NSAS is a non-profit, grass-roots membership organization. Initiated over 30 years ago by farmer members, NSAS has grown into a dynamic organization with members from all across Nebraska. We welcome farmers and non-farmers alike...everyone eats!
Our mission: To promote agriculture and food systems that build healthy land, people, communities and quality of life, for present and future generations.
Our vision & work: We recognize that there is a strong relationship between a healthy local agriculture and a strong local food system. That relationship requires that much of the food consumed is grown and processed locally. This adds quality and security as well as social and ecological responsibility to the community diet. It is this understanding that motivates NSAS's work to strengthen and enhance these systems together. Our work is across Nebraska in all communities and settings to expand this system for the benefit of local agriculture and local residents.
NSAS is active in collaborative projects that support rural communities and the environment. These projects offer mentoring opportunities for beginning and experienced farmers, and opportunities for on-farm research, demonstration, and education. We offer opportunities for non-farmers to participate in a food system and network with sustainable Nebraska farmers, attend workshops and link with all our projects! Each year, NSAS sponsors a Healthy Farms Conference, workshops, farm tours, and field days. NSAS is a member of the Midwest Sustainable Agriculture Working Group.
NSAS is not just for farmers. Our diverse membership includes rural and urban consumers, market gardeners, educators, and of course farmers raising a fantastic array of goods. We welcome anyone who is concerned about family farming, environmental quality, and good, healthy food. We depend on the support of all that are concerned with renewing and enlivening a sustainable food system and sustainable farming in Nebraska!
- Building healthy land... NSAS promotes farming practices which decrease soil erosion, increase soil fertility, reduce the need for off-farm inputs, protect natural resources and encourage a diverse landscape. NSAS offers a variety of workshops, tours, and projects which demonstrate environmentally and economically sound farming practices.
- healthy people... NSAS works with growers to increase the availability of fresh produce, quality grain products, and farm-fresh beef, pork, poultry, eggs, and other animal products. We link concerned consumers with growers who market these foods. NSAS advocates farming practices which benefit the environment and human health.
- healthy communities... NSAS programs are built on community networks of farmers, ranchers, businesses, technical assistance providers, and consumers. NSAS provides these networks with organizing support, information and education, and opportunities to exchange ideas and experience with other networks across the state.
- and quality of life.... NSAS works to strengthen the economic and social base of family farms and rural communities by increasing the use of on-farm resources. NSAS recognizes the importance of increasing family farm profitability and strengthening local businesses while brightening the environment.
- for present and future generations. NSAS programs focus on the entire family, including opportunities for rural women and children, along side similar opportunities for urban refugees and immigrants. NSAS has a history which continues today of projects providing outreach, education and support to all ages, genders and across cultures.
William A. Powers, Executive Director. Darby Springs Farm, Ceresco firstname.lastname@example.org