Cultivate Kansas City
4223 Gibbs Road
Kansas City KS 66106
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (913) 831-2444
Mission Statement

Cultivate Kansas City grows food, farms, and community in support of a sustainable, healthy, and local food system in greater Kansas City. 


The Kansas City metropolitan area is a place where:

  • Sustainable, community-engaged farms supply a diversity of foods for Kansas Citians.
  • Every resident has access to the resources and knowledge necessary for growing and eating local food.
  • Food-producing green space is valued and planned for as an integral part of beautiful, healthy, and economically vibrant neighborhoods.
  • Growers, food producers, and consumers are empowered and engaged in developing and improving the food system.  

Growing and eating food is how we nurture and care for each other and the world we live in. We create systems and relationships that are characterized by: 

  • Resiliency and adaptability
  • Diversity
  • Economic viability
  • Curiosity and creativity
  • Collaboration and cooperation
  • Social, economic, and environmental justice
  • Experience-based knowledge that leads to action
  • Transparency

CEO/Executive Director Ms. Katherine Kelly
Board Chair Mr. Jake Wagner
Board Chair Company Affiliation UMKC
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2005
Former Names
Kansas City Center for Urban Agriculture
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement

Cultivate Kansas City grows food, farms, and community in support of a sustainable, healthy, and local food system in greater Kansas City. 


The Kansas City metropolitan area is a place where:

  • Sustainable, community-engaged farms supply a diversity of foods for Kansas Citians.
  • Every resident has access to the resources and knowledge necessary for growing and eating local food.
  • Food-producing green space is valued and planned for as an integral part of beautiful, healthy, and economically vibrant neighborhoods.
  • Growers, food producers, and consumers are empowered and engaged in developing and improving the food system.  

Growing and eating food is how we nurture and care for each other and the world we live in. We create systems and relationships that are characterized by: 

  • Resiliency and adaptability
  • Diversity
  • Economic viability
  • Curiosity and creativity
  • Collaboration and cooperation
  • Social, economic, and environmental justice
  • Experience-based knowledge that leads to action
  • Transparency

Background Statement

Cultivate Kansas City was founded in 2005 as the “Kansas City Center for Urban Agriculture” by two urban farmers with a passion for urban agriculture and its effectiveness in improving the availability of fresh food to communities, strengthening local economies, and promoting a sustainable future.

The goal of the organization is to increase the growing and eating of good food- leading to greater dietary, community, and economic health for Kansas City residents. It is an organization that is both literally and figuratively on the ground, engaging in the growing and the distribution of healthy food as well as working with multiple constituencies including farmers, consumers, and community, business, and policy leaders.
Cultivate Kansas City helps facilitate change in the food system in two distinct ways: by increasing the number of local farmers growing and selling fresh, local fruits and vegetables, and by helping consumers address the barriers that stand between them and purchasing healthy food.
Through advocacy work we take on policy issues as they relate to urban agriculture helping to pass new codes that better support food production and food access within the community.
Impact Statement

Increased access to fresh, healthy food:

