The subtitle of this blog is “Adventures in Food Production in the Omaha Foodshed.” Webster’s dictionary defines adventure as “a daring and exciting activity calling for enterprise and enthusiasm”; if that doesn’t describe local food production, I don’t know what does. And a foodshed is a geographic region that produces food for a particular population. On this blog I will share recommendations for small-scale food production in Eastern Nebraska, success stories from local producers, musings on the food system and food policy issues, and even some of my favorite recipes to use up the season’s bounty.
This isn’t just my hobby, it’s my calling. And lucky me, in 2015 I was hired by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to develop an Extension program in Regional Food Systems. I serve the breadth of rural, urban, suburban, and peri-urban food producers in the region including those growing produce to sell through Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs and farmers markets, those supplying local restaurants with fresh vegetables and meats, those harvesting and selling eggs and honey in the community, those producing ingredients for campus dining halls and cafeterias, and those growing food in school, backyard, or community gardens. My long-term goal is to help increase the number and volume of local foods produced and sold in the region.
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