... Most urban farms are less than two acres. This 13.5-acre property, about two acres larger than Mill Creek Park next to the Country Club Plaza, will be one of the largest urban farms in the country.
The couple were looking for just such a place — maybe not this large — after an urban-farming experience turned sour near State Line and Bannister roads. The operation there drew complaints from some neighbors and hassles with city officials.
That shouldn’t happen at Urbavore, the couple’s name for the farm. They bought the land from a city-related housing agency. Thousands in tax dollars were spent every year just to keep it mowed. The couple won rezoning for agricultural purposes, an unusual case of “downzoning” in the city.
“That was a huge victory,” Salvaggio says. “After the situation at Bannister and State Line, we really went looking for a place to fulfill our urban pastoral dreams.”
The farm is big enough to nearly forget the city is all around. The west end is relatively flat and sits high. Before the neighborhood trees leafed out, the couple could catch glimpses of downtown and, earlier, the Plaza lights. When the wind was right last year, they heard music from Starlight Theatre.
“Urban farm moments,” Salvaggio says.
The east portion of the property is a gentle upward slope from Bennington Avenue, well-suited for an orchard, which they began planting last fall. They have 160 fruit and nut trees, including 10 varieties of heirloom apples and five pear varieties, although it will be several years before the trees bear fruit.
About two acres of the west portion is planted in vegetables: tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, fava beans, beets, rainbow chard, spinach, sweet potatoes, okra, Asian lettuce mixes, turnips, garlic, onion, kale — to name a few. The farm is organic and no-till, which means weeds weren’t killed by tilling or using herbicides but by covering the ground in straw more than a foot deep.
“This is thousands of dollars worth of straw, all laid on the ground by hand,” Salvaggio says, nodding toward the crops.
There are 60 chickens and a mobile chicken house, a pond that’s not yet filled and an area to be planted in grapes. Plans include a barn and a greenhouse and, eventually, a home. They live nearby for now.
In addition to launching the composting program last Saturday, Urbavore also opened a farmstand, which will operate 2 to 6 p.m. Saturdays.
The grant was funded in part by the MARC Solid Waste Management District and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Its purpose is to help establish a pilot program and to educate folks in neighborhoods nearby — the most likely people to participate — about food scraps recycling, says Nadja Karpilow of MARC.
“Your old meatloaf could be next year’s heirloom tomato,” Salvaggio likes to say. “The farmstand will give us a chance to make that connection for people.”
The couple also offer a Friday market downtown from 4 to 9 p.m. at Bad Seed Market, 1909 McGee St. In fact, Bad Seed just won the “Farmers Market of the Year” award for 2011 from the Missouri Department of Agriculture.
Kansas City Councilwoman Cindy Circo took a tour of the farm at Saturday’s opening and liked what she saw.
The city needs to work with pioneers like Salvaggio and Heryer, she said, and avoid wasting money on vacant property.
“The economy tanked, and we knew there was no developer coming,” Circo said. “This is a great location for them between the city and the suburbs.”
Several of the neighbors who visited the farm Saturday also were impressed — and appreciative. Etta Canady and her granddaughter Lashai Moss both live nearby.
“Every time I drove by I could look over and see, but I didn’t know all this was going on,” Canady said. “I’m trying to eat more healthy and organic food. This is the best thing that could happen to the neighborhood.”

What: Household food scraps composting program
When: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays to Saturdays
Where: Urbavore farm, 5500 Bennington Ave., west of Interstate 435 near Blue Parkway and Eastwood Trafficway
How it works: Save kitchen scraps and old refrigerator food in a bucket with a lid for about a week, then bring it to the farm and toss it in the marked trash bin at the farm entrance. Untreated grass clippings and leaves are welcome, too.
Farmstand: Open 2 to 6 p.m. Saturdays. Food stamps are accepted and their value doubled.

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ROSEDALE Farmers' Market (KCK near KU Med) - SUNDAYS - NOON to 3pm

Double your SNAP & Vision $DOLLAR$
with the BEANS & GREENS program at RFM!


