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WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS
3 May 2011


The SUSTAINABILITY ACTION NETWORK is a 501(C)(3) tax-exempt organization. DONATIONS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE. Mail donations to P.O.Box 1064, Lawrence KS 66044.

Our mission is to advocate and organize societal scale action to address sustainability issues. S.A.N. is bringing awareness of the global crisis caused by climate change, energy vulnerability and economic instability to communities in the Kansas River bioregion. We are initiating positive solutions inspired by the Transition and Permaculture Movements. We bring the tools needed to re-skill and re-localize our economy and create a more socially just and ecologically sustainable world. To join the Sustainability Action Network please contact us at <dave@lawrencesunherald.com> or
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FUKUSHIMA DAIICHI NUCLEAR POWER PLANT ¤ DAY 53 UPDATE
Each week there is a new string of "whack-a-mole" events where workers struggle with explosions, with fuel pools exposed and melting, reactor cores nearing criticality, or radioactivity seeping into the groundwater. Progress is decades slow and virtually immeasurable. So instead this week, we turn to a superb overview and analysis by Albert Bates.
"It was with a sad shake of our head that we read George Monbiot's and David Strahan's recent posts in defense of nuclear electricity. They have so imbibed the British atomic KoolAid that they actually seem to believe that burning the genes of future children to power PlayStations today is a better idea than, say, teaching our children how to build windmills. They have been duped even on the underlying premise, that nuclear power is carbon-free.
"The Fukushima complex is now exceeding allowable limits for effluent discharge by millions of times. The "accident" is far from over, and the worst parts of it continue to worsen. Fukushima may be for Japan what Chernobyl was for Russia - a complete economic game-changer. Is there a remedy? No, there is not. When speaking of man-made elements like plutonium, the damage is essentially forever. Everything contaminated transforms into an agent of contamination, and so the virus spreads. We are diminished.
"We recommended to the Permaculture Institute of Japan, which is close to Tokyo but outside the immediate danger zone, that they build hoophouses, bring in safe soil, and monitor everything that goes in an out of their food production space for radioactivity - including water and people. That is how they will make food. We recommend using bottled water to help the plants grow if local tap water is found to be radioactive. Helping poisoned soil regain its health will be a very long process. Mycologist Paul Stamets recommends creation of a Nuclear Forest Recovery Zone.
"If this entire discussion gives you a queasy feeling, that's good. You are still human. It is now worth saying again that none of this kind of thing happens with wind, solar, or tidal energy, and there are, and have been, more of those kinds of energy sources available to Japan, and everyone else, at a cheaper price, since the beginning of the nuclear age. What we are witnessing is the (partial) meltdown of a massive public relations lie that began right after Hiroshima and serves solely the economic interests of companies like Westinghouse, General Electric, Halliburton and Bechtel." Read the full article at - Pour Evian on Your Radishes.

You can also read the latest reports at - Nuclear Crisis in Japan - Updates. If you agree that our climate solutions don't need nuclear energy, you might consider signing the following - A Simple Statement On Nuclear Power and Climate Change.
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"I start off with the premise that nuclear energy is not optimal and so I am not a nuclear energy proponent,"
President Barack Obama's support this week for the construction of more nuclear power plants in the United States, amid the ongoing nuclear power plant disaster in Japan, must be considered as among the most wrong-headed and irrational positions ever taken by a US president
President Barack Obama's support this week for the construction of more nuclear power plants in the United States, amid the ongoing nuclear power plant disaster in Japan, must be considered as among the most wrong-headed and irrational positions ever taken by a US president
JAPAN'S ENERGY SHIFT ¤ U.S. NUCLEAR NIGHTMARE
The previously unimagined severity of the Fukushima Daiichi disaster has prompted the Japanese to rethink their former support of nuclear power generation (23% of their total), and face a reduced energy future. Japan For Sustainability, a leading Japanese clean energy advocacy group, tracks these trends at - Energy Shift Japan!, as well as detailed incident reports and response measures at - Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan's Tohoku District. To subscribe for their weekly newsletter go to the "Mail Magazine" tab at - Japan for Sustainability.
However, U.S. officials have taken the opposite stance amid the soothing "can't happen here" mantra of nuclear profiteers. While officials in Germany moved swiftly to shut down old plants for inspection, and China put licensing of new plants on hold, the NRC reassured lawmakers that Fukushima Daiichi did not warrant immediate changes at U.S. nuclear plants. "The NRC has consistently put industry profits above public safety" says Arnie Gundersen, a former nuclear executive turned whistle-blower. And although President Obama, in 2008, called the NRC a "moribund agency that needs to be revamped and has become captive of the industries that it regulates", once in office he has pledged $54 billion in federal loan guarantees for new reactors. Read more at - America's Nuclear Energy Nightmare.
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NATIVE MEDICINAL GARDEN PLANTING AT K.U. SCHOOL OF PHARMACY
Tuesday, 3 May 2011, 3:00-5:00pm
School of Pharmacy patio (south side of building), 2010 Becker Dr., west campus, Lawrence KS

