Group hopes new frame will get community excited about new barn

The frame for the new barn at Kill Creek Farm went up in less than a week thanks to the hard work of a handful of workers and volunteers. According to members of the new Barn at Kill Creek Farm Association, who will manage the barn as part of a 501(c)3 not for profit, a roof will be added to the structure as soon as the weather allows.

The frame for the new barn at Kill Creek Farm went up in less than a week thanks to the hard work of a handful of workers and volunteers. According to members of the new Barn at Kill Creek Farm Association, who will manage the barn as part of a 501(c)3 not for profit, a roof will be added to the structure as soon as the weather allows. by Laura Herring

A week ago there was just a concrete slab at Kill Creek Farm where a barn once stood. Now there's a complete frame just waiting on a roof and walls.

"It's amazing how fast [the frame] went up," said farm owner Darrel Zimmerman. "There's still a long way to go before it's finished but it'll happen."

The frame, which is constructed of oak timbers, will be topped with a roof when the weather allows.

"I think it's great that we've finally got the frame up and have things rolling," said Lori Murdock, President of the Barn at Kill Creek Farm Association, which owns the new barn. "Now that we've got construction going people can see that there really will be a new barn and that all donations are being used."

According to Murdock, the group has raised about a quarter of the total amount needed to finish the barn. In addition to accepting donations for the barn, they have been exploring loan and grant options. They are currently fine-tuning a business plan and will use that to apply for various programs and grants.

"Our business plan is almost set and once it is we can really start applying to all these opportunities we've discovered," said association treasurer Brent Lathrom. "We should start hearing back from decision boards by June or July of next year."

Members of the new barn association aren't the only ones getting excited about the changes on Kill Creek Road, Chairman of the Johnson County Commission Ed Eilert stopped by during Saturday's open house to see the progress.

"I'm so glad to see the plans working to bring back the barn," he said. "It was truly a community icon and I know it will continue to be. It's also a good reminder of the agricultural heritage of Johnson County and Kansas and I feel that's very important."

Donations to the barn fund can be made through the Kansas Rural Communities Foundation and more information on The Barn at Kill Creek Farm Association and their activities can be found on their Facebook page. More photos from the construction of the frame can be seen in this gallery.

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