GROWING GROWERS WORKSHOPS for 2012 - Help with meal prep needed.

Growing Growers (a not-for-profit local organization) is scheduling a long list of Kansas & Missouri (Greater KC Area) workshops for 2012, and you can help.

Growing Growers' Workshop Planners NEED Meal Ingredients / HELP FROM LOCAL GROWERS ~ Participating chefs & food providers will be noted in upcoming announcements and workshop recaps, printed materials and online announcements.

IF YOU HAVE Seasonal Produce / Food Products available for meal prep (to feed workshop attendees and volunteers) please contact Laura at 

Growing Growers is a cooperative effort of K-State Research and Extension, University of Missouri Extension, Lincoln University Cooperative Extension, Kansas City Food Circle, Kansas Rural Center and Cultivate KC.

See the Growing Growers WORKSHOP SCHEDULE (updates pending) for 2012:

BADSEED Funky FIRST Friday Farmers' Market - KCMO @ 4-8pm @ 19th & McGee - 20120203


Howdy Eaters -

I promised myself that I wouldn't talk about the weather.  Farmers are ALWAYS going on and on about the weather!!  All I'm gonna say is - WHAT THE F%@# !!!  (climate change scares the crap out of me...)

Anyway, let's not focus on the scary stuff.  Instead, let's focus on the yummy stuff!  This Friday will be packed with locally grown, organic goodness including WINTER VEGGIES from both Hoyland Farm and the Gibbs Rd. Community Farm of Cultivate KC.  Sink your teeth into bodacious beets, turnips, carrots, spinach, sunchokes, bok choy, salad mix, oyster mushroom, and more.  Other delights will include artisan bread, free-range eggs, grass-fed beef & lamb, pastured pork, herbal teas, gourmet soda, vegan chocolates, micro-brewed coffee, and luscious organic body products.  What else, what else...oh yeah!! - It is "first friday" in the ol' Crossroads so make a night out of it.  Walk the vibrant streets, check out some galleries, and end your night with live music (compliments of Checkered Past) and LIVE FARMERS (!!) at the BADSEED Market from 4-8 PM.  YUM!!!

Before I call it quits, I wanted to share with you a little video my dearest farming friends put together as a means of drumming up interest in their Community Supported Agriculture program & local foods in general.  As a tired & struggling farmer I sometimes forget WHY ON EARTH I do what I do!  This little video reminded me of the sheer delight that comes from working the land & feeding the community.  I hope it puts a smile on your face and makes you HUNGRY for the up-coming season!!  SUPPORT LOCAL FARMS & LIVE HAPPILY EVER AFTER...

**to check it out click on the link and press play!! http://fairsharenews.blogspot.com/

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Urban "Market Gardening" Apprentice & Volunteer Opportunities 
with Lew of Herb'n Gardener

"Learn how to grow an amazing amount of organic garden goods on an amazingly small amount of space.  yes, it's all organic and, yes, it takes a helluva lot of work.  these goods fill csa and market needs and you can learn all the skills necessary to do it for yourself if you're willing to devote 15 hours a week through the primary growing season.  i'll require a bit of verifiable experience for the apprentice positions
volunteers needn't have experience, but must be willing to learn harvesting, planting and weeding.  they must also be committed to 5 hours of work a week on a reliable schedule.
everyone will get lots of veggies and sourdough bread..  my earthen oven will enter into this project in some way - i just don't know how yet.
serious inquiries only.  contact me by email, herbngardener@kc.rr.com, or at 816 842 4432."

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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

Gibbs Rd. Community Farm of Cultivate KC
Alicia Ellingsworth, Farm Manager
Kansas City, KS
Cultivate KC promotes small-scale, community-based, entrepreneurial farming in the KC metro area.  Their 2 acre training farm produces some of the tastiest certified organic veggies on the market.  Catch them every week during the regular growing season at the Brookside Farmers' Market on Saturday mornings.    
OFFERINGS:
*Beets
*Carrots
*Turnips
*Funky Fresh Saute Mix
*Sun Chokes
*Spinach

Western Hills Produce
Alice & Marvin Huenefeld
Wellington, MO816-934-2549
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 Teas
*Healing Salves
*Herbal Tinctures
*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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