The faculty and staff of the Native Medicinal Plant Research Program at the University of Kansas will host this public planting of a medicinal plant garden. The garden will have five themed beds of medicinal plants, about 70 species total. The event will open with a short presentation about the new garden as well as KU's first medicinal garden, planted by the School of Pharmacy in the 1920s. For more info contact Kirsten Bosnak, nativeplants@ku.edu or 864-6267
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KKFI COMMUNITY RADIO ¤ ECOLOGICAL SHOWS THIS WEEK
Listen at KKFI-FM 90.1, or web-streaming at http://www.kkfi.org/

Wednesday, 4 May, 9:00am ¤ Alternative Radio
Vandana Shiva will be describing how corporations are turning a profit by turning the Earth into industrial throughput. That approach is fast turning our planet into a toxic waste dump. The landscape of environmental devastation extends from radiation leaks in Japan to drilling in the Alberta tar sands to hydofracking in Pennsylvania. But in India, some of the poorest people anywhere are saying, Stop the plunder. No to the war on earth.

Friday, 6 May, 9:30am ¤ Bioneers Radio Series
Bioneers presents another of their award winning shows.

Monday, 9 May, 6:00pm ¤ locally produced Eco-Radio KC
Host John Kurmann will talk with community activists from the KC Food Circle and the KC Center for Urban Agriculture. These urban farmers have been working on small farms in and close to the city to increase the amount of food Kansas Cityans eat that's been grown locally. What progress have we made in localizing our food supply, and what more can we do?
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COTTIN'S FARMERS' MARKET ¤ REAR PARKING LOT
Thursday, 5 May 2011, 4:00-6:00pm
Cottin's Hardware, 1832 Massachusetts St., Lawrence KS

In their second year, this weekly market on Thursdays typically has about a dozen vendors, as well as Indian tacos, bar-B-que, children's events, and live music (Bill Crahan this week). For bands to book a date, or just for more info, call (785)843-2981.
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SUSTAINABILITY ACTION NETWORK - MONTHLY MEMBER MEETING
Friday, 6 May 2011, 7:00pm
1317 Vermont St. Apt.B, Lawrence KS 66044 (Lori's home)

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:
  • S.A.N. newsletter auto-send report
  • S.A.N. social media - policy proposal
  • Growers' Land Trust Community Garden
  • Warren Brush permaculture course
  • organize volunteers for Warren Brush permaculture course
  • sweet potato order: coordinators lined up and ready
  • community workshops: super adobe, solar food dehydrator, cold frames, rain barrels, etc.
  • S.A.N. web site: list serve, content, pay pal, etc.
Please join us
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"DEEP GREEN RESISTANCE: STRATEGY TO SAVE THE PLANET" ¤ BOOK DISCUSSION
Saturday, 7 May 2011, 2:30pm
Lawrence Public Library Auditorium, 7th & Vermont St., Lawrence KS 66044

