The Buffalo Seed Company was launched by Dr. Matthew & Nancy Kost in October, 2018. Nancy is from the Altiplano of Bolivia and grew up growing quinoa, potato, and llamas in a resilient system that predates the Inca Empire. She has since acquired a bachelor degree in agronomy from Earth University in Costa Rica, and a Master of Science Degree in tomato breeding from The Ohio State University.
Matthew is originally from Kansas City and has returned after obtaining a Bachelor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Kansas, and a Ph.D. in Evolutionary Agroecology from The Ohio State University. Matthew has also worked in conserving amaranth and quinoa landrace diversity in Peru and arid adapted crops in the Greater Southwest. Matthew and Nancy have deep knowledge and wisdom of seeds, seed systems, evolution, ecology, and adaptation. Importantly, we have two little helpers that mean the world to us, Silveria and Thomas.
The Buffalo Seed Company supplies growers with bioregionally adapting seeds to increase the resiliency and sustainability of our local food systems. While our local food systems are strengthening, the seed system underlying them are far from local. In fact, many seeds offered to growers are sourced from outside their bioregion and often times outside the country. It is time for us to integrate locally adapting, as well as adaptable seeds, into our local food systems and to secure a bioregional seed source that can withstand change. The Buffalo Seed Company has taken on this task as our contribution to push local food production in our bioregion to the next level, locally grown crops from bioregionally grown seeds. This is not a new idea, but the foundations of truly resilient and sustainable agricultural systems; this can be seen in every crop center of origin around the world.
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Marla and Brian Biggs began this first generation farm just outside of Paola, Kansas in 2013 with a small herd of Scottish Highland cattle. At Hedgewood Farms, our mission is to provide premium quality pastured beef, pork, poultry, eggs and produce, practicing humane and sustainable regenerative farming. We provide families with real, healthy, and delicious whole food choices. Hand raised, and home grown.
We are passionate about providing food that sustains the land and feeds families the healthiest most nutritional food possible. We are helping save the planet with regenerative farming. Our cattle are Scottish Highland, South Pole and Angus and they are 100% grass fed and finished. Our hogs are raised on woodland forage and our broilers and egg layers are raised on pasture to help restore land health and encourage biodiversity. Poultry and hogs are supplemented with 100% organic grains. Our farm includes a small market garden that follows organic practices.
We invite you to visit our website and become a Hedgewood Farms family subscriber. Subscribers have priority access to all our products. When supplies are low, we reserve inventory for you first on standing order items. Delivery is free within our delivery radius with a minimum order amount. The best way to ensure you can feed your family high- quality whole foods year round. Find us at these markets in 2022: Lenexa Farmers Market, Brookside Farmers’ Market.
For over a decade, New Roots for Refugees has empowered families from the refugee community to start farm businesses by growing and selling produce through farmer’s markets, wholesale, and the New Roots Farm Share. At the Juniper Gardens Training Farm, farmers are given a quarter-acre plot to grow vegetables such as tomatoes, beets, spinach, green onions, lettuce, eggplants, and more.
Farmers bring agricultural expertise from their home countries and continue to learn more about growing sustainably in the Midwestern climate. Over four-years, farmers are assisted with crop planning, farm troubleshooting, farming equipment, business finance, record-keeping, markets applications, and customer recruitment. Each year, the program passes more responsibilities to each farmer to maintain their business. By the fourth year, farmers have taken on the totality of the business expenses and have practice maintaining their customer base.
You can support our farmers by finding New Roots stalls at farmer's markets around the KC area, subscribing to our Farm Share CSA program, or buying wholesale for your restaurant or organization.
We have an urban farm located in Kansas City, MO where we are trying to change the area one person, one family, one community at a time. We grow everything organically on our farm with a wide range to choose from including tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, potatoes, beans, eggplant, herbs, garlic, peas, mushrooms, greens, strawberries, blackberries, elderberries, cabbage, kohlrabi. beets, turnips, arugula, spinach and so much more. We also make over 50 different jellies and jams using local produce that we grow or harvest within 75 miles. We also have a new line of spice blends this year, some using ghost pepper and habaneros. We not only grow and sell at local farmers markets but we are working with Agape Grow at Beaumont and teaching gardening, cooking and canning classes"
Linda Hezel Ph.D., R.N. began as Farm Steward at Prairie Birthday Farm 20 years ago to regenerate its soil and reconstruct the native landscape that would have graced the fourteen acres prior to European immigration.
While producing flavorful, nutrient dense ingredients, it also serves as a teaching laboratory where Linda shares the science, craft and art of artisanal food growing with chefs, farmers, gardeners, nutritionists, naturalists, artists and others to promote regenerative agroforestry practices and an understanding of healthy food for nutritional wellness.
Teaching others to grow and eat nutrient-dense, organic food follows the 2008 American Nurses Association resolution for nurses to serve as role models and educators by participating in and promoting nutritious foods from sustainable local food systems so as to improve eating habits, increase patient and public health, and support the long-term social, economic, and environmental well-being of workers, communities and global health.
The farm is host to poultry and honeybees as well as over 866 trees and shrubs, 36 flowers, 25 fruits, 40 herbs, 15 vegetables and more than 140 native plant varieties that yield a complex array of ecosystem services (carbon sequestration/storage, pollinator/wildlife food/habitat) all year without synthetic chemicals or season extension structures.
Co-owners Laura Christensen and Katherine Kelly have many years of farming experience and in 2019 started 2 Birds Farm on 20 acres in Kansas City, KS.
At 2 Birds Farm we love growing great vegetables, eating tasty food and appreciating the wildlife, wild weather and wild challenges of farming in our area.
We sell our vegetables through a CSA that offers home and office delivery of shares and at the Brookside Farmers' Market in Kansas City, MO. We currently have about two acres of open field, three high tunnels and a greenhouse in production on the farm. We also have a small flock of happy hens that provide eggs. In April and May we use our greenhouse to produce a wide variety of vegetable bedding plants for home gardeners.
We offer more than 50 varieties of tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, greens and more. From heirlooms to hybrids to varieties suited to containers or square foot gardening, we have you covered.
The Natural Farmacy KC is a sustainable, organic-practice urban farm operated by Dhan Rai, a graduate of the New Roots for Refugees farm business training program. In addition to selling at the Overland Park Farmer's Market, the farm also offers a CSA farm share program that includes full and half-season share options, supplies wholesale accounts, and now also produces cut flowers for sale to the public. The Natural Farmacy sites are located in the KCK urban core and have been a great opportunity to connect with the community and make productive use of under utilized vacant land and bring fresh produce to our neighbors.
Farmer Dhan is excited to bring his years of agricultural experience from the field to your table!