Project Localize in Omaha Expands to Three Schools

Project Localize in Omaha is an educational program that helps classrooms identify and promote sustainable economic, cultural and social progress in their communities. In Project Localize we work with schools to engage students in local foods discovery at school gardens and nearby farms. Students share what they find in their own voice through artistic photo collage and editing in collaboration

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Library cooking demo brings holiday cheer


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!


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Carlynn’s Chair

We were honored to be among the organizations that Carlynn and Larry chose in memorium to Carlynn’s life and her work. You donated generously and because of you $2500 was raised from September to October. All donations will be used as a match for the $250,000 Peter Kiewit Foundation capital challenge. A local artist, Evance, crafted a unique quilt

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Carlynn Hartman-Kurtz | In service to community

Carlynn Hartman-Kurtz

Dear Friends: Many of you may know by now but it is with a heavy heart that I share the passing of Carlynn Hartman-Kurtz. Larry Kurtz, her husband and resident Omaha “Worm Wrangler” asked that we share information about Carlynn’s memorial with our community of friends and supporters. Carlynn’s interests included an active involvement in her church, Second Unitarian

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