Monday, July 21, 2014

Weekly Events & Opportunities in Sustainable Farming & Foods

YFN @ Paradise in Progress Farm

July 22nd. 6pm. Fort Calhoun. Join the Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society as our Nebraska Young Farmer Night series visits Fort Calhoun and Paradise in Progress Farms owned by Ben & Michelle Godfrey. PIP Farms, on the outskirts of Fort Calhoun, NE, raises primarily free-range pastured pigs using rotational grazing and permaculture design principles to maximize land use and efficiency while minimizing effort and expense. Our goal is to produce the finest pork from the happiest, healthiest pigs with the least work while having the most fun. We partner with several local businesses to supplement the pigs’ diet with redirected landfill-bound pre-consumer food-waste with the triple goal of improving herd nutrition, soil tilth and the sustainability of the greater Omaha area. For details, directions and to rsvp please visit,

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.

Choosing Appropriate Technology to Run Your Good Food Business

July 24. This free National Good Food Network webinar will give you the tools to perform an accurate analysis of your business technology needs. Although the presentation will focus on food hubs (arguably one of the more complicated Good Food businesses, as a "middle man" interacting with all pieces of the food system), the same theories apply to all businesses.

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.

Nebraska Moth Night

Saturday, July 26th. 7:00 pm-9:00 pm. Join us for the third annual Nebraska Moth Night at Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center, part of National Moth Week. There will be interactive, family-friendly displays and activities before night falls and various stations to attract moths after dark. Faculty members and students from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln entomology department will be on hand to help identify moths and make sure that everyone who attends experiences the fun of mothing! A donation of $5/family is suggested. For more information, contact Andy Matz,, University of Nebraska Insect Science Club.


Sweet Corn Opportunity

An Omaha bakery is looking to bake a bread using sweet corn as an ingredient.  For more information please contact Erik

Seedlings Needed

We recently lost about 150 (total) cabbage and cauliflower seedlings that were planted for fall harvest. User error I am sure. I am asking around to see if anyone has some extra cauliflower, cabbage or even broccoli seedlings they are interested in getting rid of at a fair price. We have broccoli, kale and kohlrabi in already. If you have any other ideas, I would welcome suggestions. We grow in Waverly and Omaha, so anything in either vicinity would be helpful. Alton,

Human Resource Needs of Small Farms

Fellow NSAS Members, I am working with a couple other Extension Educators on developing educational materials/programs to help small to medium sized farmers/ranchers manage their human resource risks. We are seeking to better understand the human resource education needs of Nebraska’s growing small and medium scale agricultural businesses in order to develop programming and materials to meet these needs. To do this we are conducting an online survey to determine what human resource topics are important to Nebraska’s farmers/ranchers and to learn what delivery methods (in person, online, etc.) are preferred. We would greatly appreciate it if you took a few minutes to complete the online survey at: The survey should take approximately 10 – 15 minutes to complete, you must be at least 19 years old to participate, and participation is entirely voluntary. If you have any questions regarding this questionnaire please feel free to contact me Jessica, ( or 402-335-3669).

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:

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,


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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