On The Farm

How life on the farm makes big changes in our growing youth

A place to breathe.

Just 25 minutes from downtown, our scenic 10 acre farm serves as the canvas for the youth to learn a variety of skills, earn a paycheck, produce an abundance of food for the KC community and just as importantly a place where the youth find a home away from home. In this haven away from the stresses of every day life, our boys gain the skills to produce their own healthy food, and the confident business skills necessary to produce a one-of-a-kind culinary class product to leave their legacy on the BoysGrow farm.

A place to breathe.

Just 25 minutes from downtown, our scenic 10 acre farm serves as the canvas for the youth to learn a variety of skills, earn a paycheck, produce an abundance of food for the KC community and just as importantly a place where the youth find a home away from home. In this haven away from the stresses of every day life, our boys gain the skills to produce their own healthy food, and the confident business skills necessary to produce a one-of-a-kind culinary class product to leave their legacy on the BoysGrow farm.

“I’m a city kid,” Cesar says. “I love the city, the skyline. I never imagined being on a farm far away from the city. But I have four brothers and sisters. It’s always loud in my house. Here, it’s peaceful.” – Kansas City Pitch
“I’m a city kid,” Cesar says. “I love the city, the skyline. I never imagined being on a farm far away from the city. But I have four brothers and sisters. It’s always loud in my house. Here, it’s peaceful.” – Kansas City Pitch

We grow pride and produce.

Our boys contribute approximately 20,000 lbs of fresh organic produce through restaurants, grocery stores, contract growing and over 1,000 lbs towards local food banks and shelters. We are diligent farmers who believe in providing the highest quality food for our clients, city, and ourselves.

Growing Pride & Produce.

Our boys contribute approximately 20,000 lbs of fresh organic produce through restaurants, grocery stores, contract growing and over 1,000 lbs towards local food banks and shelters. We are diligent farmers who believe in providing the highest quality food for our clients, city, and ourselves.

Learning Stewardship.

We believe in treating our land as community instead of commodity. Becoming stewards of our farm is learned everyday through farming techniques and practices. The BoysGrow Handbook teaches our youth the basics of this stewardship.

Learning Stewardship.

We believe in treating our land as community instead of commodity. Becoming stewards of our farm is learned everyday through farming techniques and practices. The BoysGrow Handbook teaches our youth the basics of this stewardship.

 

A culinary collaboration.

Every year the youth have the difficult task of developing the recipe that will eventually be their Class Product and end up on shelves in Kansas City. They develop the necessary teamwork to work in a kitchen, learn how to give and receive direction, the confidence to make decisions and a fast paced work ethic that is necessary in this field. They work and learn from a variety of famous chefs in the community such as Howard Hannah, Ted Habinger & Lidia Bastianich.


Culinary Collaboration.

Every year the youth have the difficult task of developing the recipe that will eventually be their Class Product. They develop the necessary teamwork to work in a kitchen, learn how to give and receive direction, the confidence to make decisions in the kitchen and a fast paced work ethic that is necessary in this field. They work and learn from a variety of famous chefs in the community such as Howard Hannah, Ted Habinger & Lidia Bastianich.

Our very own creations.

2016 Jalapeño Honey Mustard

The ‘16 Class has spiced things up with mustard that is the essence of “sweet heat.”  We used honey and agave as the sweeteners and fresh jalapeno for a kick.  2015 Tzatztki Salad Dressing. Our take on the traditional Greek Sauce is a delicious topping for a salad or dipping sauce for veggies.  It has flavors of fresh cucumber, dill, lemon and garlic.

2015 Tzatziki Salad Dressing

The 2015 Class has created a unique concept for a fresh and delicious salad dressing. Taken from the Greek dressing, this shelf-stable product is delicious with salads or as a topping for a variety of dishes.

2014 Avocado Hot Sauce

This product is on the milder side as far as hot sauces go but offers a lot more flavor than traditional Louisiana or Mexican style sauces. With a smooth hint of avocado, lime, a traditional vinegar base and jalapeños for the heat, our 2014 product has been a great seller and great on eggs.

2013 BBQ Sauce

We are very proud of our unique style of sauce. Being in KC we are in a crowded BBQ market but our sauce is unique and tasty. The 2013 class stayed true to our health driven product line and blended a KC style {sugar and tomato} with a Carolina style sauce {vinegar}. With not just sugar but agave and honey as the sweeter and more vinegar than other sauces it compliments the meat without being too gummy sweet or tangy with vinegar, just a good sauce

2012 Agave Ketchup

Our 2012 Boys created a new ketchup with a “similar to Heinz” taste only with no High Fructose Corn Syrup. They wanted it to be unique and healthy but still be ketchup. With real tomatoes and tomato seeds in the jar it is obviously a fresher version of what customers are use to.

2011 Salsa Orgullo

Our 1st product is still our best seller. Orgullo means "pride" in spanish, and this product is one we are very proud of. Our youth wanted to go after the texture and freshness of a Pico de Gallo Salsa, so the customer will find a truly chunky salsa with evidence of onion, tomatoes and cilantro. 

2013 BBQ Sauce

We are very proud of our unique style of sauce. Being in KC we are in a crowded BBQ market but our sauce is unique and tasty. The 2013 class stayed true to our health driven product line and blended a KC style {sugar and tomato} with a Carolina style sauce {vinegar}. With not just sugar but agave and honey as the sweeter and more vinegar than other sauces it compliments the meat without being too gummy sweet or tangy with vinegar, just a good sauce

Our very own creations.

“I really love BoysGrow because it brings kids from the city and puts them in touch with the earth. If children think you get chicken in plastic wrap, well, we’ve lost a lot along the way. And doesn’t stop there. It turns them into entrepreneurs. They have an almost 360-degree view of growing, picking and selling food to the public.”
Lidia Bastianich, Emmy award-winning television host, best-selling cookbook author, and restaurateur

“I really love Boys Grow because it brings kids from the city and puts them in touch with the earth. If children think you get chicken in plastic wrap, well, we’ve lost a lot along the way. And doesn’t stop there. It turns them into entrepreneurs. They have an almost 360-degree view of growing, picking and selling food to the public.”
Lidia Bastianich, Emmy award-winning television host, best-selling cookbook author, and restaurateur

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