Niles Garden Market - 1911 E. 23rd (KCMO) Tuesdays from 4:00-6:00pm


Niles Garden Market


4pm To 7pm

(close to Garfield Ave)
Kansas City, Missouri

Tuesday, September 6.

In addition to peppers, some tomatoes, onions, garlic, carrots, swiss chard and potatoes, yellow summer squash, we also have lettuce and collards. Come on down to Niles at 1911 E 23rd from 4 to 6 PM. Meet some of the kids and see the garden.

Marty Kraft

Please respond to climate change in your own way. Let care of nature become second nature.

Niles Garden Market 
1911 E 23rd Street 
from 4 to 6 PM Tuesdays.

  • Niles Garden is an educational and peaceful garden next to Niles Home for Children. We use organic no-till practices on our beds but don't claim certification.
  • We hope to be a model for beginning gardeners to learn sustainable urban agricultural techniques. Our market benefits Niles and the kids who work the garden.
  • Some of our garden practices can be seen at:
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Come to our market
Tuesday afternoons 
from 4 to 6:30 at
Niles Home for Children,
1911 E 23rd Street.

Here is some information on our garden followed by some general information on Niles Home for Children. We would love to have some volunteer help. In addition to our current garden we are also trying to restore an additional third acre plot that was a parking lot. I hope this information helps.


Marty Kraft 816-333-5663

Sustainability Aspects of Niles Garden

At Niles Home for Children

Organic - Niles garden, while not certified organic we try to follow the requirements for an organic garden. Organic means that we use remedies for controlling pests that are much less harmful to the environment and less harmful to the people who eat our produce. We use substances like Bacillus thuragensis which is a bacteria that eats worms that eat plants or diatomatious earth, the silica shells of ancient diatoms whose razor sharp edges slice into the insects bodies and dry them out.

No-Till Beds - It is said that a third of the world’s carbon could reside in the soil. The soil is a huge carbon sink that could hold the carbon from much of the carbon dioxide that is currently in the atmosphere causing global warming. Bynottilling we prevent the soil bacteria from eating carbon rich substances like glomalin and releasing CO2. We also add glomalin producing micorizzal fungi to the roots of plants that form associations with these fungi.

Honoring the Real Gardeners - In a handful of soil there are more organisms that there are people on earth. Through the interaction of these billions of “workers” soil is created and made healthy for plants. We must study the ecology of the soil in order to maximize the efforts of these tiny helpers. It behooves us to understand soil ecology and build and maintain healthy soil.

Nature Areas - We have a large understory area where native plants are being reintroduced so our residents, staff and visitors can see natural ecosystems in action. We also have a prairie plant area that attracts butterflies and beneficial insects including pollinators that help our garden plants reproduce.

Solar Waterfall - Although our pond is not a natural feature the attractive waterfall is powered by a solar panel atop our outdoor classroom gazebo. The panel demonstrates that power can be generated from sunlight, avoiding the use of fossil 

Watering system - Our watering system minimizes the use of water for growing food. We use a thick straw mulch that holds the moisture in the soil while creating a rich environment for our soil organisms to operate. We also use drip tape that lets water seep out under the mulch where it won’t evaporate into the air.

Food in a Food Desert - Niles Home for Children is located in what has been called a food desert. In order to find fresh and nutritious food on sale, nearby residents must travel at least two miles. You can get liquor five blocks away. A high percentage of our neighbors must rely on public transportation so it is just not practical to shop where good food is available. To that end we have been offering a Tuesday afternoon market from 4 to 7 PM on our lawn at 1911 E 23rd Street.

We Demonstrate and Teach Sustainable Skills and Values - 
Our residents, staff, volunteers and visitors get to see a working garden that produces food for the community passing on skills and knowledge that makes us all more secure. Niles Home for Children, through our garden, offers volunteer opportunities, tours, workshops and internships to people in the larger community as well as to our youthful residents. 

See videos of our garden at

Please let others know about us.

