Jenna Wilkins' first exposure to farming was in 2008 working on a two-acre, certified organic farm in Kansas City, KS. It was her first job out of high school where she learnt the basic tenets of vegetable production on small acreages, high tunnel production, and sales through farmers markets and CSAs. Since then, Jenna has grown her own food on vacant lots throughout Kansas City, MO and has been selling the surplus production at various farmers markets. In 2014 she helped found the Northeast Farmers Market, working both with the farmers and an ethnically diverse community in Northeast Kansas City, MO, where she lives. This work required navigating the business side of farming and coordinating with growers and customers to foster a healthy relationship.
As someone who grew up in Kansas City, MO and has participated in its local food movement for several years, Jenna is excited to join Lincoln University Cooperative Extension's (LUCE) ISFOP team in the West Central Region of the state. She looks forward to working with both rural and urban farmers in Jackson county and coordinating efforts throughout the region to increase production of quality foods and income for the farmers. If you need any farm/farming-related information and/or assistance, please call Jenna at (816) 896-7078.