To feed the world, Kansans must start at home.
Since 1979, the Kansas Rural Center has worked to strengthen small and family farms and their rural communities. We have provided a vision and a voice for those who see alternatives for our agricultural future, and help and resources for those who want to implement them.
KRC is led by and for farmers and ranchers who strive to help each other and their rural communities grow a healthy food and farming system here at home, in Kansas. We envision a future of thriving family farms, revitalized communities, a clean environment, a healthy local and regional food system, and viable livelihoods for farmers, including opportunities for the next generation who will grow our food.
A healthy farm and food system relies on diversity.
To provide healthy food, we need healthy farms. Healthy farms require diversity. KRC believes that diversified farming systems hold the key to preserving, developing and maintaining a food and farming future that provides healthy food, a healthy environment and social structure, and meaningful livelihoods.
Our Values and Principles
From its inception, the Kansas Rural Center’s work has been guided by the following basic principles, which prompt the questions “who benefits?” “at whose expense?” and “what are the hidden costs?”
* A diversified family size farming system based on widespread land ownership and control of resources should prevail over industrial agriculture.
* Land ownership carries with it the responsibility of stewardship and that responsibility rests with society as a whole.
*Agriculture must be environmentally and ecologically sound, and provide for the self-renewal of our natural resources of soil and water – and people on the land.
* Farm policy should not benefit the few at the expense of the many; it should be socially responsible.
* Farm policy is food policy. How and what we eat and how our food system is organized affects our physical environment, the broader social environment, and ultimately our independence and democracy itself. As farmers and consumers we cannot pursue our narrow self interest at the expense of the hungry at home or abroad.
* The solutions to the dilemmas of agriculture must begin on individual farms and in individual families, and in local communities.
* And finally, that grassroots involvement of an informed people must determine the direction of our cultural and technological choices.
KRC is a non-profit, private organization.
Our work is supported by public grants, private foundations, organizational partnerships, and contributions from individuals who care about the future of our land and our people.
For those who want a future in farming, who care about the environment, and who care about their communities and their food, KRC offers practical solutions, information and analysis from a Kansas point of view, and most importantly, hope for a healthy future.