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:

 

Community Crops

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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GIVE TO LINCOLN- GIVE SO OTHERS CAN GROW!

Do you know even a small donation to Community Crops can have a large impact? $10 buys a spade for a curious child to dig with or free seeds to a gardener for an entire year. $20 waters a community garden plot for a season or allows a low-income resident to attend a class for free. Please consider donating during the Give to Lincoln campaign- where every dollar donated is eligible for Lincoln Community Foundation's match pool. Your support will help us realize our vision of a healthy community for everyone. www.givetolincoln.com/nonprofits/community-crops
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The Veggie Van hits the streets in a few short weeks. See you Thursday June7th at Health 360 Clinic (23rd & O) 2-5pm. We will be there every Thursday throughout the summer and will make some surprise stops in other parts of town. Stay Tuned! Thanks Community Health Endowment of Lincoln for helping healthy families eat fresh! ...

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Tomorrow from 9am-6pm and Saturday from 2pm-4pm at our office (1301 S 11th St), we will have FREE veggie and herb plants to give away to our registered gardeners. Eggplant, cucumber, various herbs, tomatoes, squash and more... ...

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Free Soil Health Workshop Tonight! 5:30pm-7:00pm at Antelope Church. For more information: communitycrops.org/education/ ...

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Searching for a thoughtful Mother's Day gift that also supports your local organizations?

Look no further. We have our Garden Advice Manuals for sale for $10. These manuals provide pertinent information to starting a thriving garden in a short, concise format.

The manuals can be picked up at our office located at 1301 S 11th St. Happy Gardening!
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Today is the second day of our plant sale! Join us from 9 am to 1 pm for a wide variety of plants and help support local food in Lincoln. Community Crops Annual Plant Sale! ...

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Happy Derby Day! Stop by our plant sale from 9:00am-1:00pm and pick up some mint for that juelp! Community Crops Annual Plant Sale! ...

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The people, plants and the ladybugs have arrived! Come on down to the Wyuka Stables (36th and O St) and support Community Crops by getting some amazing plants for your garden! We’ll be here until 6 PM! ...

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Today is the big first day of the plant sale! Join us from 2 pm to 6 pm for an incredible selection of perennials, vegetables and herbs all grown locally. Pick up some compost from Big Red Worms while you are here to boost the growing power of your garden! ...

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