About the tour
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, your eyes will be astounded by the beautiful flowers growing at Urban Buds, a farm in the suburbs of the Dutchtown neighborhood south of the Arch. You’ll hear from owners Mimo and Miranda their story of land, community and culture, and understand how environmental stewardship is paramount to their business.
From Urban Buds, you’ll travel to Gateway Greening’s Botanical Heights community garden. Gateway Greening provides fresh, local food, community garden resources, job training and therapeutic horticulture to the community. Here, you will learn their vision for community agriculture and how the organization supports over 200 community gardens, youth gardens and demonstration projects in St. Louis.
In addition to Gateway Greening, you’ll also meet someone from the International Institute of St. Louis and see one of their Global Farm sites. This inspiring organization offers New Americans the land and resources they need to start farming in Missouri upon moving to the United States.
The last stop on this Gateway Tour will be the Food Roof Farm of Urban Harvest. The Food Roof Farm is, you guessed it, located on a roof in downtown St. Louis, the first farm of its kind in the city. At this stop, you’ll learn about the Food Roof’s model for urban agriculture, sustainable building, stormwater management and community development.
More about the sites
Urban Buds: http://www.citygrownflowers.com/
Gateway Greening: http://www.gatewaygreening.org/
International Institute: https://www.iistl.org/globalfarm.html
Food Roof Farm: http://www.urbanharveststl.org/food-roof-farm/
Tour highlights: Community agriculture, suburban and urban agriculture, raised beds, beehives, compost, flowers, rooftop farm, spring vegetables
8:45 AM to 1:15 PM, Thursday, April 5th, 2018
Lunch will not be provided.