(Kansas City, Missouri) - It's not just about the meat.
For all of its Cowtown history and lore, Kansas City continues to build a reputation as a hotbed of urban agriculture. Community gardens on both sides of the state line turn out an array of fresh, locally grown produce. Organizations such as the nonprofit Cultivate Kansas City deliver guidance and leadership.
That surge in community-oriented agriculture is celebrated with five days of Urban Grown activities, beginning with a kickoff event on Wednesday, June 24, 2015, at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. A panel of community leaders, including City Councilman Scott Wagner and Assistant City Manager Kimiko Gilmore, explores the past decade of urban agriculture and local food in Kansas City and what the future may hold.
The presentation - Our Roots, Our Fruits, Our Future - begins at 6:30 p.m.
The Kansas City Star's James Beard Award-winning food editor and restaurant critic, Jill Wendholt Silva, leads the discussion. Joining her, Wagner, and Gilmore are Cultivate Kansas City co-founder and Executive Director Katherine Kelly, Ivanhoe neighborhood Health Initiatives Manager Dina Newman, and organic farmer and food activist Brooke Salvaggio.
A 6 p.m. reception precedes the event, with food provided by Renee Kelly's Harvest, The Farmhouse, and The Sundry. Beer is provided by Boulevard Brewing Company.
The annual series of Urban Grown events runs through Sunday, June 28, culminating with the self-guided Urban Grown Tour showcasing 30 of the area's urban farms and gardens on Saturday, June 27, and Sunday.
Admission to the kickoff event is free. RSVP at kclibrary.org or call 816.701.3407. Free parking is available in the Library District parking garage at 10th and Baltimore.