BLISS FEST 2009 - at English Landing Park in Parkville, MO - Saturday, July 25th - from NOON to 7pm

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The 2nd Annual
Conscious Lifestyle Celebration

July 25, Noon - 7pm
English Landing Park
Parkville, MO 64152

Tickets $5 Gate (no advance purchase necessary)
Kids Under 12 FREE

If you already have a green ticket, it is now worth 2 for 1 entry or exchange for raffle tickets.

Come and Join us for a
full day of...

Music ~ Entertainment ~ Food ~ Dynamic Speakers
and more!!

Live Music
Kansas City's HOTTEST band!
and Miss Conception
Emcee: Mike George

Tim VanOrden
Angela Stokes
Matt Monarch
Kat Bowie
Penni Shelton
Jane Van Benthusen

Yoga Pavillion

Food Demos by Dotty
featuring raw cuisine by
Frederic Patenaud
Ronnie & Minh

Lemons in the Kitchen
Green Street Goods
Sonrisa Salon & Day Spa
Whole Foods
GreenAcres Market
Nature's Pantry
The Uptown Theater
The Raw Food World Super Store
Gratitude KC
Kangen Water
Healing Touch & Rhythmic Medicine
Radiant Health Chiropractic
Earthwise Center For Sustainable Life Skills
Colon Care Center
Juice Plus
Living Greens
Mystic Tonics
Face Painting Paradise
Perfect Water
and many more!
Updates happen daily, hard to keep up here...

Kids Tent!

Farmer's Market

Main Street Parkville Association:
Evolving Magazine:
Sonrisa Salon & Day Spa:
GreenAcres Market:
Nature's Pantry:
Whole Foods Market:
The Uptown Theater
Miller's Nursery
Urban Tree Specialists
Gratitude KC
Frederic Patenaud, DVD Series:
Ronnie & Minh, DVD:


Bring a lawn chair, yoga mat or blanket.

Tickets $5
Under 12 FREE

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Charles Ferruzza speaks at KCMO Central Library - Sunday July 19th - 2pm

Dining in Kansas City: From the Depression to the Recession

Date and time of event: 07/19/2009 - 2:00pm
Location: Central Library

Kansas City's culinary style has been a matter of discussion since Sarah Coates, wife of mover-and-shaker Kersey Coates, complained about the food in the 1850s. But restaurant life in Missouri's raucous Cowtown didn't really begin to boom until the 1930s, during the Great Depression. During the economic highs and lows of the next seven decades, there have always been good places to dine in Kansas City, including legendary venues such as the Forum Cafeteria, Bretton's, Eddy's, Putsch's 210, and the Savoy Grill.

Charles Ferruzza leads a discussion of how dining tastes and culture have changed since the 1930s on Sunday, July 19, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Ferruzza has served as the restaurant critic for The Pitch since 2000. He has been nominated for a prestigious James Beard Award, and his writing has appeared in The Best Food Writing anthology for 2007 and 2008. He has appeared regularly on The Walt Bodine Show for more than two decades and hosts Anything Goes on KKFI 90.1 FM.

This presentation is part of the Missouri Valley Speakers Series, a program of the Missouri Valley Special Collections at the Central Library. The series is made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Admission is free. Click here or call 816.701.3407 to RSVP. Free parking is available in the Library District Parking Garage located at 10th and Baltimore.


Troostwood Youth Garden Market - FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS - 5142 Paseo (KCMO)

Basic Info

5142 Paseo, Kansas City, Missouri 64110

Friday nights, 5 pm to 8pm
Saturdays, 8 am to 2 pm

May 15 thru late October

Organically grown vegetables and produce grown sustainably by neighborhood youth - a member of JJ Farms - one of a number of farmers' markets featured by the Kansas City Food Circle.

Contact Info

Kansas City, MO

Growing a healthy neighborhood

Troostwood Garden started as an activity for kids

Jul. 09, 2009

Justin Burrell picks Swiss chard at Troostwood Gardens. The cob shed is behind him. (Rich Heffern)

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“When it’s hot, Mr. John and I work with cabbage leaves on our heads,” teenager Justin Burrell told me, then reached down, plucked one and wore it to show what his unique fashion statement looked like.

