Start an Annual 'Farmers and Friends' Meeting


Organizing for the Future: Taking the Land Back and Feeding Ourselves

An annual event in Kansas City brings urban and suburban farmers together with their customers. Customers, are, like Wes Jackson likes to say, “eaters.” We’re all eaters and a Saturday morning pie fest and lunch potluck in early January is a great way to reinvigorate and plan for the spring planting.

For the last several years the Cultivate KC Annual Farmers and Friends Meeting has been held at The Second Presbyterian Church in Kansas City. You can organize a meeting in your area. It’s a great way to meet people with your interests and to learn from experts.

Here is one way to put it together: Find a local church with a good kitchen and a basement meeting hall. Seems like most churches that have been around awhile have exactly what you will need. Coordinate with the church community outreach or environmental committee.

Welcoming Committee

These are the members of the Earth Shepherds committee that oversee environmental issues for the Second Prez and facilitate the meeting and workshops. From left to right: David Branham, Dayna Peacock, Molly Hundley and Martin Orr.

The Kitchen

Part of a meeting dealing with gardening and food production is the food itself, so here’s where the kitchen comes into play.

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