Monday, June 30, 2014

Weekly Events & Opportunities in Sustainable Farming & Foods

Nebraska Young Farmer Night @ Prairie Plate!

Prairie Plate Restaurant and the co-located Lakehouse Farm are hosting a Nebraska Young Farmer Night Monday, 30 June, from 6:00-8:00pm. Join us for a potluck dinner, as well as farm and restaurant/kitchen tour. Bring a dish to share and a chair. We plan on dining lakeside, but if weather doesn't cooperate we will move into the restaurant. Gather and restaurant tour at 6 followed by the pot-luck. Farm tour at about 7. Lakehouse Farm is a certified organic diversified produce farm. We predominantly use a soil block transplant system and season extension with two high tunnels. Prairie Plate Restaurant is a farm-to-table restaurant on the farm. The menu is inspired by the area's farmers and artisan food producers and changes weekly. Details and to rsvp,

Peppers are the Most Important Part of Salsa

Monday, June 30 at 12:00 pm. This presentation is part of the "How to Breed New Plant Varieties: Imagining and Engineering Crops" series and describes the breeding of peppers. Presented by Dr. Kevin Crosby, Texas A&M.

Webinar: Soil Respiration and Nutrient Cycling

Tuesday, July 1. Webinar: Soil Respiration and Nutrient Cycling, one of a six-part webinar series on Soil Health. See more information.  Contact Charles Shapiro at 402 584 3803 for information on cost-share scholarships available for qualified Nebraska farmers.


Helper/Apprentice Sought

My awesome apprentice Jenn has given me notice that she intends to flee our fair state for the ski slopes and sugar maple forests of Vermont in a few short weeks.  Accordingly, I will have an opening for a part time helper in the near future. General veg and herb production, harvesting and prepping produce for a CSA and for restaurant accounts. Special opportunity to gain experience growing greens in a shade house, and - as far as I know - the only place in Nebraska where this person can get experience in commercial herb production and organic greenhouse production. 20 minutes southwest of Lincoln. Please email simple resume and contact information to:

Ducks for Sale

I have 6 khaki campbell hens that are about a year old that are laying consistently and 6 welsh harlequin hens and 1 drake from this year's hatch.  $12 ea, 4 or more $10 ea.  I will be coming to Lincoln Friday late afternoon and could bring them with me. Thanks, Robert.

Poultry Range Feeders and Transport Cages Needed

I'm looking to buy range feeders for my flock, and am also in the market for stackable transport cages so that I can have the ability to take them to a processor. Dan Hromas, 402-217-2797

Farm Help Needed

We are looking for part-time or occasional help on our organic farm near Omaha. Mowing weeds and general maintenance that requires some muscle. Also someone to help with vegetable planting, weeding, harvest. Experience preferred. We are located at the east edge of Papillion. Meristem Farm and Nursery, LLC. Tom Lundahl (402) 306-4500. Lucena Morse (402) 297-2324.,

Heritage Chickens

I am looking for heritage chicken producers in Nebraska that might be willing to sell me live birds that I can butcher myself.  I am looking to buy young heritage birds but would be most interested in buying a mix of young and old birds. I live in Kearney and am either looking to process in Grand Island or near North Platte so if I can find a farmer in central Nebraska that would be optimal. Jed,


Farm Planning, Marketing and Management Online

July 7. Online. This online course from the University of Massachusetts is designed for students who foresee starting a farming operation in the future or who currently own/manage/work on one. The complexity of whole farm planning is covered in the course through agricultural business planning, organizational design, decision making, leadership and management (employees, systems and record keeping).

Managing for Soil Health when Raising Potatoes

July 8. Online. This free webinar is part of the Soil Health Webinar Series presented by NRCS. It will present a farmer's perspective on managing soil health. Colorado farmer Brendon Rockey will discuss how using a systems approach has improved soil health and biological activity of his soils. Raising 30 varieties of potatoes, his farming system includes the use of green manures, multi-species cover crops, and compost balanced with inorganic materials. This webinar will provide participants an opportunity to hear how soil health can be improved and soil functions enhanced even when raising crops that require a lot of soil disturbance for harvest.

Grain Place Tour

July 12. 8 a.m. Marquette. This seminar is for anyone interested in organic farming, the organic food industry, and sustainable agriculture in general. Participants are guided by  farm manager Mike Herman on a tour of the farm, learning and sharing ideas about various organic growing practices. Grain Place Foods President Dave Vetter leads the tour through the plant, showing how all the various certified organic grains and seeds are processed and packaged.

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