mattfeldt-Beaman, the North City Food Hub; Gibron Jones, HOSCO Foods; and Bill Anderson, St. Louis University High School.

Gateway Greening is offering a limited number of full scholarships to selected participants. Applications are accepted, reviewed, and granted on a rolling basis until funds are depleted for this program.

Tickets can be purchased for $20 per person. To purchase tickets, for scholarship information, for sponsorship opportunities, and to learn additional event details, please visit https://gatewaygreening.org/community-agriculture-conference/


About Gateway Greening

Gateway Greening is a non-profit organization that educates and empowers people to strengthen their communities through gardening and urban agriculture. Gateway Greening has been working to provide creative, grassroots solutions to urban problems since 1984. Programs include supporting more than 200 community and youth-focused gardens across the St. Louis area through educational opportunities, grants, and technical assistance; founding and providing ongoing material and educational support for community fruit and nut orchards; and Seed to STEM program which assists teachers in creating hands-on lessons in the school garden connected to federal education standards.

For more information on Gateway Greening and its programs visit www.gatewaygreening.org or call 314-588-9600.