Monday, October 5, 2015

Fall is Here!

As the weather shifts to cool mornings and shorter days, we transition from markets and harvesting to English classes, workshops and evaluations. We spend several weeks meeting with farmers to review the sales goals they set for the season, talk about their crops and make a plan for next year. It’s an exciting time of both reflection and dreaming- we spend a lot of time thinking of ways to make our program better. We’ll also be gearing up for our English classes. Tutors meet with small groups of farmers in their homes to practice counting back change, completing wholesale invoices and interacting with customers at market. We are always looking for people who are interested in engaging with farmers in this way, so contact us if you’re interested! In the meantime, we’ve still been having workshops and are finishing out markets. Farmers are cleaning the fields and volunteers are helping with projects around the farm before the first frost comes. We’ll have a fall celebration in a few weeks to culminate the end of the season. Come out and see us! 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Summertime Bounty

The summer is in full swing and we’ve been busy with the abundance of the gardens. Farmers are in the field most days harvesting in the mornings and evenings to beat the heat and bringing all the summer colors to market. The rows are bursting with produce waiting to be harvested and we are running trying to do it all! Wholesale orders are picking up, markets are full of people buying fresh produce and our tables are overflowing. In the meantime, we’re still doing weekly workshops, recordkeeping, field walks, events and gearing up for the FALL. We're going strong and asking you to keep going with us- come to our events, buy produce at market and eat at the restaurants that buy from us.

If you’re in KC this weekend and HUNGRY at all, please go to Local Pig’s food truck in the bottoms and order the special. A portion of the money from each special that is ordered goes directly to our program! We’re grateful to have such amazing partners here in the KC local movement. Until next time, come see us at markets this week!

Noodle beans, squash blossoms and 
all the herbs you can imagine!

Alicia assisting farmers with recordkeeping- 
this is the first year we are teaching farmers to 
budget using quickbooks!
Tula setting up outside Urban Provisions and Local Pig- come buy the special this weekend and a portion of the proceeds helps refugee farmers start small businesses!

We’ve still got the roots you need- come buy carrots, 
beets and radishes at the market this week!
Summer workshops are still in full swing- last week we focused on wholesale practices.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Urban Grown: Farms and Gardens Tour

New Roots’ partner program, Cultivate KC, is having their annual Urban Grown Tour this weekend! We are proud to have three graduate farm sites and our training farm site featured on the tour. It’s a great weekend for people in the community to see a variety of urban farms and gardens around Kansas City- to glean ideas for home gardens, learn what it takes to run a farming business in Kansas City, and to get inspired by neighbors that work together to feed their communities. It is a self-guided tour and the farmers will be present to answer questions and show you around. If you’ve been curious about what we do on a day-to-day basis, or you want to see some of the successful business ventures of our graduates, this is your chance! Take a look below to see which New Roots farmers to visit.

Karen Fresh: Lay Htoo
5626 Farrow Ave, KCK
Ki Ko Ko Farm: Pay Lay and Beh Paw Gaw
4900 Yecker Ave, KCK 

Garden of Peace: Aye Aye Nu
216 S. Bethany Street, KCK

Juniper Gardens Training Farm: New Roots
100 N. Richmond Ave, KCK