Moving from the premise that industrial society is the most destructive to ever exist, Derek Jensen and co-authors, Aric McBay and Lierre Keith, provide a strategy to stop the destruction and transition to a ecologically sustainable society. The information is compelling, and their solutions range from depriving the powerful of their ability to destroy the planet, to defending and rebuilding just and sustainable human communities nestled inside repaired and restored landbases. The book discussion will explore how to do this. There are lots of resources at Deep Green Resistance, and they ask that participants read about it before the discussion meeting.
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LIBYAN WAR AND THE DECLINE OF THE PETRODOLLAR
Notwithstanding the complaints of Libyans with Muammar Gaddafi, historically the U.S.rarely intervenes militarily in such humanitarian causes UNLESS some critical U.S. asset is threatened. In Libya's case, as usual,the humanitarian crisis is but the pretext for protecting not one, but two key U.S. interests - that ofpetroleum and petrodollars.
While Libyan oil does not go to the U.S. but primarily to Europe, it is control of accessibility to Libyan oil on the world market by U.S. companies that must not be challenged. The author of this article, Prof. Peter Dale Scott, wrote "Although the role of oil companies in America's Libyan involvement remains obscure, it is a virtual certainty that Cheney's Energy Task Force Meetings discussed not just Iraq's but Libya's under-explored oil reserves, estimated to be around 41 billion barrels, or about a third of Iraq's." The Libyan oil, like Iraq's, is premier grade, light-sweet crude, very near the surface, and can be extracted at $1.00/barrel. At the market price of $100.00/barrel, you do the math.
And of even greater consequence to U.S. security is the petrodollar, that is, the dollar being used as the default oil trade currency. Scott writes "The issue of oil is closely intertwined with that of the dollar, because the dollar's status as the world's reserve currency depends largely on OPEC's decision to denominate the dollar as the currency for OPEC oil purchases. [This] assured that the US economy would not be impoverished by OPEC oil price hikes. Since then the heaviest burden has been borne instead by the economies of less developed countries. As Ellen Brown has pointed out, first Iraq and then Libya decided to challenge the petrodollar system and stop selling all their oil for dollars, shortly before each country was attacked." Read more at - The Libyan War and the Decline of the Petrodollar System.
But the currency issue goes even deeper with Gaddafi thumbing his nose at the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), the central bankers' central bank in Switzerland. Gaddafi had organized many Arab and most African nations torefuse the dollar and the euro, and trade in only a new currency, the gold dinar. As Eric Encina observed "One major problem for globalist banking cartels is that in order to do business with Libya, they must go through the Libyan Central Bank and its national currency, a place where they have absolutely zero dominion or power-broking ability." In that context,as Ellen Brown has pointed out, it becomes less odd, that "the Libyan rebels took time out from their rebellion in March to create their own central bank" in their stronghold of Benghazi, in hopes of supplanting the Central Bank of Libya in Tripoli - Libya: All About Oil, or All About Banking?
In fact, the vast majority of Libyans are far from oppressed and living quite well, with no reason to rebel. The United Nations Human Rights Council is poised to adopt a report chock-full of praise for Libya's human rights record. Libyans are entitled to free medical treatment in the best hospitals in the world. Education in Libya is free. When marrying, young couples receive 60,000 Libyan dinars. Gasoline and bread cost a penny, and there are no taxes on agriculture. Think again when hearing of compassionate Uncle Sam fighting to free Libyans from the tyrant Gaddafi.
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LAWRENCE SUSTAINABILITY ADVISORY BOARD
Wednesday, 11 May 2011, 5:30pm
Recycling and Resource Recovery Annex, 320 N.E. Industrial Lane, Lawrence KS

The May agenda is unavailable to date. 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
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KANSAS CITY ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT COMMISSION
Wednesday, 11 May 2011, 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 leaders 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 is at KC Environmental Mgt Commission
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PERMACULTURE-INTEGRATED SUSTAINABLE ARCHITECTURE ¤ 9TH LECTURE
Friday, 13 May 2011, 6:00-9:00pm - $$$
Dreher 4-H Building, 2110 Harper St., Lawrence KS 66044

This ninth session will present a comprehensive survey of approaches to the construction of energy efficient structures and of buildings using sustainably produced materials. We will explore the construction of passive solar, attached solar greenhouse, berm, cob, cord wood and SIPS structures. The lecture will be followed by a viewing of the film "Green Architecture".

Steve Moring of Vajra Farm Permaculture Center is teaching this Design Certification Course with assistance fromMichael 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 .
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LAWRENCE ELECTRONICS RECYCLING EVENT
Saturday, 14 May 2011, 9:00am to 1:00pm
Free State High School (north parking lot), 4700 Overland Drive, Lawrence KS

Electronics devices typically contain toxic heavy metals like lead and mercury and cadmium, and precious metals like silver and gold. If recycled properly, these metals can be materials feed stock for new industrial processes, not to mention saving production costs, and keeping them out of the landfill.

