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Himelda styles her way to success

Himelda Lomeli has always wanted to be her own boss. After working in the cosmetology industry since 1992, she now has the independence she craved.

Staff spotlight: Dongwen keeps Center’s finances accounted for 

Dongwen Wang knows numbers—she’s so good with figuring out finances that she’s made a career out of it.

Currently an accounting associate with the Center for Rural Affairs, Dongwen started with the organization in 2015 as a finance intern. Today, she handles a myriad of responsibilities that help Center staff members, as well as the organization itself, run smoothly.

New cottage food law supports Nebraska’s entrepreneurs

In 2015, a working group gathered to talk about the challenges Nebraska food consumers and producers alike face, and how to best address them.

In 2019, Nebraska Legislative Bill (LB) 304 was passed, expanding the state’s food laws to facilitate growth among cottage food entrepreneurs, or those who bake and prepare certain foods in their home kitchens and sell them on a small scale.

Transplanted gardener welcomed at Omaha Nation Farmers Market

Tomas Delacruz lives north of Macy, Nebraska, where his two acres of land host an ever-expanding garden. 

Growing up in Mexico, Tomas and his family harvested chilies and peppers. Now, living in Nebraska, he continues to grow those familiar staples, and has added a plethora of other vegetables to his garden, some of which he was able to sell last summer. 

For assistance in selling his produce, Tomas reached out to former Center for Rural Affairs community food associate, Bounthy Parker, who helped run the Omaha Reservation Community Farmers Market, in Macy and Walthill.

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