Miami County (KS) Farm Tour May 7-8, 2011

Miami County Farm Tour
May 7-8, 2011
With four new stops featured this year, participants in the Miami County Farm Tour May 8-9 will have a diverse look at the county.

Beverlin's Little Piece of Paradise and Simple Food offer a look at sustainable farming practices with free-range chickens and market gardens. Emerald Prairie Nursery will highlight landscape fundamentals along with their vineyard. Middle Creek Winery will also offer vineyard tours along with information on their wine-making process.

They, along with the other eight returning stops will be open to visitors Saturday, May 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, May 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

To highlight the locally grown products, Slow Food Kansas City will have guest chefs from Casa Somerset Catering providing cooking demonstrations using the products produced by farm tour participants. Samples will be available at the Louisburg Cider Mill, 14730 W. K-68 Highway, May 7 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Several stops will have products for sale that may require refrigeration, so participants are encouraged to bring a cooler. Most stops have picnic and rest area amenities for families to enjoy.

“Our farms work hard to provide an educational experience to visitors,” said Mike Martin, farm tour chairman. “With this economy, more families are looking for ways to be self-sufficient. We want to be that resource by answering those questions.”

The weekend’s farm tour offers families an opportunity to spend time outdoors enjoying the more rural aspects of Miami County.

Each site offers activities for the whole family. Animals range from emus and alpacas to Herford cattle and goats. Products include pecans, fresh vegetables, honey, wine and blackberries.

This self-guided tour celebrates the County’s diversity and highlights local farm products found on the back roads of Miami County. Watch for directional signs the day of the tour and visit as many of the tour stops as you like. Parking areas will be designated at each stop. While parking is available at each site, please be aware that weather and terrain may create some physical challenges.

Although this event is child friendly, each site is a working farm. Guardians are asked to encourage their children to respect the farm’s operations, plants and animals.

Janet McRae Miami County, Kansas201 S. Pearl, Suite 202 • Paola, KS 66071
Phone (913) 294-4045 • Fax (913) 294-9163 • jmcrae (a) miamicountyks . org •

The Tour Includes:

4 D Acres
Mike and Dee Martin
13096 W 287th Street, Louisburg
N 38° 36.410 W 094° 44.190
Enjoy an entertaining and educational trip to 4 D Acres. Learn about this prehistoric animal and what it takes to raise the emu, a modern day dinosaur. Hear the relaxing sounds of the adult emu and the whistling sounds of the baby chicks. Meet Blue, our mascot, and Barney, our pet. A guard llama, Sambo, protects the chicks. Emu oil products and the low fat, heart healthy emu meat will be available for purchase, so bring your cooler.
913-271-1832; mike (a) 4dacres . com

Alpacas 'R Diamonds
Glenn and Robin Alpert
15163 W 323rd, Paola
N 38° 32.500 W 094° 45.654
Come and experience the beautiful alpacas at Alpacas 'R Diamonds. Relax with these curious, gentle, quiet animals and take the opportunity to feel the luxurious fiber the ancient Incas referred to as the fiber of gods. See, touch and purchase products made from this wonderful fiber for which alpacas are raised.
913-849-3738; ardalpert (a) cs . com

Beverlin's Little Piece of Paradise, LLC
Lonnie and Claudia Beverlin
28005 W 295, Paola
N 38° 35.558 W 094° 54.674
Beverlin's Little Piece of Paradise is a small sustainable farm featuring: pasture raised pork, chickens, free range eggs, honey bees, homemade breads, a large market garden and a dairy cow named Bessy. Come help milk, collect eggs, plant tomatoes or pull a few weeds. The brave can inspect a hive.
816-213-1318; beverlins (a) netzero . com

Cedar Ridge Farm Boers
David and Cathy Webster
39407 Harmony Road, Fontana
N 38° 24.738 W 094° 52.851
Visit our small Boer goat breeding operation, raising 4-H and FFA show prospects, market goats and pet goats. Raising goats can be a rewarding hobby or small business. Goats require smaller acreages and less money to feed and maintain in comparison to other livestock. We look forward to your visit.
913-594-2276; cwebcattle (a) aol . com

