The Buffalo Seed Company
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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Farrar Family Farm
Our farm is 50 miles south of Kansas City in Adrian, MO. We offer grass-fed grass-finished beef & lamb, forest-raised pork, pasture-raised chicken and turkey. Our goal is to provide you with naturally raised wholesome food using regenerative farming methods that mimic the patterns found in nature. We use rotational grazing to raise our cattle and sheep. They are moved daily around our farm to new pastures and fresh forage. The chickens and turkeys live out on pasture in mobile coops. We move them every morning to a clean area of pasture where they can scratch and range for grasses and bugs in addition to their non-GMO feed.
What is forest-raised pork? Pigs that live in the forest! This is the ideal environment for a pig. They use their snout to root around and turn up the ground uncovering food on the forest floor. They also have access to non-GMO feed. Good bacon comes from happy pigs!
Hidden Mesa Farms LLC
Hidden Mesa Farm is a small specialty farm growing on 2 acres of land in the Western part of Paola KS. Offering fresh homegrown and vegetables, herbs, flowers and transplants at local farmers markets in Ottawa and Paola KS. I have a passion for growing plants using only organic and sustainable methods healthy for the people animals and our planet. Established in the fall of 2021 our orchard and perennial gardens are still young. In 2023 I hope to add fruit and asparagus to our selection of offerings for sale.
Herdsman House Farm
Sharon Autry is farmer and steward of Herdsman House Farm LLC a small specialty crop operation located on the greater Historic Martin Farm on the south side of Hillsdale Lake in Miami County Kansas. She was raised in rural Missouri where she developed a deep appreciation for the relationships between humans and their natural world and humans in community with fellow humans.
Sharon holds an MS in Curriculum and Instruction from Pittsburgh State and a BA in Anthropology and Spanish from Southeast Missouri State. After many successful years working for Kansas City Kansas Public Schools, National Park Service and Kansas City Art Institute, she got down to the business of realizing her life-long dream of becoming a farmer. She began farming in 2018 as a Growing Growers KC apprentice at Moon on the Meadow Organic Farm in Lawrence Kansas.
Sharon's farming education continued at KC Farm School where she was farm director from March 2019 through November 2020. In September of 2019 she relocated from mid-town KC to rural Miami County Kansas to establish Herdsman House Farm LLC in March of 2020. She received a Certificate in Sustainable Agriculture from Johnson County Community College in May of 2020 and has been engaged in specialty crop production using sustainable farming practices for four years.
Sharon is committed to conservation and community. Her farming practices are focused on building soil health and imitating the patterns and preferences of nature. Her marketing goals are to provide equitable access to safe healthy nutritious local food to her community. Farming is the thread the calling that weaves together Sharon's passions for environmental stewardship community building social advocacy art history teaching and learning.
JCCC Open Petal Farm was started on two acres of campus in 2010 to provide a learning lab for students in the Sustainable Agriculture program. It has since grown to 3 acres and added a mixed fruit orchard, 300 blueberry bushes, a student designed edible forest, a moveable high tunnel, a solar storage shed, a coolbot refrigerated trailer, and numerous other projects. Produce is sold through Rolling Prairie, CSA and on Saturdays at the Overland Park Farmers Market.
New Roots For Refugees
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.
Rich Farms LLC
Rich Farms is a rural Kansas City family-owned and operated microgreen farm dedicated to providing the finest quality.? In our greenhouse we grow pesticide and herbicide-free microgreens that are harvested at peak ripeness and nutritional maturity for superior color flavor and texture.? Our system of growing plants is with no soil instead utilizing scientific solutions to aid in healthy growth processes. The farm is located in a controlled indoor environment and outfitted with a special irrigation system. We cultivate year-round. We maintain the highest safety standards as part of our relentless commitment to quality. We believe that by using sustainable farming methods and minimizing water consumption we are creating nutritious products that contribute to a healthier community and a healthier planet.
Sacred Sun Farm
Sacred Sun farm is committed to nurturing our deep connection to the Earth by tending and mending our relationships through food and play. By conscious observation and feeding the soil, we grow nutrient dense vegetables, grains and medicinal herbs for our community while also supporting the abundant prairie that surrounds us.
We strive to provide a diverse variety of vegetables for our Farm Share (CSA) throughout the majority of the growing season, along with bringing an abundance of colorful veggies to the Brookside Farmers Market. This year will be our first time offering a Medicinal Herb Farm Share, offering fresh herbs to folks who use them for their personal care and supporting their family's and client's health.
700th Homestead Company
My name is Blake Bahora I run 700th Homestead Company a small scale naturally grown produce and proteins farm in Pleasanton Kansas. I started my sustainable farming journey in 2019 when I was determined to raise my children on clean and flavorful foods. My then goal to feed my family grew to include friends and eventually other families I didn't know personally started wanting in as well. Now my farm includes a small CSA program as well as farmers markets to help make local food more accessible. Specializing in the weird and unique I love introducing people too fun varieties of staple food to help even the pickiest of eaters fall in love with fresh local eating.
Spanish House Farm
Experience the local flower difference. Our 10 acre farm is situated in Piper Kansas. We grow specialty cut flowers for our Kansas City community. 100% of our flowers are grown right here in Kansas in a pollinator-safe environment and availability is based on the seasons. Varieties are carefully chosen for their suitability for cut flowers and we harvest them at their peak ripeness so that you the customer get to enjoy their longest vase life.
USA Duck Team
USA Duck Team is an association of 70 backyard and small-farm duck producers working together to promote animal welfare and sustainable wetlands farming.
The farm is a beautiful organic urban farm that creates a place for neighborhood residents and businesses to connect with their food and with each other. Westport Commons Farm generates for and demonstrates the social economic and environmental value of urban agriculture to a vital and thriving community. Our goals are to: Increase community engagement in the growing and eating of good food. Grow organic fruits vegetables and herbs to feed the community Teach & demonstrate diverse models of urban food production Be a catalyst for increased urban agriculture and improved healthy food systems in the metro area