Related ATTRA Publication:
Resource Guide to Organic and Sustainable Vegetable Production
Kansas Rural Center is featuring five specialty-crop farmer profiles focusing on the rewards and benefits of growing vegetables on the high plains. The first showcases farmer Dave Svaty and his family near Kanopolis, Kansas. The family raises cattle, pigs, poultry, and sheep, as well as field and hoop-house vegetables. They market their produce with a custom-built farmers market trailer and an on-farm store. The feature describes the innovative solutions the family has devised for dealing with wind, starting plants, and avoiding plant disease. Their operation experiences challenges from spray drift, food-safety regulations, and the need for steady income and health insurance.