Farm and Food News

Unapologetically Rural: Food & Gardens

Community Gardens provide more than tasty nourishment, as you'll see in this annual report story.

If you drove past Carriage House Estates trailer court and Air Vista park – just east of the municipal airport in Columbus, Nebraska – a little over a year ago, you wouldn’t have seen anything surprising.

Raising Hay and a Little Hell in a Man’s Field

It’s a man’s world, or at least that is a popular belief when it comes to farming. But today approximately half of Midwest and Great Plains farm and ranch land is owned or co-owned by women.

Phyllis McCain of Norfolk, Neb. is one of those women landowners. She recently attended a Women Caring for the Land workshop organized by the Center for Rural Affairs. It is one of several workshops being hosted this summer designed to empower women who own land.

Unapologetically Rural: Family Farming & Ranching

With your help, we reached women landowners owning a combined 14,000 acres of land. These landowners see the economic value of using practices like cover crops on their land. This story from our Annual Report tells you more.

Walk into a small town cafe or gas station early in the morning. You’re likely to see a group of older male farmers shooting the breeze. Though the topic of their conversations may seem trivial, the existence of a meeting place allows for the exchange of information about business and farming practices.

School’s Almost Out – It’s Time to Think Farm to Summer

Cucumbers, raspberries, onions, strawberries, zucchini ... the list goes on and on. It seems like summer is when we really start to eat well.

The bounty is great, but how can we get these colorful foods onto our kid’s plates when school is out? According to Kayte Partch of the Nebraska Department of Education, the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) provides ample opportunity for our kids eat real food at zero cost to the family.

Project Aims to Grow Food, Learning, and Entrepreneurship

Many schools in Nebraska have greenhouses, but many only use those greenhouses for starting perennials or growing holiday plants. Some even lie fallow. This is a missed opportunity for Nebraska’s kids.

This why we’re so excited to be awarded a grant from the Blooming Prairie Foundation for our Greenhouse-Grown Organic Entrepreneurs project! We can’t wait to partner with schools and get to work. 

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