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Kansas City: Future of Westside Community Farm uncertain as city council mulls budget cut

Sharda says his agency has assisted 260 community groups establish gardens, where crops are often donated to less-fortunate families.

By Sean Mcdowell
Fox 4
Jan 17, 2017

Excerpt:

On Tuesday morning, over 100 people packed into the city council’s Housing Committee Meeting at City Hall. Many attendees came to show support for Kansas City Community Gardens, demonstrating how their groups have benefitted from the council’s funding.

Kansas City’s Council currently provides Kansas City Community Gardens with $78,000 annually. If the proposed cuts take effect, that total would shrink to only $45,000.

“We’re going to be struggling, and we’ll just have to find (funding) somewhere else. It’s a must thing. It’s all about sustainable living,” Morales-Gaona said.

“(Losing funding) is the thing you’re always afraid of,” Ben Sharda, Kansas City Community Gardens Executive Director, told FOX 4 News.

Sharda says his agency has assisted 260 community groups establish gardens, where crops are often donated to less-fortunate families. His non-profit uses the council’s funding to provide everything those groups need to get started.

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