The 8th Annual St. Louis Sustainable Backyard Tour happens on Sunday, June 10th from 11am to 4pm. This is a grassroots community production showcasing eco-friendly yards and gardens throughout the St. Louis region, both city and county. More than 40 hosts are welcoming guests to ask questions, take pictures, and make notes all in effort to help us all realize a greener world. The tour is self-guided and includes stops as far north as Mahanta Prairie and Apiary in Old Jamestown near the Missouri River, to as far south as Isabee’s Bee Garden in Mehlville.
sustainable Shaw & Tower Grove
We learned about the Sustainable Backyard Tour from our client/friend Anne Lehman of Dirty Girl Farms. Her backyard urban farm at 3911 Juniata in Tower Grove South, will once again be on the tour. Anne grows culinary and medicinal herbs, flowers, leaves, fruits, and roots. Everything is intentionally planted for sale to some of the finest chefs in St. Louis – like Michael Gallina of Vicia, Gerard Craft of Niche Food Group, Ben Grupe of Elaia, Kevin Nashan of Sidney Street Café, Sherrie Castellano of With Food + Love, Mike Randolph of Privado, Logan Ely of the upcoming Savage Restaurant – along with craft cocktail makers at The Polite Society, Taste, and Planter’s House. You get the idea – local heavy hitters in the food scene.
It is exciting to see so much representation on the tour from the Shaw and Tower Grove area. It is a wonderful learning opportunity for those interested in sustainable practices or for those who just want to get out and learn about their neighbors and neighborhood. Tour takers will have an opportunity to see and research everything from chickens, bees, edible perennials, composting, solar power, water conservation, xeriscaping, and more. Tour hosts range from those just getting started, to works in progress, to established.
Helpful Tour Tips
Hosts’ homes are not open, only their yards, and there are no designated public rest stops, so please plan accordingly. Please, leave your pets safely at home. Some yards may have chickens, delicate plants, or other creatures who prefer to be alone, and a hot car is no place for your dog to wait.