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Young Family Farm

This issue’s cover, captured by Nicole Bissey, features Aaron Young of Young Family Farm. Run by three generations of the Young family, the farm sits on 1/4 acre of land in the Ivanhoe Neighborhood of Kansas City, MO. The Midtown neighborhood is considered a food desert due to lack of access to grocery stores and healthy food options. Residents experience high rates of obesity, type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure.

The Youngs use bio-intensive agricultural methods and sell directly from their farm stand to make sure fresh, high quality produce is easily accessible to neighbors. Young Family Farm, one of the only urban farms owned and operated by Black farmers in the Kansas City area, will be featured during the October Urban Farming Gathering.

See more of Nicole’s work at nicolebisseyphotography.com.

Photo credit: Nicole Bissey

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