Reference and Resources

Food Not Lawns 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.

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

Johnson County Community College, Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneurship Program 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.

Kansas City Community Gardens 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.

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

Kansas State University Extension 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.

Kansas State University, Department of Horticulture Masters Degree in Urban Food Systems 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.

Lincoln University Cooperative Extension 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.

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

University of Missouri Extension is Missouri’s one-stop source for practical information on almost anything.