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Man hopes urban farming can transform Kansas City neighborhood

During a tour of Kansas City’s Pink Pony Farm, it looks a lot bigger than two city lots. Plums, tomatoes, garlic and berries grow at the farm near 10th Street and Prospect Avenue.

Charlie Keegan
KSHB
Dec 18, 2017

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But there’s just enough space for him and his wife to work out their calling.

“It’s hard to quantify what that is, but it’s a feeling,” he described what he loves about farming. “And the feeling is positive. It feels good.”

Helkenberg said urban farming spreads that good feeling beyond the farm. First, it fights blight in areas like KC’s east side.

“The idea there is that people will suddenly have an unconscious feeling that things are improving. And that’s part of what we think urban farming can do,” the farmer explained.

Secondly, he grows the products to make products like these jellies. Thanks to an update in Missouri’s cottage industry law this year, he can now sell his goods both in person and online. He created the “Farmer at your Door” program.

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