Alicia believes bringing food into the city and connecting it to hungry people is all about asking the right questions, finding common ground and growing relationships. She’s been an organic vegetable grower for fifteen years, and founded KC Farm School at Gibbs Road in 2018. She is skilled at year-round production planning, CSA management, volunteer and crew activation, and holding space for lively conversations where people can gather and find solution. Her work is supported by grant funds.
Kerry is a young farmer in western Wyandotte County with the aim to grow community on this place as well as vegetables. He’s put up a geodesic dome for greenhouse space and is experimenting with cover crops. Kerry is an employee of Pat and Rachel’s Garden and the vehicle he drives belongs to that member farmer. The Food Hub contracts for his labor and use of the refrigerated Sprinter van.
Katie and her husband, Ken Barber, co-operate Green Gate Family Farm in Wheatland, Missouri. It is a 67 acre certified organic farm, with diversified production of annual and perennial produce, cut flowers, nursery plants, and a variety of eggs. Katie has been involved with the food hub before it was a food hub back in 2011. She is a founding member of Fresh Farm HQ Cooperative Association, now known as the Kansas City Food Hub, and is 100% committed to making the wholesale market a place small to medium size farmers can viably sell too. Katie was elected president in November 2017.
Ami grew up on a hobby farm- in charge of the farm floral gardens, and expert green bean snapper. In 2009, she started commercial farming, and now operates Red Ridge Farms with her husband, Jim. She has a masters in Mathematics and a degree in Horticulture and taught in the Missouri Public School system, was a horticulturist at Powell Gardens, and personnel and customer relations manager of Greenbrier Nurseries in Virginia. Ami and her husband have created ‘Flavor Market’, a rural foods market with a gluten-free bakery and commercial kitchen that uses farm produce seconds and harvested ‘over-abundance’. Ami is a founder, and is currently our Vice President.
Tom Buller is an extension agent for K-State Research and Extension-Douglas County, where he works to build local fruit and vegetable production. He is also owner of Buller Family Farm, a certified organic vegetable farm just east of Lawrence, KS. As you can see in the picture, he is out standing in his field.
Retired chemist turned certified organic grower, Tom focuses on growing garlic, ginger and turmeric on his homestead in Pleasant Hill, Missouri. His twenty acre farm, Larksmeadow Farm boasts a mult-acre prairie, fruit tree orchard, high tunnel, Quonset hut barn, horse stables and riding arena. Tom was the brains behind getting our online ordering platform implemented.
Jacob grew up on a diversified livestock farm, but always wanted to have a more direct connection to the food chain. He graduated from Iowa State University with degrees in Horticulture and Animal Science in order to pursue that goal and take the family farm in a new direction. Together with help from his wife and family, Jacob’s farm, JET Produce and Meats, quickly expanded to grow over 10 acres of vegetables and raise a wide variety of livestock. JET Produce and Meats joined the Kansas City Food Hub shortly after its founding and has been excited to be a part of its continued growth.
James Leek, owner of the certified organic “Pat & Rachel’s Gardens, LLC” of Olathe, KS, is a retired school teacher and administrator. He earned his degrees at the University of Kansas, taught for 39 years in elementary, middle school, high school and college, and administered parochial, private and public schools in rural, inner city and suburban districts. He retired from Shawnee Mission South High School where he taught Latin and World Literature. Gardening has been a life-long hobby; now it keeps him off the streets. Jim and his wife Sandra live in Olathe.