(KPLR)- Executive Director Mike Sorth stopped by KPLR11 to talk about Gateway Greening. More than 200 community and youth gardens currently supported by gateway greening.
Food is provided to organizations like Operation Food Search and St. Patrick`s Center, as well as area churches, food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters and farmers` markets.
As the St. Louis region works to fight against hunger, fresh produce being grown in Gateway Greening-supported gardens in the area is helping to ensure that countless individuals and children are getting the food and nutritional support they need. During 2014 alone, gardeners harvested 193,000 pounds of food to the St. Louis community, valued at over $639,000.
Recipients of the fresh fruits and vegetables included Operation Food Search and St. Patrick`s Center, as well as area churches, food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters and farmers` markets. Additional quantities of produce were used in educational cooking demonstrations and provided area students with healthy school lunches and snacks.
Gateway Greening is a non-profit organization that educates and empowers people to strengthen their communities through gardening and urban agriculture. Gateway Greening has been working to provide creative, grassroots solutions to urban problems since 1984. Programs include supporting more than 200 community and youth-focused gardens across the St. Louis area through educational opportunities, garden supplies and technical assistance; urban beautification projects that enhance the St. Louis urban landscape; and the City Seeds Urban Farm, a 2.5 acre farm in downtown St. Louis that provides therapeutic horticulture and a jobs training program.
For additional information visit: gatewaygreening.org