Small, organic farm works to influence the community through local foods

FERGUSON – Local, organic farm school, EarthDance Farms, is beginning its 11th season of providing local restaurants, farmers markets, and schools with organically grown greens while teaching the community about growing their own food.

“Small scale farming is becoming a hot topic,” Jena Hood, assistant farm manager for EarthDance, said. “This farm is situated on the longest running farmland that is chemical free, west of the Mississippi.”

Originally established in 1883, the farmland belonged to three generations of the Mueller Family. In 2008, the farm began its first year of operation.

EarthDance currently provides to various local restaurants, SLU, the Ferguson-Florissant School District, Ferguson Farmers Market, and Tower Grove Farmers Market. During the winter season, the farm delivers bi-weekly; when peak season begins, deliveries will be made weekly.

The farm offers a six-month apprenticeship program that teaches adults of all ages how to farm and garden organically. They also offer workshops year round and often host school groups.

Beginning on Saturday, March 16th, EarthDance will be at the Ferguson Farmers Markets from 9:00 am to noon.

“EarthDance Farms is building something that is impacting and influencing people daily,” Anne Schweitzer, spokesperson for EarthDance, said. “There is so much to learn with a community. It is a good experience with good food.”