In 2015, the Johnson County Board of Supervisors asked the community to submit proposals for food-related projects that could potentially take place at the Historic Poor Farm. Leaders from the local food system joined forces to piece together the vision for Grow: Johnson County and present it to the county. The Board of Supervisors expressed unanimous support for the project and offered Grow: Johnson County a five-year lease on two acres of land, to start. The county generously offered some seed money as well as access to water to ensure that Grow would get off the ground running. Much of 2015 was spent securing additional funds, building partnerships, and investing in the soil quality of the original two-acre allotment.