Farm & Garden Apprentices & Alumni

EarthDance has sparked a pride and joy not felt since my childhood. There is something special about seeing life grow before your eyes, in which you had a part, either by preparing the bed, planting the seed, hoeing the weeds, or picking for a delicious dinner. Life’s lessons are learned by farming!” – Anna Gall, Class of 2011


For more information about becoming an apprentice check out the Farm & Garden Apprenticeship Program  and Apprenticeship FAQ pages.


EarthDance graduates are growing the good food movement regionally and beyond!

Alumni Accomplishments since 2009:

Jamie Bryant, ’09 Started Blue Bell Farm on 7th generation family farmland in Fayette, Missouri and started the Fayette Farmers Market.

MaryEllen Raymond, ’09 Started beekeeping and farming at Weidner Farm, and now sells her produce and value-added honey products at farmers markets.

Brian Desmet, ’09 Manages the Schlafly & Tower Grove Farmers Markets and provided insight for more producer-friendly farmers market regulations for St. Louis County.  In 2011, he grew a mobile truck farm in the bed of a pick-up truck, which he used to demonstrate creative possibilities for urban food production.

Julie Holley, ’09-’11 Assists Nicola Mcpherson of Ozark Forest Mushrooms with farm operations and farmers market sales.

Claire Reinbold ’10 Integrates gardening into grade school curricula at New City School.

Nancy Schnell, ’10 Spearheaded the first year of Camp EarthDance, a farm-to-table summer camp for middle schoolers.

Beth Gellman, ’10 Designs edible landscapes and food-yards as The Garden Coach and blogs each month for, in the section for garden professionals called Diggin’ the Dirt.

John Finch ’10-’11 Is currently interning full-time at Riverbend Roots Farm.

Sue Reid ’10-’11 Started a garden at St. Ann’s School St. Ann’s Catholic School  and delivers locally-grown produce to area restaurants with Eat Here STL.

Paul Keeven, ’11 Gardened with, cooked for, and taught pre-schoolers as a Farm-to-Table Instructor at Raintree School.

Mary O’Stafi, ’11 Organized the first downtown community garden in St. Louis, which donates food to St Patricks Center and established Urban Harvest STL, a nonprofit that empowers urbanites to GROW a better city!

Bret Hilling ’15 Is Farm Manager of Urban Harvest STL-Food Roof Farm.

Anna Gall, class of  ’11 Started Deanna Greens & Garden Art, growing and selling herbs, flowers, and perennial plants.

Re’nise Lovejoy, ’11 Started a school garden at Barack Obama Elementary.

Nancy Schnell, ’12  Named the 2014 Missouri Environmental Education Association’s Environmental Educator of the Year

Sara Fitzpatrick ’14 Started “The Falcon Garden” at Halls Ferry Elementary which now features 8 garden beds.

Xanthia DeBerry ’14 Works for EatHere STL.

LaTia Thomas ’15 Started the non-profit, Plenty STL and teen cooking program Dig In!