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About Us

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. 

Story of BFBLN

Coming soon

New BFBLN Coordinator

Please welcome Lauren Kolojejchick-Kotch to BFBLN.  Lauren comes with a deep interest in the health and accessibility of local food systems and the economic wellbeing of communities across Nebraska.  She has worked with farmers' markets in Idaho and Seattle to conduct market assessments, pricing studies, and to promote seasonal, local eating.

Lauren is originally from Idaho and has lived, worked and studies in Italy, China, and the Northwest, before moving to Nebraska in 2013.  She holds a B.A. in Economics from Seattle University and previously worked for the Center for Rural Affairs in the rural public policy program, where she did education, outreach and organizing work with rural communities to shape energy, climate and healthcare policy.

Lauren Kolojejchick-Kotch

Buy Fresh Buy Local Nebraska Contact

Elaine Cranford
Phone: 402-472-1748
Email: ecranford2@unl.edu

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