By Summer Miller | Photography by Ariel Fried
What are you most proud of in our local, sustainable food system in the past five years?
| Amy Rummel
Director of Marketing & Public Relations, Joslyn Art Museum
“I’ve been at Joslyn for 18 years, and I’m proud of the changes to our grounds, which include both sculptures and gardens. Our landscape maintenance technician, Kyle Johnson, has transitioned the museum to an organic lawn care program, makes compost tea in the basement of the museum and has created rain gardens for runoff. When we divide our native grasses, the museum donates the extra clumps to places like Habitat for Humanity. Right now, Joslyn’s gardens feature nearly every variety of milkweed native to Nebraska and Iowa, which helps support the monarch butterfly population and migration.”
Owner, Paradigm Gardens
“[T]he youth coming into the marketplace, and the amount of school gardens and community gardens. The Big Muddy residency program, which takes new farmers through a one-year training to give them a fighting chance of survival is great. The renewed interest … to learn how to garden once again and reduce their demand for outsourced food is exciting as well.”
Owner, Tomāto Tomäto
“An accomplishment we are proud of isn’t any individual award. It would be the continued work we do to support those in our community that are suffering from food insecurity by addressing several of the challenges that come with it. By working closely with several partner organizations (No More Empty Pots, Cooking Matters, COPE, Completely Kids), we are able to leverage our collective strengths and provide access to fresh produce and nutritional/cooking instruction. This allows so many ‘wins’ starting in the fields all the way to the tables that otherwise may not have produce at them.”
|Donna Huber, L.Ac., M.Sc.
Owner, Thirteen Moons Acupuncture
“My part in the local food community is really directing people toward it. I think the interest in wellness in general has really expanded and that is something I am excited and proud about. In the beginning of my work it was really challenging to get people to think about the value of food.”
Village Pointe Farmers Market
“Areas of Omaha, like in many cities, have had problems with access to fresh, healthy food. Sadly, too many kids in these food deserts haven’t had the chance to learn how much better a fresh peach tastes than the canned variety. Thankfully, access to more healthy options is improving due to efforts like the Fair Deal Marketplace, more farmers markets, and community garden projects throughout the city.”
Founder, Omaha Farmers Market
“The many approaches to the local food movement are pretty exciting, whether it’s the farmers markets, urban gardens, restaurants buying local, or the kitchen incubators that are opening up and the potential of 10th Street Market opening next year. There are so many ways that the local food communities come alive.”
Farmer and Owner, Rosmann Family Farms and Farm Sweet Farm
“Access to diversity. Whether it’s organic, locally raised, locally sourced, we now have options for our food needs. Many of these options are provided year-round which is even better!”
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