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2013 Urban Grown Tour Sites

  • (C5) Adams’ Osage Ridge Aronia Community Farm

    (C5) Adams’ Osage Ridge Aronia Community Farm

    18103 E. Courtney Atherton Rd.
    Independence, MO 64058
    Kathy & Joel Adams
    816-255-6261, 816-796-0998

    Atop the beautiful Missouri River Bluff on 6.25 rolling acres, take a guided herb identification walk, enjoy baby goats, participate in demonstrations of hugoculture (hugelkultur) and seed sprouting, and sample raw foods. Wander among the fruit trees, Nopales cacti and the berry community—which features aronia berries, elderberry, blackberry, blueberry, red raspberry and black raspberry. The site also contains a high tunnel for extended growing seasons. A refreshing respite here will do you some good.

    Open Saturday | Market Farm | Bathroom available

    Raw food demonstration
    Herb identification walks
    Live music
    Produce, sprout kits and plants for sale
    Discussion on solar panel installation and grants with AMPRAY

    Directions: Take MO-291 north to Courtney Rd. Turn right (east), road turns immediately north, take first road on the right (east again), wind around almost 1 mile to a four-way stop. Turn left (north) and go 0.75 miles to the second house on the right, black mailbox. Park in driveway or on road.

  • (C12) City Bitty Farm

    (C12) City Bitty Farm

    9615 Grandview Rd.
    Kansas City, MO 64137
    Greg & Jen Garbos,
    816-444-7330, 770-500-7311

    If you enjoy fine dining and local food, you’ve likely tasted the highly nutritious microgreens from City Bitty Farm. Focused on “all things small,” City Bitty specializes in growing microgreens, edible flowers and garden vegetables year-round for area restaurants and events. Four Season Tools, a company that designs organic vegetable farms across the country, is also located at this site. As engineers, Jen and Greg are well-equipped to use City Bitty as a proving ground for new tools, equipment and farming methods. The farm features a state-of-the-art greenhouse with rainwater capture, automated ventilation, movable benches, and a benchtop radiant heating system. Their growing innovations are sure to rub off on you.

    Open Saturday & Sunday | Market Farm | Bathroom available

    Children's activities
    Tool and greenhouse demonstrations
    Food demonstration by Rm 39 Chef Andy Sloan, Saturday 11 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.
    Live music: Them Pickless Fools, Sunday, 11 a.m.– 2 p.m.
    Microgreens, gardening books, farm tools and farm related antiques by Debbie Miles of Elsie Bells Antiques for sale.

    Directions: Just inside the I-435 beltway in southeast KCMO, City Bitty is located on Grandview Rd. just west of the old Bannister Mall. Exit Rt-71 onto Bannister Rd. (95th St.) and head west (away from Home Depot). Take an immediate exit on the right for Grandview Rd. At the top of the ramp, take a left to head south on Grandview Rd., passing over Bannister Rd. The farm will be on the left.

  • (C4) Creekhouse Organic Community Garden

    (C4) Creekhouse Organic Community Garden

    6310 NW Waukomis Dr.
    Kansas City, MO 64151
    Linn & Neal Burdick

    This garden is in historic Line Creek Valley, where others have lived, hunted and most likely gardened squash, beans and corn for thousands of years. This season's gardeners grow these same crops, as well as bitter melon, Asian spinach, yakon, water spinach and snake beans in a 90-foot by 110-foot garden with an 8-foot deer-proof fence. Last year, sweet potatoes grew to 5 pounds—the youngest gardener, a 2 year old, could barely lift them! Since the 2009 tour, a grape arbor and more fruit trees have been added. At the back of the site, the city has added a 90-foot bridge that crosses the creek to a new concrete trail which meanders for several miles along the creek and through the woods.

    Open Saturday & Sunday | Community Garden

    Raw food demonstration with Debbie Glassberg, Sunday, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    Live music: Sun Warrior, Sunday, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    Chair massage

    Directions: From I-29N, take exit #3A/Waukomis Dr. Go 0.3 miles. Turn west on NW Waukomis Dr. Go 1.3 miles. Destination is on left. Park in grass on property or in church lot across the street.

  • (C7) Eastwood Hills Community Garden

    (C7) Eastwood Hills Community Garden

    8100 Ozark Rd.
    Kansas City, MO 64129
    Andrea Mathew

    Food growing is not new to this community garden site, which once was a municipal farm where prisoners of the city jail worked the land and was more recently gardened by women prisoners. The site now provides community garden rental plots to 51 community members who grow in 58 ground plots and 44 raised beds. Community learning and relationships also grow here as people share knowledge, help one another, keep each other on task, and hang out together in this peaceful setting with a great view. Eastwood Hills is managed by Kansas City Community Gardens.

    Open Saturday & Sunday | Community Garden | Bathroom

    Directions: Take I-435 to Eastwood Trfy. Head east on Eastwood Trfy. Turn left on the first street, which is Eastern. Go up the hill and cross Sni-A-Bar Rd. Turn right onto Ozark Rd. Pass the Eastwood Hills Community Center and the National Guard. Look for a brick sign for Eastwood Hills Community Garden on the left.

  • (C11) Hilltop Acres

    (C11) Hilltop Acres

    13525 Rickey Rd.
    Kansas City, MO 64133
    Leanna & Maurice Holdgraf
    913-649-9296, 913-424-4563

    Leanna and Maurice are in love with their food forest and its yield! From their kitchen door, they enter this lush garden—decorated with found, artfully repurposed articles of whimsy—to forage and prepare fresh, wholesome food that feeds the body and soul. In three years, a scruffy patch of lawn has been transformed. That change has been documented from start to finish on a large-scale color photo storyboard. The layering of cardboard, newspaper, compost and Missouri Organic garden soil provides a rich growing medium over stubborn Missouri clay, allowing these garden enthusiasts to grow an abundance of food. Follow them into the forest as they share the enchantment they have created.

    Open Saturday & Sunday | Home garden | Bathroom available

    Live music-- Rich Burgess, Americana Folk and alternative country songwriter, singer, guitarist Sat & Sun at noon
    Tent with retro, antique, vintage garden finds for sale
    Food Truck: Funnel Cake and Smokin Fresh BBQ, Saturday

    Directions: From I-70E from downtown KCMO, go 8 miles and take exit 11 for US-40 toward Blue Ridge Blvd. Take slight right onto US-40E and go 1.7 miles. Turn right onto S. Noland Rd. and go 3 miles. Turn right onto Rickey Rd. Go 0.4 miles. Hilltop will be on the left.

    From I-435E, go to I-470E/US-50E/Lee’s Summit/Grandview/U.S.71S. Continue on I-470E for 7.7 miles. Take exit 7B to merge onto MO-350W/US-50W toward Raytown. Go for 0.3 miles onto MO-350W and go for 2.5 miles. Turn right onto S. Noland Rd. and go 2.2 miles then left onto Rickey Rd. for 0.4 miles.

  • (C1) Jardin de la Tour (Garden in the Round)

    (C1) Jardin de la Tour (Garden in the Round)

    Ticket Site
    9035 N. Hull Ave.
    Kansas City, MO 64154
    Carolyn Vellar & Scott Wilkerson
    816-830-9124, 816-589-2287
    cvellar@kc.rr.com, swilkerson3@kc.rr.com

    ’Round and ’round fruits and veggies grow, where they stop nobody knows—because these fruits and veggies are tucked in among conventional ornamentals. Carolyn and Scott prove that suburban residents can take up “urban gardening” while retaining the traditional look and feel of their neighborhoods. Their raised stone beds give the garden a pleasing and unified feeling—and provides enough bounty to help feed their family year-round. Come learn the duo’s design tricks and their techniques for canning, freezing and dehydration. Then circle behind the house to see a myriad of vegetables and a compost area. Plum, apple, cherry and peach trees add a tasty touch where Carolyn enjoys “eating her way around the yard.” A certified Monarch Waystation rounds out the full experience of this site.

    Open Saturday & Sunday | Home garden

    Food demonstration
    Live music: Sun Warrior, Saturday, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
    Food Truck: Crave KC, Saturday and Sunday

    Directions: I-29N to MO Route 152, go east on 152 to Green Hills Rd., take exit and turn left onto Green Hills Rd., go north about 0.5 miles to Old Tiffany Spring Rd., turn left onto it and drive approximately 0.5 miles to N. Hull which is second left. Turn left onto N. Hull and go to third house on left, which has 20-foot flagpole in front yard.

  • (C9) Krostadir (Small Holding)

    (C9) Krostadir (Small Holding)

    7807 E. 68th St.
    Kansas City, MO 64133
    Randall Munden

    Randall is busy creating raised garden beds filled with rotten wood (also known as hugelkultur) in his backyard (also known by its secret name, Krostadir), and he means business. In his quest to homogenize the homestead and the urban yard—to merge the garden and the landscape—and to let it serve as an example, he is digging trenches on the edge of the suburban backyard and filling them with trees that he has chopped and trimmed. Randall has chickens and bees in addition to uniquely designed food-growing beds. Moving from the Ozarks to the city, Randall yearned to grow food to “make his own red sauce” and found working the earth to be “cheaper than therapy.” You will be glad you stopped at this site.

