WESTPORT PLAZA FARMERS' MARKET - at Westport & Wyoming - WEDNESDAY Evening Local Food in Kansas City
Thane Palmberg Farm sweet potato and organicorange gratin with crisp lardons of Rain’s Farm heritage tamworth bacon
Nature’s Choice Farm oven roasted green beans tossed in an organic stone ground mustard and balsamic vinaigrette topped with a tournedos of wild caught United States Atlantic sea scallop
roulade of Good Shepherd Turkey Ranch heritage turkey breast pounded with blue bird bistro garden rosemary stuffed with Wood Mood Garden pear, sweet onion, Thane Palmberg Farm leeks
flourless chocolate cake
with house made blue bird bistro garden basil ice cream and house made cornbread stuffing
We have okra, Anaheim and bell peppers, Chinese noodle beans, kale, Thai basil
Here is some information on our garden followed by some general information on Niles Home for Children. We would love to have some volunteer help. In addition to our current garden we are also trying to restore an additional third acre plot that was a parking lot. I hope this information helps.
Marty Kraft 816-333-5663
Sustainability Aspects of Niles Garden
At Niles Home for Children
Organic Niles garden, while not certified organic we try to follow the requirements for an organic garden. Organic means that we use remedies for controlling pests that are much less harmful to the environment and less harmful to the people who eat our produce. We use substances like Bacillus thuragensis which is a bacteria that eats worms that eat plants or diatomatious earth, the silica shells of ancient diatoms whose razor sharp edges slice into the insects bodies and dry them out.
No-Till Beds It is said that a third of the world’s carbon could reside in the soil. The soil is a huge carbon sink that could hold the carbon from much of the carbon dioxide that is currently in the atmosphere causing global warming. Bynottilling we prevent the soil bacteria from eating carbon rich substances like glomalin and releasing CO2. We also add glomalin producing micorizzal fungi to the roots of plants that form associations with these fungi.
Honoring the Real Gardeners In a handful of soil there are more organisms that there are people on earth. Through the interaction of these billions of “workers” soil is created and made healthy for plants. We must study the ecology of the soil in order to maximize the efforts of these tiny helpers. It behooves us to understand soil ecology and build and maintain healthy soil.
Nature Areas We have a large understory area where native plants are being reintroduced so our residents, staff and visitors can see natural ecosystems in action. We also have a prairie plant area that attracts butterflies and beneficial insects including pollinators that help our garden plants reproduce.
Solar Waterfall Although our pond is not a natural feature the attractive waterfall is powered by a solar panel atop our outdoor classroom gazebo. The panel demonstrates that power can be generated from sunlight, avoiding the use of fossil fuels.
Watering system Our watering system minimizes the use of water for growing food. We use a thick straw mulch that holds the moisture in the soil while creating a rich environment for our soil organisms to operate. We also use drip tape that lets water seep out under the mulch where it won’t evaporate into the air.
Food in a Food Desert Niles Home for Children is located in what has been called a food desert. In order to find fresh and nutritious food on sale, nearby residents must travel at least two miles. You can get liquor five blocks away. A high percentage of our neighbors must rely on public transportation so it is just not practical to shop where good food is available. To that end we have been offering a Tuesday afternoon market from 4 to 7 PM on our lawn at 1911 E 23rd Street.
We Demonstrate and Teach Sustainable Skills and Values Our residents, staff, volunteers and visitors get to see a working garden that produces food for the community passing on skills and knowledge that makes us all more secure. Niles Home for Children, through our garden, offers volunteer opportunities, tours, workshops and internships to people in the larger community as well as to our youthful residents. See videos of our garden athttp://www.youtube.com/
NILES HOME FOR CHILDREN – CES II newsletter
Niles Home for Children is a licensed, accredited day and residential treatment facility located in the urban core of Kansas City, MO. Its 127-year history of caring for troubled and at-risk children began in 1833 when an African-American bricklayer named Samuel Eason opened his heart and his home to orphaned neighborhood children. Over the years, Niles has evolved from an informal orphanage to a formal treatment program for children and youth suffering from mental and emotional illness, but the concept of “Home” is still central to what we do. Today, Niles serves about 150 youth annually, in three programs:
· Safe, intensive Residential Treatment for children in severe crisis;
· Day Treatment/Alternative Education for children whose disruptive behavior keeps them from succeeding in conventional classrooms;
· Substance Abuse prevention or treatment, depending on previous use.
