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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Community Crops is a non-profit organization that empowers people to grow food through education, experiences and resources. Join us to grow your own at a community garden, local farm, or your own backyard!

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Come support fresh food grown locally at this year’s annual plant sale, now a two-day event! May 4th and May 5th.
Start your own garden with a variety of plants and herbs or add to to your exisitng growing space. We look forward to seeing you at Wyuka Stables.
Community Crops Annual Plant Sale!
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5 days ago

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We hope you enjoyed getting to see our new office space and listening to the incredible musical style of Alash Ensemble as much as we did! It was a standing room only crowd! Thank you to everyone who joined us and to Pepe's Kitchen for providing delicious food and White Elm Brewing Co. for the beer!

A special "thank-you" to Southeast Community College for bringing Alash to Lincoln and to our friends at the South of Downtown Community Development Organization for coordinating! Stay tuned for future events!
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5 days ago

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Wonder what happened to all the beautifully painted albeit rotted wood from the F Street Community Center garden rebuild last week? It's now part of the most beautiful hugelkultur at the Brockley Farm! ...

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Before and after pictures from our work day at F Street Community Center last week! A big thanks to our friends at Zillow, NeighborWorks Lincoln, South of Downtown Community Development Organization, and F Street Community Center for helping out! A great community effort! ...

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2 weeks ago

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Greek Cooking Class
May 8th 6-8pm

Greece is known for its splendid ancient culture, its sunny islands and its healthy Mediterranean cuisine. Experience the flavors of the Mediterranean as you learn how to prepare traditional dishes from the Greek Cuisine.

We will be preparing: Souvlaki (Meat Kebab), Veggie Kebab, Grilled Halloumi (Cheese) and Spanakorizo (Greek Rice) with Tzatziki and Skordalia sauces.

Special Thanks to Open Harvest Co-op Grocery and Asian Community & Cultural Center of Lincoln, NE for sponsoring our Cooking Classes.

To Register: www.communitycrops.org
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2 weeks ago

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There's excitement at the Mickle Middle School Garden this week! We got some peas in the ground and trellising set up and planted kale, spinach, lettuce and cabbage in beds inside the hoop house! Do you live near Mickle or know someone who does? We would LOVE for you to be part of our school garden! Just email nicole@communitycrops.org to find out more! ...

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2 weeks ago

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Thanks to the awesome neighbors and UNL volunteers with The Big Event -UNL who made easy work of cleaning up the Prescott Elementary School outdoor classroom, school grounds and garden! Prescott Area Neighborhood Association #TBE2018 ...

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3 weeks ago

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Congratulations to Ailyne Swartz Taylor, Nebraska AmeriCorps Programs volunteer on receiving the Outstanding Team Member Award at the ServeNebraska - The Nebraska Volunteer Service Commission Symposium yesterday! We are so proud to have Ailyne as part of our team! ...

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3 weeks ago

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Tune in to How's it Growing on KZUM to hear our farm staff Matt and Aaron talking about our upcoming plant sale!! Starts at 11am! ...

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