  • Gibbs Road Farm produced 30,000 pounds of vegetables
  • Farmers and graduates at Juniper Gardens Training Farm grew 210,000 pounds of healthy, organically produced vegetables. They made record sales, a combined total of more than $220,000 of produce.
  • Graduates at Juniper Gardens Training Farm started their own farms.
  • Double Up Food Bucks Kansas City (formerly Beans&Greens) matched SNAP and KSFMNP sales totaling $161,000 at participating farmers and mobile markets. 
Helped to start new farms and gardens to increase access to healthy food, improve community health and strengthen local economies:
  • Provided supportive programming to 97 local farmers
  • 98 hours of 1:1 technical support to local farmers
  • Assisted 52 Local Food Projects
  • Enrolled 17 farmers in Farm Business Development Program 
Educated and engaged citizens in improving local food system:
  • Hosted more than 500 volunteers at Gibbs Road Farm and Juniper Gardens Training Farm
  • Hosted 200 people at the Annual Farmers and Friends Meeting
  • Featured 31 farms and gardens on the Urban Grown Tour and attracted 1,100 attendees  
  • Metro Farms and Food Systems reached 3,000 through public presentations, tabling at events and meetings about growing food in the city 
Cultivate proposes to accomplish the following in the next three years:
  1. Increase the numbers, diversity, productivity, and sustainability of urban farms.
  2. Grow healthy, organic fruits, vegetables, and herbs.
  3. Increase access to healthy, locally grown food.
  4. Increase public understanding about the benefits of urban and local agriculture in order to motivate greater engagement in personal, organizational, and policy-level support of a healthy urban food system.
  5. Innovate production systems, programs, and businesses that strengthen the urban food system.
  6. Continuously improve the organization’s governance, management, marketing and fundraising to support key objectives and increase organizational sustainability.
Needs Statement
  1. We are seeking local individuals and businesses to become "Friends of Cultivate" and donate a minimum of $250 a year. Monthly donors help support Cultivate Kansas City by giving on a recurring basis. These donations allow us to fund our operations and predict our cash flow. They help us be a better organization overall. 
  2. We encourage individuals and businesses to support our work with a financial contribution. We need to raise $213,000 in unrestricted funds, which pay for administrative costs and overhead costs which represents 18% of our total expenses. These are the most challenging funds to raise for a nonprofit organization.
  3. We have ongoing volunteer projects that require a broad range of skills and expertise including graphic design, administrative, event planning and gardening.
  4. In-kind contributions of tools, soil amendments, and farm equipment. For a complete and current list of needs, please contact our Development Director.
  5. We seek qualified and passionate individuals to join our work on committees and our Board of Directors. Please contact our Executive Director for a current list of needs and openings.
Service Categories
Management & Technical Assistance
Alliances & Advocacy
Urban & Community Economic Development
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Johnson County
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
I was born and raised in Kansas City. After high school I was fortunate to study at the University of Oregon in Eugene. In Oregon I was able to participate in an active and vibrant local food economy. I worked several summers in various farms around the region and developed a love for farmer’s markets and fresh local food. Once your palate adapts to fresh, local produce – you can’t really go back!  Moving home to Kansas City in 2005 with my wife and family, I realized that I wanted to connect to local farms and farmers here in our region. Going to the Brookside Market, I met the team at Cultivate Kansas City and realized that these were my people. Since that time I have worked closely with the Cultivate team and I even developed a course on urban agriculture at UMKC with Cultivate co-founder Daniel Dermitzel.
Good, local food makes people happy. Vibrant farms and markets increase the health of our region. And the people in Kansas City who love good local food are great people – I could not imagine a more fun group of people to work with and I hope you join us at one of the many events we host every month throughout Kansas City.
As a nonprofit organization, Cultivate Kansas City is the region’s leading advocate for food, farms and community. We are active participants in the growth and development of the local food economy in Kansas City. We accomplish this mission through education, outreach, building community, supporting food entrepreneurship, and promoting local consumption at our region’s farmers markets and community supported agriculture (CSA). 
We run two local farms and participate in several local markets. We operate a community greenhouse at Gibbs Road Farm, which helps other farmers to be more successful. We address food insecurity through the Double Up Food Bucks Kansas City program (formerly Beans&Greens), which helps low wealth households purchase fresh food at local farmer’s markets.
Cultivate KC embarked upon and completed a strategic planning process to develop a set of goals and outcomes that we can measure on a quarterly basis to assess programs and progress. This new set of metrics helps to define success for our staff, our board and the broader community. Our board is 100% active as donors of time, talent and financial resources.  We organize our board through several committees focused on our work, including Finance and Operations, Programs, Fundraising and Development, Marketing, and Land and Facilities.
We run an annual, outdoor fundraiser called Dig In every September – which is probably the tastiest way to get to know out organization. To celebrate our members, supporters, farmers and local food chefs and we also host an annual tour of local farms called the Urban Farm Tour.
On a daily basis our staff of fifteen are hard at work to build a healthier region. We love our staff and they are great at what they do. Katherine Kelly is our executive director and she is a dynamo!  Current initiatives include a partnership with the Sustainable Development Partners in midtown Kansas City to develop a new headquarters and demonstration urban farm. Through a farm and facilities at the Westport School site, we will expand our visibility and reach in Kansas City Missouri to demonstrate how the local food economy functions and to demonstrate sustainable urban redevelopment.
We welcome you participation – please check out our website or Facebook page for the latest activities: 
Jake Wagner
Board Chair

These programs include the work we do across the metropolitan area with growers, non-profits, and the general public to strengthen our urban food system. Our work here is systems-based, we work with different components of the food system to educate, engage, strengthen, and connect community stakeholders. We use multiple strategies to grow a healthier food system- we work with individual farmers to help them become productive, stable entities; we assist non-profits in developing local food programs and projects that fit with their mission and capacity; we educate and engage the public in food issues; we advocate and mobilize policy and practices actions for a food-healthier Kansas City. 

