Monday, July 20, 2015

Weekly Events & Opportunities in Sustainable Farming & Foods!

Common Good Farm "Farmers Night Out!"

July 22nd. 5:30pm. Raymond. As we tour, we'll share a broader over-view of our farm: our long-running CSA, organic eggs from pasture-based flocks, spring plant sale, farmer's market, pastured pork, grass-fed beef, on-farm activities like workshops & tours, and wholesale. As we continue with a potluck meal, we'll talk about the broad range of outlets & tasks on & for a diversified family farm & open the conversation up about the sustainability of the farmer's life & do our best to share in light of some of the practical, driving questions that many new farmers growing diversified crops want to ask or talk about. We can also share about resources, soil, cover crops, pest the group has a need. Common Good Farm is a certified organic & certified Biodynamic®/Demeter family farm near Raymond growing good food since 1996.

Prairie Plate Restaurant "Farmers Night Out!"

July 26th. Waverly. Lakehouse Farm and the co-located Prairie Plate Restaurant are hosting a Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society (NSAS) Farmer's Night Out on Sunday, July 26, from 6:00-8:00pm. Join us for a potluck dinner, as well as farm and restaurant/kitchen tour (or just hanging out if you prefer!) Bring a dish to share and a chair. We plan on dining lakeside, but if weather doesn't cooperate we will move into the restaurant. Plates/silverware/water/iced tea provided. Gathering and restaurant tour at 6 followed by the pot-luck. Farm tour at about 7. Anyone with an interest in local food is welcome (farmers, consumers, chefs….)

Buzz Into Action!

Join us for a free workshop to investigate insects in action. Learn and explore first-hand about insects and insect conservation. We will net insects, model activities related to insects & insect conservation, & learn to appreciate these critical creatures. Tuesday, July 21, 2015. 9:00am-12:00pm. Izaak Walton League, 3521 S. 9th St, Columbus, NE. • “Buzz into Action” Educator Guide Participants will receive: • Insect Educational Kit • Hands-on experience & appreciation for insects • Insect-related Literature Book! This workshop is specifically for early childhood educators, K-4 classroom teachers & after-school providers. Workshop limited to 20 participants... register today! Must be an active, in-service teacher to attend this workshop. To register, please e-mail your name, e-mail, school/organization, grades & subjects taught to: Monica Macoubrie ,

Solar Cooking Workshop

Harness the energy of the sun to make fantastic meals! This class will involved hands on construction of a solar oven, and each participant will take home their very own oven. Community Crops Executive Director Ingrid Kirst will teach this workshop. Classes are $15 for public; $12 for Open Harvest Co-op Grocery owners; $12 for Community Crops CSA members and community gardeners. Please register at to reserve your spot.

Agroforestry Academy

July 20-24. Columbia, Missouri. This week-long training includes integrated classroom workshops, multiple on-farm visits, and content integration into practical on-farm agroforestry planning and design. Advanced training will be provided on the main temperate-zone agroforestry practices integrated with options for bioenergy, marketing, financial, social dimensions, and environmental services. The cornerstone of the academy will be an applied planning and design exercise. Limited scholarships are available to military veterans.

Food Preservation: Canning, Fermenting, Dehydrating
Friday, July 24th, 6-9pm. Omaha.

Miracle Orchard Workshop

July 25-26. Maysville, Missouri. This is Open Source Ecology's first immersion workshop on regenerative agriculture. The workshop is a two-day intensive, hands-on course that features the innovative work of Stefan Sobkowiak of the Miracle Orchard. The Miracle Orchard is an orchard model that involves a diverse array of species – instead of a single crop – to promote natural pest control, natural fertility, biodiversity improvement, and economic feasibility.

Enterprise Budgeting Webinar

Wednesday, July 22 at 11:00 am CDT. Enterprise budgets are an organized listing of the expected income and costs of a product or service.  This webinar will take a look at parts of an enterprise budget, how to development an enterprise budget and how to analyze the projected profitability of that enterprise. For more information: To register:

Soil Health Webinar

July 22. Online. This month's presenter is Mahdi Al-Kaisi, Iowa State University professor in the agronomy department. His presentation will discuss the concept of soil health, its basic principles, factors for healthy soil, and management choices that affect the soil health. The webinar begins at 1:00 pm Central.

Systemic Change: How Formalizing Processes Increases Efficiency

July 23. Online. This National Good Food Network webinar will introduce how one might incorporate systems to bring your food business to the next level of sophistication, and efficiency. Following an introduction to systems, systems thinking, and its application to business, webinar participants will hear two very different case studies to get you thinking of the wide variety of applications. One case study explores achieving third-party food safety certification, the other dives deeply into systematizing employee training. The webinar begins at 1:30 pm MDT.

