Community CROPS -- Combining Resources, Opportunities and People for Sustainability
Contact Name & Title:
Ingrid Kirst, Director
PO Box 22756
City, State & Zipcode:
Lincoln, Nebraska 68542
Email: ingrid at communitycrops.org
Web Address: http://www.communitycrops.org
Khalaf Amsikh moved from one of
Lincoln’s urban gardens to farming and
selling produce in 2005
Community CROPS has
two initiatives: (1) the Community Garden Network and (2) the Urban
Farmers Pilot Project. The Community Garden Network provides an acre of
garden space in four different locations for Lincolnites to grow their
own food, providing free seeds, plants, tools and technical assistance.
our Urban Farmers Pilot Project farm site, we work with refugee and
immigrant community gardeners turned urban farmers, who grow produce
for market. Farmers are trained and given technical assistance
throughout the season. We are moving towards developing a new farmers'
market geared towards immigrant communities, and to expanding our
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) project. Only sustainable,
all-natural agriculture practices will be used.
Community CROPS: Combining Resources, Opportunities, and People for Sustainability increases food security for refugee, immigrants and low-income people in Nebraska through asset-based community development that provides resources and technical assistance to grow, market, and add value to agricultural products.
Immigrant Communities Served:
The countries of origin of Community CROPS participants include Japan, Peru, Brazil, Sudan, Iraq (Yzedis), Guatemala, El Salvador, Mexico, Bosnia, and the United States.
Staff speak Spanish and German, interpreters help with other languages.
Agricultural Crops & Products:
Vegetables, grains, fruits, herbs, and poultry, including ethnic crops such as sorghum and hot peppers
Areas of Expertise:
Community Development, Marketing, Cooperative Food Production and Distribution
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