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Mellowfields Farm

Kansas Specialty Crop Farm Spotlight: Mellowfields Farm At Mellowfields Farm Kevin and Jessi cultivate almost 3 acres of Kansas River bottom soil. After several years of being somewhat nomadic [...]

Simple Abundance Farm

Kansas Specialty Crop Farm Spotlight: Simple Abundance Farm Simple Abundance Farm started as a 4 x 8 foot of plywood in Adam and Maggie Pounds’ basement where they grew [...]

Rommey Farms

Kansas Specialty Crop Farm Spotlight: Rommey Farms In 2016 Susan and Don established Rommey Farms the heart of the Flint Hills, just west of Cassoday. With a half-acre tilled [...]

About the Project . . .

KANSAS SPECIALTY CROP FARM SPOTLIGHT SERIES

For the past four years Kansas Farmers Union participated in the Local Food Safety Collaborative with National Farmers Union and FDA. The program offers farmers training in proper food safety procedures when growing, handling and distributing produce 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 webinars highlight three specialty crop farmer families that graciously participated with our program. All of the webinars 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.

For the past four years Kansas Farmers Union participated in the Local Food Safety Collaborative with National Farmers Union and FDA. The program offers farmers training in proper food safety procedures when growing, handling and distributing produce 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 webinars highlight three specialty crop farmer families that graciously participated with our program. All of the webinars 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.

Learn More about the farmers . . .

Rommey Farms

KANSAS SPECIALTY CROP FARM SPOTLIGHT Rommey Farm

Don and Susan Rommelfanger

In 2016 Susan and Donn established their farm the heart of the Flint Hills, just west of Cassoday. With a half-acre tilled from a cattle-holding pen, the garden was planted on the land following sustainable agriculture practices. They grow a variety of vegetables including lettuces, radishes, peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, potatoes, and so much more. They love their egg-laying chickens and ducks and recently added an apiary to produce their own honey. In the spring and summer-time they love to grow fresh-cut flowers and think they are a perfect addition to any dinner table. Rommey Farms sells directly to our customers through their Farm Stand, Online Store and 72 Member Community Supported Agriculture program.

Susan says that, “Most of all, we love putting food on the tables of our friends and family and being able to come together with those people and share a true bond. That’s the way the farmer-to-consumer relationship used to be and that’s what we’re trying to bring back to life.”

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Simple Abundance Farm

KANSAS SPECIALTY CROP FARM SPOTLIGHT Simple Abundance Farm

Maggie and Adam Pounds

Simple Abundance Farm started as a 4 x 8 foot of plywood in the Pounds’ basement where they grew Microgreens indoors with the use of grow lights. By starting small and learning the ins and outs of consistent growing along with marketing and selling their products, the Pounds’ created a thriving business for themselves and their community for 5 years! In South Hutchinson they have an urban farm with high tunnels and a commercial kitchen. Along with selling organically grown greens and produce primarily through their local farmers market they also have experience running their own farm stand and selling their own sauerkraut.

They have since transitioned from urban farming into other avenues yet continue to grow for themselves and family. Owning an urban farm was an invaluable experience and a life giving adventure!

Simple Abundance Farm continues to be a place of growth, knowledge, and inspiration. Maggie & Adam are happy to continue to connect with local growers and share their story. They learned so much through their experience and success in building and running an urban farm in Hutchinson Kansas.

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Mellowfields Farm

KANSAS SPECIALTY CROP FARM SPOTLIGHT Mellowfields Farm

Jessi Asmussen and Kevin Prather

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 full-time 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. 2020 brought a big pivot as they launched their web store and began packing and delivering order for individuals for the first time to offset the loss of restaurant sales.

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.

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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.