Kitchen House Coffee Turns an Urban Farm into a Tower Grove East Coffeeshop

In *All by Ag is America

Paul Whitsitt is bringing the farm life to a city view. He owns Kitchen House Coffee in St. Louis’ Tower Grove East community, which may only look like your average coffeehouse at first glance. But outside the back door, chickens earn their keep by laying eggs for the restaurant’s quiches and egg sandwiches. In addition, Whitsitt also composts coffee grounds and food scraps from the restaurant for his urban garden. The compost fertilizes vegetables and herbs for food and specialty drinks at the restaurant.

He first began gardening through University of Missouri Extension’s Master Gardener program in 2014.  He then attended gardening workshops in the St. Louis area and learned of MU’s Master Gardener program and said it was what he needed.

The goal for his restaurant he says is to provide a sense of community and promote urban gardening and sustainability. He thought Tower Grove East would be the perfect community, with parks festivals and more, it’s a space where people can come together. It just shows you how your average everyday people can their unused yard into a garden to grow healthy food.

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