Food From the City, For the City

For Immediate Release:
June 15, 2009
Contact: Steven Woolfolk
816.701.3698
Food From the City, For the City

The Kansas City Public Library is hosting several programs for all ages in conjunction with the KC Center for Urban Agriculture in advance of the KC Urban Farms and Gardens Tour.

 

The Kansas City Center for Urban Agriculture presents the kick-off event for the 2009 Kansas City Urban Farms and Gardens Tour with the panel discussion, Food From the City, For the City on Thursday, June 18, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

 

With an increasing amount of citizens gaining interest in home gardening, evidenced by a 40 percent increase in households growing their own vegetables over last year, a panel of experienced growers, community activists, and educators will share their vision for a Kansas City that produces more of its own food. Panelists Ben Sharda, executive director of Kansas City Community Gardens, Daniel Dermitzel (farmer and associate director of the Kansas City Center for Urban Agriculture), Gretchen Kunkel (executive director of KC HealthyKids), Joe Jennings (farmer and educator), Katherine Kelly (farmer and executive director of the Kansas City Center for Urban Agriculture), and Tina Wright (regional director for Lincoln University Cooperative Extension) highlight the variety of ways that Kansas Citians are growing food to feed themselves and others.

 

A 6 p.m. reception featuring local and organic food and beverages precedes the discussion. Free parking is available in the Library District Parking Garage located at 10th and Baltimore.

Admission is free. Call 816.701.3407 to indicate your interest in attending or you may RSVP online.

 

Veterinarian Charlotte Clifford-Rathert discusses Farm Animals in the City on Saturday, June 20, at 2 p.m. at the Irene H. Ruiz Branch, 2017 W. Pennway St.

 

Rathert will discuss the laws governing livestock in cities – such as goats, rabbits, and chickens – and offer tips for people interested in keeping animals as pets or for eggs, meat, or milk. Rathert will discuss laws in the Kansas City area, safety and health of animals, and suggestions for ensuring that neighbors are comfortable with the arrangement.

 

Rathert is a veterinarian and small animal specialist with Lincoln University Cooperative Extension and Research. The event will be hosted by Season Burnett, director of the Kansas City Community Supported Agriculture Coalition, and Emily Akins, member of the Kansas City Food Circle Coordinating Committee.

 

Admission is free. Call 816.701.3407 to indicate your interest in attending or you may RSVP online.

 

Season Burnett and Emily Akins discusses sustainable methods for buying, making and growing food in Kansas City on Sunday, June 21, at 2 p.m. at the Trails West Branch, 11401 E. 23rd St. in Independence.

 

Burnett and Akins will discuss the growing number of local and organic farmers’ markets, community supported agriculture programs, community and school gardening programs, and other local food efforts.

 

Burnett is director of the Kansas City Community Supported Agriculture Coalition. Akins is a member of the Kansas City Food Circle Coordinating Committee.

 

Admission is free. Call 816.701.3407 to indicate your interest in attending or you may RSVP online.

 

In addition, the Library  and the KC Center for Urban Agriculture will host a series of programs for children and teens in the week prior to the KC Urban Farms and Gardens Tour

 

Make a Batch of Body Butter (for teens)– Thursday, June 18, at 2 p.m. at the Southeast Branch, 6242 Swope Pkwy.

 

My Blooming GardenFriday, June 19, at 7 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.; Tuesday, June 23, at 10 a.m. at the Southeast Branch; and Thursday, June 25, at 10 a.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

 

Cocoa Butter Ice Cream Bath Fizzie Making (registration required at 816.701.3481, kindergarten through fifth grade when accompanied by a parent or guardian) – Tuesday, June 23, at 2 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

 

Grain, Grinding, and GranolaWednesday, June 24, at 10:30 a.m. at the Trails West Branch, 11401 E. 23rd St.

 

Teens Growing Greens … and Other StuffWednesday, June 24, at 6 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

 

Worms Eat Our TrashThursday, June 25, at 2 p.m. at the Waldo Branch, 201 E. 75th St. (pre-k through fifth grade).