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Community Crops provides training, technical assistance and land access to beginning, immigrant and limited-resource farmers. Our goal is to help people create sustainable farm businesses to feed their families and their community.

The Growing Farmers Winter Workshops from January-April are the first step in our program. Each year, thirty beginning farmers learn the basics of starting a sustainable farm business, with an emphasis on direct marketing.

Graduates of the Growing Farmers Workshop Series are eligible to apply for the Prairie Pines Incubator Farm site, where they can start their farm business.

Growing Farmers Workshop Series

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Saturdays, January 23 – April 9, 2016

The Savilles, 2014 Growing Farmers participants, shared that “Community Crops has allowed us to slowly become immersed in the farming world without the large initial expense required when beginning a new business. Crops has also been a great resource for organic growing information and networking opportunities. They have given us a multitude of educational opportunities and without them we would not be in our first year of business.”

Do you dream of beginning your own small farm? The Growing Farmers workshops will help you learn the planning and production skills you need to start a market farm business. Learn from experienced growers, Extension Educators and business experts about sustainable vegetable production.

Growing Farmers Workshop Schedule

Syllabus for the 2016 course.

More Information

For more information please contact Matt or call him at 402 474 9802.

Learn more about starting your own small farm in our FAQ.

Additional Workshop Options

On-Line Webinars

All sessions will be recorded so you can watch them later if you miss a session. Recordings will only be available to registered participants.

If you live too far from Lincoln to attend the sessions in person, we will also be offering the sessions virtually! You can register for the classes and watch them from your own home. Please contact Matt for more information and pricing for the on-line only option.

Partnership with the Center for Rural Affairs

This workshop series is a partnership with the Center of Rural Affairs. The workshop series will be simultaneously occurring in Fremont in Spanish. If you would prefer a Spanish language experience please contact Kirstin.

Funding for the Growing Farmers Training Program provided by the USDA’s Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Development Program.

Whole Farm Workshops

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Due to multiple requests from past participants we have created a more advanced workshop series.

Cost for the series is $150 and scholarships are available. Individual classes are $20 each.

See the Events Page for the remaining classes in the series on Growing & Selling Perennial Fruits & Vegetables, Commercial Mushroom Farming, Raising Small Livestock and Value Added Products.

For more information, contact Matt, matt@communitycrops.org or call 402.474.9802.

Community Crops Graduates Searching for Land

Since 2005, Community Crops has been supporting beginning farmers as they start new farm businesses. However, our training program is only three years long, and our program graduates need space to expand their growing operations! Are you or interested in supporting the next generation of farmers by leasing or selling your land in or near Lincoln? Most graduates are looking for one to two acres of flat land with access to water.

Contact the Crops office at 402-474-9802 or email Matt if you have any information on land that would meet our graduates’ needs.

Farm Beginnings

Another opportunity for beginning farmers is the Farm BeginningsĀ® course, an educational training and support program designed to help people who want to evaluate and plan their farm enterprise. This course is appropriate for those who want to transition their existing farmland or who are focused on larger livestock. More details.