A tour of urban farms in St. Louis
Whereas community gardens are more about feeding individuals or families, urban farms feed the larger community.
By Madalyn Painter
St. Louis Public Radio
July 30, 2011
The next stop was a visit to the first urban farm in St. Louis, New Roots Urban Farm, a farming collective located in the St. Louis Place neighborhood north of downtown St. Louis.
At the corner of Sarah Street and Martin Luther King Drive we found the Bee Sweet Urban Orchard, the site of several half-century-old fruit trees and now the home to 48 fruit trees and a vegetable garden. The site serves as a component of Mark Twain Community Resource Center’s Hip-Hop Health program for kids.
St. Louis Catholic Academy was the next stop, with a large garden maintained by sixth graders. The garden supplies the school with some of its food for lunches.
The next stop, Yours Market on North Broadway, in the Baden neighborhood, provides job training and fresh produce grown on a relatively small but expanding farm behind the store.
Finally, the tour ended at EarthDance Farms, the site of what is believed to be the oldest organic farm in Missouri, the historic Mueller Organic Farm in Ferguson.
There are several other urban farms in the St. Louis area. One example is City Seeds, which provides job training and therapeutic horticulture to individuals who are homeless or underserved.