Kansas Market Farmers to "Grow Together"

TOPEKA, Kan.-- A conference at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library Monday gave farmers a chance to learn and share ideas in preparation for the spring season.

The 2009 Kansas Farmers' Market Conference provided programs for farmers looking to expand their opportunities in the future.

More than 100 people attended the "Grow Together" conference.

Keynote speakers Kevin and Charuth Loth, owners of Shadowbrook Farms, a 34-acre diversified, organic farm near Lincoln, Nebraska shared some of their 14 years of experience working on farms.

Mercedes Taylor-Puckett coordinated the event and said the good turn-out is an indication of local farming's rising popularity. As the project coordinator for farmers' market at the Kansas Rural Center, she said people are turning to local products as they cook and entertain more at home.