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Vegetable Gardening in the Central Great Plains

The Central Great Plains cover a large area in Southeastern Wyoming, Nebraska, Eastern Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Northern Texas, and Eastern New Mexico.

The short grassland area to the West includes the High Plains. They are drier than the plains to the East  and experience steady, and sometimes intense, winds from the West. In the South, some cotton, corn, winter wheat, and grain sorghum are grown.

The mixed grassland area to the East receives more precipitation. Much of this region is cropland. It is a major winter wheat growing area. Other crops include corn, grain sorghum, alfalfa, and cotton.

The Central Great Plains also includes the Nebraska Sand Hills and the Flint Hills tall grassland.

Central Great Plains Vegetable Gardening Information

Vegetable Varieties for Oklahoma

Best Tomato Varieties for the Midwest

Growing Tomatoes on the Texas High Plains

Growing Zones, Recommended Crop Varieties, and Planting and Harvesting Information for Home Vegetable Gardens in New Mexico

Organic Farming Apprenticeship Opportunities

Growing Growers Kansas City - This apprenticeship program gives you an opportunity to receive hands-on experience on local sustainably-run farms combined with reading, classes, and informal training

Cultivate Kansas City - Working to grow food, farms and communities for a healthy local food system. We work to help growers develop skills and access resources to start sustainable farm businesses on our city's vacant land. We sell fresh, organic urban-grown vegetables at farmers markets and through our CSA.

Other Educational Resources

Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture - Educational resources including events, publications, and web resources. The center is located in Eastern Oklahoma.

Great Plains Growers Conference - Presentations by knowledgeable speakers from throughout the nation. The conference showcases educational information for Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and South Dakota with vegetable specialists and growers from those states.