Every other June, Cultivate Kansas City holds the Urban Grown Farms & Gardens Tour to showcase what is growing in the neighborhoods where we live, work, shop, and play.
This year's tour begins with a kickoff event on Monday, June 17, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
Guest speakers - among them urban farmer Loretta Craig, UMKC urban planning professor Jake Wagner, Harvest chef Renee Kelly, and medical student Brandon Hidaka, who works with the Food Is Medicine program at the KU Medical Center - will discuss the importance of urban agriculture in our town. Their individual stories illustrate how urban agriculture gets started and flourishes in Kansas City.
A 6 p.m. reception preceding the event features Boulevard Beer and locally-grown appetizers prepared by the chefs of Webster House.
Members of not-for-profit Cultivate Kansas City believe that urban agriculture is fundamental to building an alternative to "the industrial food system that has created a health crisis, an economic crisis, an environmental crisis, and a crisis of community for our city."
The organization helps farmers and neighborhoods reclaim empty lots for production, communities to build capacity for growing good food, and in the creation of conditions for better dietary health.
During the tour -- on Saturday and Sunday, June 22 and 23, 2013 -- farmers and gardeners across the Metro area share their fields, lawns, and homes with the people of the city.
Admission is free. RSVP at kclibrary.org or call 816.701.3407. Free parking is available in the Library District Parking Garage at 10th & Baltimore.