The whole-systems approach we take has resulted in a local food system in Kansas City that is increasingly diversified with a broad community of actors and stakeholders. 

In structuring our metro wide work, we generally break out Metro Farms and Food Systems into two components: Urban Farm Development, focused on entrepreneurial and production agriculture and Public Education, which includes work we do with individuals, non-profits, businesses, and community leaders to engage them in the local food system.
Program Budget $213,452.00
Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Sustainable Agriculture
Population Served Adults, General/Unspecified, Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Short-Term Success
  • 500-650 people learn about the production, distribution, and consumption of local food.
  • 3-5 new urban farms started; 1-3 new food projects started.
  • 1-2 neighborhood-based food access plans are developed; 1-2 neighborhoods/ organizations begin to implement strategies to increase healthy food production, access, or consumption.
  • 10-12 urban farms have water management strategies developed; policy changes are underway or have been implemented addressing policy changes around water access and affordability.
  • A neighborhood planning guide to growing and accessing local food is developed and distributed.
  •  Mini-grants are awarded to community gardens and urban farmers to support increased food production for high need communities.
Long-Term Success

Our vision is that these programs are actively evolving to inspire, support, and challenge farmers, markets, and non-profits in increasing the production and consumption of local food in the metro area. It offers concrete and practical support for growers in the form of greenhouse space, bulk purchases, and focused one-to-one assistance; it inspires and helps farmers and communities in becoming more ambitious and innovative in their food production and distribution activities.

Program Success Monitored By

We track staff time in providing 1:1 TA, workshops, presentations, and other community outreach activities, along with participation numbers of attendees and TA recipients. We evaluate grower and food project success through conversation, site visits, and observation of their activities. Our Get Growing KC map captures farm and garden numbers and acreages and start-dates, providing us with local food production trends. 

Examples of Program Success

Examples of past projects include: a high tunnel and addition of compost for the Niles Home for Children garden, which has improved the amount of food they can produce and extend the length of time in which they can produce it; funds to help an established urban farm, Stony Crest, purchase a used tractor to expand their production and fresh food offerings to the low-income community that surrounds them; and funding to help M&M Farm, a new farm in northeast Kansas City, MO, expand their production to better supply both the Ivanhoe Farmers Market and a new NE KCMO market.


Gibbs Road Farm is a two acre certified organic farm in Kansas City, KS that includes a 6,000 square foot greenhouse, hoop houses, and fields for outside production and a secondary site in Merriam where a mix of fruit bushes and trees, nut trees, and other perennial crops are planted and managed according to permaculture principles. The farm grows crops for sale through a CSA, the Brookside Farmers Market and restaurants. It is an educational farm that trains future farm owners and managers through paid and volunteer positions; it is a research and demonstration farm to develop knowledge and practices for the agriculture and horticulture industry. Produce sales pay for the production aspect of the farm; grants and fees pay for training, demonstration, and research projects.

Program Budget $133,167.00
Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Agricultural Production
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Short-Term Success
Our Gibbs Road Farm program teaches growers and engages the public more closely in their food system. In the short-term we want to help:
  1. More adults and children learn firsthand about food production from field to plate.
  2. Increase access to fresh, local, organic vegetables.
  3. Model environmental sustainability and reduce risks from pesticides, herbicides and fungicides.
  4. Teach apprentices, interns and volunteers more about organic vegetable production and how to grow better at their own sites.
  5. Continue to explore and experiment with successful and sustainable food production.
Long-Term Success

We envision the farm to be producing food crops year-round, with farm income, expenses and work load more evenly distributed throughout the year. Crew members will come to the farm with at least one year of hands-on experience at a production farm, and will, through their work with us, develop specific areas of farm production and management expertise. Our facilities will be in good repair, with improvements made according to the facilities plan; our soil building program will be showing its effectiveness in reduced weed pressure, high soil organic matter, and greater plant vitality.

Program Success Monitored By
Last year Gibbs Road Farm
  • Produced 30,000 pounds of certified organic produce;
  • Hosted over 500 volunteers
  • Coordinated a bulk seed potato order to assist more than 50 farmers and gardeners from across the KC Metro area, who planted 5,000 pounds of potatoes this season;
  • Trained 2 apprentices under Growing Growers program;
Examples of Program Success

We measure success in that the farm is self-supporting, maintains its organic certification and high levels of production, apprentices trained and produce sold.  Like all Cultivate Kansas City programs, this project is low-tech and affordable so we may share with other area growers and they can increase their own production.

