BADSEED Funky Friday Farmers' Market - KCMO @ 4-8pm @ 19th & McGee - 20120127




Dearest Eaters -

Last Sunday was the first day of the end of my life.  In other words, it was the commencement of URBAVORE's 2012 veggie production.  It hit me like a ton of bricks!  I mean c'mon, is the off-season really over??  Why the heck are we back in the greenhouse already!!  From here on out the daily grind slowly snowballs into sheer madness.  Greenhouse work quickly gives way to field work and field work quickly gives way to harvest time and low & behold we do the whole song and dance over again!  So much for the off-season, huh.  Any struggling farmer will tell you that the term "off-season" is a bunch of baloney anyway.  When you are in the grueling process of building your farm (like yours truly), the "off-season" refers to the time when you don't got no food in the ground and you can finally turn your attention to vast infrastructural projects and farm improvements.  It refers to the time when you don't have ANY income, it's freakin' cold outside, and the daylight hours are incredibly short making it impossible for you to get all your work done.  Then there's the added stress of knowing that you are supposed to be taking it easy cuz after all it's the (so called) "off-season" and you need to preserve your precious energy.  What a vicious cycle, eh!  I could go on and on.  The only thing more distressing to a flailing farmer is the transition from "off-season" to "on-season".  It's like "oh shit, now I have to GROW FOOD too!!!...AAAHHHH!!!".  

Anyway, despite the fact that Farmer Dan and I are in WAY OVER OUR HEADS, we did manage to complete one of our more major off-season projects: the 10 ft deer fence (lovingly referred to as the T-Rex fence) which encompasses the majority of our 13 acre urban oasis.  We are also in the process of getting the designs worked out and drawn-up for our solar home and (maybe) we will break ground before spring planting gets intense.  It's a stretch, but a girl has got to dream!!  Dreaming aside, the reality is that I am an organic farmer turned MOMMY & I don't know how in the heck I am supposed to keep this up.  I'm ready to drop dead!  My most prized crop, Mr. Percival James Heryer, has my hands absolutely tied.  I can barely manage to go to the bathroom let alone build a Food Revolution!!  Nonetheless, the BADSEED LIVES ON and we will be feeding the masses this Friday at ourFABULOUS *WINTER* FARMERS' MARKET from 4-8 pm.  Spread the word, spread the dirt, spread the love, and EAT UP!  See you Friday.


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FARM APPRENTICE OPPORTUNITY:

URBAVORE Urban Farm in East Kansas City is looking to fill ONE LAST SPOT (!!!) for our 2012 apprenticeship program.

We are seeking one righteous individual to work 15 hours a week in exchange for fresh vegetables and hands-on training.

Volunteer apprentices work alongside our full-time apprentices to develop skills in no-till, “beyond-organic” vegetable production. In addition, apprentices will learn integrated livestock management, orchard planting & tree crop maintenance, composting, direct marketing, food preservation, homesteading skills, and more.  Relevant skills and qualifications in farming and building are desired, but not required. We require full-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.

URBAVORE Urban Farm (a project of BADSEED) is a 13.5 acre "edible oasis" located just 5 miles east of the Plaza in KCMO.  Please visit our website to learn more!!

If you are interested in working on our farm please send a resume and cover letter to Brooke at brooke@badseedkc.com OR reply to this e-mail with questions.  

**Please feel free to pass this along to friends and fellow Food Revolutionists!

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Last Chance to Sign-Up for:

Herbal Healthcare for Babies & Children

Learn how to safely & effectively provide & administer natural remedies for the common woes from birth through childhood.
Topics covered range from teething/toothaches, colds/congestion, colic, stomachaches/stomach flu, fevers, optimal nourishment and BEYOND!
Class includes demos on how to make herbal infusions and personal experience tricks on how to provide herbal remedies to babies & children in a pleasant way.  You will receive an herbal treat to get your family started.
Workshop will be lead by a trained, practiced, and professional community herbalist who has raised her children without the use of allopathic (synthetic) medicines.
Locally-grown, locally-processed tinctures and handcrafted, organic tea blends discussed in class will be available at a discounted price.

Cost - $30.00

JANUARY 28 at the BADSEED, 1-3 PM

Call/email amy@subrosasanctuary.com with questions, to register, and for directions.


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THIS WEEK'S ORGANIC OFFERINGS -


URBAVORE Urban Farm
A project of BADSEED - Brooke Salvaggio & Daniel Heryer
5500 Bennington Ave., Kansas City, MO 64129
Welcome to URBAVORE - an off-grid, diversified, urban farmstead in the heart of KCMO. Born in 2011, URBAVORE is working towards the creation of an “edible oasis” that brings organic growth, sustainable life, and creative solutions to a city neighborhood.  We grow an extensive variety of heirloom vegetables noted for their unique appearance and extraordinary flavor, as well as an array of culinary/medicinal herbs and edible flowers. URBAVORE is a non-certified, beyond organic operation dedicated to respecting both the health of the individual and the environment. It is our aim to build community and collective consciousness through the universal pleasure that comes from eating good food.
OFFERINGS:
*FREE-RANGE EGGS
*Locally-grown, locally-milled Artisan Flour (www.heartlandmill.com)

Herb'n Gardener
Lew Edmister
17th and Belleview, Kansas City, MO 64108
For the “meanest greens” in town, check out Lew's gourmet selection of urban-grown goodies.  He grows a mouthwatering array of  lettuces, spicy mustards, arugula, and gourmet salad mixes on KC’s west side. Other tasty morsels include heirloom tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, okra, and filet beans.  New For 2011 -RUSTIC BREAD straight from Lew’s hand-built wood-fired oven.  YUM!
OFFERINGS:
"OCCUPY A GARDEN - and take lots of my hearth baked sourdough breads with you!!!"

