The predecessor of the KC Food Circle, called the Organic Connection, was originated by the Greater Kansas City Greens in 1988 at the urging of Ben Kjelshus who remains on our Coordinating Committee. The first few years were devoted to finding organic farmers in our region and holding conferences to introduce them to consumers (we prefer to call ourselves “eaters”). In 1994, again at Ben’s suggestion, we changed our name to the Kansas City Food Circle. We established a hotline phone number that people could call for information, and began publishing our Directory of Local Organic and Free Range Food Producers.
The EXPOs. In March of 1999 we held a major conference on the food system that was substantially financed by the Sierra Club. We decided to set up in a separate room nearby, invited a few farmers to show their stuff, and advertised in the local newspaper. So many people showed up that one could hardly fit into the room. The rest is history.
In 2013, more than two thousand people attended our two locations in the metro area on both sides of the Missouri River. In 2014 we moved to a new Kansas venue, the gym at Johnson County Community College (JCCC). The Expo in Missouri has most recently been at MCC Penn Valley Community College.
If you would like someone from the Kansas City Food Circle to speak to a group of which you are a member, please e-mail
We continue to expand our outreach and educational efforts by coordinating with many other like-minded organizations in and around the greater Kansas City area. We also have a Facebook page, and a Bulletin Board. You can also sign up for our eList updates, although that is low traffic and is not regularly updated.