Funded! This project was successfully funded on May 18, 2012.

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A young family wants to grow fresh, naturally-grown food, revitalize a vacant city lot and energize a community around agriculture.

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You did it!! Your generous support helped us not only reach our goal, but surpass it. But we're not done yet! We still are funding and desperately need a fence ($2,200). Can you help us reach, $9,300? Deter theft and keep our chickens safe!

Thank you to our Backers! We're already growing.

Our City Farm Project

Certified Naturally Grown heirloom produce is overflowing at our suburban, backyard farm. We provide farm fresh eggs from heritage breed chickens, heirloom produce and chicken to customers and restaurants. We've outgrown our backyard so we are expanding to a vacant lot in St. Louis, Missouri. We have an agreement with the City to begin work on the vacant city-owned lot. With this contract, we must close on the property in August 2012. This kickstarter will allow us to close on the property, moving us forward with the overall project.

Why a farm in the city?

In City of St. Louis there are acres of vacant lots and properties in areas that are virtual and USDA recognized "food deserts". Our project would provide access to members of our community with limited access to fresh produce.Through free workshops and internships we seek to empower members of community. Our city farm will be the first urban agricultural venture of this type in the city of St. Louis.


How can you help?

Your generous pledge of support by clicking "Back This Project", will contribute to our project budget and help us accomplish our goal to close on the land in the city, moving our entire project that much closer to completion.

Additional ways to support our project:

  • Select 'Like' under our video
  • Share our link on Facebook, Twitter, Pintrest
  • Email your friends, neighbors and supporters of natural foods and urban development and tell them about our project. Be sure to tell them if you've backed our project.

What are the benefits to the community?

We want to bring naturally-grown food closer to the consumer, while educating the community on the health and environmental benefits of naturally-grown foods, the economic and environmental benefits of locally grown food as well as building personal agricultural and job skills. It doesn't make much sense to us to set up a farm in the country, only to ship our products back into the hands of our urban consumers. This hyper-local farm will reduce the impact of transportation on our environment, provide our community with fresher foods and more diverse offerings.

How we plan to give back

Our city farm will host individuals and groups of volunteers of all ages throughout the year to learn about urban and local food systems, and improve their agricultural skills. We will also host a series of free and low-cost workshops in collaboration with other organizations throughout the year on various farming, gardening, food justice and health issues. In addition to free and low-cost workshops, our farm will provide consulting services to groups, farmers and cities around the country.

Can you help us grow?

Like our video to promote us on Facebook and please share our link with your friends, family and blogs:

www.HelpOurCityFarm.com

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    Receive a collection of 3 Urban Farm Post Cards. These cards contain saying such as "Chick Magnet", "Cock-a-Doody-Do", "Compost Happens" and "Organically-Grown" all featuring our own farm and chickens. PLUS a subscription to our monthly e-newsletter filled with information on the progress of our project, cooking tips and gardening information.

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    Previous Reward + Large Our City Farm fridge magnet. PLUS a subscription to our monthly e-newsletter filled with information on progress, cooking tips and gardening information

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    9 backers

    Previous Reward + Villarreal Family Farm "Chick Magnet" or "Naturally Grown" T-Shirt. PLUS, a subscription to our monthly e-newsletter filled with information on progress, cooking tips and gardening information

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    St. Louis City/County Residents: 2 Dozen Farm Fresh Eggs. Large Our City Farm fridge magnet. PLUS, a subscription to our monthly e-newsletter filled with information on progress, cooking tips and gardening information. Non- St. Louis Villarreal Family Farm "Chick Magnet" or "Naturally Grown" T-Shirt, a Large Our City Farm fridge magnet. PLUS a subscription to our monthly e-newsletter.

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    NEW! Our Heirloom Seed Collection: naturally-grown, heirloom seeds (salad mix, sprouting broccoli, rainbow chard, purple podded beans, eggplant and tomato). Enough seeds for 200 sq ft. Large Our City Farm fridge magnet. PLUS, a subscription to our monthly e-newsletter filled with information on progress, cooking tips and gardening information. PLUS a subscription to our monthly e-newsletter.

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    ADOPT-A-CHICK: Name one of our fuzzy babies and follow their progress from baby chick to laying hen. You'll receive a photo of one our beautiful heritage chicks and you pick the name. As your chick grows, we'll post updates on her progress and disposition on our website. Come and visit if you'd like!

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    1 monthly supply of our Farm Fresh Eggs (locally or shipped), Villarreal Family Farm Fridge Magnet, PLUS Subscription to our monthly e-newsletter filled with information on progress, cooking tips and gardening information.

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    Become a part of history! One stepping stone on the stone pathway to our outdoor learning pavilion will be engraved with either: your name, your family's name or in the memory of a loved one. You are a founding member of something special! You will also receive a Villarreal Family Farm "Chick Magnet" or "Organic" T-Shirt, Large, Our City Farm Fridge Magnet PLUS, a subscription to our monthly e-newsletter.

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    One stepping stone, engraved with your choice of name. A one month supply of our Farm Fresh Eggs (locally or shipped) Collection of Fresh (local) or Dried (Shipped) Certified Naturally-Grown Herbs PLUS Subscription to our monthly e-newsletter filled with information on progress, cooking tips and gardening information.

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    URBAN FARMER BOOTCAMP: Receive 12 hours of one-on-one instruction with us at the farm. Whether you want to farm for fun or for profit, we'll get your started with everything you need to know. Garden planning, local resources, seed starting, transplanting seedlings, harvesting produce and record keeping.You'll walk away with valuable knowledge, a booklet with growing instruction and practices, a resource list and form templates also receive a "Chick Magnet" T-shirt, a Large Our City Farm magnet, and e-newsletter. OUTSIDE ST. LOUIS: 8 hours of growing consultation by phone/skype. Garden planning, local resources, seed starting, transplanting seedlings, harvesting produce and record keeping.You'll walk away with valuable knowledge, a booklet with growing instruction and practices, a resource list and form templates also receive a "Chick Magnet" T-shirt, a Large Our City Farm magnet, and e-newsletter.

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    Naming Rights of our On-site Learning Pavilion: Our outdoor pavilion is where we will conduct our community growing workshops. Your name, family's name or dedicate it to someone you love. We'll send you a photo of the plaque and an invitation to the dedication. A one month suppy of farm fresh eggs (locally or shipped), a collection of fresh or dried CNG herbs PLUS our e-newsletter.

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Funding period

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