Tool & Seed Lending Library

Interested in starting a garden, but need a few tools to help you get started?

Big Muddy has many hand tools to choose from for you to start, maintain, and improve your home garden. Our selection ranges from shovels, broadforks, and hoes to loppers, pitchforks, and landscape rakes. Scroll down to read our policies and then click the reserve tool button to request a tool for your application.


  1. Click the Reserve Tools button below to open an online Tool Lending Request Form. Fill out and submit.
  2. Big Muddy will send you a request confirmation email which will confirm tool(s), pick up day and time.
  3. You then stop by the Big Muddy Urban Farm Garage located at 3328 Burt St to pick up your tool(s).
  4. After you’ve tended your garden, bring the tool(s) back within 48 hours of initial check out to the Big Muddy Urban Farm Garage.


  • The borrower must be 18 years of age or older.
  • The borrower assumes all risk and responsibility for using the tool(s).
  • Tools are due back within 48 hours but may be renewed twice if there are no pending requests. Exception tool is the Broad Fork, it is limited to one 48 hour period.
  • Tool(s) are used, but in good condition.  Tools should be returned in working condition so we can continue to support the community.
  • A $1 late fee per day will apply per tool held longer than rental period.
  • The borrower agrees to pay any accrued late fees or tool replacement cost if tool(s) are not returned.
  • The borrower agrees that if any tool becomes unsafe or in a state of disrepair, the borrower will immediately discontinue use of the tool, notify Big Muddy staff and return the tool.
  • Big Muddy Urban Farm reserves the right to refuse the loan of any item for failure to comply with any of the above rules and regulations or for falsification of any information.


LEAD CONTAMINATION: Before starting a garden in East Omaha, please check to see if you have high levels of lead in your soil.

Most lots have been tested and you can search for your lot by a simple search on Search your address and check the sidebar to see if the high lead levels and if it has been remediated. The EPA suggests 300ppm as a safe level, but still provide caution at that level especially if you are with children.

You can also send in a soil test to Midwest Labs. Grab a few samples, 6 inches of depth, from around the growing area and put into a ziploc bag and order and analysis through them.

If you are curious for more information about what lead in the soil means, take a look at this soil lead fact sheet put together by midwest labs.