Avery's Produce of Hoyland Farm
Avery Lominska
North of Lawrence
Street-musician turned farmer, Avery Lominska, will be carrying on his father's legacy with an UNBELIEVABLE selection of homegrown goodness.  
Avery's father, Bob Lominska, is a regular "rockstar" in the organic growing scene.  He's been plowing the way for over 30 years.  He's an encyclopedia of (dirt-filled) knowledge and an inspiration to his son who has boldly followed in his footsteps.  At 31 years old, Avery has been a full-time farmer for 7 years!  Take a bite out of a strong family tradition this Friday!!
OFFERINGS:
*OYSTER Mushrooms from Wakarusa Farms
*Organic Tofu From Central Soyfoods
*Sweet Potatoes
*Lettuce
*Kale
*Bok Choy & Tot Soi
*Arugula
*Daikons
*Swiss Chard
*Mustard Greens
*Nappa Cabbage
*FREE-RANGE EGGS

Western Hills Produce
Alice & Marvin Huenefeld
Wellington, MO

816-934-2549

Alice is famous for her utterly delicious baked goods made from homegrown, hand-milled whole wheat flour.  Her tasty breads, cakes, cookies, and muffins are complimented by an assortment of jams, jellies, pickles, and relishes all made from ingredients sustainably grown on the farm.  Marvin adds his own touch with one of a kind wood-turned items handcrafted with the utmost care and creativity.  Products can be found during the regular growing season at the Westport Farmers' Market.  
OFFERINGS:
*Farm Fresh Brown Eggs
*Wholesome Baked Breads
*Sweet Treats
*Canned Goods
*Wood-turned items by Marvin

Parker Farms All-Natural Meats
Tom & Paula Parker
Richmond, MO
"We produce all-natural gourmet beef, lamb, pork, poultry, and eggs.  All of our beef and lamb is 100% grassfed. They are never fed any grain, animal by products, antibiotics, or injected with growth hormones. We have been practicing Management Intensive Grazing since 1997. It is our goal to care for all of the livestock that we have been blessed with, in as natural and humane a manner as we can.  Our chickens for meat and eggs are also raised on pasture with green grass under their feet as much as the weather in this part of the world allows.  Our hogs are fed grain, but do live outdoors with dirt under their feet.  We do not use any petroleum based pesticides or fertilizers on our pastures. We believe that healthy people, and healthy animals start with healthy plants and a healthy, biologically active, soil community.  Our meats are available at the BADSEED Market or through our Community Supported Agriculture shares."
OFFERINGS:
*Grass-fed Beef in various cuts
*All-Natural Pork products
*Grass-fed Lamb
*Pastured CHICKENS!!!
*FREE-RANGE EGGS

Wells Family Farm
Kim & Steve Wells
King City, MO
Our Grass Fed Operation has proven time and again that quality, taste, and tenderness take a dedicated plan.  Not only the processing aging, but the types of feed our animals consume are of vital importance.  We inter seed our pastures and hay fields with additional varieties of grasses and legumes each year.  We also learn from our neighbors and contacts of many new veggies that are wonderful forage. learning all we can to create a superior product.
OFFERINGS:
*Certified Organic Grass-fed Beef

Rocky Creek Valley Farms
Elizabeth & Gary
Rayville, MO
 Lizzy is an herbalist turned farmer who cultivates glorious acreage north of Richmond, MO.  Lizzy's diversified farmstead includes organic vegetable & herb production, free-range laying hens, and dairy goats.  Lizzy also offers classes in sustainable gardening and herbalism.  
Check out her website to learn more!!
OFFERINGS:
*Herbal Tinctures
*Herbal Teas
*Healing Salves
*Free-Range Eggs

New Traditionalist - Artisan Bread
Chris Glenn
Kansas City, MO
Chris produces old-world, rustic loaves from the finest locally-grown and milled flour on the market.   His breads are made from a sour-dough "starter", lovingly kneaded, and baked to perfection in a wood-fired oven.  Flour and water never tasted so good!    
OFFERINGS:
*Whole Wheat Loaves
*Country Loaves

Hippie Chow Granola
Lexie Johnson
Suburban Kansas City
Small-scale producer of high-quality, high-character natural foods. Our gourmet granola is handcrafted in small-batches with 100% natural ingredients including organic Kansas oats and local wildflower honey. Peace. Love. Granola.
OFFERINGS:
*Original Mix
*Cafe Blend
*Chai Spice
*Peanut Butter Banana
*Mocha Hazelnut

Oddly Correct Coffee Roasters
Kansas City, Missouri
"Serving the nano coffee needs of the believers in a nano consumer lifestyle"
OFFERINGS:
*Micro-Roasted Coffee by the bag and by the cup

Nutressant
John & Sandy
Mission, KS
John & Sandy's hand-crafted, organic body products are petroleum and chemical free and will not pollute the planet or irritate your skin!  Furthermore, they are luxurious and fragrant and oooh soooo wonderful.  They have the mother-load of offerings including tooth paste, dish soap, and detergent!!!...(not to mention your more typical health and beauty products).  Lather up and feel good!!!
OFFERINGS:
Body Scrubs, Bar Soaps, Facial Sprays, Detergent, Toothpaste, Deodorant, and a whole lot more!!

Other organic products include:

Certified Organic Flour from Heartland Mill

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

EVERY FRIDAY AT BADSEED



Yours Truly,
Brooke
-farmer and MILK mistress of the BADSEED

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