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Urban Harvest STL announces plans for third rooftop garden

Tuesday, February 6th, 2018

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Urban Harvest STL and the Kranzberg Arts Foundation have partnered to develop a new rooftop garden atop the KAF’s newest venue, the .ZACK building at 3224 Locust St., in Midtown. Urban Harvest executive director Mary Ostafi said construction will begin March 24 and the first seeds planted by mid-April.

Ostafi said the collaboration furthers Urban Harvest’s mission to distribute fresh produce throughout food-insecure neighborhoods and the KAF’s long-term plan to increase the sustainability of their arts programs. “The opportunity just came to us,” she said. “Once we saw what they were doing and learned about their mission, we started this great collaboration.”

Ostafi said the Grand Center location of the .ZACK building is useful for Urban Harvest because of its close proximity to its other farms and the neighborhoods they serve. From this site, Ostafi plans to engage with local schools and community members to expand awareness about urban agriculture, food insecurity and food justice. 

The .ZACK building will be Urban Harvest’s third rooftop garden, but despite years of practice, Ostafi said they are still learning: this new rooftop garden will employ a modular system of growing crates that maximizes the farm’s water efficiency. “We like to try new methods,” she said. “It’s a great opportunity to create living laboratories for urban agriculture across the city.”

Even after the completion of the rooftop garden at .ZACK, Ostafi said that Urban Harvest has no plans to slow down. “We envision continuing to expand a network of urban farms in St. Louis,” she said. “The more farms, the better.”

Photo courtesy of Urban Harvest STL 

Laura Kern is an editorial intern at Sauce Magazine. 

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The Scoop: Sophie’s, an artist lounge and bar, to open in .ZACK space

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

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Grand Center will welcome a new addition to the neighborhood next week when Sophie’s Artist Lounge & Cocktail Club opens its doors on Friday, April 14.

The club will be located on the second floor of the .ZACK multipurpose arts venue at 3224 Locust St., the former home of Plush, which is owned by the Kranzberg Arts Foundation. Other .ZACK tenants include the restaurant Turn by David Kirkland, a 200-seat theater, an art incubator, a record store, a ballroom and a variety of offices and commercial spaces.

“Sophie’s Artist Lounge & Cocktail Club is meant to be an amenity for our resident organizations and their cast, crews and patrons to come together to connect and celebrate their work,” said Chris Hansen, executive director of the Kranzberg Arts Foundation, adding that the club will also be open to the general public.

The interior of the space, which seats approximately 50, was designed by SPACE Architecture & Design. It will be open Wednesday to Saturday from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sophie’s patrons can indulge in a selection of cocktails, beer and wine, along with a small menu of bar snacks and play classic board games. Hansen said the venue will also play host to networking and connectivity events designed to help bring together the arts community.

Logo courtesy of Kranzberg Arts Foundation 

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