Brick City Farm, the most recent project from South Grand’s Gelateria Del Leone, is set to begin growing affordable heirloom produce in south Saint Louis.
Located just north of Arsenal between Jefferson and Grand, Brick City Farm is using no-till, high intensity, sustainable growing practices. Year one will begin with heirloom varieties of tomato, eggplant, basil, shallots and peppers. Fruit trees, planted around the perimeter of the property should yield within four years.
“I am excited to provide great tasting heirloom vegetables to local residents and to build partnerships with local businesses,” said lead grower Joanna Laws Landis.
Brick City Farm will use sustainable practices to minimize the environmental impact of the farm. Landis describes the farm’s operations as “using on site composting, rain water reclamation, sustainable soil additives, non-GMO seeds, and other accepted sustainable practices to make this project environmentally friendly.”
As an urban farm, the property is embedded in the historic neighborhood of Tower Grove East, surrounded by red brick, two-story, hundred year old structures. Reinvestment into the neighborhood has steadily climbed over the past decade and vacant properties are being reinvented.
“We know that this will reflect on the surrounding neighborhood,” said Chris Shearman, owner of Gelateria Del Leone. “We want this to be positive, to be an asset for the neighborhood. We want kids to learn about healthy food and for people to see the growing process.”
The produce will be on the menu at Gelateria Del Leone and for sale at the soon to open Grove East Provisions at Arsenal and Minnesota.
“We are trying to start this right and do things well so the farm will become a fixture within the neighborhood,” Shearman said.
Regular updates can be found at www.brickcityfarm.com<http://www.brickcityfarm.com>, on Facebook at Brick City Farm, or through the Brick City Farm Kickstarter campaign, www.kickstarter.com/projects/1800375240/brick-city-farm<http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1800375240/brick-city-farm>
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3203-A South Grand Blvd, St. Louis MO 63118