Community Food Assessment

Let’s Talk About Making Ferguson a Better Place to Eat!


In 2015, EarthDance Organic Farm School received a USDA grant to evaluate Ferguson’s food resources and needs by conducting a community food assessment (CFA). In 2016, EarthDance completed the assessment.  EarthDance is now in the midst of a community engagement process to inform Ferguson residents and stakeholders about the CFA results.  While sharing the results, we are asking, “What is most important to you about these results? Are you interested in making Ferguson a better place to eat? Where do we go from here?”

Working with Ferguson residents, community leaders, and other stakeholders, we seek to ensure all Ferguson residents have access to a variety of healthy and affordable food options.


EarthDance’s CFA process is designed to gather information needed to envision and realize a just, healthy, and economically regenerative food landscape in Ferguson. It includes collecting information about all facets of the food system – production, processing, distribution, consumption and waste management. Already, the CFA team and the young people of EarthDance’s Junior Farm Crew have collected data from the farmers market vendors and patrons. In the weeks to come, the CFA team will perform a food store audit to learn about the availability and affordability of more than 80 grocery store items. Additionally, they will assess the availability of organic and locally produced items.

Looking for guidance making healthy choices?

Download the guide “Healthy Food Choice Resources