Kansas City Food Movement reaches tipping point
Today, every market in town has an urban farmer and some of those farmers are grossing as much or more than rural growers.
By Katherine Kelly
Cultivate Kansas City Newsletter
Today, we are living in a metro area where more than 300 acres of urban land are in food production in Kansas City; there are some 100 growers selling produce grown in the city; there are 48 farmers markets; there are more than 200 community gardens and food project gardens; there are urban orchards planted and more on the way.
Today, municipalities and counties are getting organized around food production and access. We’re working with the Johnson County Health Department on a Healthy Food Johnson County planning process, we’re part of Healthy Communities Wyandotte, and, as a coalition member, we’re part of the Kansas City, MO Healthy Food Access Team. Each of these programs is taking a big picture look at food production, distribution, and access as one of the factors that makes for a healthy, high quality community; urban agriculture is one of the strategies they include to create change and they are reaching out to the practitioners and educators who can help them.