Farm Tours & Workshops Introduce Beginners to Farm & Ranch Opportunities in Nebraska - Center for Rural Affairs hosting series to help beginning Latino farmers - Workshop and tour series delivered in Spanish

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Erin Schoenberg, Center for Rural Affairs ,, Phone: (402) 822-0066
or Elisha Smith, Center for Rural Affairs,, Phone: (402) 687-2103 ext. 1007

Lyons, Nebraska -The Center for Rural Affairs is offering a free summer series of Latino Beginning Farmer and Rancher workshops in Columbus, Lincoln, Lexington and Crete, Nebraska. The sessions will be held every Saturday from July 11 to September 12, 2015.

“These in-depth workshops are perfect for those with the passion to start your own farm or ranch business,” said Erin Schoenberg, event organizer. “The guest speakers we have lined up are top-notch. These are great opportunities to learn from expert presenters and network with other farmers.”
In addition to the classroom sessions, several area farm tours will be included in the course.  Participants can pick and choose which workshops and farm tours work best for them to attend, based on their location.  All workshops and tours will be presented or interpreted in Spanish.
What: Multi-session summer series of Latino Beginning Farmer & Rancher Workshops and Farm Tours
When: Saturdays Beginning on July 11 through September 12, 2015
July 11 - Columbus; Farm Tour at Jim Knopik’s Farm near Fullerton, NE
July 18 - Columbus; Workshop with Legal Aid and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
July 25 - Columbus; Workshop with Buy Fresh Buy Local and Extension
July 25 - Lexington; Workshop with Garcia Farms and UNL’s Ag Economics’ Dave Goeller
August 1 - Columbus; Workshop with local Farmers’ Market Manager Shirley Enguist
August 8 - Columbus; Farm tour at Prairie Pride Poultry near York, NE
August 11 - Columbus; Farm tour at Pekarek’s Produce near Dwight, NE
August TBD -  Lexington; Workshop with local bookkeeper and SCORE member Doug Lynn presenting
August 29 - Lincoln; Farm tour at Open Harvest’s Dig Deeper near Lincoln, NE
September 12 - Lincoln/Crete/Columbus/Lexington; Farm tours at Prairie Pride Poultry, 26th Street Farm, Fox Run Farms and others
All Columbus workshops will be held at the Columbus Public Library and the Lexington workshops will be held at the Lexington Public Library.
For more information or to sign up, contact Erin Schoenberg at or (402) 822-0066.

The Center for Rural Affairs is an Equal Opportunity Provider, and Employer.