Eric & Crystal Stevens have an intrinsic passion for growing food and medicinal herbs, growing native plants, cooking healthy meals, planting trees, foraging for wild food and medicine, creating art, spending time with their children in the fields and forests and educating the community...
The husband and wife team manage La Vista CSA Farm on the beautiful bluffs of the Mighty Mississippi. Together, they sow the seeds, transplant crops into the ground, cultivate the rows, harvest the bounty. They understand the importance of the CSA model to engage community involvement, educate the public about growing healthy safe food, to support local businesses and to circulate funds back into the local economy. They believe that growing food is an artistic expression. They strategically plant certain colors of crops in blocks so that by mid spring, their fields resemble patchwork quilts. When they are farming, the plants are their medium and the field is their canvas. Throughout the growing season, their surroundings supply them with a vast ongoing array of subject matter. From twisted carrots to dew droplets on the leaves, the farm provides endless inspiration. While Eric is busy cultivating the fields, Crystal documents the process through photojournalism and field journaling. They teach their children the beauty of the seed to table process and point out how each step becomes a composition, each moment a still life.
Their art collaborations illustrate the inspiration sourced from the cycles and rhythms of the natural world, the seasons of the farm, and the quintessential beauty of nature. Their collaborations have been featured at The Richmond Heights Art Walk, The Art of Food at the Webster House Galleries, The Rock N Roll Craft Show, Metro Bus Arts in Transit Program, St. Louis Earth Day, Tower Grove Farmers Market and the cover of The Healthy Planet for April 2013 November 2013 and April 2014.
They are co-illustrating a Children’s book by Kelley Johnson-Powers titled Semore the Bird Tells All that he Heard
Crystal is the author of Grow Create Inspire, an earth stewardship manifesto. She is an herbalist, an educator, and a freelance writer. She contributor to FEAST Magazine, a monthly contributor to The Healthy Planet Magazine, a Blogger for Mother Earth News, and a contributor to Permaculture Magazine and elephant journal.
Eric is the executive farmer at La Vista CSA Farm. He is wood block artist, muralist and graphic designer. He is an educator, a naturalist, and an environmental steward. In his free time you will find him planting trees and foraging wild edibles.
Cay is an artist and a climber. He loves vegetables and tending to his personal garden. Iris is a budding herbalist and a wonderful helper at the farm.