urban agriculture http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Young Entrepreneurs Plant Sweet Potatoes in Missouri Botanical Garden http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/young-entrepreneurs-plant-sweet-potatoes-missouri-botanical-garden <p>Sweet potatoes planted by St. Louis teens now have their own plot in the Missouri Botanical Garden.</p><p>Young members of an effort called the <a href="http://sweetpotatoprojectstl.org/" target="_blank">Sweet Potato Project</a>&nbsp;planted seedlings on Saturday, joined by Garden leaders and other supporters. The project <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/sweet-potato-project-seeks-create-community-st-louis-ground">teaches teens from north St. Louis </a>how to grow sweet potatoes sustainably, mainly in vacant lots, and then how to brand and sell sweet potato products.</p> Sat, 31 May 2014 18:46:31 +0000 Kelly MacNeil 36627 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Young Entrepreneurs Plant Sweet Potatoes in Missouri Botanical Garden Land Lab Aims To Find New Use for Vacant Lots http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/land-lab-aims-find-new-use-vacant-lots <p>If you live in any big city in the Midwest, and St. Louis in particular, you’re probably all too familiar with the site of vacant, empty land where homes and businesses used to be.&nbsp;</p><p>This issue of vacant land in an otherwise urban environment presents tough challenges for cities.&nbsp; This weekend ground will be broken on several projects which aim to change the way neighborhoods and cities deal with vacant property.</p> Fri, 26 Apr 2013 21:42:45 +0000 Adam Allington 25829 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Land Lab Aims To Find New Use for Vacant Lots St. Louis County Library District Seeds Community Gardening Effort http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-county-library-district-seeds-community-gardening-effort <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Even though up to a foot of snow could blanket parts of the region by tomorrow night, that didn’t stop the St. Louis County Library District from launching a pilot program to put community gardens outside some of its branch locations.</span></p><p>This morning volunteers began assembling 20 raised beds at<a href="http://www.slcl.org/content/prairie-commons-branch"> Prairie Commons Branch</a> in Hazelwood that organizers hope will serve as test plot for future efforts.</p> Sat, 23 Mar 2013 18:12:41 +0000 Tim Lloyd 24774 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis County Library District Seeds Community Gardening Effort