Aspiring Farmer Residency in Nebraska

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Omaha, NE – Aspiring Farmer Residency (applications due Oct 1, 2017)

Apply to be an Aspiring Farmer Resident by October 1st at

The Aspiring Farmer Residency is a year-long, service learning program supporting five resident farmers with a place to live while they learn how to collaboratively develop a sustainable market farm business plan and grow crops on several city plots of land in Omaha, NE.

(note: this shows last year’s dates, similar description for 2018)


Internship Starts: 01-01-18
Internship Ends: 12-08-18
Number of Interns: 5
App Deadline: 10-01-17
Minimum Length of Stay: 12 months

Housing: Residents do not pay rent while in residency at Big Muddy Urban Farm as long as they are meeting their weekly educational and farming requirements. Living in a house together creates an energy that makes for a larger experience than simply going to a class or performing a job duty. Residents are able to express and decompress their shared experiences of owning and operating a market farm in the informal times. Business communication is expedited and easier to manage by living close and while living together, learning through osmosis frequently happens reinforcing the quality of

Meals: Each week, one resident takes lead on cooking that week’s eating meeting – a casual time of conversation while enjoying a meal together. A $20 stipend is given to the resident for eating meeting supplies. Residents have access to the produce they grow to supplement their daily meals. All additional food should be acquired by the resident through their own means.

Skills Desired:
– Post-High School, ages 19+ (high school graduate, in college, or college graduate)
– Interest in farming professionally
– All experience levels welcome, as the varying perspectives enhances all residents education
– Commitment to year-long program
– Ability to work in team environment
– Can take initiative and thrive in a self-guided educational environment
– All backgrounds welcome
– Able to meet 20 hr/week field work requirement
– Can work in various weather conditions

Educational Opportunities:
Hands-on educational opportunities provided include:

soil health
seed propagation
crop management
harvest and post-harvest handling
seed storage
livestock care and management

entrepreneurial initiatives
business planning
business model exploration
profit and loss reports
farm taxes

community organizing
public speaking
foods relationship to contemporary social issues
inner-city neighborhood health and safety

Stipend: Big Muddy Urban Farm covers the costs of toilet paper, dish soap, and other communal provisions. No additional stipend is provided. Most residents work part-time jobs for supplemental income.

Contact: Brent Lubbert, executive director – 402.213.9646 –

Apply to be an Aspiring Farmer Resident by October 1st

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