Community Gardens & Farmers Market for Curtis, Neb.

Teaching & Engagement, 2014


The goal of this project was to enhance a service learning course at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture (NCTA) by developing a weekly farmers market and providing community garden plots for community residents.

The project focused on achieving the following objectives:


This project facilitated the development of a community garden and farmers market on NCTA’s campus. Major objectives were to strengthen relations between NCTA and Curtis citizens, develop community engagement skills of NCTA students, and facilitate gardening and marketing skills for 4-H members. One significant success was engaging citizens of Curtis through the community gardens. Several citizens that utilized the gardens had no other garden space opportunity. Complementary workshops on food preservation and garden planning/design were also well received by community citizens. The project facilitated student internship assistance with the community garden during the summer and provided community engagement experiences. The farmers market was held during the fall semester, thus several students gained valuable experiences regarding community engagement and entrepreneurship.

Frontier County 4-H members also benefited from the project by gaining valuable vegetable production experiences in the community garden. Once developed, this service learning course became sustainable and continues to be offered.

Project Team


Media Coverage

NCTA awarded grant for community garden | McCook Gazette


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