Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Can't decide which urban farms to hit? Start here.

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Pov Huns and his flowers should be a Sunday stop for you.
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We can go ahead and mark 2013 as the year when urban agriculture reached a tipping point in Kansas City. Because this is the year when it has become pretty much physically impossible to actually visit every site on Cultivate Kansas City's Urban Grown Farms & Gardens Tour. In an effort to help you choose from among the tour's 59 sites this weekend, here's Fat City's must-see half-dozen. Tour admission costs $8, and the hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. See cultivatekc.org.

The logs of Krostadir.
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  • The logs of Krostadir.
SATURDAY

City Bitty Farm
9615 Grandview Road
Greg and Jen Garbos run the demonstration farm at the headquarters of Four Season Tools, a company that designs and builds high tunnels and greenhouses and has the latest in year-round farming gadgets. The microgreens and edible flowers grown here are on restaurant menus around town, including Room 39's.

Krostadir
7807 East 68th Street
Some people dabble in their backyards; Randall Munden has transformed his into what he calls Krostadir. Here, he can teach you how to create raised beds from rotting wood in a process known as hugelkultur. And he can show you the art of raising bees and chickens without irking the neighbors, which should also have its own German word.

Herbn Gardener packs a lot into a small site.
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  • Herb'n Gardener packs a lot into a small site.
Herb'n Gardener/Switzer Neighborhood Farm, Westside Community Gardens
921-B West 17th Street/1842 West Pennway Boulevard
If you're a would-be farmer, you should find an apartment on the West Side. First, though, stop by the Switzer Neighborhood Farm, where you'll find salsa samples every two hours, beginning at 10 a.m., and a small worm-farm demonstration (so you can learn how to make compost and liquid fertilizer using the wriggly garden dwellers). Drive up the street around noon, when Lew Edmister is set to bake sourdough bread in the wood-fired clay oven at Herb'n Gardener. Buy a loaf for lunch and look at his shiitake-mushroom plot.

SUNDAY

Huns Garden
4730 Metropolitan, Kansas City, Kansas
The City Market would have a hard time running without Pov Huns and his family, who have been on the urban-farm tour since its inception, in 2005. The Huns use low- and no-irrigation growing practices, and Pov, the family's patriarch, can talk to you about traditional Hmong methods of growing. They'll also have fresh-cut flowers for sale.

Gibbs Road Farm
4233 Gibbs Road, Kansas City, Kansas
The 2-acre farm is the home of Cultivate Kansas City, and it includes Bob Burns' Bee Farm. That means honey for sale. And Prairie Fire Oven, a mobile wood-fired pizza kitchen, is cooking up pies today.

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