The Gateway Greening Urban Farm

The Gateway Greening Urban Farm is a 2.5-acre vegetable farm in downtown St. Louis. The site is used as an outdoor learning laboratory to teach the community valuable skills related to employment readiness, therapeutic horticulture, food systems and much more. Since its inception in 2006, the Gateway Greening Urban Farm has distributed over 120,000 pounds of sustainably grown produce throughout the St. Louis region. The Gateway Greening Urban Farm is located at 2200 Pine St., St. Louis, MO 63103.

Logistics

  • Months of Operation: March through Early-November3 May 2016 (8) Gateway Greening Urban Farm
  • Hours for Program Operations: (Open to the Public)
    • Mondays: 7:30-11:30am
    • Tuesdays: 7:30-11:30am
    • Wednesdays: CLOSED
    • Thursdays: Occasional programming from 7:30-11:30am (please contact for dates)
    • Fridays: 7:30-11:30am
  • Location: 2200 Pine St., St. Louis, MO 63103
  • Parking: Unmetered street parking on Pine Street

City Seeds - Therapeutic Job Training Program

GG16 Gateway Greening Urban FarmThis 10-week training program serves clients of St. Patrick Center (SPC) who are overcoming homelessness, mental illness, chronic addiction, and/or recidivism. The therapeutic job training program is designed to help participants cope with these barriers to employment while also teaching them valuable technical and interpersonal skills.

Participants develop hands-on experience in lawn mowing, ornamental plant care, pruning, watering, planting, weeding, and more.  Participants also attend educational courses on subjects ranging from integrative pest management to landscape design.

They work on the soft skills that are required for having and maintaining a job, including communication, time management, respect, patience, and teamwork.  This is accomplished through one-on-one coaching, group discussions, outdoor meditations, therapeutic art, and group reflections.

Since 2006, 683 clients have participated in the program with 74% of Job Training clients being placed in local St. Louis jobs in landscaping, recycling, nurseries, gardening retailers, and other green-care jobs.

CSA & Other Food Distribution
 

The Gateway Greening Urban Farm produces approximately 15,000 pounds of produce per year

  • Gateway Greening Urban Farm CSAHarvest - Gateway Greening Urban Farm
    • Gateway Greening offers weekly produce boxes through our Community Supported Agriculture project, or CSA. A CSA is most simply put as a subscription service for fruits and vegetables. Members pay for a full season of produce prior to the start of the season and then receive boxes of fresh produce every week. If you are interested in becoming a CSA member, please click here.
  • Wholesale Partners
    • A portion of the produce grown at the 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 City Greens and The St. Louis MetroMarket.
  • Donations
    • We share our food grown at the Gateway Greening Urban Farm with the St. Patrick Center food pantry. St. Patrick Center distributes some produce directly to clients. Other produce is cooked on-site for the meals provided by SPC.
  • Retail
    • If you are unable to register in time for our CSA, do not worry! You can still find produce from the Gateway Greening Urban Farm available at City Greens Market, The St. Louis MetroMarket, and North City Farmers’ Market.
    • City Greens Market is a non-profit grocery cooperative with a mission of selling local, sustainable products at an affordable price.
    • The St. Louis MetroMarket is a non-profit mobile farmers’ market that is restoring access to healthy, affordable food to St. Louis City food deserts.
    • The North City Farmers’ Market, is a weekly street market, that brings fresh and affordable fruits, vegetables, and other foods and products to the heart of Old North.

Volunteering on the Farm
 

Top 10 Questions heard by the Volunteer Team

Corporate and individual volunteers often help tend the farm, allowing clients to practice leadership skills as they teach volunteers about horticulture and food production. Learn about volunteering at GGUF.

Pictured at right: Spectrum Brand employees volunteering at the Gateway Greening Urban Farm in 2016. Photo credit Dear Hart Photography.

 

 

 

Site Features
 

  • 48 Raised Vegetable Beds3 May 2016 (15) Gateway Greening Urban Farm
  • Therapeutic Sensory Garden
  • Dwarf Fruit Tree Orchard
  • Bee Hives
  • Harvest Station
  • Outdoor Classroom
  • Compost System
  • Drip Irrigation System
  • Native Ornamental Garden
  • Multiple Demonstration Ornamental Plantings
  • Rain Garden
  • Rain Water Catchment System
  • Picnic Area
  • Plantings for Cut Flowers
  • Companion Plantings

History of the Gateway Greening Urban Farm
 

A look back at the founding, building, and overall impact of the Gateway Greening Urban Farm.

The Gateway Greening Urban Farm (formerly known as City Seeds) started out as most things do – as a “what if?” floating around the organization back in 1998. For a nonprofit dedicated to addressing food security issues through the establishment of community gardens, starting a farm that could produce more fresh produce and reach a greater number of people seemed like a natural extension of their existing programs. Pretty soon, that “what if?” transformed itself to a “how?”

To discover more about the Gateway Greening Urban Farm, check out: 2016 – Ten Years on the Farm!

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Contact

Urban Farm Manager