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Food Baskets and Farmers Market Build Momentum with Omaha and Santee

Since I started work for the Center for Rural Affairs in November 2013, I have been both at the “beginning” and the “later” stages of two garden projects. They are for the Santee Sioux and Omaha Tribes in Northeast Nebraska.

The Santee Garden to Market Project started in 2011 with establishment of 15 gardens. It included the launch of the first-ever Santee farmers market. Our gardeners were able to bring their fresh produce to the market for sale.

Meet Juan Sandoval, REAP Hispanic Business Center Director

I grew up in the 3rd largest city in Venezuela. When I moved to Norfolk, Nebraska in 1999, it was a bit of a culture shock. But I love that everyone in town knows who I am. Everywhere I go, I run into a friend.

I have learned to appreciate the little things in life. When I’m driving through Nebraska, I take a moment every day to look at the beautiful prairies, small farms, red barns, soy and corn fields, feedlots, and many brick buildings dating from the 1800-1900s. In all, Rural America is a great place to live.

REAP Staff the Hardest Working in the Country!

REAP is well known as the go-to program for entrepreneurs in need of services including lending, loan packaging, one-on-one counseling, business plan development, and specialized entrepreneurial training.

Our staff has come a long way since we began in 1990. Initially, REAP was a full-service Peer-Group lending program. The ability to organize and maintain peer groups was a high priority for staff back then.

By the late 1990’s, direct lending had become the norm. Working one-on-one with entrepreneurs became a prized skill, in addition to working with others.

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