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”
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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$
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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.
Know how. Know now. Tree Fruits Apple Peach Pear Plum Apricot Tart Cherry
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
Know how. Know now. Small Fruits Most Common Raspberries Blackberries Strawberries
Know how. Know now. Less Common Elderberry Currants Gooseberries
Know how. Know now. Even Less Common Sea Buckthorn Saskatoon Sand Cherries
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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.
Know how. Know now. Marketing Direct Sales to Florist Farmers Markets Nebraska Woody Florals Coop
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Economic Returns 2 Year Average per 1000’ of Row Scarlet Curls Willow$ Corkscrew Willow$ Pussy Willow$ Bailey Dogwood $ Yellow Twig Dogwood $
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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
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Know how. Know now. Very cold hardy Late blooming—avoids frost problems Jams, jellies, juice, syrup, wine Stable red food coloring
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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Hazelnut Research In Nebraska
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