11.20.12 – 2nd Annual Greener Giving for the Holidays

Where: Schlafly Bottleworks
7260 Southwest Ave. (at Manchester)
Maplewood, MO 63143
(314) 241- BEER (2337)

When: Tuesday November 20th, 6:30 to 9pm

Details coming soon.

Co-Sponsored by BUILD St. Louis

3.20.12 – Made in StL

Where: Schlafly Bottleworks
7260 Southwest Ave. (at Manchester)
Maplewood, MO 63143
(314) 241- BEER (2337)
When: Tuesday March 20th, 6:30 to 9pm (panel at 7pm)

Is re-localizing our economy possible when it seems like manufacturing job are disappearing?

If the doers and makers are the next movers and shakers, then who are the local green entrepreneurs doing the making? Beginning at 7pm, a panel discussion will feature three manufacturers of products in St. Louis who are designed from the ground up to be green. They have thrived over the economic downturn creating local manufacturing jobs.

What’s their secret? Come find out.


Jermain Todd, owner of MWANZI CO., a green furniture maker

Tim Barklage, Chief Idealist & CEO of Better Life cleaning products

Jean Scholtes
, owner, KIND soap company

$3 suggested donation


Co-sponsored by BUILD St. Louis


11.22.11 – Greener Giving for the Holidays

Where: Schlafly Bottleworks
7260 Southwest Ave. (at Manchester)
Maplewood, MO 63143
(314) 241- BEER (2337)

When: Tuesday November 22nd, 6:30 to 9pm

Shop Handmade, Fair Trade & Local

In the book, Your Money or Your Life, Vicki Robin and Joe Dominguez write that “you are a person of integrity when your values, goals and actions are in alignment.”    Let the upcoming November edition of Green Drinks be your chance to opt out of the “Black Friday” consumption craze by supporting local, independent, sustainably-focused businesses. Take a break from Thanksgiving preparations and come to learn about local options for holiday shopping.

Joining us and selling items perfect for gift-giving will be:

The Foundrie, A collective of indy craft artisans selling handmade wares in their own store in Chesterfield Mall.

FORAI (Friends of Refugees And Immigrants), a micro-business enabling refugees and immigrants to supplement their incomes through the production of quality, marketable handicrafts.

Partners for Just Trade, a non-profit, faith-based organization located in the Tower Grove neighborhood that builds partnerships between producers living in extreme poverty and consumers in North America.

Verde Kids, A Webster Groves boutique featuring eco-friendly clothing and toys.

Home Eco, St. Louis’s green general store in the South Hampton neighborhood.

Kakao Chocolate, exceptional artisan all-natural chocolates and confections with locations on South Jefferson and in Maplewood.

Information on other ways to shop handmade, local, fair trade and green will be provided as well. Brief remarks will be made at 7pm by:

Theresa Wilson, founder of the Blessing Basket Project
The extraordinary local nonprofit lifting whole villages out of poverty by providing prosperity wages to weavers in developing countries.

Ed Mantels-Seeker, Board President of BUILD St. Louis
The BUILD St. Louis business alliance promotes independent businesses in St. Louis City and County. Their site provides a list of local independent businesses.

Krista Durlas, Co-founder of the Rock-n-Roll Craft Show
St. Louis’s original art craft and music event happening Nov. 25-27.

This is a cash only sale, and there is an ATM at Bottleworks.

Upcoming chances to buy from local independent artisans

Fusion is another store in Chesterfield Mall that also sells handmade wares from local independent artisans.

Wednesday, Nov.30 – Card Making Class with Perennial
Perennial founder and head re-fabricator, Jenny Murphy brings her creativity to Home Eco on November 30th for a Holiday card making class. Explore Perennial’s unique collection of found paper (magazines, yearbooks, maps, children’s books and much more) and be inspired to turn a popular holiday tradition into a sustainable one. All materials provided and you’ll leave with a set of 10 personalized cards to mail. $35 class fee includes all materials. Registration required.

Dec 3Artropy Arts and Crafts Show at Regional Arts Commission (RAC), 6128 Delmar Blvd, St Louis, MO 63112

Dec. 3 & 4 – Kristkindl Market at Stone Hill Winery in Hermann

Sunday, Dec. 4, 1 to 4 p.m.Home Eco’s Artists Showcase and Open House
Holiday Open House and Artists Showcase. This year’s event features the work of five local crafts people who specialize in turning recycling into hip jewelry, handmade bags, plush toys and decorative ceramics. Meet the artists, support local business, and find unique gifts while enjoying hot drinks and homemade cookies.

