Stony Crest Urban Farm – USDA Certified Organic

Stony Crest Urban Farm – USDA Certified Organic
Rodger Kube & Diane Hershberger
8740 Brooklyn (mailing address)
87th & Garfield (farm entrance)
Kansas City

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.

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.

Plans for a Kids Day at Stony Crest Urban Farm are being made for a 2016 event.
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
Confirmed Farmers' Market Locations for 2015:

Waldo Farmer’s Market
Wed 3pm-7:00pm May -Sept
1 blk E of Wornall (303 W. 79th St.)

Brookside Farmers’ Market
Sat 8am-1pm Apr 18 – Oct 31, 2015
Sat 9am-Noon Nov 7—Nov 21
63rd & Wornall

Bad Seed Friday Night Farmer’s Market
Fri 4pm-8pm Dec Thru February
Fri 4pm-9pm May Thru November
1909 McGee (Cross Roads District)

We occasionally sell at other markets in the metro area and at corporate markets and special events.

During spring, summer and fall months, our vegetables can be purchased at:

Nature's Own Health Market, 43rd & Main, in KCMO (
The Sundry, 17th & Baltimore, in KCMO (
Terra Health Food Store

Restaurants that serve our vegetables include:
Renee Kelly's Harvest
Eden Alley
Heirloom Bakery
Howards Cafe, Crossroads District, KCMO (opening Spring 2015)
Ibis Bakery
The Homesteader Cafe

Stony Crest Urban Farm offers the opportunity to purchase fresh, locally grown, USDA Certified Organic “cool season” vegetables on a weekly basis beginning in December and ending mid-April each year.

Our "Cool Seasons" CSA is a virtual, on-line farm stand (store) open for weekly ordering from 3pm Mondays through 7pm Wednesdays. Descriptions, pictures and available quantities are listed. If you are out of town, or simply don’t need any of the available items, there is no commitment to purchase every week. Availability of items to individual customers is based on the order in which customers shop.

The primary time and location to pick up your Cool Seasons CSA order is Thursday, 4-6:30pm in the back parking lot of One More Cup Coffee Shop, 7408 Wornall.

There is a $25 subscription fee to be a Cool Season CSA member. There are no minimum or recurring weekly fees. Members pay for only what they order from the on-line farm stand each week.
We grow cold-tolerant vegetables such as spinach, Asian greens, carrots, radishes, lettuce, turnips, arugula, cabbage, kale, chard and micro greens. Plants grow much slower in cool than in warm months. The slowest growing time is late December through early February due to shortened daylight hours. Long periods of cloud cover, extremely low temperatures, disease, and pest stresses can additionally slow or may even kill certain crops. We push Mother Nature to produce against all odds, but in reality, every cool season vegetable won’t be available every week.

Storage vegetables, such as winter squash, potatoes, sweet potatoes, garlic, onions, frozen tomatoes and dehydrated peppers are offered until our supply is depleted. Honey from our farm plus jams and jellies we make are also available.

Occasionally we offer food, such as eggs, grown by other local Certified Organic farms or farms that are members of the Kansas City Food Circle.
  • 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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