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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Moving on up...!! Come see us at our new home in the Everett neighborhood, at the corner of 11th & B streets (1301 S 11th St)! We'll be fully operational at the new space on March 1st, and we'd love to have you come by and see the new office!

Shout out to South of Downtown Community Development Organization!!
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Irish Cooking Class

Tuesday March 13th

6:00PM-8:00PM

Get Ready for St. Patricks Day!
Embrace your inner leprechaun. Learn how to make:

Beef and Guinness Irish Stew

Irish Brown Bread

Colcannon

To Register: communitycrops.org/education/
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Congrats to our partners at Educare of Lincoln, LLC! They are the The Seed Keeper Company Seed Keeper Project winner for Nebraska! Read their nomination from Nicole! ...

Nicole Detmer-Effle, the nominator for our 2018 Nebraska Seed Keeper Project spoke so beautifully about the winning garden, we're going to let her tell you about the Educare School Garden: "I'd like to nominate the Educare of Lincoln, LLC school garden in Lincoln Nebraska!! Most of the families who have preschoolers at Educare are refugees and many have asked about gardening! Last spring the team called up Community Crops to help with planning and decided it was time to put in a garden! In less than two weeks we went from nothing to garden! We chose to put the garden right in front of the building so that everyone who comes to Educare will get to see our beautiful plants! Each week the amazing teachers and staff bring the preschool students to the garden to plant, harvest and learn about what's growing and often get to taste test the yummy veggies! Families would stop at the garden to watch and hear what their child learned about! The amazing kitchen staff worked hard to utilize what we harvested so that every student could get a taste! We also brought families to the garden to learn alongside their preschoolers and are offering workshops to help them begin growing food at home! This year we are planning to double the size of the garden, install a pollinator bed and an herb garden!" Congratulations!!

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Thank you Root + Hive! ...

Aaron giving some soil blocking tips. Community Crops put on a great workshop last weekend. Thank you Aaron and Matt.

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There's still time to register for this exciting and incredibly interactive workshop! Learn from Community Crops staff about the processes we use to grow tens of thousands of plants cheaply and largely without plastic!

Plus, we'll all be heading over to White Elm Brewing Co. after the workshop from 5:30 - 7:30 for a happy hour to celebrate the beginning of the Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society Healthy Farm Conference. Local food legend Pepe's Kitchen will be there serving up fresh Cubano sandwhiches and the coolest farmers and local food advocates from all over Nebraska will be there networking, socializing and enjoying some fine local beer!

See you there!
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DIY Greenhouse Systems - Free Workshop!

February 8, 2018, 3:30pm - February 8, 2018, 5:15pm

Community Crops, Root + Hive and the Nebraska Sustainable Agricultural Society are pleased to present, in conjunction with NSAS’s Healthy Farms Conference, a short course on greenhouse vegetable transplant production and an interactive tour of Community Crops’ greenhouse. This free workshop will highlight the innovative, low-cost and plastic-free transplant production method used by Community Crops staff to produce thousands of annual vegetables. This workshop is geared towards beginning farmers and those considering alternative transplant production methods for their greenhouses. Participants will learn about the construction and use of a DIY germination chamber, the soil blocking process, layout and set up of an overhead irrigation system in addition to best practices, as learned by Community Crops staff over the past year of managing a rehabbed greenhouse. Attendees will also get hands on experiences with unique tools and innovative systems. The workshop will take place at the Root + Hive greenhouse complex, located 4200 S 1st St in Lincoln. Root + Hive is a community project that seeks to connect local growers with quality, affordable growing space by rehabilitating old greenhouses and creating a supportive community of producers.

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2018 Growing Farmers Core Skills Workshops

February 17, 2018, 9:00am - October 6, 2018, 1:00pm

The Growing Farmers Core Skills Workshops take participants through an entire growing season starting with greenhouse propagation in February and finishing with season extension and overwintering in September. The Core Skills Workshops are a set of 10 workshops meant to equip aspiring farm entrepreneurs with the essential resources and practices for managing a regenerative market farming business. All participants in the Core Skills Workshops will leave with the ability to manage plants in a greenhouse environment, succession crop plan for continuous harvest, assess soil health with a microscope and other methods, manage business expenses, develop effective record keeping systems, and much more! Those who register and complete all of the 10 Core Skills Workshops are eligible to apply for land at our Prairie Pines Incubator Farm site, where they can start their own farm business. The Core Skills workshops begin in February and meets 1-2 times per month. The class series is on Saturdays from 9am until 1pm. Individual classes are $20 each. Register for all 10 Core Skills Workshops for just $150/person or $200/farming couple Scholarships are available for those who need them. For more information please contact Matt at matt@communitycrops.org or 402 474 9802. Visit www.communitycrops.org/events for the full listing of workshops!

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