    Open Saturday & Sunday | Market Farm

    Live music
    De Munden, plein air artist
    Nook & Cranny Soap, all natural soaps for sale

    Directions: from I-435N, take exit 66A for 63rd St. toward MO-350E/Raytown. Keep right at fork, follow signs for MO 350E and merge onto E. 63rd St. Go 0.1 miles and turn right onto Manchester. Go 0.6 miles and turn left onto E. 68th St. Krostadir is on the right. From US 71 (Bruce Watkins Parkway) take exit 188 for 63rd St. toward Meyer Blvd. Turn left onto E. 63rd St./E. 63rd St. Tfwy. and go 3.4 miles. Turn right onto Manchester Ave. and go 0.6 miles to E. 68th St. Krostadir is 285 feet on right.

  • (C10) Pearly Gates Organic Soapery & Homestead

    (C10) Pearly Gates Organic Soapery & Homestead

    7000 Sycamore Ave.
    Kansas City, MO 64133
    Nancy Gordon

    Nancy has been growing organically since 1981. In 2000, she moved to her current 1-acre site and has been on tours since 2007. Each year and tour is a new adventure for Nancy and her children to explore. Combining beauty and function, you can see the edible Globe Basil hedge around the property, the beginnings of a sugar maple field, a greenhouse of recycled glass, the berry patch, a small decorative pond, an herb garden, and, of course, vegetables. Nancy offers an 8-week Micro-Green Subscriptions year-round and a You-Pick CSA (new this year). She will also teach customers how to harvest. She also makes organic soaps using herbs from the garden. During the tour, she will be teaching homestead skills and crafts. There is a lot to learn in a visit to Pearly Gates!

    Open Saturday & Sunday | Market Farm | Bathroom available

    Live music
    Storyteller, Saturday, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Sunday, 2 p.m.
    Children's activities, clay, macrame
    Homesteading skills and crafts
    Produce, potted plants, soaps and other handmade crafts for sale

    Directions: From I-435 on east side of KCMO, take exit #67/Gregory Blvd., go 0.2 miles. Turn east on E. Gregory Blvd., go 0.5 miles. Bear left on Sycamore Ave., go 0.2 miles. Destination is fourth house on left. Park on street on west side of Lenington Day Lily Farm.

  • (C3) Platte County Community Garden

    (C3) Platte County Community Garden

    10609 NW Hwy. 45
    Parkville, MO 64152
    Joan Sturm
    (785) 554-8855

    Stretching along the rolling landscape of Parkville is the Platte County Community Garden. This collaborative project between the Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City, The National Golf Club of Kansas City, and the YMCA of Kansas City showcases how working together benefits the community. Community members rent 30 plots, while Master Gardeners maintain three plots for use in sharing gardening methods and showing new ways to grow vegetables and flowers. This year, two plots are designated as a Children's Gardens. Master Gardeners will guide children’s planting activities in these gardens. As with any Master Gardener project, all produce is donated.

    Open Saturday | Community Garden

    Food demonstrations
    Live music: Carl Prather with American Songbook, Saturday, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.

    Directions: from I-29, take exit #5/NW 64th St., go 0.3 miles. Turn west on NW 64th St. (MO-45), go 2.6 miles. Continue to follow MO-45, go 0.7 miles. Continue on Tom Watson Pkwy. (MO-45), go 0.2 miles. Garden is on the south side of highway 45 on the National Golf Course in Parkville, just west the traffic roundabout. Park in lot west of garden, next to dental office. Do not drive up to the garden.

  • (C2) S & J Herbs and Heirlooms

    (C2) S & J Herbs and Heirlooms

    7514 Raines Rd.
    Liberty, MO 64068
    Stacey Schulz

    Stacey has been growing things since she was a kid, starting with a terrarium. Walking with her around the three acres of lowland that she and Jeff now farm feels like walking in a terrarium. Diversity of plant types are everywhere, and she has a story about all of them: berries, vegetables, trees, herbs and grains (especially amaranth). “Diversity,” she says, “can turn a desert into interdependent growth that will last forever, benefit each other, and can be used and reused.” She is in love with this concept. A visit here will give you insight into her growing philosophy and offer far more than your money’s worth. Make sure she shows you the Keyhole Beds and her use of passive solar energy.

    Open Saturday & Sunday | Market Farm

    Live music
    For sale during tour: 5 foot tall yard chickens made from reclaimed wood, 54 inch galvanized tomato cages

    Directions: From I-435N take exit 55B for MO-210 E. toward Richmond and turn onto MO-210E. Go for 8.7 miles and turn left onto Raines Rd. Go 1.8 miles to S & J on the left, opposite a big red barn.

  • (C6) St. Paul Community Garden

    (C6) St. Paul Community Garden

    11200 E. 36th St. (36th & Sterling)
    Independence, MO 64052
    Sara Scheil

    Built with lots of passion and sweat equity, St. Paul Community Garden started in 2007 with eight gardeners. This year, it has reached its full capacity of 26 plots, and a fruit orchard and strawberry beds offer gardeners extra harvest. This garden tries to grow food in harmony with nature. A Monarch Waystation welcomes butterflies, and the site is a National Wildlife Federation Wildlife Habitat. On a hot day, visitors can take respite under the trellis covered in native passion flower vine and vegetables built as a Boy Scout Eagle Project. Check out the huge compost facility.

    Open Saturday & Sunday | Community Garden

    Directions: From the intersection of Sterling Ave. and Highway 40/I-70 in Independence, Mo., go north on Sterling Ave. about three blocks to 36th St. South. Turn right/east and park in the church parking lot behind the church. Walk across 36th St. to the garden.

  • (C13) The Gardens at Unity Village

    (C13) The Gardens at Unity Village

    150-B NW Colbern Rd.
    Lee’s Summit, MO 64086
    Judy Best

    This land has strong roots. An agrarian community of people who were early members in the Unity Movement lived on this site on a sustainable farm with chickens, dairy cattle, an orchard, its own water and a utility system. Over the years, agricultural leadership was lost, but now a strong community of volunteers has formed a nonprofit to revitalize the gardens and orchards. These volunteers also educate the public about natural and organic growing methods through workshops held throughout the year. Produce from the garden and other local sources is sold on site Saturdays from 8 a.m.–1 p.m. On your visit, note the solar-powered deer fence and ask about the “row leader” form of gardening.

    Open Saturday & Sunday | Market Farm | Bathroom available

    Live music
    Food demonstration
    Produce for sale
    Beekeeping display, Saturday
    Making starter pots from newspapers, Saturday
    Raw foods demonstration, Saturday
    Reusable tote bag making, Sunday
    Worm composting, Sunday

    Directions: Red-roofed barn on the north side of Colbern Rd., approx. 0.25 miles west of the Douglas/Colbern intersection in Lee’s Summit, Mo. From I-470 East, take the Douglas exit. Turn left at the top of the ramp. Cross over I-470 then turn left (west) at the next light (Colbern Rd.). The farm stand is in front of the barn.

  • (C8) URBAVORE Urban Farm

    (C8) URBAVORE Urban Farm

    Ticket Site
    5500 Bennington Ave.
    Kansas City, MO 64129
    Brooke Salvaggio & Daniel Heryer

    Urban homesteading can be seen unfolding on this 13.5-acre farm that is just now in its third season. A myriad of vegetables and perennials lace the land. Apple, pear and peach orchards produce fruit now and for our future. Chickens, busy inside their solar netting, prepare the land for future growing. Ducks and geese swim on their own pond. Cover crops refresh the soil. No-till growing techniques minimize the need for irrigation during the hot summers. All this can be found just minutes from city center, and more—including unique bee-keeping architecture, a citywide composing operation and a home in the process of being built using earth berm and passive solar techniques, designed specifically for this site’s contours. Come see this illustration of the exciting possibility of maximizing land use to provide food for thousands and to transform a community!

    Open Saturday & Sunday | Market Farm

    Food Demo
    Food Truck: Little Freshie and El Tenedor
    Produce for sale
    Live music: Greenswing, Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

    Directions: From I-435N east side KCMO, take exit 66B to merge onto Blue Pkwy. Go 0.8 miles and turn left onto E. 55th St. Go 0.2 miles and turn right onto Bennington Ave. Go 197 feet to Urbavore. From 47th St. and Troost Ave. go 0.3 miles, one block south to Volker. Turn left onto Volker (which becomes Swope Pkwy., then Blue Pkwy.). Continue for 3.8 miles to Bennington. Turn right onto Bennington for 0.3 mile. Urbavore is on right.

  • (T35) 18Broadway

    (T35) 18Broadway

    18th St. & Broadway Blvd.
    Kansas City, MO 64108
    Jim Miller

    18Broadway is a model of sustainable development that demonstrates best practices in food production, storm water management and renewable energy. 18Broadway features a large agricultural garden surrounded by a system of rain gardens and biofiltration swales designed to capture and redirect rainwater from adjacent streets, providing irrigation for the garden. The agricultural gardens highlight edible landscaping and various home gardening approaches including in-ground, raised beds and freestanding container plantings. All production is donated to Harvesters.

