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ABOUT THE SERIES: Kansas Farmers Union and the Farmer Veteran Coalition of Kansas are offering new and aspiring farmers an opportunity to visit nine Kansas and Missouri farms and learn from educators, producers and other experts about topics ranging from on farm food safety to business planning.

The Summer Fun Farm Tour Series runs every other Monday beginning July 22 and includes stops across the northeastern region of the state, a local foods lunch, networking, and an educational session. There is no cost to participate. The series wraps up on August 26 with a Produce Safety Alliance Growers Training workshop.

Visit the Summer Fun Farm Tour Series PAGE to learn more about the project.

August 5 farm tour stops are JET Produce and Meats, Leavenworth, KS; Greater Than U Farm, Lansing, KS; and Cal Ann Farm, Basehor, KS. This ‘Growing Undercover Day’ highlights opportunities with high tunnel, greenhouse, and hydroponic production of produce, microgreens, and living herbs.

The afternoon’s lunch and learn includes information on USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service’s High Tunnel System Initiative. Jeffrey D. Ladner, District Conservationist for Jefferson and Leavenworth Counties, shares that hoop houses are an increasingly popular conservation practice for farmers, and that financial assistance is available through the NRCS Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).

Event Series Information:

  • The tours are free, but registration is required.
  • Each farm tour day begins at 8:00 a.m. at the National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame in Bonner Springs, KS.
  • After visiting the three farms, participants return to the Center’s Smith Event Barn by 12:30 p.m. for a local foods lunch sponsored by the Farm Credit Associations of Kansas.
  • Following the meal, Ken DeVan shares the story behind the National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame. DeVan is a Center board member as well as being the president of the Farmer Veteran Coalition of Kansas.
  • Additionally, Tawnie Larson, Kansas AgrAbility Project Coordinator, explains how the program assists farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural workers who have become injured, have a health condition, or a disability to remain actively engaged in production agriculture for as long as they choose.
  • The featured afternoon ag education session concludes by 3:00 p.m. each day.

For more information about the Summer Fun Farm Tour Series or to RSVP by phone, contact Mary Howell at 785.562.8726.

To join a mailing list to receive updates on the farm tours and other events planned by the beginning farmer team, send an email message to Mercedes Taylor-Puckett.

MORNING FARM TOURS

For those wishing to carpool, we meet at the Ag Hall of Fame. Cars depart at 8:15 a.m., go to all stops, and return to Ag Hall of Fame at approximately 12:30 p.m. If you prefer to drive on your own, meet us at the Ag Hall of Fame by 8:15 a.m. or JET Produce and Meats at 8:45 a.m.

JET Produce and Meats 26617 Tonganoxie Rd Leavenworth, KS 66048
During summer break from Iowa State University in 2012, Jacob Thomas founded JET Produce with the goal of producing high quality fruits and vegetables for Leavenworth and the surrounding area. In 2014 JET Produce expanded into the meat market by offering high quality, USDA inspected, grain-finished Angus beef raised on his family’s farm. Cage-free chickens were also added to the farm to offer fresh eggs to customers. Newfound success brought about a new name, and in 2015 the name of the farm was changed from JET Produce to JET Produce And Meats to reflect the expansion into the meat market. 2015 also saw the introduction of pork and lamb products to sales offerings. Five high-tunnels have also been added to the farm and in June 2019 hosted an On Farm FSMA Review hosted by Mo with inspector trainees from NJ, PA, WI, NE, OK and AL and successfully passed! The farm sells at the Lawrence and Overland Park farmers markets. Learn more about JET Produce and Meats here.

Greater Than U Farm 112 S Main St Lansing, KS 66043
Greater than U Farm was created by Mark and Donna Olson in August 2018. Mark is a retired Marine Corps Colonel. Donna is a retired educator. Service to others has been at the forefront of their lives. Mark began growing plants to help with his PTSD. Donna has been gardening most of her life. Together they created a greenhouse in their basement to grow microgreens. First, the growing of microgreens was for their own health and enjoyment. Now it has expanded into a small business selling their products at the Leavenworth Farmers Market. They have given classes to Leavenworth High School students, the Leavenworth Master Gardeners, the libraries at Basehor, Lansing and Leavenworth, and a local health food business demonstrating how easy it is to grow microgreens. Their focus is to show others that it is possible to grow your own healthy food wherever you live. They believe physical and mental health can be improved by growing plants and sharing them with others. Learn more about Greater Than U Farm here.

Cal Ann Farm Basehor, Kansas 66007
The agricultural roots of our family run deep, and we are so proud that 5 generations of Meyers have impacted this important industry. Over the past 15 years we have met an astounding amount of amazing people and managed to get pretty darn good at growing living herbs along the way. It is with heavily mixed emotions that we have decided to bring this chapter of our lives to a close. We are sad to say goodbye to something we’ve loved so much but are looking forward to devoting more time to family, especially our growing number of delightful grandchildren, and finding new ways to share our knowledge of this unique farming practice with others. Jeff Meyers will shift to consultation services on aquaponic and hydroponic growing methods. Learn more about Cal Ann Farm here.

LOCAL FOODS LUNCH

By 12:30 PM, we return to the National Ag Hall of Fame for lunch and networking. Our local foods lunch is generously sponsored by the Farm Credit Associations of Kansas.

WORKSHOP

The day’s educational session focuses on information on USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service’s High Tunnel System Initiative. Jeffrey D. Ladner, District Conservationist for Jefferson and Leavenworth Counties, shares that hoop houses are an increasingly popular conservation practice for farmers, and that financial assistance is available through the NRCS Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).

REGISTRATION

Thanks to funding from National Farmers Union’s Local Food Safety Collaborative and sponsorship from the Kansas AgrAbility Project and the Farm Credit Associations of Kansas, there is no cost to attend the Summer Fun Farm Tour Series!
We do need you to RSVP by AUGUST 2 to ensure lunch will be available for you.
To reserve your spot for the August 5 event, use the RSVP box below or call Mary Howell at 785.562.8726.
July 22 event event information/RSVP available here.
August 19 event information/RSVP available here.

SPONSORS

The Summer Fun Farm Tour Series is made possible through funding from National Farmers Union’s Local Food Safety Collaborative and sponsorship from the Kansas AgrAbility Project and the Farm Credit Associations of Kansas. Tour partners include Kansas Farmers Union, Farmer Veteran Coalition of Kansas, Kansas Beginning Farmers Coalition, Kansas Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Alternative Crops, and K-State Research and Extension.

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