Producer Information and Education

  • is committed to responsibly caring for the earth as we use it to grow food. Sustainability is one of their primary goals. The group offers Communiversity classes through UMKC dealing with topics that include whole system design, garden preparation, permaculture, water wise gardening, seed saving, planting, and free resources.

  • addresses the need for more farmers and for more effective farmers through apprenticeships, monthly workshops, a growers’ listserv and other educational and networking events.

  • helps students realize their dreams of opening their own sustainable agriculture businesses. This program is a partnership among Kansas State University, JCCC's hospitality management and horticulture and entrepreneurship programs.

  • is a not-for-profit organization that provides self-help and educational assistance to low-income people, children and community groups in the metropolitan area to grow their own food from garden plots located in backyards, vacant lots, schoolyards and at community sites.

  • is committed to food safety, consumer protection, natural resource protection and water resource management for the benefit of all Kansans.

  • works, as a land-grant institution, to “extend” their resources, solving public needs with college or university resources through non-formal, non-credit programs. K-State Extension programs include a large number of farming and agriculture related services and resources.

  • aims to study the potential an urban food system has in community building and economic development, educating youth and others about nutrition and wise food choices, and providing a source for nutritious food grown locally or regionally with the participation of urban residents.

  • offers programs through the Kansas City Urban Impact Center with the mission to help diverse audiences with limited resources, improve their quality of life through the application of educational and research-based information focused on critical issues and needs. The Agricultural program provides hands-on training, technical assistance to individuals and families in learning about food production, the environment and how to manage our natural resources.

  • has a great map of all farmers’ markets in the state, including address, times of operation and contact information.

  • is a developing organization, formerly known as City Hens in Roeland Park (CHIRP), which helps community members of KC metro municipalities petition their city councils for amendments to city code that will allow backyard hens. My City Hens also offers resources and support for keeping hens in an urban area.

  • is Missouri’s one-stop source for practical information on almost anything.

Consumer Information and Networking

  • delivers innovative distribution solutions that bring locally grown produce to underserved neighborhoods, benefiting both local Kansas City residents and local farmers. Beans&Greens provides financial incentives to encourage individuals and families with food assistance benefits to shop at their neighborhood farmers’ market. Beans&Greens prioritizes the neighborhoods it serves by giving preference to those that exhibit characteristics found in food deserts.

  • is a website created by the Kansas Rural Center, designed to increase the sale of specialty crops and locally grown foods in Kansas. Specialty crop producers, as well as local farmers and ranchers post detailed descriptions about their available products, then interested institutions, restaurants and families can identify producers to meet their needs.

  • is a marketing campaign created to benefit the entrepreneurial vendors of fresh food on the East side of Kansas City, MO. There are five fresh food sites on the East side of Kansas City, MO where you can buy fresh vegetables, dairy, and meat – all grown by local farmers and of high quality. These vendors are local nonprofit organizations who operate in the KC community. Buying food from them not only serves the local community gardeners and farmers, but also these organizations. The East side is a food desert, but these organizations have stepped up to create food oases for the community.

  • Get connected with the farms, gardens, and markets in your neighborhood and help Kansas City get growing!

  • relationship between local producers and consumers through a commitment to organic, fair trade and humanely raised goods. Members of Howard’s have 24/7 access to the store allowing for good food, every day and anytime.

  • is building a community food system in which farmers, eaters, chefs, and grocers know and trust each other. Their network enables sharing knowledge and experience while working to promote the benefits of locally-grown organic and free-range foods.

  • is a national online directory of farmers' markets, family farms, and other sources of sustainably grown food area.

  • focuses on integrated herbalism and offers apprenticeships that provide hands-on herbal and plant spirit medicine, including plant chromatics. The school offers practical everyday uses for plant remedies.

  • is a quiet oasis located an hour south of Kansas City teaching sustainable living and homesteading skills to adults and children.

  • brings decades of knowledge and experience to you through herb walks, cooking classes, and culinary consultations.

Other Organizations

  • is a hunger-relief nonprofit organization that works with produce industry partners to provide fresh, nutritious fruits and vegetables to feed people in need in Missouri and Kansas.

  • helps at-risk communities grow, harvest and share healthy food by providing the resources needed to plant edible tree gardens on school grounds, church land, community grounds, and unused, vacant land.

  • is an alliance of individuals, organizations, businesses and government representatives representing all critical components of our local food system, including health care, agriculture, education, social services, food distribution, government, private business, nonprofit agencies and others. Their mission is to advocate for a healthy food system and promote policies that positively impact the nutritional, economic, social and environmental health of Greater Kansas City.

  • is a grassroots community initiative that aims to empower residents of the Ivanhoe community of Kansas City, Missouri to grow healthy fruits and vegetables. Grown in Ivanhoe combines education and resources for growers as well as coordinating community garden locations, facilitating a network of residents selling foods through farm stands, and providing funding and administrative support of a seasonal farmers’ market.

