Heirloom Garden
Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City volunteers partner with the Atkins-Johnson Farm and Museum and the City of Gladstone to plan, plant and maintain a 60’ x 60’ heritage garden of vegetables, herbs and flowers, all plants grown before 1900. In addition, the heritage garden includes raised beds for herbs, strawberries, asparagus and other perennials.  Produce from the gardens is donated to Saint Charles Food Pantry and Synergy Services. Master Gardeners also teach gardening classes at the annual Children’s Garden Day and the Big Shoal Country Fair.
Each season the museum donates hundreds of pounds of naturally grown fresh produce to local food banks and pantries in Gladstone and the Northland. The Museum and our volunteers feel strongly about connecting people with fresh locally grown produce. Museum visitors are also welcome to take home a fresh-picked item from the sample basket inside the museum store after a museum tour.
The garden is made possible entirely through volunteer effort. Do you have a love for gardening? Working in the garden is a great opportunity for anyone with a green thumb or who are eager to learn about organic gardening. The need is especially great in the spring and summer. Garden volunteers would work directly with the appointed master gardener in charge of the project. Contact us if you'd like to get involved!

Honey Bees

In March of 2014 two bee hives were moved to the property. The bees seem to really like the farm, and their honey production reflects that. The bees have fields of clover and wildflowers to enjoy. Further north on the property the museum’s heirloom garden is filled with melon patches, tomatoes plants, rows of flowers and other treats honey bees love. Honey is harvested twice a year in June and then again in August. The honey produced from August into the fall is enough for the bees to live on during the winter. Bees go back inside their hive and remain dormant throughout the cold winter months, eating their stored honey until spring. City staff and volunteers bottle and label the harvested honey for sale in our museum store. All proceeds from the sale of honey go to support the Atkins-Johnson Farm and Museum