FOOD ROOF Farm: Grow Food, Grow Community

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Rooftop farms are sprouting up in cities around the world. While producing healthy food for local communities is a driving force behind this trend, Urban Harvest STL expands upon this idea and is growing food connections and bridging the gap between food production and food security at their FOOD ROOF Farm in downtown St Louis, Missouri.

This innovative project is an educational platform and resource that can be replicated to build community around inclusive and resilient local food systems, and position urban environments for climate adaptation.This session will feature motivating stories from the founder and farm manager who are fostering food system change in their community.

Conference Speaker

Mary E. Ostafi, LEED AP

Urban Harvest STL Executive Director

Mary E. Ostafi, Executive Director of Urban Harvest STL, cross pollinates urban agriculture and architecture. She founded the nonprofit Urban Harvest STL and pioneered an effort to build the FOOD ROOF, St Louis’ first rooftop farm, the topic of her recent TEDx Talk. Mary has been at the forefront of green buildings for over a decade, and now drives sustainability through building-integrated urban agriculture projects that cultivate equitable access to healthy, sustainably grown food; mitigate stormwater runoff; and enhance biodiversity in cities. A strong community activist, Mary focuses on educating and engaging the community to increase resiliency in our food systems and position urban environments for climate adaptation. She holds a Master’s degree in Sustainability Leadership from an acclaimed university in Sweden, is a licensed architect, LEED AP, and a St Louis Business Journal's 40 under 40.

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