Harvest Festival
Oct
21
5:00pm 5:00pm

Harvest Festival

Help us celebrate the harvest at our 2nd annual Harvest Festival!
FREE! Fun for all ages!

Featuring:
• music by the Dirty River Ramblers 6-7pm
• games
• apple cider press 6pm
• haunted greenhouse 7-8pm (for the big kids)
• food & drink
• beer
• face painting 5-7pm
• costume contest 6pm
• pony rides 5-6:30pm

Street parking available. Additional parking available at Olive Crest UMC on 60th & Read.
Please leave pets at home.

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Omaha Gives
May
24
12:00am12:00am

Omaha Gives

Omaha Gives is an online fundraising event to raise awareness and support for Omaha-area nonprofits. Omaha Gives day is May 24th, but donations can be pre-scheduled online anytime May 1-24th.

At The Big Garden, we work with neighbors from many diverse backgrounds: 
immigrants and refugees, inner-city schoolkids, urban hipsters, small-town church ladies, and everyone in between! We believe that healthy food is a basic right and everyone should have access to seeds and land to grow their own food, skills to cook & preserve it, and fresh produce on the dinner table. 

This May, you can show your support for all our neighbors by making a donation to The Big Garden during Omaha Gives. When you give to The Big Garden, you are supporting programs that ensure our neighbors have skills to grow and eat healthy produce. Your donation will help our neighbors have access to seeds & seedlings, community gardens, children's classes, and free workshops. Because learning to grow healthy food is not a privilege but a right that all our neighbors should enjoy.

Donate at: https://www.omahagives.org/thebiggarden

In addition, we hope you will join us for Happy Hour in the Garden at our campus May 24th, 5-7pm.

Happy giving!

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Spring Plant Sale #3: Warm Weather Crops + Brassicas & Herbs
May
19
to May 21

Spring Plant Sale #3: Warm Weather Crops + Brassicas & Herbs

Location: 5602 Read Street (3 blocks north of 56th & Sorensen Parkway, Omaha)
9am-2pm each day

    • high-quality vegetable, herb, and perennial flower seedlings
    • sustainably-grown in our greenhouses
    • wide variety of heirlooms
    • non-profit fundraiser
    • cash, check & credit accepted

All proceeds support The Big Garden’s work: building community gardens; teaching children to grow, cook, and preserve their own food; and providing education to address the systemic nature of hunger in our communities.

basil • chives • cilantro • dill • lavender • lemon balm • lemongrass • mint • lemon verbena • oregano • parsley • rosemary • sage • tarragon • thyme • strawflower • celosia • bachelor’s button • nasturtium • zinnia • gomphrena • marigolds • calendula • hostas • geraniums • kale • collards • cabbage • broccoli • peppers • chard • melons • Brussels sprouts • kohlrabi • lettuce • eggplants • tomatoes • basil • squash • cucumbers • watermelons • tomatillos • pumpkins

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Spring Plant Sale #2: Warms Weather Crops + Brassicas & Herbs
May
12
to May 14

Spring Plant Sale #2: Warms Weather Crops + Brassicas & Herbs

Location: 5602 Read Street (3 blocks north of 56th & Sorensen Parkway, Omaha)
9am-2pm each day

    • high-quality vegetable, herb, and perennial flower seedlings
    • sustainably-grown in our greenhouses
    • wide variety of heirlooms
    • non-profit fundraiser
    • cash, check & credit accepted

All proceeds support The Big Garden’s work: building community gardens; teaching children to grow, cook, and preserve their own food; and providing education to address the systemic nature of hunger in our communities.

basil • chives • cilantro • dill • lavender • lemon balm • lemongrass • mint • lemon verbena • oregano • parsley • rosemary • sage • tarragon • thyme • strawflower • celosia • bachelor’s button • nasturtium • zinnia • gomphrena • marigolds • calendula • hostas • geraniums • kale • collards • cabbage • broccoli • peppers • chard • melons • Brussels sprouts • kohlrabi • lettuce • eggplants • tomatoes • basil • squash • cucumbers • watermelons • tomatillos • pumpkins

