The Barn at Kill Creek Farm Association
is a not-for-profit corporation created to continue the mission and community service started by Darrell Zimmerman and the Zimmerman family. Zimmermanâ€™s Kill Creek Farm, began offering services to the community in 1994 with its Harvest Festival, at which pumpkins grown in the Kansas River floodplains were sold. Over the years the farm expanded to provide educational tours and hosting community events for De Soto and the surrounding communities. The Farm is located close to the intersection of K-10 highway and Kill Creek road on the east side of De Soto, KS.
In 1999 a historic pegged barn was removed from a family farmstead in Gardner, Kansas and rebuilt on the current site of the Kill Creek Farm. The barn quickly became a symbol for the community and created a place for local schools, organizations and families to learn about agriculture and attend local events. The Barn became the centerpiece of the farm and for the community at large over its 9 year history. The Barn hosted community festivals, BBQ competitions, Chamber events, a weekly farmers market, and Annual Christmas celebration and dozens of birthdays, graduation parties, and weddings.
Tragedy stuck on May 12, 2010 when the Barn was destroyed by tornadic winds. The community has come together to rebuild the Barn and restore what was, and can again be, a great community asset and landmark. In the fall of 2011, a group of citizens created The Barn at Kill Creek Farm Association, a Kansas not-for-profit corporation to construct, maintain and operate a new barn to be erected on the site. The mission of this organization is to continue to Zimmerman familyâ€™s original mission of promoting the agriculture history in Johnson County, Kansas by providing a venue for education, agritourism and social events.