We generate interest from reporters, community members, and faraway readers interested in various aspects of the farm. Please review our friendly advice below on the best way to get in touch with us; keep the season in mind when soliciting replies.
We welcome email contacts, as they are less disruptive than phones and more efficient to manage. Feel free to email us at the following address:
We respond to most messages within a few days. We receive a lot of spam, so please use a subject line that will catch our attention. If you need an immediate response, phone is the best way to get our attention (see below), but it’s not ideal on our end.
By physical mail
We do not publicize our address online. This is intentional, as we do not accept unannounced visitors. If you need to know our physical address, please contact us by email first.
We have a single land-line for home and business; calls are accepted between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. seven days a week. This is an outdoor business and you will likely reach an answering machine. Note: we generally do not return calls from long-distance numbers, as that costs us money. If you have an out-of-town phone number, please use email instead, which we prefer anyway. 573-474-0989
We will consider working with professional media outlets depending on the nature of the request. We are more inclined to help with stories on general agriculture news & policy, and less interested in features on our farm in particular, as these have been done many times. Unique story pitches are still welcome.
We rarely collaborate with MU journalism students due to the volume of requests and lack of return value for our business. If you have an original proposal and feel you can match the quality of this collaboration, feel free to contact us; graduate students have a higher chance of success. Here are a few other ways to increase your chance of success: 1) Send us a link to a few examples of your work or an online portfolio. 2) Demonstrate that your motivation is deeper than jumping on the local-foods bandwagon. 3) Convince us that your project will benefit us. 4) Proofread your email before you send it. 5) Do all of the above succinctly.
You are welcome to arrange a paid visit in order to gather material, but do not expect us to donate valuable time and intellectual property to your last-minute class project. Phone messages like the following real transcript: “Hi, um, I’m a student from Mizzou journalism, and, um, I want to talk to you about farming and stuff. Please call me back by tonight as my deadline is tomorrow. My number is [long-distance phone number]” will be laughed at and deleted.