If you didn't get to attend the KC Urban Farms and Gardens Tour this past Sunday, here is a slideshow showing some of the things you missed.
Katherine Kelly of the Kansas City Center for Urban Agriculture and one of the tour organizers, says not only the farmers and gardeners who took part were happy, but the attendees were, too. "It was a good mix. A lot of people were interested in food growing, along with a few casual families ... it was people who are interested in eating well and they got a lot of exposure in a limited period of time."
Thirty farms and gardens participated, and the total attendance numbers are trickling in. Event spokesperson Janet Moss said a couple of sites had more than 300 people, and most reported having between 70 to 150 people. Farmers don't have to turn in numbers until the end of the week, but Moss and Kelly believe turnout to be higher than previous tours.
Even if you didn't make it to the tour, it's not too late to check out the farms.
Kelly said that KCCUA has fielded several calls from people who want to
know if they can still come and visit. "It's been great word of mouth
from people who have visited and now their friends are calling saying
they want to come," she said. "I'd give each of the farms a week or so to
recover, but then, yes, call and tell them you heard about their
farm and you want to help volunteer for a couple hours or even just
Kelly said the farmers appreciate their
hard work getting noticed. The Tour's Web site has a complete list of
farms that participated.