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Growing Growers Host Farms

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Simple Abundance Farm

Contact info:

  • Farmers: Adam and Maggie Pounds
  • Farm address: 525 N. Poplar St. South Hutchinson, KS 67505
  • Phone: Adam 316-558-0411 / Maggie 620-921-0277
  • Email: simpleabundanceurbanfarm@gmail.com

About the farm:

  • Crops produced: Vegetables, value-added items (sauerkraut, fermented salsa, etc.)
  • Farm size: Less than 1 acre
  • Style: Organic
  • Years in operation: 5
  • Sales: Farmers markets, restaurants, farm stand

Apprenticeship:

  • Looking for a volunteer apprentice (may receive produce as compensation)
  • Work is from April 1st – October 31st, 13 hours per week plus any additional Reno County markets the apprentice wants to work
  • Looking for someone who has a strong desire to start their own operation. This is our number one priority; it will give them the drive to learn not only how to do the tasks required, but also why, and how they fit into a larger vision of a farm operation. We are flexible with our work flow and have a rough outline of tasks to be accomplished each week. Ideally an apprentice will be flexible with switching tasks based on the needs of the moment and open to a variety of different projects and tasks presented to them. Throughout the week we focus on seeding, planting, weeding, bed prep, farm cleanup/maintenance, and marketing and sales.

Why do you want to host an apprentice?

  • We had a fantastic opportunity to apprentice on a farm in Seattle. The knowledge we gained during this experience was invaluable in starting Simple Abundance Farm, and we want to share what we learned and pass along our knowledge and encouragement to the next generation of upcoming farmers.

Good to know:

  • We work and live on the farm, so any apprentice needs to be a good fit with us, especially since we have a young child. Because of this we are quite picky about potential matches. We have had experience apprenticing on a farm, and so we have an understanding of what information apprentices would benefit from learning.
Meadowlark Farm Orchard & Cidery

Contact info:

  • Farmer: Tom Brown
  • Farm address: 11249 SW 160th St, Rose Hill, KS 67133
  • Phone: 316-518-8907
  • Email: tom@themeadowlarkfarm.com

About the farm:

  • Crops produced: Vegetables, small and tree fruit, hard apple cider
  • Farm size: 80 acres
  • Style: Sustainable (use of chemical treatments in limited ways)
  • Years in operation: 9
  • Sales: Farmers markets, restaurants, on-farm sales

Apprenticeship:

  • Looking for a paid or volunteer apprentice (may receive produce as compensation)
  • Work is throughout the growing season for a minimum of one 8-hour work day per week, up to 40 hrs/week
  • Looking for an apprentice who is ready to work like a regular employee and who is committed to developing their skills so that they can work independently with minimal supervision. This may take weeks of doing one thing, such as pruning trees or thinning fruit. This position isn’t a buffet of interesting farm tasks, but is an opportunity to gain a high level of horticultural skill with speed and proficiency, through rigorous, careful repetition. 

Why do you want to host an apprentice?

  • We want provide apprenticing opportunities to help increase the number of skilled horticulture workers in the Wichita area.

Good to know:

Sandy Acres

Contact info:

  • Farmers: Sandy Allen
  • Farm address: 14401 W 117th N, Sedgwick, KS 67135
  • Phone: 316-796-1932
  • Email: beaverteacher@gmail.com

About the farm:

  • Crops produced: Vegetables, tree fruit, eggs and poultry, beef and pork
  • Farm size: About 1 of 10 acres total is used for the garden
  • Style: Sustainable (use of chemical treatments in limited ways)
  • Years in operation: 20 years
  • Sales: Farmers market

Apprenticeship:

  • Looking for a volunteer apprentice (may receive produce as compensation)
  • Work is available on weekday evenings and Saturdays during the school year; after school is out, more hours during the week are available.
  • Looking for someone who can do seeding, transplanting, care of the greenhouse, and planting various crops in the garden as spring approaches. There is also some harvesting and preparing for market on Fridays.

Why do you want to host an apprentice?

  • I would like to pass on my knowledge of farming to another person who is interested in starting their own piece of land regardless of how large or small.

