Mission & History

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Our organization was established in 1984, the founding mission was to increase sources of affordable fresh food for St. Louis residents, to support the use of vacant lots for urban agriculture. Over the past 38 years, and the evolution of our organization, the number one priority has always been the commitment of cultivating people and places for food freedom!

Mission

To empower people and communities to grow food

Vision

Equitable access to fresh healthy food throughout the St. Louis region

Purpose

To provide the community with the education, resources, and a network to grow their own food

Timeline

1984

Sue Reed, founder, was working at the Multi Service Senior Center in University City when a resident expressed his desire to start a garden in the backyard. The garden drew attention from the community, and Sue recruited community members to assist in the community garden

In 1984 Sue received a $1,000 grant from the Sign of the Arrow for start up funds to create an officially nonprofit organization, Gateway to Gardening

1990

In 1990 Gateway to Gardening partnered with the Missouri Botanical Garden and opened an office at the Shaw location
The organization worked with the City of St. Louis on an Adopt-A-Lot program to lease vacant lots for $1 per season
One of the first lots to be adopted was the Bell Community Garden

1991

First school gardens were implemented in 1991, Master Gardeners met weekly to work in public schools with both children and teachers. Outdoor garden used by teachers and students to expand knowledge in English and math in addition to science

As of 1991 there are 70 community gardens established through Gateway to Gardening

1997

Change name to Gateway Greening

1998

First Chefs in a Garden

2001

Purchased the Demonstration Garden and Carriage House



2006

First annual Community Agriculture Conference (formally the Community Garden Summit)

Began the Gateway Greening Urban Farm downtown St. Louis in partnership with MoDot and St. Patrick Center

2014

Began working with public schools to have an Educator at the school on a regular basis

2017

Began the Giving Grove Orchard Program

2018

200 active gardens and orchards



2021

Change name to Seed St. Louis

250 active gardens and orchards

2022

Moved to the Delmar DivIne and began building a new demonstration garden

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