Urban Farms Attract Tourists, Development and Community Attention

Urban Farm Tours:
Building a Network of Backyards, Rooftops and Abandoned Lots

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We really like the concept of the 2nd Annual Urban Farm Tour taking place September 12th in Carrboro, NC, for its rather brilliant simplicity. Build a network of pioneering individuals - vegetable growers, rooftop beekeepers, backyard chicken farmers etc. - who are raising their own food in limited space and open their homes and gardens to the public. An event that synthesizes ideas of local food and community with a bit of DIY inspiration and education, while opening people’s eyes to the potential that exists in their own homes. The Carrboro tour will also include hands-on workshops and coincide with a fundraiser to raise money to start an urban farm tool “lending library”...

(the full article can be read at: PSFK.com)


See also: http://www.TransitionKC.org
and read up on Facebook about a new Communiversity Class at UMKC starting Sep 22, 2009:
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blue bird bistro - calendar re-post for early September

blue bird bistro's
upcoming happenings

check out event calandar at www.bluebirdbistro.com

thursday, september 10th - artist reception at blue bird bistro
meet Rita Gienapp, who is currently showing her art and enjoy complimentary local food and drink - stop by anytime between
5:30pm to 8:30pm

sunday, september 13th - Tour of Missouri Bike Race
we are the King of the Mountain location in the bike race - come to 17th & summit to see the race and enjoy local pure food to fuel you through 7 laps - we will be open and serving a special "king of the mountain" menu

saturday, september 26th - farmers' table
come meet our fall farmers and see what's growing locally
as you enjoy a 5 course dinner of all local food
follow our farmers' tables at www.farmerstable.bluebirdbistro.com

Food, Inc., a documentary about food issues in America is now playing in theaters - more information at www.foodincmovie.com

FOOD, INC. is currently playing
in the KC area at...

Glenwood Arts Theatre

9575 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park, KS 66212

12:45pm | 3:00pm | 5:40pm | 7:55pm

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thank you for all your support!

Funky first Friday Farmers Market at BADSEED - A MUST ON FRIDAYS IN THE CROSSROADS

Dearest Earthlings,

I feel silly using that term: “earthlings”, like I am some sort of Sci-Fi enthusiast. Believe it or not, I don’t spend my time watching Star Trek re-runs all day. Instead, I nurture a complex system of bio-diverse plants, animals, and insects in a very large suburban backyard.

My livelihood as a farmer is a constant reminder that we are all truly people of the earth – hence the term “earthlings”.

However, a modern lifestyle full of gadgetry and technological accessories that fall far from the realm of necessity can quickly make one forget their earthly origin. When the term “blackberry” evokes images of a fancy computerized device before that of a juicy, bite-size fruit bursting with flavor, then perhaps it is time to step back and reconnect with the earth – if only for just a moment.

One way to step back and reconnect is to prepare a meal with friends and family from locally grown foods.

Prince Charles, a man who views agriculture as the most important of humanities productive activities, believes that “local cuisine is one of the most important ways we identify with the place and region where we live”. The food produced in our immediate communities is more than just food, for it represents an entire culture.

So my friends, let’s get “cultured” and fill our bellies with local-organic delights grown sustainably and with a whole lotta’ love from your dedicated gang of gregarious urban growers at the BADSEED Farmers Market this “first” Friday from 4:30 – 9 PM!!!

This weeks “earthly” delights will include:

*Heirloom Tomatoes in Green Zebra, Japanese Black Trifle, Brandywine, Lemon Drop, Tigerella, and more….

*Orgasmic Eggplant in all shapes, sizes, and colors (try the Japanese, they literally melt in your mouth!!!)

*Sweeter than Heaven & Hotter than Hell Heirloom Peppers

*Red Velvet OKRA (tender, elegant, wickedly good…)

*Varietal Summer Squash including French Heirloom Scallop, Lebanon, Costata Romanesca, Eight Ball, and more….

*SHOW-STOPPING Carnival Winter Sqaush (from the “squashfather” himself)

*MEAN GREENSLate Summer Saute Mix with Lemon Sorrel and Sweet Potato Greens, Peppery and Perfect Arugula, Russian Kale, Rainbow Chard...and the list goes on

*Gourmet Potatoes in Purple Peruvian, Yukon Gold, French Fingerling, and Agria

*Crisp Cabbage Heads in Savoy and Red Rock

*Flavor Bursting Garlic & Onions


*Herbs, Glorious Herbsincluding the BEST BASIL EVER!!!!!! (make some PESTO or else….)

