Saturday, February 4, 2023 from 8:45 AM to 4:00 PM CST
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Sedgwick County Extension Center, 4-H Hall 
7001 W 21st St N
Wichita, KS 67205-1759

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Rebecca McMahon 
Sedgwick County Extension 

K-State Research and Extension is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Program information may be available in languages other than English. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities, including alternative means for communication (e.g., Braille, large print, audio tape, and American Sign Language) may be requested by contacting the event contact (Rebecca McMahon) two weeks prior to the start of the event (January 20, 2023) at 316-660-0100 or rmcmahon@ksu.edu.  Requests received after this date will be honored when it is feasible to do so. Language access services, such as interpretation or translation of vital information, will be provided free of charge to limited English proficient individuals upon request.

Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service

K-State Research and Extension is an equal opportunity provider and employer. 


Local Food Producers Conference 

Saturday, Feb. 4th –  8:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Sedgwick County Extension Center, 4-H Hall
7001 W 21st St N
Wichita, KS 67205

Calling all local food growers and homesteaders! If you are producing fruits and vegetables for sale or your own use, you won't want to miss this opportunity to learn and network! Topics range from fruit production and high tunnel growing to developing value-added products and growing mushrooms. Get geared up for 2023 with us!

Please note:  No scale certification will be offered during this event. Scale certification will be available another day. 







Welcome & Introductions



KEYNOTE:  What is Value? - Tom Ruggieri, Fair Share Farm

What is the value in a value-added product? Is it simply the added shelf life and convenience, or is it more? Tom will talk about the many values added to agricultural products that can be inherent, but invisible to the consumer. From soil building and sequestering carbon, to creating biodiversity, to improving water and air quality in the farm’s community, these values are especially important in helping to create a truly sustainable food system.




Breakout A

Breakout B

Breakout C


Re-envisioning Food
Systems and Community Partnerships -

Donna Pearson McClish,
Common Ground Producers
& Growers Mobile Market

Soil Health in High
Tunnels -   
Dr. Cary Rivard,
KSU Prof. of Horticulture &
Natural Resources
Extension Specialist

Fruit Tree Variety & Rootstock Selection -   
Gabe Spurgeon,
South Baldwin Farms


20 Years of Change at
Fair Share Farm -   
Tom Ruggieri

Getting Started with
High Tunnels & Season Extension Structures - 

Dr. Cary Rivard  


Snapshots of Kansas Specialty Crop Production, Sales, Reach—Building Connections toward Strong Regional Food Systems - Peter Pierson, Kansas Specialty Crop Growers Association (KSCGA)


LUNCH (Provided)


Panel Discussion: Strategies for Adding Value to Your Business


Breakout A

Breakout B

Breakout C


ICT Local Food Partnerships & Connections Networking and Resource Session

Strawberry production and profits: testing a combination production system -  
Jonathan Conard

Growing Culinary Mushrooms -  
Pam Paulsen,
Reno Co. Horticulture Agrent 


KEYNOTE:  Plant Health Problem Solving - Dr. Megan Kennelly, KSU Prof. of Plant Pathology, Dept. Head, and Extension Specialist


Closing Remarks