University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Community gardens sprouting up throughout Nebraska

Nebraska has seen a bumper crop of community gardens take root over the last five years, but officials could do more to encourage people to plant gardens and help them flourish, according to a new state report.

The report by a legislative task force identified 184 community gardens, nearly half of which are in Omaha. Many of the gardens began in the last five years.

Despite the growth, the task force says people likely would have planted even more gardens if policymakers had adopted programs similar to those enacted in California, Kansas, Maryland, Texas and several major U.S. cities.

"I think we're definitely catching up, but there's been a lot more happening in...