Diversity Helps Sustain Kansas Farm

The final installment in a series of five farmer profiles distributed by the Kansas Rural Center features Nina and Jeter Isely of Y Knot Farm in Bird City, Kansas. The couple runs a diversified organic operation that raises heritage Belted Galloway cattle, organic hard red winter wheat, and organic vegetables. Although the produce wasn’t part of the operational plan, growing their own food led to a viable farm income stream that now includes two hoop houses and two garden plots. Y Knot Farm sells locally, sells through the High Plains Food Co-op to the Denver market, and sells online to customers on both coasts. The feature highlights the Isely’s reliance on diversity to sustain the operation, and showcases their innovative management practices, such as planting extensive windbreaks. The Isely’s also discuss the support they have received from state and federal programs.