2016, Master Planning
2018, Phase 1 Seeding
Collaboration of 4 distinct elementary school types: public magnet, public charter, private Catholic, and private Christian, with Saint Louis University overview
DTLS is excited to be involved in both a volunteer advisory capacity and as a consultant in the Green House Venture (GHV) and specifically the Embankment Education Garden. The Green House Venture is a non-profit neighborhood based effort to provide a hands-on learning experience in bioscience education for elementary aged children. Centered on food production, the project will address the science, health, community and environmental aspects of producing food in an urban setting.
The GHV looked upon the adjacent highway embankment to the north of the proposed green house site as a fitting extension to their mission. The Master Plan is centered on an 8,500 sq ft terrace garden area directly across the street from the proposed green house. This area will include accessible raised garden beds and demonstration garden areas as well as composting facilities and edible perennial plantings. The remaining 3 acre extent of the embankment is planned as pollinator prairie and savanna seeded areas to replace the existing turf grass and work with the existing site trees. The overall design and specific aspects of the embankment plans have been informed by Saint Louis University scientists working on native pollinator and perennial grain crops, and nutritional health research.
The first phase of the embankment project is underway with seedbed preparation in summer of 2018 followed by dormant season seeding in the fall and winter of 2018 / 2019.