ST LOUIS' FIRST MONTESSORI CHILDREN'S FARMSTEAD

Help us create an educational Farmstead for children in St Louis. These funds will help us secure land to build a geodesic dome schoolhouse

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Project Ends on April 9, 2020

Project Description

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!

Updates

The Project FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • When will RC open?
    • We hope to be open for the 2020 school year- it will take a lot of puzzle pieces, but with your support, we'll get there!
  • Is RC a Nonprofit?
    • We're registered as a nonprofit corporation in Missouri and are awaiting our 501(c)3 designation from the IRS.
  • What age groups will RC serve?
    • At Chesterfield Community Preschool we serve children 3-6 years old, we'll continue to do so at Root Cause, but plan to incorporate activities for older children, families and corporations over time.
  • Where will RC be located?
    • Within driving distance of St. Louis- we're considering a lot of variables in our decision including price, pollution, need, and of course zoning restrictions.
Suzanna Steinbach
07/11/2019
Farmstead Friends
$100
Anonymous
07/10/2019
Monetary Contribution
$25
Monetary Contribution

Just Because I Care

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$100
Farmstead Friends

Farmstead Friends: $100

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1 Supporter
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$300
Root Cause Family

Root Cause Family: $300

Your family/business name will be displayed at the entrance and included on our web site, social media and advertising.

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$500
Animal Pen/Stall Legacy

Animal Pen/Stall Legacy: $500

Your family/business name will be used on a plaque to name our animal pens/stalls and included on our web site, social media and advertising.

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$1,000
Beehive/Rabbit Hutch/Chicken Coop/Garden

Beehive/Rabbit Hutch/Chicken Coop/Vegetable Garden Legacy: $1000

Your family/business name will be used on a plaque to name our beehive, chicken coop or vegetable garden and included on our web site, social media and advertising.

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$25,000
Natural Playground Legacy

Natural Playground Legacy: $25,000

Your family/business name will be used on a plaque to name our natural playground space and included on our web site, social media and advertising.

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$50,000
Schoolhouse or Event Space Dome Legacy

Schoolhouse or Event Space Dome Legacy: $50,000

Your family/business name will be on a plaque used to name our geodesic dome schoolhouse or our geodesic dome event space to be used for FFA/4H/Fundraising/Seminars/corporate team building events and included on our web site, social media and advertising.

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Rewards

Monetary Contribution

Just Because I Care

1 Supporter
Contribute
$100
Farmstead Friends

Farmstead Friends: $100

Your family/business name will be included on our web site, social media and advertising.

1 Supporter
Select this reward
$300
Root Cause Family

Root Cause Family: $300

Your family/business name will be displayed at the entrance and included on our web site, social media and advertising.

0 Supporters
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$500
Animal Pen/Stall Legacy

Animal Pen/Stall Legacy: $500

Your family/business name will be used on a plaque to name our animal pens/stalls and included on our web site, social media and advertising.

0 Supporters
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$1,000
Beehive/Rabbit Hutch/Chicken Coop/Garden

Beehive/Rabbit Hutch/Chicken Coop/Vegetable Garden Legacy: $1000

Your family/business name will be used on a plaque to name our beehive, chicken coop or vegetable garden and included on our web site, social media and advertising.

0 Supporters
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$25,000
Natural Playground Legacy

Natural Playground Legacy: $25,000

Your family/business name will be used on a plaque to name our natural playground space and included on our web site, social media and advertising.

0 Supporters
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$50,000
Schoolhouse or Event Space Dome Legacy

Schoolhouse or Event Space Dome Legacy: $50,000

Your family/business name will be on a plaque used to name our geodesic dome schoolhouse or our geodesic dome event space to be used for FFA/4H/Fundraising/Seminars/corporate team building events and included on our web site, social media and advertising.

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