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Sedgwick County

Sedgwick County
7001 W. 21st Street N.
Wichita, Ks  67205
Map & Location

Office Hours:
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Monday - Friday

316-660-0100
316-660-0166 fax
sg@listserv.ksu.edu

Growing Growers ICT Program

The Growing Growers ICT program in south central Kansas provides education to new and experienced growers through a farm apprenticeship program and an annual workshop series. Growing Growers ICT is grant-funded through the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant program. It is operated out of the K-State Research & Extension-Sedgwick County office.

Workshops

The Growing Growers ICT program offers workshops throughout the year that are required for Apprentices, optional for Host Farmers, and open to the public, although class fees will apply. The classes address skills required to run a local farm. The core workshops include introduction to soil management; production planning and plant propagation; post-harvest handling; small farm equipment and drip irrigation; insect, disease, and weed management; and farm business management. Workshops are geared toward beginner farmers, but all the classes offer great information and skill development for more experienced farmers as well.

2019 Workshop Schedule & Registration

April 29th - Building Healthy Soils 

Location: Sedgwick County Extension Education Center (7001 W. 21st St. N, Wichita)

Healthy soil is the foundation of growing great plants and selling great vegetables. Learn the basics of building healthy soil for your farm. The workshop will consist of both classroom instruction on the science of soils and then a farm tour. Topics discussed will include: basic soil science and what's in the soil, using cover crops, no-till farming, and much more!

May 13th - Seedling Production & Crop Planning

Location: Atwater Neighborhood Resource Center (2755 E. 19th St. N, Wichita)

Learn the basics about producing your own seedlings for your farm and how to plan your crop production schedule to meet your farm goals. The workshop will consist of classroom instruction, hands on activities, and a farm tour.

June 10th - Small Farm Equipment & Irrigation

Location: John C. Pair Horticulture Research Center (1901 E 95th St S, Haysville)

June 24th - Farm Tour Intensive

Location: TBD 

July 22nd - Insect, Disease, and Weed Management

Location: Atwater Neighborhood Resource Center (2755 E. 19th St. N, Wichita)

August 19th - Postharvest Handling and Food Safety

Location: Sedgwick County Extension Education Center (7001 W. 21st St. N, Wichita)

September 23rd - Starting a Farm / Farm Business Management

Location: Sedgwick County Extension Education Center (7001 W. 21st St. N, Wichita)

Apprenticeships

Apprentices work on fruit & vegetable farms in the south central Kansas region to get first-hand, practical farming experience. They attend the workshops series during the production season, receive one-on-one mentoring with their host farmer, gain hands-on farming experience and informal training, and assist at the Common Ground Mobile Market. Apprenticeship positions can be paid or volunteer.

Learn more about an Apprenticeship with Growing Growers ICT

Interested in working as an Apprentice during the 2019 growing season? Apply here. Due March 4, 2019

Learn more about serving as a Host Farm with Growing Growers ICT

Interested in serving as a Host Farm during the 2019 growing season? Apply here. Due February 4, 2019

Learn more about our Host Farms and community partners (coming soon!)

Important Links

Host Farm Application
Due February 4, 2019 

Apprentice Application
Due March 4, 2019

Contact Information

Have Questions? Contact:

Sedgwick County 
Horticulture
7001 W. 21st St. North
Wichita KS 67205-1759
(316) 660-0143
Fax (316)660-0166

Lyndsay Feather
Growing Growers Program Manager
(316) 660-0145
lfeather@ksu.edu

Rebecca McMahon
Horticultural Food Crops Agent
(316) 660-0142
rmcmahon@ksu.edu

Jackie Fees
Office Professional Ag & Hort
(316) 660-0143
jfees@ksu.edu