St. Louis County SHIP Initiatives

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The Boundary Waters Canoe Area is within the Superior National Forest.

Part of this land is in St. Louis County.

Commercial Tobacco Free Living
In an effort to reduce tobacco marketing in the retail environment, municipalities, counties, and states can address the “four P’s” or marketing – product, price, place, and promotion.
(From 4Ps Document linked below)

The Rutabaga Project is a SHIP partner in Northern St. Louis County

Healthy Eating

During the COVID-19 pandemic, AEOA worked to provide emergency food distributions around the Arrowhead region by partnering with other local organizations and the USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP).


History shows us hunger and gardens can bring people together. In 1918, the City of Virginia War Gardens committee published an ad in the local newspaper asking for “idle lands and plots…so that the War Gardens may be allotted to prospective users.”

Community gardens are springing back to life in the city of Virginia. SHIP, along with support from a Community Wellness Grant, is working with the Rutabaga Project. This important group, with a memorable name, consists of citizens concerned with food access for those living with low incomes.

Because of the strength in partnerships, the group is now collaborating with the Virginia City Council and the Housing Redevelopment Authority of Virginia, to use properties for four community gardens. You can find them on Chestnut Street, Pine Mill Court, just north off the Bailey’s Lake Bridge, and in the North Side Park.

These collaborations have also allowed for the Virginia Farmers Market to be opened, offer EBT acceptance, and offer matchings funds for EBT customers.

With input from the community, this food access group continues to seek out more solutions for equitable food access for all residents of Virginia to acquire all kinds of fresh produce, beyond the rutabaga.

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