Community Crops provides
education, advocacy and
experiences to grow local food.

What We’re Reading

Here in the Crops office, we like to stay current on local and national issues that impact our work. At our staff meetings, we discuss articles related to urban farming and food policy and try to integrate what we’ve discussed into our efforts to improve Lincoln’s food system.

A recent article in Vanity Fair, Inside Trump’s Cruel Campaign Against the U.S.D.A.’s Scientists, by Michael Lewis is what we’re reading right now. It’s a lengthy, detailed report on the Trump administration’s, at best, lack of attention to food and farming policies (as evidenced by the fact that the last cabinet position to be announced was for Secretary of Agriculture). From appointments of unqualified candidates to important U.S.D.A. positions (i.e. Sam Clovis’ nomination to lead scientific research within the U.S.D.A.) to insisting on eliminating “climate change” from U.S.D.A. reports, Lewis paints a freightening picture of how the future of farming policy and funding at the federal level is very much in question.

Featuring interviews with current and former U.S.D.A. administrators, Lewis provides insight into one of the least well known agencies within the federal government (even by those working within the agency) which oversees everything from meat inspections, to food stamps, school lunches and rural development. With a total annual budget of $164 billion in 2016 and over 100,000 employees, the U.S.D.A. is, typically, a major focus area for new administrations and requires careful orchestration with the outgoing agency leaders.

With the five-year Farm Bill being negotiated in 2018, President Trump will have no option but to pay heed to the importance of food and farming in the lives of all Americans. From school children to multi-national agribusiness owners, we are all impacted by the policies and funding levels set forth in the Farm Bill.

Of particular concern is the very real possibility of the Trump Administration cutting funding for anti-hunger programs, like SNAP/EBT (formerly Food Stamps) and the Women, Infants and Children (or WIC) program. In the recent budget negotiations, President Trump signaled a willingess to cut anti-hunger programs to offset major tax cuts for corporations.

It’s become all too easy to not think about food policy in our daily lives. That reality needs to change.

01/03/2018

Annual Harvest Campaign

As we wrap up another successful season in the gardens and at the farm, we look forward to next year’s work. Your support at this time of year helps us do the important work in our community. Our goal is to raise $10,000 in 10 weeks to start 2018 off on the right foot. See the video below for an overview of our impact in Lincoln.

 

Thank you to our Harvest Campaign Kick-Off sponsor:

 

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Thank you to week 10 Harvest Campaign sponsor, HOME Real Estate ! Their real estate agents provide top quality service for all of your real estate needs.

Supporting local families is an important part of Crops' work as well. See how Peter Pal Pouch and Nya Kang Kuoth have benefited from participating in our garden program and support our work by donating today!
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We could not be more excited to be a part of the Willa Cather Archive celebration of My Antonia’s centenary! ...

Join us in the new year as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of My Ántonia! Together with The Willa Cather Foundation, we will be putting on a series of events throughout Nebraska with different local community organizations, funded by Humanities Nebraska. Find out more at ma100.org ! #wildforwilla

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Thank you again to Mary Kay Hansen Law & Mediation, PC LLO for sponsoring week 9 of the Harvest Campaign! Specializing in family law and mediation, Mary Kay and her staff have been serving the Lincoln community since 1992.

Our community gardens are important spaces for Lincoln's immigrant and refugee families. Watch this video to see how one family has benefited.
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