This one day event will provide Lawrence residents and businesses a way to conveniently recycle old, unwanted electronics equipment. Items accepted for recycling are computer monitors, desktops, laptops, keyboards, printers and other peripherals, televisions, copiers, scanners, telephones, cell phones, pagers, fax machines, VHS/DVD drives, hand held devices, and small appliances like micro wave or toaster ovens. There is a recycling fee for computer monitors ($10.00) and televisions ($10.00-$20.00). There are no charges for other electronic equipment. Items not accepted are large appliances such as refrigerators and AC units. Fees may be paid by cash or check.

Electronic recycling will be provided by the Surplus Exchange http://www.surplusexchange.org/, a Kansas City not-for-profit that recycles the E-waste in accordance to Federal and Kansas Electronic Waste Processing Regulations. The event is sponsored by the City of Lawrence Waste Reduction & Recycling Division http://www.lawrencerecycles.org/
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DEMONSTRATION GARDEN PLANTING EVENT ¤ K.U. MEDICINAL PLANT GARDEN
Saturday,
14 May 2011, 10:00am-1:00pm
KU Native Medicinal Plant Research Garden, 1865 E. 1600 Road, Douglas County (directly north of Prairie Moon Waldorf School)

The faculty and staff of the KU Native Medicinal Plant Research Program will host this public planting of its new educational demonstration/show garden at the site of its medicinal research garden near the Lawrence airport. The garden will have six themed beds of medicinal plants, about 90 species total. All ages are welcome at this relaxed, informal event focused on getting plants in the ground. Water and herbal tea will be provided. Bring hats, garden trowels and gloves. Also at the garden site are: medicinal plants research plots; the KU Student Farm (a community garden); a new shade structure; and a new composting latrine by KU Engineers Without Borders. For directions clickwww.nativeplants.ku.edu/garden. For more info contact Kirsten Bosnak, nativeplants@ku.edu or 785-864-6267.

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6th ANNUAL REALLY, REALLY FREE MARKET
Saturday, 14 May 2010, 10:00am-1:00pm
Clinton City Park, 5th & Alabama St., Lawrence KS

The gift must always move! This free and open market will be a celebration of the cooperation and gift-giving that make life possible beyond the constraints of capitalists markets. Everyone is invited to give and receive clothing, household items, books, plants, seeds, crafts, information, skills, music, services, art, performances, stories, food, etc. There is no buying, selling, bartering, or exchanging involved-in this market, everything is strictly FREE!

Small items and clothing not taken from the Really, Really Free Market will be donated to the Penn House or Social Service League thrift store. However, large items cannot be transported to the thrift store. People are asked to take responsibility for any large items they bring that are not taken by the end of the event.
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DOUGLAS COUNTY FOOD POLICY COUNCIL
Monday, 16 May 2011, 7:00pm
location to be determined - 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.
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ADVANCED PERMACULTURE DESIGN SERIES WITH WARREN BRUSH
Tuesday-Saturday, 17-21 May 2011, one evening & four full days - $$$
Lawrence, Kansas

Join world renowned permaculture instructor, Warren Brush, Director of Quail Springs Permaculture Center, and presenter at the September 2011 International Permaculture Conference in Jordan. Warren Brush is a certified permaculture designer and teacher as well as a mentor and storyteller, who has worked for over 25 years in permaculture education and sustainable systems design. This design series will include:
  • Tuesday, 17 May, 7:00pm, lecture "Intro to Permaculture", Lawrence Public Library
  • Wednesday, 18 May, 8:00am-5:30pm, "Permaculture Design Fundamantals", Delaware Street Commons
  • Thursday, 19 May, 8:00am-5:30pm, "Urban Intensive Permaculture Design", Forest Floor Permaculture
  • Friday-Saturday, 20-21 May, 8:00am-5:30pm, "Broadacre Permaculture Design", Karlin Family Farm
The course will cover: food-water-energy security, soil building, agroforestry, wholistic range management, earthworks, aquaculture, appropriate technology, and more. For more info and to register, go to Advanced Permaculture with Warren Brush. Discount rates apply up through 30 April. This design series is sponsored by Karlin Family Farms, the Kaw Permaculture Collaborative, the Sustainability Action Network, Forest Floor Permaculture, Delaware Street Commons,ALL-N-1 Landscape, and Films for Action.
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5th ANNUAL KANSAS CITY PLANT, SEED, & BULB EXCHANGE
Saturday, 21 May 2011, 9:30am to 12:00pm - FREE
Discovery Center of MO Dept. of Conservation, 4750 Troost, K.C. MO