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Spring Plant Sale #1: Brassicas & Herbs
Apr
21
to Apr 23

Spring Plant Sale #1: Brassicas & Herbs

Location: 5602 Read Street (3 blocks north of 56th & Sorensen Parkway, Omaha)
9am-2pm each day

    • high-quality vegetable, herb, and perennial flower seedlings
    • sustainably-grown in our greenhouses
    • wide variety of heirlooms
    • non-profit fundraiser
    • cash, check & credit accepted

All proceeds support The Big Garden’s work: building community gardens; teaching children to grow, cook, and preserve their own food; and providing education to address the systemic nature of hunger in our communities.

basil • chives • cilantro • dill • lavender • lemon balm • lemongrass • mint • lemon verbena • oregano • parsley • rosemary • sage • tarragon • thyme • strawflower • celosia • bachelor’s button • nasturtium • zinnia • gomphrena • marigolds • calendula • hostas • geraniums • kale • collards • cabbage • broccoli • peppers • chard • melons • Brussels sprouts • kohlrabi • lettuce • eggplants • tomatoes • basil • squash • cucumbers • watermelons • tomatillos • pumpkins

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Spring Easter Egg-stravaganza
Apr
8
10:00am10:00am

Spring Easter Egg-stravaganza

 Join us for this family-friendly celebration of all things spring! 

Come, get your hands dirty, and play board games with staff from the Big Garden, featuring live acoustic music by Matthew Cronin! Pot up a seedling or two for your windowsill, and then head inside to have a hot cocoa and learn to play one of our many garden, farm, and food themed board games. If you have a favorite pot you’d like to plant herbs in, please bring it. There will be soil and extra pots for those who need them. The folks at Urban Abbey will be giving out Easter eggs, and our friends at Camp Fontanelle will have *real live bunnies* onhand for petting!

Plus: When you enjoy one of Urban Abbey's many tasty beverages during the month of April, they will donate 10% of their coffee bar purchases to The Big Garden!

Location: Urban Abbey | 1026 Jackson Street in Omaha's Old Market

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MOVIE SCREENING Inhabit: A Permaculture Perspective
Apr
3
6:30pm 6:30pm

MOVIE SCREENING Inhabit: A Permaculture Perspective

Join The Big Garden for a screening of the film Inhabit: A Permaculture Perspective. This gorgeous 92-minute documentary offers a super-inspiring glimpse of permaculture and urban growing practices, great for novices and experts alike! More info at inhabitfilm.com. And, we'll be serving up locally-grown popcorn! FREE

Plus: When you enjoy one of Urban Abbey's many tasty beverages during the month of April, they will donate 10% of their coffee bar purchases to The Big Garden!

Location: Urban Abbey | 1026 Jackson Street In Omaha's Old Market

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MOVIE SCREENING Seed: the Untold Story
Mar
23
7:30pm 7:30pm

MOVIE SCREENING Seed: the Untold Story

DETAILS
Our staff wants to see this movie, and we think you should, too! We have requested a screening at Omaha Westroads Mall for March 23rd at 7:30pm. If enough people (60) reserve tickets, it will happen! If there are not enough reservations, the movie will not happen and your credit card will not be charged. Join our passionate staff for this exciting and educational look at seeds! Reserve your tickets here: http://gathr.us/screening/19557

ABOUT THE MOVIE
Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds. Worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. SEED: The Untold Story follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. In a harrowing and heartening story, these heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds. SEED features Vandana Shiva, Dr. Jane Goodall, Andrew Kimbrell, Winona Laduke and Raj Patel.

Location: AMC Theater, Westroads Mall | 10000 California Street, Omaha

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3rd Annual Seed Share
Feb
18
10:00am10:00am

3rd Annual Seed Share

Join us for our 3rd Annual Seed Share at Omaha Whole Living in the GIfford Park Neighborhood!

