Category Archives: Agriculture

Turnverein Site Empty For First Time Since 1870

by Michael R. Allen Architectural historians often stop their work when a building reaches its sure death. Without a chance at preservation, an already-decrepit building is just a historic shell. Articles written, consulting fees paid, photos taken — what is … Continue reading

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Chickens in South City

by Michael R. Allen Sparing readers of chickens coming home platitudes, I will state that there are a lot of chickens in St. Louis city these days. Urban agriculture in the city is becoming more diversified, and many backyard farmers … Continue reading

Posted in Agriculture, Gravois Park, Shaw, South St. Louis, Tower Grove East | 6 Comments

Farm House Facing Death In Belleville

by Michael R. Allen I have been conducting an architectural survey at Scott Air Force Base and passing back through Belleville. Last week, just east of town I came across this 19th century brick farmhouse on Highway 161 east of … Continue reading

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Talk on Missouri Barns This Friday

Barn Again: Efforts to Document and Save Elements of the Rural Missouri Landscape Noon, Friday, March 12 / Lecture Room / Architecture St. Louis / 911 Washington Avenue, Suite 170 Since joining Missouri Preservation as its Field Representative a little … Continue reading

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Missouri Rural Preservation Organization Launched

by Michael R. Allen On Saturday, January 23, a group of barn owners, architectural historians and craftspeople met near New Bloomfield, Missouri, to discuss creating a new statewide preservation group focused on rural structures. Bill Hart, Field Representative for Missouri … Continue reading

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Small Victory for Sensible Agriculture

by Michael R. Allen From the Marshall News-Democrat‘s story “Judge rules in favor of Arrow Rock CAFO opponents”: The future of confined animal feeding operations in Saline County is uncertain after Associate Circuit Judge Patricia Joyce ruled in Cole County … Continue reading

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Monroe County Corn Crib Still in Use

by Michael R. Allen While driving in Monroe County, Illinois recently, I was delighted to find an intact historic corn crib still in use. This crib stands on the east side of Bluff Road between Fults and Kaskaskia roads. Corn … Continue reading

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St. Louis Place Alive With Thursday Night Concerts

by Michael R. Allen Headliner Kim Massie thrilled the large crowd at the Thursday kick-off of the Whitaker Foundation/Grace Hill Urban Evening Series at St. Louis Place Park in north St. Louis. Massie’s blues-oriented programs deviated for a crowd-pleasing cover … Continue reading

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Land Use and Flooding

by Michael R. Allen From “Iowa flooding could be man’s fault, experts say” (Washington Post): Between 2007 and 2008, farmers took 106,000 acres of Iowa land out of the Conservation Reserve Program, which pays farmers to keep farmland uncultivated, according … Continue reading

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Factory Farming in Missouri

by Michael R. Allen The Joplin Globe published an excellent article on confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs) in Missouri: “Study: CAFOs affect neighbors’ property”. These operations have been replacing traditional animal farms for years — bringing with them debilitating conditions … Continue reading

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