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One Step at a Time

Getting a local food system into place doesn’t come overnight. It’s a one step at a time process. And that’s exactly what the “One Step” Garden at the Clarinda Regional Health Center in Clarinda, Iowa, is doing. 

Rural Rockstar: Linda Kleinschmit a sustainable agriculture hero

In acknowledging her decades of leadership and service to sustainable agriculture, USDA has recognized Nebraska farmer Linda Kleinschmit as a NCR-SARE Hero.

Linda is a former Center for Rural Affairs Advisory Board member. She and her husband Martin, a former Center staff member, farm 365 acres of organic crops and livestock near Hartington, Neb. 

Women circle around sustainable farming

Since April, the Center, along with a small group of women farmer leaders, has co-led the first two in a series of Women Farmer Learning Circles on sustainable farming in a changing climate. Participating women are considered the “experts” on their own production, farmland, and conservation needs, and are encouraged to speak about their own experiences and goals rather than passively listen to a professional in a traditional lecture format. This format builds knowledge, confidence, and community around topics the group is most interested in exploring.

The Good Herdsman - Celebrating Ten Unapologetically Rural Years

Throughout my years I’ve recognized that a good herdsman understands that when working with and sorting livestock, it’s best to move gently, quietly and step towards the cattle, working with the animals rather against. It’s a science and a real art that requires patience and knowledge of the animal.
 
Recently while sorting cattle it dawned on me that the way a good herdsman interacts with livestock isn’t all that different from how a good leader interacts with his colleagues and peers.
 

Center Spirit Award

Memorial Day weekend kicked off a new Center for Rural Affairs tradition - a spirit award! The inaugural award went to Dena Beck, Senior Project Leader and Loan Specialist for our small business development program, REAP.

Dena had posted a photograph of her spiffy home office on facebook, adorned with the wood window frame carved with the Center's logo. (See it above.)

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