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Created in 2020, the Big Shoal Farm produces sweet corn, sunflowers and pumpkins for sale to the public.  The Big Shoal Farm is a joint effort between the City of Gladstone and the Friends of the Atkins-Johnson Farm and Museum. The farm is 7 acres in size and is located adjacent to the Big Shoal Cemetery on Old Pleasant Valley Road (64th St.). The farm uses modern farming techniques and crops. These practices provide insight

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into how crops are raised using fewer inputs, help control erosion and tell the story about how new crop products protect themselves from insects and diseases.

The crops are produced and sold with the help of volunteers and hired labor from local 4H clubs and other school groups.


Sweet Corn is harvested and sold from early July into early August. Sweet corn can be purchased Monday through Saturday at the sales stand at the museum and other locations in the city.


Sunflowers are available in August. Sunflowers are available on Saturdays at the farm location on 64th Street. Customers can walk the field and cut their own sunflowers.


Pumpkins are available in mid-September through late October and can be purchased on Saturdays at the farm. Customers can walk the field and select their own pumpkins.

There is no charge for admission into the fields for sunflowers or pumpkins. Pictures in the fields are welcomed and encouraged!

Special orders for sunflowers and pumpkins are available by contacting the Atkins-Johnson Farm and Museum.  Individual  photos sessions are available as well with reservations.

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The farm also provides programing for school children and adults. Programs can be scheduled by contacting the Friends of the Atkins-Johnson Farm and Museum or Museum Director Marye Newman. To find out more or book a trip to the Big Shoal Farm today, call (816)423-4107 or email

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