GET YOUR GROWN ON!  Tickets for the Urban Farms and Gardens tour will be available THIS SUNDAY at the Rosedale Farmers Market.  The tour is June 25 and 26th, and pre-tour events begin June 15.  More information is available online at


  • Strawberries
  • Broccoli
  • Lettuce
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Mustard Greens
  • Microgreens
  • Radishes
  • Asparagus
  • Local farm eggs
  • Onions
  • Homemade bread
  • Baked goods
  • Vegetable transplants
  • Flower transplants
  • All natural body products
Be sure to stop by Nutressant's stall and try their all natural bath and body products!

Also at the market this week...

Vegetable pick of the week:

Last week's recipe is available online: 
Radish Tzatziki

Make your own butterfly out of magazines and ribbon!

The Urban Farms and Gardens Tour is the featured Community Resource of the week.

Special thanks to everyone who supported Joplin disaster relief at the market two weeks ago.  We were able to raise over $1000 for Heart to Heart International!

340 Southwest Boulevard
(SW Blvd @ Rainbow)
Kansas City, KS 66103


For more information, 

Rosedale Farmers Market, Inc.
Joe Heide, Market Manager
info (a) rosedalefarmersmarket . com

BROOKSIDE MARKET - SATURDAY - KALE FESTIVAL - Flavor * Fresh * Fun - June 11, 2011

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Visit Brookside Farmers' Market

 Dinosaur, Curly and Russian, OH MY!  It's our first annual Kale Festival!


We are delighted to have Chef Renee Kelly of Caenen Castle coordinating our KILLER KALE COOKOFF!  Brian Aaron, noted for his stellar menu at Tannin Wine Bar & Kitchen will also be a guest chef, and there will be dishes such as Kale Succotash, Kale with shell pasta and sausage, Kale Salad with Raisins and parmesean.  WE SAY YUMMMM!

Chef Kelly is a gifted chef and writer.  She is friends with the famous Escoffier family, has cooked for dignitaries around the world and has a local, organic approach to food.

Ben Neis with Chipotle will also be there rocking out some salsa & burritos.  Chipotle is a big supporter of Cultivate Kansas City formerly KCCUA and the Urban Farms and Gardens Tour coming up June 25th & 26th (see info below).

Our own Evangeline and Alicia will be playing in Children's Corner, making Kale Chips (yum!) and origami.  There is sure to be great fun and creative energy going on there from 9 am to noon!  Enjoy your weekend break, treasured Children's Corner volunteer – Meri!
 Mark McGonigle will be jamming out folk rock tunes with his bro from out of town and his son Dylan.  We are excited to have them back at the market.


Bear Creek Farms

Happy, sunny summer week here - lots of planting, picking and weeding going on.
For market we'll have - zucchini, new potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, chard, lettuce, kohlrabi, cabbage and more.
We'll have more transplants - keep planting those gardens!

Lonnie and Jeanna
Logan and Makayla

Red Ridge Farms
MORE PEAS! Snow, Sugar, and shelling peas.  Ooodles and gobs of peas.  Potatoes, strawberries, broccoli?, greens, lotsa herbs- cut and transplant, onions, baby kale, pickles, relish, rodent repellent, other goodies I'm too tired to think of... see you Saturday- Did Brian Busby just say 77 degrees???

Stony Crest Urban Farm
Rodger Kube & Diane Hershberger

We are proud to offer the following produce this week: Snow Peas, Romaine Lettuce, Pak Choi, Green Onions, Rainbow Baby Carrots, Chard (Rainbow & Butter), Red Beet Greens & Fresh Cut Oregano & Cilantro. Plus — Tumbling Tom Tomato Baskets (w/tomatoes forming already in the baskets!) — Potted Daylilies (4 for $15) and Buy one solid green hosta, Get one of any variety free!

Hello again.  It has been a hot sunny week but we still have wonderful lettuce.  We will also have garlic, cabbage, kale, green onions, strawberry plants, blackberry plants and as always wooden clocks from wood selected for its beauty.  We even have two apricot clocks left and I just added a rolling pin made from cherry and ash.  Stop by and say hello.