Please bring your labelled garden seeds to share (if you are able). Even if you do not have seeds to share you are welcome! We will have plenty to go around. Please do not bring seeds older than 2014. We will have seed packets for you to select seeds, as well as folks available to assist you.

In addition to the seed share tables we have other FREE resources to share with our community --
seed-starting demonstrations
handouts on a variety of gardening topics
art projects for kids
and healthy snacks!

Saving and sharing seeds is an act of resistance in a time when companies are trying to own rights to seeds and food production. Food and the means to grow our own is for all people! Sharing seeds is an opportunity to for us to come together as a more resilient and self-sufficient community.

Location: Omaha Whole Living 521 North 33rd Street, Omaha
Questions? Contact Cait Caughey — ccaughey@biggarden.org

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Bread Baking Basics
Dec
10
1:00pm 1:00pm

Bread Baking Basics

The best way to warm up your home during the winter is by baking your own bread! Kay Wilwerding, local baker, will demonstrate the basics of bread-baking from yeast breads to starter breads to recipes that can be par-baked and frozen for another day. There will be samples! Free!

This program is part of our Growing Gardeners Workshop Series, which is a collaboration between City Sprouts and the Big Garden. Our purpose is to offer four seasons of hands-on workshops that feature skills and techniques for every gardener and urban farmer: growing, cooking, preserving and eating healthy local food. All workshops are free or low-cost, all ages, and no one will be turned away for inability to pay.

Location: City Sprouts, 4002 Seward Street, Omaha

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Second Saturday Volunteer Crew
Dec
10
9:00am 9:00am

Second Saturday Volunteer Crew

Have you been itching to get your hands dirty and learn more about growing your own food? Perhaps you've been looking for a way to make a difference in your community. Well, we have more work than our little staff can handle, especially during the summer months, and we can put you to work in our monthly Volunteer Crew!

We have tasks for every ability and skill level, both indoor and outdoor. You may attend once, intermittently, or each month, and children are welcome. Join us! You never know what you might learn!

Oh, and don't forget to bring your sunscreen, water bottle, and sack lunch.
Location: The Big Garden campus 5602 Read Street, Omaha

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Mustard and Apple Butter Making
Nov
19
1:00pm 1:00pm

Mustard and Apple Butter Making

Are you a beginning or aspiring canner? Do you have a special love of mustard or apple butter? Kay Wilwerding and Erin Higgins will lead us through a hands-on workshop in which you will learn to make and can your very own mustard and apple butter...just in time for the holidays! $5 suggested donation.

This program is part of our Growing Gardeners Workshop Series, which is a collaboration between City Sprouts and the Big Garden. Our purpose is to offer four seasons of hands-on workshops that feature skills and techniques for every gardener and urban farmer: growing, cooking, preserving and eating healthy local food. All workshops are free or low-cost, all ages, and no one will be turned away for inability to pay.

Location: City Sprouts, 4002 Seward Street, Omaha

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Second Saturday Volunteer Crew
Nov
12
9:00am 9:00am

Second Saturday Volunteer Crew

Have you been itching to get your hands dirty and learn more about growing your own food? Perhaps you've been looking for a way to make a difference in your community. Well, we have more work than our little staff can handle, especially during the summer months, and we can put you to work in our monthly Volunteer Crew!

We have tasks for every ability and skill level, both indoor and outdoor. You may attend once, intermittently, or each month, and children are welcome. Join us! You never know what you might learn!

Oh, and don't forget to bring your sunscreen, water bottle, and sack lunch.
Location: The Big Garden campus 5602 Read Street, Omaha

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Fall Harvest Festival
Oct
22
3:00pm 3:00pm

Fall Harvest Festival

Help us celebrate the harvest at our first annual Fall Harvest Celebration at our new campus! There will be seed-saving demonstrations, apple cider pressing, face painting, a bonfire, live music, dancing, and a pumpkin carving contest (BYOP)! Feel free to get into the spirit of fall by wearing your favorite fun costume! Don't miss this jam-packed good time featuring Omaha's own Prairie Gators!

