Small Towns News

Festivals can bring a community together

Let’s celebrate our rural communities with intention. The Center for Rural Affairs helps communities learn and engage in an intentional way to make long lasting connections across cultures.

One way to celebrate our small towns is to support cultural festivals in rural communities. Festivals teach us something new about our neighbors, strengthen our relationships, and foster community pride by bringing people together from all walks of life.

Conference focuses on food and arts-based businesses and rural communities

Registration is open for the Food + Art Conference: Growing Rural Businesses and Communities, hosted by the Center for Rural Affairs.

The event will be held on Thursday, Oct. 10, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Pender Community Center, 614 Main St., in Pender, Nebraska.

The conference will offer resources and connections for food and arts-based businesses, and rural community or economic developers wishing to develop local economic opportunities around local foods and the arts.

Como crear una red social

¿Ha querido reunirse con otros para una gran causa? ¿Que tal creando oportunidades para promover un negocio? ¿O, un centro de recursos donde la gente puede compartir información? 

Creando una red puede ser una experiencia intimidante, pero no imposible. Con buena planificación y organización la recompensa podrá ser ventajosa. Es posible que usted se pregunte cómo puedo empezar.

Nebraska strong: Latino families wade through flooding resources with the help of Center staff

Before this spring’s flooding in Fremont, Nebraska, Hilda Moreno’s small family farm business was thriving. 

Her 13-year-old son, Carlos, owns an egg business where he had customers on a waiting list because the business was booming. His plans were to add broiler chickens to his existing enterprise. Carlos, who is always thinking of ways to diversify, such as selling goose and duck eggs, was eager to grow his business. 

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