Bring your labeled extras to put in the group, and it's all available to choose take home. And at 10:00am, Diane Whealy, co-founder of the Seed Savers Exchange, will be speaking. Herbs, heirlooms, veggies, trees, seeds, bulbs, cuttings - you name it people bring it. It is all free and they do it to encourage gardening and growing locally. For more info contact <dthrumc@sbcglobal.net> or call (816)356-9892.
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EDIBLE FOREST GARDEN DESIGN WORKSHOP ¤ K.C.C.U.A.
Sunday, 22 May 2011, 12:30-5:30pm - $$
5425 Mastin St., Merriam, KS, 66203

Rising food prices due to rising energy prices have sparked a wide interest in urban farming and local/regional food. TheKansas City Center for Urban Agriculture has been growing annual vegetables for many years and helping K.C. urban farmers to make small-scale urban agriculture more profitable. However, with funding from the Audubon Society in alliance with Toyota, the KCCUA has recently embarked on a permaculture food forest project, to grow perennial tree and fruit crops.

In order to use this food forest as a catalyst for increased urban permaculture, the KCCUA will be holding a design workshop with local permaculture teachers and practitioners. Workshop presenters will be: Michael Almon, Matt Bunch, Cathy Bylinowsky, Daniel Dermitzel, Steve Mann, and Steve Moring. The workshop will cover theory and design of edible forest gardens, including a model design exercise. For more info go to KCCUA Food Forest, or call (913)831-2444.



Current S.A.N. 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: Films for Action; The Light Center eco-village; Kaw River Valley Food System farm-based economic development; Transition Kansas City; Citizens for Responsible Planning; Kansas River Valley Growers fighting for local water rights; national efforts by the Sustainable Energy Network; the Kansas City Food Circle, the All Species Project, and more.


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2011-05-06 - Season Opening! This Friday @ BADSEED Farmers' Market


Dearest Connoisseurs of Conscious Cuisine -

The FOOD REVOLUTION will not be televised.....nor will it be hybridized. Experience it "in the flesh" this Friday at the BADSEED FARMERS' MARKET SEASON OPENING!!!!!

I say it every year, as the spring market season explodes:

FARMERS ARE LIKE ROCK STARS......(or at least they should be worshipped as such!!) After all, what the heck does Bon Jovi or Billy Idol really "bring to the table" when it's all said and done. Bad to mediocre music and obnoxious hairdos?? Farmers FEED YOU and nourish your very bodies and souls with the sustenance of the earth!!! We cultivate life and dirt-filled flavor from the field to your fork. It aint' glamorous, it aint' sexy, it aint' easy. BUT it is absolutely NECESSARY and damn!...it sure tastes good. Besides, I guarantee you that Farmer Brooke (yours truly) has just as bad tattoos & hairdos as those wayward "rock stars". I probably even smell worse!

So there you have it folks. Worship your farmer. Let us feed you and your families. It's our lot in life and we live to serve.

Now, onto the REVOLUTION:

The Food Revolution cannot be found in your local supermarket. For crying out loud, actual farmers don't grow the "food" found on those fluorescent lit aisles! Agribusiness and factory farms produce that (less than nutritious) "filler" at the expense of our precious environment and our personal health. You wanna change the world and make it a better place?? You can do it "one bite at a time" by directly supporting local-organic growers at area Farmers' Markets. Yeah, yeah, yeah.....politics & ethics are no fun, I know! But look at it this way: it TASTES BETTER! Quality of life and the "fullness of sensuality" is growing in a field near you.

The REVOLUTION continued:

I have a very important announcement! Local-Organic Food is no longer just for rich people!! That's right, you can be "dirt poor" (just like me) and still afford to buy your family ethically-produced foods thanks to the Beans & Greens Program funded by the Menorah Legacy Foundation! Beans & Greens will DOUBLE YOUR FOOD STAMP DOLLARS at participating Farmers Markets. BADSEED is one of those markets!! Come on down and double those EBT dollars. We've got veggies, eggs, meats, breads, cheeses, flour, honey, and more. This is "walmart one stop shopping" for the local-organic eater! Dig in and spread the dirt!!!