The children in Residential Treatment, ages 7-17, suffer from acute depression, bi-polar disorder, PTSD and other mental and emotional illnesses. Most often, they have been profoundly traumatized by abuse, neglect or abandonment, and many of them have been removed from their homes by the State for their own safety.WithNiles’ multi-layered therapy and low staff-to-resident ratio, they can usually be released to a less restrictive environment in 3-12 months.
The Day Treatment children attend Niles Prep Behavior Management School in grades K-12. Typically, these youth are referred to Niles by public and charter schools because of their very disruptive behavior. Upon arrival, they are typically performing 2+ years below grade level, so academic remediation and integrated therapy in a supportive environment are both essential to success.
All these high-risk children are tested for substance use when they arrive and are assigned to either the prevention or the treatment program. All of Niles’ skilled and caring professionals work together to achieve the agency’s mission “to meet the mental health and educational needs of high-risk children and their families, empowering them to become confident and contributing citizens.”
If you can help please let me know and we'll schedule in some time.
Marty Kraft 816-333-5663
28 September 2010
(Lawrence, KS / Kansas City)
ECO RADIO KC ¤ WEEKLY ECOLOGICAL ISSUES RADIO SHOW
Tuesday, 28 September 2010, 12:00noon-1:00pm ¤ on Kansas City Community Radio
Listen at KKFI-FM 90.1, or on web-streaming at http://www.kkfi.org/
If you like the programming, donate during the pledge drive at (888)931-0901
On Eco-Radio KC this week, join John Kurmann, Reenie Carmack, Steve Mann and guests Craig Volland, Dr Nicholas Comninellis, and Dr Nancy Russell as we explore the health implications of living near one of Kansas City's coal-fired electric generating stations.
On Friday at 9:30am, listen as the Bioneers radio series presents "Busting the Drug War: The Dawn of Drug Policy Reform". Th e drug war is a bust, say increasing numbers of law enforcement professionals and politicians. Like Prohibition before it, not only has it failed to achieve its stated goals - it has further led to unaffordable costs, both financial and social. Ethan Nadelmann, founder/director of the Drug Policy Alliance, the nation’s leading drug policy reform organization, traces the hidden history of drugs laws, which are intimately connected with racism and the political exploitation of people’s fears. He offers a set of practical and effective policy reforms that are now being advocated by a rising tide of former drug warriors.
SUNFLOWER COAL-FIRED ELECTRIC PLANT ¤ 2ND PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD
Written comments: Thursday, 23 September - Saturday, 23 October 2010
Public Hearing: Monday, 25 October 2010, 2:00pm
Because Kansas Gov. Parkinson and the Legislature cut an inside deal that took from the Kansas Department of Health & Environment power to act on behalf of Kansans, the KDHE is now acting on behalf of the EPA. Several months ago, the KDHE held public hearings on the Sunflower Electric Power permit application, and received over federal greenhouse gas regulations that come into play on 2 January 2011.
Fortunately the EPA has, so far, held the political maneuvering in check. To ask the EPA to protect the integrity of permitting process, first go to http://action.sierraclub.org/SunflowerLeak.
To submit a comment specifically about the permit request by Sunflower to build a coal-fired electric generating station in Holcombe, submit it between 23 Sept. and 23 Oct. Use one of the following options:
- Send e-mail to email@example.com
- Mail written comments to: KDHE Bureau of Air, Attention Sunflower Comments, 1000 SW Jackson St., Suite 310, Topeka KS 66612-1366
- Present comments verbally or in writing at the hearing on 25 October, 2:00pm
LAWRENCE COMPLETE STREETS PRESENTATION
Wednesday, 29 September 2010, 6:30–8:00 p.m.
