More than 80 families have welcomed tour goers into their yards over the past three years, demonstrating such practices as composting, organic gardening, chicken and beekeeping, native plant landscaping, rainwater conservation, renewable energy production and backyard habitat creation. Attendees design their own routes, choosing from a map with addresses and descriptions, available in mid-June.
As the tour grows, more hosts are needed to keep the materials interesting as well as to give past hosts a break. “We have a few charter hosts, who’ve been generous enough to be on tour every year, but we always want new yards to show that it can be done anywhere,” says tour founder Terry Winkelmann. “Practices like homesteading and edible landscaping are spreading into every neighborhood and municipality—we just need to find the trailblazers so we can shine a light on their efforts.”
While many host sites are traditional backyards of single family residences, apartment buildings, rooftops, frontyards, and school gardens are particularly encouraged. The deadline to register or suggest a potential host is May 1st. Visit www.sustainablebackyardtour.com for details and a link to the online registry.
WHAT: The St. Louis Sustainable Backyard Tour
WHEN: Sunday, June 22 from 11 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: Private yards and gardens throughout St. Louis City and County.