Red Ridge Farms,
Kathryn (Ami) Zumalt
Ami and her husband, Jim, began growing produce organically when their children were diagnosed with severe food allergies. Having both grown up on farms with extensive gardens, Ami says “Returning to farming was a no-brainer for us.” Today the Zumalt family proudly produces a huge variety of certified organic vegetables, fruits, herbs and cut flowers. Their delicious and nutritious offerings have been expanded through partnerships with neighbors, allowing them to provide clients with non-GMO-certified free-range brown eggs, and free-range and chemical-free beef, pork and chicken.
Ami a founding farmer/partner and serves as FFHQ’s Vice President.
Green Thumbs Up,
Austin Reynolds & John Edmonds
Austin Reynolds and John Edmonds have a lot in common. Both are natives from Leavenworth, Kansas. Both learned about farming from their fathers growing up on the farm and as teenagers, both were active in 4-H. College took them down different roads. Reynolds graduated from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas in the fall of 2012 with a Bachelors of Arts in History and minor in Political Science. Edmonds graduated from Kansas University in Lawrence, Kansas in the spring of 2011 with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Anthropology. They joined forces and went back to their farming roots to start Green Thumbs Up, LLC.
Green Gate Family Farm,
Katie has a long history of working with people interested in making local foods more accessible to area residents, most notably overseeing the completion of the Kansas City Food Hub Feasibility Study, as 2010 Chair of the work-group. Her passion lies with helping small to medium size farms gain access to a variety of markets, thereby helping farmers be more successful. This interest extends this to her own company—Green Gate Family Farm—a certified organic fruit, vegetable, and egg farm in Wheatland, Missouri, which she co-operates with her husband.
Katie is the Secretary of Fresh Farm HQ and a founding farmer/partner.
Buller Family &
Common Harvest Farms,
Tom owns and operates Buller Family Farm along with his wife Jenny and their two sons, Ben and Peter. Situated just east of Lawrence, Kansas, the Bullers also operate Common Harvest Farms, along with partner with Jill Elmers of Moon on the Meadow Farm. The Bullers grow a wide variety of certified organic vegetables and fruits and work cooperatively with Jill to produce heirloom Turkey Red wheat.
Tom is a founding farmer/partner and the current President of Fresh Farm HQ.
Moon on the Meadow &
Common Harvest Farms,
Moon on the Meadow Farm is a certified organic grower located on the eastern edge of Lawrence, Kansas. Benefitted by nutrient rich Kansas River bottom land, the farm is owned and operated by Jill Elmers, a leader in the region’s local foods movement dedicated to sustainable agriculture. With help from a fantastic crew of workers and volunteers, Jill grows a wide variety of vegetables, herbs, and small fruit. Two, 2000 square foot hoop-houses help extend the farm’s growing season, allowing Jill to market products all year.
Jill is an FFHQ founding farmer/partner.
Jet Produce and Meats,
Jacob, founder and owner of JET Produce and Meats, grew up on his parents’ farm outside Leavenworth in Northeast Kansas. At the age of 14 he asked his parents if he could plant a garden, so they plowed a portion of the yard and he began pursuing an interest in horticulture. Nine years later Jacob graduated from Iowa State University with degrees in Horticulture and Animal Science. During summer break from college in 2012, Jacob founded JET Produce with the goal of producing high quality fruits and vegetables and has continued expanding his farming business ever since.
Pat & Rachel’s Gardens,
Good food has always been a family endeavor for the Leeks. When Jim’s twenty-year-old daughter Rachel was tragically killed in 2009 while riding her bicycle, Jim and his son Tom started farming in her honor. After Jim retired from teaching, he expanded the business to include his son Pat. In 2013, Pat died unexpectedly and the business continued in his honor as well. That same year they earned their USDA Organic Certification. The following year Pat and Rachel’s Gardens expanded to a ten-acre farm outside of Olathe.
Nathan and Erin Moyer
Moyer Farms started as a small cattle and produce operation in 2013 in Richmond, MO. We remain a small family owned business but have grown substantially. In 2016 we made a major expansion by building a new barn and retail store 1 mile North of Richmond. We specialize in green beans and tomatoes but also grow a wide variety of other produce to sell from our store and at farmers markets. We also grow pumpkins and gourds of all shapes, sizes, and colors and winter squash for the fall. In addition to produce and pumpkins, we sell raw honey from our beehives and grass fed beef. Our goal is to provide our community with local, fresh, healthy, and responsibly grown fruits and veggies.
Moyer Farms is not completely organic, but we minimize chemical use as much as possible. We are also committed to building the health of our soil. To achieve these goals, we utilize farming practices such as cover crop, crop rotation, plasticulture, farmscapes, manual removal of weeds when feasible, strip till, minimal till, or no till as much as possible, and addition of high quality amendments to the soil.
County Line Produce
County Line Produce is located approximately 5 miles southwest of El Dorado, Missouri. They grow several acres of produce for many wholesale distributors and have a retail market on their farm. As an Owner Farm for Fresh Farm HQ, they are expanding their fields and realigning their current production for sales to the Greater Kansas City Region market. As with all Amish farms, County Line Produce grows using natural and sustainable methods.