Rustic Roots Sanctuary is a sustainable farm in Spanish Lake. GROW Spanish Lake is an organic community garden nestled in front of the property. Our long term goal is to create food equity!


Our Vision and Mission

Create a sustainable retreat in Spanish Lake than influence, mentor and support growers in communities all over St Louis leading to greater food access. Creating holistic health, wellness and healing for individuals and communities while teaching sustainable agriculture.  Create food equity, heal trauma through nature, while simultaneously healing the planet.

Create access to fresh, organic, locally grown food in Promise zones.
Teach sustainability through agricultural education and career development.
Help heal individuals and communities through holistic health, and put power in the hands of local farmers and communities.


A community garden + a sustainable retreat creates an amazing opportunity to learn. Come connect with nature and your community. Let’s get GROWing!

GROW Spanish Lake is a SEED STL member organic community garden situated on a sustainable farm in Spanish Lake. Established in March 2019, organic food was grown for 30 + community members. The garden was built on a problem property condemned by the county in 2018.

Rabbits, Goats, Chickens and a bees live on the sustainable farm. These partners help us compost, fertilize and pollinate the garden. As a result a symbiotic relationship between the animals and the land is created.

The garden has 24 garden beds in addition to several places were food is grown directly in ground. There is a small pond, fire ring, 3 picnic tables and a sustainable farm stand. There are 2 huge hugelkultur mounds about 80 feet long that grow native plants, wild flowers and sunflowers.

The result is wonderful example of what can be accomplished when a community comes together with a unified goal. Come GROW with us!

Rustic Roots Sanctuary Goats
On our sustainable farm Goats help us clear the land and fertilize our food. In addition, they provide delicious fresh milk!

Extraordinary Experiences

Come enjoy wildlife and our domestic partners. Our sustainable farm animals are people friendly and love visitors (especially when you bring a handful of greens).

Disconnect from the daily stresses and unwind in a natural setting. You relax feeling centered and grounded when you connect with nature.

Our Core Values

Living in alignment with nature is good for you and the planet.

Leadership retreats & training that grow and empower community leaders.

Collaboration: To work with individuals and organizations that are aligned with our mission.

Inclusion & Acceptance: We will be as diverse as the foods we grow understanding we are all interconnected.

Passion & Courage: To do the work that’s in our hearts.

Quality: To create superior food/products/outcomes every time.

We are creating a model of how to grow healthy food for our community. With help from our partners and sponsors we systematizing our food justice initiative. This will lead to anyone being able to replicate in their own community.