“We are a tiny orchard and market garden, operated out of three locations – our main site in Benton Park West and two residential yards in Tower Grove South. We are ecological systems based and hyper-focused on water conservation. We do not irrigate at all except by collected rainwater, and primarily focus on mulching/soil building to retain water in the ground. We use many permaculture practices and our goal is environmental positivity while selling food locally.”
“Sustainable Growing means different things to different people. What it means to us is that we work with our hands to build the soil, encouraging diversity above and below the soil surface. We do not irrigate, making the most of rainwater with constant sheet composting and mulch, grown onsite as much as possible. We plant directly into the nutritious clay soil, allowing deep roots that do not need frequent watering. We save seeds to adapt them to our challenging conditions. We do not use any sprays or purchased fertilizers at all. Compost is made from our kitchen scraps at home and the bedding from our ducks, cuttings of whatever is growing onsite, cover crops and collected fall leaves. Our posts and trellises are made from found and repurposed materials. ”
“We minimize the use of plastics in the garden, using cloth or glass to protect our plants instead of the usual row cover/shade cloths and sheet plastic tunnels. And we maximize our interplantings of flowers, to attract lots of different kinds of good bugs (and great bug eaters!). On each site we have little pockets we leave undisturbed for wildlife use each year, and we try to keep our ground healthy through use of compost, mulch, cover crops and rotations, including occasional fallowing. “
“Our ducks free range daily in our home backyard, and are shut into their house with an attached bottomless run nightly for protection from predators. They are fed a homemade and fermented all organic grain/seed/pea mix daily, as well as peelings and leftovers from our kitchen (not all organic). We love their eggs!”
“We are determined to grow foods that thrive in our region and don’t require a lot from us while improving our local ecosystem, which is why we don’t irrigate, we don’t till, we try to minimize erosion by keeping dirt covered as much as possible, we interplant annuals together, and plant tons of flowers for pollinators each year.”
St. Louis, MO
Restaurants can source produce from Charleston Power Family Garden by ordering from Eat Here St. Louis.
8,000 square feed on three city lots
Conservation crop rotation
No synthetic chemicals
Integrated pest management
Pollinator enhancement plan
Charleston Power Family Garden avoids plastic in their operation – for example, they use burlap sacks to to smother weeds instead of plastic sheeting. They prevent soil erosion with a dense permanent plant cover. They do not irrigate at all – instead they focus on native species and varieties that don’t require watering beyond natural rainfall, which is collected in catch basins.