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Monthly Meeting Notes: August 2010

Meeting Facilitator: Susan Whitfield

Location: Charles Washington Branch Library


  • Welcome and Introductions: Attendees – 15
  • Meeting Summary Notes (July 24, 2010) – posted on www.nomoreemptypots.org


  • USDA Listening Sessions
    • First urban session for USDA SARE
    • Online link to register – http://www.mccneb.edu/sareusda
    • Link to SARE grants: http://www.sare.org/ncrsare/apply.htm
    • 30 Supporters for Listening Session posted online: http://www.nomoreemptypots.org/
    • Suggested Question Areas: Trends, Sustainability, Change
      • youth entrepreneurship via ag business that will lead to entrepreneurial ventures
      • small scale farming
      • land grant research driven by corporate agricultural entities; need research on sustainable and ecofriendly practices and processes
      • youth agriculture: STEM education
      • animal husbandry: large and small scale
      • vermicomposting: research, soil property improvement, soil and plant nutrition, compost tea
      • politics and economics of food
        • City of Omaha planning and policy issues with urban ag
        • Island Grown Initiatives in Massachusetts willing to advise NMEP Coalition
        • link to Rural Coalition and rural ag initiatives
    • Food security may lead to solutions of other related issues
    • Business/Organization structure
      • cooperatives
      • benefits
      • check with CEDC on structure within 501c3
      • need to organize sub-group for task work
    • Create listserv for information sharing
      • Google Groups
      • Basecamp
    • NMEP Summit: “A Blueprint for the Harvest 2010: A Working Conference To Build A Regional Food System”
      • Tracks: Beginning & Advanced
      • Politics and economics of food
      • Date: Nov. 19 – 20, 2010 
      • Pre-conference workshops in MCC Urban Ag Education Series on Nov.19
      • Conference 9 to 3 on Nov. 20
      • Opening and closing speakers: TBD
      • Assessment & Market Analysis
        • Aquaponics
        • Market analysis of potential by county and combined areas, locally and regionally
        •  Online Urban Ag courses


  • Community Voice & Idea Generation: Pass the Potatoes (vote online)
  • Grown in North Omaha article in OWH Healthwise on Aug. 14, 2010
  • AIM Compassion Capital Fund Grant
  • Successful first midterm report; Final report due in October 2010.
  • Need to leverage dollars to increase financial support
    • Survey/Assessments:
      • Community Assessments/ Mapping
      • Understanding relationship between economic development, food security, income generation, & local food production
      • Looking for coalition supporters with expertise to help with assessment development, data collection and analysis


  • Paperless Meetings – will have paper and display electronically during meeting
  • USDA Listening Session- Sept. 23 & 24, 2010 Register Here:   http://www.mccneb.edu/sareusda
  • NMEP Summit: Nov. 19-20, 2010: “A Blueprint for the Harvest: A Working Conference To Build A Regional Food System”
  • Community Voice & Idea Generation: Pass the Potatoes (vote online)
  • Grown in North Omaha article in OWH Healthwise on Aug. 14, 2010


  • Golden Hills RCD for regional food system planning and implementation
  • Blackburn High School possible collaboration to revive FFA chapter
  • Metropolitan Community College: Food Summit – Nov. 19 & 20, 2010


Date: Saturday, September 25, 2010 

 Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Location:  W. Dale Clark (Main) Library, 215 S. 15th ST, Omaha, NE  68102

  1. Cheryl Stover
    September 13, 2010 at 8:59 AM

    At the last meeting we talked about going to the listening sessions prepared with questions. At what stage are we in this process?

    • September 24, 2010 at 12:20 AM

      Hi Cheryl: Just come ready to have the discussions that you have had already. Based on the feedback, we won’t need the question preparation. Thanks!

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