Gateway Greening-Urban Agriculture & Community Gardens in St. Louis
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
11:30 AM Registration and Networking
12:00 PM Presentation
1:00 PM Urban Farm Tour (optional)
Description: For more than 30 years, Gateway Greening has been working to educate and empower people to strengthen their communities through gardening and urban agriculture. In addition to overseeing a network of 230+ community and youth gardens, Gateway Greening works empower homeless clients from St. Patrick Center, educate youth through their Dig It program, and expose hundreds of volunteers each year to urban agriculture. Come join the APA St Louis Metro Section and Matt Schindler, Executive Director of Gateway Greening, to learn about the organization’s great work and how community gardens and urban agriculture can add value to your city, neighborhood, or next development project. Following the lunch and presentation, join Matt and Rachel Deffenbaugh, Gateway Greening’s urban farm manager, for a tour of their urban farm right next door to the Pear Tree Inn.
Garage parking available behind Pear Tree Inn. The venue is also accessible via a short ½-mile walk from the Union Station MetroLink Station via 18th and Market Streets.
Speaker Bio: Matt Schindler is the Executive Director of Gateway Greening, which he joined in the fall of 2015. Gateway Greening is a not-for-profit that uses the power of growing food to promote community development. Gateway Greening has the second largest network of community gardens in the US and the largest downtown urban farm in the US. Prior to Gateway Greening, Matt worked for eight years in community development at Downtown STL, Inc. (formerly the Partnership for Downtown St. Louis). Previous to Downtown, Matt worked for seven years at the International Institute of St. Louis in business consulting and also spent two years in the US Peace Corps in Armenia as a business volunteer. Matt has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and German and a master’s degree in International Relations
1 CM Credit for the Presentation
0.5 CM Credit for the Urban Farm Tour
Pear Tree Inn
2211 Market Street
Saint Louis, MO 63103
No later than Friday, October 14th at 5:00 PM
Assortment of bottled drinks.