Urban Harvest STL builds community around inclusive and resilient local food systems.
Urban Harvest STL believes in food rights - all members of our community should have equitable access to fresh, healthy food regardless of socioeconomic status, race or location. We grow healthy produce across a network of seven urban farms in the heart of St. Louis and donate the majority of the harvest to nonprofit partners serving communities with limited or non-existent access to healthy, nutritious food. Urban Harvest STL also educates and engages the surrounding community in these efforts.
2011: Urban Harvest STL is conceived as an organization by founder Mary Ostafi. Urban Harvest STL is incorporated as a 501(c)3 nonprofit later that year.
2012: Plans for the FOOD ROOF Farm begin to take shape.
2013: The FARMily focuses on designing the FOOD ROOF and raising money to fund construction.
2014: Mary presents about the impending FOOD ROOF at TEDx Gateway Arch. Urban Harvest STL is awarded a federal grant through the EPA.
2015: The FOOD ROOF Farm is built and the first season of crops are harvested.
2016: In the spring, Urban Harvest STL partners with the William A. Kerr Foundation on the north riverfront to convert their sedum green roof into a thriving farm, the Kerr FOOD ROOF. Later that year, Urban Harvest STL builds a schoolyard garden at Flance Early Learning Center in the Carr Square neighborhood. The Flance School Garden sources fresh, healthy produce directly to the center’s free lunch program.
2017: Urban Harvest STL joins Fresh Starts Community Garden in the JeffVanderLou neighborhood to maintain 15 thriving garden beds. Over the summer, Urban Harvest STL partners with Busch Stadium to showcase urban agriculture’s versatility, installing hydroponic towers (and later, smart pots) in the Stadium Garden.
2018: Urban Harvest collaborates with the Kranzberg Arts Foundation in the spring to build Sally’s Rooftop Garden & Terrace atop the .ZACK building in Grand Center. In the fall, Urban Harvest STL converts a vacant lot in the Carondelet neighborhood into an urban orchard - Armin Orchard - in partnership with Armin Properties.