 

Schedule of Events:
3-5 Face painting
3-7 Market Stand
4 Pumpkin carving/decorating contest
4-5 Apple cider pressing
4-6 Seed saving & sharing
4-6 Live music by the Prairie Gators
5-7 La Chiripa taco truck
5 Wacky costume contest
5 Preserved foods contest
5 Raffle
5:30 Bonfire
6-8 Dancing

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Oct
19
6:00pm 6:00pm

Creating an Herbarium

Location: The Big Garden, 5602 Read Street, Omaha

Learn how to create an herbarium, a collection of pressed and preserved plant specimens used to study and enjoy the beautiful variety of plants found around us. Led by the Big Garden's knowledgeable and enthusiastic Mary Hanten, this workshop is great for gardeners and artists alike! 

This program is part of our Growing Gardeners Workshop Series, which is a collaboration between City Sprouts and the Big Garden. Our purpose is to offer four seasons of hands-on workshops that feature skills and techniques for every gardener and urban farmer: growing, cooking, preserving and eating healthy local food. All workshops are free or low-cost, all ages, and no one will be turned away for inability to pay.

*The Big Garden campus is currently under construction, so please be patient with us!

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Oct
8
9:00am 9:00am

Harvest for Hunger

Note: This event takes the place of our monthly Volunteer Crew for October.

Families, groups, and individuals are invited to join us for a unique firsthand opportunity to experience the connection between hunger and gardening. Participants will meet at the Big Garden campus and travel to the Big Garden site at First United Methodist Church in Springfield, where we will glean leftover produce from the fields. After enjoying a sack lunch together, we will deliver the produce to one of Omaha's food pantries. There, we will learn how the produce makes a difference for our friends and neighbors who struggle with hunger.

Your $5/person donation helps to offset transportation costs. Bring your own sack lunch. Registration will be available in August.

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Sep
14
6:30pm 6:30pm

Seed Saving 101

Location: The Big Garden, 5602 Read Street, Omaha

Why buy new seeds for your garden every year when the plants you grow produce them for you? Mary Hanten and Kay Wilwerding, of the Big Garden, will walk us through the steps involved in saving seeds from tomatoes and native perennial plants.

This program is part of our Growing Gardeners Workshop Series, which is a collaboration between City Sprouts and the Big Garden. Our purpose is to offer four seasons of hands-on workshops that feature skills and techniques for every gardener and urban farmer: growing, cooking, preserving and eating healthy local food. All workshops are free or low-cost, all ages, and no one will be turned away for inability to pay.

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Sep
10
9:00am 9:00am

No Second Saturday Volunteer Crew This Month!

Due to a shorthanded staff, campus construction, and many conflicting fall events, we have made the decision to cancel the Second Saturday Volunteer Crew for the month of September. If you are able, we would love to have you join us for October's Harvest for Hunger. Otherwise, check back on November 12th for our regular volunteer opportunity. Thank you for your understanding.

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Aug
30
5:30pm 5:30pm

Yoga in the Garden

Looking for a relaxing evening in the garden? Spend some time stretching at the Big Garden’s brand new campus! Yoga instructor and urban farmer, Chelsea Taxman, offers this service to the community free of charge, though donations are happily accepted.

This event is kid-friendly; all ages welcome!
This event is FREE!

Bring a yoga mat if you are able. We will have some available.

Location: The Big Garden campus, 5602 Read Street, Omaha

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Aug
23
5:30pm 5:30pm

Yoga in the Garden

Looking for a relaxing evening in the garden? Spend some time stretching at the Big Garden’s brand new campus! Yoga instructor and urban farmer, Chelsea Taxman, offers this service to the community free of charge, though donations are happily accepted.

This event is kid-friendly; all ages welcome!
This event is FREE!

Bring a yoga mat if you are able. We will have some available.

