Tuesday, June 2, 2015

2015 Farmers Night Out! Schedule

"Farmers Night Out!"

Previously called the "Nebraska Young Farmer Nights," we have changed the name to "Farmers Night Out!" Same ideas, same awesome opportunities! We will kickoff the season with our first"night outs" in the beginning of June.  The "Farmers Night Out!" are held at farms (urban & rural) throughout Nebraska and typically involve a farm tour/pasture walk, a potluck meal, and a time for building community and connecting.  

In 2014 we held 18 "nights" from across the state. From Gering to Omaha we had over 800 folks in attendance! We anticipate just as many for 2015. 

The idea behind the "Farmers Night Out!" is to continue to build a community of farmers (young and seasoned!), farm interns, and folks interested in food/farming in Nebraska. We see each other at conferences, events, and local foods establishments, but rarely spend time together or see the amazing work we are all doing. "Farmers Night Out!" are a way for us all to get to see and learn from one another and get off our own farms for an evening. The model for each event (which moves around to different farms in Nebraska) is: to eat dinner together (usually potluck style), have a farm related activity (e.g.tour the fields or give a presentation on something that works well on your farm), and hang out (e.g. bonfire or play cards). The "Farmers Night Out!" are meant to be a jumping off place for us to collaborate, network & connect. In the past locations have varied from farm to farm, as well as from brewery to local foods restaurants such as Grey Plume and Dante.  At last years events such as the Healthy Farms Conference, Sustainability Happy Hours & FSG events, the connections and friends made led to collaboration such as: tool borrowing/trading, brainstorming on pest management, fed cooperatives, shared practices, etc. Our first "Farmers Night Out!" is scheduled for the beginning of June. The "Farmers Night Out!" are hosted by NSAS and are a part of grant projects from new Belgium and Farm Aid.

Below is the 2015 schedule!

June 18th. Lincoln Neighbors Urban Farm, Lincoln. LNUF was formed in 2014 to produce food on underutilized urban space.  We hope to explore this approach to farming from an economic perspective.  We want to learn if sustainable agriculture can be successfully practiced in an urban setting & allow people to secure their livelihood from this model.

June 25th. Marlowe Family Farms. On Thursday June 25 2015 starting around 6 pm we will be hosting a Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society "Farmer's Night Out" here on the farm. Farmers, ranchers and consumers are all welcome.  https://www.facebook.com/events/1596631777281616/

July 1st. Branched Oak Farm, Raymond. As the stewards of this 240-acre dairy farm located just 15 miles north of Lincoln, Nebraska, we’re committed to preserving the land and creating farmstead products that are healthy and wholesome, free of chemicals, antibiotics, or hormones.

July 6th. 'Ewe and Us, Wahoo. The family business has been raising sheep on a small farm in eastern Nebraska for over 35 years. The owners – a professional shepherd and a fiber artist – are committed to the production of quality fleece and lamb. https://www.facebook.com/events/1017745064917091/

July 13th. Clear Creek, Spaulding. A farm tour which may include the pastured poultry, pastured pork, dairy processing facility, the certified kitchen and the future meat processing facility.  Also a tour and demonstration of the garden and equipment.  Followed by a meal of products produced by us, including ice cream. Come early and enjoy the beautiful scenery.  Tanking, canoeing , fishing, and swimming in/on the Cedar River available. Primitive campsites with a shower/bathroom also available

July 17th. TD Niche & Quail Acres.

Quail Acres. Organic, sustainable, local, high quality nutritious market produce, free range laying hens, pastured poultry, honey bees, small fruit and nut production

TD Niche. Began his niche pork business in 2007 specifically to produce consistently delicious pork for both restaurants and individuals. This is accomplished by using breeds of pork with outstanding meat quality.  The product is further enhanced by raising hogs in an outdoor, fresh air environment, giving them ample room to exercise, root, and socialize. 

July 22nd. Common Good Farm. Common Good Farm is a certified organic & certified Biodynamic®/Demeter family farm near Raymond growing good food since 1996. Facebook.com/CommonGoodFarmNebraska

July 26th. Prairie PlateLakehouse 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. Guests enjoy an experience like no other - lakeside dining in rural Nebraska where the region and the season provide the foundation and ingredients for a weekly changing farm-to-table menu.  The menu is inspired by the area's farmers and artisan food producers and changes weekly.

July 30th. Big Muddy Urban Farm, Omaha.  We are a collectively-run urban farm providing local & diverse fruits, vegetables & herbs as well as sharing skills & resources with our community. @BigMuddyFarm

August 13th. New Earth Farm & Goods. Papillion. The farm is the main training center of Keipos, Inc, a non-profit focused on resiliency education and resource training.  New Earth Farm & Goods is a permaculture demonstration site focused on providing food, fuels, fibers, and medicines, which includes 3/4 acre of annual gardens, 1 1/2 acre linear food forest with mob grazing techniques with sheep, pigs, turkeys, chickens, ducks, geese, as well as guinea pigs and rabbits. We are also in the business of propagating and preserving mushrooms, herbs, and other value add products.

Augusts 21st. Roberts Seed & Thunderhead Brewing. Axtell. 

Roberts Seed is a specialty grain and grain related products company located in the heart of the USA, Nebraska. We supply certified organic and non-GMO grain and grain related products for food, seed and feed markets.
Thunderhead Brewing has been brewing Ales and Lagers in Central Nebraska Since 1999.

August 27th. No More Empty Pots &  Truck Farm Omaha

TFO is dedicated to educating area youth about healthy eating, sustainable agriculture and the benefits of growing one's own food. @TruckFarmOmaha. 

No More Empty Pots began for the purpose of connecting individuals and groups to promote local, sustainable, businesses that improve self-sufficiency and regional food security through advocacy and action. @NoMoreMTPots

September 2nd. CROPS. The Community Crops Prairie Pines Training Farm is a six acre "incubator farm", where beginning farmers learn the in's and out's of sustainable vegetable production in a low risk situation. @CommunityCROPS

September tbd. Green Acres Cover Crops. Omaha. Is dedicated to finding & researching ways to sustainably grow our food while always keeping in mind that a solution cannot exist without it being financially viable for producers.  The beauty of integrating cover crops into your operation is just as much as it is environmentally sustainable, it is financially sustainable. 

September 11th.   Darby Springs Farm. Our goals: • Be good stewards of the land and the animals • Produce the most nutritious and healthful foods possible. • Encourage education of farming and nutrition • Promote a community of local food and sustainable farming, reconnecting farmers & consumers.  @DarbySprings

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