SloWednesday, Crown Room at the Bottleworks, May 11th

Meet Biodiversity Microgrant supported Farmers

Join Slow Food St. Louis Wednesday May 11 as we meet 4 local Biodiversity Microgrant winners. These farmers will share with us what they are growing and raising. They will be bringing samples to try. Since 2009 Slow Food St. Louis has given over $63,000 to 40+ small farmers in Missouri and Illinois.

Sam Wisemann of Sunflower Savannah Farm will be talking about how her family farm focuses on disappearing food sources by growing them on their farm as well as piquing interest in the Ark of Taste choices by providing them to the public in unique ways such as Cayuga Duck eggs, and Heirloom tomato salsas. Sunflower Savannah Farm can be found at Schlaflys’ Farmers Market in the winter and Tower Grove Market in the summer.

John & Shari Kopmann with daughters Jamie (16), Sara (15) and Katie (14) are owners/operators of 3 Girls and a Tractor.  This family farm is located in southern Warren County in the Missouri River Bottoms. They participate in the Farm to School program; giving urban children a chance to eat fruits/vegetables within 24 hours of harvest.  They currently serve Rockwood, Wentzville, and Warrenton school districts. They have a popular stall at the Schlafly Farmers Market where they offer heirloom squashes and melons not grown anywhere else in the Midwest.

Mary Densmore of New Roots Urban Farm grows three varieties of collard greens: Champion, Georgia Southern Creole and Green Glaze. She sells these at outdoor summer concerts in parts of St. Louis that are food deserts. She also grows microgreens and sprouts to sell year round at various farmers markets including Schlaflys and Tower Grove.

Fred and Serena Stuart of Stuart Farm in Gerald, MO, raise American Milking Devon and Belted Galloway cattle, Tamworth hogs, heritage breed laying chickens, and Freedom Ranger meat chickens.  Their commitment to raising heritage breeds led them to begin a herd of American Milking Devons to provide beef, milk, and milk cows trained as oxen in an effort to help preserve the breed.  Serena will speak about the rich history of the American Milking Devons and how they fell in love with them.

Location: Schlafly Bottleworks, 7260 Southwest Avenue, Maplewood, MO 63143, Wednesday May 11, 7:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:30. The cost is a suggested donation of $5.00. For more information visit SloWednesdays are sponsored by Chipotle Mexican Grill.

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