FARM TO TABLE WITH A PURPOSE

Eighth Annual Feast on the Farm to be held on August 26th

 

On August 26th, we are pairing Nebraska’s best chefs with our finest local farmers for an unforgettable culinary experience to benefit Community Crops.

You will able to dine on innovative dishes from: The Hub Cafe, Single Barrel, Prairie Plate, Kitchen Table, Dish, Talent Plus, Hummingbird Catering and Piedmont Bistro as well as desserts by Goldenrod Pastries. Sip Cultiva iced coffee, Zipline beer and a special cocktail created especially for the event by The Other Room. Take a look at a few of the mouth-watering menu items that we are planning for the event:

Smoked beef with fresh corn relish, charred onion and fresh herbs, by Single Barrel

Cucumber and watermelon gazpacho by Piedmont Bistro

Heirloom tomato and watermelon salad by Kitchen Table

Three sister’s salad by Prairie Plate Restaurant

Enjoying these dishes in the bucolic setting of Prairie Pines — home of Crops’ training farm nestled within 160 acres of native prairie and pine forests on the east edge of Lincoln — with 250 other guests, truly captures the joy and spirit of why Community Crops is passionate about the work that we have been doing for nearly 15 years!

Rounding out the evening will be tours of our training farm, music by the Frailin’ Hearts and wonderful silent auction items to bid on.

We hope you will join us on August 26th to support Community Crops and show support for local farmers and chefs!

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We're so excited about the special treat we'll be bringing to the Community Crops Veggie Van we had to sample it for ourselves...and it definitely deserves all the hype!

You can snag some of this fresh, fragrant cantaloupe from Green School Farms tomorrow from 3-6 at Health 360 Clinic.

Don't forget to bring your Eat Local Challenge passport. We'll be slinging stickers like it's no ones business, helping you on your way to great prizes while supporting local food!

We'll also have: slicing and cherry tomatoes, sweet peppers, beets, slicing cucumbers, baby eggplant, okra, filet beans, garlic and specialty peppers!
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This event has been rescheduled due to the rain last Saturday. If you couldn't make it last week, now is your chance to get registered. The workshop will be happening this Saturday, September 23rd from 8:30 am - 11:30 am. Hope to see you there!
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In partnership with The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, Community Crops is hosting a workshop at our Prairie Pines Training Farm where attendees will learn how to assess their farm for beneficial insect habitat, participate in the establishment of a beetle bank shelter and take part in an insect safari with the purpose of identifying common beneficial insects and crop pests.

Natural pest control on the farm depends on increasing habitat for predatory and parasitic insects that feed on common crop pests. One strategy to increase that habitat is through the use of beetle banks. A beetle bank is habitat intended to attract a specific group of beneficial insects: predatory ground beetles. Predatory ground beetles are voracious consumer of aphids, slugs, caterpillars, and other common crop pests in our region. Some research also suggests that the beetles feed on weed seeds and can help lessen field weed pressure.

A beetle bank is simply a raised earthen berm planted with native bunching grasses that provides overwintering habitat for the predatory ground beetles and also provides quick access to the crop field for the beetles to feed when warm weather returns.

As part of your registration you will receive several Xerces Society publications including an invaluable reference manual: Habitat Planning for Beneficial Insects

Don't miss this opportunity to learn from the insect experts at the Xerces society and learn more about how to farm with native beneficial insects!

Cost to register is $10
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Natural Pest Control - Bug Out At Prairie Pines

September 23, 2017, 8:30am - September 23, 2017, 11:00am

**** This event has been rescheduled due to the rain last Saturday. If you couldn't make it last week, now is your chance to get registered. The workshop will be happening this Saturday, September 23rd from 8:30 am - 11:30 am. Hope to see you there! **** In partnership with The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, Community Crops is hosting a workshop at our Prairie Pines Training Farm where attendees will learn how to assess their farm for beneficial insect habitat, participate in the establishment of a beetle bank shelter and take part in an insect safari with the purpose of identifying common beneficial insects and crop pests. Natural pest control on the farm depends on increasing habitat for predatory and parasitic insects that feed on common crop pests. One strategy to increase that habitat is through the use of beetle banks. A beetle bank is habitat intended to attract a specific group of beneficial insects: predatory ground beetles. Predatory ground beetles are voracious consumer of aphids, slugs, caterpillars, and other common crop pests in our region. Some research also suggests that the beetles feed on weed seeds and can help lessen field weed pressure. A beetle bank is simply a raised earthen berm planted with native bunching grasses that provides overwintering habitat for the predatory ground beetles and also provides quick access to the crop field for the beetles to feed when warm weather returns. As part of your registration you will receive several Xerces Society publications including an invaluable reference manual: Habitat Planning for Beneficial Insects Don't miss this opportunity to learn from the insect experts at the Xerces society and learn more about how to farm with native beneficial insects! Cost to register is $10

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Tomorrow morning we'll be at Prairie Pines bright and early to lean about controlling those pesky bugs in our gardens! There's still time to register or just come on out! ...

