Less than two miles south of the Farm Aid concert at Verizon Amphitheater lies Thies Farm, a local jewel that provides many an area household with delicious produce, healthy flowers and wholesome fun. The Thies family has been farming in St. Louis since 1885. Their mission reads in part, “Having been given a love of the land, it is our mission to share with our customers a harvest of the healthiest flowers and most nutritious crops and most of all, to create an atmosphere where customers become friends.”
So, they also grow community. And create jobs. And pay taxes that stay here. But their mission is dependent on the rich soil of the Missouri River floodplain called Howard Bend – and on our ability to protect that floodplain from unwanted and unneeded commercial development, keeping the land in trust for future generations.
Unfortunately, 3000 acres of the Howard Bend floodplain are threatened by the Maryland Heights Comprehensive Plan, which aims to put warehouses and big-box retail stores squarely in the pumpkin patch at Thies Farm. Right next to Creve Coeur Park. Yes, in the floodplain.
See this page for other reasons why building in the floodplain is such a bad and short-sighted idea. Then join over 2,500 others and sign the petition to stop the commercial development in Howard Bend.
Farm Aid can only do so much for family farmers. You have to do something, too.