WELCOME TO THE FUTURE OF FARMING
A dynamic regional laboratory and model for alternative energy, eco-friendly businesses and self-sustaining agriculture on a farm near Lincoln, Nebraska.
HEMP PRODUCTION & PROCESSING
Off the Grid! Reed’s Green Growers is pivoting from growing corn and soybeans to hemp, which needs little water, replenishes the soil, does not need chemicals to grow and produces biodegradable products like paper, fiber and plastics. We’re already growing fir and spruce to replace the scotch pines which make up the Midwest’s shrinking windbreaks due to pine wilt.
Working with the Midwest Hemp Forum, Reed’s Green Growers aims to create a hemp processing plant, as the land is zoned agricultural/industrial. The stalk of the hemp plant may produce around 1500-2000 lbs. of textile-grade fiber per acre, compared to about 600- 1200lbs per acre for cotton. The flowering head can be used to produce CBD and the remaining woody core can be turned into products such as building materials, biodegradable plastics and bio-fuels.
The farm will use alternative energy sources such as wind, solar and possibly geothermal to not only fuel and sustain the businesses on the property but also produce energy to sell back to Lincoln Electric and Lancaster County. This project could serve as an alternative energy model for communities everywhere.
UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA
August 7, 2022
Buy Fresh Buy Local - Nebraska
JOURNAL STAR - LINCOLN
November 7, 2021
Hope for hemp: Lincoln-area farm trying to reshape Nebraska ag
NTV - ABC
July 28, 2021
Local Farmer Hopes New Strains Will Bring Hemp to Mainstream
PLANET A PODCAST
July 21, 2021
Episode 11: Industrial Hemp in Nebraska with Dakota Dzerk
1011 NOW - KOLN
July 9, 2021
Lancaster County Farm Hopes to Set Example for Hemp Production
JOURNAL STAR - LINCOLN
May 2, 2021
Reed Honored and Forming New Lincoln Business
THE REED FAMILY
Sister Rosemary has owned and operated Double R Productions, LLC since 1987. The communications and television production company has served clients as varied as major national newspapers, Fortune 500 companies, the US government, associations and local arts organizations. Rosemary was also an elected DC delegate to the White House Conference on Small Business, and was an appointed regional implementation coordinator for regulation and paperwork. She testified before the Senate Small Business Committee and helped coordinate a historic trip to Russia by the DC delegation. Her knowledge of small business from marketing and public relations to payroll, insurance, HR and every aspect of operations is solid.
Sister Julie has owned and operated Reed-Yeboah Fine Violins LLC in New York City since 2006. Julie works with “high-end” violin, viola and cello restorations and sales. Her work has taken her to Asia, Russia, Europe, and Central America where she has developed an international clientele including soloists, concertmasters, conductors, quartets, advanced young professionals and investors. If Julie can successfully survive the cutthroat violin world not to mention run a business in New York City, you know she has the chops to serve as a major consultant to Off the Grid! Reed’s Green Growers, LLC.
ALICE REED DZERK
Sister Alice is the Chief Gardener for the Public Gardens Horticulture section for the City of Lincoln, Parks and Recreation Department. She is directly involved in the design and maintenance of the Sunken Gardens, a world–class annual and perennial display garden and the Rose Gardens located in Lincoln. On the side, she is an independent landscape and garden designer for Gardener’s Extraordinaire, LLC, which she and a partner have successfully run for more than 15 years. Gardener’s Extraordinaire specializes in personalized horticultural training, design work and maintenance of specialty gardens and home landscapes. Alice is the driving force behind Off the Grid! Reed’s Green Growers, LLC with her expert knowledge of the land where she worked with her Grandpa Glen and Daddy Ralph on the family farm planting trees and various agricultural crops.
JESSE WALTER RAY
Nephew Jesse has worked in music retail since the 1980s and is the Quality Control Supervisor for Wichita Band Instrument Company. Graduating in 1993 with a degree in International Administration and later in Information Systems, his tasks range from French translation to website modification. His primary focus, though, is "high-end" restoration of rare flutes, clarinets, oboes, bassoons and saxophones as well as historically significant brass instruments. He works with jazz artists, symphony members and major European retailers in providing high level service. As such, he has a great deal of experience navigating through the regulatory morass in today's business retail environment. Not really so different from the mud waders he used fishing with Grandpa Ralph years ago!
Dakota Dzerk is the farm manager for Off the Grid! Reed’s Green Growers, LLC (RGG). Dakota graduated with honors from the University of Nebraska in 2015, with a bachelor’s degree in horticulture. He worked at a wholesale flower distributor for 5 years as a driver, seller, and then as a manager of the company. Then Dakota worked as a landscaper and then as a crew leader at a landscaping company for 2 years in Lincoln. The farm renovation has trained him and added to his skill set in carpentry, plumbing, electrical, and drywall. He is growing trees, aronia berries, and raising chickens in addition to planting and monitoring hemp fields for RGG.
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8253 NW 27th St.
Lincoln, Nebraska 68524