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    Gardens to Tables Food Day 2015

    On October 9, 2015, the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics at Saint Louis University, with partnerships from the City of St. Louis Department of Health and Les Dames d'Escoffier, will celebrate the 5th annual Gardens to Tables Food Day event. This event is to promote sustainable, healthy, and just agricultural practices.  We will be hosting the event in our garden, just a block and a half away from our office in the Allied Health Building at the corner of Compton and Rutger.  Parking is free in the Hickory East Garage!

    The event will kick off with a speech from our awesome keynote speaker, Rusty Lee of Lee Farms (biography below).  He will begin speaking at 11 am on the bleachers at the SLU track across the street from the garden.  Then, we will all cross the street to the garden where the stations and food will be presented.  For the stations, we will have a variety of experts such as agencies that work with these topics to teach of their individual disciplines. 

    Along with having stations teaching ways to get involved, we will also be serving an artisanal lunch (menu below) orchestrated by professional chefs and prepared by students for the mere price of $5. for students (with a student ID) or $10 for non-students.  You can pay at the door, or beat the lines and pay online!  We hope to see you there!

    About Rusty Lee and Lee Farms

    Lee Farms is owned and operated by Rusty and Teresa Lee, along with their children, William and Dora- lynn. The farm is south of the small town of Truxton, Mo. (population 91), in northern Warren County. If you drive west on Interstate 70 you have probably seen the Trux- ton exit (#188) off the interstate.  There is a Flying J truck stop at that exit, but the town of Truxton is several miles north of I-70.

    They purchased part of the family farm of Teresa's maternal grandparents in 1999. Rusty and Teresa both grew up in families that farmed, so they both wanted to have their own farm. Teresa's parents still farm nearby north of Warrenton, while Rusty's family raised crops and livestock in southwest Georgia.

    Rusty was at University of Georgia Bulldog before coming to the University of Missouri in Columbia to pursue his master's degree, where he met Teresa, who was also a student at Mizzou.

    Rusty works full-time on the farm keeping everything moving in the same direction. Teresa utilizes her agribusiness management degree both on the farm and also working for an association management company in Chesterfield. Teresa handles much of the book-keeping and electronic communications at Lee Farms.

    William is a hard working 12 year old who just finished sixth grade, his first year of middle school. They continue to be proud of William's work ethic and the fact that he is very well-mannered (something that seems to be rare among "tweens" these days)! While his friends are swimming at the pool or playing video games during summer break, William is working on the farm. He will spend his summer planting and picking vegetables as well as tending to livestock.  But, his favorite job is to help out on delivery days. So, if you happen to be around your pick-up site at delivery time, you'll more than likely see William helping deliver boxes of produce.

    Doralynn, age 8, just finished second grade. She is also helping out on the farm over the summer and also helps on deliveries. She is often slow to warm up to people she has just met, but once she is more comfortable, she will tell you every detail of her life! Doralynn is a very bright girl and keeps everyone on their toes! The last day of school for the kids was May 30th, so they are just starting to figure out their responsibilities on the farm for the summer. Doralynn spends a lot of time learning the ropes from William.

    We hope you will enjoy hearing a little more about their family and their farm as the season progresses. If you have not already liked them on Facebook, be sure and check out their facebook page

    October 09, 2015 at 11am
    Gardens to Tables Teaching Garden
    3209 Rutger St
    Saint Louis University-Doisy College of Health Sciences
    St. Louis, MO 63104
    United States
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