The public is welcome to join our Farm & Garden Apprentices for classes offered most Tuesday evenings from 6-7:30 p.m., May-September, throughout the apprenticeship program, on topics ranging from permaculture design to soil stewardship to preserving the harvest. View our past class offerings for 2018 and check back this spring for the updated schedule!
Kaitie Adams, EarthDance Assistant Farm Manager, will explore what farming looks likes beyond EarthDance’s field. This class will focus on real-life examples of large-scale vegetable farms, orchards, pastured meat production, homesteads, and herb & flower farming, as well as examples of community-based food production.
Say goodbye to food waste. EarthDance Garden Manager, Crystal Stevens, and Managing Director, Rachel Levi will demo simple and tasty methods to make your produce last all year round.
Melissa Breed-Parks, head of the MRH school district’s extensive educational garden program will lead a tour of district’s permaculture-inspired edible schoolyards. She will discuss garden-enriched learning and youth leadership in the garden.
Custom Foodscaping founder, Matt Lebon will share the science of composting, and how you can get started building your best compost pile yet! Participants will also learn how a functioning compost pile is like a dance party in an elevator.
No need to spend money on more perennial plants. Farm Manager, Eric Stevens, will walk you through the steps of creating new plants from plants you or someone you know already have.
Water is a common thread that flows through all life. This class will focus on how to manage that shared resource in our urban and rural landscapes to support even more life. From home rainscaping to city-wide green infrastructure, national water harvesting expert Jason Gerhardt founder of Real Earth Design will share a visual journey of the leading edge of wise water management from around the country. Merging best practices with affordable solutions, the information shared in this class is applicable to anyone, anywhere.
Three Rivers Community Farm in Elsah, Illinois produces mixed vegetables for 300 CSA members on 12 acres of ground. Farmers Amy Cloud and Segue Lara will speak to the mechanization and efficiency methods that enable them to grow so much food with minimal labor.
The Community Action Agency of St. Louis County (CAASTLC) operates The Seeds of Hope Farm Project to increase food availability and security through various programs including a Community Supported Agriculture system (CSA), by supporting community gardens, and hosting free cooking and gardening classes. Learn about the farm with a tour from EarthDance Apprenticeship Alumni and Seeds of Hope Farm Manager, Jake Smith.
Permaculture (permanent + agriculture) is a way of designing with nature in mind involving caring for the earth and people and sharing resources. Real Earth Design founder Jason Gerhardt will overview the basics of permaculture, touch on its key principles, and walk through the function and implementation of permaculture design principles.
EarthDance Assistant Farm Manager Kaitie Adams & Garden Manager Crystal Stevens will lead students through designing your own farm or garden in this hands-on class. Topics will include site selection, garden layout, top plant picks for successful produce, flower, and herb productions, and how to keep your space thriving season after season.
Do you dream of having a garden but don’t have the yard space, time, or know-how of tending a larger plot? Gardening just got easier- learn the basics of container gardening with Sister Connie Probst.
Matt Lebon of Custom Foodscaping will lead a tour of his urban edible oasis. Learn how easy it is to do it yourself! Observe how to obtain a permaculture oasis on any scale, even in a city.
Matt Lebon, founder of Custom Foodscaping and Assistant Farm Manager Kaitie Adams will walk you through one of the most daunting, yet important aspects of planning your farm or garden. Learn how to set yourself up for a bountiful season through succession planting, crop rotation, and using the right technology for the job.
Dig in to the topic of soil ecology with Doug Peterson, Iowa/Missouri with Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Learn how to keep your garden soil healthy for a garden that thrives.
There are native fruits in Missouri? You bet. Matt Lebon, founder of Custom Foodscaping, will discuss various native fruits for the small farm or home.
Do you need help getting your farm, garden or food-based project blooming? Obtain the resources you need to start your new career path, build on your current growing or foodie endeavors, or just to network at EarthDance’s Farm & Garden Opportunity Fair! Local organizations from the food, farming, and gardening industries will be on hand to share information and job opportunities. This is a free event with no tickets or sign-up necessary.
“The Central West End Farm’s mission is to eliminate hunger within our community by growing, harvesting and delivering organic vegetables and fruits to clients at local food pantries.” — Arthur and Nancy Culbert
From vacant lot to flourishing garden. The Central West End Urban Farm has fed 2,500 families in 7 years. Tour the farm and learn about their community farm operation.
EarthDance Garden Manager, founder of Grow Create Inspire, and herb expert Crystal Stevens will teach the basics of medicinal herbs and lead a hands-on activity. Be sure to bring a mason jar.
Do you have a great idea for a small farm or other agriculture adventure but don’t know where to start? Liz Graznak of Happy Hollow Farm, a successful CSA and market farm, will explain the crucial process of planning a profitable farm or garden business.