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Known & Grown exists to help farmers within the St. Louis foodshed spread the word about their practices, their products, and the principles that ground their work.

Known & Grown STL is a project of Missouri Coalition for the Environment, on behalf of the St. Louis Food Policy Coalition.

(314) 727-0600
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Charleston Power Family Garden

“We are a mini orchard on a previously vacant lot in St. Louis City.”

“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.”

Visit Our Farm!

Location

St. Louis, MO

Visits by appointment only.

Shop with us.

Buy Charleston Power Family Garden products at Local Harvest, or order from their online store.

You can also eat at Seed Sprout Spoon, and Yolklore to try their produce.

Contact us.

Kelsey Power
abibiman@gmail.com
(314)583-5450

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A Look at Our Farm

More About Our Farm

Farm Size

8,000 square feed on three city lots

Conservation Practices

Conservation crop rotation

Cover crops

Compost

No-till practices

No synthetic chemicals

Integrated pest management

Pollinator enhancement plan

Additional Practices

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.

Golden Beet

This farm meets our standards for the Golden Beet - our designation for excellence for exceptional Known & Grown farms.

Products

  • Fruit
  • Greens
  • Lettuce
  • Flowers
  • Herbs
  • Veggies