This is a milestone year at Jako Farm. We are celebrating 100 years of the King Family caring for this land. Ken and Judy have been stewards of this land for 45 years and Daniel and I took over management 7 years ago.
As we went into this winter we knew it would be a time for reflection and change – a time to look at where we’ve been, where we’re at now, and what’s next.
Where We’ve Been
The Jako Farm store in 2005.
When my husband, Daniel, decided to come back to the farm after college, Ken and Daniel opened the farm store. For the last 17 years, we’ve had several thousand people walk into our farm store seeking farm-raised food. Many of them never return, but those who prioritize food quality and a connection with their farm stick around. What we’ve realized is that our farm is about so much more than food.
It’s about connection.
It’s about a relationship with our Creator.
It’s about health.
It’s about taking some time to de-stress from life.
It’s about respect for the earth, the animals, human life, and our communities.
It’s so much more than food.
Where We Are
The last two years have been tumultuous. For better or for worse, they have also exposed what we already knew was true: our “food” system is fragile.
We’ve had to face the reality that we cannot be everyone’s farm. Demand for our products has grown rapidly, especially the dairy, and we cannot meet all of the demands. The status quo answer would be to buy in more cows, buy more land, and hire more farmers as soon as possible. But we’re not the status quo. That doesn’t reflect our values. We’re doing our best to increase production, but when you’re producing quality food with integrity, those things do not happen overnight.
Where We’re Going
We have spent the last two years mulling over how we continue to provide food for those who prioritize it the most, while also maintaining our value being a welcoming place of connection.
Our answer is launching a new membership program.
Any Jako Farm member can continue shopping at the farm as usual, but there will be perks for those who commit to higher tier membership. Bronze level members may be without some of their favorite Jako products, especially in winter months.
One Final Change
Every other Tuesday for over 15 years we’ve offered a delivery service to two locations in Wichita. April 19th will be our final delivery. We are grateful to the many customers who utilized this service and hope to see many of them in the farm store. As a business, we are shifting to focusing on raising food and providing opportunities for our customers to connect and learn at our farm.
What are your questions?
We know you will have questions, so please reach out. You are a valued member of this farm and we want to hear your feedback! Is there something you would like to see on membership? Now is your time to ask and dream with us.
Fresh Milk is Here!
We now have fresh milk in the store! As more cows give birth, we will continue to have a larger supply. Fresh cream will be available soon!
I’ll leave you with this quote from my favorite farmer and author, Wendell Berry. As we make these changes, our hope is that we are doing what’s best for the world.
“We have lived our lives by the assumption that what was good for us would be good for the world. We have been wrong. We must change our lives so that it will be possible to live by the contrary assumption, that what is good for the world will be good for us. And that requires that we make the effort to know the world and learn what is good for it.”
― Wendell Berry