THE WORKS: Karen and Richard Works say they deliberately have limited the growth of their farming operation to make time for service to the community and enjoying family time.
Remaining photos courtesy of the Works
THE MEADOW: When the Works built their new home in 2013, they chose a spot in the center of the farming operation but on much higher ground than the original farmhouse, which experienced flooding in 2007 and 2019. They named it the “Meadow House” in honor of this field of native wildflowers, which it overlooks.
THE FLOOD: Severe flooding in 2007 left the home at the farmstead where Richard’s mother lived inundated. They decided to build their new home 2 miles away on higher ground. The farmstead home has been renovated and sold to a nephew.
NOT AGAIN: Floods came again in 2019. Karen says there was enough warning that they were able to move the equipment normally stored at the homestead to higher ground. Their farm is bisected by the Neosho River.
ADAM’S FAMILY: The Works' oldest child, Adam, and his wife, Kayla Briggeman Works, have two children, Ethan, 4 and Eliza, 1. They live in Overland Park, where he is the vice president and project supervisor for Whitley and Associates.
HELPING GRANDPA: When it’s time to harvest wheat, it’s all hands on deck. Ethan even helped Grandpa Dick steer the combine.
FARMSTEAD AERIAL: This aerial view of the Works original farmstead shows the farmhouse at right, along with the sheds where trucks and machinery are stored.
VEGETABLE GARDENS: Three large, raised garden beds provide Master Gardener Karen with plenty of opportunity to grow vegetables. There is also an asparagus bed, flower beds, fruit trees, blackberries, flowering trees, ornamental grasses and bushes.
AERIAL OF MEADOW HOUSE: The Works built their first home in Humboldt in 1986 and had always planned to move into the house at the farmstead where Dick grew up. After the flooding of 2007, they changed their mind. When they were ready to build a new home in 2013, they chose a scenic central site about 2 miles from the farmstead on much higher ground.
MEADOW SUNSET: Karen says one of her favorite spots is the walk bridge over the stream that flows out of a pond they built in the meadow. She says she loves to feed the fish and watch the sun set over the water.
THE FAMILY: The Richard and Karen Works family includes Adam (holding Ethan), his wife, Kayla (holding Eliza), Richard, Karen, daughter Sarah (holding baby Charlotte) and her husband, Mark McIntire.
TIME TO FLY: A powered parachute is a favorite “toy” for Richard. He likes to fly over his fields and take photos from the air.
SPLASH OF COLOR: Colorful blooming plants in beds of ornamental grasses provide splashes of color amid the rock walls, fruit trees and vegetable gardens at the Meadow House.
SARAH’S FAMILY: Sarah and her husband Mark with baby Charlotte live in Houston, where Sarah is the associate director of procurement for the Houston Food Bank, the largest food bank in the Feeding America Network.