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Center for Rural Affairs September and October 2016 Newsletter

Since its inception, the Center for Rural Affairs has chosen to advance a set of values that reflect the best of rural America.

One is: “We value genuine OPPORTUNITY for all to earn a living, raise a family and prosper in a rural place.”

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Improving food systems, enhancing lives

Sharon Freemont sits on a stool in the evening, weeding the garden. Sometimes her three grandchildren join her.

The garden is surrounded by high grass, and beyond that, fields, shaded in the evening by a lone tree.

“It’s nice in the evening, I sit, relax and meditate,” Sharon said. “We sit and look at what we’ve done, it’s something we did all by ourselves.”

The family has a small garden at their home three miles outside of Walthill, Neb., on the Omaha Reservation.

Local food trucks dish out a rumble

Tacos vs. smoked ribs. Frozen treats vs. salads. 

Hundreds flocked to downtown Norfolk, Neb., on a warm Friday evening in late July for a taste of local food and local music. 

The focus? Food Truck Rumble. 

The goal? Sample until you were stuffed, then vote on your favorite cuisine. At least, that’s what our goal was. 

Seven food trucks, each an individual small business from the area, competed in the rumble. And, some of the businesses have worked with the Center for Rural Affairs’ Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP). 

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