February 11, 2023

Annual Farmers & Friends Meeting

Join us for the 18th Annual Farmers & Friends Meeting, a gathering that brings together our city’s farming and food dreamers and doers to share knowledge and perspectives, start conversations, dream about what a healthy food system could look like, and then venture out to make it happen.

Plexpod Wesport Commons, 300 E. 39th St, KCMO
Saturday, February 11, 2023
8:00 am – 1:00 pm
(followed by optional lunch)

Registration Opens January 4th!


8:00 am- DOORS OPEN. Check in and chat over coffee and the famous potluck pie breakfast.

9:00 am- WELCOME, announcements, and presentation of the John Kaiahua Mentorship Award.

9:20 am- 2023 FARM BILL OVERVIEW presented by staff from the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC).

10:10 am- GROUP DISCUSSIONS & ACTIVITY focusing on 2023 Farm Bill advocacy.

10:40 am- BREAK with coffee and leftover pie!

10:50 am – 12:00 pm- HOW I BUILT THIS EXPO SESSIONS. Three areas of interactive discussion- an engaging way to share, learn and make connections.

  • Building a Collaborative Foodshed (Plexpod Annex)
  • Building Healthy Soil and Climate Resilience (Plexpod 1st floor rooms – and on Westport Commons Farm as weather permits)
  • Building Tools and Equipment for Resilient Farms (Lower Level of the Plexpod Garage)

12:00 pm- LINDA & LUKE BLACK ELK, KEYNOTE SPEAKERS. Linda and Luke Black Elk are food sovereignty activists and teachers of traditional plant uses, gardening, food preservation, and foraging. Linda is the Food Sovereignty Coordinator at United Tribes Technical College where she teaches ethnobotany and traditional skills. Luke is one of the founding board members of the Tatanka Wakpala Model Sustainable Community, which is a Native non-profit on the Cheyenne River Nation.

1:00 pm – 2:00pm- KEEP GROWING RELATIONSHIPS! Continue conversations over an optional pre-ordered catered boxed lunch.

Want more? Head to KC Farm School for a Greenhouse Horticulture workshop, 3-5 pm


Plexpod Westport Commons, 300 E. 39th St., Kansas City, MO 64111


8:00 am - 1:00 pm

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