Cultivating Development – Innovation at the Intersection of Food and Real Estate

By on March 15, 2019
04/04/2019 @ 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM
the .ZACK
3224 Locust Street Saint Louis
MO 63103
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Real estate decision makers are increasingly collaborating with wide range of partners to incorporate food into their projects – improving access to fresh produce through community gardens, providing space for markets to grow and thrive, and, at 39 North, creating an entire district around the business of agriculture innovation.

This growing interest in and awareness of the production and sourcing of fresh, local food is spawning innovation and new opportunities in real estate. Developers, investors, designers, and entrepreneurs are taking note and leveraging this trend to the benefit of the larger community.

  • Community gardens positively impact the health of neighbors and strengthen critical community ties.
  • Innovations in food access, e.g. using mobile markets, bridge the gap until a permanent solution can be supported.
  • Locally-owned grocers connect small and medium-sized farmers to larger markets and together begin to break down food deserts.
  • Research around world-wide food production is supported by larger community development decisions, creating a district in which the innovation and community can grow and thrive together.

How are innovative approaches to food spawning healthier, more sustainable, and more equitable outcomes in cities and communities? Come hear these and other questions asked and answered.

Featured Presenters:

  • Chris Goodson, Owner and Principal, Gilded Age; Owner, Fields Foods
  • Matt Schindler, Executive Director, Gateway Greening
  • Lucas Signorelli, Executive Director, St. Louis MetroMarket
  • Janet Wilding, Vice President of Major Projects, St. Louis Economic Development Partnership; 39 North

Following the program, guests will be invited to tour Sally’s Rooftop Garden & Terrace, the Urban Harvest STL food roof at the Zack.


Thursday, April 4
7:30–8:00 am  Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:00–9:00 am  Program
9:00 am Tour of Sally’s Rooftop Garden & Terrace


the Zack,  3224 Locust, 4th floor, 63103


ULI Members $35 (students $15, public sector/nonprofit/under 35 $25)
General Public $50 (students/public sector/nonprofits/under 35 $40)


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