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 »
Brandie connected to No More Empty Pots through the Community Market Basket (CMB) program with box distribution at Nelson Mandela Elementary. On pickup day early in the season, Brandie shared that she had a degree in Nutrition Education and wanted to find ways to put her education to work for No More Empty Pots. SheContinue reading »
We are so excited to announce a $5,000 grant from Wells Fargo to support the food hub and the No More Empty Pots Entrepreneurship Invitational. During the Entrepreneurship Invitational, Wells Fargo team members will coach and mentor small business owners that plan to rent the shared use commercial kitchen housed in the food hub. Over theContinue reading »
In April 2015, on her 65th birthday, Bea Cerasoli gave each of her children a check & challenge. Use the money in the next year within your community and report back the next year. Find a charity and donate, host an event, enter a charity race; get involved in your community as a family. TheContinue reading »
Recently, Susan and I traveled to Los Angeles to see culinary workforce training programs in action. The visit to LA Kitchen was fantastic! Robert Egger, staff and students were gracious hosts. It was day one for Class VI and we had the privilege to spend it with them, including my favorite – family meal! Listening to participants share their backgrounds and why they were thereContinue reading »
The food hub renovation is taking shape. Demolition to remove walls between the two buildings has been completed. The electrical panel has been installed and connected by OPPD. And as with most buildings circa 1900 undergoing an adaptive reuse process, a few surprises surfaced. We discovered four separate water and gas lines in one building. Damaged wood from pockets of termite infestations and charring from an apparent fire was removed and replaced.
The masonry subcontractors have been busy cutting concrete, building elevator shafts, and constructing stairwell casings. The first rounds of inspections have gone well. So far, so good with the construction progress. The shared use and production kitchens are on track to be ready by fall 2016.
Since November a few teen parents at Blackburn have been exploring new foods, expanding their palates and learning food preparation techniques with staff from No More Empty Pots. The first session was new to everyone and featured whole wheat wraps with hummus and sauteed kale. Kale was new to all the students. We discussed theContinue reading »
After an epic week of domain wrangling, No More Empty Pots has secured a new domain and is transferring all assets. You can now find us at www.nmepomaha.org. I apologize for the confusion and any inconvenience. Using our original email address, you may reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org. The website has been moved to www.nmepomaha.org. Our emailContinue reading »