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Recent posts by Erin Schoenberg

Teamwork Raises Caliber of Latino Farmer Outreach

What a difference a team can make. I’ve been heading up the Center’s Latino Farmer Project for a couple of years. I feel positive about our progress. Dozens of aspiring and beginning Latino farmers in rural Nebraska communities have received training. Relationships have been created or deepened with important agencies, organizations, and individuals.

"You're looking pretty rural!”

My sweet former neighbors and landlords must have be feeling festive, or feisty at least. They called out to me, "Hey, Erin! You're looking pretty rural!" I was crossing the yard, headed home from a veggie delivery run, but turned back with the “What?!” response you'd expect. I mean, who says that? And what does it even mean?! Does everyone think I look rural? Is that my look, RURAL?!

Workshops Teach Beginning Latino Farmers How to Get Started

Have you ever dreamed of owning your own farm or ranch business?  Starting January 17, a 12-session series, delivered in Spanish, will be available for beginning Latino farmers - to teach you all about learning how to start your own farm or ranch.

In this series, organized by the Center for Rural Affairs, you can meet other beginning and experienced farmers, go on farm tours, learn business basics, financial literacy, and production tips from experts! 

These workshops will take place on Saturdays in Crete, NE. Scholarships are available for participants!

Farm Tours Take Latino Entrepreneurs to Diversified Farms in Central Nebraska

For the second time this summer, the Center for Rural Affairs is hosting a day of farm tours as part of their Beginning Latino Farmer Program. 

These tours will expose participants to a wider range of farming possibilities. In June we visited several diversified farms; saw poultry, cattle, hogs, vegetables, and a farmers’ market. This time, we’ll visit sheep and goat farms and learn about extending the vegetable-growing season with hoop houses.