"Let's Grow! Get Out and Garden"

A public call to action to grow the food you eat!

The “Let’s Grow! Get Out and Garden” campaign is an initiative of the Local Foodshed Working Group to encourage Lincolnites to grow their own food. It’s a great way to save money, eat more fruits and vegetables, get exercise, and connect with your community. Big gardens or small – whether it’s a pot of herbs on your balcony or half an acre of vegetables and fruit trees – we want you to garden.

We have two goals for this campaign. The first is to encourage people to try growing some of their own food for the first time. As Mayor Beutler recently remarked, “We are fortunate in Lincoln to have a great variety of local food options in our grocery stores, restaurants and farmer’s markets, but there’s always room for even more. Raising your own vegetables is fun and healthy!” The second goal of the pledge is to get a better picture of where food is being grown in Lincoln. This helps us better understand what the food system of our city looks like today.

We ask experienced and new gardeners to pledge to grow some of their own food. You can pledge online at www.communitycrops.org/letsgrowlincoln or at participating businesses through June 1st. All pledges will be entered into a drawing for some great gardening prizes by our local sponsors, and all gardeners will have access to information, resources, and mentors through the “Let’s Grow” handouts and Facebook page.

Local sponsors include: Community CROPS, Nebraskans for Peace, Open Harvest Co-op Grocery, Bodhi Organic Garden Supply, Earl May Garden Center, Campbell’s Nursery, Oak Creek Plants & Nursery, Common Good Farm and Chiron Communications.

Contact info: letsgrowlincoln@gmail.com or Rosina Paolini (402-423-1260)

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