    Open Saturday | Charitable Garden

    Directions: From I-35 Take exit #1C/Southwest Blvd/W Pennway – go 0.1 miles. Turn right on W. Pennway St. – go 0.1 miles. Bear right on Southwest Blvd. Go 0.1 miles. Bear left on Broadway Blvd. Go 0.2 miles. Garden is on the east side of Broadway Blvd. Park along 18th St. or 19th St. and in alley.

  • (T34) Anti-Hero at the Westside Local

    (T34) Anti-Hero at the Westside Local

    1663 Summit St.
    Kansas City, MO 64108
    Nicolas Garcia

    Nicolas and Sarah seem to be just the folks we need to lead us into what Nicolas calls “this burgeoning, not trendy next step for the twenty-first and twenty-second centuries.” Produce used for the menu items of Westside Local is grown by them just out the back door of the restaurant. In 2009, they replaced the fill dirt with a combination of dirt and compost and, last year, were able to grow 600 pounds of food from 390 square feet and 260 linear feet of earth in raised beds, a quarter hoop and vertical gardening on the sides of buildings and fences. The site has the potential of producing up to 1700 pounds of food. Visit them to see just how much you can grow on so little land!

    Open Saturday & Sunday | Market Farm | Bathroom available

    Food demonstration
    Children's activity - painting and planting pots
    Solar oven demonstration
    Live music: Eric Houser, Guitar, Saturday, 1:30–3:30 p.m., Moe Shinola, Guitar, Sunday, 2–4 p.m.

    Directions: From I-35N toward downtown KCMO, take exit 1C toward SW Blvd./W. Pennway KCMO. Go 0.1 mile. and turn left onto W. Pennway. Go 0.1 mile and turn right onto Summit. Continue on Summit to Westside Local Restaurant. Garden is in back. Park on Street.

  • (T30) Cherith Brook Catholic Worker

    (T30) Cherith Brook Catholic Worker

    3308 E. 12th St.
    Kansas City, MO 64127
    Nick Pickrell
    816-241-8047, 816-305-1522

    This intentional community has created a setting that makes one sigh. The front yard grows edible vegetation, as does every sunny part of the grounds. They feed folks who are experiencing homelessness using veggies and eggs from the chickens that pick around the back and side yard among the pecan trees and bee hives. Sustainability is a lifestyle that includes rain catchment systems (1,500+ gallons), solar power supplying 65 percent of the energy for one of two buildings, a wood-burning stove, hoop house and low tunnels, cast-off materials transformed into practical art, and very low-tech gray water. And, if that isn’t enough, learn about the way they prep the gardens for winter using other’s excess.

    Open Saturday | Home Garden, Charitable Garden | Bathroom available

    Food demonstration
    Bee demonstration
    Chicken petting
    Live music: Them Pickless Fools, Saturday, 1– 4 p.m.

    Directions: From downtown- take I-70E. Exit Prospect Ave. Turn left (north) onto Prospect Ave. Turn right (east) onto 12th St. Located one-half block east of 12th and Benton Ave .on the left side (north) of the Rd. Buildings are 3226 E. 12th St. and 3308 E. 12th St. Look for front yard full of food.

  • (T40) Crown Garden

    (T40) Crown Garden

    2502 Cherry St.
    Kansas City, MO 64108
    Caprice Stratton

    All food raised on this site is grown using organic practices and is for families who live at Ronald McDonald House (RMHC-KC), while their children are hospitalized at Children’s Mercy. How great is that? In 2010, Hallmark decided to lend a hand to community gardening. Because Hallmark has an inventive way of making things happen, they did it right. Last year, a project leader coordinated the work of 75 volunteers who grew and harvested 552 pounds of food from 16 no-till raised beds, all of which was prepared and served by meal groups made up of community volunteers. An orchard, grapes and onsite composting are also underway. Visit and see this treasure for yourself.

    Open Saturday & Sunday | Charitable Garden | Bathroom available

    Live music

    Directions: Crown Garden is located in the open lot between Ronald McDonald House, located at E. 25th St. and Cherry St. in the Longfellow neighborhood. It is also directly across the street from the Hallmark Cards corporate entrance, which is at E. 25th St. and Gillham Rd., and one-half block from St. Mark’s Catholic Church, located at E. 26th St. and Gillham Rd. Please park directly on Cherry St., from E. 25th St. up to E. 27th St. There will also be a limited number of parking located on the Ronald McDonald House private lot.

  • (T33) Herb’n Gardener

    (T33) Herb’n Gardener

    921-B W. 17th St. (17th St. & Belleview Ave.)
    Kansas City, MO 64108
    Lew Edmister

    Some surprises are going on here! A visit to Lew’s site will invlude sourdough bread-baking in his wood-fired clay oven around noon, the shitake mushroom growing site and even more growing beds and sculpture pieces than were present during the last few tours. How can all this be done in the confines of a small and beautiful space in this north Westside neighborhood? Come see how so many greens can be grown in so little space! Seasonal produce, herbs, bread and mushrooms will be available for sale. Applications for next year’s CSA for both bread and veggies will also be taken.

    Open Saturday & Sunday | Market Farm | Bathroom available

    Produce, mushrooms and bread for sale
    Live music

    Directions: From 17th St. & Broadway Blvd. in KCMO, go 0.3 miles west on 17th St. to 921 W. 17th St. Garden is on southwest corner across from Primativo Garcia School. Park on the street or in the school parking lot.

  • (T29) Jardin Jubilo (Jubilee Garden)

    (T29) Jardin Jubilo (Jubilee Garden)

    130 N. Topping Ave.
    Kansas City, MO 64123
    Anna Bazan

    This garden shows how families with low income, people of all ages, and individuals with developmental disabilities can grow food for themselves. Jubilee Garden started in 2010 in partnership with organizations such as Cultivate KC, Kansas City Community Gardens, Habitat for Humanity, Menorah Legacy Foundation, and Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. As the garden manager puts it, “We are inspiring families to become self-reliant.” Visitors to this site will soak in the beauty, care and peace that have emerged from this once-vacant lot. It now has 22 raised beds, an eye-pleasing building for storage and a lovely archway that will host various gourds. The garden is used for instruction with both children and adults

    Open Saturday & Sunday | Community Garden | Bathroom

    Live music
    Chef demo with Michael Foust from The Farmhouse

    Directions: From I-70, take Van Brunt Blvd. exit and go (left) north on Van Brunt Blvd. Take a right (east) on St. John Ave. Take a left (north) on Topping Ave.

  • (T41) Morning Star Community Gardens

    (T41) Morning Star Community Gardens

    2400 E. 28th St.
    Kansas City, MO 64128
    Ted Summers

    “It’s in my DNA,” Ted laughingly says about gardening, as evidenced by the care he, Sammy and others take to grow and give away hearty, healthy produce they grow on a one-half acre lot between Olive St. and Wabash St. The garden began as a community service effort to provide no-cost, fresh produce to neighbors in that particular food desert—a region where there are no grocery stores within several miles. Hearty vegetation, new fencing and a unique setup of a leased water meter attached to a fire hydrant are worth a look if you want to learn about reclaiming a vacant lot for gardening. Morning Star Baptist Church has been able to feed many people in the neighborhood and feed them healthily. Stop by to be inspired!

    Open Saturday | Community Garden, Charitable Garden

    Live music
    Food demonstrations

    Directions: From US 71 (Bruce Watkins Parkway), take exit 193 toward Linwood Blvd./29th St./31st St. Go 0.2 miles and merge onto Woodland Ave. Go 341 feet and turn left onto E. 29th St.. Go 0.2 miles and turn left onto Brooklyn Ave. Go 0.1 mile and take first right onto E. 28th St./E 28th St. S. Go 0.1 mile to garden on left. From Main St. in KCMO, go east on 31st St. to Paseo Blvd. Go 0.5 miles and turn right onto E. 27th St. Go 0.6 miles and turn right onto Olive St. Garden will be 0.1 mile down street on the left.

  • (T38) Niles Garden

    (T38) Niles Garden

    Ticket Site
    Niles Home for Children
    1911 E. 23rd St.
    Kansas City, MO 64127
    Marty Kraft

    During growing season, a weekly email informs folks which foods have been harvested by Marty and students of Niles Home that are available at their student-run, weekly farmers’ market. This peaceful and productive garden is the culmination of years of work to create a healthy alternative to learning, eating and living for students. Each year, the garden has become more sustainable. The latest addition, a hoop house, enhances previous amenities such as outdoor classroom gazebo, a gourd room arbor with a solar panel atop that powers the waterfall fountain in the water garden in the nature area. When you visit, sit a bit to drink in the peaceful feeling.

    Open Saturday & Sunday | Market Farm, Youth Garden | Bathroom available

    Produce for sale
    Live music: Wanin' Peppa. Saturday, 11a.m.–1p.m.
    Food Truck: Jazzy B's

    Directions: From I-70 east of downtown KCMO, take Exit 3/Brooklyn Ave. and go south. Take Brooklyn to 23rd Str. and go right, the school is on your left. Or take the 22nd St. exit off 71 and go east on 22nd St. to Garfield Ave. Go south one block to the garden. Park in lot.