Marty Kraft 


Niles Home for Children is a licensed, accredited day and residential treatment facility located in the urban core of Kansas City, MO. Its 127-year history of caring for troubled and at-risk children began in 1833 when an African-American bricklayer named Samuel Eason opened his heart and his home to orphaned neighborhood children. Over the years, Niles has evolved from an informal orphanage to a formal treatment program for children and youth suffering from mental and emotional illness, but the concept of “Home” is still central to what we do. Today, Niles serves about 150 youth annually, in three programs:

· Safe, intensive Residential Treatment for children in severe crisis;

· Day Treatment/Alternative Education for children whose disruptive behavior keeps them from succeeding in conventional classrooms;

· Substance Abuse prevention or treatment, depending on previous use.

The children in Residential Treatment, ages 7-17, suffer from acute depression, bi-polar disorder, PTSD and other mental and emotional illnesses. Most often, they have been profoundly traumatized by abuse, neglect or abandonment, and many of them have been removed from their homes by the State for their own safety.WithNiles’ multi-layered therapy and low staff-to-resident ratio, they can usually be released to a less restrictive environment in 3-12 months.

The Day Treatment children attend Niles Prep Behavior Management School in grades K-12. Typically, these youth are referred to Niles by public and charter schools because of their very disruptive behavior. Upon arrival, they are typically performing 2+ years below grade level, so academic remediation and integrated therapy in a supportive environment are both essential to success.

All these high-risk children are tested for substance use when they arrive and are assigned to either the prevention or the treatment program. All of Niles’ skilled and caring professionals work together to achieve the agency’s mission “to meet the mental health and educational needs of high-risk children and their families, empowering them to become confident and contributing citizens.”


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THIS WEEK on KKFI 90.1 FM - KC's Community Radio

Dear Listener,

    As we approach the tenth anniversary of the day that has come to be known as 9/11, KKFI provides some very rich programming this week, that helps us gain  perspective on the past ten years and where it is leading us from here.   I don't mean to gloss over the loss of 3000 American lives that day, nor the 9/11 and a half's worth of American lives that were sacrificed in Iraq, for which 9/11 was offered as an excuse, nor the loss of hundreds of thousands of Iraqi lives that were lost, nor the millions of Iraqis that were converted to refugees, but I think its important to reflect on where  KKFI has been in the mix over the past decade. 

   When every other broadcast outlet in town was stenographing the Buschco claims of WMDS, KKFI was questioning, questioning, questioning.  Not only on Democracy Now!, but on many of our other fine programs as well.  Perhaps a more succinct way to put it:  If every broadcast outlet in the land, followed KKFI's (and other community radio station's) lead, those thousands of troops that we supported to death might still be alive.  This is the prime reason that I dedicate my life to KKFI and community broadcasting, it is indeed a matter of life and death.


  • 9am     Tuesday morning on If You Love This Planet, Dr Helen Caldicott gets an update on the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan from Arnie Gundersen, a consultant with Fairewinds Associates in the US. We also hear from Japanese nuclear activist, Aileen Mioko Smith.
  • 6pm    Tuesday on Tell Somebody, Tom Klammer will talk to Sierra Club Water Sentinels Director Scott Dye about  Bannister Federal Complex deal - Faster Cleanup, or Just Dodging Superfund Status? 


