Kaw River Valley Chapter
Coordinator: Julie Mettenburg
South Central Chapter
Coordinator: Natalie Fullerton
Twin Rivers Chapter
Coordinator: Tracey Graham
Buy Fresh North Central Kansas: While not affiliated with the Our Local Food Program, this network supports the development of regional food system in the five counties highlighted in yellow on the map above. For more information on Buy Fresh North Central, visit the website.
Our members pledge to make the following commitments to promote the values and development of the Our Local Food-Kaw River Valley program:
CONSULTATION PLEDGE: Consult with the OLF-KRV program whenever there is a question regarding product eligibility;
EVALUATION PLEDGE: Self-monitor your progress toward the local purchasing goal, complete and return a year end program survey, and provide the chapter with critical feedback to help evaluate and improve the program’s reach and effectiveness;
RECOGNITION PLEDGE: Be ready to be recognized for your contribution toward the OLF-KRV campaign goals.
Become a Friend of KRC
The Kansas Rural Center, Inc. (KRC) is a non-profit organization that promotes the long-term health of the land and its people through research, education, and advocacy. The KRC cultivates grassroots support for public policies that encourage family farming and stewardship of soil and water. KRC is committed to economically viable, environmentally sound, and socially sustainable rural culture.
Since 1979, the Kansas Rural Center has worked to strengthen independent family farms and rural communities. By promoting sustainable farming methods, KRC strives to help farmers and rural communities find information and develop ideas that will lead to an environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable agriculture.
KRC envisions a future of family farms, revitalized communities, a healthy environment, a safe regional food system, and people pursuing meaningful livelihoods. For those who want a future in farming, who care about the environment, and who care about the source of their food, KRC offers practical how-to information, and most importantly, hope for a sustainable future.
The Kansas Rural Center is supported by grants from private foundations, churches, public agencies and institutions, in addition to individual contributions, subscriptions and sales of publications.Please consider becoming a Friend of KRC. Your tax-deductible contribution allows us to continue our important work with regional food systems, farmers markets and the producers who raise our food.
Thank you for your commitment and dedication to providing Kansans with locally produced food and specialty crops.
Our Local Food-Kaw River Valley wants to make it easier for consumers and businesses to find and support your farm!
We are a network of local farms, farmers markets, food businesses and consumers who are committed to increasing the production and sales of fresh, local foods here in Kansas. The Our Local Food Program is supported by the Kansas Rural Center (our founding sponsor) plus the Kansas Department of Agriculture through a USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant and the USDA Risk Management Agency.
We hope that you will join us by becoming a Charter Member of the Our Local Food Program!
As a Farm Member, you will receive a range of services and individual support from our coordinator and interns, including:
As a“Charter Member," in addition to the above, you will receive:
Annual Membership Fee: $25 *
* If you produce specialty crops–defined by USDA as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits and horticulture and nursery crops, including floriculture–you are eligible for complementary 2011 OLF membership through a Kansas Departments of Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Grant. Farms that only produce non-specialty crops, such as meat, dairy, and grains are not eligible for support from the grant and must submit the $25 annual membership fee.
Please join us in connecting your farm products with consumers who value the delicious bounty of local foods. We look forward to working with you!
Our Local Food Program Director
Rules of Eligibility
Eligible for membership are farmers that grow or raise foods or other agricultural products (ornamental plants, bedding plants, cut flowers or Christmas trees) in the twelve county chapter region primarily for consumption in these counties. Farmers with a similar local focus who reside outside these counties may be approved for membership in the Our Local Food-Kaw River Valley (OLF-KRV) program based on one of the following exemptions:
1. a pre-existing market in the chapter region,
2. a product not readily available in the chapter region, or
3. the ability to significantly and uniquely stimulate the local food economy.
The primary market for products promoted with OLF-KRV materials must be the campaign region.
OLF-KRV products must be traceable to a specific farm.
OLF-KRV materials should be used only for locally grown products. OLF-KRV members who also retail non-locally produced items are expected to be sure such products are properly labeled to distinguish them from local foods. Example: Missouri Peaches.
PARTICIPATING FARMS, RESTAURANTS, CATERERS, GROCERS, MEAT LOCKERS, PROCESSORS, BROKERS AND DISTRIBUTORS AGREE TO:
KANSAS RURAL CENTER AGREES TO:
PURPOSE: Because the effectiveness of the Our Local Food program (herein “OLF”) depends on consumer trust in the integrity of the OLF label (i.e. most importantly, products are locally produced and fresh), members AGREE to follow these guidelines to ensure appropriate, equitable and consistent use of the label by all parties involved.
LABEL & PROMOTIONAL MATERIALS: All OLF point of sale and promotional materials are copyrighted and MUST NOT BE COPIED or otherwise reproduced without prior written consent of the program. Membership in OLF provides you with permission. OLF-KRV promotional materials may only be used in connection with the sale of products meeting the local product and market area definitions (see below).
LOCAL PRODUCT DEFINITION: “Local product” means food products produced as close to the point of purchase or consumption, as possible. For the purpose of the Kaw River Valley campaign, the local product definition includes those products, which are produced, processed, prepared, raised, or grown, in Atchison, Douglas, Geary, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Leavenworth, Pottawatomie, Riley, Shawnee, Wabaunsee, or Wyandotte Counties.
Other products grown or produced in Kansas may meet the local product definition as determined on a case-by-case basis, in coordination with the Chapter Coordinator and Steering Committee.
LOCAL MARKET AREA DEFINITION: “Local market” means that any local product being advertised or otherwise promoted through the OLF campaign within Atchison, Douglas, Geary, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Leavenworth, Pottawatomie, Riley, Shawnee, Wabaunsee, or Wyandotte Counties.
FARM TRACEABILITY: With respect to meat, dairy, eggs, honey, processed foods, fruit and vegetables, the OLF label can be used only in the local market area for qualifying local products, traceable to specific, individual farms. For example, “Moonridge Farm garlic from McLouth” meets the traceability criteria for a local product.
LOCALLY PROCESSED FOODS: Locally processed foods carrying the OLF label must contain at least one primary local product or ingredient that is traceable to a specific, local farm. For example: an apple pie made by the Miller Family with local apples from Rees Fruit Farm in Topeka would qualify, but a locally baked apple pie that contains no locally produced ingredients would not.
PROGRAM VIOLATIONS: Any participant who violates one or more of the program guidelines above may be asked to immediately terminate all promotional activities associated with the OLF-KRV campaign, at the sole discretion of program management. Membership fees and fees paid for promotional materials are non-refundable.EMPHASIS ON DEVELOPING LOCAL MARKETS: The OLF campaign is intended to stimulate the economic, agricultural, and culinary vitality of the Kaw River Valley by promoting locally owned and operated, independent family and community-based farms and other food related businesses, which are primarily serving this local market area. This program is neither designed, nor intended to support local producers, processors, or food artisans who either a) have a non-local ownership structure, or b) have well-established distribution channels outside of this local market area. For example, tomatoes from Missouri do not meet the guidelines for the OLF label. The campaign reserves the right to disqualify any local product, which does not meet these guidelines or the general spirit of the campaign, under its sole discretion.