True Friends

Meet Charlie and Saba, two of the 300 gardeners in our community garden program. Two years ago, they were strangers, separated by language and cultural barriers. Today they are True Friends! Charlie is a retired farmer from Kearney; Sabah an Iraqi refugee, with a lifetime of working the farm fields in his home country. However unlikely, their friendship has blossomed…

From Lincoln to India

GIVE TO LINCOLN DAY IS MAY 18TH MAKE A BIGGER IMPACT BY DONATING TODAY! Pearl onions, peanuts, lemon trees, and rice remind Narmadha of the vacations visiting her grandparents in a farming village near Perambalur. During the annual harvest festival called Pongal, all the farmers and families would thank each of the natural resources that helped them grow and harvest their…

Support Crops and Get Free Plants!

Dear Crops Supporters, Individuals like yourself have made it possible for hundreds of Lincoln families to benefit from Crops’ programming, providing them the tools and resources to become more self-sufficient by growing their own food or starting a small business. However, funding for these programs is in serious jeopardy. Now more than ever, Community Crops needs your support to improve our…

Statement from Executive Director on Refugee Ban

Dear Crops Supporters, Since 2003, Community Crops has welcomed gardeners and farmers from across the world to join us in our efforts to make Lincoln a more vibrant and equitable city. Recognizing the unique talents and experiences of refugees, Community Crops has worked closely with Lincoln’s diverse ethnic communities to tailor our programs to the needs of New Americans, regardless…

John Doran

World-renowned soil microbiologist and sustainability expert, John Doran, has dedicated his life to meeting the needs of people and taking care of the earth’s resources. As someone involved with Community Crops since its inception, he has contributed his knowledge, time, and funds to help create a community in which not only vegetables flourish, but people as well. John’s main priority…

Khudaidah Aldikhi

The 2016 growing season marks Khudaidah’s third year gardening in a plot with Community Crops. His first year, he had a plot in Peter Pan Park, but since then he has been gardening in Antelope Community Garden, which is located near his home. As a resident of Lincoln since 2011, Khudaidah values the opportunity to grow food for his family…

Franz Blaha

During his frequent walks around his neighborhood, Dr. Franz Blaha found his eyes repeatedly drawn to the local garden plots operated by Community Crops. Despite being someone who has never gardened before, Franz decided to set up his own small plot in 2008, first at the 46th Street Community Garden, and now at the Antelope Community Garden. When his wife…

Barakat Haji

When asked to describe himself, Barakat asserts that he loves calling himself a farmer more than anything else. “I always say, my whole life I was a farmer,” Barakat relates. “It’s really fun being a farmer.” In Iraq, Barakat remembers that every home had a small garden attached to it, where families would gather in the evenings and enjoy the…

Lamya Ali

As a resident of Lincoln since 1999, Lamya has been involved with Community Crops two separate times, with her plot now flourishing in the 18th and F Garden. “I love gardening,” Lamya relates. She says that most of the time when she goes to her plot, not many people are there, and she enjoys “getting close to the earth.” However,…

Courtney Lawton – Community Gardener

The landscape in suburban Lincoln is a bit different from the dry, cactus-covered desert of Albuquerque, New Mexico where first-time Community Crops gardener Courtney Lawton called home until 2012 when she moved to Nebraska to get her Ph.D. in English at UNL. Always an avid gardener, with a growing history of tomatoes, zucchinis, corn, and even lush lavender bushes, she…