Green Griot Urban Farm Tour
 

Green Griot Urban Farm-A-See Tour

"Let your food be your medicine...!"

 

Contact Us! Let EMWOT teach you how to become an Urban Farmer! 816-839-7945 

Ron Finley has stated: "We are killing more people from Drive-thrus than by Drive-bys."

EMWOT is here to help abolish Food Deserts by returning us to Victory Gardens and healthy access to non-GMO Fresh Fruits and Vegetables.

*Enjoy the bold vision of EMWOT (East Meets West of Troost) on display during our Urban "Farm-a-See" tour!

Donations:  $10  square swipe,  or venmo- amenchristtemple@yahoo.com

 Sasteh Meter Mosley, Also Known as the Green Griot of Kansas City, will be your tour guide with many years of working in the urban agriculture field, providing a wide view of the efforts of both EMWOT, as well as other groups.

Sasteh has an easy-going temperament,  spicing his tour with a subtle humor. He is an aficionado of information, describing his experiences with vegetarianism, changes in the Kansas City ordinances around informal produce sales, maintenance of collard green plants to lengthen the harvest duration, and the history of white flight on the East side.

  • 1st stop on the tour is called Amen Ankh (Sacred Life) urban farm. This demonstration farm is nestled in the heart of an east side neighborhood block in midtown Kansas City.  
  • Amen Ankh Urban Farm on Bales, has won the High Tunnel Grant for 2016- WOO WOO! We will need $10,000 of Ernest money for the initial investment, to receive more than $30,000s worth of services... If 10 farmers contribute $ 1000, We will create a commonwealth!... If you would like to help, Please Contact Adenike AmenRa at- amen.ankh@live.com or call 816-839-7945
  • Nuta AmenRa boldly grow Herbs, peppers, and "3 Sisters" of Popcorn, Green Beans and Melons and Cabbages right in the Urban Landscape. The 3 Sisters of Corn, Beans and Squash, are grown in the rich soil on their vacant lot. The Soil is cultivated with Strictly Natural Organic Compost of Vermiculture of -worms, Spent Coffee grounds, leaves, grass cuttings and sometimes even barbershop hair, families or restaurant kitchen scraps, lawn care clippings and other community contributions from all over the urban landscape! The Amen Ankh (Sacred Life) Ministries offer is a variety of products. Their beverages and baked goods  are a delight to enjoy. You can come order a Green protein smoothie with a nip of Lentil or Alfalfa sprouts, Kale, or a nice hot cup of Herbal tea to knock off the morning chill. We make a spring cleaning and strengthening Plantain Green pot, using Fresh Scallions, and Peppers. They provide a Before School- children’s Meditation and Breathing, and Breakfast - and weekly services- like Hair Washing and Twisting and Gentle Yoga classes. 
  • 2nd Stop, Muhammads Farm! Brother Khalifa Muhammad has grown a community farm of greens, Squash and Water Melons for years! He has combined 5 vacant lots to grow foods, right in the heart of the East side of Kansas City. He is well connected with the ABLE program in his membership with the Nation of Islam
  • 3rd stop:  Yoleez World Farm. We call her farm: a "Garden of Eden." she has planted a variety of Fruit trees, vegetables and herbs, to create a lovely walkway of tantalizing foods to enjoy. An abundant garden appears when we walk up to the plots.
  • We can tour "City Fresh," a farm operated by the Washington-Wheatley neighborhood association. A well-established neighborhood, the neighborhood association bought the plot of land, worked with a university to test the soil in the City Fresh farm, and built the garden using dollars partially provided by a Federal economic stimulus program, as well as hired workers to take care of the garden plot. Groups working together in these neighborhoods have developed partnerships with each other, plus with local universities, like when Washington-Wheatley
  • The 5th stop on the tour Troost wood Farm may be the most highly productive farm located on the East side. This large plot was developed by an urban farmer, which was distinguished from other farms owned by the neighborhood association.  Here Sasteh explained how the group is connecting youth with green jobs available through the Full Employment Council and other programs. In the summer, you can see Sunflower plants on the corner of this urban farm.

  • We will drive by urban farm #6 on the tour -- a large garden plot maintained by Emmanuel Baptist Church on Prospect. Sasteh noted that the church used Federal dollars to develop the plot.
  • Our 7th urban farm is Green Acres Urban Farm and Research Project, at East 
High school's North-East Greenhouses. This is the Kansas City Aquaponics Project with Green Acres Urban Farm and Research, who has partnered with the City, the school district and other organizations to put a plan into action. The project utilizes greenhouses at East High School to launch an aquaponics program and initiative that will provide fresh food to the community, a curriculum of education and hands-on learning for students, jobs and job training for local youth. Nelson and Pade, Inc. is supplying the systems, training, technology curriculum and support. This is an effort to solve the problems of urban food desserts, compromised educational systems, crime and a lack of jobs. This project will feed people while nurturing the soul through a new connection to food, agriculture and controlled environment aquaponics and an initiative that will provide fresh food to the community, education and hands on learning for students and Green job training.



 

Sasteh suggested that the large city-funded expense of lawn care for the 25% vacant homes in the area could be better served by purchasing garden tools and seeds. Groups have pressed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to test empty lots to ensure safe growing environments. The EPA has responded with timely testing of lots, backing up the government agency's focus on environmental justice as found in their policies and programs, as well as their "Faces of the Grassroots" video contest. Sasteh pointed out that these groups work with and seek resources from a variety of sources, including the Kansas City municipal government, Federal stimulus funds, and private foundations like the Menorah Legacy Foundation.

He described the difficulty of the task of getting any youth to pursue hard work like on the urban farms, emphasizing his personal dedication to the task when he revealed the violent death of his own brother. He devotes his energy to uplifting youth and changing parts of the East side so that families and neighborhoods don't have to experience his loss.

A number of people and groups involved in city farming programs seek to significantly reduce violence. The programs are focused in high-crime areas, like near 27th and Prospect, where loiterers pass near the busy intersections. Sasteh mentioned how they seek to develop jobs and businesses for individuals as one way to clean-up the crime and drug trafficking. He recalled how some were critical of the effort to establish produce sales at local stores or directly at farms. Some suggested that the produce sales would degrade housing values or give the appearance of trafficking. He said "we're not worried about transactions -- we have 'transactions' 24x7. We're not worried about housing values declining -- values can't go any lower."

The poverty that is obvious in several areas during the tour is a grim reality, yet, the focus of EMWOT and their Urban Farm initiative is concentrated on economic and job development, not only on hunger relief. This indicates a strong vision and practice by Sasteh at EMWOT.