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Put Family Farmers Back into Farm to School

Farm to School programs appeared in the 90s with a three-way focus: fresh, local foods in schools; agriculture and nutrition education in classrooms; and purchases that support local family farms. Years since have seen these programs grow to include 40,000 schools and 23 million students.
 

Christmas Bazaar offers Unique, Local Holiday Shopping Experience

Black Friday and Small Business Saturday have passed, but there is still plenty of time for holiday shopping. And for those who aspire to shop local, a great opportunity exists, especially if you're looking to support beginning farmers, artisans and craftspeople close to home.
 
On Saturday, December 13th, check out one of the most unique holiday shopping experiences you'll find in Northeast Nebraska ... or anywhere.
 

Conservation Helps Build Tourism Dollars in Western States

Small towns and rural communities depend on recreation and tourism for large parts of their economy. This was obvious to me growing up. I’m from Wisconsin, where the summer tourism industry depends so heavily on student labor, public schools and universities can’t even start before September 1.

Western states also depend on recreation and tourism. Visitors to Bureau of Land Management(BLM) sagebrush landscapes spent an estimated $1 billion last year, according to a recent study.

Giving Thanks

We say all the time that small towns and rural areas are special places. We say it so often that it can lose its meaning. What are we really saying when we repeat that line? What is it that makes small towns and rural places special?

You know, small towns and rural communities are merely a collection of buildings and open spaces. What makes them special are the people who live there.

In the last year, my family and I have lived in two different small towns. Each one was different in its own way. Yet the similarities in the way people acted have been remarkable.

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