Green Dirt Farm
Our pastures are lush and green thanks to plenty of spring sunshine and rain. As a result, our ewes (the "ladies") are feeding on rich grasses, which in turn results in LOTS of milk! Our cheese makers are busy making both aged and fresh sheep's milk cheeses. When you stop by to pick up your favorites on Saturday, remember to have us stamp your Friend of the Farm card. Ten $10 market purchases entitles you to $10 of free cheese

From Gibbs Road Community Farm and Cultivate Kansas City (formally KC Center for Urban Agriculture)

Well, the herbs like the weather.
We'll bring lots of them to market this Saturday.
We hope to also bring sugar snap peas, green beans, summer squash, cucumbers, cabbage, broccoli, kale, collard greens, kohlrabi greens, Swiss chard, fennel, scallions, mini onions, garlic scapes, mustard bunches (with a brand new recipe), salad mix (with extra special secret ingredients), lettuce mix, microgreens, arugula, kohlrabi, scarlet turnips, Hakurei turnips, beets, carrots, radishes (maybe even some nice black ones for grilling) and back by popular demand some warm weather transplants for those of you looking to grow your own.  It's never too late.
We'll be looking for you this Saturday!


My Grandmother made candy her entire working life. I am thrilled to carry on her legacy. This week Oishii Studio Sweets has a special summer treat with Peach-Ginger Caramels as well as Sea Salt Caramels and Rosemary Caramels.  We also have Scottish Shortbread, Lemon Shortbread and Rosemary-Lemon Shortbread.  Oishii means delicious and this week we have delicious "Grand Marnier" Chocolate-Orange Brownies and Pistachio-Lime Cookies.  Like  us on Facebook to be the first to know of new Oishii happenings.
Thanks for all your support.


KALE, KALE, KALE!  I also have zucchini, chard, broccoli, fennel, kohlrabi, red spring onions, scallions, carrots and gorgeous, crunchy-summer crisp lettuce.  Try some elderberry blossoms for fritters!

What better way to enjoy the kale festival on Saturday than to feast on a bag of crispy dehydrated kale chips. Blue-Curled Scotch Kale
is harvested fresh from the garden, washed squeaky clean, then seasoned and loaded into the dehydrator. Low temperature (105 F) dehydration is the secret to a healthy and delicious kale chip.

Mix and Match these items $3 each or any 2/$5

• Three types of fresh kale (bunched): Dinosaur Kale, Russian Red Kale, and Blue-Curled Scotch.
• Crispy Kale Chips
• Evergreen Spring Onion
• Italian Flat Leaf Parsley
• Edible Flower

Visit to learn more about the incubator farm. Look for weekly updates where I will post photography as well as provide entertainment through sharing the triumphs and defeat of trying to grow solo on an inappropriately-scaled garden.

See you at market,

Bread of Life
Hello market friends!
As I write this, we are still awaiting the birth of Luke and Mandi's little
Mercy. It looks like she is going to take after her dad and be a stubborn one!

Bethany and I have been experimenting with gluten free recipes this week. We are
quite happy with the snickerdoodle cookies and lemon poppy seed cake! We will
send them to market this weekend. Let us know what you think of them!

We will also have the breads, burritos, quiche, goodies, and coffee. See you

Luke, Chris, Kathy, and Amanda

Golden Crown Coffee
It's time for grilling, and Golden Crown Coffee is ready to help you bring a new flavor to the table. Stop by and try our Coffee BBQ Sauce and our Coffee Spice rub. And, as always, coffee roasted the night before.
Nathan Farris


Next Week - KALE FESTIVAL!  Chef Renee Kelly of Caenen Castle has coordinated a killer kale cook-off!  There will be guest chefs and dishes such as Kale Succotash, Kale with shell pasta and sausage,  Kale Salad with Raisins and parmesean.  WE SAY YUMMMM!

The 2011 Urban Farms & Gardens Tour is coming up on June 25th & 26th with a
record 38 sites located all over the Kansas City metro area on the tour this
year. Tour sites - including urban farms, community gardens, school gardens
and urban homesteads - will be open to the public from 10 am - 5 pm on both
days.  Tickets are available online at and are $2
off until June 1st.

In addition to the tour,  there will be over 20 pre-tour events taking place
during the 10 days leading up to the tour. Events kick-off on June 15th with
Michael Ableman, farmer, author, photographer and founder of the nation's
first Center for Urban Agriculture, presenting at the Downtown KCMO Public
Library (details below). The events feature a series of 12 "Get Your Grow
On! 101" workshops hosted by a wide range of community partners, three food
and agriculture related films, and an abundance of local eating events
(complete list at

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