20110107 Funky First Friday Farmers Market at BADSEED - EAT LOCAL FRIDAYS IN THE CROSSROADS

Food Revolutionists and Farm-Fresh Junkies -

Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful and relaxing holiday season full of friends, family, and local FOOD. We've missed you! Farmer Dan and I didn't get much relaxing in. (Imagine that). Dan has been spending his days 45 feet off the ground dismantling the roof of the historic barn we are tearing down and reconstructing on our property. Most people think we are nuts for doing this, but it translates into $40,000 worth of material for $1,500. Nuff said! I, on the other hand, have been spending my days spreading endless beds of straw mulch for our 2011 "no-till" vegetable production. "No-till" is a type of cultivation practice that views the soil as a living organism, thus avoiding the disturbance of it's precious microbiology through machine powered plows, tillers, etc. This practice is commonly employed on smaller scale homestead gardens and not commercial production due to it's labor intensive nature. But, what can I say, Dan and I have impenetrable ethics and furthermore we are masochistic fools! So, here I am laying thick straw mulch over endless fields in January in (sometimes) below freezing temperatures. The particular straw I am working with right now is 3 years old, and has begun to break down quite a bit thus covering any exposed parts of my body with a black film of filth which I lovingly refer to as my "dirt mask". While wearing my "dirt mask" surrounded by my straw-covered heaven (or hell), I often fall victim to sinful fantasies of giant tractors ripping through my field at full speed pulverizing my precious soil into lifeless powder....me in the midst of it all laughing wickedly as I effortlessly sow bed after bed of corn and beans into the freshly tilled dirt. When I tell Dan about these fantasies he looks at me with sheer disgust. But alas, these are the shameful sins of a "beyond organic" farmer. Other people's sins consist of adultery, gluttony, or greed. Mine consist of fantasies of deep tillage! It's comical isn't it? Anyway, I promise to leave both my sins and my "dirt mask" behind this Friday at the BADSEED Farmers Market from 4-8 PM!!!! This Friday is "first friday" in the Crossroads which means we will have live music from our favorite "folky" friends of Checkered Past. What more could you ask for - live music and live, nude farmers.....just kidding! What I meant to say was live music and live, nude vegetables!!!!!

Okay, before I get to this week's organic offerings, I have a whole bunch of "farm up-dates" and announcements to share with you. I haven't been on the ball with that lately, and now I can hardly keep up! Here we go:

URBAVORE Urban Farm is Born -
(ur-ba-vore [ûr'bə-vôr] noun - one who consumes urban-grown foods)
What's in a name?? Apparently, a lot. The most common question I get as a farmer is not "what crops do you grow?" but "how'd you come up with the name BADSEED?". Well, don't worry, BADSEED isn't going anywhere. It will forever be the name of our Farmers Market and community-based business that advocates for local food and urban agriculture. However, the new farm (which is it's own living and breathing organism) deserves a name. Thus, URBAVORE is born. It is a made-up word with a made-up definition, but I think the significance in the name is pretty obvious. As the seasons pass and our urban farm becomes more and more fruitful, there's a pretty good chance many of you will indeed become "urbavores". Move over "100 mile diet"!! The local food of the future is but a metro bus ride away!

