Drought causing urban farm to lose thousands
Farmers in Kansas City continue to feel the impact of the ongoing drought.
“This is the worst that I’ve personally seen since we started growing,” said Alana Henry with Young Family Farm.
The Young Family Farm, which is located near 39th west of U.S. Highway 71, started as an urban farm eight years ago. During the height of COVID-19, the farm decided to start selling their property.
“We believe that our mission is to help the folks in this area with access to fresh food,” Henry said. “The median household income here is approximately $29,000 a year, and so for a lot of these folks, there aren’t many opportunities to purchase fresh vegetables.”
But this past year has been troubling for the farm. Henry explaining the lack of rain and extreme heat are factors playing against them. The family is used to seeing approximately 42 inches of rain. In 2022, they estimate they only have had 27 inches of rain.
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