Military veteran farm tour scheduled for May 24 in Lincoln area

Release Date: 

05/07/2018

Contact(s): 

Jordan Rasmussen, policy associate, jordanr@cfra.org, 402.687.2100 ext. 1032; or Rhea Landholm, brand marketing and communications manager, rheal@cfra.org, 402.687.2100 ext 1025

Lincoln, Neb. - Military veterans who are farming or who are interested in farming are invited to a free, one-day tour near Lincoln, Nebraska, on Thursday, May 24.

Answering the Call: Veteran Farm Tour features three locations including Robinette Farms, Prairie Plate Restaurant, and Barreras Family Farm. The event is sponsored by the Center for Rural Affairs and Legal Aid of Nebraska.  

“Participants can see how their fellow veterans have translated the duty and drive of military life into rewarding second careers in farming,” said Jordan Rasmussen, policy program associate at the Center for Rural Affairs. “It is often shared that the traits needed to excel in military service: initiative, organization, dedication, and creative problem solving, are also required to start and grow a farm.”

The tour begins at Robinette Farms, a diversified, commercial, small-scale, family farm that grows more than 80 varieties of vegetables for regional grocery stores, farmers markets, and local customers.

Lunch will be provided on the second stop, Prairie Plate Restaurant on Lakehouse Farm. The farm-to-table restaurant offers a seasonal menu based on products from Lakehouse Farm and regional providers. Both the restaurant and farm are veteran-owned and operated.

The final stop on the tour is Barreras Family Farm, which provides pasture raised, antibiotic and hormone free, sustainable farm products including chickens, eggs, and goats milk via direct retail and wholesale customers to the surrounding area.

Registration is requested by May 21. For more information and to register, call 402.687.2100 ext. 1032 or visit cfra.org/events/answeringthecallfarmtour.

Additional support for the tour is provided by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, award number 2015-70017-23907; Farm Credit Services of America Working Here Fund; Nebraska Tourism Commission; and North Central Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education.