SEXY VEGGIE OF THE WEEK

For those of you who are new to the "BADSEED E-mail List", Sexy Veggie of the Week is a signature section of our weekly market e-mails. This is the part where Farmer Brooke selects a runner-up and grand-prize-winning vegetable from her field that exhibits "sheer sexiness" and divine decadence. Lush and graphic photos of the chosen veggies are attached, and their earthly bodies can be enjoyed "in the flesh" at that Friday's market!

Sexy Veggie of the Week was born out of a "shocking realization" I had about myself last spring. To my horror, I discovered that I was a bona fide PERVERT!...and not just any kind of pervert - a "veggie pervert". I couldn't walk through my field without being hopelessly distracted and seduced by the swaying tops of my voluptuous beets or the bodacious curves of a bell pepper. I had to stop in my tracks, kneel down, admire and caress these heavenly fruits. In an attempt to diffuse my shame, I created Sexy Veggie of the Week as a way of cultivating "followers" and fellow-perverts.

So, without further ado, let the perversion begin:


This week's Runner-Up is RED-HOT, radiant, and racy. She is none other than "Red Velvet Lover's Gourmet Lettuce Mix".

This red-hot combo of succulent ruby lettuces will blow your mind with flavor and visual pizazz. Salad has never been so sexy. Tantalize your taste buds with this mad mix of luscious leaves, herbs, and edible calendula blossoms. Quantities are limited. Come early for this one!!....(and impress the one you LOVE with the sexiest all-red salad known to mankind).

This week's Grand-Prize-Winner is "PURPLE HAZE Spicy MUSTARD MADNESS".
This pungent, undeniably PURPLE mix of gourmet asian greens (or shall I say "purples") includes baby Purple Pac Choi, Osaka Purple Mustards, and Japanese Red Mustards. This flavor-packed combo can be eaten as a deep purple salad mix or lightly sauteed in your favorite "stir-fry". I suggest eating these gorgeous gals raw due to the fact that this is is the first cutting of the season and the nuances of flavor and spice will make your head spin with delight. This feeling can only be described as "purple haze".

Photos are attached. You know the drill - print them out, blow them up, and plaster them all over the men's room!


OKAY, OKAY.....enough already! We gotta move on to the most important part of this e-mail: our fabulous list of farmers and this week's organic offerings!



BADSEED's 2011 "ROCK STAR" FARMERS & ARTISAN FOOD PRODUCERS -


URBAVORE Urban Farm
A project of BADSEED - Brooke Salvaggio & Daniel Heryer
5500 Bennington, Kansas City, MO 64129
Welcome to URBAVORE - an off-grid, diversified, urban farmstead in the heart of KCMO. Born in 2011, URBAVORE is working towards the creation of an "edible oasis" that brings organic growth, sustainable life, and creative solutions to a city neighborhood. We grow an extensive variety of heirloom vegetables noted for their unique appearance and extraordinary flavor, as well as an array of culinary/medicinal herbs and edible flowers. URBAVORE is a non-certified, beyond organic operation dedicated to respecting both the health of the individual and the environment. It is our aim to build community and collective consciousness through the universal pleasure that comes from eating good food.

OFFERINGS:

*"Sex in a Bowl" Signature Salad Mix

* Red Velvet Lover's Gourmet Lettuce Mix

* PURPLE HAZE Spicy Mustard Madness

* "Asian Invasion" Specialty Stir-Fry Mix

* Bodacious Braising Mix (with baby kale and rainbow chard)

*Baby ARUGULA

*Garden Fresh Chives

*Organic Transplants

including Culinary Herbs

(Sage, German Thyme, Greek Oregano, Savory, Russian Tarragon, Italian Flat-Leaf Parsley, & Bronze Fennel),

Aromatic Basil

(Sweet Italian, Lime, Lemon, Cinnamon, Purple Ruffles, Purple Opal, & Mammoth!),

Medicinal/Tea Herbs

(Lemon Balm, Calendula, Chamomile, & Peppermint),

Flowers and Companion Plants

(African Marigolds,

Cockscomb, and Flamingo Feather Celosia),

and Hot Peppers

(Italian Pepperoncini, Chinese 5 Color, Jalapeno, Cayenne, Hungarian Hot Wax, Habanero)