Justin is a 19-year-old gardener with Troostwood Youth Garden in the urban core of Kansas City, Mo. “Mr. John” is his mentor, John Kaiahua, who has farmed for over 20 years selling his produce in a community-supported agriculture (CSA) subscription-buying project.

Justin works at the inner-city garden with other neighborhood youth, hoeing weeds, digging up potatoes, planting and picking all kinds of produce, from mustard greens to beets, radishes to eggplants. Under Kaiahua’s guidance, they start work in January, planting seedlings in the greenhouse, and finish up in November when the last green tomatoes are rescued from the month’s hard freezes.

If you stop by the corner of 52nd and Paseo on a Saturday morning in the summer, Justin or his sister Jessica will sell you produce at the market located near the half-acre garden.

Gardening is a labor of love, but it’s also a way of creating healthy neighborhoods, according to Troostwood’s founder, Ericka Wright, who is Justin Burrell’s aunt. Wright is not your typical farmer.

Disabled from muscular dystrophy, Wright gets around the garden that borders the family’s two-story house in a motorized scooter. Her family started Troostwood Garden on their property as an activity for neighborhood youth. The area was a haven for petty crimes like vandalism and other activities of bored teens, Wright said. Not far away there was a brutal drive-by shooting. A neighbor was arrested for a road rage murder.

“I don’t know if it will turn a good profit as much as it will make better neighbors.” Wright said. No fences surround the garden yet it has never been vandalized or plundered. “The neighbor kids get the word out. They all police the garden because all of them have worked in it at one time or another.”

She pays the neighborhood kids with money earned at the market and from grants, one from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.

“Most of our kids live with an auntie, grandparent or a single parent. The stipend helps keep the kids from feeling embarrassed around their friends, which can lead to stealing or worse,” Wright said. “Kids also learn so much working here; it’s a good supplement to their cookie-cutter education, learning where food comes from, how good it tastes when it’s freshly picked. They experience firsthand the rewards of hard work. Young males work all day with older males; girls spend quality time with their grandmothers.”

When she first conceived the idea, Wright knew the empty lot next door was owned by nearby Rockhurst University. She went to Jesuit Fr. Ed Kinerk, then president, and asked if the land could be used as an entrepreneur project for the neighborhood. Kinerk agreed. Rockhurst students helped break ground for the first plantings.

On a corner lot the vegetable beds adjoin a busy sidewalk. Pictures of cabbages, collards and carrots are mounted on real estate signs with text underneath explaining what each does for health, how to grow it, and a recipe. “As people tour our garden they’ll learn about what it grows. The kids are the tour guides. By the end of the season neighbors and visitors will know lots about good nutrition.”

Troostwood’s mentor, John Kaiahua, is a retired Marine Corps Vietnam vet. The Hawaiian native farms his own land in a suburb and advises the Wrights on organic growing methods. Some of the produce grown by Troostwood’s youth supply his subscription CSA that feeds about 30 families city-wide.

Justin Burrell works the peak growing months with “Mr. John.” His pay goes to a savings account for college or further training in urban agriculture. His outdoor education now includes listening to the morning serenades of mockingbirds and bluebirds, relocating newborn rabbits out of the tractor’s tilling path, guarding ripened corn crops from marauding raccoons, and even constructing mud walls.

At one edge of Troostwood sits the “cob shed,” a small multipurpose building that demonstrates an age-old building technique using inexpensive materials. Sand, clay, straw and shredded corncobs, mixed by the bare feet of the neighborhood’s youth, make the sturdy walls. Wright described the building process: “Our kids walked in place for miles to knead the mud mixture, then we incorporated materials rescued from the neighborhood — clay tile from an old grocery store, bricks from a condemned house down the street.”

The youth did the final decoration of the shed, molding the drying mud into faces and placing their handprints and bits of colored glass in dazzling patterns. The shed gives the garden site a unique look, countering the strip mall standardization of most new construction in the city.

