Buy Fresh Buy Local® Nebraska (BFBLN) is a member-based marketing, promotion, and education program.
BFBLN invites: Nebraska's small family farmers & ranchers, Farmers’ Markets across the state that feature their family farmers & ranchers, Locally owned grocers, co-ops, restaurants, breweries, wineries and other retail that support our farmers and ranchers, AND Sponsors and Friends who want to invest in a vibrant food culture.
For the past 10 years, Buy Fresh Buy Local® Nebraska's distinct efforts have been to support our state’s farmers, ranchers and producers to increase their knowledge of food safety regulations, and increase their market share in both rural and underserved urban communities. Thus developing a sustainable food system that nurtures resilient relationships across the local food supply chain.
How we are accomplishing this?
Identifying the diversified, small family farmers' and ranchers’ needs by developing workshops, across the state and webinars to assist them in their business development.
Expanding consumer awareness about local food and the producer by holding “On Farm Tours” consumers walk the land and hear direct from the farmer about the challenges and success farmers have in growing food for consumers.
Celebrating our members with short informational films, tastings and special meals featuring locally raised food.
Encouraging consumers to buy locally grown food and encouraged family farmers to raise nutritional dense and Good Tasting food.
This is Skylar’s second year as program coordinator of Buy Fresh Buy Local Nebraska (BFBLN). Under her leadership, BFBLN has expanded membership by fifteen percent, unveiled a new farm to school program (Harvest of the Month Nebraska) with the Nebraska Department of Education and organized the state’s first Local Food Showcase in Lincoln.
After graduating in 2015 with a B.S. in Biological Systems Engineering, Skylar spent a year working on diversified farms in the area including Lakehouse Farm in Waverly, NE where she learned the importance of soil health and crop rotation while growing over 40 varieties of vegetables. Inspired by her time cultivating the land, Skylar participated in Annie’s Project at Iowa State, a farm business education course, before starting her own farming operation RhizoCity Farms that is currently in its fourth season. She understands the challenges and opportunities of selling local foods from personal experience and has sold at farmers’ markets, CSA (community supported agriculture) programs, and wholesale markets.
Her passion to support her farming community led Skylar to serve as the assistant market manager for the Lincoln Sunday Farmers’ Market in 2018 where she was responsible for day-of market operations and promoting the market in the weekly e-newsletter and social media accounts. Skylar is an advocate for enriching community vitality and individual wellness through food. When she’s not working in the soil, she’s elbow-deep making fermented foods like sauerruben!