Villarreal Family Farm is a small, successful, backyard farm planning an expansion to a vacant lot in St. Louis City.
We are so close, thanks to all of our supporters/believers. We still need your help! Your pledge can bring farm fresh goodness to St. Louis City.
Our Farm Project
Villarreal Family Farm is a suburban, backyard farm providing farm fresh eggs from heritage breed chickens, heirloom produce and chicken to customers and restaurants. We've outgrown our yard and want to expand our farm. Bringing our organically produced, Certified Naturally Grown products to all members of our urban community by implementing plans for a full-scale, commercial, city farm, located at the vacant city-owned lot located on Delmar Blvd. in St. Louis City. Growing fresh foods, jobs and farming opportunities for the surrounding community!
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Why a farm in the city?
In the City of St. Louis there are acres of vacant lots in areas that are virtual and actual "food deserts". This project would not only bring life back into a vacant lot, but provide much needed fresh and naturally-grown grown food into a community that needs it.This urban 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 will contribute to our project budget and help us accomplish our goal of a city farm! Please spread the word on Facebook, Twitter, LinkIn and let other know about our project. We are proud of what we've accomplished so far and are asking you for help in our growth.
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.
Our Mission and Vision
The mission of Villarreal Family Farm is to provide and promote naturally-grown and local food production in an urban environment, made accessible to the surrounding community while using sustainable principles and practices.
Guiding Principles and Values
We want to provide naturally-grown, locally produced, quality food for area residents and to empower urban community members to take control of the food they provide for their family; to understand and know the sources of their food. We seek to promote self-sufficiency and sustainable living for the urban community. In the end, we hope our efforts beautify an underused urban space and mitigate negative environmental effects of urban development.
How we plan to give back
The 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.
There are three things that we believe will deter people from taking produce. First, the farm will be surrounded by a fence. Additionally, our farm will be open to the community for classes, tours, workers and volunteers. The third deterrent will be the edible landscape in the front of the store. We'll have beautiful lettuces, chard, kale, scarlet runner beans (they make a great fence cover), cherry tomatoes and baskets of strawberries. Those we imagine will be easily accessible to passersby and will be taken, leaving the back garden for us. We hope that those who take them, need them and use them.
In our chicken area, we will have motion sensitive, IR cameras that connect to the internet for their protection from people and predators. Technology is my background so I will be installing those.
After researching the history of land usage for 4539 Delmar, St. Louis, Missouri 63108, we have determined that is best to treat the soil at the property as contaminated and design the farm aspects according to the EPA standards and recommendations for urban farming. A combination of the below remediation techniques will be implemented:
Raised Bed Construction
Ground Cover for Exposed Soil (walking paths, etc)
More information regarding recommended remediation for potential soil contamination can be found at: http://www.epa.gov/ne/eco/uep/urbanagriculture.html, http://www.epa.gov/brownfields/urbanag/, https://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/PDF/farmcity.pdf