  • is a non-profit organization that promotes the long-term health of the land and its people through research, education, and advocacy. The KRC cultivates grassroots support for public policies that encourage family farming and stewardship of soil and water. KRC is committed to economically viable, environmentally sound, and socially sustainable rural culture.

  • fosters a community of farmers and gardeners whose focus is the development of ecologically sustainable agriculture practices, production of healthy food, conservation of energy, education and the sharing of skills and labor, and creation of community self-reliance.

  • aims to make communities healthier by improving the opportunities for and participation in healthy eating and active living in Greater Kansas City and across neighborhood, regional and state levels. KC Healthy Kids partners with other organizations that may or may not fully realize their impact on the epidemic of childhood obesity. That involvement may include working with city planners, architects, and business developers to advance built environment initiatives to make walking and biking more safe and convenient and parks more accessible. KC Healthy Kids also advocates for policies that improve access to healthy foods and works with local school administrators and teachers to create a healthier school environment for children.

  • provides a community-based solution to a critical and growing need for the direct access to healthy food. They work to educate, assist, and inspire the public to grow, steward, and utilize perennial food plants. The aim is to build community, increase local food security, and create direct, lasting bonds between people and their urban environment. Their website includes useful information on growing fruit trees in the region.

  • created the Nile Valley Aquaponics project, located inside a commercial 2,700 sq. ft. greenhouse in the urban core, with the ultimate goal of having volunteer youth produce 100,000 pounds of food on less then an acre of land. The Nile Valley project is unique in that it will be the first of its size in Kansas City, MO powered by solar energy. Inside research practices in growing high quality, fresh, local greens and healthy-fed tilapia year-round will be implemented.

  • is a nonprofit, progressive, statewide membership organization that works to empower farmers and other rural people. The mission of MRCC is to preserve family farms, promote stewardship of the land and environmental integrity, and strive for economic and social justice by building unity and mutual understanding among diverse groups, both rural and urban.

  • is a private, not-for-profit botanical garden located just east of Kansas City, Missouri. Their mission is to be an experience that embraces the Midwest's spirit of place and inspires an appreciation for the importance of plants in our lives. They offer classes, field trips and tours, among other resources.

  • is to promoting and propagating Heirloom (NON-GMO/NON-TERMINATOR) Seeds – they will provide communication and informational assets to/from any and all cooperative growers in this region.

  • offers educational excellence for students who seek a career in the professions of architecture, urban planning and design, historic preservation, landscape architecture and interior architecture/product design. They have partnered with Cultivate Kansas City to offer classes related to Urban Agriculture and Design.

National Organizations & Resources

  • provides the latest in sustainable agriculture and organic farming news, events and funding opportunities and offers in-depth publications on production practices, alternative crop and livestock enterprises, innovative marketing, organic certification, and highlights of local, regional, USDA and other federal sustainable agriculture activities.

  • is coalition of diverse people and organizations working from the local to international levels to build community food security. The Coalition provides a variety of training and technical assistance programs for community food projects; support the development of farm to school and farm to college initiatives; advocate for federal policies to support community food security initiatives; and provide networking and educational resources.

  • is a celebration of real food and a campaign to help solve food-related problems in our homes, on our farms, in our schools and in our communities. The idea is to advocate for healthy, affordable food that’s produced with care for the environment, animals, and the women and men who grow, harvest, and serve it. Food Day is celebrated on October 24th each year.

  • is a food system mapping service. Food environment factors—such as store/restaurant proximity, food prices, food and nutrition assistance programs, and community characteristics—all interact to influence food choices and diet quality. The Atlas strives to assemble statistics on food environment indicators, to stimulate research on the determinants of food choices and diet quality, and to provide a spatial overview of a community’s ability to access healthy food and its success in doing so.

  • transforms communities by supporting people from diverse backgrounds and the environments in which they live through the development of Community Food Systems. These systems provide high-quality, safe, healthy, affordable food for all residents in the community. Growing Power develops Community Food Centers, as a key component of Community Food Systems, through training, active demonstration, outreach, and technical assistance.

  • sprouted from this desire to support community-based food systems, strengthen family farms, and improve student health by reducing childhood obesity. Eight regional lead agencies and national staff provide free training and technical assistance, information services, networking, and support for policy, media and marketing activities.

  • is an international network of seven regional resource centers and one global resource center on Urban Agriculture and Food Security. Their mission is to contribute to urban poverty reduction, employment generation and food security and to stimulate participatory city governance and improved urban environmental management, by creating enabling conditions for empowerment of urban and peri-urban farmers, capacity development of local authorities and other stakeholders and by facilitating the integration of urban agriculture in gender-sensitive policies and action programs of local governments, civic society organizations and private enterprises with active involvement of the urban farmers, livestock keepers and other relevant stakeholders.

  • is a community of women across the US who are engaged in all aspects of sustainable agriculture. The network provides education, networking, and leadership development opportunities through our website, publications and gatherings. Major programs target aspiring and beginning women farmers, women landowners, and healthy food and farming advocates.

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