Stony Crest Urban Farm – USDA Certified Organic

Stony Crest Urban Farm – USDA Certified Organic
Farm Name: Stony Crest Urban Farm – USDA Certified Organic
Contact Person(s): Rodger Kube & Diane Hershberger
City: Kansas City
State: MO
Zip: 64132
Farm Description:

Where We Grow
We live and grow on 7 acres located on a bluff of the Blue River valley at the southern edge of the Marlborough neighborhood of KCMO. Our 1907 home, named Stony Crest, was developed as a “country get-a-way” for the family of veterinarian H.C. Babcock who worked at the K.C. stockyards and who was the first MO State Veterinarian. Along with the open space used for growing, we are guardians of riparian wetland, forest, glade and savannah micro-ecosystems. We also grow on leased land in our neighborhood and near the southeast boundary of Swope Park. During peak growing times, we have nearly three acres of land in production.

How We Grow
Because Stony Crest is an environmental oasis within the urban core, growing sustainably is critical. And, because the health of our customers is equally important to us, our farm is USDA CERTIFIED ORGANIC. Certification involves a detailed annual review of all planning documents, purchases, field operation notes and harvest quantities along with an on-site inspection by a independent, highly trained organic specialist. We are subject to unannounced inspections and testing of soils and produce for prohibitive substances. Certification verifies for our customers that our farming practices meet the highest organic standards and that we improve biodiversity, conserve natural resources and build healthy soil by incorporating such things as non-GMO seeds, no till/low till methods, crop rotations, irrigation water conservation, mulching, and use of only biologically based fertilzers, pest controls and funicides - not synthetic chemically based products.

In addition to growing in open field settings, we grow in the ground under "High Tunnels", which are unheated, plastic covered greenhouse-like structures and under "Low Tunnels" which are caterpiller-arranged wire hoops covered with special fabric that allowis sun and water penetration. Growing in tunnels minimizes soil erosion, increases vegetable quality, reduces pests and disease pressures, and along with appropriate seed variety selection, they allows us to offer seasonal vegetables earlier in the spring, later in the fall, and throughout the winter. Our farming operation incorporates the use of four high tunnels and one combination high tunnel/greenhouse structure.

What We Grow
We produce more than 50 cultivars of vegetables, herbs, fruits and berries, along with perennials and bedding plants. We love growing the hundreds of varieties that provide you with the wonderful experience of color, texture, and taste innate in quality fresh vegetables. Rodger fancies himself as the "Tomato Whisper of Kansas City" because of the "old fashioned" tastes, colors, and array of shapes and sizes of heirloom, artisan, hybrid and cherry varieties we grow. Diane especially loves to grow peppers.

Bee hives are located on our home farm property.

What makes your farm unique?: Our mission is to create a “taste of the place” by producing high quality, organic vegetables for our neighbors in the Marlborough, Brookside, Waldo and nearby neighborhoods. We are extremely proud of the small carbon footprint of our growing methods and supply strategy. We sell 75% of our produce within 5 miles of the farm allowing food to be harvested typically 18 hours or less before being offered for sale. Maximizing freshness and nutrition, minimizing the environmental impact of food production, financially investing in farm infrastructure, and increasing access to healthy food in our low income neighborhood are important values to us. Our farm partners with the after-school Healthy Kids Club at nearby Center Elementary School providing third to fifth graders classroom instruction and on-farm growing experiences.

As the first USDA Certified Organic farm in Kansas City, MO, growing sustainably means we are also committed to community building and economic development in the low-income Marlborough neighborhood in which we live and farm.. Knowing that many of our neighbors desired access to fresh local vegetables more than one morning a week, in 2010 we founded the Waldo Farmer's Market ( in partnership with the Habitat for Humanity's ReStore. We manage the operations of this special neighborhood market on a volunteer basis.

Stony Crest's Cool Season CSA is a pioneering Kansas City effort to provide local, cold season vegetables directly to customers in late fall through early spring months. An additionally unique feature is operating the CSA through an on-line store. The Cool Seasons CSA is not being offered in the winter months of 2015, however we expect to offer is again in late fall 2016.

We offer home-grown and home-cooked Farm-to-Table Dinners periodically each year, featuring produce we grow and along with other local food producers.
Specialty Items: Artisan, Heirloom, Hybrid & Cherry Tomatoes (Snack Baskets & Salsa Baskets), Colorful Bell & Specialty Peppers, Multiple Varieties of Lettuce, Kale, Spring Greens, Garlic, Onions, Summer Squash, Winter Squash, Potatoes, Beans, Pumpkins, Blueberries, Strawberries, Herbs, Eggplant, Kohlrabi, Cabbage, Broccoli, Spinach
Where to buy?: On Farm by appointment.
Restaurants that serve our vegetables include
Heirloom Bakery
Howards Cafe, Crossroads District, KCMO (opening Spring 2015)
Ibis Bakery
The Homesteader Cafe
Exceptions to Farmer Pledges: none
Farm Phone : 816-510-8132
  • Stony Crest Urban Farm – USDA Certified Organic
  • Stony Crest Urban Farm – USDA Certified Organic
  • Stony Crest Urban Farm – USDA Certified Organic
  • Stony Crest Urban Farm – USDA Certified Organic
  • Stony Crest Urban Farm – USDA Certified Organic
  • Stony Crest Urban Farm – USDA Certified Organic
  • Stony Crest Urban Farm – USDA Certified Organic
  • Stony Crest Urban Farm – USDA Certified Organic
  • Stony Crest Urban Farm – USDA Certified Organic
  • Stony Crest Urban Farm – USDA Certified Organic
  • Stony Crest Urban Farm – USDA Certified Organic

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