August 2013 Cultivator Newsletter from EarthDance
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Note From the Founder:
It's early August and already feeling like fall! Planting our fall crops is well underway on the farm, and this year we're planting some for our neighbors too.

As a free service to the community, an additional garden bed we'll be adding on Sat. Aug 17th is a bed of greens (collards, turnip and mustard greens) that neighbors and community members will be able to harvest themselves at no cost. The bed will be planted within street view right off of Dade Avenue, and we hope that this is a way to meet and connect with more of our neighbors. It's also in part inspired by a creative public service garden started by our Volunteer Coordinator in front of his own residence, an "Herbs to the People" garden bed offering free herbs to any passersby. 

If you'd like to help in the planting of these fall greens, we'd love to see you on the farm on Saturday, August 17th at 10:30am. RSVP:
Then, around the end of September, you can come reap what you sowed!

For local FARMS,


Molly Rockamann
Founding Director

J.R. Albert Foundation Grant

JR Albert logo

EarthDance was recently awarded a $25,000 grant from the J.R. Albert Foundation, whose focus is to promote healthy living and wellness in order to prevent the growing prevalence of obesity-related diseases and the subsequent reduced quality of life. At EarthDance, we believe that health begins in the soil, and that it is only through learning and understanding how the food we ingest affects our bodies that the road to health can begin.

In May, the President/CEO of the J.R. Albert Foundation, Trish Robb, visited EarthDance and saw first-hand the efforts being made on the Mueller Farm to transform attitudes, beliefs, and knowledge regarding sustainable agriculture and its affects on the health of human bodies and the planet. We are so grateful that they, and many others, believe in what we are accomplishing and are choosing to invest in programs that empower St. Louis area residents to pursue healthy and sustainable lifestyles.

Thank you to the J.R. Albert Foundation! We are honored by your support in our mission to sustainably grow food, farmers, and community for the St. Louis region!

An Unveiling: The Seven Generations Garden

Herb Spiral Garden    
    Our First Permaculture Project: the Herb Spiral

If you’ve been to the farm this year you’ve surely noticed the drastic transformation that has transpired. Lots of clean-up has taken place, we have a beautiful working tractor, and continually being inspired by the ecological design system for sustainability through permaculture, gardening projects are popping up all over the place!

So many gardening projects, in fact, that we’ve given the area in which they’re being developed a name: The Seven Generations Garden. Seven generations is an ecological concept that urges the current generation of humans to live sustainably and work for the benefit of the seventh generation into the future. It originated with the Great Law of the Iroquois. The name also symbolizes our vision of this being a space of intergenerational learning and growing.

The Seven Generations Garden broke ground in April when... (continue reading about all our permaculture projects.)

Come see this first hand!
Free tours on Tuesdays at 3:30 and the second Saturday of the month at noon. Contact Matt at

Pesto Festo's Winning Recipes

Pesto Festo logoBy popular request, here are the winning recipes! Enjoy! 
  • 1st Place: 
    Elizabeth Simon - Pesto Popsicles
  • 2nd Place: 
    Stephanie Morgan - Carrot Top Pesto
  • 3rd Place: 
    Moira Ross - Pesto Flatbread
Thank you to the Ferguson Farmers Market for hosting Pesto Festo!
[click for event pics] 

Pesto Festo winning recipeWinning recipe


  Winning recipe served for dessert last week during staff lunch at EarthDance!

Tree Climbing at EarthDance Farms
Provided & written by Guy Mott, Adventure Tree

Tree Climbing at EarthDanceKids yelling "This is the best day of my life!", adults remarking how wonderful it is to climb so high in a tree, and young people's eyes focused on eternity as they wonder aloud how they can include nature and trees in their own life's work. Climbing a tree appeals to an innate sense of purpose and expression in people and is deeply rewarding, relaxing and exciting all at the same time.

We, at Adventure Tree, are privileged to bring the educational and therapeutic benefits of tree climbing and outdoor learning programs to kids and adults alike. We are doubly fortunate to be partnered with EarthDance Farms for providing these programs on EarthDance property and furthering both of our organizations' missions to teach about nature, build community and promote sustainable practices.

We do our tree climbing programs in a really nice Red Oak that is right behind the main office building. Please come out and join us, have some fun, and get a bird's eye view of the farm that few have had the opportunity to see.

Tree Climbing at EarthDanceOn Sept. 1 we've got open enrollment tree climbs on the first Sunday of the month. The cost is $29 for adults or $24 for youth/student. Just show up at 2:00 PM at EarthDance, and we'll get you geared up and climbing!

Adventure Tree ClimbingAlso in September we'll be teaching a St. Louis Community College Recreational Tree Climbing course. The cost is $39 ($28 for seniors). Sign up with STLCC and then join us from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM for this informative and fun learning experience.

For more information, contact:
Guy Mott, Adventure Tree / Have Fun - Learn - Grow

phone: 508-243-5957 / email:

Auction Items Needed for Farmers Formal 2013

Farmers Formal

We're in need of auction items for Farmers Formal! Donations can be themed baskets, gift certificates, an experience (such as a behind-the-scenes tour), or a product or service that you want to promote. Your donation is also tax deductible.

Submit your items online if you have an item or any service you wish to donate. Please contact Stephanie with any further questions at


Volunteer Opportunities:
  • Landscaping aficionado: The grass is growing like nobody's business and the yard could always use more TLC. Come help us turn the yard around the office into an eco-oasis.
  • Get those hands dirty with us on the farm while the weather is so pleasant.
Contact Matt at or fill out our form for other opportunities on our volunteer page.

