SAN - 2011-06-07 - Sustainability Action Network - Announcements - Greater KC via Kaw River Valley (Lawrence, KS)

7 June 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 bio-region. 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 

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Friday, 10 June, 9:30am ¤ Bioneers Radio Series  
Bioneers presents another of their award winning shows. 

Monday, 13 June, 6:00pm ¤ locally produced Eco-Radio KC
Host John Kurmann will discuss escalating climate disruption and why facts alone often don't move people to change the way they think.  Why are people determined to disbelieve new evidence that contradicts their views, yet readily accept evidence that supports them?  Our guest will be journalist Chris Mooney, author of Storm World: Hurricanes, Politics, and the Battle Over Global Warming and The Republican War on Science and coauthor with Sheril Kirshenbaum ofUnscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future How can we overcome these psychological obstacles to saving the world?  Chris also hosts the Point of Inquiry podcast and writes The Intersection blog for Discover magazine.
As this nuclear disaster continues unabated, and in many aspects gets worse, it is difficult to provide a synopsis.  Because excellent coverage is already supplied, we suggest readers avail themselves of reports from the Nuclear Information and Resource Service - Nuclear Crisis in Japan - UpdatesReader Supported News - Disaster in Japan - 21 March 2011, and Fairewinds Associates Updates on Fukushima.
 GUNDERSON - SEATTLE RESIDENTS BREATHED 10 "HOT" PARTICLES A DAY - Excerpts From Arnie Gunderson Interview, With Chris Martenson

Arnie Gundersen: Well, I am in touch with some scientists now who have been monitoring the air on the West Coast and in Seattle for instance, in April, the average person in Seattle breathed in 10 hot particles a day. 
Chris Martenson: What? I did not know that. 
Arnie Gundersen: Well, the report takes some time to make its way into the literature. The average human being breathes about 10 meters a day of air, cubic meters of air. And the air out in the Seattle area are detecting, when they pull 10 cubic meters through them, this is in April now, so we are in the end of May so it is a better situation now. That air filter will have 10 hot particles on it. And that was before the Unit Four issue...
If Unit Four were to topple, I would close my windows, turn the air conditioner on, replace the filters frequently, damp mop, put a HEPA filter in the house and try to avoid as much of the hot particles as possible. You are not going to walk out with a Geiger counter and be in a plume that is going to tell you the meter. The issue will be on the West Coast, hot particles. And the solution there is HEPA filters and avoiding them. 
To read the entire interview, go to...
Interview Part 1 8689

MOVE YOUR MONEY - Financial Permaculture in Practice!
Invest in Main Street, NOT Wall Street
When you keep your money in a local financial institution, that money in turn is reinvested in local businesses, which is important for building a stable economy and encouraging local growth. Put your money in the big Wall Street banks however, and they will use your deposits to make risky investments, gambling at the expense of the economy as a whole.
The big banks on Wall Street gambled with our money, then demanded a bailout of $700 billion. The size of these Wall Street "Banksters" threatens our economic system, yet their size has only increased since we bailed them out. According to FDIC data, the largest 5 banks held 13% of US deposits in 1994, today they hold 38%. If the government won't step in and break them up, then we must move our money ourselves and end "Too Big To Fail" once and for all.
Watch this great video, and share it with your family, friends and neighbors

Learn more, or find a good local bank here:
The End of American Farming?
Ultra Microscopic "New" Pathogen Destroying Roundup Ready GMO crops and killing livestock.  Prof. Don Huber goes public, following "leak" of his urgent letter to Ag Secretary Vilsack.  Excerpted in Dr. Huber's own words:
"I wrote the letter to Secretary Vilsack for a very simple reason: we are experiencing a large number of problems in production agriculture in the U.S. that appear to be intensified and sometimes directly related to genetically engineered (GMO) crops, and/or the products they were engineered to tolerate - especially those related to glyphosate (the active chemical in Roundup® herbicide and generic versions of this herbicide). We have witnessed a deterioration in the plant health of corn, soybean, wheat and other crops recently with unexplained epidemics of sudden death syndrome of soybean (SDS), Goss' wilt of corn, and take-all of small grain crops the last two years. At the same time, there has been an increasing frequency of previously unexplained animal (cattle, pig, horse, poultry) infertility and spontaneous abortions. These situations are threatening the economic viability of both crop and animal producers."
Wednesday, 8 June 2011, 6:00-7:30pm
City Hall Commission Room, 6 East 6th Street, Lawrence KS

The City of Lawrence Solid Waste Task Force is seeking community-wide input on desired options for solid waste and recycling services.  The Solid Waste Task Force was established in March to develop recommendations to the City Commission regarding the long-term solid waste service options for the citizens of Lawrence.  An important part of this process is receiving public input.