  • (T36) Root Deep Urban Farm

    (T36) Root Deep Urban Farm

    3219 E. 19th St.
    Kansas City, MO 64127
    Sherri Harvel

    Sherri is a true pioneer of urban farming and continues to improve her farm. On this tour, visitors can see her new high tunnel, which has aided her crop variety and food production. Sherri sells vegetables at the Westport-Plaza Farmers’ Market and runs a small CSA program. Setting an example for urban dwellers to grow on reclaimed vacant land, she has truly left an urban growing legacy. Stop by, thank Sherri, and catch a bit of her tenacious growing of healthy food!

    Open Saturday | Market Farm

    Food demonstration with Renee Kelly from Harvest, Saturday, 11 a.m.– 1 p.m.
    Produce for sale
    Live music: Anne Haehl, Stories & Song, Saturday, 11 a.m.– 1 p.m.

    Directions: From I-70, take the Exit 4/18th St., go east on 18th St. to College Blvd., turn left on College Blvd. to the intersection of 19th St. & College Blvd. The farm is on the corner. Park in the open corner lot or on street.

  • (T44) & (T42) Santa Fe Neighborhood Gardens

    (T44) & (T42) Santa Fe Neighborhood Gardens

    (T44) Hope Center-Benton-Linwood Blvd Garden
    3145 Benton Blvd.
    Kansas City, MO 64128
    (T42) St. Paul Community Garden
    2910 Victor St.
    Kansas City, MO 64128
    Toni Gatlin
    816-377-9068, 816-923-1755

    Toni Gatlin, a resident of Santa Fe Neighborhood for more than 20years, believes community gardens cultivate relationships, promote physical activities and interactions with nature, foster neighborhood gatherings, and deter crime. From this position, when asking churches for help. Those churches responded. St Paul Presbyterian, St. Augustine Episcopal, Rosser Simpson CME Churches, Apostle Doctrine Fellowship and Hope Center now provide land where food is either growing or will be grown. She asked “Engineers without Borders” from the Missouri University of Science and Technology, located in Rolla, Mo., to design a water catchment system for the Hope Center lot. This request led to a collaboration between Historic Green, Lafarge, J.E. Dunn and Kiewit that resulted in a functionally beautiful corner lot with a cistern, pump, rain-catching pergula and a circular walkway. Master Gardeners, Urban Rangers, other organizations, and Santa Fe Neighborhood residents helped or will help with the implementation and future maintenance of these gardens. “If you let people know what’s going on, you may not get help on an ongoing basis, but you may for special times and projects,” Toni says. Everyone is welcome to harvest fruits and vegetables from the gardens, which provides an oasis in a food desert—a region without a grocery store or access to healthy food for miles. A food education center is also part of Toni’s vision. Visiting these sites might allow you to catchToni’s enthusiasm and determination! Her gardens are proof that we can work miracles when we work together.

    Open Saturday & Sunday | Community Garden, Youth Garden, Charitable Garden | Bathroom available

    Produce for sale
    Live music

    Directions: Begin your visit to these sites at Hope Center then head to St. Paul, which is within walking distance. From US 71 south: (Bruce Watkins Parkway) take exit 193 toward Brooklyn Ave., stay on 31st St. going east toward Benton Blvd.. Turn south on Benton Blvd. Go one block to northeast corner of Benton Blvd. and East Linwood Blvd. to Hope Center Garden.

    From Hope Center to St. Paul: Walk north on Benton Blvd. toward 31st St., continue north on Benton Blvd. to Victor Street to St. Paul Presbyterian Church, 2910 Victor St. The garden site is on the side lawn of the church.

  • (T43) Sprout: A Trophy Garden

    (T43) Sprout: A Trophy Garden

    56 E. 32nd St.
    Kansas City, MO 64111
    Jana Loflin

    The lot adjacent to Jana's house was the perfect drop-off site for unwelcome junk, so she bought it and started a community garden. Three gardeners joined her for the first year. In 2012, that number morphed into eight enthusiastic growers. Eclectic decor adds a fun dimension—old trophies, graffiti, painted tires and more. Jana's philosophy is that produce should be accessible by invitation to create a mindset of generosity rather than one of theft, so a box labeled 'Free' rests at the base of the garden. All extras are given to food pantries. Have old trophies laying around? Bring ’em by and leave your mark in the garden!

    Open Sunday | Community Garden

    Produce for sale

    Directions: From Main St. in KCMO go east on Linwood Blvd. (32nd St.). Turn north onto McGee St. then left onto E. 32nd St. Off Linwood Blvd. (near Costco), head North on McGee St., which is a one-way street. The garden is on the corner of McGee St. and 32nd St.

  • (T28) St. John Gardens

    (T28) St. John Gardens

    Ticket Site
    Northeast Arts KC
    3916 St. John Ave.
    Kansas City, MO 64123
    Becky Koop

    Folk Art scarecrows, raised garden “beds” and creative use of recycled tires create a gardens-as-art whimsical space. Don’t let the whimsy fool you, however. St. John Gardens now has 12 community gardeners tending to more than 30 beds and recently secured a connection with a neighborhood restaurant to use its coffee and vegetable waste for compost. The creative water-catchment system, unique style water garden, three rain gardens, fire pit and spot for neighbors to gather are still there to enjoy. This site is about growing food, fun and community and is well worth a visit.

    Open Saturday & Sunday | Community Garden | Bathroom available

    Food demonstrations
    Live Music: Ala Mode on Saturday, noon-2pm
    Food Truck: Indios Carbonsito

    Directions: From I-35 N, take exit #2H/US-24 E, go 0.2 miles, bear right/east on Independence Ave (US-24) to Benton St. Turn left (north) on Benton St., go five blocks. At the roundabout (Benton Circle), turn right (east) onto St. John Ave., go five and one-half blocks to the garden. St. John Ave. is five blocks North of Independence Ave. Garden is on the north side of the street next to 3922 St. John Ave. Park in front of pottery shop next door or on street.

  • (T37) Switzer Neighborhood Farm, Westside Community Gardens

    (T37) Switzer Neighborhood Farm, Westside Community Gardens

    Tour Hub across street at Ruiz Library
    1842 West Pennway Blvd.
    Kansas City, MO 64108
    Marcella Morales-Gaona and Cosme Pantoja

    In 2010, this vibrant site—now teeming with vegetables, chickens, ducks, bees, a gazebo, benches and a garden shed—was a vacant lot that invited dumping, littering, and housing for those with alcohol or drug addictions. Sponsored by Westside Community Action Network, the neighborhood has embraced this bit of earth where, this year, gardeners tend to plants in 32 plots and 12 large containers. In an experiment with co-op gardening, vegetables will be planted in strategically dedicated beds rather than having plots tended by individuals or families. Members of the garden cooperative will then share the produce in proportion to their contributions in hope of increasing productivity for all. Stop by to see if it is working!

    Open Saturday & Sunday | Market Farm, Community Garden | Bathroom available

    Chips and salsa samples, Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m.
    Produce for sale
    Flowers, pots, seeds and garden books for sale
    Beekeeping demonstration
    Small worm farm demonstration

    Food Trucks:
    3 Girls and a Cupcake, Saturday
    Mean Vegan, Saturday
    Little Italy

    Directions: From I-35 take #1C/Southwest Blvd./W. Pennway Blvd. downtown KCMO. Go 0.1 mile. Turn west on W. Pennway St. Go 0.2 miles. Arrive at Ruiz Library. Farm is across the street. From Main St. Turn west onto 20th St. Garden is situated on the corner of 20th St. and W. Pennway Blvd. Plenty of parking on street.

  •  (T31) The Urban Farming Guys “Myrtle Plot”

    (T31) The Urban Farming Guys “Myrtle Plot”

    1121 Myrtle Ave.
    Kansas City, MO 64127
    Jason Fields

    Come see an Aquaponics fish farm, chickens, bamboo, vertical gardening, worm farming, compost operation and a community garden. These folks are in the process of building up infrastructure to help transform the urban core and provide opportunities to urban youth, deliver healthy food access in the inner city and build economic resilience from the inside out. Every day, more neighbors and volunteers join in, making fun out of the rigorous work required to turn vacant land and neglected property into spaces that grow healthy food, community and entrepreneurial opportunities. The Urban Farm Guys invite you to “come on down” and learn how this farm keeps on keepin’ on!

    Open Saturday | Market Farm, Community Garden

    Food demonstration with You Say Tomato, Saturday, 11 a.m.– 2 p.m.
    Produce for sale
    Worm farm
    Compost operation
    Live music: The Potlickers, Saturday, 1:30– 3:30 p.m.

    Directions: From I-70 downtown KCMO, take exit #4A/Benton Blvd./Truman Rd. Go 0.2 miles. Continue on Benton Blvd. for 0.3 miles. Turn right on E. 12th St., go 0.5 miles. Turn left on Myrtle Ave. Address is first property on east side of street. Park on street.

  • (T39) Washington Wheatley Neighborhood Garden

    (T39) Washington Wheatley Neighborhood Garden

    2410 Montgall Ave.
    Kansas City, MO
    Ed McCallop & Marlon Hammons
    816-507-4979, 816-918-2830

    Transformation in process! Washington Wheatley Neighborhood Improvement Association gathered at Seton Center to plan its fourth year of gardening. The meeting brought out neighborhood residents who have lived there for years and a few who look pretty new to the scene. Together they planted a garden last year. It certainly wasn’t the first time for the old timers, but the first time it was done together on reclaimed land that was growing trash and is now graced with an array of luscious food. This year, a water collection system will be added. Such actions renew the hope of the long-time residents and fuel enthusiasm for those new to the area.