Food Safety Modernization Act-Produce & Preventive Rule Webinar

Thursday, July 23 at 11:00 am CDT. The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)  is the most sweeping reform of our food safety laws in more than 70 years. The purpose of the law is to ensure the U.S. food supply is safe by shifting the focus from responding to contamination to proactively preventing it. The law affects both the producers and processors of food.  On July 23, legal specialists Sarah Everhart and Ashley Newhall of the Agriculture Law Education Initiative (ALEI) will cover the Produce & Preventive Rule portions of the law.  The webinar is open to all and is free.  The webinar is brought to you by the Agricultural Law Education Initiative.  The webinar will be recorded for those unable to attend.

Miracle Orchard Workshop

July 25-26. Maysville, Missouri. This is Open Source Ecology's first immersion workshop on regenerative agriculture. The workshop is a two-day intensive, hands-on course that features the innovative work of Stefan Sobkowiak of the Miracle Orchard. The Miracle Orchard is an orchard model that involves a diverse array of species – instead of a single crop – to promote natural pest control, natural fertility, biodiversity improvement, and economic feasibility.


Freezer Equipment for Sale

Some items may already have been sold. Please check with Jim. North Star Neighbors has discontinued its business and has numerous items for sale:

12' by 20' Knockdown Walkin Freezer, 36 inch door, aluminium flooring, with 27,000 BTU compressor unit. Single phase. Runs great. Full of Stainless steel shelving.

53 ft refrigerated 1997 UTILITY Trailer. This trailer has been modified with a 4 Ton capacity compressor unit(used less than one year), single phase. A wall was placed for capacity at 30 feet from front. It is a portable unit that can be plugged into a 220 volt outlet. It served us as a extra walkin freezer. Works great. It has the potential to become a great portable poultry processing system. Has some poor temporary shelving that can go with or without. Possible delivery. 

Three door cooler made by TRUE, excellent condition. 2 Amana 21 cubic ft chest freezers. Hobart meat slicer, only used once by former owner. Blue Bunny Display freezer.

And more. Contact Jim @ Jim Knopik, 308-550-0288  cell. 308-536-2023  home,

Organic Prairie Hay

We currently have 75 tons in big round bales and should have another 75 tons ready next week. With an additional 50 tons ready in the next 45 days. They are located near Fairbury and the price is $115/ton.  We might get a second cutting on some of that. If you buy the first cutting, you'll get first shot at the second cutting. I'd like to market nationally as well. If you know of someone who can help me, please let me know. 402-309-4088. Thank you, Jon. 402-309-4088

Natural Fertilizers

Does anyone have any extra fish hydrolysate or emulsion they would be willing to sell? Also looking for sources of organic chicken or horse manure (doesn't have to be certified). Gary Fehr, Lincoln Neighbors Urban Farm,

Feast on the Farm

August 1st. Prairie Pines Training Farm, Lincoln. A deliciously local feast from all your favorite chefs, surrounded by fields of vegetables.

Adjustable Hay Straw Bale Stacker

I have an adjustable hay/straw stacker, good for square bales or loose straw; available to the first respectable offer.  Slider works and the fourteen spears are intact.  Must be able to pick up.  Feel free to contact me with any questions; pictures available upon request.  Thanks! Dan Hromas, 4022172797

Farm Hand Position Available

I am writing to announce an open position for a part time farm hand. This position involves approximately 30 hours a week in exchange for room and board. Additional paid work is available now and then. This individual would have their own living quarters separate from the main house. This position would be great for a single person, maybe a recent retiree who still has plenty of gusto for farm chores and gardening help. This position will be physically demanding and involve outdoor work in all weather conditions, so please keep that in mind. We will require a background check and references. This position will require some fixit know how. If you know anyone who may be interested in this position, please have them contact me at:  serenasaurus09@yahoo.comSerena Bourne

Dual Purpose, Grass-fed Shorthorn/Devon Herd for sale

We're looking to sell some/all of our wonderful Shorthorn/Devon herd. They have not been given any antibiotics, hormones, vaccinations or grain in the 4+ years we have owned them. We do not baby these cows and they do very well. They are dual purpose. Which means they work very well in our grass-fed beef operation but they also produce a lot of milk. I was told that the older cows had been milked at least once by the previous owners but we haven't actually milked any. We're more interested in developing our beef herd so some of the younger ones will have more of a beef influence.  We have 15 cows/heifers total that are available. Two of those have a strong Longhorn influence, though. About half are going to be in the 7-9 year old range. From there it goes to 5 year-olds and on down. We've been culling about 2-3 cows a year and adding 2-3 replacement heifers. We can be flexible on the timing. They are almost done calving so you can buy them as pairs or we can wait until the calves can be weaned and the cows are re-bred. My intent is to base the pricing on the Huss Livestock Market in Kearney. Ultimately, the pricing will depend on how many you want and how/when you want them (bred cows or pairs). The cattle are located in south-central/eastern Nebraska, in Thayer County, near Reynolds. Delivery is possible. Jon Yoachim,

