The Future of Food Aggregation and Distribution in the Kansas City Region: Considering Infrastructure and Logistics Over the Next Ten Years

Project Overview

ONC21-088
Project Type: Partnership
Funds awarded in 2021: $39,260.00
Projected End Date: 12/30/2022
Grant Recipient: KC Farm School at Gibbs Road Inc
Region: North Central
State: Kansas
Project Coordinator:
Alicia Ellingsworth
The Farm School at Gibbs Road Inc.

Commodities

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Practices

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Proposal abstract:

KC Farm School at Gibbs Road, a non-profit, sits in southern Wyandotte County, Kansas. We grow organic vegetables, fruit, and herbs to feed our immediate community through our own on-farm stand and a 50-member CSA. We are members of a thriving and maturing local food community and stand ready to grow the capacity of our farm, of other urban farms, and of our rural partners within the Kansas City Food Hub thus increasing the sustainability of these farms and the local food system. We serve as the urban sub hub for the cooperative of twenty owner/members. Food and transplant sales at KC Farm School are approximately $100,000 annually. In addition, food moving through our farm as the urban sub hub will total approximately $200,000 in 2020. We have been successful, but not without a cost. The need for increased infrastructure and logistics planning is demonstrated weekly as we merge operations of our own farm with other growers. Opportunity to affect the 150 mile radius around Kansas City is at hand. Feeding Kansas City is possible within the next ten years with the proper education, planning, and infrastructure now.

Project objectives from proposal:

Objective 1: Through research with our partner farms forecast the amount of food that could be moved and what infrastructure is needed to meet that opportunity.

Objective 2: Continue to grow sales to the institutional and direct to consumer markets.

Objective 3: Gather and analyze data based on partner farms sales, facilities, and feedback to develop recommendations for education and growth.

Objective 4: Create a future facing plan for food aggregation and distribution in the KC metropolitan area including additional infrastructure and on-site sales at rural farms.

Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.