Cy and Dee's Blackberries
Cy and Dee Aiken
28615 Rockville Road, Louisburg
N 38° 36.459 W 094° 39.452
We welcome you to come and see our patch of 1000 thornless plants. See the yearling plants, trellises and drip-line watering system. Nearly ready to bloom now, berries will ripen in mid-July through August. You pick or we pick. Plan to make a family outing! Tomatoes and sweet corn in season.
913-731-2324; cdaiken (a) mokancomm . net

Emerald Prairie Nursery
Gilbert Hermes
21045 K-68 Highway, Paola
N 38° 37.276 W 094° 49.988
Emerald Prairie Nursery offers visitors the opportunity walk or ride through the nursery and vineyard. Our vineyard features more than 9,000 grape vines; three varieties of red grapes and two varieties of white. Educational pieces will include ideas for patio and straw bale gardening, landscape FUNdamentals and a walk-through winemaking class.
913-557-5700; lcrum (a) emeraldprairienursery . com

Middle Creek Winery
Stephen and Kristin Graue
4353 West 351st Street, Louisburg
N 38° 29.406 W 094° 38.165
Middle Creek Winery is a small, family-owned vineyard with a winery located in our former horse barn. Wines are handcrafted entirely from Kansas grapes, honey and fruits. Come tour the vineyards and our winery. Visit the historic sorghum press. We’re pleased to share our handcrafted Miami County wines.
913-377-4689; skgraue (a) fairpoint . net

Prothe's Pecans
Leland and Slina Prothe
33850 Victory Rd, Paola
N 38° 30.800 W 094° 49.601
You are welcome to sample pecans, tour the orchard, weather permitting, and check out equipment for harvesting to shelling pecans on this family farm dating back to 1879. Pecan halves, cracked pecans, black walnut pieces and container grown pecan trees will be for sale and are available all year. Thanks for stopping in!
913-849-3358; lspecans (a) midwest-connections . com

Silver Lining Herefords
Gerald and Marlyn Silvers
8435 W 295th Street, Louisburg
N 38° 35.523 W 094° 40.934
A small, Polled Hereford operation featuring registered bulls, heifers and cows. We also grow and feed out the highest quality beef around the Eastern Kansas Region. It is USDA inspected and contains no added steroids.
913-375-2931; geraldsilvers (a) yahoo . com

Simple Food
Jeremy Haskin and Angela Rothweiler
35022 New Lancaster Road, Paola
N 38° 29.561 W 094° 43.962
We are an organic homestead providing an excess of free-range chicken eggs, sheep, dairy goats and heirloom produce. Everyday brings an egg hunt. You can feed and interact with my animals.
913-660-6282; greenergirl (a) gmail . com

Somerset Ridge Vineyard & Winery
Dennis and Cindy Reynolds
29725 Somerset Rd, Paola
N 38° 35.302 W 094° 46.140
Somerset Ridge Vineyard & Winery is located in the beautiful rolling hills of Miami County. Visit a working vineyard and winery! Guided and self-guided tours of the vineyard will be available. Learn about the rich grape growing and winemaking history in Kansas. Sample our award-winning wines while enjoying the natural beauty of the vineyard.
913-294-9646; dreynolds (a) somersetridge . com

Terabithia Dairy Goats
Vince and Becky Thorpe
30984 Bethel Church Road, Paola
N 38° 33.978 W 094° 59.557
Welcome to Terabithia Dairy Goat Farm. The Oberhasli breed has been our specialty since 1985. Quality in milk production and breed improvement is our goal. Sample our milk and artisanal cheese. "Cooking with goat cheese" classes available in the summer. Bring your own container for any milk purchase.


Almost 200 groups participated in the 2010 Farm Tour with representatives from three states. The more than 600 visitors spent more than $12,750 while participating in farm tour activities.

For more information about the farm tour or to receive a brochure please call 913-294-4045 or visit

Direct FARM TOUR Brochure link:

Janet McRae
Economic Development Director
Miami County, Kansas
201 S. Pearl, Suite 202
Paola, KS 66071
Phone: (913) 294-4045
jmcrae (a) miamicountyks . org

SAN - 2011-03-08 - Sustainability Action Network - Announcements - Greater KC via Kaw River Valley (Lawrence, KS)

8 March 2011

We have a new Volunteer Coordinator, Maryam Hjersted, who will welcome your interest in one of our various projects . . . Call her at (913)723-3636

please donate to our Annual Giving Campaign - (contact info at bottom of page)

Listen at KKFI-FM 90.1, or web-streaming at

Tuesday, 8 March, 12:00-1:00pm ¤ locally produced Eco-Radio KC
Host, John Kurmann will talk with cultural critic Daniel Quinn, the author of Ishmael and The Story of B, about the worldview that's driving our global civilization to destroy the basic life support systems of the planet. Why is the world the way it is, and how did it come to be this way?

