Cultivate Kansas City

Kansas City, MO   |  www.cultivatekc.org

Mission

Mission


Cultivate Kansas City grows food,
farms, and community in support of a sustainable, healthy, and local
food system in greater Kansas City. 
Vision

The Kansas City metropolitan area is a place where:

Sustainable, community-engaged farms supply a diversity of foods for Kansas Citians.
Every resident has access to the resources and knowledge necessary for growing and eating local food.
Food-producing green space is valued and planned for as an integral
part of beautiful, healthy, and economically vibrant neighborhoods.
Growers, food producers, and consumers are empowered and engaged in developing and improving the food system.  
Values

Growing
and eating food is how we nurture and care for each other and the world
we live in. We create systems and relationships that are characterized
by: 

Resiliency and adaptability
Diversity
Economic viability
Curiosity and creativity
Collaboration and cooperation
Social, economic, and environmental justice
Experience-based knowledge that leads to action
Transparency

Ruling year info

2006

Executive Director

Ms. Brien Darby

Main address

300 E 39th St #4B

Kansas City, MO 64111 USA

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Formerly known as

Kansas City Center for Urban Agriculture

EIN

20-2365320

NTEE code info

Management & Technical Assistance (K02)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (W01)

Urban, Community (S31)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Metro Farms and Food Systems

These programs include the work we do across the metropolitan area with growers, non-profits, and the general public to strengthen our urban food system. Our work here is systems-based, we work with different components of the food system to educate, engage, strengthen, and connect community stakeholders. We use multiple strategies to grow a healthier food system- we work with individual farmers to help them become productive, stable entities; we assist non-profits in developing local food programs and projects that fit with their mission and capacity; we educate and engage the public in food issues; we advocate and mobilize policy and practices actions for a food-healthier Kansas City.  The whole-systems approach we take has resulted in a local food system in Kansas City that is increasingly diversified with a broad community of actors and stakeholders. In structuring our metro wide work, we generally break out Metro Farms and Food Systems into two components: Urban Farm Development, focused on entrepreneurial and production agriculture and Public Education, which includes work we do with individuals, non-profits, businesses, and community leaders to engage them in the local food system.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Juniper Gardens Training Farm is the center for
a diversity of programs that assist refugees and other low-income people in
growing food for local consumption.  In
collaboration with Catholic Charities of NE Kansas through the New Roots for
Refugees program, we offer an intensive four-year program for 17 farmers
annually which takes them from business start-up to graduation off the farm and
onto their own land with the goal of achieving full business independence.  We provide post-graduation support to assist
the farmers with transition to their own land and development of the land into
an operating farm.  We partner with the
KCK Greenmarket in the promotion and marketing of the KCK Greenmarket at
Juniper Gardens and with the Family Conservancy’s Healthy Parents, Healthy Kids
program in promotion of neighborhood-based cooking and nutrition education
activities.  The farm has supportive
relationships with associated community gardens managed by independent refugee
organizations.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants
Economically disadvantaged people

Double Up Food Bucks Kansas City (formerly Beans&Greens) is a program that provides a dollar-for-dollar match
at participating farmers markets and one neighborhood store for
consumers using Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) funds
(formerly “food stamps”) to purchase locally grown produce. On
the Kansas side, the program also matches Senior Farmers Market
Nutrition Program Coupons. The program incentivizes low-income
consumers to use their federal benefits to buy fresh, healthy food from
local farmers and it increases the incomes of local farmers by directing
federal dollars and matching funds to their markets. The program
strengthens the food and nutrition education available at the
participating markets by coordinating with the Kansas State University
Extension and University of Missouri Extension “Cooking Corps” program.
The program was started by Menorah Legacy Foundation and Cultivate in
2010; Menorah managed the program on a day-to-day basis; Cultivate staff
served on the management team and actively promoted and engaged in
community outreach and education about the program. In 2014, the
decision was made to move the management to Cultivate through a
licensing agreement.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

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Cultivate Kansas City

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Corey Hampton

Bill Davison

LendLease

Joann Schwarberg

Owner, Joann Schwarberg Landscaping

Pete Malone

Customer Knowledge Leader, DEMDACO

Shannon Berry

American Century Investements

John Sharp

Former Councilman, City of Kansas City, MO

Andrea Shores

Corporate Communications Manager, Sprint

Keith Harris

K-State University

Emily Lecuyer

MO Bank

Christina Long

Redemption Plus

Jordan Baehr

Shook, Hardy & Bacon

Laura Adams

Black & Veatch

Corey Hampton

VanTrust Real Estate