Good to know:

  • My primary crop is onions, approximately 25 to 30 thousand, in addition to approximately 100 tomatoes and 200 pepper plants, half of which are from jalapenos on up to ghost, scorpions, and reapers. There are also several varieties of squash and eggplant. I raise Holstein calves and pigs for meat for our family – the meat does not go to the market. I have chickens that produce eggs for our family and the market. I compost manure for the potting mix used in the greenhouse for plants taking to market. Some compost/manure is put on the garden. I try to be as organic as possible, but at times spays are needed to control plants such as poison ivy.
Legacy GardenWorks

Contact info:

  • Farmers: Lauren Scislowski 
  • Farm address: 945 S Wichita St. Wichita KS 67213
  • Phone number: 316-347-9664
  • Email: lauren.scislowski@gmail.com

About the farm:

  • Crops produced: Vegetables, herbs, tree and small fruit
  • Farm size: less than one acre
  • Style: Organic
  • Years in operation: 7
  • Sales: Farmer’s markets, restaurant sales, on-farm sales, CSA

Apprenticeship:

  • Looking for a paid apprentice and possibly an additional volunteer apprentice (may receive produce as compensation)
  • Work is from March through October, average of 10 hours per week
  • Looking for someone who is either a current participant or graduate of our youth program for the paid apprenticeship. For the volunteer apprenticeship, looking for someone who is interested in non-profit work and youth development.

Why do you want to host an apprentice?

  • We are a unique program here in Wichita and if someone is interested in what we do, I want to be hospitable and let them participate.

Good to know:

  • We are a faith-based youth development organization. We do not require volunteers or staff to be of any particular faith. Here’s our mission statement: “Legacy is a community of hope that fosters discovery, creativity, and accountability in youth.” The GardenWorks program in particular focuses on promoting food access and awareness of healthy eating, in addition to environmental sustainability.
Kan-Grow Hydrofarm

Contact info:

  • Farmers: Jimmy Vo and Liz Jackal
  • Farm address: 5555 S. Meridian Ave., Wichita, KS 67217
  • Phone: 316-214-3022
  • Email: jnomad9@gmail.com

About the farm:

  • Crops produced: Vegetables, tree and small fruit, herbs, eggs and poultry
  • Farm size: 3 acres
  • Style: Organic
  • Years in operation: 10
  • Sales: Farmer’s markets, restaurants

Apprenticeship:

  • Looking for a paid or volunteer apprentice (may receive produce as compensation)
  • Work is from April through November
  • Looking for someone who is ready to work hard and learn! We are a very fast paced farm. Be prepared for early morning starts and learning to do everything start to finish. Special projects could be given on permaculture development and understanding.

Why do you want to host an apprentice?

  • Teaching people how to grow and sustain in farming is important to us.

Good to know:

  • We have evolved over the years on what we do here at Kan-Grow. We continually strive to grow better and stronger in trying reach true sustainability as a small farm. We do have value added products and we are a family oriented farm. We have poultry, bees, and a small orchard, and we use beyond organic practices.
Strong Roots Healthy Farming

Contact info:

  • Farmers: Josh and Cindy Molello
  • Farm address: 207 Fieldstone St., Valley Center, KS 67147
  • Phone: 316-227-7677
  • Email: strongrootshealthyfarmingllc@gmail.com

About the farm:

  • Crops produced: Vegetables, herbs, tree and small fruit, eggs, value-added products
  • Farm size: 1-3 acres
  • Style: Organic
  • Years in operation: 3
  • Sales: Farmer’s markets, restaurant sales, on-farm sales, CSA, online

Apprenticeship:

  • Looking for a volunteer apprentice (may receive produce as compensation)
  • Work is from March 1 to October 1, 2020.
  • From ordering seed, planting, caring for plants, harvesting, washing, packaging, selling, tracking, to making a deposit, farming is hard work.  Be prepared!

Why do you want to host an apprentice?

  • We want to teach what we have learned about the local food system and how to grow consistently. We also work hard on food safety and want to pass that on.

Good to know:

  • We are a chemical free, synthetic fertilizer free, low till farm. If you are willing to learn, work hard, and have passion, you’ll fit in fine. We require a background check for all apprentices to be allowed to work and use the in house facilities.
Serenity Farm

Contact info:

  • Farmers: Brad and Tiffany Dilts
  • Farm address: 3515 125th St. N, Sedgwick KS 67135
  • Phone: 316-570-0791
  • Email: serenityfarmcsa@hushmail.com

About the farm:

  • Crops produced: Vegetables, tree and small fruit, herbs, pork, eggs, poultry, value-added items
  • Farm size: 1.5 acres for vegetables, 5 acres for animals
  • Style: Organic
  • Years in operation: 6
  • Sales: Farmers market, restaurants, on-farm, CSA

Apprenticeship:

  • Looking for a volunteer apprentice (may receive produce as compensation)
  • Work is from March or April through mid- to late-August; hours are part time but flexible. Days available are Mondays, Tuesday, Thursdays, and Sundays.
  • Looking for someone who is hard working, self-motivated, able to stay on task, respectful of our farm, equipment, and time, and courteous to all members and customers on our farm. You will be representing our farm as well. Take pride in your work!
  • An apprentice will often be doing repeated tasks with the potential for new tasks to be added. Key components to running our farm are seeding, transplanting, pruning, weeding, watering, surveying for pests and diseases, prepping beds, harvesting and packaging, and mechanical work.  We won’t be available to host on Wednesdays, Fridays, or Saturdays.  Those days would be limited to just harvesting, packaging, and farmer’s market.  If you are interested in assisting at the farmer’s market we can schedule you to help there once a month.