Friday, 11 March, 9:30am ¤ Bioneers Radio Series
Bioneers presents another program in their award winning series.

Wednesdays, up through 23 March 2011, on your computer
current video - Corporations Are Fueling Our Peak Oil Crisis | #9 of 12 with Thom Hartmann

Peak Oil is the point at which petroleum extraction reaches its greatest rate just before going into perpetual decline.

On Wednesday, 9 March, Jean Laherrère will appear in interview #10 of the Peak Oil and a Changing Climate | video series. In 1998, Mr. Laherrère and Dr. Colin Campbell wrote the prescient "The End of Cheap Oil" article in Scientific American. As a petroleum engineer, he worked for 37 years with the French oil company Total S.A., and currently is an active member of the Association for the Study of Peak Oil.

due by Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Friends of the Kaw River have been advocating for years that in-river sand dredging be banned because of severe stream degradation. Operations have gradually been shut down, and all remaining existing permits are due for re-evaluation in 2011. Permit #2003-1759reopen a dredge in Shawnee County has been submitted to the Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) to actually .

As would be expected, sand companies have been seeking on-land open pit sand mines in lieu of the fading in-river sites, and they target locations with lax local regulations. All too often this means places very close to rivers in former river meanders, places where the river has deposited sand-laden silt. The Friends of the Kaw oppose sand pit mining in these fragile riparian corridors, and ACE Permit #2009-1688 is one such site, immediately upstream from Eudora in Douglas County. Serious problems would be: potential for bank erosion that could undercut the Kansas River bridge pilings, contamination of Eudora's fresh water wells just west of the open pit, destruction of half the trees on the site, and permanent removal of 114 acres of highly productive prime farm soils.

Public comment on each of the two permits is due by March 9, 2011. Comments should be submitted separately for each permit, and each comment should refer to the official permit number listed below. (See the Friends of the Kaw press release)

Permit requesting to re-open in-river sand dredging site in Shawnee County
Permit No. 2003-1759
For a copy of the permit and Friends of the Kaw's analysis, click here.
For a sample public comment, click here.
Permit for proposal to construct commercial sand pit mine west of Eudora in river flood plain
Permit No. 2009-1688
(Note: Comments on this permit must be submitted to both KDHE and USACE - KDHE only accepts comments in writing)
For a copy of the permit and Friends of the Kaw's Analysis, click here.
For a sample public comment, click here.
For full background information, click here Sand mining & dredging permits: comments due by 9 March

Wednesdays, 9,16,23 March 2011, 4 sessions, 7:00-9:00pm - $$
UMKC School of Medicine, Theatre C, 24th & Charlotte Streets, KC MO

Grow food not lawns! Increase local food security, improve your diet, beautify your surroundings, build community, reduce pollution and energy use (It takes 87 calories of fuel to transport one calorie of perishable fresh fruit from west coast to east coast). As supporters of the Food Not Lawns national movement, we will hold four sessions dealing with topics that include whole system design, garden preparation, permaculture, water-wise gardening, seed saving, planting, and free resources. Presenters include master and highly-qualified gardeners. Class fee is $18, plus $5 for materials. Register at UMKC Communiversity. More info at Food Not Lawns KC, or <>.

Wednesday, 9 March 2011, 5:30pm
location TBA, Lawrence KS

The March agenda has not yet been released. 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


Are you "taking charge" of your energy future? Thousands of people in Lawrence have already participated in the Take Charge Challenge this year, but we're not done yet! The Take Charge Challenge is a friendly competition between Lawrence and Manhattan, Kansas. The city that reduces its energy use the most will win an energy efficiency or renewable energy community project worth up to $100,000.

How do you participate in the competition? It's easy! The
Take Charge Challenge Lawrence page will provide details on how you can:
  1. Schedule an Efficiency Kansas home energy audit.
  2. Make the switch to compact fluorescent bulbs (or LEDs, which gain more points).
  3. Enroll in Westar's energy efficiency programs like WattSaver to get a FREE professionally installed programmable thermostat!
  4. Attend a Take Charge! Challenge event
Once you've changed out your light bulbs to CFLs or LEDs, go to to register your switches and get points for Lawrence.

