We are honored to have received one of the 2014 Lincoln-Lancaster County Environmental Leadership Awards on Friday, November 14th.
Many deserving individuals and businesses were honored for their efforts to make Lincoln and Lancaster County a more sustainable and healthy place to live.
Thank you for the nomination!
We are excited to be part of this aggregation of professional growers in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa. Lone Tree Foods is an exciting new way for growers and buyers to connect and to serve more local food to our very own communities. Check it out!
We are so fortunate to have a community that cares! Check out this article about a benefit dinner coming up soon!
What: “Chefs Supporting Agriculture”
Where: Nebraska Club, 20th floor, U.S. Bank building, 13th and M streets
When: 5:30 p.m. Aug. 17
Tickets: $70 (includes raffle ticket); robinettefarms.com
Note: Seating limited to 125
We hope to see you there!
Southwest Fire and Rescue is hosting a Chili Benefit for Alex McKiernan on Sunday February 23rd from 4-8pm at the Sprague/Martell Community Center. Alex McKiernan was seriously injured in a car accident in January and is undergoing intensive therapy to enable him to walk.
McKiernan is a Southwest Firefighter and EMT and co-owner with his wife Chloe of Robinette Farms. Through their farm, they supply many local businesses and operate a CSA. Alex and Chloe have three very young daughters.
Proceeds will help with medical expenses for Alex and other expenses of the family.
Bring your friends and family and enjoy some delicious soup while donating to a very worthwhile cause!
An article about Alex in the Journal Star. Keeping it positive!
We are currently accepting applications for our Farm Apprenticeship and Livestock Apprenticeship positions! We have 4 positions available for the 7 month season (April-October), including a monthly stipend, food from the farm, worker's comp coverage and shared housing!
Spend the season learning hands on in the field as well as through informal classes. Read more about the positions and apply as soon as possible!
We just launched a crowd funding campaign to raise money to bring draft horse power to Robinette Farms! Check it out below and donate what you can or help us spread the word!
Today is a big day for our family -- we bought land! This is a huge milestone for us, and our friends, family, CSA members and even the government have our thanks. More detail is below, but we really want to point out the value and direct impact of CSA programs.
CSA dollars go directly to preserving or creating agricultural land and give consumers a clear vote in how they want their food produced. Quite literally, without our CSA program, we wouldn't have financing to buy this land -- it's as simple as that. As you'll see below, we have many people to thank, but we encourage everyone to eat locally and vote with your dollars so that our soil, water, air and food are left better than we found them!
Land security is probably the #1 challenge beginning farmers face and we are so excited to have the opportunity to steward this beautiful piece of ground. Our dream is the product of many hours and dollars, not to mention blood, sweat and tears from us, our friends and our family. We simply would not be in this position if not for the constant support of all those who love us. We are truly humbled by your care!
Access to land is key to a successful farming business, yet most young people don't have the connections or money to secure it. In our case, the former owners of this ground steadfastly refused to split this land up and their stubbornness has paid off for us and them. Their family homesteaded this land and our purchase will be the first change of ownership since "ownership" was granted in the 1870s. They have always wanted this land to stay together as farm ground and we are proud to carry on that vision of permanent agricultural spaces.
We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the two brothers, Bob & Bill, that held this land together. Their willingness to trust and support a couple of kid vegetable farmers is the basis for our ownership today.
Financing a land deal is no small task for a small farm business like ours, and we were able to secure financing because of federal support through the UDSA's Farm Service Agency. While applying for and receiving these loans, we have come to feel that these programs and agencies truly do support rural communities. We have seen red tape, clutter and paperwork, but we have also seen federal loan agents and employees dedicated to sustaining rural communities and agriculture.
"Farming" means many things to many people, and we certainly would make different decisions about how some federal dollars get spent in name of agriculture, but we feel that by and large, the people who shepherd these dollars to farmers truly do care about the land and the people that make their livings upon it.
Finally, and perhaps most notably, is the direct impact that CSA members have on their food and the environment. People join CSAs for a wide variety of reasons, but regardless of your motivation, supporting farmers via CSAs bolsters sustainable land stewardship. Quite simply: without our CSA program, the USDA never would have financed this purchase. Revenue from farmers' markets alone just isn't consistent enough for most land purchases, so CSA was the lynch pin to this whole deal.
Along with many of our CSA members, we feel strongly about decreasing the negative impact of agriculture on the environment. Through this purchase, we now have a mandate to produce more food on more land with less detriment to the soil that we all need to survive. This is possible because of the support of our CSA members -- thank you!
So remember, when you buy that share up front every spring; when you pick up your produce or meat each week; when you find another new recipe for kale, summer squash or cabbage, you are voting for clean food, clear water and healthy soils. The community benefits may not be so obvious at first, but CSA programs truly are an effective way to vote with your dollars.
Thank you so much!
Alex & Chloe
Tickets just went on sale for A Robinette Solstice! Join us on Saturday, June 15th for great food from our farm prepared by local pizza artists, local beer & wine, handmade gelato, and great music from right here in Lincoln! Come early and have a look at what we've got in the fields, then eat, drink and be merry. Click here for more details and to buy tickets. Come party like a farmer!
Hello Friends of Robinette!
It's almost June and we've had a busy year so far! We welcomed twin girls to our family in early April, as well as 22 lambs and our 2013 Farm Crew! We are excited about the 2013 season and changes we have made to our CSA, with our animals, our irrigation, our apprenticeship program and so on...read on for an update!
This year was our first offering a Spring CSA and despite the cold start we had plenty of greens and roots to offer each week. We are thrilled that our Summer CSA is sold out, with 150 families joining us this year! Because of the cold, wet weather we have delayed our Summer CSA start date by 2 weeks to June 12th. Our season will still be 20 weeks long, extending the extra 2 weeks into October. This year we will once again offer our Fall CSA, for the weeks running up to mid-December, so stay tuned for details about that this summer!
We are excited for our 2nd Annual Robinette Solstice Party on Saturday, June 15th from 3-10pm! Join us for the best of soul, funk and R&B with Josh Hoyer and the Shadowboxers and opening act Jack Hotel, both from right here in Lincoln! We'll have Robinette food artfully prepared by Rolling Fire Catering, locally made dessert from Gelato to Go, local beer from Blue Blood Brewing and wine from WunderRosa Winery just down the road!
TICKETS ARE ON SALE MONDAY MAY, 27TH! Check out our website for more details...
Old Cheney Road Farmers' Market
Each Sunday through October we are at the Old Cheney Road Farmers' Market from 10am to 2pm! This is a fantastic producers only market, offering lots of fresh veggies, cheeses, flowers, bread and baked goods, jams, honey, pasta, and more! Our stand is at the very West end of the market, so be sure to walk the whole loop and say hello!
*NEW this year at the Old Cheney Road Farmers' Market--our very own grassfed lamb! Each week we've got chops, leg of lamb, ground, and shoulder roast. And don't forget to grab some bacon or other pork cuts from our hormone and antibiotic-free pigs!
Good Life Fitness Market and CSA
This year, we offered a second Summer CSA pick up at Good Life Fitness on 3rd and Van Dorn. Along with our CSA pick up we will be bringing extra veggies and eggs for a mini-market on Saturday mornings from 9-11am. Check our Facebook page regularly for updates and info on what we'll have at the mini-market. It's a great opportunity to get an early morning workout in and then grab your veggies for the weekend!
As always, thanks for your support, we are thrilled to be your Farmers!
Chloe & Alex