Monday, May 5, 2014

Weekly Events & Opportunities in Sustainable Farming & Foods

Farmyard Facts & Fun - Bloom & Grow in the Garden

Monday, May 5th. 4:00 pm. Youth in grades K-3 are invited to learn how the different aspects of agriculture impact our everyday lives. Youth will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on learning activities corresponding with each month's topic and be introduced to AG-ceptional books. Pre-registration by calling the GLW Extension Office is encouraged for each session so ample supplies are available. Location: Taylor Library, Contact: Jennifer Schoen,

Profitable High-Tunnel Management

May 6. Online. Adam Montri, owner/operator of Ten Hens Farm and Michigan State University Department of Horticulture Hoop-house Outreach Specialist, will present this one-hour webinar on high-tunnel management. Topics of focus will be identifying cost of production; fertility, disease and pest management; profitable crops and cultivars; successful rotations; pricing of product; and marketing strategies.

Putting the Snap in Peas

May 6. 12pm. 
This presentation is part of the "How to Breed New Plant Varieties: Imagining and Engineering Crops" series and describes the breeding of stringless snap peas. 
 Presented by Dr. Jim Myers, Oregon State University. 

Soil Building and Landscape Design Workshop

Friday, May 9, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Papillion. In this workshop you will learn the fundamentals of organic growing.  You will learn how the soil works, how to build your garden beds and edible landscape food forests, when/what/where to plant, how to design your landscape in urban, suburban and rural areas, how to create abundance from simple design principles. This workshop will cover: -Minerals and Microbes -Compost and Cover -Bed Preparation -Companions and Guilds -Overview of Design Principles.

Specialty Crop Grower Business Skills Workshop

Thursday, May 8. Scottsbluff. Workshop focuses on strengthening the specialty grower's business skills, GAP information and social media training. The workshop is open to anyone, but topics are geared toward specialty crops growers. Specialty crops are defined as "fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits and horticulture and nursery crops, including floriculture and Christmas trees."  To register, contact: Billene Nemec, 402-472-5273.  

Agroforestry Workshop and Tour

May 8. Centerville, Iowa. This workshop reviews agroforestry practices, their benefits and opportunities, with in-depth information on black walnuts, hazelnuts, chestnuts, and aronia berries. It includes a trip to a commercial black walnut farm. The event is sponsored by Trees Forever and Mid-American Agroforestry Working Group, National Agroforestry Center, Indian Hills Community College, and the Iowa Nut Growers Association.

Postharvest Handling and Food Safety

May 12. Kansas City, Kansas. This evening workshop is part of the Growing Growers series, which offers public workshops throughout the year on skills required to run a local farm.


One Row Potato Digger Needed

I'm looking for a used one row potato digger.  Much like this: If you have one that you aren't using or know of some one who might have one, please let me know. Thanks! Ellen Walsh-Rosmann, Pin Oak Place at Rosmann Family Farms,  712-579-1933

Certified Organic Corn for Sale

We have around 100 bushels of feed grain certified organic yellow corn for sale.  It would be available for feed in small amounts if desired or someone could buy the whole thing.  Price is $10 per bushel.  Test weight is 59.8 lb. and moisture is around 13.8%.  This is extra that did not go on a semi-load that we sold. Ke n Thiltges,  Bluff Valley Farm, Rulo.

Looking for a Brady or barge feed wagon

I am in the market for a Brady or barge feed wagon, or anything that can store bulk feed and be pulled w/ a ball & hitch.  Thank you for your time and consideration! Dan Hromas, Prairie Pride Poultry, 

Seeking Manure

The Clyde Malone Community Center, located in Lincoln, Nebraska is seeking a donation of livestock manure, preferably older than a year and fed non-GMO.  The Malone Center is an African-American Community Center that provides educational, cultural, and advocacy programs. The center hosts a Day-Care Program for low-income families in the community during the summer, and the children have voiced their desire to get dirty and learn in the garden!  We would like to fill one pick up truck bed full of manure for the garden project. We are willing to load and transport. The closer to Lincoln, the better.  You may reach me by e-mail: or by phone/text: (402)512-0066.  Thanks, Danny Martin

Cottonwood Needed

I'm a student at UNL doing a class project, working with the Student Organic Farm.  Our project is to build them a hugleculture that they can plant on this spring, and were needing a source for a downed cottonwood tree that we could take of someones hands.   Thank you for your time, 
  Kendra Nelson,

Solar Power for Habitat for Humanity Families

Nebraskans for Solar & Habitat for Humanity of Omaha are crowdfunding on Indiegogo to install solar hot water systems on five new or rehabilitated houses: If we reach our goal, five Omaha families will be able to reduce their monthly energy costs by harnessing power from the sun for the next 20 to 25 years! The money they save can be spent on food, healthcare, education, and other needs, benefiting their families and communities for a very long time.


National Value Added Agriculture Conference

May 13-15. Baltimore, Maryland. Held in conjunction with the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development's What Works Conference Series, the conference theme is "Enhancing Food Security and Rural Viability through Innovative Food System Practices and Opportunities." The event celebrates the 10th anniversary of the MarketMaker program, and it offers a unique opportunity to discuss timely subjects in rural development and food security.

Composting for poultry 

May 15th. 7:30pm. Whether large or small in size, poultry flocks can benefit from the use of composting as a tool to create a great soil amendment from a by-product of poultry keeping.  The discussion will cover the topics of composting litter, mortality, and butcher wastes, along with monitoring the process.  Proper compost pile building and pile diagnosis will also be discussed.

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