Farm Tours Take Latino Entrepreneurs to Diversified Farms in Central Nebraska

For the second time this summer, the Center for Rural Affairs is hosting a day of farm tours as part of their Beginning Latino Farmer Program. 

These tours will expose participants to a wider range of farming possibilities. In June we visited several diversified farms; saw poultry, cattle, hogs, vegetables, and a farmers’ market. This time, we’ll visit sheep and goat farms and learn about extending the vegetable-growing season with hoop houses.

The free day of farm tours will take place on Sunday, August 18, 2013 from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Participants will meet and depart from the Lexington Public Library at 907 N Washington St, Lexington, NE. The tour group will visit Lammers Gelbvieh in Lexington, Meyer Sheep in Riverdale, and a hoop house in the Kearney area. Bilingual staff will join the group for the entire tour.

This event will introduce participants to a variety of production and marketing techniques. Topics will include genetics and cooperative sales of sheep and goats, and season-extension of vegetable production.  Tour participants will learn how these farmers balance off-farm jobs with their hearty on-farm schedules.  They’ll also learn about opportunities to participate in a mentorship program through the Nebraska Sheep and Goat Producers.  During the hoop house tour, structure construction options and NRCS funding will be discussed.

Transportation and refreshments will be provided. Attendees must pre-register with Erin Frank at erinf@cfra.org or 402.822.0066.  Deadline to register is Monday, August 12th.