UMKC Innovation Center partners with the university and the community to spark and sustain entrepreneurial efforts within our region and across the country.

KCSourceLink connects KC entrepreneurs to the right resource at the right time.

MOSourceLink connects Missouri entrepreneurs to the right resource at the right time.

Whiteboard2Boardroom connects entrepreneurs and businesses to technologies available for licensing.

Digital Sandbox KC provides early-stage proof-of-concept support for digital products.

Missouri Small Business & Technology Development Center provides technical assistance to startup and existing businesses.

ScaleUP! Kansas City helps businesses with revenues around $200K scale toward their first $1 million.

Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Centers helps local businesses obtain government contracts.

KCInvestED helps investors learn more about investing in KC startups.

SourceLink® helps communities nationwide build vibrant and vital entrepreneurial ecosystems.
UMKC Innovation Center

Growing Growers Kansas City

The Growing Growers program provides education to new and experienced growers through a farm apprenticeship program, an annual workshop series.


Founded in 2004, the Growing Growers program provides education to new and experienced growers through a farm apprenticeship program and an annual workshop series.

Growing Growers is a collaborative effort of K-State Research and ExtensionUniversity of Missouri ExtensionLincoln University Cooperative ExtensionCultivate KCThe Kansas City Food HubKC Healthy Kids and the Kansas Rural Center.

Farmer services include:

APPRENTICESHIPS:   Apprentices work on fruit & vegetable farms in the Kansas City region (including Lawrence, Kansas) to get first-hand, practical farming experience. They attend the workshops series during the production season and receive one-on-one mentorship with their host farmer. Apprenticeship positions can be paid or volunteer positions. First year apprentices receive a broad overview of farming practices.  Those who participate a second year gain more advanced farm management skills. 

WORKSHOPS:  The Growing Growers program offers workshops throughout the year that are open to the public.  The classes address skills required to run a local farm (see workshop page to view current series). The core workshops include introduction to soil management; production planning and plant propagation; post-harvest handling; small farm equipment and drip irrigation; insect, disease, and weed management; and farm business management.  Workshops are geared toward beginner farmers, but all the classes offer great information and skill development for more experienced farmers as well!  All classes are open to the public and class fees apply.   

GROWERS LISTSERV:  The Growing Growers program maintains a listserv for communication and information sharing.  Participants include area growers, restaurateurs, grocery stores, extension agents, and other parties interested in the local farming industry. Local grocers and restaurants post emails soliciting suppliers; people organizing educational activities send out notices about workshops, farm tours and conferences.  Anyone can sign up for the Listserv.  

WHOLESALE - In partnership with the Beginning Farmer Wholesale Program, several advanced workshops on growing, handling, and marketing produce for wholesale will be offered. Visit for more information.


Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting, Development and Review
  • Forming a Business
  • Market Plan Development

Economic and Site Development

  • Site Location Assistance

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Internship Program

Libraries and Research Organizations

  • Industry Specific Research/Expertise

Management Issues

  • Recruiting Assistance


  • Feasibility Studies


  • One-on-One Counseling
  • Peer Mentoring

Networking Organizations

  • Geographically Based
  • Industry Specific
  • Small Business/General

Operations and Logistics

  • Freight and Distribution
  • Health and Safety Training

Starting a Business

  • Startup Business Counseling


  • Business Management Training
  • Health and Safety Training
  • Marketing Plan Development and Training
  • Startup Classes
Primary ContactProgram Manager
Address35230 W 135th St.
Olathe, KS 66061
Phone(913) 856-2335