Monday, June 9, 2014

Weekly Events & Opportunities in Sustainable Agriculture

Young Farmer Night w/ Prairie Pride Poultry

Join Prairie Pride Poultry Tuesday evening, June 10th, to share in a potluck dinner on the farm and to discuss the importance of locally sourced food and what it means to the community. Get a chance to meet the flock and talk with Dan Hromas about how he got started. We'll begin at 6pm with a potluck, so please bring a food dish to share! Details and to rsvp,

RESCHEDULED Young Farmer Night @ Big Muddy Urban Farm

June 12th. NYFN at Big Muddy will start as a potluck-style meal, hosted at our farm plot on 33rd and California Street. We will then do a walking tour between our other farm plots in the Gifford Park Neighborhood! Bring a dish to pass, and some walking shoes, and get ready to visit the farm! We'll also have on hand representatives from the National Young Farmers Coalition as we kickoff a Nebraska Chapter of the coalition. At 6pm we'll begin with a potluck so please bring a food dish to share. Details and to rsvp,

Sustainability Happy Hour

Saturday June 14th at 1:30pm we will hold our first Sustainability Happy Hour of 2014 at Blue Blood Brewing Company.  Blue Blood is located at 500 West South Street in Lincoln.  Blue Blood Brewing Company was founded on the premise of a great friendship and love of great beer. Its founders work hard, and that hard work is translated into the beer that they brew. Although the road to the Brewery opening had some detours, this Lincoln, Nebraska Brewery has proudly been producing beers since December 2011.  Founding brewer Brian will give us a tour at 2:00pm.  So we have a head count please rsvp to  The Sustainability Happy Hours are open to all, and are family friendly. We'll also hear from Monk Bob of Modern Monks brewing who partners with Blue Blood and their canning facility. Look for an event page on the NSAS Facebook page soon!

Lighting for small and backyard layer flocks

Monday, June 9 at 5:00 pm. To keep hens laying through the winter, light control is essential. Dr. Michael Darre of the University of Connecticut will be discussing on the role of light and how to manage it in small and backyard layer flocks.

Making Appealing Apples

Tuesday, June 10 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 apples. Dr. Kate Evans from Washington State University will present a webinar on the breeding of apples describing apple breeding techniques new and old and also current practice in her program at WSU.

Webinar: Introduction to Soil Health and the Soil Food Web featuring Elaine Ingham of Rodale

Tuesday, June 10. 7pm. See See for more information.  Contact Charles Shapiro at 402 584 3803 for information on cost-share scholarships available for qualified Nebraska farmers.

Sea Grant Fisheries Extension Network Webinar Series, No 3: The Sea Grant Network Responds to Tourism Opportunities in Fishing and Aquaculture

Tuesday, June 10 at 12:00 pm. Tourism can provide financial return for those in commercial fishing and aquaculture, and can also play a role in connecting seafood consumers with seafood producers.  The result can be an economic engine that also pays benefits in educating our citizens about the many important issues in seafood production, processing, transport and marketing.  The Sea Grant network of seafood extension professionals has been engaged in this issue for many years, with programs tailored to the local assets, constraints and needs.  This webinar will highlight some of these activities from around the network, and will serve to connect extension agents and others together, so that we can learn from one another and facilitate connections for future collaborations.

Managing for Soil Health in the Piedmont Area of the Southeast – A Farmer’s Perspective

June 10. Online. This webinar is part of an ongoing series of soil health webinars presented by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Curtis Furr, a farmer and Soil and Water Conservation District supervisor in Stanly County, North Carolina, has been battling the impacts of "tillage addiction" for the past 20 years. Curtis has experimented with different seeding methods, including aerial, broadcast, and drilling, along with the use of a culti-packer in the spring to roll the cover crop down as he's spraying. In this webinar, Curtis will share these experiences along with challenges he's overcome when planting corn and cotton into cover crop mixes with over five tons of biomass.

Green Cover Field Day

The first meeting is being sponsored and hosted by Scott Gonnerman at his farm near Waco, NE (6 miles North, 1 mile East of Waco, NE) on June 11th from 9am-4:30pm. More information can be found here, 

Landowner Habitat Tour

Wednesday, June 11. Alexandria. Bobwhite Quail habitat needs workshop & habitat management. See or call 308-850-8395

Nebraska Chapter Soil & Water Conservation Society (SWCS) Annual Meeting

June 12 – 14. Gothenburg. See for more info.

Legal and Financial Clinic

Thursday, June 12. North Platte. Call the Farm Hotline at 800-464-0258 to sign up.

Pollinator Habitat Workshop

June 13. Lecompton, Kansas. If you are interested in pollinator habitat and conservation in a rural setting, please plan to attend the Kansas Rural Center's Pollinator Habitat Workshop. Jennifer Hopwood, Midwest Pollinator Conservation Specialist from The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, will lead the program. The afternoon portion of the workshop will include a tour of pollinator habitat plots installed by Jim Weaver, Douglas County Conservation District, on his property in northwestern Douglas County. The workshop is free and open to the public.

Legal and Financial Clinic

Friday, June 13. Fairbury. Call the Farm Hotline at 800-464-0258 to sign up.


NSAS Elections

It is election time! Please follow this link to a survey with candidates for the NSAS Board of Directors. With each candidate there is a short bio. NSAS Members please vote for the one candidate you feel would best serve NSAS, its members and supporters and sustainable agriculture as a whole.   Voting will close on June 13th. 


Gothic Style High Tunnel, 20’ X 11’ -5/8 X 48’, erected in 2008 on leased land located at 4000 W ”F” Street in Lincoln, NE.  Perfect for market farmer interested in extending the growing season to increase production. Price and terms negotiable; special consideration given to “Beginning Farmers.” Jim Caruso, Caruso-Rozzano Farms, 402.429.1141

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,


Dry Bean Breeding isn't a Dry Topic

Tuesday, June 17 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 dry beans. Presented by Dr. James Kelly, Michigan State University.

Holistic Biological Monitoring: Boots on the Ground:

June 20. 1-day workshop, 8:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m. Location : To be determined.  All workshop fees include lunch and refreshments. For further information about the workshops contact Bob Shields at 308-379-1361 or

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