Lawrence City Hall, Commission Room, 6 E. Sixth Street
Complete streets are designed to accommodate bicyclists, utility bicycles, pedestrians, motorists and transit users of all abilities and ages. The presentation is co-sponsored by the City of Lawrence and Live Well Lawrence. Carol Kachadoorian, senior planner with the National Complete Streets Coalition will explain the benefits of complete streets, dispel myths, show how existing streets can be retrofitted into complete streets, and detail how a Complete Streets policy can even save residents money.
Ms. Kachadoorian is a planner with nearly 30 years of experience in local government, policy development, government relations, and multi-modal transportation planning. She has worked on a number of complete streets projects and is the lead contributor of information on pedestrian and bicyclist access for a Transportation Cooperative Research Program project developing a guidebook for various access modes to high capacity transit stations. Live Well Lawrence is a project of the Douglas County Community Foundation. For more info contact the Lawrence-Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Organization, Jessica Mortinger at firstname.lastname@example.org or (785)832-3165.
INTRO TO PERMACULTURE: THEORY, DESIGN, PRACTICE ¤ 2ND LECTURE
Thursday, 30 September 2010, 6:00-9:00pm - $$$
Matt Ross Community Center, 8101 Marty St., Overland Park KS 66204
Steve Moring of Vajra Farm Permaculture Center will present an introduction to the principles, ethics and application of permaculture for the urban and rural landscape. This lecture is the second in a nine-session weekly permaculture lecture series. The lecture will be followed by a group discussion of permaculture applications, resources, local organizations and community projects, and will close with a viewing of the 37 minute film "Farming With Nature" about Sepp Holzer. Preregistration is required, and a percentage of the fees will support the Kaw Permaculture Collaborative and it's parent organization, the Sustainability Action Network. For more information contact Steve Moring at (785)691-7305 or <email@example.com>
"OUR LOCAL FOOD FEST"
Friday, 1 October 2010, 6:00pm - $$
Liberty Hall, 642 Massachusetts St., Lawrence KS 66044
This is a fun and informative event sponsored by the farms that grow food within the North East Kansas region of twelve counties, and locally owned businesses that support them. There will be presentations about various local school gardens, and proceeds will go to support those programs. There also will be local food samplings, children's activities, and a screening of What's on Your Plate?. Watch the Whats On Your Plate? trailer here. For more info go to Our Local Food-Kaw River Valley.
"DIRT: THE MOVIE" SCREENING
Friday, 1 October 2010, 7:00pm - FREE
St. Paul United Methodist Church, 3601 S. Sterling Ave., Independence,MO 64052
"Dirt! The Movie" was inspired by William Bryant Logan’s book "DIRT: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth". It connects our deepest positive multi-denominational religious values to the ground beneath our feet. Of all the planets in the known universe, only Earth has a living, breathing "skin" formed over the course of countless millennia. Our entire world is dependent on the health of our dirt. - from Dirt! The Movie.org, where you can also watch the trailer. For more info, contact Sara at <firstname.lastname@example.org> or (816)356-6986.
ELECTORAL POLITICS FORUM: "ELECTIONS & KANSAS LEGISLATURE IN 2010"
Friday, 1 October 2010, 7:00pm
ECM Center, 1204 Oread Ave., Lawrence KS 66044 (one block from K.U.)
This forum is being sponsored by the Kansas Sierra Club, Wakarusa Chapter, and will highlight the political races, candidates, and noteworthy issues to be addressed by the Kansas Legislature in their upcoming session. The public is welcome.
H.R.E.S. ENERGY SOLUTIONS FAIR & HOMES TOUR ¤ K.C. METRO AREA
Saturday, 2 October 2010, 8:30am-6:00pm - $$
Indian Woods Middle School, 9700 Woodson Dr., Overland Park KS 66207
The Heartland Renewable Energy Society will hold it's 2010 HRES Energy Solutions Fair & Homes Tour with morning and afternoon tours of homes and a business that incorporate various energy conservation methods, renewable energy systems, sustainable building materials, and LEED features. The all-day fair will have exhibitors with information and technical displays, as well as speakers. Info and registration at the above web site.
