In 2003, we began growing organic fruits and vegetables on Rebecca’s family farm in rural, northeastern Clay County, Missouri. We focus on building the soil through biological farming methods, including extensive cover cropping. The farm is home to two farmers, two cats, 140 hens, two roosters and countless frogs, butterflies, birds and insects.
Our infrastructure is focused on sustainable energy and includes a passive solar greenhouse, 30 gpm solar-powered irrigation system, electric tractor and utility vehicle, and a 20kW solar array. The 200+ acre family farm is planted in native grasses, good habitat for deer, turkey, quail, coyotes, and many other species of wildlife.
At the heart of Fair Share Farm are the 100+ families that join us in our efforts through Community Supported Agriculture. More than 20 different vegetables, fruits and herbs are grown for the CSA. Families contribute between 4-16 hours per year to the CSA either by helping at the farm during the weekly harvests or on the Core Group which guides decision-making, holds member events, conducts the annual survey, coordinates the distribution sites and keeps the CSA running smoothly. We welcome you to join our community of happy eaters!
Green Gate Family Farm was started in 2010 by Ken and Kate. They have invested significantly in the infrastructure of their farm- a new added a new well and an in-ground irrigation system; established several new growing fields; installed lots of new fences and done fence repairs; built two high tunnels (both 30'x96') and a heated greenhouse (30'x46').
The latest project was to complete a significant upgrade and remodeling of the metal barn that now has new floors and walls (about 1200 square feet) and where they added electric power, running water, extensive fruit and produce handling and processing areas and equipment, and a walk-in refrigerator.
Green Gate Family Farm believes strongly in a 'soil first' understanding and philosophy of farming and food production, and our annual soil tests have shown good improvement in our soils. We entered the transition period required for Organic Certification immediately in 2010 (this requires functioning under all the regulations of being Organic, without calling your farm Organic), and after the three year transition period was completed, Green Gate Family Farm was officially Certified Organic by the State of Oklahoma's Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry (ODAFF) in 2013. We have remained Certified Organic and continued to strongly support the USDA National Organic Program since then.
Our personal goals include safe, healthy food for our table, as well as for our customers, and a farm property that fits in with the ecology of the land we live on. We are striving to be a sustainable, ecologically friendly farm, and a successful farm business. We believe in building a strong food system and are proud members of the Kansas City Food Hub- a cooperative of farmers working together to sell into the regional food system.
We really like to integrate our agricultural systems utilizing the resources that are available to us.
Johnson County Community College 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 three acres and added a mixed fruit orchard, 300 blueberry bushes, a student designed edible forest, a student designed indigenous garden maintained in partnership with the Kansas City Indian Center, a moveable high tunnel, a solar storage shed/workshop, a coolbot refrigerated trailer and numerous other projects.
New Roots for Refugees is a 4-year training program for refugee farmers. Over the course of the program, farmers learn the skills to successfully run their own small farming business. 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.
The most valuable part is the cultural exchange that comes from the farm. A plant can last a season a vegetable can last a week but knowledge learned from one another never expires.
We are a small family owned, two-acre operation farming organically since 1981. We have been making organic soaps and bath care products since 1985. We also teach several old world arts and crafts skills including pottery. We only use sustainable practices in our business.
We grow many heirloom and specialty hard to find fruits and veggies along with herbs and orchard fruit. We also have been growing many organic micro greens since 1996. We also have a wide variety of specialty organic soaps, salves and souffle's made from only the finest ingredients. We were a regional finalist in 1984 with Robert Rodale's Organic Magazine Contest, a host farm with Growing Growers KC since 2005, a SARE grant winner on a 2008 project titled "Incredible Crop Yields From Small Urban Spaces," have shown our gardens with KC Urban Farms and Gardens Tours in 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2018, and were an Entrepreneur SE Slow Money Speaker in 2005.
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"
We are teaching farm, we are here to teach people how to grow it themselves
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.
Nutrient dense food hyper local. Carbon farming plan sare grant.
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.
Talking Tree Urban Farm is a little farm with big dreams! Our farm sits on 3 lots and a little less than an acre in Kansas City, KS. In just the year 2020 we have made huge strides on our project. What used to be vacant abandoned lots is now planted with over 100 species of trees, berries, native plants, herbs and vegetables.
Our goal is to create an ecosystem of diverse plant life that not only feeds humans but also wildlife, beneficial insects and micro organisms in the soil. In 2021 we will be selling transplants of berries and vegetables from the farm as well as planting a wide array of unique fruits and veggies to be sold through our weekly farm share and at the KCK Farmers Market every Saturday.
Our orchard is growing sustainably. We offer blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, paw paws, apples, pears and peaches in season. In addition, we offer value added products: currently salves, soaps, jellies, vinegars and tea blends.
The most important thing about the farm is the land. Trying to bring the land back to where it should be.
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!
URBAVORE is a biologically diverse farmstead set on 13.5 acres in Kansas City's urban core. The farm is committed to environmental integrity in all aspects of business & personal life. Energy-efficient systems for food production, waste, water and shelter redefine sustainability to build community and ecology.
Farmers Brooke Salvaggio & Daniel Heryer have delighted and satiated the palates of Kansas City's food community for over a decade. Using a unique no-till growing method, the farm produces high-quality, nutrient-dense food crops while enhancing the land and building rich soil. Through minimal tillage, compost applications, cover cropping, deep mulch, and animal rotations, we strive for biologically active soil. Due to increased soil health, our vegetable crops are never sprayed with pesticides or fungicides (including those approved for certified organic farms).
Farmers Brooke & Dan are known for their tenacity, rebellion (yes we've broken a few rules over the years!!), and unyielding commitment to sustainability. As urban pioneers and radical homesteaders, the couple fought the city to obtain 13.5 acres of raw land just five miles east of the Country Club Plaza in 2010. With no water, no housing, no fences, and no electricity, this land posed a formidable challenge to its new stewards and set the stage for their life's work: to build a family and farmstead that produces and creates more than it consumes and destroys. Today, after many years of blood & sweat, URBAVORE is an edible oasis unique to Kansas City.
Whispering Elm Farm is a small, bio-dynamic family farm located near Paola specializing in medicinal herbs and elderberries. We use cover crops, compost and focus on a wide variety of natives and other medicinals to build the soil and attract pollinators and allow our free range ducks to pest control. To extend our seasons and allow for winter harvests, we put in a high tunnel 4 years ago where we continue to experiment with a combination of annuals and perennials.
Additionally, we keep bees and have several medicinal gardens, cut flower beds, two blackberry patches and field of American elderberries. We have been certified organic the last few years but are dropping the certification in 2021 simply because for our small farm, it isn't worth the expense and hassle.
We are still 100% committed to organic practices so nothing will change in how we operate. We offer educational tours of our medicinal gardens, cut flower gardens, elderberries, tunnel and general infrastructure and are happy to share our journey with the organic certification process, transitioning from suburban life to establishing a homestead and our experiences with raising various poultry and bees. Our elderberries, fresh and dried herbs, honey, tonics, teas and other products are high-quality and hand-crafted in small batches to preserve medicinal qualities. We also offer a variety of wellness, gardening and beekeeping classes.
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We support healthy in every way. Well-rounded farm dedicated to overall health.
The Young Family Farm is a family-run operation in midtown, Kansas City, Missouri. At the core of their work is the belief in social justice, community empowerment and collective action. In operation since 2010, the farm was more formally "established" in 2019 with the goal of providing healthy food options to residents in an area classified as a food desert and inspire community members to grow their own produce.