    Open Saturday | Community Garden | Bathroom

    Directions: From US-71, take the 29th St./27th St. exit. Turn east on E 27th St., go 0.5 miles. Turn left on Prospect Ave., go 0.3 miles. Turn right on E. 24th Terr., go 0.1 mile. Turn left on Montgall Ave., go 0.1 miles. Garden is on right. Park on street.

  • (T32) Whatsoever Community Garden

    (T32) Whatsoever Community Garden

    1201 Ewing Ave.
    Kansas City, MO 64126
    Lydia Friz

    Whatsoever has been around ever so long! Started in 1915, Whatsoever Community Center began as a soup kitchen. Over the years, it has expanded services to meet the needs of the community. The center currently offers GED, ESL, preschool, after-school and summer camp programming. Over the past year, the garden has been transitioning into no-till practices. During the summer program, students are involved in garden maintenance, planting and harvesting, as well as identifying, foraging, and preparing wild edibles. The produce feeds pre-school, after-school and summer students. Visit Whatsoever's garden to see how the center lives up to its name and has served the community over these many years!

    Open Saturday | Youth Garden | Bathroom

    Live music
    Wild herb sodas for sale

    Directions: From 435N, exit at Truman Rd. and go west. Turn north (right) on Ewing (just past bridge). From downtown, go east on Truman Rd.. Turn north (left) on Ewing (just past Bennington Rd).The building is between E 12 Terrace and 12th street on Ewing Ave. Park on the street.

  • (E52) Conception Community Farm

    (E52) Conception Community Farm

    2701 E. 43rd St.
    Kansas City, MO 64130
    Bobby Wright

    The parking lot on this site during the 2011 tour is now a ‘parking lot farm.’ More than 28 beds have been cut out, dug out and composted, and a 7,000-gallon water tank is harvesting rainwater from the runoff of the church roof. This group of young folks, working alongside the New Rising Star Missionary Baptist Church and their Pastor, Dr. James A. Howard, are excited about neighbors growing on their own plots. The dream for this fourth anniversary year is that the site become a community gathering space for neighbors. Please come gather during the tour and for a potluck meal at 6 p.m. Sunday if you can!

    Open Saturday & Sunday | Market Farm, Home Garden, Community Garden, Charitable Garden | Bathroom available

    Food demonstration
    Petting zoo
    Potluck following Tour, Sunday, 6 p.m.

    Directions: From 71 Highway, take 39th St. exit and turn east. Turn south on Prospect Ave. Turn left on E. 43rd St., go one block to corner of 43rd St. and Montgall Ave. Church is on the right with the garden on the south side.

  • (E49) Emmanuel’s Community Garden

    (E49) Emmanuel’s Community Garden

    Emmanuel’s Community Center
    3510 Prospect Ave.
    Kansas City, MO 64109
    Debra Mann

    Need a little hope? Come see what kids can do in their neighborhood! Emmanuel’s Community Center/Camp Empowerment is an urban, at-risk-youth program serving Central High School and DeLaSalle Students. Each day after school, a bus transports youth to the center where, two years ago, they built raised beds, started, planted, maintained and harvested food. The bus then transports them home. In addition to helping feed their families and neighbors, the youth held their own farmers’ market and collaborated with a convenience store and local restaurants to sell produce for them. This growing season the garden will be expanded to assist families to garden in their own back yard, growing health and hope at home.

    Open Sunday | Community Garden, Youth Garden | Bathroom available

    Food demonstration with Craig Howard, Sunday, 2:30– 3:30 p.m.
    Produce for sale
    Live music: Alan Lott with Drums of Love, Sunday. 2– 4 p.m.

    Directions: From US-71, take the Linwood Blvd./31st St. exit. Turn east on 31st St., go 0.4 miles, turn south on Prospect Ave., go 0.5 miles. Arrive at garden on the right. Park in lot by community center, which is in an old Safeway on west side of Prospect Ave.

  • (E45) Front Porch Alliance Youth and Family Garden

    (E45) Front Porch Alliance Youth and Family Garden

    3210 Michigan Ave.
    Kansas City, MO 64109
    Colleen Innis

    Overlooking Bruce R. Watkins Drive, you can stand on a peaceful piece of land that once occupied four family households. Now this land is used to teach the art of gardening to youth. Each spring, adult residents and youth come together on Saturdays to plant vegetables of their choice. The first harvest is shared among those who helped plant. In June, the youth inherit the garden to call their own. Teams of youth harvest vegetables and compete for sales at two nearby farm stands. While competing to make the most money, the youth learn skills about marketing and running a business. Plus, they get the added payoff of eating a greater variety of fresh, healthy foods that they grew themselves.

    Open Saturday | Market Farm, Youth Garden | Bathroom available

    Food demonstration
    Produce for sale
    Live music: James Hathorn, Street Dancer, Saturday, noon–2 p.m.

    Directions: From 71 Highway, take the Linwood Blvd./31st St. exit. Turn west on E. Linwood Blvd., go 0.1 miles. Turn left at stoplight onto Michigan Ave. Arrive at garden on the right. Park on the street or in lot at 32nd St. and Woodland Ave. around the corner to the west.

  • (E57) Gillis Growth Grove

    (E57) Gillis Growth Grove

    Ticket site
    8150 Wornall Rd.
    Kansas City, MO 64114
    Theo Bunch

    Raised cedar beds with a drip irrigation system grow organic food for 120 kids of all ages. The garden serves as part of the therapy the youth need to cope with challenges that are part of their lives – helping them connect to the earth helps them discover what it is to be human. The garden provides ways to learn math, biology, ecology and more at outdoor learning stations. Art is being integrated into the outdoor classroom, outdoor therapy spaces, greenhouse, and picnic areas. Visit to see the beauty and bounty of the crops and catch a sense of the many ways growing healthy food grows healthy kids!

    Open Saturday & Sunday | Market Farm, Youth Garden | Bathroom available

    Produce for sale
    Decorative stepping stones and garden related art created by the youth of Gillis Center for sale
    Live music: Foes of Folly, Saturday, 4–5 p.m., James Hathorn, Street Dancer, Sunday, 1–3p.m.
    Food Truck: Brock Hops
    Directions: from I-435E (south KC), take exit 75A, Wornall Rd. Go north on Wornall Rd. for 2.6 miles. Gillis campus is on the west side of Wornall. If coming from the north, proceed south from the Plaza. Wornall is the street on the west side of the Raphael Hotel.

  • (E55) Green Griots Community Garden

    (E55) Green Griots Community Garden

    Benjamin Banneker Charter Academy of Technology
    6401 Rockhill Rd.
    Kansas City, MO 64131
    Tony Dickerson

    Griots are popularly known as “praise singers” and may also use their vocal expertise for political comment. Since the last tour, the political comment these students have made with their garden caught the attention of Kimble Ambers’ Running Back Giving Back Program. Because of the garden, the school also got involved in the “Get Moving” program, modeled after First Lady Michelle Obama’s national program. But the Green Griots didn’t stop there: The group got the attention of Whole Foods Bag Buy-Back Program, which provided funds to buy a storage unit, additional beds, and soil to expand the garden. It’s no wonder that the Kansas City Community Gardens’ Marder Family distinguished the garden with the 2011 Schoolyard Garden of the Year Award! Stop by to see what garnered such attention.

    Open Sunday | Youth Garden, Charitable Garden | Bathroom available

    Food demonstration with Lisa Markely and Dianna Sinni, Sunday
    Scavenger hunt for kids
    Gleaning from the garden
    Live music: Wanin' Peppa, Sunday, 1– 3 p.m.

    Directions: From US-71, take the 63rd St. exit and go west on 63rd St., 1.3 miles. Turn left on Rockhill Rd. (one block west of Troost Ave.). Go one block to 64th St. (aka Meyer Blvd.) The school is on the southeast corner of 64th St. and Rockhill Rd., behind McDonald’s on Meyer and Troost. Park in school lot.

  • (E46) Hoop Dog Studio Garden

    (E46) Hoop Dog Studio Garden

    Ticket Site
    3314 Troost Ave.
    Kansas City, MO 64109
    Cathryn Simmons, Lori Buntin
    816-665-5757, 816-769-8994

    The Hoop Dog is coming around again. If you missed it on the last two tours, don’t let the opportunity pass this time, and if you’ve seen it before there’s new stuff. Drip irrigation is now a fixture in the vegetable garden. There is a new “Pond Room” for water gardens, and “The Wizard” has made an appearance, capturing roof water in a 3,000-gallon system. You can visit the enclosed berry “room” and walk under more fencing arches for plant support and shade. The food raised here feeds 10 people all season with the chickens providing the eggs. All this happens behind pallets piled high, so come take a peek inside!

    Open Saturday & Sunday | Home Garden

    Hot Dogs for charity for sale
    Art studio next door
    Trunk sale from Stuff Store
    Food Truck: Wilmas Good Food
    Live music: The Accidentals, Saturday, Noon– 2 p.m.

