by Susan Whitfield Blooms Organic and No More Empty Pots collaborated to launch a pilot paid organic farming internship in 2016. The goal of the pilot was to train future farmers to operate a successful commercial organic farm, learning all aspects of food crop production and marketing. The internship ran from April 2016 to 2017.Continue reading »
No More Empty Pots is no stranger to cooking demos at the library. For the past five years Washington Branch library of the Omaha Public Library system hosted a holiday cooking demonstration. This year was no exception. However for the first time, the youth participants were all young men under 18. One participant, Donald, is a student at North High Magnet and shared that he will get extra credit for engaging in the class on Saturday.
Susan and Neva took turns leading the class to create three seasonal recipes. Our fearless participants read the ingredients and instructions to group, tested each recipe, diligently tasting the product and eagerly offering suggestions of salt, vanilla extract, jalapenos, etc.
When youth grow food they are more likely to eat it. The same happens when they prepare a dish. Each participant tasted each edition of the recipe to determine what would make it taste better. Once satisfied with the changes, they ate it all! Each went home with leftover ingredients and recipes so that they could try their hands at making the dishes at home. Probably the most encouraging quote of the day, “I’m going to sign my mom up for this class!”
See you in 2017 at the library!
Read and/or download the recipes here. Enjoy!
by Sanjana Ramesh That’s a wrap! Entrepreneurs pitched for the last time during the first annual Entrepreneurship Invitational supported by Wells Fargo. During the exciting, 5-month invitational, ten outstanding food-focused entrepreneurs pitched their business plans to a panel of Wells Fargo judges. The process was a new, but exciting one. Each round filled with passionContinue reading »
Get Your Tickets (click on the RSVP button) Join us for an evening of good food and great music at this year’s Blues & BBQ Harvest Party fundraiser on the rooftop of Blatt Beer & Table on Sunday, October 9th from 4:00-7:00 pm, hosted by No More Empty Pots and The Florence Mill. The Annual BluesContinue reading »
The Hunger Banquet aims to display the reality of food insecurity. WoodmenLife Chapter 16 and Mercy High School will be hosting a Hunger Banquet in collaboration with No More Empty Pots. Former KETV News Anchor, Carol Kloss McClellan, will be the mistress of ceremonies for the event. Chef Betty Deepe with No More Empty PotsContinue reading »
Meet Mary and Myra, two sisters on a journey to improving their health by eating healthier foods. Mary and Myra enrolled in the Community Market Basket program this year. The fresh produce plays a key role in the sister’s quest to eat better and live better. Negative health issues prompted Mary and Myra to eatContinue reading »
Common Good Farm, a mom & pop family farm Located in Raymond, Nebraska, is run by Evrett Lundquist and Ruth Chantry. Driven by their desire to improve access to nutritious food, Evrett and Ruth are committed to sustaining their farm in a way that provides delicious, healthful food for their community & neighbors; they tendContinue reading »
At their orchard, located in Ceresco, Nebraska, Alex and Barb Martin strive to provide a fall adventure where everyone has a chance to not only have fun, but learn about plants along the way. The Martins have a passion for education, but always make sure “fun” remains a top priority at their u-pick orchard offeringContinue reading »
From Nebraska and Maryland respectively, both Jerry and Renee Cornett served time for the US Navy prior to starting Lakehouse Farm, a certified organic farm in Waverly, Nebraska. Jerry served for 21 years, retiring in 2011 with the rank of commander, and Renee served 11 years as a naval aviator before pursuing culinary school atContinue reading »
On July 20, 23 teens and two staff from AIM Summer Academy spent the day with staff and volunteers at No More Empty Pots (NMEP) gardening and cooking. After an overview of NMEP, one group left for work in Florence Community Garden to learn about and practice growing and harvesting food. At the NMEP office,Continue reading »