KAW VALLEY FARM TOUR ¤ LOCAL-REGIONAL FOOD SUPPLIERS
Saturday-Sunday, 2-3 October 2010, 10:00am-6:00pm - $$
self-guided tour of 22 participating farms
This annual tour of sustainably run farms covers a broad range from a bee apiary to a bison ranch to school-based CSA/gardens to orchards to wineries to market farms and goat dairies. The common thread is that these operations all are local-regional food suppliers, are as ecologically sustainable as farms can get, and acre-for-acre their specialty crops contribute more significantly to the local economy than do commodity mono-culture crops. More info at Kaw Valley Farm Tour 2009
10/10/10 ¤ COMMUNITY ACTION CLIMATE SOLUTIONS
Sunday, 10 October 2010
The 10/10/10 Global Work Party is the inspiration of Bill McKibben and 350.org, a major campaign of grassroots action on climate disruption. On 10 October 2010, they are asking communities world wide to plan some tangible and real action locally that will contribute to reversing CO2 emissions, global temperature rises, and the 392ppm atmospheric concentration of CO2. These solutions could be planting trees or community gardens, installing solar collectors or wind turbines, holding bicycle workshops, etc.
- Screening of Dirty Business: "Clean Coal" and Our Energy Future, 7:00pm, ECM 1204 Oread Blvd. Sponsored by K.U. EcoJustice, Sustainability Action Network, Great Plains Alliance for Clean Energy, Films For Action. More info from <email@example.com>
- A farm day at Mellowfields Urban Farm CSA. More info from <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- prepare for the Spring planting of a Food Forest in a lawn infested lot, 1:00-4:00pm, 43rd & McGee Streets. Sponsored by 350KC.org and Food Not Lawns KC. More info from <email@example.com>
KANSAS ENERGY CONFERENCE
(formerly KANSAS WIND & RENEWABLE ENERGY CONFERENCE)
Tuesday-Wednesday, 12-13 October 2010 - $$$
Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center, Wichita KS
Even though the name change seems to imply the "all of the above" energy policy of BP (coal, nuclear, oil, wind, solar, natural gas), the program seems to focus on wind, solar and efficiency as in the past. But program details are scarce, and a list of speakers is not yet available. Will it be worth traveling to Wichita? Stay tuned - Kansas Energy Conference 2010
LAWRENCE SUSTAINABILITY ADVISORY BOARD
Wednesday, 13 October 2010, 5:30pm
Recycling and Resource Recovery Annex, 320 N.E. Industrial Lane, Lawrence KS
The October agenda will be available soon. The S.A.B. meets monthly to discuss any and all aspects of furthering sustainability policies and practices by the City of Lawrence government and private persons. The public is welcome. Minutes are finalized in about a month after each meeting http://www.lawrenceks.org/wrr/envadvisoryboard
KANSAS CITY ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT COMMISSION
Wednesday, 13 October 2010, 4:00-6:00pm
Mid America Regional Council, Rivergate Center 2nd floor, 600 Broadway, KC MO
The Environmental Management Commission promotes environmental awareness and resource efficiency to the City's leader and staff, to assist the progress of Kansas City toward sustainability. Members of the general public are encouraged to attend and observe meetings and to join and participate in its efforts. More information and the EMC April 2009 minutes are available at http://www.kcmo.org/manager.nsf/web/emc
BIONEERS ¤ CELEBRATING 21 YEARS OF BREAKTHROUGH SOLUTIONS
Friday-Sunday, 15-17 October 2010 - $$$
San Rafael CA
The Bioneers are social and scientific innovators who develop solutions that mimic nature's operating systems. They are visionaries who, in their own communities, are creating a healthy, diverse, equitable and beautiful world. With phenomenal effectiveness, the Bioneers reach tens-of-thousands of people at their conference and simultaneous satellite conferences, through their year-round radio show, by their professional intensive seminars, in their Eco Schools program, and by their Democracy School training. For conference info, schedule, and registration go to the 2010 Bioneers Conference.
