Atkins-Johnson creates farm to support museum projects

Eugene Suter, chairman of the Friends of the Atkins-Johnson Farm and Museum board, stands near the Big Shoal Farm.

The city of Gladstone and the Friends of the Atkins-Johnson Museum have partnered to create a new venture called Big Shoal Farm.

The farm has seven acres under cultivation on the south side of the Atkins-Johnson Farm and Museum property at 4109 NE Pleasant Valley Road.

Eugene Suter, chair of the Friends board of directors, leads the project.

The farm is growing sweet corn, sunflowers and pumpkins. Currently, sweet corn is picked every morning and sold from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday in the parking lots of the museum and Ace Hardware at 5945 NE Antioch Road.

Corn will be available until the end of July. Proceeds support the museum and other related projects. Big Shoal Farm is also planning special events for the harvest and the sale of sunflowers this summer and pumpkins this fall.

For more information, contact Suter at 550-6714.

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