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We’re gathering members and friends for an evening of local food, conversation, and informal dialogue…

  • Maybe you’re curious about Kansas Farmers Union or the Kansas Beginning Farmers Coalition? Join us for a casual introduction to the KFU family!
  • If you’re already a KFU member, bring a friend!

Both farmers and consumers are welcome. Membership in KFU is not required to attend.

6:30 PM: Meet & Greet social time
6:50 PM: Chapter Chat with Donn
7:00 PM: Local foods dinner by Chef Armando
7:30 PM: Q and A with Brian McClendon
8:00 PM: Sustainable Ag in Kirinda, Uganda with Sylvia Namukasa

The inaugural Farmers’ First Monday in June was such a success, we’re doing it again!

This month we’re meeting at Genovese in Downtown Lawrence. Join us at 6:30 PM for social time. A cash bar will be available. Subarna Bhattachan and Alejandro Lule opened Genovese with Armando Paniagua in 2007. Chef Armando’s award-winning culinary work spans two decades and has culminated in a unique blend of authentic Northern Italian cuisine with local ingredients.

Before dinner, President Donn Teske will outline next steps for the development of a Northeast Kansas Farmers Union Chapter. The conversation at the June Farmers’ First Monday demonstrated a strong desire to establish the chapter before the KFU State Convention in late November.

Following dinner, we’ll have the opportunity to visit with Brian McClendon. McClendon grew up in Lawrence, graduating from Lawrence High School and earning a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Kansas in 1986. After 30 years in the tech industry, Brian returned to Lawrence and is a research professor at the University of Kansas. McClendon is a candidate in the race for Kansas Secretary of State.

Sylvia Namukasa, founder of the KYEMPAPU Project is visiting Kansas and we’ve invited her to talk with us about sustainable agriculture in Kirinda, Uganda and its surrounding communities. Through participation in the Herrschlng International Leadership Workshop for Rural Youth training course at the House of Bavarian Agriculture in Germany in 2015, KFU board member Rosanna Bauman developed a relationship with folks from the KYEMPAPU Project. Bauman, along with family members and friends, travelled to Uganda last year and the collaboration between the two groups has flourished. They’re currently launching an organic coffee CSA.

There is no cost to attend, we just ask that you RSVP below.

Questions? Call or email Mercedes, Mary, or Olivia.