    Directions: from Troost Ave. and Emanuel Cleaver II Blvd. (aka Brush Creek), go north to Hoop Dog on west side of street – from Troost Ave. and Linwood Blvd. (aka 32nd St.) go south on Troost Ave. to 3314, between Armour Blvd. and Linwood Blvd. Park on Troost.

  • (E47) & (E48) Ivanhoe Neighborhood Gardens

    (E47) & (E48) Ivanhoe Neighborhood Gardens

    (E47) Ivanhoe Demonstration Garden
    Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City, University Of Missouri Extension
    3644 Woodland Ave.
    Kansas City, MO 64109
    Terry Davis, Gisela Pursel
    816-358-7771, 816-309-9722
    bernied8008@att.net, giselapursel@gmail.com

    (E48) Ivanhoe Scouts Sprouts
    3700 Woodland Ave.
    Kansas City, MO 64109
    Dina Newman, Yolanda Young
    816-921-6611, 816-921-6611
    dnewman@incthrives.org, yyoung@incthrives.org

    “Double the pleasure, double the fun” happens here, as these two neighboring gardens help Ivanhoe thrive. The Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City continue to serve this inner-city neighborhood by demonstrating fruit and vegetable production on an old home-site turned-vacant lot turned garden. Several plots are being used by neighborhood residents to practice gardening skills alongside Master Gardeners. Garden beds have been built up with the addition of considerable organic matter and the composting system has been expanded. Crops planted have been modified to grow what sells at the new Ivanhoe Small Growers Farmers’ Market, held Fridays beginning the first Friday in June through the last Friday in September, 5–7 p.m.

    The Scouts Sprouts garden is not just the Boys and Girls Scouts anymore. Ivanhoe Youth are also now learning to grow in these seven raised bed. Some of the produce is sold at the Ivanhoe Small Growers Farmers' Market, with the majority of food given away to the community to help address the food desert issue. Stop by these two gardens, just a block apart, and double your dose of garden goodness!

    Open Saturday | Market Farm, Community Garden, Youth Garden, Charitable Garden | Bathroom available

    African Caribbean music
    Raw Food demonstration with Malenda Shahane, Saturday, 9:30 onwards
    Handmade items for sale
    Produce for sale

    Directions: From Bruce R Watkins/71 Highway, take 39th St. exit. Turn west on E. 39th St., go 0.1 miles. Turn right on Woodland Ave. Gardens are located at the large red brick building two blocks down. Scouts Sprout garden is on south side of building. Ivanhoe Demonstration Garden is on north side of building. Park in lot or on street.

  • (E58) Kansas City Academy

    (E58) Kansas City Academy

    7933 Main St.
    Kansas City, MO 64114
    Kathy Baldwin-Heitman

    Question: You have a cool school without a hot lunch program, so what do you do?
    Answer: Invite a chef to join the school who wants to teach and cook food for middle and high school students using locally grown food. Start a food class using an integrated curriculum where students learn math, reading and science. Build a garden and hoop house from re-purposed materials and grow, tend, harvest and cook the food. The result? Voilà! A hot lunch program with bonuses. City kids learn where food comes from and eat healthy lunches, enjoy less illness and better concentration in class. This school has done it for 5 years. Come learn how yours can, too!

    Open Saturday | Youth Garden | Bathroom available

    Live music
    Food demonstration
    Produce for sale

    Directions: From I-435 south KCMO, take Wornall St. exit and go north to 79th St., then go approximately two blocks east to Main St. School is on southeast corner of 79th Terr. and Main St. Garden is on south side. Enter through gate on Main St. to access garden and parking.

  • (E50) Notre Dame de Sion School Garden

    (E50) Notre Dame de Sion School Garden

    3823 Locust St.
    Kansas City, MO 64109
    Annie Riggs

    This garden feeds students at Notre Dame de Sion elementary and middle schools in many ways. Bellies get fed in the school cafeteria, and brains are developed through integrating the garden into the curriculum. Spirits find nourishment from the sense of wonder of sprouting seeds and a sense of responsibility by tending the sprouts. Apple and pear trees, berries, vegetables, herbs and flowers are artfully planted according to a design created by a parent. School parents raised money to begin the process and families work on Saturdays to nurture the growth and claim the harvest used by not only the school, but also by St. James Catholic Church Center to supplement meals for the homeless. What more good can a garden do?

    Open Saturday | Youth Garden

    Directions: From 39th St. and Main St. in KCMO, turn east and go 0.3 miles to Gillham Rd. Turn left onto Gillham Rd. and go 105 feet. Take a slight right onto Locust St. Go 410 feet School is on right.

  • (E53) Project Living Proof

    (E53) Project Living Proof

    Metropolitan Energy Center
    917 Emanuel Cleaver II Blvd.
    Kansas City, MO 64110
    Jensen Adams

    At this site, you will see beauty and sustainability working hand in hand in a 100-year-old house. As a Sustainable Sites Initiative pilot site, Project Living Proof demonstrates a landscape that is modeled after healthy ecosystems with specific focus on water, energy, soil, vegetation, exterior materials selection and human health. It is a living demonstration of how you can support natural ecological functions in your garden and landscape. The site demonstrates local materials, water harvesting and reuse, companion plantings and perennial edibles. After visiting the gardens, visitors are welcome to tour the demonstration house and learn about energy efficiency, sustainable resources and KCPL’s Smart Grid.

    Open Saturday & Sunday | Home Garden, Charitable Garden | Bathroom available

    Live music by Quirk & Ruckus
    Food demonstration with Season's 52

    Directions: One block west of Troost Ave. or three blocks east of the Plaza on the southwest corner of Harrison St. and Emanuel Cleaver II Blvd. Park at the north end of Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center lot, 4750 Troost Ave.

  • (E54) Sunset Hill Garden

    (E54) Sunset Hill Garden

    5207 Sunset Dr.
    Kansas City, MO 64112
    Liesl McLiney

    It is in Liesl McLiney’s blood to grow organic flowers and vegetables, keep bees and raise chickens in an upscale neighborhood one block south of the Country Club Plaza! She learned it at the knee of her grandmother, who had an organic garden in Mission Hills, and her mother, who started the first organic fertilizer company in Kansas City, Phenix Farm & Garden. When grandmother passed and her home and gardens were bulldozed for a rebuild, an agreement was arranged whereby Liesl could save all the plants. Over the course of more than a year, moving the garden bit by bit in her car, those plants are now part of Liesl's garden, gracefully woven alongside a swimming pool and expansive outdoor entertainment area in a way that is hard to believe without seeing it. The result is something you will not want to miss!

    Open Saturday | Home Garden

    Live music: Camry Ivory, Saturday, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
    Hollands Organic Gardening

    Directions: From the Plaza, go south on Wornall Rd. to 51st St. and turn west. Veer left around Loose Park, turn right on 52nd St.. Location on left, where 52nd St. runs into Sunset Dr. From Ward Pkwy., head east very briefly, immediate left onto Sunset Dr., or straight from right lane heading north. Stay on Sunset Dr., home on right.

  • (E56) Swope Park & The Beanstalk

    (E56) Swope Park & The Beanstalk

    Kansas City Community Gardens
    6917 Kensington Ave.
    Kansas City, MO 64132
    Andrea Mathew

    Please touch the food! Bring your children to a place where they can touch, smell and taste everything growing in the garden while learning about plants, food production, insects, nutrition, and plant science at the same time! Experience the Beanstalk Children’s Garden’s six different sections: fruit, vegetables, seeds and grains, herbs, the curiosity garden, and the water garden. In addition to the children’s garden, this site, located in lovely Swope Park, is also host to the offices of KCCG, the greenhouse where bedding plants for community garden members are grown, and the Swope Park Community Garden. KCCG helps people and community groups learn to grow their own food in backyards, vacant lots, school yards and community sites.

    Open Saturday & Sunday | Community Garden, Youth Garden | Bathroom available

    Live music: Joyce Slater, Storyteller

    Directions: From US-71, turn east on Gregory Blvd. for 1.1 miles and turn north on Kensington. From I-435, turn west on Gregory for 3 miles and turn north on Kensington. The gardens will be on your right. Park in the lot.

  • (E51) The Magic Garden

    (E51) The Magic Garden

    US Post Office
    200 Westport Rd.
    Kansas City, MO 64111
    Glenn Stewart

    Thanks to the creative juices of Glenn and the approval of the Westport Post Office, post office customers and passersby can enhance their cooking of locally grown food by gathering herbs from beds on post office grounds. Is that serving the public or what? This garden “magic” is the interweaving of herbs, native plants, art, birdfeeders and a birdbath. Some of the herbs winter in an indoor garden to be enjoyed year-round. A blending of businesses, neighbors and charter school students orchestrated by Glenn have made this garden grow and have decorated the post office counter with a vase of fresh-cut beauty most days of the year. Come see how food and food enhancers can be grown anywhere when a community decides to act.

    Open Saturday & Sunday | Community Garden | Bathroom available

    Food for sale at Mario's next door
    Vinyl Mix presented by DJ Joseph Powell/*Radonic Powers* and KKFI 90.1FM Saturday, 12 - 5 p.m.
    Chalk Art on the sidewalk

    Directions: From Plaza, take Broadway north to Westport Rd. Turn east (right) and go two blocks to Westport Post Office, (corner of Wyandotte & Westport Rd/43rd St.) From downtown KCMO take Broadway south to Westport Rd. Turn east (left) and go two blocks.

