Behind the scenes.

Kara Tweedy

Kara Tweedy

I’ve always loved growing. Reflecting on my past I find it hard to recall where that passion came from because, unlike now, there was no end game to the garden, no need to reduce my food costs or maximize my yields, I was just a little kid with a shit-eating grin, intrigued I guess by the slow magnificence of flowering marigolds.

I bought some vacant land, and although I've lived in Kansas City all my life, I'd never been to this part of town before. The land and community had been rejected, but both were beautiful. Kara and I began to farm and we failed. For three years. We tried local compost, mulching, tilling, sod-cutting, and cover cropping. Nothing worked until we discovered that the foundation to healthy soil is the incredible microscopic organisms that exist and thrive beneath your feet as you tramp through the mountains, prairies, and forests.

We spent a year and a half learning and developing the tools we needed to heal our land by bringing these organisms back into our soil. We failed nine times. But now it's on.

Drew Arensberg

Drew Arensberg

The Principle

At East Aster we believe that we all have nature within us and that nature is intelligent. It is not something our society can define through reductionist approaches because the variables are so complex, but its simplicity is felt deeply as soon as we walk into the forest of step waist deep into the ocean. Our work is a reflection of this perspective. Our products are not made in a lab. Instead they are crafted by natures intelligence and then wrapped in scientific observation. Let’s create a new narrative for agriculture, urban landcare, and wild bioregions. Let’s make chemicals irrelevant in growing.

– Drew & Kara

The Principle

At East Aster we believe that we all have nature within us and that nature is intelligent. It is not something our society can define through reductionist approaches because the variables are so complex, but its simplicity is felt deeply as soon as we walk into the forest of step waist deep into the ocean. Our work is a reflection of this perspective. Our products are not made in a lab. Instead they are crafted by natures intelligence and then wrapped in scientific observation. Let’s create a new narrative for agriculture, urban landcare, and wild bioregions. Let’s make chemicals irrelevant in growing.

– Drew & Kara

Case studies and classes to learn how to grow without chemicals.

The Farm Bar – a place on our farm to sit and chat about everything growing.