Juniper Gardens Training Farm is a 9-acre site just minutes from downtown Kansas City, KS and right across the river from Kansas City, MO. In partnership with Catholic Charities of NE Kansas, we co-manage a 4-year farm business incubation program, helping refugees start and operate independent vegetable farms that supply healthy produce to feed Kansas City. The Farm is also a home for a quarter-acre community garden.
The program supports refugee farmers from their first year of selling produce at farmers markets through to their graduation year where they sell through farmers markets, an aggregated CSA program, and an aggregated wholesaling operation that supplies restaurants throughout the metro area.
The participating farmers receive:
The goal for farmers in the program is to learn how to successfully grow in the Kansas City region and to acquire the marketing skills and confidence to become independent small business owners. In this way we hope to foster opportunities for economic growth; create access to fresh, nutritious, and locally grown food for residents of Northeast KCK, and to develop good environmental stewardship.
In addition, Cultivate KC staff at Juniper Gardens Training Farm reaches out to public housing residents, community and neighborhood organizations, and other service agencies in the area to encourage awareness of the benefits of urban agriculture and to cooperate on joint projects that benefit the local residents and the environment.