EarthDance is a 501c3 non-profit organization that operates an Organic Farm School on the oldest organic farm west of the Mississippi. Located in a peri-urban neighborhood of North St. Louis County, the historic Mueller Farm was established in 1883, before the City of Ferguson (in which the farm is located) was founded.
Our mission: EarthDance sustainably grows food, farmers, and community, one small farm at a time, through hands-on education and delicious experiences.
EarthDance Organic Farm School offers the only part-time organic farming and gardening apprenticeship program we are aware of in the United States (and certainly in the Midwest), giving beginning growers an introduction to the skills and practices of sustainable agriculture without necessitating a complete departure to full-time living on a farm.
Since 2009, EarthDance has operated a season-long educational apprenticeship program which trains participants in sustainable agriculture from seed to market. Apprentices engage in every aspect of operating the small farm – from seed propagation in greenhouses to transplanting, weeding, harvesting and selling! Apprentices learn soil fertility principles, organic pest and disease management, proper harvest and post-harvest handling techniques, direct marketing, and CSA operations.