Love for the land, our families, our friends and our food – that’s what fuels our CommonGround community. Scroll down to learn where our volunteers are located, or Contact Us to get involved.
Our Farm: corn, grain sorghum, soybeans, wheat
My Work: farmer, wife, mom, high school English and media teacher
My Hobbies: photography, videography, digital design, blogging, traveling and attending high school and Kansas State sporting events
Ask Me About: dryland and no-till farming practices, conservation and GMO foods
About Me: I’m originally from New Mexico, and worked in television news prior to becoming a teacher and marrying a farmer. I utilize my blog and Facebook page to share stories about life on our farm while providing photos and videos. I’m passionate about educating individuals – whether it’s in my classroom at school or in the middle of a wheat field.
Facebook: Alive and Well in Kansas
Blog: Alive and Well in Kansas
YouTube: Kim Ray-Baldwin
Our Farm: beef cattle, chickens, produce
My Work: farmer, wife, extension program specialist
My Hobbies: running, overall fitness, rodeo
Ask Me About: sustainability and conservation, animal nutrition, welfare and antibiotics
About Me: My husband and I met at Kansas State University. We had a lot in common because we were both animal science majors. In my free time, I enjoy training horses for rodeo competitions. I also love dogs and currently have four dogs in the Barkman Bunch: Charlie, Rex, Ruger and, most recently, Gunner, a malnourished stray we adopted.
Our Farm: alfalfa, chickens
My Work: farmer, wife, mom
My Hobbies: sewing, home-improvement projects, exercising, reading, blogging
Ask Me About: food safety
About Me: I have a passion for leadership and economic development, especially when it pertains to rural people and places. I enjoy rural life, and my husband and I have big plans to grow our little farm in the future. Farming has a great story to tell, and I love talking about my favorite farmers — my husband, my father and my father-in-law.
Website: Potted Goose
Our Farm: beef cattle
My Work: farmer, wife, mom, graduate student
My Hobbies: team roping, ranch horse competition, outdoor activities
Ask Me About: food safety and food policy
About Me: I am very passionate about my family. No matter how big or small, family is what shapes who you become and your influence on society. When I am not with my family working on the farm or doing my graduate work, I am a coalition coordinator for a non-profit group that focuses on obesity awareness and tobacco cessation.
Clay Center, Kansas
Our Farm: alfalfa, beef cattle, sorghum, soybeans, wheat
My Work: farmer, wife, mom
My Hobbies: baking, cooking, singing, travel, movies, reading, overall fitness, sporting activities
Ask Me About: animal nutrition and welfare, antibiotics, food safety
About Me: I grew up on a hog farm in central Indiana, graduated from Purdue University with a degree in food science and spent a couple of years working in the meat industry as a quality-assurance inspector and supervisor. Once I left the farm, I realized how much I missed it and wanted to return. I then met my husband, a Kansas farmer, who brought me back to a farm. I’ve embraced living in the Central Plains and wouldn’t want it any other way.
Website: Frontier Farmwife
Facebook: Frontier Farmwife
Our Farm: dairy cattle
My Work: farmer, wife, mom
My Hobbies: baking, cooking, reading
Ask Me About: local and organic foods
About Me: Our family raises 150 dairy cows west of Junction City, Kansas. We bottle and sell the milk to more than 90 grocery stores across the state in addition to our on-site retail store. We host events and farm tours that allow consumers to see how their milk goes from the farm to the bottle and then to their local grocery store. Once we began selling our product directly to consumers, we instantly became educators. I receive e-mails daily from customers wanting information about how their food is produced and processed. We welcome the discussion and enjoy sharing what we do.
Website: Hildebrand Farms Dairy
Facebook: Hildebrand Farms Dairy
Our Farm: beef cattle, corn, grain sorghum, soybeans, wheat
My Work: farmer, wife, mom, TV host and director of career services at a local college
My Hobbies: running, reading, photography, gardening, riding horses, Kansas State University basketball and football games, traveling and spending time with family and friends
Ask Me About: conserving land and natural resources
About Me: While I am a Kansas native, I was a foreigner to agriculture until after I graduated college and began dating a local farmer and my future husband. I moved to the farm in 2010 after we married, and, since then, my love of farming has grown. I love sharing the story of agriculture and how our family works to create safe and affordable food for people around the world. I hope to share our story and others through CommonGround.
Website: Sawyer Land and Cattle
Facebook: Katie Stockstill Sawyer
Pinterest: Katie Stockstill Sawyer
Our Farm: brome and grass hays, beef cattle, corn, soybeans
My Work: farmer, wife, mom, consultant
My Hobbies: reading, cooking, landscaping and gardening, volunteering and spending time with family and friends
Ask Me About: GMO foods, succession and estate planning and the finances of farming
About Me: As a farm wife, soccer mom (literally), daughter, sister, aunt, friend, taxi driver, consultant, volunteer, cook and bottle washer – life goes at a fast pace. I work hard to grow my kids, grow my crops and grow for tomorrow. I enjoy sharing with others about how we live on our family farm.
Facebook: Growing for Tomorrow
Blog: Growing for Tomorrow