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.
Animal lover Lana married her college sweetheart, Caleb, and farms with his family near Hillsboro, Kan. When she’s not busy working for a nonprofit agricultural education organization, she’s competing in rodeos, training and judging horses or enjoying the great outdoors with her four dogs. Learn more about Lana.
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.
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.
Melissa Hildebrand Reed
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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.
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.
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.