John Porter discusses Urban Ag & Gary Lesoing talks about Farming on an acreage & SARE at Farm Beginnings®

At the Farm Beginnings®  class tomorrow, March 10th at the Douglas County Extension office at 8015 West Center Rd. John Porter, Extension Educator in Douglas/Sarpy County will discuss urban farming, where space is limiting.  Gary Lesoing, Extension Educator in Nemaha County and Nebraska State SARE Coordinator will explain the SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education) program and some of the resources they have and he will also talk about farming on an acreage and show some of the Nebraska farmers that are farming on small areas of land and growing food locally, contributing to the local food system.

If you are interested in coming to the Farm Beginnings program tomorrow, it will be held held from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Cost of the program is $25 per person and this includes lunch.  For more information contact John at 402-444-7804 or Gary at 402-274-4755.


A lot in the middle of Omaha is being cleared to start growing vegetables.
In Omaha these lots have been cleared and the Big Garden is growing all types of vegetables on this site. 


Cover Crops are growing in the fall of the year on these raised beds on a lot at Big Muddy Urban Farm in Omaha

John Porter will discuss how vegetables can be grown in areas with very limited space and how you can make your area as productive as possible.


Al-Be Farm in Julian, NE south of Nebraska City raise different breeds of chickens up as pullets and sell to people for egg production.
Beth Kernes-Krause from Al-Be -Farm utilizes an old trailer as housing for chickens on their small acreage on the edge of Julian. 
Jill Heng from Olive Creek Farm and her family have a diversified farming operation on their land in southeast Lancaster County.  Here is their flock of Rhode Island Reds on pasture.  They sell eggs from this flock to customers. 
Olive Creek Farm also raises pastured broilers.  They raise and process about 1000 broiler each summer on their farm.  
Olive Creek has two high tunnels.  They have peppers and tomatoes growing in it during the summer.  They sell at the Haymarket Farmers Market in Lincoln and also sell off the farm.   
Jerry and Renee Cornett have Prairie Plate Restaurant and Lakeside Farm near Waverly, NE. They grow the vegetables they serve in the restaurant organically on their farm. Here is one of their fields growing in late August of last year. 
The Cornett’s also utilize a high tunnel. We visited their farm on a tour last summer. Cover crops are sometimes planted in the high tunnel in the fall. 

Gary Lesoing will talk about these and other farmers in Nebraska and how they are contributing to the local food system here in Nebraska. If you are interested in coming to the Farm Beginnings program tomorrow, it will be held from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

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