Fund a Future Farmer
Donate to the EarthDance Scholarship Fund! Your contribution allows us to grow future farmers Farm & Garden Apprenticeship.
Why Grow Future Farmers?
Apprentices receive a hands-on education in organic agriculture, along with environmental & nutritional training, which fosters professional & personal development. These are the future leaders of the local good food movement! Former apprentices have gone on to operate their own farms, start community and youth gardens, and found non-profit organizations.
Meet the Future Farmers:
The Falcon Garden – Sara Fitzpatrick
Sarah created “The Falcon Garden” at Halls Ferry Elementary in North County. The project has been incorporated into the students’ science curriculum & the garden provides fresh veggies for the cafeteria. Parents have the chance to work alongside their children too.
Urban Harvest STL & Food Roof Farm – Mary Ostafi
This non-profit promotes urban agriculture in downtown St. Louis through education & the creation of a rooftop CSA farm in-progress.
Truck Farm: St. Louis – Brian DeSmet
Truck Farm is a mobile community farm, public art, & education project.
Blue Bell Farm – Jamie Bryant
“Learning opportunities from farm tours and selling at farmers markets with EarthDance gave me the basic knowledge and courage to move (earlier than we had planned) and start our own market farm. I am currently farming one acre of vegetables at our farm, Blue Bell Farm.” – Jamie Bryant 2010
Chateau LaBeaume Farms, LLC – Faith & Tim LaBeaume
The LaBeaumes’ small farm business began selling to wholesale distributors in 2013 by growing on a rented 1 acre plot at EarthDance.
The Vintage Homesteader – Penelope Beache
The Vintage Homesteader is a developing rural homesteader education program & resort center.
Grubville Farm LLC – Tera Schmidt
“The program as well as the staff have made starting my own farm a dream come true. My family and I bought our first round of chickens in early summer 2013 and are super excited to have our first customer for the 2014 growing season! As of last week we are officially Grubville Farm LLC!” – Tara Schmidt 2012