Seven Generations Garden
EarthDance operates an Organic Farm School in St. Louis MO, in order to train new farmers and gardeners, and to offer local residents an opportunity to connect to the source of their food. Each year hundreds of visitors take a tour or participate in service learning at the farm, and 20-30 aspiring growers apprentice at EarthDance in order to learn the skills of sustainable agriculture.
In 2013, EarthDance established the first phases of the Seven Generations Garden. The garden's name refers to the Iroquois Indian belief that people should consider the effect their actions will have on their descendants, seven generations into the future. With this goal in mind, we hope to grow the garden into a site that inspires visitors to seek sustainable lives, and work for the benefit of future generations. In addition, the garden will be a living classroom, where individuals from multiple generations can learn the many techniques of eco-friendly gardening. As part of the Seven Generations project, we look forward to establishing a children’s garden, a food forest, a chicken coop, and a stocked tool-shed.
In the garden, student groups, tour attendees and apprentices will learn gardening skills and taste ultra-fresh food. We look forward to demonstrating garden-scale growing methods that could be replicated at home, in a vacant lot, or a school yard. We hope that upon coming to the garden, visitors will leave feeling inspired to tell friends and family about what they’ve learned at EarthDance: perhaps they will grow a pot of herbs, begin shopping at the farmers market, spearhead their own gardening project, or just enjoy their veggies more! In time, we believe these ripples of change can generate huge waves, resulting in a healthier, more vibrant St. Louis community.
KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.
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