About

EarthDance is a teaching farm, sharing the craft and science of organic farming with people from all walks of life. Our 14-acre historic farm provides a model of sustainable food production. Through our Organic Farm School programs, EarthDance cultivates food leaders alongside abundant fresh produce.

 

Mission

 

EarthDance sustainably grows food, farmers, and community, one small farm at a time, through hands-on education and delicious experiences.

 

History

 

EarthDance, located in Ferguson, Missouri, operates on the oldest organic farm west of the Mississippi. This historic property, now nestled in the path of St. Louis Lambert Airport, has been a seat of organic food production since 1883—before the Wright brothers invented human flight.  The farm spanned 200 acres at its founding and was farmed by three generations of the Mueller Family who committed to growing without chemicals long before the word organic became trendy. In the 1950s, Al and Caroline Mueller became advocates for this natural way of farming which included using a team of mules to work the land, releasing ladybugs to eat the pests attacking his veggies, and growing food for taste, not shelf life. Sixty years of Al’s care for the land has built the farm’s perfect crumbly, black topsoil.

 

After the last of the Muellers passed, EarthDance founder Molly Rockamann recognized the need to preserve the remaining 14-acres of this unique green space as a platform for education and community development.  Today, EarthDance owns the farm and continues the Mueller’s legacy through its USDA Certified Organic vegetable, fruit, and livestock production. From its origin on an acre of rented ground at the Mueller Farm in 2008, EarthDance has grown into a nationally recognized leader in farming education.  We envision a future in which the farm’s rich agricultural history and vibrant present draw many thousands of visitors annually to EarthDance Organic Farm School to discover the wonder of organic growing.

 

Join us on a tour to learn even more about our history and see this one-of-a-kind farm in action! You can also view this video tribute to Al and Caroline, Connoisseur of Fine Foods.

We Serve

EarthDance offers food, farm-based training, education, and events for:

School groups and youth organizations

Aspiring farmers, gardeners, and good food advocates

Local teens through our Junior Farm Crew program

Volunteer groups of all types, from international students to corporate managers

Farmers Market shoppers, patrons of local farm-to-table establishments, and recipients of food pantry donations

We Believe

Access to healthy food is a human right

Soil health is the basis of true food security

Farms can serve as catalysts of community renewal

Small and mid-sized organic farms can feed the world

Growing and sharing food produces joy and authentic relationships

EarthDance strives to provide top-notch agricultural education to people of all ages and walks of life and to work in our community rather than for it.  Empowerment is key to EarthDance’s approach.  We are also dedicated to enlivening our work through celebration of the ‘culture’ in agriculture:  farm-inspired visual and performing arts feed our passion and provide new ways to make farms accessible to diverse audiences.

 

 

Programs

Farm & Garden Apprenticeship

A 5.5 month, part-time training program to educate aspiring farmers and gardeners in the skills of organic agriculture, from seed to market. Over 300 individuals have participated in the program since 2009.

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Youth Exploring Agriculture & Health

EarthDance’s youth programs connect young people ages 5-21 to the natural world, healthy eating, and organic farming through farm-based job training, employment, and educational opportunities, including field trips for 800+ students annually.

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Cultivate Together

Volunteerism at EarthDance enables individuals from all walks of life to experience the wonder and pragmatism of organic farming, and to lend a hand in the production of healthy food. Annually, 800+ volunteers keep the farm singing!

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Classes

Offered most Tuesdays throughout the apprenticeship program, the public is welcome to join our apprentices for classes on topics ranging from permaculture design to soil stewardship to preserving the harvest.

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Farm Tours & Special Events

Offered to individuals, schools, and organizations, tours demonstrate the value of sustainable agriculture on the health of our environment and bodies. Free tours are given May-October. EarthDance also hosts special events, including occasional farm dinners, yoga in the greenhouse, and more.

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