Friday, 11 March 2011, 6:00-9:00pm - $$$
Dreher 4-H Building, 2110 Harper St., Lawrence KS 66044

This fourth session will explore the basic design principles as defined by David Holmgren and Bill Mollison, and will outline the basic steps in planning a permaculture site, assessing land resources, and designing and implementing projects, including earthworks and swales. The lecture will be followed by a viewing of the Geoff Lawton film "Introduction to Permaculture Design". On the following day, Saturday, 12 March, there will be a Field Day Practicum of garden bed preparation, double digging, and no-till raised beds at Vajra Farm, for students wishing to acquire a design certificate.

Steve Moring of Vajra Farm Permaculture Center is teaching this Design Certification Course with assistance from Michael Almon and Michael Morley. 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 info go to Kaw Permaculture Collaborative, or contact Steve Moring at (785)691-7305 or <>.

Friday-Saturday, 11-12 March 2011, $1 per day
Reardon Convention Center, 520 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City KS 66101

Sponsored by Building Sustainable Earth Community, the conference theme will be Ecological Literacy, in hopes that individuals will come to understand how major environmental occurrences impact us at the local level and how we can initiate personal and political efforts to correct damaging practices. There will be youth projects, not-for-profit and vendor booths, and a luncheon of locally supplied food (optional at $25).

Speakers will include:
  • Friday evening - Marcus Iszard, PhD, of Physicians for Social Responsibility
  • Saturday morning - Constance Wolfe, of the Lawrence Give Back Program
  • Saturday luncheon keynote - Simran Sethi, Associate Professor at KU School of Journalism
Saturday break out sessions include:
  • Smart Home Energy program - Board of Public Utilities & KC Unified Government
  • Removing Personhood from Corporations - Mary Lindsay, of Move to Amend
  • Liveable Neighborhood Groups
  • Inner City Joblessness


The latest video from Annie Leonard explains how corporations historically gained personhood, and how the activist Supreme Court inexplicably used the Citizens United vs the FEC case to declare that corporate cash equals free speech, or the "one dollar is one vote" doctrine. The resulting skewed power in our elections played no little part in recent Tea Party and Republican victories. View the video at - "The Story of Corporate Cash Equals Speech"

One organization that is fighting to reverse this political corruption is Move to Amend, and there is a strong KC Move to Amend chapter too. More information about "Citizens United" is available on the Reclaim Democracy! web site, including a history of corporate personhood and many more resources.

Sunday, 13 March 2011, 6:00pm
location TBA, Lawrence KS

Local Solutions for Transition to a Sustainable Economy
Organizing societal scale action in our personal lives, and through public policy changes.
The meeting agenda will include:
  • Annual Giving Campaign report
  • Growers' Land Trust Community Garden
  • S.A.N. and social media use
  • co-sponsorship of permaculture intensive training with Warren Brush
  • Eat Local Food Expo booth registration
  • Earth Day booth registration
  • community workshops: super adobe, solar food dehydrator, cold frames, rain barrels, etc.
  • S.A.N.web site: list-serve, auto-subscribe, content, pay pal, etc.
Please join us


Great garden soil adjacent to Lawrence for apartment dwellers or folks with small and shady yards - that's the vision of our Growers' Land Trust Community Garden. As the first step towards a permanent site, we are planning to lease some acreage just north of the Kansas River levee with prime ag soils. Garden plots will be rented to growers on a annual basis with proceeds going towards site preparation, water supply, deer fencing, etc. If you are interested in renting a plot, or in volunteering to help prepare the site, contact either Michael Almon at <> or Steve Moring at <>.

by Tuesday, 15 March 2011

As a joint project between the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce, the Lawrence Journal World, the University of Kansas, the City of Lawrence, and Douglas County, they are accepting applications from organizations and businesses who are using ecological sustainable practices. This could include: a building that incorporates green materials, sourcing products locally, minimal or no toxic chemicals used, or educational opportunities for employees. A panel of independent reviewers will choose the winners (total number is not available) who will be honored on Earth Day, be included in a Sustainability Map, be featured in a section of, and more. Apply at Sustainability Trailblazers /, and get more info from <>.

