Support Crops

Growing Farmers Workshop Series

Saturdays, January 23 - April 9, 2016

Do you dream of beginning your own small farm? The Growing Farmers workshops will help you learn the planning and production skills you need to start a market farm business. Learn from experienced growers, Extension Educators and business experts about sustainable vegetable production.

The Savilles, 2014 Growing Farmers participants, shared that "Community Crops has allowed us to slowly become immersed in the farming world without the large initial expense required when beginning a new business. Crops has also been a great resource for organic growing information and networking opportunities. They have given us a multitude of educational opportunities and without them we would not be in our first year of business."

Growing Farmers Workshop Schedule

Classes will start on Saturday, January 23, 2016 and meet every Saturday until April 9th (except for March 26th), 9am-4pm, with a lunch break. classes will be held in Lincoln at Community Action, 210 O Street, just west of downtown. (map)

Some of the many sustainable farming topics you will learn about:

  • Seed Starting
  • Functional Business Planning
  • Crop Planning
  • Different Market Opportunities
  • Farmers' Market Focus
  • Marketing 101
  • Planning for Profit and Managing Your Risks
  • Field Management
  • GAPs (Good Agricultural Practices) and Food Safety

We will also have 4 farm tours at sustainable, small scale farms.

Here is the syllabus for the 2016 course.

Scholarships Available!

Registration for 2016 is just $450 -- for a course valued at over $1200! Scholarships are available for all who need them. In addition, a couple or two farm partners can register for $600.

For more information please contact Matt or call him at 402 474 9802.

Prairie Pines Incubator Farm

Graduates of the Growing Farmers Workshop Series are eligible to apply for the Prairie Pines Incubator Farm site, where they can start their farm business.

On-Line Webinars

All sessions will be recorded so you can watch them later if you miss a session. Recordings will only be available to registered participants.

If you live too far from Lincoln to attend the sessions in person, we will also be offering the sessions virtually! You can register for the classes and watch them from your own home. Please contact Matt for more information and pricing for the on-line only option.

Partnership with the Center for Rural Affairs

This workshop series is a partnership with the Center of Rural Affairs. The workshop series will be simultaneously occurring in Crete in Spanish. If you would prefer a Spanish language experience please contact Erin.

Funding for the Growing Farmers Training Program provided by the USDA's Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Development Program.

In addition to the above classes, we also offer an intermediate level series of farming workshops. Details.

Farm Beginnings

Another opportunity for beginning farmers is the Farm Beginnings course, which will be offered again in 2016. Farm BeginningsĀ® is an educational training and support program designed to help people who want to evaluate and plan their farm enterprise.

This course is appropriate for those who want to transition their existing farm or who are focused on larger livestock or have land. More details.