July Updates

The Community Crops office is now open to visitors 12-4pm Monday-Friday.  Please do not visit our office if you have any possible symptoms of COVID-19 or recent exposure. We ask our visitors to please wear masks whenever possible. We welcome you to schedule a time for your visit in advance to ensure we are best able to help. Appointments can be made by leaving us a message at 402-474-9802 or info@communitycrops.org.

Learn about our ongoing efforts to meet our mission during the COVID-19 pandemic and how you can help by reading our Executive Director’s latest letter here.

All garden sites are full for 2020. All gardens are full for the 2020 growing season and no new placements will occur after June 1st each year. All applications received after February 26th were placed on the waiting list for 2020. If you are looking for garden space, our 2020 application form is still available. While we cannot place you for the 2020 season, this helps us have good data to understand which parts of town are most in-demand for garden sites and ensures you will be on the early notification list when the 2021 application becomes available this fall.

Looking for basic tips and resources for your garden this year? Check out the #MowingToGrowing campaign and pledge to grow some of your own food this season.

A Note from the Executive Director:

 

As we navigate these challenging and uncertain times, I want to share some reflections from the past few weeks that have encouraged me as well as an update on our next steps.

As a new executive director, I could not be more proud of the nonprofit sector, local food organizations, and my staff. Behind the scenes, entire new communication structures are being woven within the nonprofit community of Nebraska and Lincoln to get up-to-the-minute updates shared quickly, as well as resources and ideas for the unique challenges of the current crisis. Organizations are transforming their operations to ensure folks get the critical services they need.

Those of us working on local food production issues are getting organized and talking about how we can do our part to help in the coming months. Whatever challenges are ahead, we know that spaces and resources to grow food locally will be more needed than ever, from the value of having access to healthy, fresh produce to the healing quality of digging in the dirt and spending time in nature. We will share more about our collective organizing in the coming weeks.

Finally, I am so proud of how incredible the staff of Community Crops has been. The organization quickly restructured for remote work, while staff are thinking creatively to redesign their approach to programming. We will continue to find ways to bring you the resources you need to grow local food, from new approaches to education to moving our Plant Sale online with safe pick-up options.

While there are many challenges ahead and we don’t have all the answers yet, I’m confident that our community will work together to build on the shared strength,  resilience, and kindness that makes Lincoln so special. Now more than ever, we remain committed to growing local food. Thank you for your support and be well!

Sincerely,

Megan McGuffey

Community Crops Operations Updates

 

The Community Crops office will be closed to the public until at least May 6th to continue doing our part to stop the spread of the virus. We will continue to follow public health recommendations as they continue to evolve.

Gardeners can now make appointments at our office to help them get ready for the season (turning in gardener waivers and payments and accessing free seeds). Please call (402) 474-9802 or contact us at info@communitycrops.org to make your appointment.

Community Resources for COVID-19

 

City of Lincoln Updates & Resources