How this Kansas City urban farm turns food scraps into soil

Farmers Dan Heryer and Brooke Salvaggio wear matching gray rubber boots. They both have the hardy, outdoorsy look of people who eat a lot of organic vegetables—unsurprising, as they make a living growing them. Heryer’s loud laugh punctuates his sentences, and Salvaggio’s hands gesture emphatically as she talks about her passion for sustainability.

The couple, along with their two young children and a handful of dedicated employees, live and work on URBAVORE Urban Farm growing crops, raising livestock and tending the land. And after recently forming a partnership with Compost Collective KC— the city’s only curbside composting service— this organic oasis is also where food scraps and lawn trimmings from thousands of Kansas City homes get processed into nutrient-rich soil.

“We felt it was important to take the food waste stream and connect it to growing food and bringing it back to the land,” Heryer told The Star during a recent visit to the farm. “We have plenty of room for Compost Collective to grow for the next several years.”

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