Why do you want to host an apprentice?

  • Farming is a huge commitment and is not always a good fit for everyone. By working hand in hand with a farmer on a farm that has been in operation for a while, an apprentice can see if farming is the right fit for them. Better to invest a few hours than thousands of dollars, only to find out that farming isn’t the right fit! On the other hand, the apprentice may fall in love with farming and feel the calling to start their own and add to our community’s local food movement!

Good to know:

  • Brad and I (Tiff) have owned and operated our farm for 6 years. We don’t know everything, and won’t claim that we do.  We are happy to share our experiences, what worked, what didn’t, what we would do differently if we started again, etc.  We have always farmed organically with an emphasis on healing the soil.  Without healthy soil you will not have high success.  We market our farm as a regenerative.  We are always finding ways to improve our soil through cover crops, soil amendments, little to no till, and keeping the soil covered as much as possible.
  • We have seven children who are a huge part of our farm. They are very active and hands on with us and will be more than willing to tell you about the farm, how to do stuff, and chat with you while you work.
    Honey Butter Blooms

    Contact info:

    • Farmer: Courtney Crouch
    • Farm address: 17461 SW Meadowlark Rd. Rose Hill, KS 67133
    • Phone: 785-760-4401
    • Email: courtney@honeybutterblooms.com

    About the farm:

    • Crops produced: Cut flowers, value-added items
    • Farm size: about 1 acre
    • Style: Organic
    • Years in operation: 3 years
    • Sales: Farmer’s markets, restaurants, CSA, wholesale

    Apprenticeship:

    • Looking for a volunteer apprentice (may receive flowers as compensation)
    • Work is from April through October (or later, if the apprentice is interested in wreath work) for 12-15 hours per week (this is flexible)
    • Spring is really important for this apprenticeship in order to get plants in the ground. Regular tasks would include harvesting (when and how vary by plant and are critical for maximum vase life), weeding, putting together bundles for the farmers’ market. Help on Saturdays would be helpful, but not necessary. If I have a wedding or event and the apprentice is interested in helping, I would love to have help and share my processes.

    Why do you want to host an apprentice?

    • I love what I do and would love to share it with someone. I think it is important to allow potential new growers the opportunity to experience farming before they go all in.

    Good to know:

    • I don’t use chemicals at all. I consider the health of the land above profit. I am working toward integrated pest management, which is challenging, but worth it. I am particular about how things are done but am also open to suggestions and the possibility that there is a better way. I prefer straight-forward communication and am happy to repeat or reword instructions or information for clarity.
    Tenth Street Orchard

    Contact info:

    • Farmer: Jonathan Conrad
    • Farm address: 501 W Washington Ave. Sterling, KS 67579
    • Phone: 785-210-6440
    • Email: jconard@sterling.edu

    About the farm:

    • Crops produced: Small and tree fruit, vegetables, eggs
    • Farm size: 2 acres
    • Style: Sustainable (use chemical treatments in limited ways)
    • Years in operation: 3
    • Sales: On-farm, you-pick

    Apprenticeship:

    • Looking for a volunteer apprentice (may receive produce as compensation)
    • Work is from April 1 through August 1; specific hours are flexible.
    • Looking for someone who is willing to work and interested in learning.

    Why do you want to host an apprentice?

    • As a biology professor, I am passionate about teaching and believe that the art of growing food well is a skill that needs to be passed on. I want to take what I have learned and help others develop practices that work in terms of growing sustainable and delicious food for local communities.

    Good to know:

    • We believe that skillful farming requires continual learning and adaptive decision making. We approach farming as a learning experience and believe that we are responsible for being good stewards of the land that we farm. We practice holistic management and make decisions based on how they will impact biological resources on the farm and our local community now and in the future. Our farm is focused on pick-your-own strawberry and blackberry production.  We are currently expanding into apples, sweet corn, and vegetables and are interested in continuing to increase the diversity of what we grow. We try to provide a wonderful family-friendly experience for visitors.

    Questions?

    Contact Lyndsay Feather, program manager:

    (316) 660-0145 | lfeather@k-state.edu