We have been growing food and growing farmers in Kansas City since 1997. More than 40% of our farmer apprentices go on to own their own farms or work on other farms; they go on to college and graduate studying agriculture, public health, public policy, nutrition and sustainable communities. Apprentices gain skills and confidence at Gibbs Road Farm and are able and empowered to start their own farm. This expands the Kansas City food system making healthy food more abundant and accessible. Apprentice farmers report that the community of farmers they build at Gibbs road gives them confidence and is an invaluable resource in their first years of independent farming. 

The Juniper Gardens Training Farm is the center for a diversity of programs that assist refugees and other low-income people in growing food for local consumption.  In collaboration with Catholic Charities of NE Kansas through the New Roots for Refugees program, we offer an intensive four-year program for 17 farmers annually which takes them from business start-up to graduation off the farm and onto their own land with the goal of achieving full business independence.  We provide post-graduation support to assist the farmers with transition to their own land and development of the land into an operating farm.  We partner with the KCK Greenmarket in the promotion and marketing of the KCK Greenmarket at Juniper Gardens and with the Family Conservancy’s Healthy Parents, Healthy Kids program in promotion of neighborhood-based cooking and nutrition education activities.  The farm has supportive relationships with associated community gardens managed by independent refugee organizations.  

Program Budget $239,770.00
Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other
Population Served Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees, Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, Blacks, African Heritage
Short-Term Success

In the short term, we expect participants to learn basic farming and business skills and to sell fresh produce to the community. In 2016, 31 farmers (trainees and graduates), combining to total 210,000 pounds of ethnically appropriate, organically grown produce being distributed across Kansas City. 

Long-Term Success
Our goal is for Juniper Gardens to be the center of a web of food production and entrepreneurial farming activities in Kansas City, KS that supports a food-healthier metropolitan area. Refugee and low-income farmers will be operating diverse and unique farm businesses that supply farmers markets, CSA members, restaurants, grocery stores, and other institutions.
We expect program graduates to achieve full business independence and continue farming after completion of the intensive four-year training period. The neighborhood near the training farm will have small farms on vacant lots, as more graduates establish farms. Neighborhood health will begin to improve as more fresh produce is available and consumed.
Program Success Monitored By
In 2016, the success of Juniper Gardens Training Farm was measured by the sales reported by the program participants (over $200,000), the number of program graduates (3), the number of workshops held (32), and the second year wholesale sales (over $22,000).
We watch farmers learn farming and farm business skills through one-on-one field walks and planning sessions. 


Examples of Program Success

Dhan Rai is a first-year farmer from Bhutan. He had been living in Chicago for a few years with family when he heard of New Roots for Refugees and moved to Kansas City for a 2016 spot in the program. Here at Juniper Gardens Training Farm, Dhan pushes himself by working alone in his garden and goes to market to sell his produce. His field is one of the prettiest and well cared for fields here, though he’s still learning much about production planning and marketing of his produce. Dhan hopes to save enough money to bring his wife to the United States. His long-term goal is to have an innovative, mid-sized farm after graduation and to be able to quit his job at a meat processing plant to farm full-time.


Double Up Food Bucks Kansas City (formerly Beans&Greens) is a program that provides a dollar-for-dollar match at participating farmers markets and one neighborhood store for consumers using Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) funds (formerly “food stamps”) to purchase locally grown produce. On the Kansas side, the program also matches Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program Coupons. The program incentivizes low-income consumers to use their federal benefits to buy fresh, healthy food from local farmers and it increases the incomes of local farmers by directing federal dollars and matching funds to their markets. The program strengthens the food and nutrition education available at the participating markets by coordinating with the Kansas State University Extension and University of Missouri Extension “Cooking Corps” program. The program was started by Menorah Legacy Foundation and Cultivate in 2010; Menorah managed the program on a day-to-day basis; Cultivate staff served on the management team and actively promoted and engaged in community outreach and education about the program. In 2014, the decision was made to move the management to Cultivate through a licensing agreement.

Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Meal Distribution
Population Served At-Risk Populations, ,
Short-Term Success

Double Up Food Bucks Kansas City (formerly Beans&Greens) ended the 2015 season matching $162,000 in fresh produce sales through over 9,000 transactions with SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) and SFMNP (Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program) customers at 17 local farmers markets. As new operators of the program, we focus in particular on establishing relationships with organizations and agencies that serve low-income families, with the goals of increasing our own knowledge of opportunities and challenges related to healthy food consumption by low-income families and of increasing program usage by SNAP users. We also work with state representatives, area funding coalitions and state alliances to expand SNAP match programs in the state of Missouri, where legislation has been passed that enables the DHHS to initiate a state-wide pilot.