Natural Pest Control - Bug Out At Prairie Pines

September 16, 2017, 8:30am - September 16, 2017, 11:00am

In partnership with The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, Community Crops is hosting a workshop at our Prairie Pines Training Farm where attendees will learn how to assess their farm for beneficial insect habitat, participate in the establishment of a beetle bank shelter and take part in an insect safari with the purpose of identifying common beneficial insects and crop pests. Natural pest control on the farm depends on increasing habitat for predatory and parasitic insects that feed on common crop pests. One strategy to increase that habitat is through the use of beetle banks. A beetle bank is habitat intended to attract a specific group of beneficial insects: predatory ground beetles. Predatory ground beetles are voracious consumer of aphids, slugs, caterpillars, and other common crop pests in our region. Some research also suggests that the beetles feed on weed seeds and can help lessen field weed pressure. A beetle bank is simply a raised earthen berm planted with native bunching grasses that provides overwintering habitat for the predatory ground beetles and also provides quick access to the crop field for the beetles to feed when warm weather returns. As part of your registration you will receive several Xerces Society publications including an invaluable reference manual: Habitat Planning for Beneficial Insects Don't miss this opportunity to learn from the insect experts at the Xerces society and learn more about how to farm with native beneficial insects! Cost to register is $10

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Save the date and join us in Omaha Saturday October 28 for Local Foods for Local Tables Symposium! ...

Local Foods for Local Tables Symposium

October 28, 2017, 9:00am - October 28, 2017, 3:30pm

Local Foods for Local Tables Symposium: Engaging in Urban "Agvocacy" to promote a Sustainable Food System *******Note: Clicking on "Going" does not register you for the event. The event is free, but you must register by clicking on "Get Tickets" above and registering.***** Join together with others from the Omaha community who are focused on building a healthy future based in locally grown foods. Have your voice heard when it comes to important issues such as city urban agriculture policies, agricultural education, food access and equity, environmental quality, and urban agriculture as an economic driver. Find ways that you or your organization can join with others to grow a bright future with local foods. The day will be filled with town hall and round table discussions where your input on local foods is valued. The day will start with a keynote address from Ken Meter, one of the most experienced and respected food system analysts in the United States. This event is free (including the local foods lunch). Registration is open to those who want to make a difference in the local food system and urban agriculture community: producers, advocates, local leaders, organizers, and consumers! Draft Schedule: 9:00 am - Welcome and Introduction 10:00 am - Keynote: Ken Meter - The Economics Local Foods 11:15 am - Town Hall: Heartland 2050 and Local Foods 11:45 am - Town Hall: Proposed Urban Ag Ordinance Model for Metro communities 12:15 pm - Local Foods Lunch 1:15 pm - Ignite Sessions: short stories of success and opportunity 2:00 pm - Urban Ag Roundtables: STEAM Education, Food Access, Environment, Economics 3:00 pm - General Session: Report from the Roundtables 3:30 pm - Post-Symposium Sip and Learn: Value Added Products from Local Hops Production Registration closes October 10. The Local Foods for Local Tables Symposium is hosted and led by a coalition of educational institutions and community organizations that focus on improving local food production and consumption and food access. The organizaitons are Nebraska Extension (lead organization) Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture Metro Community College No More Empty Pots The Big Garden Omaha Farmers Market/ VGA The office of Rep. Don Bacon Thanks to a generous sponsorship from Farm Credit Services, this year's symposium is free of charge.

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Be sure to stop by Health 360 Clinic today, from 3-6 pm for some of the freshest, late season produce around!

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Summer crops are really hitting their peak here in Nebraska. Take advantage of this fresh, healthy produce today at the Veggie Van. Today, the spotlight is on filet beans. Ever see those skinny little green beans in the market? They’re a French variety of green bean, also known as haricot vert, or filet beans. Haricot verts are more delicate than regular green beans and cook up more quickly.They are tender and so very flavorful. Simply saute or boil, add seasoning and you have a mouthful of summer! The Veggie Van will also be stocked full of other summer crops such as tomatoes, peppers, okra, watermelon, basil, squash and more! See you today from 3-6pm at Health 360!

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