Grow, Harvest, Share. Repeat.
There are few things in this world better than biting into a fresh, sun-ripened tomato. At Gateway Greening, we believe sharing our produce with others is one of them. Our food can be found on plates across St. Louis, feeding our friends, neighbors, children and those in need of food or nutritional support. With around 14,000 pounds of produce grown annually at Gateway Greening Urban Farm alone, there’s plenty to go around.
Gateway Greening Urban Farm CSA
Gateway Greening is excited to offer weekly produce boxes through our Community Supported Agriculture program, or CSA. Members pay for a full season of produce prior to the start of the season. This model offers benefits for both the members and the farm. Members receive a convenient abundance of fresh, local produce and they build a relationship with their local food system. Many members also appreciate the opportunity to try new types and varieties of vegetables. The farm benefits by receiving income at the start of the season when it is most in need, prior to market sales. By belonging to the CSA, you support not only organic farming practices, but also Gateway Greening’s mission to educate and empower people to strengthen their communities through gardening and urban agriculture.
We will offer 40 shares in the 2016 season with an option for full- or half-shares. A full-share box of veggies can feed a household of 3-5 and a half-share is appropriate for 1-3 people. Members will pick-up boxes Wednesdays or Saturdays at the Gateway Greening office.
If you are unable to register in time for our CSA, do not worry! You can still find ample amounts of produce from Gateway Greening’s Urban Farm available at City Greens Market. City Greens is a non-profit grocery cooperative with a mission of selling local, sustainable products at an affordable price. Gateway Greening is proud to sell at City Greens.
A portion of the produce grown at Gateway Greening Urban Farm is distributed to Food Outreach, a local non-profit that provides nutritional support to those with cancer or HIV/AIDS. Through partnership with this amazing organization, our produce can help these individuals feel better, and stay healthy. Gateway Greening produce also helps further other altruistic organizations, such as McMurphy’s Cafe.
We share our food grown at Gateway Greening Urban Farm and other gardens with local soup kitchens, Emmanuel Adventist food pantry and Operation Food Search. Even though our community gardeners are in charge of where the food they grow goes, many decide to share their crop with soup kitchens and other organizations. Some gardens are even designated as pantry gardens and donate 100% of their harvest.
Demonstration Garden on Bell Ave
A former Gateway Greening employee once said, “Your work should sustain you,” and the Demonstration Garden is a living example of this principle in action. In an average year, the Demonstration Garden’s 20 communally maintained demonstration raised beds produce about 1,000 pounds of food that is shared with volunteers and staff and occasionally donated to a nearby soup kitchen. Because volunteers pour their sweat into the garden, we feel it is important that they get to taste the fruits of their labor.
Community and Youth Gardens
Community gardeners can grow up to one pound of food per square foot per growing season. Therefore, an individual can produce nearly 50 pounds of food worth about $100 in just one 4’x12’ raised garden bed each year. Each of Gateway Greening’s community and youth gardens are independently managed according to their own organizational principles, so some may allow individuals or families to adopt particular beds while others may require all beds be used communally. Typically, the majority of the food grown in community and youth gardens is used directly by the growers, although most also informally donate surplus produce to neighbors or nearby soup kitchens. A few community gardens run exclusively as pantry gardens and donate 100% of their harvest, however such food distribution decisions are ultimately left up to each community garden’s discretion.