CommonGround is a national movement of farm women who want to share information about farming and the food we grow. Consumers in the cities and suburbs are more disconnected from farm life than ever before, and that disconnect has led to misconceptions about modern farming and the people behind it. We’re a group of Kansas farm women working to help dispel myths and built trust in farm families again. We want to answer questions and share facts as well as our personal stories of farm life. Please join us in finding our CommonGround.
Kansas CommonGround Volunteers
A native of New Mexico, Kim moved to Kansas to marry her husband. With her unique career background as a television news professional and teacher, Kim helps keep the family farm running smoothly while blogging about her new life as a farmer. Learn more about Kim.
Farming is Lori’s heritage from several generations back on both sides of her family, and her work has always reflected that. She is a farmer’s daughter, the wife of a cattleman and mom to two children. Lori does accounting and coordinates logistics for their small beef feed yard. Learn more about Lori.
This busy graduate student worked in the food safety and regulator industry before returning to the classroom. She and her husband Chris have a daughter, Audrey Ann. They’re proud to represent the fourth generation of Chris’ family farm. Laura also has a small herd of cow/calf pairs with her grandfather. Learn more about Laura.
Karra and her husband Derek farm with his parents near Clay Center, Kansas. With a degree in food science and experience working the food safety field, she is passionate about discussing agriculture and teaches agriculture education sessions in area schools. Learn more about Karra.
Just outside of McPherson, KS, Katie and her husband Derek raise cattle, wheat, corn, soybeans and grain sorghum. Katie advises the yearbook at Bethany College and is a freelance writer and photographer for agricultural publications. Learn more about Katie.
As sixth-generation farmers and ranchers, Nicole Small and her husband Randy have taken over their families’ farming operations in southeast Kansas. They raise corn, soybeans and wheat. They also raise cows and calves on native grass. Learn more about Nicole.
LaVell lives and farms in Grantville, Kansas, with her husband, Andy, and their two sons. She helps with merchandising and management of grain sales and farm financial records. She also is employed off-the-farm with a consulting service that provides farmers with business recommendations and risk-management tools. Learn more about LaVell.