Thanks to the weekend Omaha AGRI Fair, the Benson Plant Rescue (BPR) delivered another $1,000 check to the Omaha Public Library for the purchase of children’s books.The group also delivered a new iMac computer and agreed to provide about 5 new iPads to the library next month.
But the non profit didn't stop there and planted a seed in Washington.
The Organization sent an open letter inviting President Barack Obama to next year’s event and challenging him to make a “New Homestead Act” part of the jobs stimulus package he will present to Congress later this week.
For 13 years the BPR has been recycling damaged, overstock, and end-season plant goods, giving aways hundreds of thousands of vegetable plants and annual flowers and selling perennials, shrubs, trees, and houseplants at weekly plant sales with proceeds to the Omaha Public Library. Additionally, this year the BPR sponsored a two-day tour of Community Garden as a means of calling attention to Omaha’s vibrant urban agriculture scene.
In the letter to the President, the BPR affirms that “Middle American folk on both sides of the political fence ... think this country needs a massive injection of creativity and human ingenuity to transform the economy as did the first Homestead Act almost 150 years ago.” The group calls upon President Obama to “tell Congress this week to consider fashioning a new Homestead Act that will create jobs and transform vacant and derelict city lots into urban acreages producing wholesome and nutritious foods.”