You can find our farmers at these area markets.
Sign-up for our Community Supported Agriculture program begins in the Spring, with priority given to returning members. For additional information about our CSA, and to indicate your interest, see below.
Brookside Farmers' Market
63rd & Wornall Kansas City, MO
Green Acres Market at Briarcliff Village
4175 Mulberry Drive Kansas City, MO
Thursdays: 3pm-7:30 pm
Overland Park Farmers' Market
Marty & 80th Street
5740 Merriam Drive Merriam, KS
KCK Greenmarket at Strawberry Hill
6th & Tauromee Kansas City, KS
KCK Greenmarket at Juniper Gardens
3rd & Richmond Kansas City, KS
KCK Greenmarket at Catholic Charities
2220 Central Avenue Kansas City, KS
Waldo Farmers' Market
303 West 79th Street
Historic Downtown Liberty Farmers' Market
Courthouse Square, Kansas & Main, Liberty, MO
Westport Farmers' Market
Westport Rd & Wyoming St, Kansas City, MO
Independence Farmers' Market
Truman Rd & Liberty, Independence, MO
CSA Contact Information:
New Roots for Refugees
2220 Central Avenue
Kansas City, KS 66102
Juniper Gardens Training Farm
100 Richmond Avenue
Kansas City, KS 66101
Introducing Our CSA
About New Roots
There are currently 17 farmers in the New Roots for Refugees training program, each on his or his or her own ¼ acre plot of land at the Juniper Gardens Training Farm. All of the New Roots farmers are refugees who have been permanently and legally resettled in Kansas within the past 6 years. Current farmers are from Somalia, Burma, Burundi, Bhutan, and Sudan.
All of our farmers have significant agriculture experience, but face massive barriers to small farm business ownership in the United States. They begin the training program with significant support, each year becoming more and more self-sufficient. Farmers grow at the training farm for up to 5 years, at which point we help them transition onto their own plot of land. We currently have 7 graduates successfully growing on their own land.
Graduate farmers have their own CSA programs. If you are interested in learning more about a CSA with one of our graduates, we will be happy to put you in contact with one of them. Just ask!
Becoming a Part of Our Farm
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a relationship between our farm and our community of customers. Rather than simply purchasing food, our customers become “members” of this CSA farm who receive a portion of the farm’s harvest. CSA membership is not with New Roots, but with a specific farmer that is part of the New Roots for Refugees training program.
Our CSA runs for 18 weeks, beginning the first week of June. Members pre-pay $300 for the entire season and are responsible for showing up at their agreed upon farmers’ market every week to pick up their share of freshly harvested produce.
Members generally receive 5-7 different vegetables and herbs, equivalent to one full grocery bag of produce.
Our Growing Practices
Growers at the New Roots for Refugees training farm at Juniper Gardens grow in accordance with the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI). However, due to the low literacy level of many New Roots farmers we are NOT certified organic.
We do not use any synthetic or chemical inputs on our farm. We rely instead on building soil health through sustainable inputs such as animal fertilizers, compost, and straw mulch. The insect controls we use include crop rotation, companion planting, floating row cover, and three naturally-derived, organically approved sprays. We source organic, untreated, non-Genetically Modified Seeds (GMOs). The farming method we promote relies heavily on tools powered by human energy, not petroleum.
We expect that CSA members take an active role in understanding how their food is grown. If you have any questions, or would like first-hand experience seeing how your food is grown please contact us for a tour of the training farm.
The Products We Expect for 2013
When you sign up for a New Roots CSA, you are actually signing up with an individual farmer. This farmer has his or her own plot, where all of your CSA vegetables will be grown. This means that there is variation among New Roots CSA shares. The chart below outlines some of the vegetables and herbs that we hope to deliver and when you may see them in your share. This chart is based on our best estimate, but of course weather, pests, and other events will affect actual production.
(June; September - October)
Peas, broccoli, beets, green onions, spinach, lettuce, arugula, kale, swiss chard, collard greens, Asian greens (like bok choi), carrots, radishes, kohlrabi, cilantro, dill, parsley and more...
(July – August)
Tomatoes, sweet & hot peppers, eggplant, okra, cucumbers, onions, green onions, mustard greens, summer squash, basil, noodle beans, green beans, edible gourds, Burmese sorrel and more...
Our Shared Commitments
Sharing in the Risk of Crop Failure
Our farmers and staff promise to do our best to provide you with a bountiful share each week. The quantity of produce, however, may vary from week-to-week due to extreme weather, insects, or other production factors despite your farmer’s best efforts. By joining our CSA you are agreeing to share the risk of crop failure with us and other members. In the unlikely event of a crop failure, our procedure is as follows:
If only a small portion of crops fail, your farmer compensates for the failed crops by filling your share with other crops grown on their plot that are ready for harvest at that time. If a large portion of crops fail, your farmer may not be able to deliver any product in some weeks. If this happens we will try to extend the CSA season into the fall, however this is not guaranteed.
CSA makes up less than 25% of your farmers’ entire business. In the case of a large crop failure, your farmer will fulfill his or her CSA obligations ahead of any other outlets (such as farmers’ markets and sales to restaurants). This arrangement makes a complete failure of the CSA unlikely.
Sharing in the Reward of Crop Surplus
In addition to the CSA, your farmer sells his or her produce at farmers’ markets and sometimes to restaurants and grocery stores. Although production is not segregated (meaning the crops for all of these outlets are planted and tended together), CSA receives priority. After filling CSA shares for the week, the remaining produce is sold at farmers’ markets and other outlets.
When crops are especially abundant, your farmer may offer you extra produce. If your household will eat what is being offered, then feel free to accept. If you doubt it will get eaten, then you simply say “no thanks.”
Picking up Shares
CSA membership is not with New Roots, but with a specific farmer that is part of the New Roots for Refugees training program. Shares are picked up from the same farmer, at the same farmers market each week.
You are responsible for picking up your share each week from your drop site. If you cannot pick-up your share, we suggest arranging to have someone else to pick it up for you. Shares that are not retrieved within the pick-up time (market hours) will be donated to a food kitchen or needy family.
New Roots CSA shares are $300 for 18 weeks of fresh produce. Payment is made prior to the start of the season. By selling membership in advance of the growing season, CSA reduces the burden of up-front costs for the farmer. Your membership fees provide your farmer with money to purchase seed, equipment, and fertilizer before the season starts. We appreciate your commitment!
CSA members are paired with a specific farmer, and commit to one pick-up location for the entire season.
What are CSA members saying about New Roots?
“I feel like I value the produce I prepare for my family more because I know and value the person that grew it. I like the idea of being connected to my food source and having a relationship with my farmer.”
“I recommend this CSA to everyone I know, because the produce
is almost as wonderful as the farmers themselves!”
“I am so used to buying whatever I want at any season of the year.
The CSA has brought me back to the sense of the rhythm of the seasons
and seasonal produce. This is the way it was when I was a kid,
and there is value in that idea."
"historically I have not eaten a lot of vegetables.
This program has introduced me to veggies that I have not had before
and it forced me to expand my ability to prepare them in different ways.
It was definitely a good thing for my diet.”
|Farmers Nyakang and Peter show their CSA friends around their garden.|
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