Former school to be turned into an urban farm

By KELSEY RYAN

The Kansas City Star

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — It’s just a plowed field of dirt for now.

But over the next two years, an empty 1.2-acre ball field outside of the old Westport Middle School and High School will be transformed into a working farm in the middle of Kansas City.

“The neighborhood should feel like it’s their farm,” said Katherine Kelly, executive director and co-founder of Cultivate Kansas City, which is creating the Westport Commons Farm. “A healthy food system has all kinds of models for people producing and accessing food: Rural farms, urban farms, community gardens, school gardens, home gardens. What we want to highlight is that every one of those models is part of creating a resilient and adaptable food system.”

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