Urban farm sows seeds of empowerment

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) - Local farmers are raising food and some eyebrows with a farm in the middle of Downtown St. Louis.

St. Patrick Center clients are working the City Seeds Urban Farm near Union Station. Gateway Greening mentors are helping the homeless and underserved learn how to raise their own locally-grown produce and help others in need.

The farm comes with two program tracks. The first addresses therapeutic horticulture. Clients learn nutritional literacy and how to recover through the “12 Steps of Gardening”. The second is Veterans GO! Green, which helps graduates get placed in landscaping, nursery, gardening and other green-care jobs.

St. Louis Master Gardeners, Operation Food Search, Missouri Department of Transportation and Horstmann Brothers Landscaping also help with the City Seeds Urban Farm.

If you know someone who could benefit, or if you want to help, just visit StPatrickCenter.org.

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