We completed our sixth and seventh 12-week internship programs this year! Students learn about a variety of topics including:permaculture, regenerative farming, land design, ethics and principles,climate, water, trees, soil, gardening,small livestock husbandry, food preservation techniques, starting
seeds, micro green production,marketplace interaction, and even how to butcher a chicken! We weave our biblical insights and missionary experience through all of our curriculum, including worship, discipleship, and outreach– table, farm, connection. Helping people to make a gospel connection is our focus.
Our interns participated with the programs at the YMCA and the JJC, as well as on-farm education. They also worked the Papillion Farmers Market on Wednesday nights during the growing season. Once students complete the 12-week internship and 72-hour course, they receive a Permaculture Design
Zauha Family Gardens
This spring we were given use of a property in downtown Papillion by the Zauha family in honor of their late
husband/father, Joe. There, we planted numerous vegetable crops, and all of the food went to the Tri-City Food Pantry and
into the community. During this year one, this space grew to 15,000 sq. ft. Over 4,000 lbs of food was grown and given away!
These gardens are the place where allkinds of people interact, a diversity of volunteers and groups.
In 2018, we will be installing seating areas and picnic benches as well as adding more perennial plants and expanding the
vegetable gardens. We hope that this garden, in the center of our community, will become a model for others and a
destination to experience.
YMCA Summer Camp
2017 marked the beginning of Keipos' relationship with the Sarpy County YMCA. We built and planted 4 garden beds to be
used in garden education. Our summer interns worked weekly with the summer day campers at the YMCA, teaching them how to care for the land and where their food comes from! Many participated and were engaged, especially seeing it from seed to fruit and then taking the produce home to their families. We hope to continue this program and grow & beautify the garden plots at our community's YMCA.
Heartland Family Service / Tri-City Food Pantry
This year, Keipos leased the property next to
Heartland Family Service/Tri-City Food
Pantry from the City of Papillion (for $1!)
with the goal of installing a vegetable garden.
Many community volunteers helped collect
resources and prepare the site. Real estate
agents from our local Keller Williams teams
even pitched in to make it happen on their
community outreach day! We used bricks
headed for the landfill, cardboard from a
bedding company, and donated compost and
mulch to make the garden (The VEG Patch -
Volunteer Education Garden) a reality. We
hope to make great headway on this site in
Working at the JJC
Some of our most important work this year was done at the Patrick J Thomas Justice Juvenile Center (JJC). We worked with detained, at-risk youth both in the garden and classroom. You can read more about our work there here.