Herb"n"Gardener
Lew Edmister & Destiny Riggs
17th and Belleview, Kansas City, MO 64108
For the "meanest greens" in town, check out Lew's gourmet selection of urban-grown goodies. Lew grows a mouthwatering array of lettuces, spicy mustards, arugula, and gourmet salad mixes on KC's west side. Other tasty morsels include heirloom tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, okra, and filet beans. New For 2011 -RUSTIC BREAD straight from Lew's hand-built wood-fired oven. YUM!
OFFERINGS From the Lips of Lew:
"
man, am i ready for this market season.!!! this past winter and early spring haven't been anything less than difficult.
on the other hand, i have a very positive situation in the addition of former badseed customer, destiny riggs, as my partner in veggie production. you'll get to meet her at market friday if you haven't already. her experience growing in the bay area and her young energy are a big asset to me. as soon as we get the market production smooth i can slide over to finish the bread oven and get that part of my business up proper like.
on to the wonderful badseed market - here's what we're bringing:
fresh from the garden will be an ample amount of baby arugula, spice on spice salad mix, beautiful, colorful swiss chard, red and green frilly mustard greens that are oh so tasty. i'll also part with some of my precious kale, three varieties. consider that all these delicacies have been kitchen tested by yours truly and pronounced, SUPERBLY DELICIOUS!!!
the transplant department is still brimming with tons of heirloom tomatoes like arkansas traveler, aunt ruby, basrawya, amish paste, red fig, green doctor violet jasper and my all-time favorite - rutgers. transplant sales cleaned me out of sweet peppers, but there'll be lots of anaheim and hungarian hots. we decided inl ate winter to boost herb growing, both for our own planting and offering at market. we'll have giant leaf parsley, lemon balm, lavender, thyme, basil, savory and cutting celery."


JJ Farms
John & Judy Kaiahua
8531 E. 81st Terrace, Raytown, MO 64138
John has been growing organically since 1984!! He plants, weeds, and harvests all his own crops on urban land that has been chemical free for over 20 years. Produce includes a wide array of vegetable offerings as well as apples, peaches, and pears in season. John is originally from the far off lands of Hawaii where he comes from a long line of pearl divers!! Now he spends his days out of the ocean and in the dirt, growing righteous foods for the Kansas City community. Lucky us!
OFFERINGS:
*ORGANIC TRANSPLANTS including
Lettuce Heads: Red Leaf, Green Leaf and Romaine,
Spinach,
Kale,
Swiss Chard ,
Basil,
Red and Green Bok Choi,
Tomatoes: Heirlooms and Cherries and a few Hybrids, &
Varietal Eggplant


Bigg Blue Farm
Stan & Carmen Biggs
19801 NE U.S. Highway 69, Liberty, MO 64068
Despite full-time jobs, Stan and Carmen Biggs still find time to organically grow an impressive array of colorful vegetables, greens, and storage crops on 7 fertile acres in Mosby, MO. Stan started out growing nutritious foods for his family as a 4-H project as a small boy. Stan's passion for gardening was renewed when he met his wife Carmen, who grew up on her family's 1,500-hectare farmstead in Romania that had passed through many generations. Today they cultivate the earth together, bringing well-fed customers delicious homegrown foods every Friday night at the BADSEED Farmers Market and through their Community Supported Agriculture program.
OFFERINGS:
*Spinach
*Kale
*Oriental Mix
*Green Onions
*Easter Egg Radishes
*Red & Green Lettuce Mix
*Baby Head Lettuce


PJ's Mushroom Farm
Paul & Judy Miller
916 SW State Route 13, Leeton, MO 64761
yopjmiller7569@yahoo.com

"We purchase innoculated mushroom blocks from a Certified Organic supplier and place them in our growing trailer & cellar. There we water & harvest & get them to market as fresh as possible. We grow SHITAKE & OYSTER MUSHROOMS. We also have over 100 laying hens that produce wonderful, fresh, brown FREE-RANGE EGGS. We do our best to REUSE, RECYCLE and REPURPOSE our RESOURCES."

