Annual Farmers & Friends Meeting
Dozens of area farmers, growers and friends joined us for Cultivate Kansas City's 12th Annual Farmers & Friends Meeting in February 2017. This event annually brings together our city's farming and food dreamers and doers.
We share knowledge, we start conversations, we introduce the community's leaders to those who are just getting started, we dream about what a healthy food system for Kansas City could look like, and then we venture out to make it happen. The event features:
- Workshops and panels lead by local experts
- Opportunities to connect with your local growing community
- Keynote speakers and announcements
- Two potlucks meals! Homemade pie for breakfast and a hearty lunch
The event is free and open to all Kansas City area farmers, growers and friends. Watch this site for details about our 2018 event.
Check out the 2017 draft agenda on the left sidebar to see what our most recent meeting featured.
Still not sure what this event is all about? Read about it in this article in Mother Earth News.
Should I bring food for the potluck? YES! One of the special features of this day is morning pie and coffee and the huge potluck lunch! Please be sure to bring a dish (or two- last year we ran out of food), especially pies! Put a piece of tape with your name and phone number on any dishes you want returned. Know that, collectively, we have a BIG appetite for good food prepared by fellow growers and community members!
Here's a loose suggestion about what to bring: A-F: Pie/Breakfast/Dessert, G-M: Side Dish, N-T: Main dish, U-Z: Beverage (we’ll provide coffee and tea) or Snack/Appetizer
I’ve never been to an annual meeting, what should I expect? You’ll feel at home in a room packed with friendly folks who are passionate and knowledgeable about growing and eating good, healthy food in our city. We all want to connect, support, and grow together! Last year 240 people attended the annual meeting.
I’m not a farmer, but I want to be involved; can I come? Absolutely! Food Democracy is all about each one of us taking an active role in creating a sustainable and just food system. We need all kinds of people and skills, not just farmers!
The meeting starts at 9 am, what time should I get there? The meeting will start promptly at 9 am, so plan to arrive before 8:30 am to park, check in, enjoy coffee and pie, find a seat and get settled in. Doors will open at 8 am, so you are welcome any time after then.
Do I have to stay all day? No. We know how busy everyone is, which is why we have previously kept the meeting to just three hours. Some people want more opportunity to learn, connect and grow so we’ve extended the meeting for those who just can’t get enough! Please join as you are able.
Can I make an announcement about a project/event I am involved with? Yes! We will have a few minutes for attendees to stand up and make an announcement about relevant events or projects to the whole audience. Please come early to sign up for one of the limited announcement slots.
Questions? Email info[at]cultivatekc.org!