  • SNAP users get 2x money for produce
  • Increase knowledge for buying, storing and preparing produce
  • Influx of customers to farmers markets
  • ​Make buying produce easier via nearby farmers markets
Long-Term Success

The goals for Beans&Greens are to match SNAP, SSI, and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program coupons to low-income individuals and families at farmers markets and has accumulated data that shows consistent improvement in dietary habits of those shoppers. Simultaneously, farmers will continue to see increases in their EBT sales and report establishing positive and ongoing relationships with B&G program participants.

The program will continue to expand through a variety of channels including attendance at relevant conferences, association memberships, participation in local coalitions, and committees involving food access, health, and urban agriculture. 

Long Term Outcomes:
  • Improved health for low-income families​
  • Reduce healthcare costs for diet-related diseases (obesity, diabetes,etc)
  •  Bolster local economy
Program Success Monitored By

Double Up Food Bucks Kansas City measures the amount of fresh fruits and vegetables sold to low-income consumers in Kansas City through the number and dollar amount of SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) and SFMNP (Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program) transactions at each market. In addition to transaction data, market managers, vendors and a random sample of Double Up Food Bucks Kansas City participants complete surveys to evaluate both the administration of the program and the impact the program has. Through these continued surveys we learn how to respond to barriers to the program. The surveys will identify and monitor:


  • How clients became aware of the program
  • Residential zip code
  • Fruit and vegetable purchase patterns and shopping habits
  • Whether consumption of fruits and vegetables increase among the target population as a result of participation in the program
  • Satisfaction with and ease of use of the program
  • Price perceptions of fruits and vegetables and farmers markets
  • Level of food insecurity, health concerns, and nutrition awareness


Finally, Double Up Food Bucks surveys are administered to market managers and vendors to provide feedback on the process, procedures and impact of the program. 

Examples of Program Success
"I just wanted to tell you how grateful I am for this program in the river market!  I am retired and living on Soc sec and a vegetarian.  This program allows me to buy beautiful, organic, locally grown fruits and vegetables I wouldn't otherwise be able to afford.  Thank you and please pass this on to the powers that be!"
Most sincerely,
Double Up Food Bucks Kansas City reduced barriers for low-income community members to purchase healthy food in 2016. 47% of participants answered survey questions in such a way that identified them as being food insecure. 100% of customers using the program reported ease of using the program; 75% reported not being able to afford fruits and veggies without Double Up Food Bucks Kansas City. 79% of customers reported purchasing and eating more fresh produce because of the program.
CEO Comments

Our organizational expertise is food production and food access. That includes hands-on experiences and planning for geographic and affiliate communities. It includes the depth of understanding that comes from thousands of conversations about food with people from all socio-economic backgrounds. It includes the breadth of networks that come from helping hundreds of people, businesses, and non-profit organizations learn about and engage with food from every conceivable angle- from "I want to start a farm on the vacant lot next to my house" to "Our employees are interested in knowing more about healthy eating" to "What can I, as an elected official, do to help our community improve its access to local food?"

The challenge for our organization and for our community is to support the mainstreaming of this work while simultaneously keeping the entrepreneurial, creative mindset that will result in new models and unexpected solutions to diet, health, and community issues. “Best” practices and good, “model” programs need to be shared and adapted, but it is important to understand that we don’t yet know what models are going to have the biggest impact. We don’t know what approaches will have long-term staying power. We are collectively engaged in significant and necessary experimentation on the topic of food. The results we see may be immediate and tangible. They may also be slow to emerge, with causality hard to establish but equally or even more impactful. We need to be patient and enthusiastic with this creative, experimental process and keep the long view on positive changes.

There is much joy in this process. Seeing a child pull a turnip from the ground, brush off the dirt, and eat it with relish is as good as it gets. Assisting in the growth of a small business, especially in a community with too few economic opportunities, is an affirmation of the reality that lives and communities can be changed for the better. Helping individuals with health crises change their diets and experience measurable improvements is a wonderful and achievable miracle. Food can and should be returned to its central role of importance in our communities and in our collective lives; we will all be the better for it.

