KC Farm School at Gibbs Road is an educational incubator for burgeoning farmers and young students alike. Led by Alicia Ellingsworth, the farm school was established in 2018 to educate and connect the community to land, food, themselves and each other. They are one of the newest members of KC Food Circle™, but the farm itself, formerly Gibbs Road Farm managed by Cultivate KC, has been a well-established anchor and educational resource to the farming community for many years.
As Kansas Citians began to comprehend the new challenges of social distancing and nation-wide shutdowns, KC Farm School were true first responders and rapidly mobilized into action.
They were the first to team up with other organizations in order to brainstorm ways in which to connect the community to fresh food and alleviate food insecurity in the metro area while still maintaining safety protocols. Their swift actions produced a road map that hopefully will help other farms adapt and flourish.
KC Farm School offers many ways farmers and families can connect to fresh food. Their programs include Let’s Grow Wyandotte supporting those who want to grow their own food, a Perpetual Transplant Sale for curbside pick up, A Virtual Farmers Market that is on a pay-what-you-can scale and offers the option to purchase a farm share through their community supported agriculture program for the rest of the season.
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Photo: KC Farm School at Gibbs Road
By Ashly Meek, Farm to Institution Educator