“It’s all an asset to this inner-city corner that most had given up on,” Wright said. “The kids know how to feed themselves well, how to do hard work that pays off. Every block in every inner-city neighborhood has a vacant lot or two. Every one should have a garden like ours.”




People of Distinguished Appetite,

Summer is upon us! And that could mean nothing other than TOMATOES! The moment we’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived, so get ‘em while they’re hot. I don’t think us organic growers are looking at a long season for these tender gems as this excessive moisture spreads disease like wildfire. So let these next few weeks be a celebration of the diverse fruits you see here!

For us growers, summer signifies a lifting of the planting burden. Now we’re reaping the fruits of our labor. Although some may claim them as vegetables, these fruits now include eggplant, peppers, cucumbers, summer squash, beans and much more!

Come see all of the following crazy urban growers this Friday night from 4:30 - 9 PM at the BADSEED, and enjoy the feast!

Brooke and Dan
1201 W. Bannister Rd.

Summer begins with squash. We’ve been diligently monitoring our pests this year, determined to minimize the loss of our beloved squash plants. We now have a varied selection of heirloom summer squash and zucchini!

We also have a good number of TOMATOES. Come taste from fantastic varieties like Mortgage Lifter, Ivory Egg, Thai Pink Egg, and Green Zebra, to name a few.

Heirloom EGGPLANT: these enormous fruits melt in your mouth when sautéed with our garlic. Pick up some of Goatsbeard’s Taum Salk to make amazing Eggplant Parmesan.

And still more to tantalize your taste buds: juicy cucumbers, incredible Purple Mosaic yard-long NOODLE BEANS, FRESHLY pulled onions, the best damn GARLIC this side of the Pacific, red, golden, and striped beets, gorgeous rainbow chard, big beautiful kale bunches, even bigger bunches of BASIL, as well as great deals on organic thyme, oregano, parsley, sage, and more.

Lew Edminster
The Herb’n Gardener
17th and Belleview

Have you seen Lew’s ZINNIAS?! Lew loves his flowers, and he has the most beautiful bouquets available every week. We need the tremendous beauty of these homegrown flowers as much as we need good food!!

That said, Lew will also have plenty of good food. More and more tomatoes, in addition to delicious salad greens and an assortment of other summer goodies.

Steve Mann
Platte Prairie Farm
From The Northland
The Squash Father has spread his seed, apparently, because we’ve been seeing quite a bit of summer squash on his market table of late. We’re also in store for more freshly dug potatoes, and other delightful treats from Steve’s own no-till garden.

Kay Peoples
The Curious Canine
We welcome Kay as a new BADSEED vendor! If you’re tired of questioning your own ethics, start questioning those of your dog, instead. Kay makes doggie food and treats from local organic meats. Come sniff around and see if you can find something yummy for your best friend, man.

Of course, we will continue to have FREE RANGE EGGS and assorted sweet and savory baked goods from Bread of Life Bakery.

Also, GOATSBEARD CHEESE, both aged and fresh, including varieties like FETA, Prairie Bloom, Walloon, Osage Orange, and Herbed Rounds!!!

THIS SATURDAY, July 18th from 10 - 3 P.M.
PICKLING!!! Cucumbers, Beets and Beans!
You can learn to preserve the harvest for the cold winter ahead this Saturday at the BADSEEDstorefront at 1909 McGee with "Canning Guru" Lori Watley. Sign up for this class at BADSEEDMarket this Friday night, or view a course description and download a registration form online at
Course Cost: $50

Thanks to all of our customers for your fantastic support! Come early and come often!


Farmer Dan


An Urban-Organic Farm & Market
Celebrating Local Food,
Culture, & Community

1909 McGee*KCMO*64108

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People of Distinguished Appetite, Summer is upon us! And that could mean nothing other than TOMATOES! The moment we’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived, so get ‘em ...

Host:BADSEED Farm & Market
Time:4:30PM Friday, July 17th
Location:BADSEED Market