Katherine Kelly
Executive Director/Farmer
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Katherine Kelly
Term Start Nov 2005

Katherine Kelly co-founded Cultivate Kansas City, formerly the Kansas City Center for Urban Agriculture, in 2004 after eight years of running her own urban farm, Full Circle Farm, and four years of working as field crew on farms in the Boston area.  She has worked professionally as a community organizer, non-profit manager, fundraiser, grantmaker, and organizational development consultant in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Boston, and Kansas City.  She co-founded the Growing Growers Training Program and the Farmers Community Market at Brookside and is actively engaged in efforts to develop the Kansas City food system.

Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start
Compensation Last Year
Senior Staff
Title Director of Individual Giving

Hannah previously served as Development and Outreach Coordinator for Pomegranate Center, a non-profit that helps low-income and high-density communities create community-built gathering places, parks, and public artwork. Hannah’s passion for local food is tied to her belief that what we eat determines how we feel - and when we feel our best, we make our greatest and most creative contributions to our friends, family, coworkers and community. Working as Development Director for Cultivate KC, Hannah  raises money for programs that directly support our local farmers, thereby enhancing the quality of life for our entire community. 


Hannah comes to Cultivate KC from the Pomegranate Center in Seattle, WA, a non-profit that helps low-income and high-density communities create community-built gathering places, parks, and public artwork, where she served as Development and Outreach Director. 


Title Operations Manager
Title Program Director
Paid Full-Time Staff 20
Paid Part-Time Staff 8
Volunteers 1500
Paid Contractors 0
Retention Rate 86%
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
  • Broadmoor Technical School, Culinary Program
  • Catholic Charities Northeast Kansas
  • Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City
  • Kansas City Community Gardens
  • Kansas City Food Policy Coalition
  • Kansas City Kansas Housing Authority
  • KCK Greenmarket
  • Lincoln University Extension
  • Marlborough Communities Coalition 
  • Mattie Rhodes
  • Menorah Legacy Foundation, Beans&Greens Program
  • The Family Conservancy
  • K-State University Extension  
Nonprofit of the YearThe Pitch Magazine2008
Top 10 Urban FarmNatural Living Magazine2008
Hidden Gems and Delicious Destinations - New Roots for RefugeesCooking Light Magazine2012
Organic CertificationGibbs Road Farm has been organically certified since 1997 and is certified organic by OneCert, Inc. in accordance with the National Organic Program outlined by the USDA.2013
Organic CertificationOneCert, Inc2016
Organic CertificationOneCert, Inc2016
Organic CertificationOneCert, Inc2016
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Jake Wagner
Company Affiliation UMKC
Term July 2014 to July 2017
Board Members
Ms. Shannon Berry American Century Investements
Mr. Bill Davison LendLease
Mr. Ray Domino Accountant, McClain Restaurant Group
Mr. Keith Harris K-State University
Mrs. Brenda Kumm Community Volunteer
Mr. Jim Lammert Community Volunteer
Ms. Emily Lecuyer MO Bank
Ms. Christina Long Redemption Plus
Mr. Pete Malone Customer Knowledge Leader, DEMDACO
Mr. Cary Rivard Kansas State University Horticulture Research and Extension Center
Ms. Joann Schwarberg Owner, Joann Schwarberg Landscaping
Mr. John Sharp Former Councilman, City of Kansas City, MO
Ms. Andrea Shores Corporate Communications Manager, Sprint
Mr. Jake Wagner Associate Professor, UMKC, Department of Architecture, Urban Planning & Design
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 12
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 8
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 85%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Program / Program Planning
CEO Comments
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $1,254,802
Projected Expenses $1,179,873
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2015, 2014: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • FY 2013: Financial data reported using the organization's audited financial statements. 
  • Foundations/corporate revenue line items may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$21,787$131$4,190
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$0$0$0
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$36,905$52,052$44,359
Revenue In-Kind$11,943$23,442$26,384
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$734,961$590,573$599,019
Administration Expense$110,648$102,106$76,813
Fundraising Expense$104,196$100,531$67,749
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.110.881.03
Program Expense/Total Expenses77%74%81%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue12%22%14%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$487,266$328,827$382,042
Current Assets$436,895$270,836$276,739
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$74,737$25,315$21,029
Total Net Assets$412,529$303,510$361,013
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities5.8510.7013.16
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Organization Name Cultivate Kansas City
Address 4223 Gibbs Road
Kansas City, KS 66106
Primary Phone (913) 831-2444
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Katherine Kelly
Board Chair Mr. Jake Wagner
Board Chair Company Affiliation UMKC
Year of Incorporation 2005
Former Names
Kansas City Center for Urban Agriculture