Special Events:

  • Sat. Aug. 17 - Free Greens Planting at the Farm
  • Sat. Aug. 31 - Free Rain Barrel Workshop 
    (taught by Adventure Farm) at the Farm
  • Thurs. Sept. 12 - Weed Dating at the Farm
  • Sat. Sept. 21 - Historic Ferguson Bicycle Tour 
    stops at the Farm
  • Sat. Sept. 28 - Green Homes Great Health Festival at Missouri Botanical Garden
  • Sat. Sept. 28 - Fresh from the Fields Dinner at the Farm
  • Sat. Nov. 2 - Farmers Formal at
    Washington University's College Hall

Farmers Market:

Come out this Saturday, August 10th from 8am to noon at the Tower Grove Farmers Market! We're alternating between two Saturday markets: Ferguson Farmers Market & Tower Grove Farmers Market.

  • August 10 - Tower Grove Farmers Market
  • August 17 - Ferguson Farmers Market 
  • August 24 - Tower Grove Farmers Market
Click here for our Farmers Market page!

Upcoming Enrichment Classes:

Find out more and register for more classes here.

Upcoming Community Events:
Foodology Film Series (presented by Chipotle)
Featured at the Shoenberg Theater (Missouri Botanical Garden) followed by a participatory discussion.

  • Aug. 8, 7:00pm -
    Cafeteria Man
     chronicles an ambitious effort to ‘green’ the public school diet serving 83,000 students in Baltimore. 
  • Sept. 12, 7:00pm -
    American Meat 
    is a pro-farmer look at chicken, hog, and cattle production in America featuring Joel Salatin of Polyface Farm.
Oct. 20, 10:00am-4:00pm -
Webster Groves Recreation Center. This will be their 26th Expo with plenty of healthy food & product samples for everyone! For more information call (314) 962-7748.

In This Edition:

- J.R. Albert Foundation
- Permaculture
Winning Pesto Recipes
- Tree Climbing
- Auction Items for
Farmers Formal 2013

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Mid-Season CSA
Shares Available!

CSA share

EarthDance is pleased to offer several mid-season CSA shares to the public.
  • Start Date:
    Saturday, Aug. 10th
    (pick-up either Saturdays or Mondays)
  • Cost: $275
  • One-time sign-up fee: $25
  • Last Pick-Up:
    Oct. 26th / 28th
    (11 weeks total)
We have THREE of these shares left. Register to join!

In the News


Fox 2 Hoop-A-Thon

Molly talking about
 Hoop-A-Thon & Pesto Festo

Fox 2 Weed Dating

Tim Ezell & April Simpson covering our Weed Dating event

Thank You to our July Volunteers

  • Gabrielle Beverly
  • Melanie Zhang
  • Shmuel Bergman
  • Obike Anwisye
  • Chibale Anwisye
  • Edgewood
    Children's Center
  • Young Neighbors in Action
  • Youth Leadership Program of Belleville & Belarus
  • Weed Daters

Please read about all of the
ways to get involved through our volunteer page!

Save the Date!

Farmers Formal logo

Saturday, November 2, 2013
Farmers Formal

EarthDance invites YOUR company to be a sponsor for Farmers Formal 2013.

Sponsorship will support our efforts to train more organic farmers and increase access to sustainably-grown produce in the St. Louis region.

Many thanks to these sponsors who have already committed
their support!

  • Chipotle
  • 123 Exteriors Inc.
  • The Healthy Planet
  • Great Rivers Greenway
  • Katy Land Trust
  • St. Louis Composting
  • Kaldi's Coffee
    Printing & Advertising
  • Urban Chestnut
    Brewing Company
  • Todd Geisert Farms
  • Local Harvest Grocery
  • Culinary Institute
    of St. Louis
  • Blue Skies Recycling
Get more info on how to
be a sponsor
 for our 2013
Farmers Formal event!

Thank you to our generous donors towards a hoop house! (including all those who wish to remain anonymous!)

We have plans to host a workshop in October for building a hoop house. Stay tuned for details!

  • Mark Koors
  • Sara LeClerc
  • Mariella Funk
  • Anna Gall
  • Andrew Coco
  • Emily Mess
  • Dana S-D
  • Carolyn Placht
  • Ashley Baquero
  • Ryan Barrett
  • Brian Harmon
  • Michelle Barron
  • Stephen Owens
  • Molly Rockamann
  • Cary Aye
  • Heather Robinett
  • Eric Hadley
  • Katie Bench
  • Jennifer Riley
  • Rachel Levi
  • Robyn Stranquist
  • Leonard Kaufmann
  • Bob Epstein

Wish List:
To make things easier, our
wish list is on amazon!

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Thank you for coming out StL Green Drinks!


Green Time TV

Green Time TV

The Green Time interview will be airing on KNLC, Channel 24 on:

  • Aug. 10 at noon
  • Aug. 12 at 8:00pm
  • Aug. 14 at 5:30pm

Field Notes:
"Harvesting Malabar spinach
really gets me thinking about pricing certain crops at market to accurately reflect the amount of time that goes into harvesting them..."

Read the Aug. 5 Update

Featured Blogs

SLU blog

Gardens to Tables Culinary Camp at SLU visits EarthDance

Quick & Dirty Kitchen blog

What the heck is a hoop house?

Garlic Scape & Swiss Chard Pesto

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