Challenges are Many But Rewards Keep This Farmer Going
Farmer Profile by Jean Stramel
What does one do when retiring from a fruitful career and needs something to do? Plant eighteen acres of grapes, of course! Add ducks and sheep, build a hoop house, and proceed!
It was not that simple, of course, but after considering other enterprises, Jo Ann Kuhlmann began to develop her Eagle Creek Vineyard near Olpe, Kansas, in 2004. She planted one acre of grapes, which is now up to eighteen.
Herbicide drift damage is among some of the challenges Jo Ann faces and it has cost her much in increased labor.
This work is part of KRC's "Community Food Solutions for a Healthier Kansas" initiative that aims to advance seven key public policy solutions to better incorporate Kansas farms into the supply chain thereby potentially improving Kansas's economy, community, environment, and health status. For more information about this initiative visit kansasruralcenter.org/cfs.