Farm Family Placement Opportunity

'We are a family of four (with two kids), we are looking for any possibility that can lead us to live in the country (no more than one hour and a half driving from the farm to the city of Lincoln). We are specially looking for a farm/ house with a piece of land that is organic oriented .  Please do not hesitate to contact us for any queries (Cell phone; 402-4059195). Thanks. Troy Van Horn".

For Sale by Owner

Tekamah. (40+/- Acre farm with house & buildings). 
We have decided that we must downsize and are going to sell the farm. Please share with anyone you may know who is 
interested.  Northwest of Tekamah, Nebraska. Includes 5 
bedroom/3.5 bath raised ranch with walk-out basement house, Has two kitchens, oversized shower and whirlpool tub in 
master bath, plus walk-in closet. Property has been farmed organically for over 9 years, includes Morton machine shed, 
Butler livestock building and other small buildings. This farm has been ran to be self sufficient for several years. Farm 
does have underground wiring and a battery shed for solar power, solar panels do not go with farm, but all the 
underground wiring and permanent solar infrastructure stays. 
Call Rebecka Fleischman at 402-687-4149 for more information. 
More pictures available upon request. Schedule your tour today.

Looking for Mentorship in Shelton/Grand Island/Kearney Area.

My family and I are returning to Shelton, NE in order to re-establish her family's farm. It is 160 acres but hasn't been used in nearly 30 years. We are going to be establishing a Joel Salatin Polyface Farm type farm. Where we will raise a multi specie critical and threatened heritage breed livestock as determined by the Livestock Conservancy Organization. All livestock will be pastured raised. We are also going to establish seasonal vegetable gardens. Looking for mentorship opportunities in the Shelton/Grand Island/Kearney area that would be willing to help us learn the does and don'ts of pasture based all natural farming. Michael Peña,

Whole-Farm Revenue Protection Survey 

The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is working with the Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA (RAFI) to better understand experiences with crop insurance and with a new crop insurance product called Whole-Farm Revenue Protection. Whole-Farm Revenue Protection is a pilot crop insurance policy available for the 2015 crop insurance year. The policy provides crop insurance coverage based on a farm’s 5-year revenue history, and it enables a farm to insure more than one crop with one policy. The link to the survey is about this survey can be directed to James Robinson at 919-542-1396 ext. 209 or


Farmers Night Out! Visits Big Muddy Urban Farm

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. Join us in discussion as we talk about urban agriculture, the many dimensions of growing in the city and having a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. A growing trend across the country, urban agriculture is taking roots in many cities, including Omaha. While food grown in the city may never be able to feed its population, it has great potential to share skills and ideas of self-sufficiency and community resilience, while expanding the dialogue around food. In Omaha, there are many new and existing organizations, from grass-roots to governmental, that are joining the conversation.   @BigMuddyFarm.

Silviculture for Non-foresters: Managing a forest for multiple objectives

July 28. Online. This free, one-hour webinar beginning at 2 p.m. Eastern is presented by USDA NRCS Science and Technology. The webinar will examine the growth and development of trees and forests and how to manipulate these characteristics to maximize multiple benefits, including forest products, forest health, wildlife habitat, and visual quality. The presenter is Karen P. Bennett, Extension Forestry Professor and Specialist with University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension.

Introduction to Straw Bale Building

July 31st. Keipos, Inc. will be hosting Jim Schalles at New Earth Farm & Goods for a hands on 3 day workshop covering foundations, straw bale wall systems, cob mixing, passive solar design, roofing systems and earthen plasters as we erect a straw bale chicken coop. Use the techniques you learn from this workshop for erecting your own chicken coop or apply your skills to build a shed, a tiny home, or pair with our rocket stove workshop and plan your sustainable straw bale sauna! Onsite camping is available and organic meals are provided. Tuition price is set at $150 although some scholarships may be available. Class size is limited to 12 students so sign up today!

Livestock First Aid and Safety

Friday, July 31 at 1:00 pm CDT. Injured animals and animals under stress react differently than they do in normal circumstances. If you don't work with livestock often, you may not completely understand how to keep yourself and animals safe in stressful situations, or how to provide first aid to injured animals. Learn what to do from Scott Cotton, Wyoming Extension ANR Area Educator, during this 60-minute session. Andrea Higdon, Emergency Management System Director for the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment at the University of Kentucky, will moderate.

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