*Fresh Cut ZINNIAS in retro pink, green, and burnt orange

…….and that’s not all

Who needs vegetables when you can stuff yourself with local GOAT CHEESE from Goatsbeard Farm, and FREE-RANGE EGGS & BAKED GOODS from Bread of Life Bakery, not to mention that much needed jolt from Puddin’ Head Coffee with their organic/fair-trade and oh so delicious Coffee Beans and hot hot cups.

And last but not least: Musical stylings will be provided for your listening pleasure by our favorite folkies, Checkered Past !!!!

-And now on a more serious note -

BADSEED Farm Up-date:

Well, our fight to keep our farm continues. Strange, huh! Who ever thought organic vegetables grown in a well-manicured and idyllic backyard would be a controversial debate? To read the latest publication on the issue please visit: http://www.kansascity.com/news/neighborhood/southland/story/1418209.html

Anyway, Dan and I are doing our best to stay focused and take things day by day. It is easy to lose faith and motivation in situations like this, but the plants and animals (as well as my dear old Grandpa) still need constant attention. The ill intentions of a few community members (as heavy as their influence may be over our future) cannot cause us to abandon our ultimate responsibility to the land. There is a plethora of luscious food in the ground! These nutrient packed bodies of life must get into the mouths of our dedicated “eaters”. I AM A FARMER and my allegiance is to just that – FEEDING PEOPLE responsibly.

Our sweet and angelic dairy goats are now gone. As you may know, we lost our appeals hearing to receive a special extension to keep them. The farm is a lonely, lonely place these days. I have never felt such a sense of loss in my entire life. Losses have been particularly potent as my lovely Grandmother, Betty Lou, who once adored the goats from her kitchen window, passed on the same week as our hearing to keep the animals. Wow!! - Life can really sneak up on you sometimes, and before you know it you are drowning in all its tragic glory.

As they say – “when certain doors close, others open”. I have been putting a lot of faith in that “saying” these days. Perhaps I will not always nurture the land in a suburban backyard at 95th and Stateline Rd, but I promise you this:

Somewhere, somehow I WILL dance with my goats, I WILL cackle with my chickens, and I WILL stare across a sunlit field full of food into the face of the man that I love. I WILL BE FREE.

THANK YOU KANSAS CITY – the greater community has supported BADSEED since our humble beginning. We will not forget.


Most Sincerely Yours,


– Farmer & Mistress of the BADSEED -

P.S. To learn more about our troubles check out the cover story in INK Magazine.* They really got our goat.....(haha)

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

1909 McGee*KCMO*64108

See you this Friday from 4:30 to 9 PM

Troostwood Youth Garden Market - FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS - 52nd & Paseo, KCMO

Troostwood You

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...


Invitation: West-Central Missouri Farm Tour @ 2009-09-21 10:30am – 3:30pm (kcfoodcircle.email@blogger.com)

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You are invited to

West-Central Missouri Farm Tour

Monday, September 21, 2009
10:30am – 3:30pm

Starting at:
Kottwitz Feed & Farm Supply, Osceola, MO 64776-2490

The Missouri Vegetable Growers Association and University of Missouri Extension, with support of the Missouri Department of Agriculture are holding a Specialty Crop Farm Tour in Missouri's West-Central Region. Three farms in St. Clair Count will be showcased on the tour, starting with the family farm at Kottwitz Feed and Farm Supply. Additionally, there will be a beekeping demonstration and tutorial from a veteran beekeper, a farmers market stand display, and a free lunch. You must register to get a free meal.

MU Extension Calendar Page:

=== Sep 21, 2009 ===

Missouri Vegetable Growers Association and University of Missouri Extension
invite you to the

West-Central Missouri Farm Tour

Learn from other growers, share ideas, and promote good practices.

Free Lunch!

Beekeeping Demonstration!

Farmers Market Stand Display!


10:30-11:00 am Kottwitz Feed & Farm Supply*
* 240 NE 471 Rd, Osceola, MO 64776-2490 (map)

11:15-1:00 pm Wisner Farms

1:15-3:00 pm Gordon's Orchard

FREE Lunch

Beekeeping Demonstration

RSVP Before 9/17 to get a free lunch

Contact: Marlin Bates
Horticulture Specialist,
Platte County MU Extension Center
(816) 270-2141
batesma @ missouri . edu


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