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 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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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.
LOCAL FOOD SAFETY COLLABORATIVE
Navigating the Food Safety Modernization Act can be daunting without assistance.
Produce Safety Rule — the first mandatory federal standard for growing, harvesting, packing and holding of fresh produce — is one of seven that comprise the Food Safety Modernization Act, the most sweeping reform of the nation’s food safety laws in over 70 years.
To assist producers in understanding how the rule will affect them as well as providing a basic outline on good agricultural practices (GAPS) for post-harvest handling, harvesting, washing, storage and packaging produce for safety and quality, Kansas Farmers Union and the Kansas Beginning Farmers Coalition has partnered with K-State Extension, and the Kansas Department of Agriculture to bring a series of training sessions throughout the state.