Dec 8Contemporary Art Museum Etsy Art Sale and Holiday Open House

Dec. 10 – Stone Spiral Coffee in Maplewood is having its 3rd Annual Holiday Market

6.21.11 – Urban Farming: Changing the Way We Eat

Where: Schlafly Bottleworks
7260 Southwest Ave. (at Manchester)
Maplewood, MO 63143
(314) 241- BEER (2337)

When: Tuesday June 21st, 6:30 to 9pm

Learn about the rewards and challenges of polyculture farming on a small, urban scale from an impressive panel of cutting edge farmers:

Whitney Sewell
- Global Farms Coordinator for the International Institute of Saint Louis

Veronica Holden
- Co-Project & Garden Coordinator for the North City Farmers’ Market
- 13th Street Community Garden/Hub Garden

Chris Clark
- Founder of the St. Louis Urban Farm & Sustainable Development MeetupGroup
- Owner of Liberty Farm in Affton

Annie Mayrose
- Urban Agriculture Manager, Gateway Greening, Inc.

Moderated by local food activist Brian DeSmet, founder of St. Louis’ Truck Farm, a mobile community farm, and manager of the Maplewood and Tower Grove Farmers Markets.

Suggested donation $3

6.22.10 – Garden Tour: Bowood Farms

Where: Bowood Farms
4605 Olive Street (in the CWE) ( directions)
Saint Louis, Missouri 63108
(314) 454-6868
When: Tuesday June 22nd, 6:00 to 8:30pm

Join us for a happy hour at Cafe Osage, the elegant green restaurant attached to the city’s coolest nursery and garden center Bowood Farms, followed by a personal tour of the restaurant’s kitchen garden, now blooming on a former vacant lot across the street, at 7:00 p.m.

$3 suggested donation.

5.12.10 – Sustainable Food Movement (International Green Drinks)

Where: Live webcast

When: Wednesday May 12th, 7pm and 8:30pm EDT

Tune in May 12th between 7pm and 8:30pm EDT for a live webcast forum organized by New York’s Hudson Valley Green Drinks. The Sustainable Food Movement – which is not limited to the Hudson Valley.

At 7:40pm, the presentation will begin and will include a State of Local Food address by the President of Glynwood and the event will be moderated by Diane Hatz of The Meatrix and Sustainable Table fame.

Local Food Heroes

In conjunction with this international Green Drinks focus, St. Louis Green Drinks would like to recognize our own local food heroes.

Patrick Horrine


Co-founder of Tower Grove Farmers Market in 2006, and Local Harvest Grocery, Local Harvest Café and this year, Downtown STL Farmers Market. Along with his business partner Maddie Earnst and their spouses, families and friends, this group of dynamos is steadily transforming the face of food in St. Louis.


Randy A. Wood


Randy Wood is one of 6 farmer-owners of Sappington Farmer’s Market and a co-owner of Floating Farms (www.floating-farms.com), a hydroponic greenhouse and soon-to-be aquaponic fish farm. As business manager of Farm To Family Naturally, he helps coordinate local food for two Missouri Foundation for Health grants: one with Saint Louis University to provide local products to the Maplewood Richmond Heights School District and another to provide local and healthier choice to local daycare centers in conjunction with Child Day Care Associates of Missouri.

Randy is also on the steering committee for the St Louis Food Policy Council, which will help establish food policy for the greater St Louis area, is one of the original 5 founding members of the East Saint Louis Farmers Market COOP, and is currently working to establish a food producers’ coop in Texas county to help rural growers market their products in urban areas.

“We are just in the final stage of trying to pass state legislation that will facilitate the use of local farm raised food into state schools and institutions under State House Bill HB-1833,” he notes.


Molly Rockamann


Founder of Earthdance, a nonprofit farmer training center whose mission is to preserve Missouri’s oldest organic farm–Miller Farm in Ferguson—while fostering a new generation of organic farmers.

Molly and her crew train 12 apprentices, aka Freshman Farmies, for 10 hours a week. Their time at the farm includes field work, guest speakers, field trips to nearby farms, and staffing the local farmers market. The group’s head educator, Molly is a graduate of the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems at University of California Santa Cruz and a Ferguson native.