  • 5am    Wednesday morning on the Pacifica Radio Archives' From the Vault this week is a ten-year retrospective of Pacifica’s 9/11 coverage, as it happened, and the pacific and progressive voices subsequently given safe harbor on Pacifica Stations in the time after the attacks. We begin with a montage produced by Pacifica Radio Archives one year after 9/11 – voices include Bertrand Russell, Howard Zinn, Dennis Kucinich, Gore Vidal, June Jordan, Michael Moore, Angela Davis, Thich Nhat Hanh, Mumia Abu Jamal, Cornel West, to name a few. Then, WBAI producer Michael Haskins recalls his journey to WBAI studios in the heart of the financial district in the midst of the attack, and former Pacifica producer and author Laurie Garrett muses on the events and consequences of 9/11, along with Gore Vidal, Noam Chomsky, Tariq Ali, Arundhati Roy, and others.
  • 7am   On your Wednesday Morning Buzz, I'll exploring 9/11 in music.  I'll be featuring some of the music I played ten years ago right after 9/11 on a Friday night show I did, called You Name It, as well as some of the music that has been written in response to 9/11.    Bruce Springsteen's The Rising, and Black 47's New York Town are two albums that come to mind.  Do you have any suggestions?
  • 9am   The legacy of Mahatma Gandhi continues in various ways in India. Gandhi had his flaws but as George Orwell wrote: “compared with the other leading political figures of our time, how clean a smell he has managed to leave behind.” Himanshu Kumar is a staunch proponent and practitioner of Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophy and techniques of non-violence and civil disobedience. He worked for almost two decades serving the poor in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh until he was driven out in 2009. He continues to publicize the situation in Chhattisgarh.  David Barsamian interviews him on Alternative Radio, Wednesday at nine.
  • 10am   Mark Manning features the music of the artists at the upcoming Crossroads Music Festival, on Wednesday Mid-day Medley from 10 to noon.
  • 12pm   Then on BOOKWAVES at noon on Wednesday, New York Times Op-ed columnist, Gail Collins discusses  her book, "When Everything Changed," about the changes in women's lives 1960 to the present.
  • 12:30pm - Then, on From Ark to Microchip, The Apocalypse is revealed in an upbeat musical composed and performed by Kansas City’s Black Crack Revue (BCR) featuring songs such as “Headed Toward Extinction,” “Dinosaur Breakfast,” and “666 Dub.”  This is a brand new version.
  • 6pm - A painfully shy Englishman is packed off to rural America for some rest and relaxation … only to find that the countryside isn’t quite as pastoral as he had imagined. Dina Waters, Johnny Galecki, and Paxton Whitehead star in The Foreigner by Larry Shue on LA Theatre Works, from six to eight Wednesday evening.


  • 9am    On Sprouts, Thursday morning at nine, we tour through outstate Missouri and conduct interviews at three locations of interesting one-of-a-kind businesses and little-known national landmarks.
  • 9:30am   Then, on Making Contact, who won the Egyptian Revolution?
  • 6pm   On The Heartland Labor Forum, Susan Sanders, on her  Pioneering Women series, interviews the only pilot left in the air after the 9-11 tragedy.  Also, a look at the Afghan War as it approaches it's tenth year.
  • 7pm   Shots in the Night radio theatre folks take over the Thursday Night Special.
  • 8pm   DJ Radionic (host of Seasoned Beats,heard on KKFI 12-5am Thursday) hosts The Local Showcase


 On Sunday September 11th, starting at 11am, KKFI will bring a special day of broadcasting on this tenth anniversary day.  The schedule is as follows:

  • 11amDemocracy Now!
  • 12pmPacifica Archives
  • 1pm - KPFK – 911's impact on U.S. foreign policy
  • 2pm - WBAI - The Culture of Fear and the Loss of Civil Liberties - Also, 2 and a half minute live reports from various events in NYC on 9/11 2011.
  • 3pm – KPFT- from the Bible belt..The Rise of the Religious Right post-9/11
  • 4pm – WPFW – The Pentagon, has the culture changed ? A debate about the lingering questions surrounding the attack on the defense citadel. Jazz legends weigh in musically on that fateful day.
  • 5pm – KPFA – hour one of debate – 9/11 Commission Report
  • 6pm - KPFA – hour two of debate – moderator Peter Phillips on The Science around the Twin Towers collapse
  • 7pm – KPFA – live phone calls from the nation moderated by Veronica Faisant

 (Our regularly scheduled Sunday programming, from Foolkiller Folk to Sunset Reggae, will return next week.) 

  I hope you can listen to most if not all of this special day of broadcasting, and as alluded to in the beginning of this epistle, I hope you can get as many people as possible to listen, because if the past ten years have taught us anything, its that we'd all be better off, if more people paid attention to and supported KKFI.

Stay tuned,

Mike Murphy
Kansas City Community Radio


CLICK HERE for a KKFI PROGRAM GUIDE (printable .PDF file)