Gifford Farm is looking for volunteers to continue the cleanup process after the 2019 flood left much of the farm devastated.

Kelly Taylor, office assistant and reservation coordinator, said there have been many groups coming to the farm and helping out with cleaning, but there is still more work to do.

She said the cleaning up process has been “slow and steady,” and will likely take all summer to complete.

Volunteer groups have being coming Tuesday through Friday 9 a.m. to noon and noon to 3 p.m. Groups can come on Saturdays if there are eight or more in attendance.

Those interested in volunteering can call Taylor at 402-597-4920.

Taylor said the farm had volunteers from as far away as Michigan join the efforts and the farm is thankful for all the help.

Gifford Farm schedules a variety of events and programs to educate the community, but the status of these programs were put in jeopardy after the flooding.

The farm is doing its offsite after-school programs which include their farm to go and team challenge programs.

The following events, however, have been canceled for 2019: Exploration Sticky, Wet and Wild Camp, Animal and Nature Day, Health Walk to Support Education, Mad Science Day and Adventure and Living History Camp.

Taylor said the farm hopes to have all of its programming up and running by Sept. 1.

The farm is also known for its variety of animals onsite, and Kelly said they were able to save 80 percent of the animals but were unable to save seven who died during the floods.

The farm is planning to replace the lost animals and is looking for llamas, alpacas and a miniature donkey.

Gifford Farm Education Center is a 400-acre farm owned and operated by ESU#3. Gifford Farm offers agricultural curriculum and outdoor education to K-12 students and is located in Bellevue along the Missouri River.

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