Farmer(s): Laura Christensen Location: Kansas City, KS Contact: 2BirdsFarm@gmail.comor (816) 805-0362 Apprenticeship opportunities: Volunteer or part time paid positions Website, Facebook, Instagram
2 Birds Farm is a vegetable farm in Kansas City, KS.We sell at a Saturday farmers market and through a CSA that delivers to homes and offices.After several years on rental land we purchased 20 acres in 2017 and are gradually developing a new (bigger! better!) farm.Laura Christensen operates the farm and is a Growing Growers graduate herself (way back in 2006).We use sustainable growing practices and like to grow crop varieties that are well adapted to our challenging Midwestern climate.After a hiatus from certification because of the move, we will again be applying for organic certification in 2020. We have a barn, a 30x40 greenhouse, 2 high tunnels and about an acre in production, with plans to expand this year and next.We are happy to share information on our production methods/schedules, marketing, varieties, equipment and our books!Market farming is challenging and before you jump in we want you to know some of the ups and downs you’ll face.
We are located inside the 435 loop, a bit south of I-70 and east of I-435. No experience is required, but a willingness to work hard in less than ideal situations (frequently kneeling, lifting, or stooping) is necessary. We take a lot of pride in offering clean, fresh, high quality produce to our customers, and apprentices need to pay attention and value that. A sense of humor, a pocket knife, and sturdy shoes should also arrive with you at the farm. There are several construction projects ongoing, so if you have skills in construction or equipment operation/maintenance, please let us know.
We have one part time, paid position open in 2020. Pay rate is $10 per hour to start, with a raise to $11 possible after 1 month.Hours per week will vary over the season, but will usually be between 15 and 25. More hours may become available. Please contact us to discuss possible schedules. We also accept volunteer apprentices. Volunteers should be able to work at least 4 hours a week on the farm. We are somewhat flexible with hours/scheduling, but please do not apply if you will not be able to continue working throughout most of the season (March through September), as scheduling labor is important to farm operation. Weekend hours are not offered.
Please contact Laura to arrange a farm visit and interview.