One Farm. Many Hands.
City Seeds Urban Farm is a 2.5-acre vegetable farm in downtown St. Louis. Since its inception in 2006, the site has distributed over 88,000 pounds of sustainably grown produce to nearby food pantries and Food Outreach — an organization that provides nutritional support for those living with HIV/AIDS and cancer. You can also find fresh City Seeds produce sold at City Greens Market and included in daily specials at McMurphy’s Cafe.
City Seeds Programs:
NEW! Gateway Greening’s Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program through City Seeds Urban Farm!
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 20 shares in the 2015 season. Members will pick-up boxes Fridays at the Gateway Greening office.
This is a 15-week program that serves St. Patrick Center (SPC) clients who are overcoming homelessness, mental illness, chronic addiction and/or recidivism. Through SPC, clients work with a caseworker to address their individual challenges. The City Seeds Therapeutic Horticulture program serves to augment clients’ existing treatment plans. Clients learn to grow food, to improve their nutrition literacy, and to build a strong connection to their recovery goals. This is accomplished through classes on the “12 Steps of Gardening”, nature journaling, meditations and working collectively at City Seeds Urban Farm. Since 2006, over 245 clients have participated.
The Job Training program is a 10-week intensive training in landscaping and horticulture. Class curriculum includes plant biology, landscape design, pest management and more. Clients receive hands-on training in commercial mowing, ornamental plant maintenance, tree planting and more.
Program participants are clients recruited through the St. Patrick Center. Through SPC, clients receive case management and an employment specialist to assist them in their job search. Since August 2009, over 150 Job Training participants have been placed in local St. Louis jobs in landscaping, recycling, nurseries, gardening retailers and other green-care jobs.
City Seeds Urban Farm produces approximately 14,000 pounds of produce per year. Find out more about our food retail, wholesale and donations.
Corporate and individual volunteers often help tend the farm, allowing clients to practice leadership skills as they teach the volunteers about horticulture and food production. Learn more about volunteering at CSUF.
Tours and Field Trips :
Gateway Greening offers City Seeds Urban Farm as a destination for tours and field trips learning about urban agriculture and our programming. To set up a school field trip, please see Field Trip page (LINKED). Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (314) 588-9600 ext. 110 for setting up a tour.
Months of Operation:
2200 Pine St., St. Louis, MO 63103
48 raised vegetable beds
Educational native lawn
Dwarf fruit tree orchard
Ornamental shrub borders
Rainwater catch cistern
Phone:(314) 588-9600 ext. 109