Support Local Journalism. Join Riverfront Times Press Club.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

EarthDance Farms: A Model of Sustainability in Ferguson [PHOTOS]

Posted By on Wed, May 22, 2013 at 8:00 AM

EarthDance Farms has its roots in a fifteen-year-old girl's first encounter with organic agriculture.

Hoping to cultivate his daughter's love for fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables, Molly Rockamann's dad took her to visit Al and Caroline Mueller's organic farm in Ferguson.

The seed was sown. It took more than a decade to germinate, but germinate it did. Now what began in 2009 as an apprenticeship program at the Muellers' farm has grown into EarthDance. A year ago this week, with funding from the Open Space Council, the nonprofit was able to purchase the fourteen-acre urban farm where Rockamann's dream began.

      Crystal Rolfe
  •       Crystal Rolfe

Apprenticing at EarthDance Farms involves a great deal of fun. And weeds.

See also: - Molly Rockamann cultivates Gut Check's urban-farming acumen

Today EarthDance plants and harvests organic produce, raises chickens and even keeps bees. The fruits of the farmers' labor can be purchased at the Tower Grove Farmers' Market, the Ferguson Farmers' Market and EarthDance's own CSA program.

      Crystal Rolfe
  •       Crystal Rolfe

The sign at the entrance to EarthDance Farms, made from repurposed windows.

      Crystal Rolfe
  •       Crystal Rolfe

The first CSA share of the season included rainbow Swiss chard, green garlic, radishes, shallot tops, arugula, mesclun and spicy braising greens.

      Crystal Rolfe
  •       Crystal Rolfe

This herb spiral should produce herbs longer into the season than traditional methods, using less space. Behind the herbs, a "Three Sisters Garden" features interplantings of corn, beans and squash, another naturally enhanced growing strategy.

Tags: , ,

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Riverfront Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Riverfront Times Club for as little as $5 a month.

Read the Digital Print Issue

October 20, 2021

View more issues

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In St. Louis

© 2021 Riverfront Times

Website powered by Foundation