On Legacy Circle Farms, Tyler and Erin Bernsen start their growing underground: nourishing "challenging Ozark soil" with compost, mulch and intensive grazing. Vibrantly visible are their crops of vegetables, fruits, mushrooms, nuts, high value herbs like turmeric and ginger, and heirloom varieties of garlic.
Recent addition of high tunnels boosted productivity from the quarter-acre the Bernsens farm. Their big-picture stewardship of Legacy Circle's 71 acres in Lonedell, MO embodies a unique exchange: a rent-free relationship with their landlord from which Tyler and Erin are seeking like-minded "landless" farmers to share their place for a farming start.
Legacy Circle Farms proudly holds Golden Beet Certification from Known & Grown St. Louis, our regional local food brand, a program of Missouri Coalition for the Environment. With advance reservations, tours are welcome. Goods are available through a local farms online collaborative, at the Wildwood, Washington and Point Labbadie Farmers Markets.
Listening to this interview before May 22? Legacy Circle Farms is hosting Open House on 5/22/21 - consider a visit!
THANKS to Andy Heaslet, Earthworms engineer, and for KDHX production support from Jon Valley and Andy Coco.
THANKS to Jenn DeRose of Known & Grown STL for coordinating this special series, Earthworms On The Farm.
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Fungus Farming for Food & Fun: McCully Heritage Project (Feb 2018)
Project Garlic: Crop-Sourcing the Super Bulb with Brian DeSmet (Oct 2015)