Community Food News

Community garden takes root in Grand Island

A space that was once home to grass and weeds is now a burgeoning field of fresh crops.

This is the second year the Center for Rural Affairs has worked to establish a community garden at the Third City Community Clinic in Grand Island, Nebraska. Together, in partnership with CHI Health St. Francis, and Central Community College (CCC), we have been able to turn a piece of otherwise unused land into an urban garden.

Staff spotlight: Bounthy brings support back to small towns

Eating fresh foods is a crucial factor in leading a healthy lifestyle. Unfortunately, not everyone has access to homegrown, unprocessed foods.

This happens to be the case on the Omaha Reservation. Bounthy Parker wants to help members of the Omaha Nation solve this problem by demonstrating how to grow vegetables and sell the foods at farmers markets.

Strong regional food systems keep wealth within communities, help students see future

Food and economic security in rural communities is directly related to community development. In many rural areas, food purchased at grocery stores is imported, and dollars spent for this food ultimately end up out of state.

For example, in our home state of Nebraska, our staff found residents spend nearly $5 billion annually on food. Approximately 90 percent of that money leaves the state, as reported in a 2015 Center for Rural Affairs white paper.

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