My childhood home sat at the end of a typical suburban neighborhood of Kansas City. On one side was another 80’s built home and to the other side was a farm with horses and milo. At the time this was not an atypical scene. Suburbia was stretching its extremities further south (as it still is today) and we happened to live were suburban and farm life met. Cecil, our next-door-neighborhood farmer, reserved part of his land as a community garden. My parents grew everything from sunflowers to cucumbers. As a kid I spent a fair amount of time watering, picking out weeds, and just playing in the dirt in general. On special occasions I got to ride the tracker and play in the barns. Now that farm, as well as most of the other fields and farms in the area, have been replaced with the Sprint World Headquarters (…), apartment complexes, chain restaurants and shopping, and more apartment complexes. I love my city and am proud to be a home grown Kansas Citian. It’s growth, especially lately, has put KC on the map and brought well deserved recognition to the organizations and people that call this place home.
But what happened to all those farmers? With the growing KC population has come a growing community of people who appreciate playing in the dirt and growing things just as much as I do. And they are asking that very question. I’ve been lucky enough to connect with a small group of these wonderful people through the Kansas City Food Circle. KCFC is a non-profit organization that works to promote and support our local farmers, local food, and local retailers. Because of them my interest, knowledge, and support for local farming and gardening can grow. I’ve had a blast attending their events such as the Stony Crest Urban Farm Tour where I got to met two incredible and intelligent farmers, Rodger and Diane.
Here are some photos of the tour:
Looking forward to sharing my next adventure in farming and/or container gardening with you soon! :)