  • (K14) Blue Door Farm

    (K14) Blue Door Farm

    3830 N. 55th St.
    Kansas City, KS 66104
    Laura Christensen

    Laura is True Blue, as she has helped buyers of her foodstuffs stay healthy for 7 years now. She leases the land, which is located on a former family vegetable farm that includes a great old barn, a few beehives and a very vocal donkey. You can find her produce at the Saturday Farmers’ Market in Brookside, at BADSEED Market during the winter, or through a CSA share. She toils the soil on this one acre, organic vegetable farm and grows into the winter by means of a high tunnel and a greenhouse.

    Open Sunday | Market Farm

    Carrot-feeding to donkey & horse
    Chef Demo with Katie Newell, Sunday

    Directions: From I-635 N., take exit #6 to Parallel Pkwy., go 0.2 miles. Go west onto Parallel Pkwy., Go 0.6 miles. Continue on Parallel Dr. Go 0.3 miles. Continue on Parallel Pkwy. Go 0.7 miles. Turn north on N. 55th St. Go 1.9 miles to 3830 N. 55th St. on the left.

  • (K20) Cross-Lines Garden

    (K20) Cross-Lines Garden

    Cross-Lines Community Outreach
    736 Shawnee Ave.
    Kansas City, KS 66105
    Matt O’Malley
    (620) 249-6353

    Seeing the growth of Cross-Lines Garden is an external sign of the internal vitality of the Armourdale Neighborhood. The garden is a tried and true four-time tour participant. In this year’s tour, they are eager to showcase eight new raised beds that provide community garden plots as well as the main garden that began in 2007. Girl scouts, mothers, children and neighborhood residents cross lines of age, economics and ethnicity to grow food for the food pantry and improve the health of the community. Last year, it produced 5,000 pounds of food on less than a quarter of an acre! Stop by and celebrate the food and success they grow.

    Open Saturday & Sunday | Charitable | Bathroom available

    Food demonstration with Sarah Robinson from Bistro Kids
    Live music: Lunadaz

    Directions: From I-70 (exit 422B) or I-35 (exit 234), exit onto 7th St. Tfwy./Rainbow Blvd. and turn west onto Shawnee Ave., which is between Osage and Kansas Ave. The garden can be seen to the west of 7th St. in front of the big brick building. Park in lot east of garden or on street.

  • (K22) Gibbs Road Farm & Burns’ Bee Farm

    (K22) Gibbs Road Farm & Burns’ Bee Farm

    Ticket site
    Cultivate Kansas City
    4223 Gibbs Rd.
    Kansas City, KS 66106
    Alicia Ellingsworth

    Gibbs Road Farm sits on 2 acres in Kansas City, Kan., growing food, farmers and community. It’s the home of Cultivate Kansas City, host of the Urban Grown Farms & Gardens Tour. Each year, the farmers harvest some 25,000 pounds of certified organic produce to feed customers at the Brookside Farmers’ Market, CSA members and several local restaurants. Come see Bob Burns’ numerous bee hives that help pollinate each year’s crops. Check out the farm’s no-till beds, raised beds and traditional tilled beds. Ask to see the nonstop, year-round production plan. Talk with an apprentice and find out why it’s never quiet at this farm … the interstate highway at its western border is only half the story.

    Open Saturday & Sunday | Market Farm | Bathroom

    Food demonstrations
    Bee colony observation with Bob Burns' Honey
    Honey for sale
    Children's tent
    Food trucks: Taco Republic and Baldee Pizza, Saturday, and Prairie Fire Oven, Sunday

    Live music:
    David Smart, Saturday, 11 a.m.– 1 p.m.
    Good Sam Club, Saturday & Sunday, 1– 3 p.m.
    10¢ Gadfly, Saturday, 3– 5 p.m.

    Sponsored by VML Foundation.

    Directions: Take the Shawnee Dr. exit off I-635, go east to 42nd St. (blinking light), and turn left. Park on 42nd St. where the signs say Farm Tour Parking. Then walk 0.25 miles north on 42nd St. to the farm’s north entrance, approximately 100 yards on left. Accessible parking available at the farm: continue up the hill, turn left at Gibbs Rd., second left into farm driveway.

  • (K21) Huns Garden

    (K21) Huns Garden

    4730 Metropolitan Ave.
    Kansas City, KS 66106
    Pov Huns

    You may have met the Huns family—Pov, Chaxamone and their four children—at the City Market, where they have sold their produce for years. They have been on the tour since the first in 2005 and continue to play a stable and important role in the local agriculture scene,. They grow vegetables, herbs and flowers with a special passion for plants that have medicinal properties and that taste good. This year, they offer many different types of high tunnel production to expand the low- to no-irrigation growing they do so well. Pov can talk with you about traditional Hmong ways of growing and using vegetables and herbs for health and nutrition, techniques he learned at his grandmother’s side.

    Open Sunday | Market Farm

    Live music: Al Fuller, Guitar, Sunday, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
    Food demonstration with Heidi VanPelt-Belle from FüD
    Flowers for sale

    Directions: From north or south I-635, get off on Metropolitan Ave. Exit. Go west on Metropolitan Ave. Farm is 0.5 miles west on the north side of the hill. The farm is behind 4710 Metropolitan Ave. Park in a large construction parking lot at 4700 Metropolitan Ave. Additional parking is available at 4710 Metropolitan Ave. Do NOT park on the street.

  • (K19) Juniper Gardens Training Farm and Community Gardens

    (K19) Juniper Gardens Training Farm and Community Gardens

    Cultivate Kansas City
    N. 1st St. & Richmond Ave.
    Kansas City, KS 66101
    Cathy Bylinowski, Rachel Pollock
    913-602-1181, 913-909-1027

    This year, 17 growers are learning to grow vegetables and herbs and how to cut flowers in Northeast KCK with a goal of farming independently in three to five years! Juniper Gardens Training Farm and Community Gardens serve resettled refugees in the New Roots for Refugees program (co-sponsored by Catholic Charities of N.E. Kansas) and residents of Juniper Gardens Apartment Complex, a public housing facility of the Housing Authority of KCK. The land has been reclaimed from demolished apartments, with organic fertilizer and soil amendment added every year to improve soil fertility. Vegetables familiar to American residents, as well as unique varieties from the farmers’ home countries, are sold at 13 markets across the Metro, including KCK Green Market at Juniper Gardens.

    Open Sunday | Market Farm, Community Garden | Bathroom available

    Live music, dance by New Roots for Refugees farmers
    Cooking demonstrations and sampling by farmers

    Directions: From I-70E: where I-670 and I-70 split, stay right to follow I-70. Take Exit 423B for James St./3rd St. Continue straight onto 3rd St. After about 1 mile, turn right onto Richmond Ave. Farm entrance is the second gate on the left.
    From I-70W: just across the river, take Exit 423C for Minnesota Ave/Washington Blvd. Keep right at the fork, follow signs for Washington Blvd. Keep right again at the next fork, follow signs for 3rd St. and merge onto Washington Blvd. Turn left onto 3rd St. At first four-way stop, turn right onto Richmond Ave. Farm entrance is the second gate on the left.

  • (K26) Kimmi Homestead

    8512 Richards Rd.
    Lenexa, KS 66215
    Clay Kimmi

    “We can grow food and support our needs anywhere.” The Kimmis are transforming their front and back yards into a low-to no-maintenance permascape with a forest garden and curb appeal. They speak of swales, amending the soil, water catchment, codes, deeds and restrictions, neighborhood association meetings, and relationship-building. The family is moving slowly and purposefully to educate their neighbors and others on how and why we must reimagine and evolve our living spaces. Gradual change has garnered curiosity and support from younger families in the neighborhood who stop and ask him how they might catch water in such tall barrels while maintaining aesthetics.

    Open Saturday & Sunday | Home Garden | Bathroom available

    Directions: From I-435 exit 87th St. in Kansas, head east. Turn left/north at Rosehill Ave. (stoplight). Turn left onto Bradshaw. Turn right onto Richards Rd. Fourth house on left.
    From I-35 exit 225a 87th St. in Kansas, head west. Turn right/north at Rosehill Ave. (stoplight). Turn left onto Bradshaw. Turn right onto Richards Rd. Fourth house on left.

  • (K27) Mitzvah Garden KC

    (K27) Mitzvah Garden KC

    Temple B’nai Jehudah
    12320 Nall Ave.
    Overland Park, KS 66209
    Larry Lehman

    Last year, the hungry of Johnson County were blessed with 6,000 pounds of produce from the pesticide-free Mitzvah Garden KC! The garden committee states that “volunteers from local Jewish congregations take the sacred task and commandment to feed the hungry seriously—to grow the good in Kansas City and fulfill a mitzvah (commandment/good deed)”. They also believe that every garden/gardener needs a day of rest; thus, their site is not open on Saturday in observance of Shabbat (the Jewish Sabbath). The garden uses a pavilion to catch water and distribute it via a drip system developed in Israel. Deer are kept out with fencing strung with wire and glittery objects, and Purple Martins and bees are invited in by birdhouses and hives. You, too, are invited into the garden!

