Betting the (Urban) Farm

Westport Commons Farm aims to provide an abundance of fresh, nutritious, locally grown food to the surrounding neighborhoods and the native landscaping works to address stormwater management through deep roots and intentional design.

Come explore the grounds of Westport Commons to learn about best practices and the integration of design as Ami Freeberg of Cultivate KC and Adam Weichman of BNIM dig into unique aspects and challenges of the design. Located on 39th Street between Main Street and Gillham Road, Westport Commons Farm aims to be a beautiful urban farm that creates a place for neighborhood residents and businesses to connect with their food and with each other. Using cover crops as green manure, Cultivate KC is improving the health of the soil to grow food for the community. The native plant landscape features water management practices to mitigate stormwater runoff from around Westport Commons.

See and hear the story and unique challenges of bringing these two parts of the design together at Westport Commons.

**Masks are strongly encouraged for this event.**

Friday, April 22
$15 + fees in advance; $20 at the door
11:30am - 1:30pm
11:30am Registration
12:00pm Presentation
12:30pm Tour
Lunch Provided

Adam Wiechman

Adam Wiechman is a member of BNIM’s nationally-recognized Landscape and Planning studio. A proven self starter and valued team member, Adam contributes excellent problem solving and analytical design skills to his projects and the team. Adam has participated in a variety of higher education, parks, civic, and corporate campus projects. Recent projects include the two-building Pacific Center Campus Development in San Diego; a high-performance parking and stormwater improvements project for Kansas City’s Water Services Department headquarters; two significant projects for Johnson County Community College campus; and the Center for Connected Learning at Moffitt Library for UC Berkeley

Ami Freeberg

Ami Freeberg works for Cultivate Kansas City, a nonprofit working to grow food, farms, and community in support of a sustainable and healthy local food system for all. She began her career with Cultivate Kansas City in 2010, working for seven years in communications, outreach, and community engagement. After four years away, she is excited to rejoin the team this year as the Program Manager for Metro Farms & Food Systems. In this role, she works with farms and food projects to help grow Kansas City's local food system through providing technical assistance, training, networking and support services, as well as collaborating on local food policy efforts. In her years away from Cultivate Kansas City, Ami has worked in community development and environmental nonprofit organizations, exploring the intersections of her passions. In her free time, Ami runs Longfellow Farm, an urban farm where neighbors work together to grow food and build community.

Vera Williams

Vera Williams is founder and soil scientist for Surface Water Solutions, LLC. Drawing from over 30 years of experience of being a chemist, environmental scientist, soil scientist, and trained in environmental  toxicology with a focus in pesticide toxicology, Vera applies sensible science to real life problems of environmental issues and protecting natural resources. Her passion is creating tools and relationships to create sustainable urban landscapes that meet the needs of all who live there.”