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Teamwork Raises Caliber of Latino Farmer Outreach

What a difference a team can make. I’ve been heading up the Center’s Latino Farmer Project for a couple of years. I feel positive about our progress. Dozens of aspiring and beginning Latino farmers in rural Nebraska communities have received training. Relationships have been created or deepened with important agencies, organizations, and individuals.

Creating Buzz About Pollinators

As wild habitat continues to disappear from the landscape, so too do wild pollinators - the native bees, bats, birds, and butterflies that are dependent on this floral diversity to survive and thrive.

This wide-scale decline has triggered alarm for good reason: we need pollinators to eat and live. They are responsible for 85% of the world’s flowering plants, including more than two-thirds of the world’s crop species, according to the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

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.

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