Monday, July 14, 2014

Weekly Events & Opportunities in Sustainable Farming & Foods

Young Farmer Night@ Darlin Reds

Monday, July 14th. Join us at The Darlin' Reds "satellite farm."  You'll be able to see our huge cold frame, and our summer and fall plots. Darlin' Reds' headquarters is housed at Branched Oak Farm, but this Young Farmers Night will introduce you to our second growing area.  Hope to see ya soon. Please bring a dish to share, and feel free to bring a beverage as well. Details and to rsvp,

Young Farmer Night w/Nebraska Hop Growers Association

July 17th. Omaha. Join the Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society as we take our Nebraska Young Farmer Nights to Upstream Brewing Company in the Old Market! We'll get a tour of the brewery and hear from head brewer Dallas about their passion in sourcing local ingredients and working with area farmers to create fantastic & unqiue livations. We'll also have farmers with the Nebraska Hop Growers Association on hand to talk about how they are changing the landscape of craft beer and local farms one hopyard at a time.

Urban Homesteading Workshop :: Soil Health and Compost

July 15th. 5:30pm. Omaha. Details,

Targeted Grazing Online Workshop: Choosing the Animal

July 17. Online. The Targeted Grazing Committee of the Society for Range Management offers an opportunity to learn the principles of targeted grazing to manage landscape in webinars held the third Thursday of each month in 2014. Online presentations and discussion will be led by the experts in the topic of targeted grazing. This session is led by Dr. Karen Launchbaugh, University of Idaho.

Legal and Financial Clinic

Thursday, July 17. Lexington. Ogallala. Call the Farm Hotline at 800-464-0258 to sign up.

Managing Biosecurity to Control Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv)

Friday, July 18 at 1:30 pm CDT. The appearance of the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PED) in North America presents significant challenges for manure applicators. Since the virus is primarily spread by fecal-oral contact and can survive in manure for extended periods of time, it is possible for the disease to be spread by any object that becomes contaminated with infected pig manure. A survey of manure applicators has been undertaken to ascertain how manure application practices, equipment, staff training and communication have changed as a result of the PED virus as well as learn about the challenges and solutions that applicators have endured and overcome. The results of this survey will be discussed. An application for continuing education credit for Certified Crop Advisors (CCAs) and members of the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists (ARPAS) has been submitted. Presenters include:John Carney, Manitoba Livestock Manure Management Initiative, Dr. Lisa Becton, National Pork Board, Amy Schmidt - University of Nebraska - Lincoln.

Seed Savers Exchange Annual Conference

July 18-20. Decorah, Iowa. This annual gathering features speakers, workshops, a seed swap, and networking opportunities.

Landowner Habitat Tour

Saturday, July 19. Wahoo. Lake Wanahoo Wildlife & Wildflower Walk. See or call 308-850-8395

Great March for Climate Action

July 19th. Bradshaw. BOLD Nebraska Energy Barn. The Great March for Climate Action — a 3,000-mile cross-country trek on foot from L.A. to D.C. — will be traveling through Nebraska this summer, and you can meet the marchers and join their march for a day on Saturday, July 19. The stated goal of the march is to “change the hearts and minds of the American people, our elected leaders and people across the world to act now to address the climate crisis.” (If you have questions about the Great Climate March, contact local Nebraska organizer Anna Wishart at

Omaha Gardens Tour

Saturday July 19th, 8am-3pm. Community Crops is excited to take you on a tour of some of Omaha's urban gardens! In collaboration with our friends from The Big Garden and Eastward Gardens we'll be stopping at four community gardens and learning from staff and gardeners about the sites. Crops will provide transportation to 12 attendees who register at the $20 level. Those wanting to provide their own transportation will receive a map and schedule to join us along the way. We plan to leave the Crops office at 8am July 19th and return to Lincoln around 3pm. Before leaving Omaha, we will stop at a great local restaurant for lunch! (Price of lunch not included in registration). Register Here,
Low-till/No-till Cropping Systems

July 21. Kansas City, Missouri. This workshop is part of the Growing Growers series addressing skills required to run a local farm. Workshops are geared toward beginner farmers, but all the classes offer great information and skill development for more experienced farmers as well.


Exchange student interested in sustainability

My name is Andrea Lundberg, and I work with a  non-profit called the Aspect Foundation. As part of the State Department’s public diplomacy mission, we place exchange students with host families. I’m the local coordinator for the Lincoln/Omaha area. I was hoping you might know of a family who might be interested in hosting a young lady from Belgium, Nora. Nora is very active with an organization called Projet Comenius, which works on fair trade and sustainability initiatives. Hosts provide three meals a day and transportation to the local high school. Please feel free to call me at 402-499-9031 or email me with any questions! Below is a lInk to Nora’s profile:

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:

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,

Kickstarter for Local Food Distribution and Delivery Service in Iowa and Nebraska

We're bringing local food from local farmers to chefs, restaurants, grocery stores, and more, but we need a better truck! We are at a critical turning point in our journey. We're currently renting a refrigerated reefer truck. But renting isn't practical. In order to continue this journey we need to get a better vehicle that will be able to serve more farmers, more restaurants and grocery stores and better our food system as a whole. The distribution problem hasn't been solved yet. And we're willing to put our energy, money and time into making it work. Farmers are calling us daily for help.  Complete details,


Tune-Up Your Farm Market Booth To Boost Sales Webinar

Tuesday, July 22 at 11:00 am. Link: Mid-Summer is a great time to change up your farm market booth displays to draw in more customers. Join University of Vermont Extension Community Economic Development Specialist Mary Peabody for practical tips on low-cost ways to create eye-catching displays that encourage sales. This 30-minute webinar starts at noon Eastern Time.

Energy Analysis: Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How?

July 24. Online. This free webinar is part of a series of energy webinars presented by the USDA NRCS East National Technology Support Center.

Midwest Conference for Farmer Veterans

July 25-26. Des Moines, Iowa. Join other veterans for networking and learning about unique opportunities, programs, and jobs available to military veterans and service members who are farming, aspiring to farm, or seeking agricultural related careers. Day One of the conference will feature tours of diverse working farms and provide a chance to interact with other farmers and veterans. Day Two will focus on educational presentations and workshops led by agricultural experts, agency personnel, and veteran service providers. The conference is hosted by the Farmer Veteran Coalition of Iowa and Drake University. Support also is provided by the USDA and Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture.

Grassfed Rising: Polishing the Soil-Grass-Consumer Connection

July 30 - August 1. Columbia, Missouri. The Grassfed Exchange presents this event to help producers grow in knowledge of the grassfed industry and in finishing cattle specifically. The conference includes one day of pasture walk tours at the ranches of Greg Judy and Luke Linnenbringer and two days full of presentations to help attendees improve their skills and operations. Speakers include Don Huber, Fred Provenza, Paul Brown, and others.

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