Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Explore sustainable gardens and farms at the Kansas Permaculture Urban Garden and Farm Tour and see net-zero energy, solar-powered and passive solar homes.
“Permaculture is a design science that uses natural systems as the model for creating productive systems with resilience, diversity and stability of natural ecosystems.” according to Bill Mollison, the founder of permaculture.
This two-day guided tour is scheduled for Saturday, July 22 and Sunday, July 23 and includes:
Saturday, July 22:
8 a.m. Sign-up and orientation, 2727 NE 44th St., Kansas City, MO
8:15 a.m. Antioch Urban Growers, 2727 NE 44th St., Kansas City, MO
This public greenhouse and eight-acre urban garden specializes in local, organic, sustainable gardening practices. It showcases grapes, figs aquaponics and vermiculture.
10 – 11 a.m. Nile Valley Aquaponics, 2904 Wabash, Kansas City, MO
This self-sustaining ecosystem developed by Dre Taylor raises fish, vegetables and fruit. The aquaculture system closes the loop with a fruit-to-insect-to-fish system.
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Optional lunch at Westside Local, 1663 Summit St., Kansas City, MO
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Grotewohl Urban Garden, 5049 Parish Dr., Roeland Park, KS
Owner Karen Grotewohl has transformed an urban back yard into a food forest and her front yard into a polyculture herb and vegetable garden.
3 – 4 p.m. Cultivate KC Food Forest, West 55th St. & Mastin St., Merriam, KS
Cultivate KC established a 1/4 –acre food forest in 2011 with infiltration swales, fruit and nut trees, berries, nitrogen-fixing and native plants.
4 – 5:30 p.m. Snacks and beverages
Sunday, July 23:
8 a.m. Sign-up and orientation, 17524 178th St., Tonganoxie, KS
8:15 – 9:30 a.m. Happy Apple’s Farm, 17524 178th St., Tonganoxie, KS
This passive solar home and homestead features wildflower and native plants, rain garden, grey water system and alpacas.
10 – 11 a.m. Prairie Garden Farm, 14811 Hollingsworth Road, Basehor, KS
Farmers Loretta and Don Craig will show their Dexter cattle in rotational grazing, pastured chickens, fruit trees, grapevines, vegetable beds, u-pick blackberry patch and solar panels.
11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Greenman Farm, 23727 Springdale Road, Leavenworth, KS
Homeowner and farmer Bill Price will showcase infiltration swales, an orchard and a net-zero energy home.
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Optional lunch, Amy’s Meats Homestead, 17967 23rd St., Lawrence, KS
1:30 – 2:15 p.m. Amy’s Meats at the Homestead, 17967 23rd St., Lawrence, KS
Owner Amy Saunders will lead a tour of this 2013 Mother Earth News homestead of the year featuring Jersey milk cows, lambs, pigs, honey bees and a CSA vegetable garden.
2:30 -3:15 p.m. Blessed Thistle Farm, 17309 37th St., McClouth, KS
Audrey Klopper has created a sanctuary for native plants and trees with fruits, vegetables and wild crafted herbs in this natural setting.
3:30 -4:30 p.m. Vajra Farm Permaculture Center, 14370 54th St., Oskaloosa, KS
This 45-acre home site was established in 1996 as a botanical sanctuary for food forest, healing herb garden, vineyards, multiple gardens and large solar arrays.
4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Snacks and beverages