Don’t Miss Urban Harvest STL’s Raise the ROOF Fundraiser

It takes real guts to do something bold, new and vital—which the mission of Mary Ostafi, founder of St. Louis’ Urban Harvest STL, exemplifies to perfection. The Chicago native started the nonprofit with the city’s first rooftop farm back in 2011, which now grows healthy, organic and sustainably-crafted produce on the roof of the Wave Self Storage building Downtown at the corner of 14th Street and Convention Plaza, about a block from the City Museum.

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Six additional urban farms and community gardens later, it’s clear that the city was longing for a space where this cutting-edge sustainable farming technique could shine. Ostafi and her team of employees, interns and volunteers then donate their yield to areas of the city where inhabitants have little access to nutrient-dense food—which is often where it has the greatest impact. You can read more about the many benefits of rooftop agriculture on the nonprofit’s website.

Supporters can now get behind the worthy cause of Urban Harvest and attend the organization’s third annual Raise the ROOF fundraiser, which will take place atop the new Sally’s Rooftop Garden and Terrace in Grand Center Arts District on Sept. 29. The evening will feature a pop-up dinner by James Beard Award-nominated chef Rob Connoley and the stylings of acclaimed St. Louis chef David Kirkland of Turn Restaurant, live music by Bon Bon Plot!, specialty cocktails, a raffle and more. All ticket proceeds will go towards funding Urban Harvest’s yearly programming, and don’t miss our feature-length Q&A with Ostafi published earlier this year.

Images courtesy of Urban Harvest STL.

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