The Urban Farming Guys mission is to establish sustainable communities in the most difficult places on earth. The Urban Farming Guys is a non profit (501c3).
How you can get involved in the cause:
Make a simple donation through PayPal. The Urban Farming Guys is a public charity non profit 501c3 organization. All donations are tax deductible. You can also write a check and mail it 1121 Myrtle Ave, Kansas City, MO, 64127. Thank you, it is mission critical.
Become a “True Ally” :
True Allies donate a set amount monthly for 24 months. This is one important way to join the team. Your donation directly funds progress for the cause. The Urban Farming Guys is a public charity non profit 501c3 organization. All donations are tax deductible. Meet some of our True Allies here
Contribute to the open source Knowledge Base:
Please contribute to the wiki on Sustainable Technology here. Help us build this online library of skills, practices, plans and technologies for thriving, resilient, & self-sustaining communities.
Spread the Word:
- Facebook: Share our Videos especially this one: Farmin’ in the HOOD and describe in your own words why it is a must watch video.
- By Email: send it to your top 10 pals
Stay in the Loop
Visit our Inner-city Farm
Volunteer Saturday Tour: A huge part of our mission is equipping others. We are seeking every possible means to fund our time to be of service. In the mean time we are really limited to giving tours during our Saturday Volunteer Work Days. Every Saturday of the year we will meet at 1110 Myrtle Ave at 9am for our volunteer workdays. We will serve a big lunch and then give a tour of our facilities. It is a lot of fun, come on out, bring some gloves and a water bottle. We have all the tools. It is a lot of fun and a great opportunity to meet and network with some really cool people, and work on some great projects. Email: Volunteer
Agritourism: Stay a few days on the Farm!
Come stay on the farm with us, and immerse yourself in the day to day life on the Urban Farm and MakerSpace. Accommodations are a private bedroom, common Living Room, dining room, kitchen in a large house that may be shared with other interns or resident artists/makers/farmers. We have off street parking, all on-site of the Urban Farm. During your stay you will also get a tour of the farm (Mon-Sat) , aquaponics facility, honey bees, fish hatchery, 25kw solar power unit, rabbits, chickens, hugelkultur, 3000 gallon water catchment, greenhouses, and more.. During your stay you are welcome to get involved as little or as much as you want on the day to day work of the farm or the makerspace, or you can take the day to tour around Kansas City as we are within 2 miles of Downtown KC. Volunteering is welcome and there is a lot of fun stuff to get your hands dirty with. Aside from the tour, we must warn you that we are very busy and will be hard at work during your stay and will not have much free time at this point as there is alot of work to do on the farm, but it should be friendly and fun. So if it sounds like a fit to you, come on out and join us! Accommodations are $50 per person per night, minimum of 2 nights, with this you also get a day pass to the makerspace M-Sat. Buy 5 nights get 2 free. Group pricing is the same, we can often accomodate up to 15 people. If you want to stay for longer, you may consider our internship program in which accommodations are covered. We are always in need of highly talented Makers, Artists, Engineers, Farmers, Welders, Woodworkers, Mechanics. etc. If you have lots of skills and would like to contribute some volunteer time in exchange for room and access to studio space we would be delighted for you to apply for a residence. Email us Here
Internship – one month project based stays
The UFG Internship is a one month or longer volunteer experience. We are looking for self-motivated individuals who are eager to engage in the UFG mission to help establish sustainable communities in the most difficult places on earth. This is an intense and deeply creative experience that will challenge you entrepreneurially to create and establish sustainable processes, technologies, and create & launch thriving economic forces that will empower blighted inner-city communities. The Lykins Neighborhood is our living canvas. In this internship, we will be learning how to facilitate change from the ground up. We will be creating opportunities from scratch, engaging the local community, and building a future and infrastructure for the next generation to thrive. We will be facing real problems head on rather than theory. Together we will be creating jobs, providing affordable access to healthy food, establishing alternate water and energy sources, mentoring urban youth, empowering the globe with knowledge, and building a strong sense of community among the native population. In this internship, we will form a team that will work together and experience the challenges of community and grow in the much-needed skills of interdependence. At 6 months you will be eligible to apply for Paid UFG Apprenticeship. By Year 2-3 if you so desire, we will send you out with resources and a dynamic team of individuals empowered to make change in any village/neighborhood on the planet as friends of UFG. Apprentices may also choose to be apart of our “Apprenticeship to Ownership” program in which we match their pay with land credits and resource credits , until we are able to deed them over a high-production urban farm lot. Applications and more info here
Resident Makers/ Artists / Farmers / Welders/ Scientists/ Engineers & Builders of all sorts.
We are looking for highly skilled individuals who may want to come and stay for 1 – 6 months and volunteer some hours in trade for room and access to the makerspace and farm, with opportunities to make a little extra $ teaching classes and doing projects while you are here. Come and contribute your skills to something great & meet other amazing people along the way. Come for as long or short as you like. Applications and more info here
Group Volunteer Workday
Mobilize a group of volunteers to come work on the farm, or come to one of our volunteer workdays. Email: Volunteer
Inner City Tranformation
Change the neighborhood from the inside out. Mentor kids in life skills and entrepreneurship. Come volunteer in our after school programs. If your are excited to invest in this part of making a change send us an Email: Volunteer
It could be game changing if you could help in the following areas. Email: Volunteer
- Project leaders
- Video Editors
- 3d Cad Design & Google Sketch Up and documentations of our existing systems to share with the world.
- Wiki Contributors
- Youth Mentors
- Grant Writing
Join our CSA!
-help support local economic initiatives especially around healthy food! All proceed help fund the cause. Join our CSA here.
Adopt a Garden/Block- Create Jobs
Create Jobs, Reduce Crime, Bring Organic Food within walking distance, And Beautify the City. Land is incredibly cheap and abundant here in the inner-city of Kansas City, and people are looking for work. Lets teach people how to fish!!! Using traditional methods One Acre of land will produce on average 11 thousand pounds of food and would feed 6 people for a year. Using more developed methods such as vertical gardening, High-tunnels, raised bed gardening, and Aquaponics, be can blow that number out of the water and grow year round.
- Adopt a garden $150 to adopt a 12×4 Raised bed in Lykins neighborhood for our community Garden to help educate families about urban agriculture
- Adopt an inner-city Lot $7000 This will purchase the lot, clean it up (reducing crime), Build gardens from end to end, gain access to water, and make a big step to adding another job to the urban core. This lot will also have a sign with your name on it as the sponsor.
- Adopt a Block- Create a Job Forever $20,000 This will expand our farming operations to create one new job forever. This can buy up to 10 acres of land, this could help us launch a large scale composting operation, this can build a 4000 sq ft Aquaponics greenhouse capable of 10-15k pounds of fish and 25k pounds of vegetables.
Sponsor a Project
Help us fund the next few projects and technologies to release to the world. We have finished our phase one tilapia farm and our prototype one biogas digester and next we are going hard after energy technologies including a DIY tar-less wood gasifier/generator and DIY wood burning Steam Generator. Along with a prototype 2 biodigester. And several other educational pieces for all to benefit.
Manage a Project
We are looking for self starting individuals who can manage a project from plan to budget to execution, email us if you would be interested
Donate “Stuff” Tax Deductable
Donate just about anything and we will send you a tax deductible receipt. There are many things we are constantly in need of including building materials, plants, tools, seeds, equipment, etc. please email us We also use a website called herethat will allow you to donate just about anything from cell phones to real estate and they will in turn send you a receipt and write us a check for the value to support the cause. email us