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, our workshops teach the basics of starting a sustainable market farm business..
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.
Saturdays, January – May, 2017
The updated syllabus below provides more detail about the classes offered this year.
All participants in the program will leave with the skills to succession crop plan for continuous harvest, assess soil health with a microscope, write a business plan, manage their business finances and much more!
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.
The 2017 schedule is still a draft and is subject to change.
Enrollment for the workshops is $300. A couple can enroll in the classes for $400. Scholarships are available for those requiring financial assistance.
Included with your enrollment are educational materials, light refreshments and snacks during the workshops and transportation to farm tours.
For more information please contact Matt or call him at 402 474 9802.
Learn more about starting your own small farm in our FAQ.
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.
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.
Another opportunity for beginning farmers is the Farm Beginnings® 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.