DELEGATE SPOTLIGHT: DONNA PEARSON McCLISH
National Farmers Union’s 117th Anniversary Convention is rapidly approaching and we wanted to highlight this year’s Kansas Farmers Uniondelegates. First up is Donna Pearson McClish, the founder and director of Common Ground Producers and Growers, Inc., a non-profit organization which is involved in urban farming and operating an innovative mobile farmer’s market.
Donna became involved with KFU first as a convention speaker, then a farm tour host, and most recently as a member of the 2018 NFU Fly-In. She brings a breadth of experience, a fresh perspective, and a lively energy to her advocacy for Kansas farmers.
2016 Convention: https://bit.ly/2UuvNKb
2017 Farm Tour: https://bit.ly/2RX5dMV
2018 NFU Fly-In: https://bit.ly/2RuFiqA
In 1968, on their 40-acre urban farm in Wichita, Kansas, Donna’s parents began this process of feeding the community by providing community gardens to anyone wanting to plant, grow, and harvest their own food. Their dream has evolved into Common Ground Producers and Growers, Inc. which serves the food desert areas in and surrounding Wichita, Kansas. Donna is also a member of the Kansas Black Farmers Association. As the founder and director of Common Ground Producers and Growers, Inc. it has been the company’s privilege to collaborate with the Sedgwick County Department of Aging to serve senior citizens of Wichita and surrounding communities by providing fresh produce that is delivered to their doors. The mobile market began in 2014 and has increased the number of senior centers each year.