Location: The Big Garden campus, 5602 Read Street, Omaha

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Aug
16
5:30pm 5:30pm

Yoga in the Garden

Looking for a relaxing evening in the garden? Spend some time stretching at the Big Garden’s brand new campus! Yoga instructor and urban farmer, Chelsea Taxman, offers this service to the community free of charge, though donations are happily accepted.

This event is kid-friendly; all ages welcome!
This event is FREE!

Bring a yoga mat if you are able. We will have some available.

Location: The Big Garden campus, 5602 Read Street, Omaha

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Aug
13
9:00am 9:00am

Second Saturday Volunteer Crew

Have you been itching to get your hands dirty and learn more about growing your own food? Perhaps you've been looking for a way to make a difference in your community. Well, we have more work than our little staff can handle, especially during the summer months, and we can put you to work in our monthly Volunteer Crew!

We have tasks for every ability and skill level, both indoor and outdoor. You may attend once, intermittently, or each month, and children are welcome. Join us! You never know what you might learn!

Oh, and don't forget to bring your sunscreen, water bottle, and sack lunch.
Location: The Big Garden campus 5602 Read Street, Omaha

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Aug
9
5:30pm 5:30pm

Yoga in the Garden

Looking for a relaxing evening in the garden? Spend some time stretching at the Big Garden’s brand new campus! Yoga instructor and urban farmer, Chelsea Taxman, offers this service to the community free of charge, though donations are happily accepted.

This event is kid-friendly; all ages welcome!
This event is FREE!

Bring a yoga mat if you are able. We will have some available.

Location: The Big Garden campus, 5602 Read Street, Omaha

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Aug
2
5:30pm 5:30pm

Yoga in the Garden

Looking for a relaxing evening in the garden? Spend some time stretching at the Big Garden’s brand new campus! Yoga instructor and urban farmer, Chelsea Taxman, offers this service to the community free of charge, though donations are happily accepted.

This event is kid-friendly; all ages welcome!
This event is FREE!

Bring a yoga mat if you are able. We will have some available.

Location: The Big Garden campus, 5602 Read Street, Omaha

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Jul
26
5:30pm 5:30pm

Yoga in the Garden

Looking for a relaxing evening in the garden? Spend some time stretching at the Big Garden’s brand new campus! Yoga instructor and urban farmer, Chelsea Taxman, offers this service to the community free of charge, though donations are happily accepted.

This event is kid-friendly; all ages welcome!
This event is FREE!

Bring a yoga mat if you are able. We will have some available.

Location: The Big Garden campus, 5602 Read Street, Omaha

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Jul
22
9:30am 9:30am

Kids Nature Camp: Canning for Kids

The Big Garden Nature Camp is for children ages 3-7, providing children with hands-on opportunities for learning and play in the garden.  Pre-registration is required. For more information, contact ccaughey@biggarden.org.

Location: The Big Garden Campus, 5602 Read Street, just north of 56th & Sorensen

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Jul
20
6:00pm 6:00pm

Meal Planning & Cooking from Your Garden

Learn basic meal planning, budgeting, and the basics of cooking simple, quick, and healthy meals for you and your family. We will focus on using produce and herbs from the garden! Free!

Facilitators: Cait Caughey of the Big Garden & Erin Higgins of City Sprouts
Location: The Big Garden Campus, 5602 Read Street, just north of 56th & Sorensen

This workshop is part of the Growing Gardeners Workshop Series, presented to the public through a partnership between City Sprouts and the Big Garden.

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Jul
19
5:30pm 5:30pm

Yoga in the Garden

Looking for a relaxing evening in the garden? Spend some time stretching at the Big Garden’s brand new campus! Yoga instructor and urban farmer, Chelsea Taxman, offers this service to the community free of charge, though donations are happily accepted.

This event is kid-friendly; all ages welcome!
This event is FREE!

Bring a yoga mat if you are able. We will have some available.

Location: The Big Garden campus, 5602 Read Street, Omaha

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