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Green Goodness: EarthDance at Mueller Farm


Another bountiful day at Mueller Organic Farm in Ferguson

Like North County itself, Mueller Organic Farm is a place that many people assumed was dead. Located on 14 lush acres at the border of Ferguson and Kinloch, this historic farm was founded in 1883 and was worked by members of the Mueller family up until the mid-1990s.

After Al Mueller died in 1999, his wife Caroline (who had farmed side by side with him for 50 years) rented out the plots to other farmers, but she worried that after she was gone, the farm would eventually be lost to redevelopment or simply neglected and forgotten.

John Wilkerson, an early pioneer in preserving Mueller Farm

John Wilkerson, an early pioneer in preserving Mueller Farm

Thankfully, people like John Wilkerson and Molly Rockamann recognized the farm’s value, both as an organic oasis and a community landmark, and vowed to work with Mrs. Mueller to preserve the property.

Wilkerson, president of the Missouri Organic Association, has maintained a plot at Mueller Farm for ten years now. Rockamann joined the cause in 2008, when she founded EarthDance, a nonprofit whose mission is to not only preserve Mueller Farm but also to foster a new generation of organic farmers.