There are dozens of simultaneous regional conferences with speakers and workshops and major speakers beamed live from the San Rafael conference - Bioneers beaming to regional conferences. The nearest ones to the Kansas City/Lawrence area are: Bluegrass Bioneers | 2010 in Louisville KY (22-24 October), Northland Bioneers - 2010 in St. Paul MN (23-24 October), and Colorado Bioneers - 2010 in Boulder CO (5-7 November).
Revolution From the Heart of Nature
It's all alive; it's all connected; it's all intelligent; it's all relatives
SUSTAINABILITY ACTION NETWORK - MONTHLY MEETING
Sunday, 17 October 2010, 11:00am
location TBA, Lawrence KS
Local Solutions for Transition to a Sustainable Economy
S.A.N. organizes societal scale action for ecological sustainability both in our personal lives, and through public policy changes. "Be the change you want to see". The S.A.N. meeting agenda will include:
- Transition Kaw Valley power point trial run
- Kansas Permaculture Institute possible merger
- community workshops: solar food dehydrator, cold frames, rain barrels, etc.
- S.A.N.web hosting options
- develop an annual events schedule
TRANSITION TRAINING WORKSHOP IN OMAHA
Friday-Sunday, 22-24 October 2010, 6:30pm-9:00pm Fri., 8:30am-5:30pm Sat.-Sun. - $$$
Columbans Retreat Center, 1902 Calhoun Street, Bellevue, NE 68005
The Transition movement was begun by Rob Hopkins in Great Britain Transition Towns, and in the U.S. is coordinated by Transition US based in Sebastapol CA. The focus is for local communities to transition from fossil fuel dependency to local resilience by tapping into their citizens' own genius and creativity. There currently are 74 transition initiatives in the U.S., and hundreds around the world. This training in Omaha will be conducted by the founders of Transition Colorado, Lynette Hanthorn and Michael Brownlee. For more info and to register go to http://www.transitionomaha.org
The SUSTAINABILITY ACTION NETWORK, Inc. is a Kansas not-for-profit organization. DONATIONS ARE APPRECIATED, and checks can be mailed to P.O.Box 1064, Lawrence KS 66044. Our mission is to advocate and organize societal scale action to address sustainability issues. The triple crises of Energy-Ecology-Economy are building so rapidly that large scale action is needed immediately and methodically to overcome institutional barriers and advance public policy that preserves ecological sustainability. Our focus is to build a relocalized economy-ecology in concert with the Transition Town movement occurring in many other communities. To join the Sustainability Action Network please contact us at <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Our current projects include:
1) Transition Kaw Valley - initiating transition to a relocalized post-carbon economy, and municipal level Peak Oil response planning.
2) Kaw Permaculture Collaborative - developing skills and resources for poly-cropping sustainable food production.
3) Energy Conservation & Renewables - advancing a green economy through decentralized technologies and regulations, for conservation and renewable energy.
4) Land Consortium - organizing interested stakeholders to acquire prime farmland in the urban fringe for land-based economic development and regional food security.
5) Water Rights and Watersheds - protecting the water commons, the source of all life, from privatization and contamination, and restoring our watersheds.
6) Electric & Human Powered Vehicles - promoting neighborhood electric vehicles and utility tricycles, including infrastructure and pro-active regulations.
7) Weekly Sustainability Announcements - informing and encouraging others to become active in the Sustainability Action Network, or other action driven groups.
8) Collaboration with sister organizations - such as: The Light Center eco-village; Kaw Valley Food System farm-based economic development; Citizens for Responsible Planning; Films for Action; Kansas River Valley Growers fighting for local water rights; national efforts by the Sustainable Energy Network; KC Metro groups like the Kansas City Food Circle and the All Species Project, etc.
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