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1 Know how. Know now. Alternative Agriculture Opportunities Vaughn Hammond Extension Educator University of Nebraska-Lincoln Kimmel Education & Research Center Nebraska City, NE

2 Know how. Know now. Grapes

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4 Vineyards  Pruning  Canopy Management  Harvest  Vineyard floor management

5 Know how. Know now. Table Grapes

6 Know how. Know now. Farmers Markets

7 Know how. Know now. Organic and Not

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10 Market Vegetable

11 Know how. Know now. CSA

12 CSA Community Supported Agriculture  A socio-economic model of agriculture and food distribution  Community of individuals that pledge support to a farming operation  Growers and consumers share the risks and benefits of food production  Also known as “subscription farming”

13 Know how. Know now. Farmers Market

14 Know how. Know now. Nebraska Statistics  63 communities have a registered Farmers Market  Over 70 different markets  Early 2000’s 666,184 households in Nebraska  If each spent $ million $  If each spent once a month for 3 months million$

15 Know how. Know now. High Tunnel

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19 Fruits

20 Know how. Know now. Historically  1931 Nebraska Unicameral passed a law ordering the removal of cedar trees to slow the damaging affects of Cedar Apple Rust on area apple orchards  Brownville Orchard Company announced their 100 acre peach orchard was bearing crop for the first time. Averaged 500 bushel in sales a day.

21 Know how. Know now. Tree Fruits  Apple  Peach  Pear  Plum  Apricot  Tart Cherry

22 Know how. Know now. Why Opportunity Now?  Trend toward families buying more fresh food  Rising fruit and vegetable cost  Increased awareness of food safety and nutrition  Local Foods  Urban Agriculture

23 Know how. Know now. Small Fruits Most Common  Raspberries  Blackberries  Strawberries

24 Know how. Know now. Less Common  Elderberry  Currants  Gooseberries

25 Know how. Know now. Even Less Common  Sea Buckthorn  Saskatoon  Sand Cherries

26 Know how. Know now. Woody Florals

27 Know how. Know now. Woody Florals  Woody florals include any woody plant species that has a colorful or unusually shaped stem, persistent bud, flower, fruit or leaf.

28 Know how. Know now. Marketing  Direct Sales to Florist  Farmers Markets  Nebraska Woody Florals Coop

29 Know how. Know now. Education

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31 Economic Returns 2 Year Average per 1000’ of Row  Scarlet Curls Willow$  Corkscrew Willow$  Pussy Willow$  Bailey Dogwood $  Yellow Twig Dogwood $

32 Know how. Know now. Aronia

33 Aronia  Has traditionally been a landscape plant generally used for wildlife and bird habitat.  Native plant in Missouri and may stretch into Southeast Nebraska.  Native Americans used the berry as a dye as well as a food source.  Extremely high in Vitamin C and antioxidants which makes it attractive to homeopathic practitioners.  Midwest Aronia Growers Association

34 Know how. Know now. Antioxidant Levels

35 Know how. Know now.  Very cold hardy  Late blooming—avoids frost problems  Jams, jellies, juice, syrup, wine  Stable red food coloring

36 Know how. Know now. Yield Potentials  Approximately 700 plants per acre  700 x 38 (yield potential)= 26,600 pounds  26,600 x $2.00 = 53,  Certified organic /lb.

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38 Hazelnuts

39 Hazelnut Research In Nebraska

40 Know how. Know now. Flowers

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42 Extension is a Division of the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska– Lincoln cooperating with the Counties and the United States Department of Agriculture. University of Nebraska–Lincoln Extension educational programs abide with the nondiscrimination policies of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and the United States Department of Agriculture.


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