Farm Tours

From Theory to Practice: Farm Tours at the Our Farms, Our Future Conference

Join us on Thursday, April 5th, 2018 to tour farms in the St. Louis area! Conference attendees can choose one of eight farm tours when they register for the conference. Transportation is provided.

Tours will feature urban farms, a family-owned and operated dairy, a food hub, a winery, a new aquaponics business, a successful CSA farm and many more inspiring sites! Some of the tour stops will feature previous SARE grant recipients, like EarthDance Organic Farm School in Ferguson, Missouri.

if you have accessibility inquiries, please contact the conference organizer at ourfarmsourfuture@sare.org. we are happy to discuss accessible tour options with you.

Browse the tours

Click on each heading below to learn more about each tour.

Soil Health Stewards Tour

8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Thursday, April 5th, 2018
Cost: $75.00, lunch included

It’s one thing to read about the soil health craze that’s captured the nation, and quite another to visit the farms and research institutions where soil health practices are being put into action. This tour is for anyone wanting to witness soil health practices in action and meet the farmers and researchers who steward the soil every day. Tour stops will include Harry Cope’s Farm and the NRCS Plant Materials Center. Lunch will be provided.

Farms, Ranches and Communities Tour

8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Thursday, April 5, 2018
$75.00, lunch included

The oft-quoted saying that “it takes a village” to accomplish something worthwhile is definitely true in sustainable agriculture. On this tour, you will see how farmers, ranchers and restaurateurs contribute to the collective picture of sustainable agriculture in Southern St. Louis. Tour stops include Henry Family Farms, Franciscan Farm, LaChance Vineyard and Bellews Creek. Lunch will be provided.

All About Livestock: Raising Animals Profitably and Sustainably

8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Thursday, April 5th, 2018
Cost: $75.00, lunch included

From pastured livestock production systems to an innovative food hub, the stops on this tour will engage anyone seeking to learn more about locally raised livestock. Tour stops will include Benne’s Best Meat, Todd Geisert Farms, Farm to You Market and Fresh Pasture Farms. Lunch will be provided.

The Next Generation of St. Louis Farmers

8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Thursday, April 5, 2018
$75.00, includes lunch

Be prepared to be inspired. This tour features three St. Louis producers who are locally creating tomorrow’s sustainable agriculture landscape. Tour stops include Straw Hat Aquaponics, EarthDance Organic Farm School and Three Rivers Community Farm. Lunch will be provided.

Farm to Institution Tour: Sourcing and Growing Local Foods in St. Louis Schools

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Thursday, April 5th, 2018
Cost: $55.00

On this tour, you will visit the Maplewood Richmond Heights school gardens, where elementary and middle school students learn about how food is grown and gain a sense of appreciation for the natural environment. A panel discussion with St. Louis leaders in local food sourcing will follow the tour. Lunch will not be provided.

From Pasture to You: A Tour of Illinois Dairy Farms

8:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Thursday, April 5th, 2018
Cost: $55.00

Have you ever wondered where your favorite dairy products come from? This tour is your opportunity to meet some amazing dairy producers and the animals they raise. Tour stops include Marcoot Jersey Creamery and Rolling Lawns Farm. Lunch will not be provided.

The Gateway Tour: Urban Agriculture in Downtown St. Louis

8:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Thursday, April 5th, 2018
$55.00

St. Louis is known for the Arch, the Cardinals and Anheuser Busch, but within just a few miles of these major attractions are four bright urban farming organizations. On this tour, see how these local organizations are making a big impact. Tour stops will include Urban Buds, Gateway Greening, the International Institute and Urban Harvest’s Food Roof Farm. Lunch will not be provided.

Agritourism at a Seventh-Generation Orchard: A Tour of Eckert’s

9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Thursday, April 5th, 2018
Cost: $75.00, lunch included

Ask a handful of St. Louis families about special things to do in the fall and you’ll hear about picking apples at Eckert’s. For seven generations, the Eckert’s family has owned and operated Illinois orchards near the St. Louis metropolitan area. During this tour, you’ll learn about this rich history and see how Eckert’s has evolved over time. Lunch will be provided.