The alchemy of composting is truly one of nature's miracles. The fact that today's left-over meat loaf can become tomorrow's heirloom tomatoes is mind-boggling. On that note, BADSEED is proud to announce that we have received a very generous grant from the Mid America Regional Council's (MARC) Solid Waste Management District and the Missouri Dept. of Natural Resources to initiate the city's very first Residential Composting Program. Isn't that exciting!!!
I'm a girl who has lived in extremely progressive cities like San Francisco where composting is actually a law and glass bottles can actually go into the recycling bin for curb-side pick up. Imagine that.....recyclables in the recycling bin! When I moved back to KC I was sort of offended! I was an environmentalist and this city made it so hard to be "green". Although we don't have the "greenest" of city services or policies, we do have some pretty awesome "green-minded" entrepreneurs willing to take matters into their own hands.....with the help of awesome non-profits like MARC. Take for instance what the Boulevard Brewing guys have done with Ripple Glass. You can now find glass recycling bins all over the greater metro area. Then there is Missouri Organics who take food scraps from businesses, grocery stores, and institutions and transform them into valuable top soil and compost that is sold back to the community. BADSEED hopes to join the ranks of these fine businesses in sincerely contributing to the "greening" of KC.
In a nut shell, here is how the program will work: URBAVORE in east KC will be open for compost drop-off during regular hours throughout the week. We will have large dumpsters in the parking lot which will accept ALL food scraps (including meat and dairy as well as cooked foods). We will also accept yard waste within certain parameters. We will manage the compost in large windrows at the back of the property. Compost will be spread heavily onto the vegetable and fruit production at specific times during the season. The compost will feed our soil allowing us to produce loads of healthy, organic fruits and vegetables which will be sold on-site at our farmstand.
The opening of the BADSEED Residential Composting Program will simultaneously occur with the opening of our farmstand in June. I will keep you posted on the details!

URBAVORE 2011 Apprentice Call -
We will be accepting two full-time apprentices this season as well as two "volunteer" apprentices. Only serious applicants need apply. Details of the program are attached. (SCROLL DOWN TO THE BOTTOM FOR DETAILS)
Geez!! That was a freakin' mouthful. I apologize but I had to get it all out. The REALLY BIG NEWS is being postponed until next week. Hopefully by then I, myself, will have come to terms with it! Stay tuned....

This Week's Organic Offerings:

JJ Farms, John Kaiahua (Raytown,MO)
**John will not be present, but I will be dealing his goodies:
*Gorgeous NAPA CABBAGE (kimchi anyone???)

Bigg Blue Farm, Stan & Carmen Biggs (Mosby, MO)

KC Community Farm (at the Kansas City Center For Urban Agriculture), Alicia Ellingsworth and Crew, (KCK)
*Swiss Chard
*Funky Fresh Greens Mix

PJ's Mushroom Farm, Paul & Judy Miller (Warrensburg, MO)
*Shitake Mushrooms!!
*Farm-Fresh Brown Eggs
*Hand-made rugs, Stained Glass Items, & Antique Ceiling Tin Pieces (from 100% recycled materials)
**Growing Mushroom Blocks are available for purchase and pick-up! Ask for more details....

Western Hills Produce, Alice & Marvin Huenefeld (Wellington, MO)
*Farm-Fresh Brown EGGS
*Jams and Jellies from homegrown fruit
*Baked goods from homegrown, hand-milled wheat including:
-moist breads
-pumpkin pies!!
-chocolate zucchini and pumpkin loaves
-banana bread
-cookies & a whole lot more
**hand turned wood carved items by Marvin!!

Parker Farms, Tom and Paula Parker (Richmond, MO) www.parkerfarmsmeats.com
*A variety of 100% grass-fed beef and all natural pork including:
*Pork Brats
*Pre-cooked Chipotle Brats (with cheese and cranberries)
*Pre-cooked Franks (both hot and mild)
*Spare Ribs
*Rib Steaks & Ribeyes
*Ground Beef and patties for the grill!!
***Delicious LAMB CUTS!!!!
**Tea Towels and homegrown Teas in orange, chocolate, lemon balm, spearmint, and peppermint!!!! Samples available.

