Thursday, July 2, 2009

Report (and slideshow!) of Kansas City Urban Farms and Garden Tour

Posted by on Thu, Jul 2, 2009 at 9:20 AM

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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

walk around."

Kelly said the farmers appreciate their

hard work getting noticed. The Tour's Web site has a complete list of

farms that participated.

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