J500 Media and the Environment


podcast: drumm farm by jessicasb
May 10, 2009, 9:03 pm
Filed under: Food + Health, Nature + Travel | Tags: , , , ,

Listen to Bruce and Maureen Branstetter from Drumm Farm discuss what visitors to their farm should expect during the KC Urban Farms and Garden Tour on June 28, 2009.

Drumm Farm in Independence, Mo., is home to foster children and a 2- to 3-acre farm. The farm sells its produce for 29 weeks, from mid-April to mid-October, at its own market and at the Farmers Community Market at Brookside on Saturdays, and at the 39th Street Community Market on Wednesdays.

Go here to stream the podcast from the Web.

Jessica Sain-Baird, Mackenzie Steffen and Megan Richards contributed to the making of this podcast.



Food for Everyone by marybethw

There are as many different types of consumers of local food as there are different types of urban farmers and different types of food grown. Consumers with different needs can all benefit from urban farming. Three farms on the Kansas City Center for Urban Agriculture farm tour explain this perfectly. Kurlbaum’s Heirloom Tomatoes, J-14 Agricultural Enterprises and the Troostwood Youth Garden and provide food for many different kinds of people. 

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Kurlbaum’s heirloom tomatoes are sold locally at McGonigal’s, Brookside Market, and many Kansas City restaurants including Michael Smith’s in the crossroads, Café Trio in midtown and Webster House downtown. By selling to many different places Co-owner Liz Kurlbaum can have better control over the price and feed a larger group of people.  While this urban farmer chooses to sell their product mostly to restaurants, Joe Jennings at J-14 Agricultural Enterprises has a different approach.

Jennings has developed a community based CSA where potential customers can pay 300$ for up to 500 pounds of produce. Extra food is taken to elderly community members, including some in nursing homes. Jennings also uses some of the food grown for his family.

The Troostwood Youth Garden is the only place that fresh vegetables are available in the busy Paseo Blvd. neighborhood in Kansas City.  This local produce can be bought there Monday through Saturday before dark. Troostwood feeds the community as well as educates them about the importance of eating healthy and knowing where food really comes from.

These different urban farms show that everyone can eat well with the help of urban farmers. Whether someone is eating at a restaurant, buying a large supply of food for their family, or trying to find something fresh in a busy neighborhood, urban farming is helping people enjoy food that is local, healthy and delicious.

~ Tyler Waugh, Group 4 blog post

Farmer’s market photo credit.



A Tasty Experience by mstinawood
May 1, 2009, 11:55 am
Filed under: Food + Health, Local Events + Action | Tags: , , ,

Like with any old friend, relationships develop and grow over time. My relationship with one of my best friends, food, has grown dramatically over the past few months. Thanks to the people in class and my experiences with KCCUA, I have developed a new appreciation for what goes in my mouth.

Before visiting the KCCUA farm, I didn’t know what to expect of an urban farm. It turned out to be a small plot of land tucked away between overpasses and highways. If you didn’t know it was there you would, most likely, pass it by. The bustling surroundings were in stark contrast to the calm of the beautiful green house filled with the smell of moist earth and rich colors. Just visiting the farm inspired me to get involved with nature and get more informed about my food.

I had a great time interviewing two beekeepers for the Farm Tour this summer. Had I not gotten involved with KCCUA, I would have never voluntarily gotten that close to a bee colony. The vibrating buzz of the bees flying through my hair was pretty intimidating, but I held my ground. I’ve been spreading the good word about the benefits of local honey ever since. It’s a great remedy for seasonal allergies, an all natural sweetner.. I could go on and on.

This experience has helped make me a more informed consumer and a more conscious eater. I’m looking forward to this year’s harvests and the bounty yet to come. For the bounty nearest you, visit your farmer’s market featuring, my new friend, local food.

Tina Wood

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