How does the Kansas City Food Circle define "local"?

We define local food and farms as being within 125 miles of Kansas City, although we stretch that a little for some farmers who are way out there, with no major market near them. (Think southern Nebraska!)

How do you define "organic"?

A form of agriculture that relies on techniques, such as crop rotation, green manure, & compost, to build soil fertility biologically, and strictly limits the use of manufactured fertilizers, synthetic pesticides, artificial growth regulators, antibiotics, food additives, GMOs, or human sewage sludge. See our Levels of Assurance section for more info.

What does "Free Range" mean?

A system of animal husbandry designed to provide a healthy environment suited to the natural behavioral needs of farm animals. The USDA legally defines Free Rangeor Free Roamingfor labeling purposes as where producers demonstrate to the Agency that poultry is allowed access to the outside. We dont think this goes far enough, so we have expanded this concept in our animal farmers pledge.

What is Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)?

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a unique, direct partnership between eaters and farmers in the form of a seasonal subscription to a farm. See the CSA section for a detailed description.

What are Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO)?

Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) are plants and animals whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques in a lab. GMOs are the source of genetically modified foods. In agriculture, genetically engineered crops are created to resist pests, herbicides, or harsh environmental conditions. This technology is highly controversial on ethical, environmental and food safety grounds, and there is a movement to require labeling of any food containing GMO material. Other common references are genetically engineered (GE) & genetically modified (GM).

Are there GMOs in the food produced by the KCFC Farmers?

The vegetable farmers in our organization never use any GMO seeds and many of our animal farmers use organic or GMO-free grain to feed their livestock. GMO refers to genetically modified organisms, in this case, corn, soybeans, and alfalfa commonly used for animal feed. However, we know that sourcing organic and/or non-GMO animal feed is a complicated process that depends not just on the availability of the grain but on the size and location of a farm, the type of animal raised, the infrastructure needed to process feedstock as well as equipment and storage on any given farm. This is a wide variety of problems with an even wider variety of solutions. We are implementing the first stages of the KCFC Three-year GMO-Free Transition Plan (including a GMO-Free Feedstock Project) that will continue to support our existing members. It will will require all our farmer members to use only non-GMO feed for livestock starting in 2017.  All new farmers applying for membership beginning in 2015 must be GMO free to qualify for membership. As always, getting to know your growers is the best way to gain confidence about where your food is coming from and how it is grown.

Why don’t you like GMOs?

We think that the scientific evidence on the safety of people eating GMO foods (or eating animals that eat GMOs) is still a little shaky. Plus, GMO seeds are subsidized by taxpayer dollars, which gives unfair advantage to non-GMO farmers. So that's not cool.

Do you grow or deliver the food?

Nope. We are not a farm, CSA, or a co-op, but we can easily connect you with those resources.

Are you only promoting urban farms?

How much fun would that be? We actually promote BOTH urban and rural organically growing farmers as long as they can sign our pledges in good faith.

Why organic?

We don't think poisons taste very good, do you?

The Kansas City Food Circle works to help connect you (an Eater) with Farmers who provide local, organic and free range food. We create these connections in a number of ways so you can find the best solution to fit your lifestyle.