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Urban farms and mushroom hunting in Kansas City

Urban farms can take blighted vacant lots and turn them into green space that provides food for neighborhoods, but in Kansas City and the Midwest, they struggle to get that land from private owners and city land banks. Plus: For one local forager, fall weather is the best time for hunting mushrooms.

Urban farms on vacant lots would seem like a win-win-win for the farmers and the city: Urban farmers can bring more food security to their neighborhoods, the vacant lots are taken care, and the city gets more greenspace. But as Harvest Public Media’s Eva Tesfaye reports, urban farmers in the Midwest often struggle to acquire that land.

North America is home to more than 10,000 varieties of mushrooms. More than 2,000 types are found in Missouri, where morels popping up in the springtime marks the beginning of the mushroom season. But in the fall a variety of wild, edible mushrooms start to appear beginning in late September. KCUR’s Julie Denesha takes us on a hunt to find them.

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