C&C High Tunnel Farms began in 2009 when Chris and Christi Janssen began growing vegetables for market. The Janssens grow tomatoes, peppers, okra, eggplant, cucumbers, and sweet potatoes. Their farm in Scandia, KS includes two 30’ x 140’ high tunnels that allow for an extended growing season. Through the winter months they grow spinach, kale, mixed greens, lettuce, and radishes.
ACME Thelander Farm raises hormone free pastured chicken, eggs, pork, beef and raw cow’s milk. Their mission is to raise wholesome, nutritious food in a sustainable fashion while improving the soil and providing a reasonable income and healthy environment to raise their family. John and Kellie and their children see themselves as stewards of the land and animals God has given them.
Alexander Farm is located two miles east of Kipp. Lucy works full time, but has always loved gardening. With her other’s help, when she was about ten, she started vegetable gardening as a 4H project. Lucy continues to grow vegetables for herself and her family and for market. She has a small hoop house to extend her growing season. She grows beautiful vegetables including broccoli, beets, tomatoes, cucumbers, and melons.
Gabe’s Sunflower Oasis is located 2 miles west of Assaria, KS. Dwight Gage and his wife Carolyn own 80 acres in Saline County. Dwight had cleared 5 acres for gardening and believes a balanced soil will grow healthy vegetables naturally without pesticides or herbicides. In 2009 he put up a frame for a greenhouse to extend his growing season. He grows tomatoes, onions, peppers, okra, beets, radishes, cucumbers, and cantaloupe.
Ted Zerger, a professor emeritus in mathematics at Kansas Wesleyan University, became a master gardener after retirement. He developed a community garden in a lower income neighborhood in Salina called the Peace Garden, which has become a place for food, flowers, and occasional festivities, where children and adults alike take prt in the sowing and reaping, in an effort to build community.