Monday, July 28, 2014

Weekly Events & Opportunities in Sustainable Farming & Foods

Nebraska Young Farmer Night at CROPS

Final YFN of July! July 29th. 6pm. Calling all Young Farmers or the young at heart, or those interested in farming! We are having a young farmers' night, part of the Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society Series, at the Community Crops training farm. How to get to Prairie Pines (3130 N 112th St) : Take Adams St. east to 112th. Turn left at 112th St. Turn right into the driveway marked 3130. At the white barn you will turn left. Park in the gravel parking lot. Let us know if you have any questions! More details,

True Cost of Food

July 28th. 6pm. Omaha. Watch and discuss a great animated video. Hear from local farmers and food advocates. Learn about alternatives to industrial agriculture. Sample local foods and find out how to purchase them. FREE . Coffee and snack provided. or @

Legal and Financial Clinic

Monday, July 28. Norfolk. Call the Farm Hotline at 800-464-0258 to sign up

Manure Demonstration Day

Tuesday, July 29. Lexington. Participants can view vendors, demonstrations and will have opportunities to learn more about manure management and handling.  See for more info

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.

Food Hubs

July 31. Online. This webinar is part of a series of free monthly webinars offered by food and agriculture marketing experts from Ohio State University's College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. This session is presented by Tom Snyder, manager of OSU South Center's Ohio Cooperative Development Center.

From Recipe to Reality

Friday, August 1. Lincoln. For anyone interested in exploring the idea of starting a food manufacturing business.  Lincoln. for more info.

Earthen Oven Workshop

August 1st. Come spend the weekend playing in the mud and learning to use the earth from under your feet to create art and architecture. This will be an introduction to cob and it's many uses. Topics covered will include stone stacking foundations, earthen structural mixes, clay plasters and the principles of wood firing. Complete details,

Keep Your Garden Producing All Fall

Saturday, August 2, 10 am - 12pm. Extend your growing season and enjoy the benefits of garden-fresh greens, root crops, and other vegetables well into the fall and even winter. 
This class will be hosted through SCC's continuing education program for a $10 fee, to register click here, Keyword:Garden. Class will be held at Antelope Church of the Brethren 3645 Sumner Street, Lincoln


Bean Walkers

I am trying to find bean walkers to weed about 100 acres of transitioning soy bean fields. It will be 2 or 3 weeks before I need them because the beans were replanted on about June 24th after 2 hails.The fields are just south of Utica. I can be emailed or called at 402-617-1718, .  Thanks, Cheryl Richter

2014 Organic Farmer Seed Survey

The purpose of this survey is to better assess certified organic crop producers’ attitudes and perceptions regarding organic seed. The purpose is also to understand producers’ current use of organic seed and any obstacles that restrict organic seed sourcing. Producers should be prepared to offer best estimates on their organic seed usage or have their seed records on hand. The survey also asks which crops and traits should be prioritized through organic plant breeding programs. If you are a certified organic crop producer, please take ten minutes to respond to this survey. Your responses are voluntary and will be held confidential. Your responses will not be identified by individual or farm. All responses will be compiled and analyzed as a group.

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,


Exploring Possibilities with a Moveable High Tunnel

August 3. Atlantic, Iowa. Practical Farmers of Iowa presents this afternoon field day at Rolling Acres Farm. Explore the possibilities that a movable high tunnel can provide for extended season production. The field day will also discuss on-going research trials, including methods for weed control in asparagus and improving soil fertility using worm castings.

USDA Grass Fed Program for Small and Very Small Producers Webinar

August 5. Online. USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has announced a webinar about the USDA Grass Fed Program for Small and Very Small Producers. The webinar will provide an overview of the USDA Grass Fed program, website, and detailed information about the application (including how to apply), and evaluation process for gaining approval for the livestock to the Grass Fed Standard. The presentation will be followed by a Question and Answer period. This is a one-hour, listen-only webinar. The webinar will be recorded, and a link will be posted online for those who would like to listen in at a later date.

Feast on the Farm

Saturday, August 9, 2014, 5:00-8:30pm. Prairie Pines, 112th and Adams. Must be 21 or older to attend. Enjoy an evening on a beautiful, sustainable farm, and help Community Crops grow! For details and tickets visit,

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