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Karlin Family Farms
Arugula to Zucchini
Founded: 2009-2011
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Who We Are

This project is currently no longer active, but other projects are in the works.

Purchased as a family homestead by Felix and Henrietta Karlin, for their eight adult children and many grandchildren in 1985. Purchased in 2008 by Rod Karlin their eldest son. Stewarded by Troy and Brady Karlin sons of Rod, since August 2009. We are currently turning these 10 acres on the corner of 31st/ Kasold Dr. in Lawrence, KS into a "beyond" organic farm and thriving homestead, with hopes of developing an education center for sustainability.

What We Do

At Karlin Family Farms we have been experimenting with several approaches to land management, food production, and land management.  Permaculture, short for permanent agriculture, is one of these approaches.  In our first year we began creating a food forest that features 225 native fruit and nut trees as well as a 6500 sq. ft. perennial garden.  This winter we will be developing a master plan for the property that will feature permaculture design throughout.

Get Involved

It’s no secret that farming is not a financially lucrative enterprise.  However, we believe that our mission to educate ourselves and our community on the importance of sustainable living is worth some sacrifices.  If you would like to contribute to the farm, there are several ways in which to do so.

  1. Volunteer-We typically have one work party a month in which we tackle larger projects with groups of people from the community.  We would love to see you at these events.  Keep your eye on the events page for more information.
  2. Donate Materials-I’d like to think that we’re a creative and resourceful bunch who are capable of finding uses for reclaimed materials.  85% of our greenhouse was constructed from materials that would have entered the waste stream.  So, shoot us an email if you have materials laying around that you would like to contribute to the farm.
  3. Donate Money-Nothing would make us happier than to not have to worry about money.  However, the reality is that there are endless expenses in operating a farm and much fewer sources of revenue.  No donation is too small, and every dollar is greatly appreciated.
  4. Buy Produce!-As a farm we do manage to grow a good amount of food and we would love to see it end up on your dinner table.  During the growing season we typically have one day a week when we set up a table to display our harvest for the public.  Stop by and check out what’s growing.  Hours may fluctuate, so keep an eye on the blog for updates.
  5. Spread the Word-We’re here for the public. Our mission is to educate ourselves and others.  So, tell your friends, family, co-worker, mailman, trashman, dentist, stylist, etc.

This year has been a great success thanks to the hard work of many individuals from an amazing community.  Thank you for all that you do!

Skills & Resources
permaculture training, sustainable food growing workshops, living space for someone interested in living at the farm and joining the project
Group Admin
Films For Action Brady Karlin