Monday, August 5, 2013

Sustainable Farming & Foods

Weekly Events & Opportunities

Nebraska Young Farmer Night

There will be a Young Farmer night at Big Muddy Urban Farm in Omaha on Thursday, August 8th, from 6 to 8 pm. We will meet at Maud Boutique, located at 521 N 33rd Street in Omaha, which is just around the corner from one of our farm plots! We will then take a walk around the neighborhood to see some of our plots that we grow on, and other community groups that we partner with, including the Gifford Park Community Garden, and the Gifford Park Neighborhood Market. We will regroup at Maud Boutique for a light potluck and conversation, so please bring a snack to share! Join us in discussion as we talk about urban agriculture, the many dimensions of growing in the city and having a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. For more information, you can check out the event on facebook at:

Sustainability Happy Hour

Join us for the upcoming Sustainability Happy Hour, as we take Benson (Omaha) by storm! On Saturday, August 10th, starting at 5pm at the Benson Brewery we will take a brief tour with their head brewer and discuss this new brewery's plans to work with local producers to create delicious micro-brews, seasonally. We will have a chance to order from their menu, which features a handful of local and sustainable food producers. Then, around 6:30pm, we will make our way just a few blocks down, to Krug Park, where we will learn about how they are working with local breweries and home brewers to bring you a wide variety of beers on tap. While at Krug Park, you also have the option to order food from Lot 2 Restaurant and Wine Bar, which is situated just next door. Lot 2's menu features many local farmers and producers! Please RSVP by August 9th, so we can give both establishments a head's up. For more information, check out our event on facebook,

Legal and Financial Clinic

Thursday, Aug 8. North Platte. Call the Farm Hotline at 800-464-0258 to sign up.

Crop Rotation on Diversified Farms - Webinar 

August 6. Participate in this training to learn about the many variables to consider when developing crop rotations on diversified operations. Emphasis will be placed on considerations for weed, pest, and nutrient management, based on examples and input for farmers.  Click here for more information.

Turning Your Land into a Sponge

August 8. 12:00pm Central. Cattle Production is the largest agricultural activity in Texas and in the Trinity River basin. Drought is a major challenge that faces ranchers and one that is too often unprepared for. Managing the vegetation on the land and setting an appropriate cattle stocking rate are the best ways to protect the productivity and sustainability of your ranch. Leaving sufficient amount of standing vegetation and litter on the land increases rainfall infiltration, which reduces runoff and erosion, allowing the land to store water that can be used later in the growing season or the next year.

Successful Microclimate Modification in Difficult Climates

August 5. Olathe, Kansas. This event is a Growing Growers Market Farming Workshop, part of a monthly series that focuses on practices and a scale of production suitable for a market farmer.
Soil Health Exposition

August 9-10. Columbia, Missouri. The USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the University of Missouri (MU) are hosting a free Soil Health Exposition. The two-day exposition will feature vendors, tours, demonstrations, and two nationally known leaders in the use of cover crops. MU professors and technicians from a soil health laboratory established by MU and NRCS will have a training session each day on how to sample fields for soil health and how to interpret the results. Admission to the exposition is free, but attendees are asked to preregister.

Republican River Riparian Management Workshop 

August 7th - 8th. Two-day workshop on Republican River to consider water use, forest inventory, invasives, etc. Contact, Dennis Adams, 402-472-5822,

Fall Gardening and Season Extension

Saturday, August 10th, 9:00AM - 12:00 PM. Learn how to extend your growing season and enjoy the benefits of garden-fresh greens, root crops, and other vegetables well into fall and even into winter! Register for Fall Gardening,


Cooler Freezer Opportunity

I have a friend in Omaha that owns the cooler/freezer combo described below and would like to pass the opportunity on to local farmers.  Many of you probably know him:  Jim Evans.  I have not seen this unit but have visited with him about it and feel it may be a good unit for someone. Walk-in Cooler Freezer Combo all in one. Cooler 8x12, Freezer 9x8. Copper lines in and out plus shelving with Heatcraft condenser. It came from Sizzler Steakhouse on 144th Street just north of Center in Omaha, Paid $3800. $3500 or best offer. Call Baron 402-676-7620.

Steers & Heifers for Sale

I have 3 steers and 4 heifers for sale. They're Dual Purpose Shorthorns mixed with Devon and some have a bit of Longhorn in them. They should average around 500lbs but they vary in shape and size so they could be anywhere from 300 to 600. All grass-fed, no hormones or antibiotics, they are very hardy, low input critters. I also have a bull yearling that I kept back as a backup for breeding this year. If someone would prefer a bull instead of a steer, let me know. I'd do $1.85/lb live weight for your choice or $1.70/lb if you take them all. If they don't sell here, I'll take them to the salebarn. The last time I did that, though, I got raked over the coals. That was a different situation then this but I still want to ensure I get the most money I can. I've heard that the larger salebarns up north, closer to the sandhills and cattle country, are a better place to take cattle that don't look like your typical blank angus. Has anyone experienced this or have insight on the subject? With as few as I have now, it's doubtful that it's justifiable to go too much out of my way but it'd be good to know either way, for future reference. Unless, I can find someone who has a load I can piggy back on.


Local cheesemakers keep lost art alive

Distilleries can make, bottle and sell their own scotch, but if they aren’t located in Scotland, they cannot call their distilled malt or grain Scotch whiskey. Similarly, you can make a creamy textured, mold-ripened soft cheese that resembles the Camembert made in northwest France, but calling it Camembert is considered bad form. Although there’s no law that governs naming cheese, “when you use your own milk from your own latitude, cheese etiquette dictates that you give the cheese its own name as opposed to taking the name from another dairy in another place,” says Charuth van Beuzekom-Loth of Shadow Brook Farm’s Dutch Girl Creamery.


Cover Crop, Organic Farm Tour 

August 17. Bruno. Interested in adding a cover crop to your crop rotation?  Reducing your cost on inputs?  Learn more about adding cover crops into your cropping system. Find out what cover crops grow in eastern Nebraska.  When to plant them and find out how they are used for weed management, increase soil moisture and fertility and extend livestock feed reducing your need to buy hay.  University of Nebraska (UNL) on-farm research projects: use of a roller crimper and weed flamer to manage weeds and a three year Nutrient Management Study that evaluated his system of green manure/cover crop and animal manure use. Families are welcomed; the meal is free.  Call Wendy @ 402- 584-3837 to reserve your meal.
Flame Weeding - Workshop

August 21. University of Nebraska. Concord. Propane fueled Flame Weeding is an acceptable method of weed (pest) control in organic farming, which is also gaining interest among conventional producers due to increase in weed resistance and costs of GMO crop seeds.   We will present results from the 6-years of research conducted by the Teams of Dr. Stevan Knezevic (Weed Science) and Dr. George Gogos (Mechanical Engineering). This work is also documented in about 20 scientific publications, 100 abstracts presented at many Regional, National and International meetings, and a patent for flaming equipment.

America's Grasslands: The Future of Grasslands in a Changing Landscape

August 12-14. Manhattan, Kansas. National Wildlife Federation and Kansas State University are sponsoring a conference that will bring together researchers, natural resource professionals, farmers and ranchers, policy experts, and conservationists to discuss the conservation of North America's grasslands and the opportunities and outlook for these vital ecosystems in a changing landscape. The conference begins with a day of optional field trips to Kansas grasslands.

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