Our Mission: Our future farmstead will be an affordable, hands-on, agricultural education facility for children in St. Louis and surrounding areas. Here, children will learn to grow their own food and care for animals while preparing for Elementary/Primary school in a Montessori inspired classroom setting.
Our Vision: This time next year we hope to be enrolling future first generation farmers in our program complete with a geodesic dome classroom, adopted and rescued farm animals and the support of our community.
Since 2017, Bernadine Pruessner has owned and operated Chesterfield
Community Preschool, an affordable Montessori, micro-school. The participants and materials in this Montessori school will become the foundation for Root Cause Agricultural Education Group’s classroom.
We will spend the next several months as follows:
1. Find Land: we're seeking 5-15 acres within driving distance of St. Louis,
Missouri. We want to be cautious of land history and environmental toxins, but find a location easy for families to access.
2. Fund, buy and build two geodesic domes: A two room schoolhouse with child size kitchen and bathroom facilities and a separate event space for seminars,
fundraisers, 4H, FFA and scout troop use and corporate team building retreats.
3. Animals: Partner with animal welfare agencies such as the Humane Society of
Missouri Long Meadow Rescue Ranch to adopt and prepare homes for our barnyard residents.
4. Invite the children: open as St. Louis' first Montessori farmstead.
Future: Our students will understand where their food comes from, how to care for our animals, and why farms and self sufficiency are critical. They will enjoy growing their own food, raising animals, and studying horsemanship and animal husbandry while developing a firm academic foundation in preparation for Elementary/Primary school. In the future we will also provide agritainment, allowing families and schools to come to our
farmstead to learn about growing food and caring for farm animals.
Thank you so much for your support of this big dream, we cannot wait for opening day!