Matt Johnson grew up familiar with agriculture in small-town Nebraska and knew he was interested in farming, but spent years living in the city and working in IT before a too-good-to-pass-up opportunity opened up with a few acres just east of Council Bluffs. In the middle of the pandemic in 2020, Matt Johnson and partner Tiffiny Clifton bought a small farm and started to bring their dreams to fruition.
While they don’t have formal training or education in food production, they have learned a lot from reading, watching videos, attending conferences, networking with other farmers, and a few years of experience.
In just 3 years, they have scaled up to having an additional full-time employee, 3 part-timers, and a few more during the peak summer season. Matt and Tiffiny also both have off-farm jobs.
They are currently building a new wash/pack space and commercial kitchen that will help the farm scale up and make more value-added products like jar salads, herb salts, pesto, pickles, and more.
Long Walk Farm grows more than 20 different crops (and even more varieties within that). Their garlic is especially popular at the farmers market, and restaurants love their greens and seasonal vegetables.
They have numerous high tunnels and caterpillar tunnels to help with season extension. Most recently, they added a 120’x30’ high tunnel with assistance from the EQIP program.
They have several La Mancha goats and hope to have a small dairy in the future. They also have several Kunekune and American Mulefoot pigs.
Their biggest sales channel is metro-area restaurants, including Lemon Tree, Au Courant, Boiler Room, Le Bouillon, V Mertz, Omaha Country Club, and more.
Some of their produce is also sold to Mealbox in Omaha.
You can also find Long Walk Farm at the Aksarben Farmers Market in Omaha on Sundays.
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