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Community CROPS April 2010 Newsletter

CSA and garden applications are coming in every day, and farmers are getting to the end of their farm training program and are ready to start planting. Spring is right around the corner and if you've stopped by our office recently, you know it is keeping us plenty busy.

Garden Plots Filling Quickly

Every day, we get more and more community garden applications in the mail--it is an exciting time in the office as families sign up for their plots. We still have space available for you! Want space to grow your own food? Know someone who needs a a garden so they can add more vegetables to their diet? Everyone is eligible to get a plot -- fees are based on income or work trade, so all can participate. Sign up on-line or print an application to mail.

Buy from Local Farmers!

We've been getting many registrations for the CROPS CSA -- it is exciting to see how many people want to get a box of fresh, seasonal produce and support beginning entrepreneurs at the same time. You won't be disappointed with a CROPS CSA box -- it's like getting a present every week! A box full of a great variety of delicious vegetables. You'll eat better and experience the growing season first hand.

A new exciting development is that we have been working with various businesses to promote the CSA to their employees. Work at BryanLGH? They will offer a payroll deduction plan, so you can pay for your CSA over multiple pay checks, rather than all at once. Look for us to promote the CSA at Ameritas' health fairs, and through Lincoln Industries and Duncan Aviation. If you would like to have the option of payroll deduction at your workplace, please have your wellness coordinator or human resources contact Community CROPS.

Sign up now before all the shares are gone!

Want to know more about CSA's? Here's an article on how to choose and what to think about before you sign up.

Learn More from CROPS Experts

The workshop calendar for the spring is shaping up nicely. Highlights include Seed Starting Class with Twyla Hansen, 6:30PM, Tuesday, March 30th and From Mowing to Growing: Starting a Garden at Home Saturday April 3rd 10:00am-12:00pm

Many more classes coming soon on rain gardens, rain barrels and much more ... keep an eye on our Workshops Page for details and to register for these classes.

Facebook Page

The CROPS Facebook page already has 370 fans and is growing quickly. It is a great place to connect with other people who care about fresh, local food. Join us!

Donations Making Our Work Possible

Thanks to all our awesome friends who have been supporting CROPS with your donations. We can't do all this great work without your support. Right now we especially need donations to get the community gardens ready for the growing season. Whether it is a one-time donation, or a fantastic monthly donation, everything helps. Donate now!

Local-licious Dinner

Friday, April 23, 6pm, Country Club of Lincoln

This event is a great way to learn how Lincolnites can eat locally. Come enjoy a delicious dinner from locally grown and raised foods whipped into a fabulous meal by chef Don at the Country Club of Lincoln.

You'll be supporting the Nebraska Food Cooperative, Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society and Buy Fresh, Buy Local Nebraska.

Order tickets on the Nebraska Food Cooperative's website.

CROPS Farm Internship

Community CROPS will have a part-time internship available this summer for someone who really wants to get a hands-on education growing food sustainably. Application details.

A Future for Agriculture, A Future for Haiti

A recent article in Yes! magazine that's worth reading--the magazine is known for presenting issues with practical actions.

What would it take to transform Haiti’s economy such that its role in the global economy is no longer that of providing cheap labor for sweatshops? What would it take for hunger to no longer be the norm, for the country no longer to depend on imports and hand-outs, and for Port-au-Prince’s slums no longer to contain 85 percent of the city’s residents? What would it take for the hundreds of thousands left homeless by the earthquake to have a secure life, with income?

According to Haitian peasant organizations, at the core of the solutions is a commitment on the part of government to support family agriculture, with policies to make the commitment a reality.

Read more ...

CROPS Plant Sale

Saturday, May 8, 2-4pm
Mark your calendars for the annual CROPS Plant Sale, where you will be able to buy a wide variety of vegetable plants, along with many perennials, annuals, herbs, bushes and house plants! The sale raised over $1500 for community gardens in 2009, and we're aiming to double that this year. More details

KZUM How's It Growing?

Every Wednesday morning, 11am-12pm, on KZUM 89.3 FM, you'll hear How's It Growing?, a weekly show all about gardening in Lincoln. Every week you will learn a new trick, find out about a new plant, and hear about many great events going on around Lincoln. The March 31 show will feature Amy and Brendan talking about everything at Community CROPS, so be sure to tune in!