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10:00 am ProHoe Manufacturing

204 S Munden Ave. Munden, KS 66959

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We will start the day with a tour of ProHoe Manufacturing in Munden, KS. ProHoe hand crafts over 60 tools out of recycled agricultural disc blades and are in use in gardens from Washington to Florida. Thousands are in use by cotton growers, seed corn producers, and sugar beet and grape producers throughout the United States and Canada.

 

11:30 am C&C Farms

Downtown Scandia, KS 66966

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C & C Farms was established in January 2009 with the purpose of producing fresh produce year-round utilizing high tunnels. We are unique because we grow our produce inside the city limits of Scandia on vacant city lots we purchased. We market our produce in multiple ways. We sell wholesale to other small retailers, at 3-4 Farmers Markets weekly during the summer and one Farmers Market year-round. We have a small retail store in Scandia and deliver your CSA directly to you with a smile. Our first summer deliveries began in 2014 with 20 members and has continued to increase in popularity with a goal of 120 members for 2022. We have adapted & grown our farm since our first crop in 2009. We love to try new items and you will find us growing heirloom varieties and produce no one else in Kansas is growing.

 

12:30 pm Depot Market

1101 30 Road (U.S. Highway 36) Courtland, KS 66939

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In 1988 Dan Kuhn began planting the Depot Orchard in its current location at US 36 and K-199.  All through the 90’s he farmed both the new orchard and the Applematic orchard 4 miles north. As time passed, interest in local apples began to wane and habits of canning and preserving changed. Weather also played a part as hail storms and frost in the spring could wipe out an entire apple crop. As this became apparent, Dan started growing vegetables adding watermelon and cantaloupe along the way and as time went on the vegetable and melon sales outperformed apple sales. 2003 was the last year the Applematic orchard was farmed and soon after the Depot orchard was bulldozed as well except for just a few trees he didn’t have the heart to get rid of. The wholesale and retail business has grown over the years and so has the need for workers to harvest the crops. From 2007 to present we have been using the H2A program, which allows foreign workers to legally work in the US, and until 2019 also employed high school and college students to help with growing and harvesting the crops.

 

12:45 pm Local Foods Lunch

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