Rachael McGinnis Millsap, Farm to School Academy director, has begun managing daily operations at Splitlog Farm in Kansas City, Kansas.
It’s a unique urban farm established by Community Housing Wyandotte County in 2014 to support their community building and engagement goals. Earlier this year, the agency approached KC Healthy Kids about operating the farm, which includes a hydroponic growing system, orchard and green space where neighbors can gather.
The site is across the street from M.E. Pearson Elementary, and students as young as preschoolers come over for outdoor, age appropriate plant science courses. They germinate seeds, plant seedlings and harvest produce for their cafeteria.
“Splitlog is such a special place. I’m really excited to dig in the dirt with kids and help them grow food for their school and community,” McGinnis Millsap says.
Rachael has been working closely with Josh Mathiasmier, director of nutritional services at Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools to establish protocols for students to harvest, wash, package and deliver produce from the farm for their school cafeteria.
The farm is an excellent example of how a small space can be used to grow a substantial amount of food. On just a third of an acre plot, Splitlog grows more than 1,600 pounds of produce, which is distributed to the community.
In 2018, Splitlog Farm received the Champions for Health Award from KC Healthy Kids.
Video: A Visit to Splitlog Farm