Volunteers

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

KimNew150x150Kim Baldwin
McPherson, KS
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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.

 

Lana BarkmanLana Barkman
Circleville, KS
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Animal lover Lana married her college sweetheart, Caleb. She shares their adventures on social media as the “Barkman Bunch” on their farm near Circleville, KS. She studied animal science at Kansas State University and loves horses. Learn more about Lana.

 

Jenny Burgess
Sterling, KS
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Jenny and her husband Geoff are a first-generation farm family farming near Sterling, KS. Geoff emigrated from England to pursue better opportunities in the United States. Together, they grow corn, soybeans, wheat, sorghum and cover crops. Learn more about Jenny.

 

Sarah GossSarah Goss
Kanopolis, KS
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This busy mom of four is passionate about fitness, farming and small-town living. Her family is revitalizing a small farm selling eggs and alfalfa in central Kansas. Her children raise cattle and pigs for 4-H. Together, they hope to establish their farm as a destination to experience agriculture firsthand. Learn more about Sarah.

 

Frances Graves
Bartlett, KS
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Frances was raised in the city and spent her 20s consuming a vegetarian diet. Today, she and her husband raise children and cattle on their ranch, where they are the fifth and sixth generations on the family homestead.  Learn more about Frances.

 

Handke Family

Laura Handke
Atchison, KS
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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 James

Karra James
Clay Center, KS
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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.

 

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Melissa Hildebrand Reed
Abilene, KS
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Melissa works alongside her family at Hildebrand Family Dairy near Junction City, KS. The farm raises 150 dairy cows, bottling and selling the milk to more than 90 grocery stores across the state and through their on-site retail store. A mother of two young sons, Melissa is especially knowledgeable on local foods. Learn more about Melissa.

 

Katie SawyerKatie Sawyer
McPherson, KS
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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.

 

LaVell Winsor

LaVell Winsor
Grantville, KS
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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.


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