Wells Family Farms, Kim & Steve Wells (King City, MO) www.wellsfamilyfarms.com
*Certified Organic Grass-fed Beef in steaks, roasts, ground, and special cuts
*Natural Bug Repellant
*Diatomaceous Earth

Green Dirt Farm, Jacqueline Smith & Sarah Hoffman (Weston, MO) www.GreenDirtFarm.com
*ARTISAN SHEEP'S MILK CHEESE in Aged Varieties including Wooly Rind, Bossa, Dirt Lover, & Prairie Tomme as well as fresh spreadable varieties in Rosemary,Nettle, Lovage, Confetti, and Firecracker!!!!
*Grass-finished Lamb Cuts

Bread Of Life Bakery, The Crowther Family (Stewartsville, MO) www.breadoflifebakery.net
*sandwich breads
*savory breads
*sweet breads
*specialty treats (vegan as well)
**ALL MADE FROM 100% Locally Grown, Organic Wheat!!!!
***Gluten-Free Breads and treats from the "Sweet Sisters" new line of baked goods!!!

Puddin' Head Coffee, Harry Lee, (Raytown, MO) www.puddinheadcoffee.com
*Only the BEST fair-trade/organic/micro-roasted coffee in town!!
Get yourself some beans or grab yourself a mug.
Other goodies include:

Certified Organic Flour from Heartland Mill
Freshly ground & locally grown whole wheat flour, whole wheat pastry flour, unbleached all purpose white flour, malted all purpose flour for bread baking, & blue corn meal !!! A bakers dream.....

RAW HONEY!!!....YES!! Les Miller (our wicked honey man) will be a buzzin' this Friday with that godly golden nectar and bees wax to boot!

and, of course, Kombucha Mushroom Tea (Brooke's home brew)
Sip while you shop!

LIVE NUDE VEGETABLES!! and other organic delights...

Yours Truly,

- farmer and mistress of the BADSEED

An Urban-Organic Farm & Market
Celebrating Local Food, Culture, and Community
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1909 McGee*KCMO*64108

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URBAVORE 2011 Apprenticeship Program - A Project of BADSEED

New life is emerging on Kansas City’s East Side; a living, breathing organism that both feeds from and provides food for its urban surroundings. BADSEED Farm moved up the food chain, and is taking root on new land and in the new form of URBAVORE.

URBAVORE is presently seeking one part-time apprentice and two volunteer apprentices for the 2011 growing season to aid in the creation of one of the largest and most diverse urban farms in the nation. This season, apprentices are tasked with much more than assisting to produce a crop of vegetables; they must also help to establish infrastructure, perennial fruit plantings, animal pastures and diverse natural habitats on 13 acres of raw land only 8 miles from downtown Kansas City. In exchange for 30 hours of labor weekly, URBAVORE will provide part-time apprentices with free accommodation at BADSEED’s downtown storefront (fully equipped with a commercial kitchen and comfortable amenities), a share of the farm’s bounty, and many opportunities for learning. Apprentices will develop skills in no-till, “beyond-organic” vegetable production, integrated livestock management, orchard planting & tree crop maintenance, windrow composting, direct marketing, food preservation, homesteading skills, and more.

Relevant skills and qualifications in farming and building are desired, but not required. We require part-time apprentices to complete the full season schedule from March 1 through October 31. We can offer volunteer apprentices more flexibility with scheduling and hours.

Part-time Apprentice

Required Hours: 30 field hours per week; 8 market hours per month

Season Commitment: March 1 – October 31

Pay: None.

Compensation: Free Room, Share of Produce, one-on-one (and sometimes two-on-one) training and workshops in diverse farm skills.

How to Apply: Mail resumes to brooke@badseedfarm.com or BADSEED at 1909 McGee St. Kansas City, MO 64108. We will subsequently conduct an interview and field tryout at the farm with qualified applicants in early February. (we can conduct phone interviews with out of town applicants)

Volunteer Apprentice

Required Hours: 15 field hours per week

Season Commitment: Flexible commitment from March – November.

Pay: None.

Compensation: Excellent agricultural skills training and partial share in the farm’s bounty

How to Apply: Mail resumes to brooke (a) badseedfarm.com or

1909 McGee St
Kansas City, MO 64108

We will subsequently conduct an interview and field tryout at the farm with qualified applicants.

*TO RECEIVE MORE DETAILED INFO e-mail or call us at 816-472-0027