Healthy Eating with Local Produce (HELP)


They buy up surplus from local farmers during the summer and process it to be used by the Maplewood Richmond Heights School District during the school year.


Old Northside Grocery Coop


Buying local and supplying produce to a food insecure area.

2.10.10 – Green Business Spotlight

Where: Schlafly Bottleworks
7260 Southwest Ave. (at Manchester)
Maplewood, MO 63143
(314) 241- BEER (2337)

When: Wednesday February 10th, 6:30 to 9pm

“Green” can mean a lot of things, from preserving the planet to the color of money. February’s Green Drinks shines a spotlight on local entrepreneurs and businesses who are attempting to merge the two and build a future economy of ecology. From architects and energy auditors to organic, local and alternative retailers—find out who is doing what and why.

If you are interested in the future of green jobs, in starting a green business yourself, or in learning who the socially and environmentally responsible businesses are in St. Louis, please join us for an informative and
inspiring evening!

Doors open at 6:30, discussion begins at 7:00.

Suggested donation: $3

6.16.08 – The Sustainable Summer Table

Where: Schlafly Bottleworks

7260 Southwest Ave. (at Manchester)
Maplewood, MO 63143

When: Monday,June 16, 2008 6:30 to 9 p.m.
panel from 7 to 8 p.m.

Cover: $3 suggested donation

Now that summer is here and transportation costs are soaring, it’s prime time for turning our attention towards eating locally grown foods. Wendell Berry summed up the connection between our food choices and the health of the planet when he wrote: “Eaters…must understand that eating takes place inescapably in the world, that it is inescapably an agricultural act, and that how we eat determines, to a considerable extent, how the world is used.”

Our panelists will give us a meaningful advice for connecting with where our food comes from and strategies toward creating a more sustainable table for each one of us:

  • Beki Marsh, co-president of Slow Food St. Louis will introduce us to the roots and the concept of the Slow Food movement
  • Andy Ayer, Owner/Chef Emeritus of Riddle’s Penultimate Cafe & Wine Bar in the U. City Loop and local foods entrepreneur will help us understand the challenges of bringing local food from farm to retail shelf or restaurant table. More importantly, he’ll also share with us the good news around town of how these barriers are being overcome.
  • Nicola MacPherson, owner of Ozark Forest Mushrooms, grows certified organic shiitake and oyster mushrooms on her farm in Salem, Missouri. Nicola sells her products directly at markets, to restaurants, and to retailers. She will help us understand the struggle of the small American family farmer in the global marketplace.

If you can’t make it to our event, check these out
The American Table: The Science and History of the Way We Eat on June 17th at the History Museum

Drinks will be available in the Crown room. If you prefer to dine, please come early and eat in the dining room or on the patio. Table service is not available during the event.

7.26.06 – Organics in the City

July 26th , 2005 @ Riddle’s Penultimate


Linda A. Williams – Organic Farmer & President, Missouri Organic Association

Andy Ayers – Owner & Chef, Riddles Penultimate Cafe and Wine Bar

Tricia Wagner – Community Development Specialist, Local Food Systems University of Missouri Agriculture Extension Office Food Circles Networking Project

Trish Grim, Molly Dupre & Joseph Black – Farmers, New Roots Urban Farm CSA in the City of St. Louis


Missouri’s Community Food Systems and Sustainable Agriculture Program

Buying Group of St. Louis, Local Food Buying Coop

Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education Program

Corporate Players in the Organic Marketplace

Sierra Club’s “True Cost of Food” Campaign

5.17.05 – Fair Trade

May 17 , 2005 @ Hartford Coffee Company


Gil Williams, Macro Sun International
Local retailer with many personal ties to artisans in Asia selling their beautiful wares here for more than ten years.

Theresa Wilson, Blessing Basket Project
Local nonprofit started last year already providing prosperity wages to over 6000 impoverished artists in six countries around the world.

James Fox, Hartford Coffee Company
Tower Grove cafe serves exclusively fair trade coffee.

Online Fair Trade Stores

A Greater Gift

Equal Exchange – For profit offering organic, gourmet coffee, tea, sugar, cocoa, and chocolate bars produced by 28 democratically run farmer co-ops located in 14 countries in Latin America, Africa and Asia.

More Information – World Fair Trade Day