OFFERINGS:

*Shitake Mushrooms
*Oyster Mushrooms (in limited quantities)
*Farm-Fresh Brown Eggs
*Recycled Yard Art including vintage garden stakes!!


Parker Farms All-Natural Meats
Tom & Paula Parker
Richmond, MO
"We produce all-natural gourmet beef, lamb, pork, poultry, and eggs. All of our beef and lamb is 100% grassfed. They are never fed any grain, animal by products, antibiotics, or injected with growth hormones. We have been practicing Management Intensive Grazing since 1997. It is our goal to care for all of the livestock that we have been blessed with, in as natural and humane a manner as we can. Our chickens for meat and eggs are also raised on pasture with green grass under their feet as much as the weather in this part of the world allows. Our hogs are fed grain, but do live outdoors with dirt under their feet. We do not use any petroleum based pesticides or fertilizers on our pastures. We believe that healthy people, and healthy animals start with healthy plants and a healthy, biologically active, soil community. Our meats are available at the BADSEED Market or through our Community Supported Agriculture shares."
OFFERINGS:
*Ground Beef Patties
*Pork Brats
**Pastured Chickens coming in June!!!
**Pastured Thanksgiving TURKEYS available for PRE-ORDER!! Talk to Paula Parker at market so she can order enough babies!!!!
*Tea Towels, Hand-made Teas, Candles, and Gourd Bird Houses from the lovely Parker Girls!!


Green Dirt Farm
Jacqueline Smith & Sarah Hoffman
Weston, MO

"Life is too short to eat grocery store cheeses! Green Dirt Farm, LLC invites you to try our HANDCRAFTED ARTISANAL SHEEP CHEESES created with milk from our very own PASTURED ewes. You can be assured of a richness and depth of flavor unique to the rolling bluffs of Weston, MO. Also on the menu is 100% GRASS-FED LAMB which is of unsurpassed quality, tenderness, and flavor."

OFFERINGS:
*Grass-Fed Lamb
*Artisan Sheep's Milk Cheese in aged and fresh varieties


New Traditionalist - Artisan Bread
Chris Glenn
Kansas City, MO
Chris produces old-world, rustic loaves from the finest locally-grown and milled flour on the market. His breads are made from a sour-dough "starter", lovingly kneaded, and baked to perfection in a wood-fired oven. Flour and water never tasted so good!
OFFERINGS:
*Country Loaf (a tangy, crusty organic pain au levain)
*Whole Wheat Loaf (crusty and rustic yet mildly sweet in flavor, coated with toasty bran!)


Miller's Honey
Les MIller
Independence, MO
Les Miller only produces the best damn RAW HONEY on the market. No joke!! He is an encyclopedia of knowledge when it comes to sustainable bee keeping and uses 100% natural and holistic methods for managing his hives which range from 60 to 100 at any given time. His honey is sold in various quantities, and 1 gallon jugs are available on request! Bees wax candles and other by-products are also available for purchase.
OFFERINGS:
*Raw Honey
*Bees Wax Candles

Get Real Food Co.
Sean Henry
Kansas City
"At GetReal Food Company, we're committed to creating incredible beverages made with real foods that are naturally brewed. Hand-crafted by real people who truly care about the details, from what they make to how they make it, from what they put in their bodies to what you put in yours. The result is a series of beverages that create a new expression of soft drinks and mixers."
OFFERINGS:
*Kombucha
*Micro-Brewed, All-Natural SODA!!


Puddin Head Coffee
Harry Lee Murrell
Kansas City, KS
Harry is proud to offer both roasted and green sustainable whole bean coffees from different regions around the world. All coffee beans sold are certified organic, Fair-Trade and/or Rainforest Alliance, available in 1# packages. Coffee is drum roasted in small batches to ensure its freshness for KC customers. "Coffee with a conscience" is available by the mug for only $1 and samples are free!!
OFFERINGS:
*Rain Forest Blend
*Ethiopian
*Peruvian
*Decaf



Other goodies include:

Certified Organic Flour from Heartland Mill
Freshly ground & locally grown whole wheat flour, whole wheat pastry flour, unbleached all purpose white flour, malted all purpose flour for bread baking, & blue corn meal !!! A bakers dream.....


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LIVE NUDE VEGETABLES!! and other organic delights...
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Yours Truly,

Brooke

-farmer and mistress of the BADSEED

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