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The Rieger Hotel Grill and Exchange Restaurant

Written by Ingrid Keizer Photos by Ingrid Keizer The Pendergast Era was in full swing in Kansas City. Liquor was flowing and Annie Chambers and her girls managed to find a way around the police ban that had been imposed on the Red Light District. C.C. Madison owned a federal league baseball team called the Kansas City Packers whose games were frequently cancelled due to …

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J. C. Nichols

  J.C. Nichols Written By Jane Redfield   Start any visit to the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City with a stop at the J.C. Nichols Memorial Fountain at 47th Street and J.C. Nichols Parkway. Shooting water high into the air, the fountain has four equestrian figures that are said to represent four rivers: the Mississippi River (the Indian riding the horse and beating off …

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Bill Haw of Haw Ranches

Written by Ingrid Keizer Photos by Ingrid Keizer My interviews and time spent with small urban farms has offered a great insight into the hard work, passion and thinking involved in organic gardening, sustainability and free range livestock. My perception of food has been amended by this experience and I hope that my writing on the subject offers another perspective for you as well. Last …

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Green Dirt Farm

Written By Ingrid Keizer Photos by Ingrid Keizer Just north of Weston, Missouri, tucked into the top of hills that seem to roll like waves into the horizon, there is a sweet little dairy farm where sheep graze peacefully in new pastures every 24 hours. This process is known as “Management Intensive Grazing”. Management Intensive Grazing is a practice used in sustainable farming that is …

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HoneyDel Farm

Written by Ingrid Keizer Wilson Photo by Ingrid Keizer   What began as a hobby farm for Robin and Derek Felch and their four children has become more than a full-time job producing free range eggs, poultry, pork and lamb. Initially the Felches believed that by raising a few chickens they might reduce the cost of feeding a family of six. What most don’t know …

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The Launch

Photo by Ingrid Keizer As I drove to my visit with Wakarusa Valley Farm, I drove on the same roads that I traveled nearly every day of my life in my youth. As an adult I used those same roads for family get-togethers or for impromptu visits with my parents. After the passing of my mother, our family home and the farmland that accompanied it …