For several months horticulture students at Metropolitan Community College Fort Omaha Campus have been busy in their gardens. Program Coordinator Tyler Magnuson says the students have learned how to grow great produce but there was one part missing in their program. That changes today with the opening of their farmer’s market.
Magnuson says, “This is a new component to our horticulture and small market farming program that we offer. We had them growing vegetables, harvesting and learning about different techniques but haven’t really had the ability to add a marketing component so this will be a great way for students in the class to get some hands on with marketing and what it would be like to sell at a larger farmers market or run their own small farm business.”
For sale today – tomatoes, cucumbers, summer squash, kale, collards, peppers and various herbs. Magnuson says their horticulture facilities on the Fort Omaha Campus include a large outdoor garden space, several hoop-houses and a greenhouse. This also gives them the chance to showcase their facility and hopefully get more people interested in horticulture.
The farmers market runs from 4 until 6 at the Culinary Arts Institute building near 32nd and Sorensen Parkway. The market will run through August 8th.