Fri, Jul 28|
City Sprouts' 4th Street Farm
Urban + Small-Scale Soil Health Field Day
Join us at City Sprouts' new farm site for a day of farm + field tours, conservation practice demos, and presentations by NRCS + Nebraska Urban Soil Health Initiative to take your soil health knowledge to the next level!
Time & Location
Jul 28, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
City Sprouts' 4th Street Farm, 5420 N 3rd St, Omaha, NE 68110, USA
About the Event
City Sprouts' 4th Street Farm is a ~2 acre diversified vegetable farm located in Omaha's Sherman neighborhood. The site is managed by City Sprouts staff with the help of 19 summer interns. Over 10,000 lbs of produce was harvested in 2022, the first year of production on the site!
More details to come! Stay tuned for updates.
9:00 AM - 9:10 AM - Check In + Coffee
9:10 AM - 10:00 AM - NRCS Soil Health Presentation
The USDA/NRCS in Nebraska will present an update on special initiatives hosted by Nebraska NRCS for Soil Health in Urban Agriculture and Small-Scale Farming and help explain how NRCS can partner with you to improve your land. Understanding how soil health can positively change with management is an important step in understanding the various measurements of success and how healthy soil reduces risk. NRCS Nebraska has partnered with City Sprouts and other Conservation Partners to advance the understanding of soil health management in every Nebraska Farming Operation. Aaron Hird will conduct live soil health demonstrations to showcase the differences improved soil properties make when your soil is responding to disturbance and weather. NRCS representatives will also provide information on USDA opportunities and resources for all Nebraskans including Beginning Farmers, Veterans, Urban Ag and Small-Scale Farms!
10:00 AM - 10:50 AM - 4th Street Farm + Field Trial Tour
Aaron French, along with other members of the farm team, will lead attendees on a tour of the 4th Street Farm. City Sprouts' 4th Street Farm is a ~2 acre diversified vegetable farm located in Omaha's Sherman neighborhood. The site is managed by City Sprouts staff with the help of 19 summer interns. In 2022, its first year under production, over 10,000 lbs of produce was harvested from the site. The tour will explore the conservation practices in use on the farm (e.g., biodegradable mulch, crop rotation, biochar, conservation tillage) and include disscussion of what steps growers can take to implement similar practices in their production systems.
BREAK (10 min)
11:00 AM - 11:50 AM - Nash Leef (Salt Slope Farmers' Cooperative) A Producer's Guide to Biochar
Biochar production and use has been increasing rapidly across the US and Europe, but it is a complex material that can be difficult to access in the Heartland. This session will seek to address the most important information that producers need to incorporate biochar into their operation - from production to soil and every use in between.
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM - LUNCH
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM - Intern Field Tour
1:00 PM - 1:50 PM - NRCS Conservation Practice Presentation (TBA)
BREAK (10 min)
2:00 PM - 2:50 PM - Nebraska Urban Soil Health Initiative Presentation
The Nebraska Urban Soil Health Initiative is a new citizen-science research collaboration between the University of Nebraska, Nebraska NRCS, and over 400 urban and small-scale growers across the state. We will share motivations for the project and expected findings, results of baseline soil health analyses from participant's gardens, and results from a survey about attitudes toward different soil health management practices.
2:50 PM - 3:00 PM - Wrap Up