In the center of the Juniper Gardens public housing project, in the heart of Kansas City, Kansas, sits an 8-acre farm. Every day, refugees from Burma, Iraq, and Bhutan work quarter-acre plots to grow radishes, potatoes, and herbs, according to an article in the Pitch. But their time in the fields is just one aspect of their journey. Biweekly, they attend problem-solving sessions where they communicate in agriculture shorthand and work with seed packets labeled with pictures. They also attend workshops on organic techniques, small-business management, marketing, and record keeping. After completing the training program, these farmers have the skills to earn meaningful income and have healthy food for their families.
But Cultivate Kansas City has goals larger than this plot. The organization encourages urban farming as a way to grow and deliver fresh produce to neighborhoods throughout the city. It works with many partners to support urban food production and runs the Gibbs Road and the Juniper local vegetable farms to get produce out to the neighborhoods.
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The Greensman's crack team of garden maintainers safeguards yards from colorless springs and chaotic appearances with both planting and cleaning services. Banish bothersome leaves and debris from autumnal kingdoms with a fall clean up led by a duo of Greensman’s garden-cultivating knights. The two-hour cleaning clears twigs and limbs, cleans up perennials, and hacks unruly bear-shaped hedges back into well-mannered topiaries. Though Greensman staffers can tidy up landscapes with a number of tools, the use of special equipment—including Bobcats, chainsaws, and T-shirt cannons filled with fertilizer—is not included.
As owner and operator of Double Eagle Professional Turf Management, Kyle Bender brings a degree in turfgrass management and more than 10 years of golf-course experience to each lawn service he renders. He keeps his clients' yards looking pristine with mowing, edging, and trimming, and he applies organic fertilizer to keep them growing lushly. In addition to his grass-conditioning expertise, Kyle also offers services that complement a yard’s greenery, such as building fire pits, building patios for summer get-togethers, and building retaining walls that keep new flowers from escaping with bees.
When customers telephone Kitch's Lawncare & Landscape Services, they get a direct line to the owner, Randy Kitch. Although Randy leads a team of lawn experts who beautify and maintain verdant grounds, he holds himself accountable for the quality of every mowing, fertilization, and landscaping service performed with his high-end equipment. In addition to lawn services, Randy and his versatile team construct rock walls and provide snow-removal services.
At Flower Classroom, instructor Christina Burton-Fox, AIFD teaches the skills needed to shape nature into colorful decorations. Flower Classroom offers an array of workshops, such as a flower-arranging class that covers basic design and color theory using varieties found within the Kansas City area.
Hedged by evergreen shrubs and flowering bushes, placid tide pools and trickling waterfalls flow into a deep, rocky basin. This backyard oasis is one of dozens of successful installations constructed by Rolling Meadows Landscape and Garden Center’s team of landscape artists. At their garden center, landscape experts of the same ilk assist guests with their own gardening endeavors. In addition to advice on landscape design, eco-friendly gardening goods, and the pros and cons of installing a moat made out of slip ‘n’ slides, Rolling Meadows’ team strives to empower local green thumbs with monthly educational classes and workshops.