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Heru’s Urban Farming

“We want to bring attention to urban farms in the city of St. Louis that are filling the need for healthy options.”

“I am passionate, self-motivated and dedicated to reversing the overwhelming amount of food deserts and unhealthy lifestyles within the urban areas of St. Louis, Missouri. With farming in my blood, a Masters degree in Management and a background in teaching physical education and health, I believe I have the tools necessary to complete this task. Our mission is to provide a quality organic food and herbal supply for food desert and health stricken areas within urban communities. We will create a healthy lifestyle atmosphere by teaching and demonstrating the importance of growing and eating organic and non-gmo foods. As well as defending the rights of nature. This mission will be accomplished by acquiring and revitalizing land to cultivate in these food desert areas for a healthy and sustainable environment for future generations.”

“This Project started in 2017 with three lots combined at 10,612 sq ft. The first year was a success. We provided healthy food choices for a community within the City of St. Louis that has 33% of its population living below the poverty line. Most of the residents are elderly and most of them don’t have reliable transportation. The community was ecstatic about learning and helping us with the urban farm. This pilot farm had so much success that we were able to acquire four more lots in a different community that has 41% of its residents living below the poverty line. Therefore, I believe we will have no problem with sustaining or furthering the ability to serve these forgotten under-served communities.”

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5257 Maffitt ave 63113

Visiting Hours

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Heru’s Urban Farming & Garden
5257 Maffitt Ave
Mon-Fri 4-7pm, Sat-Sun 9am-4pm

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Heru Adeleke

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A Look at Our Farm

More About Our Farm

Farm Size

Total of 1/2 acre, split between two plots


  • Cabbage
  • Melons
  • Zucchini
  • Lettuce
  • Kale
  • Onions
  • Beets
  • Collards
  • Garlic
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Canteloupe
  • Peppers
  • Okra
  • Peas (purple hall)

Conservation Practices

Conservation crop rotation


No spray

No-till practices

Soil testing

Integrated pest management

Pollinator enhancement plan

Additional Practices

Organic seeds

Training for neighborhood kids

Dense planting to avoid bare soil

Hand-pulling weeds

Hand-picking pests

Golden Beet

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