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Starting Saturday: A weeklong celebration of local food and farms

Locavores, you’ve got a lot on your plate next week.

Cultivate Kansas City’s

fifth biennial

Urban Grown Farms Gardens Tour

(June 15-23) provides abundant opportunities to volunteer at or tour local farms, attend cooking workshops, and engage in conversation with farmers and food experts such as New York Times columnist and food writer

Mark Bittman

, who recently

talked about his latest book, “VB6: Going Vegan Before 6,”

with The Star’s food editor, Jill Silva.

Here’s a sampling of the schedule. For a complete list of events and to buy tickets, go to


5:30 p.m. Monday (June 17):

Urban Grown Kickoff at Kansas City’s central library. A variety of voices speak about urban farming in our city. No ticket fee, but RSVP required on the library’s website.

5-9 p.m. Tuesday:
Bread! KC


PLUG Projects

host a collaborative evening of food, art and funding for a local urban agriculture project at the City Ice Arts Building, 900 E. 21st St. Tickets ($15) are available online through

Eventbrite. All day Tuesday:

Several local farm-to-table restaurants are donating 10 percent of dinner proceeds to Cultivate Kansas City. The list of participating restaurants includes Aixois Bistro, Extra Virgin, Renee Kelly’s Harvest, Story, The Farmhouse, Room 39, The Rieger Hotel Grill Exchange and more. See the complete list of restaurants

here. 7 p.m. Thursday:

Mark Bittman keynote address, “The Future of Food,” at Unity Temple on the Plaza. Tickets are $15, or $26 including a copy of his book “VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00.” Tickets are available through

Eventbrite. Noon-1:30 p.m. Friday:

Luncheon with Mark Bittman at Webster House. Tickets are $65 per person at

Eventbrite. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday:

Self-guided tours of urban farms in Kansas City. Tickets are $8 for individuals or $20 for families. Tickets are valid both days, but some sites are open only one day. Many sites will have cooking demos by local chefs, live music and learning activities. There are also bus and bike tours for those who want to go green.

For more info on these events, email or call 913-831-2444. On Twitter,


and on Facebook, More on Cultivate Kansas City and the evolution of its farms tour here. Going to the Urban Grown Farm Gardens Tour? Send us updates and photos on Twitter @chowtownkc.