Top Community Gardens In St. Louis

July 4, 2016 7:00 AM

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You don’t have to live in the middle of the country, or on a family farm, to enjoy the benefits of freshly grown produce, farm fresh eggs or other delectable goodies. Community gardening is becoming a popular trend for those who love to garden and those who love to eat freshly harvested vegetables, and you may just find one closer to home than you thought. St. Louis is loaded with many gardening enthusiasts and bountiful community gardens.
Sandy Valley CSA
3843 Sandy Church Road
Hillsboro, MO 63050
(636) 479-9506
www.sandyvalleycsa.com

The members of the Sandy Valley CSA are committed to sustainable agriculture. Not only do they care about providing great, natural and wholesome food for their families, they want to make it available to your family, too. Among great veggies, members also enjoy great meats, eggs, and baked goods. Check out he membership agreement, and make plans to be part of the group for next year’s harvest before May 1 of each year. Membership fees of $910 for full membership or $455 for half shares; support local farmers and a variety of sustainable farming. Download their brochure for more information about Sandy Valley CSA.

La Vista CSA Farm
4350 Levis Lane
Godfrey, IL 62035
www.lavistacsa.org

At La Vista Community Supported Farm, there are a variety of ways to share and support the organization. Members can pay an up front fee to cover production costs and receive a weekly share of the bounty during the growing season, or you may sign up to receive a predetermined amount of the harvest share. Either way, members receive the freshest and most delicious produce available. And the satisfaction of receiving locally grown food significantly reduces fossil fuel emissions. Eric and Crystal Stevens are believers in benefits of organic gardening and have been the La Vista head gardeners since 2010. In addition to providing great food, they also have great recipes to help you enjoy their harvests. Check out their recipe page.

Gateway Greening
2211 Washington Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63103
(314) 588-9600
www.gatewaygreening.org

Since 2006, Gateway Greening’s two and a half acre green space has produced 88,000 pounds of healthy, sustainably grown produce that has fed families through food pantries and Food Outreach, an organization providing support and nutritional assistances to people living with HIV/AIDS and cancer. They also provide food for City Greens Market and McMurphy’s Cafe. In addition to growing wonderful food, they offer loads of opportunity to educate the community about sustainable gardening and provide support for those who want to start their own garden. Their website offers a way to find dozens of community gardens in the St. Louis area. With all this valuable support, there’s no reason not to join in. 

Related: Tips For Preparing Your Vegetable Gardens This Summer

Urban Harvest STL
1335 Convention Plaza
St. Louis, MO 63103
(314) 810-6770
www.facebook.com/urbanharveststl

Urban Harvest is an organization that loves to put people together with their desire to help people and grow great food. The grow organic, healthy food for those who need it most. Collaborative farming projects, though out the city, help educate folks and inspire innovation regarding food and farming projects. Food Roof Farm is one of the community’s most innovative community gardens. It’s atop a building at 1335 Convention Plaza in downtown St. Louis. In addition to all the great services this garden offers, it’s available for tours and field trips. Spreading the enthusiasm for urban gardening starts here. 

Seeds Of Hope Farm
1120 Trampe Ave.
Spanish Lake, MO 63138
(314) 566-8643
www.seedsofhopefarm.org

Spanish Lake is home to a unique and wondrous community garden that does more than just grow things. It grows hearts and minds that want to promote and produce healthy life styles by growing and eating healthy food. Community involvement is the pulse of their movement. Education is also their driving force. They want to spread the love of sustainable gardening far and wide. Check out their online application and join in the fun, food and fellowship of community gardening. 

Related: Top Farm Shares In St. Louis

Lisa Payne-Naeger, a native of the St. Louis area, is a freelance writer, blogger, political activist and a homeschooling mother of two children. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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