Wednesday, 16 March 2011, 4:00-6:00pm - NOTE DATE CHANGE
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. The general public is 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

Wednesday, 16 March 2011, 7:00pm - $
Liberty Hall, 644 Mass St., Lawrence KS 66044

"Numen: The Nature of Plants" is about the healing power of plants and the natural world. Featuring stunning footage of medicinal plants and moving interviews with leading herbalists, doctors, ecologists and others, the film provides a vision of healthcare rooted in the traditions of herbal medicine and offers concrete steps to improve human and environmental health. Watch the trailer at - Numen: The Nature of Plants - trailer.

After the screening, Kelly Kindscher will be hosting a Q&A and offering ideas for how we can take action locally as a community and individually.
Dr. Kindscher is the author of two books: Edible Wild Plants of the Prairie (1987) and Medicinal Wild Plants of the Prairie (1992). His interests include ethnobotany, especially the study of cultural uses of medicinal plants in Kansas and the Great Plains.

Wednesday, 16 March 2011, 7:00pm
K-State Co-op Extension Service, Dreher Building, 2210 Harper St., Lawrence KS 66046

If you are planning a new garden at your school or working at an existing one, come share your successes, challenges, and tips with others. This session will be hosted by LiveWell Lawrence and led by Nancy O'Connor of The Community Mercantile Education Foundation.

Thursday-Saturday, 17-19 March 2011, 8:00am-3:00pm (til 4:00 on Sat.) - $$
1420 E 11th Street, Lawrence KS (east of 11th and Haskell, over the tracks)

The material is composted from leaves, grass clippings, and prunings collected by the City. Quantities are restricted to pick-ups and small trailers for residential use, not commercial use. Cost is $10 per load if loaded by tractor, or free if self-loaded by hand; dump truck quantities are not allowed. Cash only. For more info, contact the Waste Reduction and Recycling Division at 832-3030 or visit

Note from S.A.N. - the compost is not free of lawn chemical residue, so it is not recommended for use on food crops. A particularly persistent herbicide, Clopyralid by DowAgrosciences, remains for years in minuscule parts per billion, and causes stunted growth in many garden crops - Clopyralid residue in compost.pdf. Lawrence spot checks and certifies their compost for Clopyralid presence, but it's not practical to check all parts of the piles.

Monday, 21 March 2011, 7:00pm
location TBA, Lawrence, KS 66046

The Food Policy Council seeks to identify the benefits, challenges and opportunities for a successful, sustainable local food system. By advising the Douglas County Commission on public policies that will support local producers, preserve local agricultural resources and land, and create more local jobs, the F.P.C. hopes to improve the community’s access to a local food supply and distribution networks. For more info go to Dg County Food Policy Council.

Saturday, 26 March 2011, 9:00am-2:00pm
Sermon Community Center, 201 N Dodgion St, Independence MO (near Truman & Noland Roads)
Saturday, 2 April 2011, 9:30am-2:30pm
Shawnee Civic Centre, Phlumm & Johnson Dr, Shawnee KS

There will be local growers of organic and free range produce selling their wares, including garden plant starts, as well as free organic gardening information and free 2011 Producers Directory. There will be a free workshop on CSA's and Organic Farmers Markets, food preservation, and cooking demonstrations.

Both Food Expos are free admission with free parking and free music. More information on the KC Food Circle and the two food expositions can be found at Kansas City Eat Local Food Expo or email Craig Volland at <>.

The SUSTAINABILITY ACTION NETWORK, Inc. is a 501(C)(3) tax-exempt organization. DONATIONS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE. Mail checks 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 <>

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 and Kansas Permaculture Institute - developing skills and resources for polyculture sustainable food production.
3) Eco Village Land Trust - Designing and focalizing a sustainable intentional community near Lawrence.
4) Growers' Land Trust - organizing interested stakeholders to acquire prime farmland in the urban fringe for land-based economic development and regional food security.
5) Weekly Sustainability Announcements - informing and encouraging others to become active in the Sustainability Action Network, or other action driven groups.
6) Water Rights and Watersheds - protecting the water commons, the source of all life, from privatization and contamination, and restoring our watersheds.
7) Electric & Human Powered Vehicles - promoting neighborhood electric vehicles and utility tricycles, including infrastructure and pro-active regulations.
8) Energy Conservation & Renewables - advancing a green economy through decentralized renewable energy and conservation.
9) 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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