The Schlafly Beer Employee Blog

August 1, 2011

Meet the Farmer: Three Rivers Community Farm

Three Rivers Community Farm is a small, chemical-free vegetable farm that was started in December 2006 by Amy Cloud and Segue Lara in Elsah, Illinois. Their mission is to provide a local source of naturally grown food through sustainable agriculture practices.

Amy Cloud grew up on a conventional farm in Michigan before working at Brookfield Farm in Amherst, Massachusetts and then Angelic Organics in Rockford, Illinois. Segue Lara was raised in Aguascalientes, Mexico and came to the United States in 2002 to learn more about chemical-free farming. Amy and Segue met at Angelic Organics and became farming soul mates. They have been married since 2003.

seguepigSegue Lara with friend.

From 2003 to 2005, Amy was the growing manager at La Vista CSA in Godfrey, Illinois. It is here that she gained experience with growing vegetables naturally in the warmer, extended, southern Illinois climate. After three years managing La Vista, Amy and Segue were ready to start their own farm and, in December 2006, Three Rivers Community Farm was born with the lease of 12 acres from Principia College. 

Three Rivers Community Farm runs a CSA (community-supported agriculture) subscription plan, but also sells at a number of farmers markets in the St. Louis region including the Maplewood and Tower Grove Farmers Markets.

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Three Rivers Community Farm is also our SLOWednesday featured farm for August 10th at 7:30 in the Crown Room at Schlafly Bottleworks

SLOWednesday occurs on the second Wednesday of each month between June and October, and is presented by Slow Food St. Louis and the Schlafly Bottleworks. Each month a different farmer from the Maplewood Farmers Market will speak about their farm, giving you the opportunity to get to know your food, its origins, and most important, its producers. The culinary staff of the Schlafly Bottleworks will also cook a special meal utilizing products from the featured farm.