Our City Farm

  (St. Louis, Missouri)
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How Many Miles Are on Your Chicken

I recently wrote a blog post on our website titled, "How Many Miles Are on Your Chicken?". I think it's important that everyone know why I wrote this. I have the unique perspective of being a fairly new farmer. I can remember the choices I made as a non-farming consumer and remember why I made them. Every day I learn more and more about food and farming and the more I learn, the more I want to share that knowledge with consumers. I not only want people to be able to make an informed decision but I want our customers to understand why we do what we do.

In "How Many Miles Are on Your Chicken?" I specifically talk about how much travel your "local" chicken experiences even before it gets in your hands. Some even before they get to the store. This may not affect the taste or quality, but it does beg the question, is the local choice, always the sustainable one? Also, how "local" is your food really?

We've taken very deliberate steps to source our chicks locally, produce them locally and distribute them locally. We feel this is better for the environment and the surrounding community. Our order to a local, small scale breeder keeps our money in the community. We process our chickens locally, which also means less stress on chickens and no carbon emissions in the form of travel. Our local farm is only 16 miles from the farthest delivery point.

Please take a few minutes to read the post and see how I've broken this down mathematically and see if you agree.


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!
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