Our City Farm

  (St. Louis, Missouri)
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Only 10 Days Left! You Can Make a Difference!

In only 10 short days our Kickstarter campaign will come to an end. Will we reach our goal? Will we get funded? Will our dream of an urban farm happen as planned? I truly believe anything is possible. We have had amazing support from the community, from friends and family and from people we've never met and might not ever meet. On December 06 at 4:55 PM, the campaign will end and if we don't reach our goal, we don't get any of the funds pledged.

There are many ways in which you can help put an urban farm in St. Louis City and bring fresh, naturally-grown food to a community and reduce the environmental impact of shipping food into the city:

Visit our Kickstarter Page for the Expansion Project

Click Back This Project and pledge any amount over $1

Tell others that you've contributed on Facebook, Twitter, LinkdIn and Email

Notify green groups and organizations about our project and ask them to promote our Kickstarter page.

In 10 days, we can still make this happen, but we need your help! Together we can do amazing things!


In The News

We were so pleased by the recent article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch about our city farm expansion project. If you would like to read the article, it can be found here: St. Louis Post-Dispatch Article

To help make our expansion happen, please visit: www.HelpOurCityFarm.com  This is direct you right to our Kickstarter page, click on "Back This Project" and any amount of at least a dollar will bring us that much closer to our goal. This is an all or nothing funding platform which means if we don't reach our goal by December 6th, we don't get the funds. So please pass along the link and share it on Facebook, Twitter and via email.




Farm Fresh For Everyone

The USDA has a nice tool on their website for locating food deserts (www.ers.usda.gov/data/fooddesert). A food desert is an area that is populated by people however the is limited access to grocery stores or fresh foods. We chose land for our urban farm due to the fact that there was limited access to fresh food and plenty of vacant land. However, I noticed that it didn't quite qualify as a food desert by USDA's standard. Perhaps they ar counting an upscale grocery store and health food grocer that caters more to more affluent members of the community. There seems to be a huge divide in that area and one extreme, there are $500,000 and above housing and on the other vacant lots owned by the city or private owners with vacant houses. The contrast is amazing. I want our farm to be a place where the entire community can have access to fresh, natural foods regardless of their ability to pay and regardless of which side of the invisible line their home falls on.

 I'm so excited to get this project underway. So far we are only 7% funded on Kickstarter but I refuse to be discouraged. Our customers are supportive, our community is outstanding and everyone we've met has expressed a simalar passion to bring fresh, natural foods to all members of our commuinty.

If you would like to help see this project succeed, please visit: www.HelpOurCityFarm.com no contribution is too small and all are appreciated. Please spread the word.


Villarreal Family Farm Expansion Kickstarter Project

We've Planted the Seeds, Please Help Us Grow We've Planted the Seeds, Please Help Us Grow !
Thank you for your support of Villarreal Family Farm. Because of your support, we are now expanding. Our goal is to provide naturally and locally-grown produce, eggs and poultry to all members of our community by implementing our plans for a full-scale, commercial, urban farm, located at a previously vacant lot in St. Louis City. This will serve as a hub for urban food production, distribution, sustainable living and education. This urban farm will be the first urban agricultural venture of this type in the city of St. Louis.

Just as our efforts started with a few chicks, a packet of seeds and a small patch of land, we know it doesn't take much to accomplish great things. We've partnered with Kickstarter as a donation platform for this project. By pledging as little as $1, you can help this project succeed. Please spread the word. Together we can do great things!

A True Egg Hunt

We just added 3 new blue egg layers! They lay a beautiful turquoise blue eggs. So beautiful that I'd like to post a photo of them...if I could find them! That's right, the hunt is on for these eggs. I checked the nest several times yesterday, to no avail. Then I decided that I needed to watch where these birds were going. I covertly watched from my bedroom window as these blue-egglayers explored their surroundings. Hours later, I would retrace their steps to see if I would find a beautiful blue treasure. I found a nest that another one of my birds created out of a pile of leaves. She was setting for about 40 minutes, when she left, I rooted around and found 1 chocolate colored egg. I'm taking apart the nest and searching still for more eggs. The neighbors are surely laughing at me! I'm sure I look like a big chicken.


Happy New Year

Happy New Year to everyone! We started the new year off right by adding to our layer flock. We have 3 new blue egg layers and I cannot wait for their eggs. The girls aren't rolling out the red carpet to the new trio but hopefully things will settle down in the next few days as the pecking order is reistablished.

We did lose one of our young pullets. I thought she was old enough to move in the coop with the big girls. However, one of our girls has become increasingly aggressive, she just laid her first egg today, so that probably had a lot to do with it. So I put in my new beautiful pullet two days ago. The first day, things were a little rough, the next day, I heard a loud, terrified squawk. The little pullet lay dead with the new egg layer standing over her, picking at her remains. It broke my heart, I hatched that baby. She was a nice size but apparently no match for this hen.

RIP "Shimmer"...my daughter named this golden flecked little chicken.


Uhgh Winter Time

It is soooo cold. The hens won't leave the coop and I don't really blame them. Yesterday, I made them some special oatmeal with alfalfa, nuts, corn and seeds. They gobbled it up in a matter of minutes. An hour later, two beautiful eggs were laid. Those were the only two for the day, but I can't be too disappointed, it was really cold. Tomorrow, I'll probably have a few nests full of eggs!

I hope the girls are comfortable. We spent two hours wind proofing, water/snow proofing the run. The waterer is heated so they should have frost-free water as well. I love it when their all puffed up to keep warm. They look twice their size, like short fat turkeys. I'll have to upload a photo of them.



Our Chicks Have Arrived

All of our chicks have hatched and have been moved to their new cozy location, safe from the St. Louis cold. Days like this are so exciting. I do enjoy looking at the chicks and their happy little cheeps. Many people wonder how I can look at their little fuzzy faces knowing the task we will need to complete in the coming weeks...

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