    Open Sunday | Charitable Garden

    Food demonstration
    Live music: John Williams, Guitarist, Sunday, Noon–3 p.m.
    Food Truck: Baldee Pizza, Sunday

    Directions: from I-435E, take exit 77B for Nall Ave. Turn right onto Nall Ave. and go 1.9 miles.
    Turn right into parking lot for The Temple, Congregation B'nai Jehudah and proceed to the back of the parking lot. Garden is up a hill in the back of the temple.

  • (K23) My City Hens

    (K23) My City Hens

    4200 W. 54th Terr.
    Roeland Park, KS 66205
    Teresa Kelly

    The backyard of this 50s style home is going to the chickens—except where it’s going to the vegetables, currants, gooseberries and herbs growing in no-till soil. The focal point of the garden is a hen abode with a loft and extended outdoor run to honor the symbiotic relationship chickens have with a garden. The “ladies” love to peck and forage in the earth, providing pre-planting aeration for the plants, as well as pest and weed control. Plants love to grow in the composted chicken waste and humans enjoy the delicious eggs. If you are considering entering into such a relationship, stop by and let My City Hens (formerly CHIRP) folks cheer you on.

    Open Saturday & Sunday | Home Garden

    Educational displays on how to hatch chicks, chicken tractors, live hens, experts to answer questions about urban chicken keeping
    Live music: Mikal Shapiro, Sunday, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.

    Directions: Get on18th St. Expressway or Roe Ave. Turn west onto W. 55th St. Go 344 feet and take the first left onto Granada St. Go 354 fet and take first right onto W. 54th Terr. for 0.3 mile. House is on left.

  • (K24) Natural Grown Farm

    (K24) Natural Grown Farm

    6131 Long Ave.
    Shawnee, KS 66216
    Warren Messinger

    Warren is a tried and true urban farmer whose site has been on the tour three times and provides valuable learning. Two spacious lots across the street from one another exhibit well-planned water collection systems (catches 4,000 gallons) and numerous vegetables are grown in more than 20 concrete-framed raised beds. This tour will showcase the addition of a variety of container gardening ideas as well. Early on, his neighbors prodded him into selling vegetables to them. That idea evolved into an on-site building out of which veggies can be purchased most days. The amount of food grown on suburban lots is well exhibited at Natural Grown and certainly worth a look!

    Open Saturday | Market Farm

    Directions: Off I-35, take exit 228B Shawnee Mission Pkwy. West. On Shawnee Mission Pkwy., go 2.1 miles to Long (second stoplight after Quivira Ave.), turn north, and the farm will be 0.2 miles on your right. Park in the medical building parking lot a few houses south of the farm.

  • New Roots for Refugees Graduate Farms: Mama Tu’s, Ki Koko, and Karen Fresh

    New Roots for Refugees Graduate Farms: Mama Tu’s, Ki Koko, and Karen Fresh

    Rachel Friesen
    816-206 4505

    A trio of sites within blocks of each other exhibit the values of healthy food and love of the land. Coupled with much hard work, they are all owned and farmed by Burmese refugees. They were growers in Burma, refugees by way of Thailand, and transferred their skills to become entrepreneurs in the United States by way of Juniper Gardens and the New Roots for Refugees Program. As you walk these plots, it will be hard to believe this is only their second season of growing on these sites. Within months of taking ownership in fall 2011 and spring 2012, they cleared numerous trees, planted a spring crop consisting of Burmese and American vegetables and flowers that were sold at market throughout the 2012 growing season. Karen (pronounced Kuh-WREN) is their native language, spoken by some three million Karen People.

    Open Sunday | Market Farm | Bathroom available

    Produce for sale

    (K16) Mama Tu’s Family Farm
    4935 Lathrop Ave.
    Kansas City, KS 66104
    Dena Tu

    Dena Tu and her son, He Ku, took ownership of a house on a one-half acre of land in March 2012 and profited from selling produce at Brookside Farmers’ Market & Juniper Gardens Market during the 2012 growing season. They brought seeds for gourds and Burmese Water Spinach with them from Burma and want people to know about them and how they grow. Working and learning at Juniper Gardens since 2007 helped them learn how to make a life for their future.

    Directions: From downtown KC, travel west on I-70/I-670, then take Exit 419 for I-635 North. Continue 1.4 miles, then take Exit 6 for Parallel Parkway. Turn left onto Parallel Pkwy. Road will curve slightly to the right and become Parallel Drive; follow this and continue onto Parallel Parkway again. Turn right on 51st St, continue 0.8 miles, then turn right onto Lathrop Ave. Dena’s house is on the right, with the garden in back.

    (K17) Ki Koko Farms
    4900 Yecker
    Kansas City, KS 66104
    Beh Paw Gaw

    This farm is divided in half and shared by sisters Beh Paw and Pay Lay. Both gardens are planted with Burmese and American vegetables and flowers they sell at Juniper Gardens, Brookside and Overland Park markets. Beh Paw began growing things for hobby as a child in the Burma countryside and graduated to growing food for the family. If you want to grow food as a business, she says, “Find someone who can help you and tell you where to sell what you grow.”

    Directions: From downtown KC, travel west on I-70/I-670, then take Exit 419 for I-635 North. Continue 1.4 miles, then take Exit 6 for Parallel Parkway. Turn left onto Parallel Pkwy. Road will curve slightly to the right and become Parallel Dr.. Follow this and continue onto Parallel Pkwy. again. Turn right on 51st St., continue 0.6 miles, then turn right onto Yecker Ave. This is a dead-end street, and the farm is the last driveway on the left. Please park along the street and enter the farm on foot.

    (K15) Karen Fresh Garden
    5626 Farrow Ave.
    Kansas City, KS 66104
    Lay Htoo

    Lay Htoo was first resettled in Illinois then moved to Kansas City, Kan., specifically to join the New Roots for Refugees program and start a farm business. She and her family took possession of a house and large yard in October 2011 and transformed the site into an income-producing business and home for several rabbits she raises. Lay advises others to “learn what to plant, which month and which day.” We can all learn a thing or two from this inspirational and hard-working woman who learned to grow on a ten-acre family farm in Burma and now sells at Juniper Gardens and Overland Park markets.

    Directions: From downtown KC, travel west on I-70/I-670, then take Exit 419 for I-635 North. Continue 2.3 miles, then take Exit 7 for 38th St./Leavenworth Rd./KS-5 West. Keep left at the fork, follow signs for 38th St./Leavenworth Rd. Turn left onto 38th St. North. Turn left again onto Leavenworth Rd. Continue 1.9 miles, then turn right onto 56th St. Take first left onto Farrow Ave. Lay Htoo’s house is on the right, with the garden in back.

  • (K18) Quindaro Gardens Mutual Aid Society

    (K18) Quindaro Gardens Mutual Aid Society

    3027 N. 11th St.
    Kansas City, KS 66104
    Paul Grahovac

    Corporate attorney Paul Grahovac says, “Kansas City has a huge resource in Cultivate Kansas City. I never would have learned what I needed to know to do this without them.” Paul has become quite a resource on his own with what he is doing in Quindaro. On four vacant lots, he started a free picking garden in spring 2012. This year, he is evolving the project into a mutual-aid society—“people volunteering for each other” he says. A house slated for demolition will eventually be Paul’s residence. Paul is looking to add a pond for irrigation, but only if he can make it absolutely childproof. “If I can solve that and the evaporation problem I am working on, this system will be something every urban grower can use,” Paul says. His project seeks to grow healthy food and a strong community. Stop by to see this great example and template for the future.

    Open Saturday & Sunday | Community Garden, Charitable Garden | Bathroom available

    Directions: From I-70 (exit 422B) or I-35 (exit 234) exit onto 7th St. Trfy./Rainbow Blvd. Go north through downtown KCKS to Quindaro Blvd. and turn left and go 0.8 miles, turn right onto N. Bethany St. and go 0.2 miles. N. Bethany St. turns right and becomes Webster Ave. 285 feet. Turn left on N. 11th St. for 0.1 mile. Garden is on right. Park on street.

  • (K25) Wild Willow Gardens

    (K25) Wild Willow Gardens

    Ticket Site
    7640 Eby Ln.
    Overland Park, KS 66204
    Sherri Thomas

    This Johnson County yard has been turned into an edible delight! Larry and Sherri Thomas love sharing their passion for growing organic food throughout all four seasons on their one-acre yard. A great example of growing “food not lawns” and beautifully demonstrating edible landscaping, they raise bees, grow veggies, fruits, friendships, and community in the heart of an Overland Park neighborhood. A large greenhouse made from recycled materials is surrounded by raised, no-till beds full of yummy loveliness. Whether hosting a gardening class in the greenhouse, showing a documentary movie on the garage, or sharing produce with the neighbors, the garden cultivates healthy and strong relationships.

    Open Saturday & Sunday | Home Garden

    Demonstration of beekeeping in the “burbs”
    Cooking demo by, Beth Bader, author of “The Cleaner Plate”

    Directions: From I-35 take exit #227/75th St. Turn east on W. 75th St. Ggo 0.5 miles (four blocks). Turn south on Eby L.e. Go 0.2 miles to last house on the right. Park on street or church parking lot two blocks to the east near Antioch.


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