• Curt Arens

    Families Growing Our Food: Melons and More for Helgoth Family

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on September 6, 2013

    Curt’s Comments:  A couple of years ago, I stopped by the Helgoth farm near St. Libory for an interview. It was spring and they had just been hit at the farm by a hail storm. They had to replant thousands of tomatoes, and worried about how well their crops would do. But this is nothing new for this family. They’ve been farming for decades, and have taken their wealth of knowledge to produce high quality food for their loyal customers, and for area school children as…

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    Families Growing Our Food: Veteran Brings Skills to the Ranch

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on April 26, 2013

    Curt’s Comments:   It had to be tough for Elgin rancher, Garrett Dwyer, when he returned home after serving with the U.S. Marines in Iraq. It is quite a transition, going from an active war zone to the peaceful Sandhills pastures west of Elgin. Dwyer, like so many of his fellow war veterans, were searching to make their place in society when they returned home after bravely serving their country. And, as Dwyer noted when I visited with him at the family ranch last spring…

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    Families Growing Our Food: The Power of Pork

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on March 29, 2013

    Curt’s Comments:   Hog farms are not popular these days, especially for neighbors. Folks fight the construction of new pork facilities. Neighbors worry about odor and manure from the pig farms. But these folks haven’t been around Danny and Josie Kluthe’s hog farm near Dodge, Neb. When I first interviewed Danny several years ago, as I visited with him outside his swine barns, my nose didn’t know we were standing on a hog farm. As someone who grew up around…

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    From the Farm Field to the School Cafeteria

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on April 6, 2011

    Joyce Rice has the energy and the attitude to do great things for Central City students.   Joyce Rice is a ball of energy. The food services director for Central City schools feeds 700 students each day, and she has enthusiasm to spare. She is a farmer at heart, and she thinks like farmers think. She was dissatisfied with the food students at Central City were being fed and she decided to start looking for locally raised, healthy food to place on the menu at school. Joyce contacted…

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