Wild Gourd Farm

Organic Gardening in St. Louis City


Will Work for Food will document our gardening exploits and provide a space for us to share the activities, thoughts, recipes, and stories we develop as we continue on our path toward a self sufficient lifestyle.  We are passionate about growing organic and delicious food, following principles based in permaculture.

The Bloggers:
Eric has recently been very busy working as a home inspector with Pillar To Post; however, he always finds time to start new projects.  His hobbies include gardening, cooking, experimenting with wine making, creating and maintaining a collection of bonsai, disc golf, ultimate frisbee, hiking/backpacking, camping, canoeing, fishing, and arrowhead hunting.

2012_11_22_181Becca is the primary blogger, photographer, and market liaison. She is spearheading the garden in 2013, while working at the best grocery store in the world, Local Harvest.  Suffice it to say, she’s passionate about food, from growing to cooking to preserving to, of course, eating. Her hobbies include re-purposing discarded items, crafting, vegan baking, cooking everything from scratch, biking, reading, photography, and Tetris.


The Support:
Sallie is the best landlady ever, who has agreed to let us use her side yard to grow and keep just about anything we could possibly want. We consider ourselves extremely lucky to have her ongoing support and look forward to many years of friendship.

Rosco is our border collie/ sheltie mix who enjoys frisbee games, tricks, herding, being chased, eating peanut butter, and humping Maggie, all despite his gimpy back leg.

Maggie is our black lab who was rescued a day before her scheduled euthanization. She loves food, swimming, the frisbee, tap dancing, snuggling, guarding her family, and long walks along the beach at sunset.




12 responses to “About

  1. Kathy Vann Quinerly February 16, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    love your blog. keep me in the loop. your neighbors at 2416 S 18th Street, Kathy and Leo the dog

  2. Christine Laperuto February 25, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    Your blog is fascinating. I finally finished The Omnivore’s Dilemma so can better appreciate your efforts which I applaud.

    • We Will Work for Food February 25, 2011 at 4:39 pm

      Thanks, Chris! Great to hear from you, and thanks for your support. Michael Pollan is a great spokesperson for sustainable farming and environmental responsibility. Eric and I recently watched his documentary, The Botany of Desire, which is only distantly related to his other work but is really incredible.

  3. Jesse December 15, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    Thank you for sharing your incredible urban garden! Look forward to meeting you two sometime.

  4. tamara March 24, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    It’s wonderful to read about your adventures, thanks!

  5. Terry Winkelmann July 24, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Good meeting you at the Cherokee Market on Friday! How’s the water working out at the Sunset Hills garden? Love your black dogs! You could call your CSA Black Dog Farm (like Black Dog Ales…). And you should definitely post photos of your gnome doors!

    • Becca July 29, 2012 at 4:02 pm

      Hi Terry, great meeting you too! We’ve been limiting our watering at Sunset Hills to prevent cracked tomatoes, but giving the plants a little drink every now and then- it’s working out well.

      We’re always coming up with possible names for our future farm- love the idea of honoring our black doggies 🙂

      We’ll have to devote a post to our gnome doors one of these days…
      Thanks for visiting and your feedback! See you at the market!

  6. The Belmont Rooster July 31, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    GREAT BLOG!!! I apologize for not commenting on every post along with the “Like”. I am following because I want to come back and read more and see what else you have in store. Tomatoes are weird… Sometimes you have to many and sometimes you barely have any with more plants. I love the photo with all the pots in the house!

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