Hi! My name is Lauren and I work on a communication team at Saint Louis University. I’m guest-blogging today on the Summer At SLU blog!
Yesterday, I ventured to EarthDance Farms in Ferguson, Mo., with Saint Louis University’s Gardens to Tables Culinary Camp. The campers were given a guided tour of this organic farm, which grows herbs, fruits and vegetables and keeps several coops of chickens. The farm sells its produce at two farmer’s markets in St. Louis, and also hosts a community supported agriculture (CSA) program.
Our tour began with the demonstration garden, where vegetables are grown in straw bales because the soil has been polluted. The students marveled at the beans climbing up strings and at the edible squash blossoms. We then moved over to an herb spiral, containing a variety of herbs, and then to the main part of the farm.
While checking out the squash, cabbage, beans and more, the campers learned about composting, native gardens and shade houses. The campers’ favorite part of the tour may have been sampling raspberries and sugar snap peas along the way.
I really enjoyed exploring the farm and learning so much about the plants, animals and environment. It was clear that the campers were having a great time during their Summer At SLU! Registration is still open for Gardens to Tables Culinary Camp.
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