“While my background is in management and teaching, my family’s long farming history motivated me to make a real change in my community’s access to quality and healthy food.
I strive to reverse the overwhelming amount of food deserts and food apartheids in my local community, in order to create an atmosphere in St. Louis that encourages a healthier lifestyle for generations to come. Heru Urban Farming aims to create a healthier environment by educating on the importance of organic and non-GMO foods, which you can grow right from your own backyard. This is done in a way that optimizes both the sustainability and respect to nature and traditional practices.
As a native to a St. Louis food desert myself, I have a very interactive role with the community that I serve. I started with a plot equal to ⅛ of a football field, which has exponentially grown to the size of 3 football fields over the past 3 years. I offer food subscriptions involving over 15 crops, as well as cooking classes, hands on urban farming training, and medicinal herbal remedies. ”
Learn more about Tyrean of Heru Urban Farming by listening to this Earthworms podcast with Jean Ponzi on KDHX and by reading more about him here:
Total of 1/2 acre, split between two plots
Conservation crop rotation
Integrated pest management
Pollinator enhancement plan
Training for neighborhood kids
Dense planting to avoid bare soil