Kansas Specialty Crop Spotlight: MELLOWFIELDS FARM
April 29 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm CDT
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Wrapping up our Kansas Specialty Crop Spotlight Series on April 22th at 8:00 p.m. is a session featuring Jessi Asmussen and Kevin Prather of MELLOWFIELDS FARM.
For the past four years Kansas Farmers Union has participated in the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), Produce Safety Grant offered in collaboration with National Farmers Union and FDA. The program offers training specifically in proper food safety procedures when growing, handling and distributing food to consumers.
In a typical year we would offer in person training sessions and farm tours. “The Year 2020 and the Covid-19 pandemic was anything but typical and presented us with the challenge of how to deliver our program, without being able to be together in person, for the safety of our members and participants. Not to be discouraged we worked directly with three farms to film and provide education in the form of virtual education by ZOOM Webinars,” reports Mary Howell, KFU Education Specialist.
The upcoming webinars highlight the three specialty crop farmer families that graciously participated with our program. With Daylight Savings Time, the webinars will start at 8:00 p.m. and run for one hour.
All of the webinars will focus on the farmers, their own unique operations along with the story of how they strive to produce the most nutritious and flavorful foods utilizing the best management practices to provide safe food to their consumers.
Plan to join the webinar, Thursdays at 8:00 p.m. by Zoom, for the personal stories of these three farm families and their journey to produce safe, nutritious food for their families and friends. The connection those growers have to the customers they produce for is of utmost importance.
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MELLOWFIELDS FARM, Lawrence
Each event in the series covers different topics of planting, harvesting, packaging, labeling, tracking, storage, record-keeping, worker hygiene, safe water, drainage, soil amendments, wild and domestic animal problems. Food safety is a concern that farmers continuously strive to improve on, in all aspects of their operation.
FARMERS : Jessi Asmussen and Kevin Prather
At Mellowfields Farm Kevin and Jessi cultivate almost 3 acres of Kansas River bottom soil. After several years of being somewhat nomadic in their growing, hopping from neighbors’ yards to leasing land from the City of Lawrence as part of its Common Ground program, they are now growing on their own land on the eastern outskirts of Lawrence, KS.
Kevin and Jessi, along with three fulltime employees, start, plant, cultivate, harvest and sell over 90 varieties of vegetables for sale directly to eaters through CSA and farmers market as well as through grocery stores, food hubs and restaurants.
They look forward to years of cultivating and caring for this soil and building a farm business that will last. Kevin and Jessi are known for their well-planned and efficient post-harvest handling facility.
Please join in! You don’t have to leave home and the chores, the price is right, and it will be really good to network with each other.
This webinar series is supported by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award 1U01FD006921-01 totaling $25,000 with 100 percent funded by FDA/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by FDA/HHS, or the U.S. Government.
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