When Clint Brauer left "The Hills" of southern California, he wanted a fresh start. He didn't know the true meaning of fresh would be defined in the role of raising local, organic produce on his grandmother's Kansas farmstead.
Last year, just south of Cheney, Brauer began growing lettuce, tomatoes and melons in on his family's clay soil. He says his grandmother, whose initials were "MG," lived a simple life and believed in doing things the right way. Brauer wanted to recognize her commitment to people and the land and named his operation MGHonor Farms.
This spring, he will plant 20 kinds of produce ranging from peppers and okra to chives and thyme on both the Cheney farm and his parents' traditional farm near Haven. He even has tomato plants growing in a greenhouse in Hutchinson. With seedlings and plants spread out among three locations, Brauer can take advantage of various soil types and growing methods to ensure a fresh product that his delivery customers and restaurant buyers will enjoy.
Kansas Farmer will keep up with Brauer throughout the spring and summer to give an inside look at what it takes to grow local produce. Check out the photos from our first visit to MGHonor Farms.