Wild Gourd Farm

Organic Gardening in St. Louis City

An Introduction

We are a household made up of one industrious couple, one amazingly accommodating landlady, two dogs, and a future brood of chickens living in the urban oasis of the Soulard neighborhood in the city of St. Louis, Missouri.

Gardening is one of our passions and will very likely be our way of life in the future.  We are constantly looking for new methods of organic gardening and ways to implement the principles of permaculture. In our quest for a self sufficient lifestyle, we are also exploring methods of food preparation  and preservation, handcrafting household products, and re-using items discarded by others.

We have access to the side yard of our house where we have a 12′ by 7′ garden plot, which is enclosed in a semi-hoop house during the winter months.  This will also be the future location of our chicken coop and run.

In addition, we are fortunate enough to have two smaller garden plots at a local school, and a plot in a community garden that is also enclosed for the winter.

We intend to use this blog to document our work, share plans and recipes with friends and family, and network with other like-minded individuals. Welcome to our garden!


16 responses to “An Introduction

  1. Cinda February 3, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    Great pictures and looks like you will have a year round harvest. Good luck with the chickens.

  2. Chico February 4, 2011 at 9:28 am

    This is so exciting and impressive you two! Your healthy harvesting n’ lifestyles that continuously expand are refreshing and positive examples I find myself motivated and smiling about! Here’s to Health!

  3. Bax February 4, 2011 at 10:47 am

    What happened to Foodface? Can I at least address you as Foodface when I post a question or a comment? For reals though, nice work guys! I really like what I see. Looking forward to more. Viva la cosecha!

  4. Dannica February 4, 2011 at 10:54 am

    are you going to take suggestions for chicken names?
    and….are you going to get a tiny goat?

  5. sal February 4, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    I’ve never been called a lady before. Mam, hey you… I’ve never been given worms for my birthday either. Or had a half hoop house, or chickens, or eaten the most amazing carrots, baby kale and lettuces harvested from the ground in the middle of winter. And if you give me any more worms I promise to keep them alive this time. Congratulations on making all this happen.

  6. Mom February 8, 2011 at 9:05 am

    It’s amazing you like food so much as picky as you were back in the day, however, I believe that is why you choose your lifestyle now, growing & knowing where your food is actaully coming from. You never did like MEAT hopefully it wasnt mycooking, but I really dont think I knew how to cook back then. thanks for sharing so much of your expertise. You’re self taught but its in the blood. Ask Uncle Dan. Love Ya Both! MOM

  7. Mom February 8, 2011 at 9:10 am

    Ms. Piper
    Ms. Picker
    Ms. Pecker
    Ms. Pickled:
    Our entry for the new hens. Mom & Dad

  8. Lil Sis February 8, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    This is fun! I like Mom and Dad’s chicken suggestions…why are they all Ms. “P?”

  9. Mom February 13, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    Do you remember Mr. Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, how may pecks of pickled peppers did mr. Piper pick? Say that three times fast. Ha! Ha! Thats where the “P”s came in …
    How about chicken little – egg salad, egg plant, egg head, ?

  10. Monica Silva McArthur February 26, 2011 at 7:19 am

    Hey guys, this is a great blog, really love it! I love how resourceful you two are and keep up the good work. I really look forward to reading more!


  11. We Will Work for Food February 26, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    Great to hear from ya!!! Thanks for the kind words. Let us know when you and Tom want help building a chicken coop in your backyard 😉 Im sure Maggie would love it!

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