Growing the Local Food Chain







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Our “Growing the Local Food Chain in Missouri” project builds on Missouri Rural Crisis Center’s and Patchwork Family Farms existing local food framework by increasing the availability of healthy, family farm-raised food to all Missourians. This project is also focusing on educating urban and rural families about the health, economic, environmental, and social benefits of growing and eating locally produced food, while building unity among diverse groups to support Missouri’s family farmers and our local economies.

From our youth farm camps, cooking demonstrations and local food workshops–to the family farm policies we work for at the local, state and federal levels…

Our “Growing the Local Food Chain in Missouri” project is building a new generation of farmers who care about the land, and a new generation of consumers who care about how their food is raised!

So far, 1,402 youth, their families, and community members have participated in our farm camps, local food workshops, cooking demonstrations, and food justice events!

Growing the Local Food Chain Programs

Food Justice and Urban/Rural Connection

Food insecurity is a challenge in both rural and urban communities. Our goal is to build a healthy food chain with economically-viable family farms and urban and rural consumers who have access to fresh, local food at affordable prices.

One of the great parts of this project has been working with our friends at Beacon of Light Ministries at Greater St. Mark Family Church in St. Louis. Their new food justice project, United People Market, provides locally raised produce and family farm-raised meat in North St. Louis–increasing access to local food in their community.


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Farm Camps

  • We are bridging the gaps between urban and rural, young and old, and consumers and producers–by building unity among diverse groups and people. Our Farm Camps expose youth to rural ways of life, help us learn about sustainable family farm livestock production and how to grow and cook locally-raised food.

Educational Resources

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Local Food Internship

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Get involved and help Grow the local Food Chain in Missouri!

Join us to build an even stronger food justice movement in Missouri!

  • Sign up to Get Involved! in our Growing the Local Food Chain in Missouri project and our other food and farm programs!
  • Be a Volunteer for one of our upcoming farm camps in Mid-Missouri.
  • Share your cooking, canning and gardening skills! Volunteer to a lead local food workshop for youth, adults and families.
  • Are you a farmer? Let us know if you are interested in hosting a farm tour and sharing your animal husbandry and farming skills!
  • Buy Patchwork Family Farms! Support local food and Missouri’s family farmers by purchasing local, sustainably raised, high-quality meats from Patchwork Family Farms!
  • Looking for Local Food in St. Louis? Shop local and support our friends at United People Market!

Interested in more information, volunteering, donating, or hosting a farm tour? Contact Lauren at or (573) 449-1336.

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