Citizens are encouraged to attend the public input meeting on June 8th.  Comments can also be submitted to the Solid Waste Task Force through an online form available at unable to attend.

Wednesday, 8 June 2011, 5:30pm
Recycling and Resource Recovery Annex, 320 N.E. Industrial Lane, Lawrence KS

The S.A.B will be at the Solid Waste Task Force public meeting (see above).  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

Wednesday, 8 June 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
Saturday-Sunday, 11-12 June 2011, 9:00am-12:00noon, 5:00-8:00pm
multiple sites

The Lawrence Food Garden Tour is a community-wide, self-guided tour demonstrating the food-producing possibilities within the city limits of Lawrence, Kansas.  The 2011 tour includes nineteen personal, community, and small commercial food gardens.  Visitors may go to any of the gardens on the tour by using a brochure, with map, which is available from many garden centers, hardware stores and food venues , including Cottin's hardware, the Merc, Local Burger, Sunrise Garden Center, Pine's Garden Center, Westlake Ace, Hy-Vee, Clinton Parkway Nursery, the Lawrence Visitors Center, Earl May and Vinland Valley Nursery.  Gardens will include produce, herbs, perennials, fruit trees, berries, native plants, raised beds, permaculture, companion planting, water harvesting, chicken-keeping and more.  Gardeners will be on site to give tours and share garden knowledge.  Information and images of the brochure also are posted on  For more information, contact Jessi at   or Amber at . ___________________________________________________
Saturday, 11 June 2010, 10:00am-2:00pm  -  $$
3526 Terrace St., Kansas City MO 64111

At 10:00am sharp, we will hurry to get our lunch into a variety of solar cookers (mostly vegetarian, organic and locally grown).  We'll watch a video on solar cooking and build three working solar cookers out of cardboard boxes, that lucky participants can take home.  We'll eat the food we cooked, learn about solar food drying, and enjoy a solar canning demonstration.  You'll get a handout pointing you to internet resources so that you can learn more later.  Join us as we begin reducing our carbon footpring one solar oven at a time.
Conveners will be Lynn Snyder and Bill Price. .  Class fee of $9.00 + materials fee of $7.00 = $16.00
Saturday, 18 June 2011, 10:00am-12:00 noon

Native Medicinal Plant Research Garden, 1865 E. 1600 Road, Douglas County
So much is new at the garden this summer. Please join Kelly Kindscher and other staff of the KU Native Medicinal Plant Research Program for this morning tour. We'll meet just inside the gate at our new shelter. The garden is ten minutes from downtown Lawrence, half a mile north of Highway 40, adjacent to the Prairie Moon Waldorf School grounds. For more info, visit our Facebook event page: Directions/map to the garden: Contact: Kirsten Bosnak,nativeplants@ku.edu785-864-6267. Here's what you'll see at the garden:

* New show garden -- This 70- by 80-foot demonstration/show garden includes six different themed beds of medicinal plants.
* New shade structure -- Built entirely from reclaimed lumber from Westar.
* KU Student Farm -- Now in its first year of open operation, it's thriving as a community garden with more than 25 separate plots.
* New research plantings -- We have expanded our research section to almost 30 species in our research rows.
* Solar composting latrine -- Now in the works, this restroom/research project is being built by the KU student group Engineers Without Borders. The latrine replicates those built by the group in several villages in Bolivia.

Sunday, 19 June 2011, 7:00pm
3033 Kasold Ave., Lawrence KS 66044 (Brady & Troy'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. social media - policy proposal
  • Membership Policy Statement Development
  • Transition Kaw Valley - Update and next steps?
  • Growers' Land Trust - legal options and limits
  • 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
Monday, 20 June 2011, 7:00pm
Aquarius Bookstore, 3936 Broadway, Kansas City MO (in back, upstairs)
A panel discussion will explore how the Federal Budget can be a tool to move this country to a prosperous, peaceful and just future.  The panelists will talk about how the budget can be used to  redirect our resources away from war and destruction to a quality of life, create full employment by providing public sector jobs, correct the increasing disparity of income and wealth, and save states and localities from bankruptcy.  Various Federal budgets will be discussed and compared.  Panelists will be: Sharon Lockhart, registered investment advisor and social activist; Ira Harritt of the American Friends Service Committee, specializing in peace and conflict resolution and social justice; and Dee Berry , retired teacher and Green Party activist.

Monday, 20 June 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 producerspreserve 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.

Friday, 24 June 2011,
time and location TBA, Lawrence KS

Nicole Foss is an economist, energy industry consultant, co-editor of The Automatic Earth blog, and former writer for The Oil Drum Canada.  She has had commentaries on nuclear energy, the Canadian housing bubble, overheating of the Chinese economy, peak oil, and more.  She will discuss how the intersection of peak oil, climate change and the economy are creating a "perfect storm" that portends of economic meltdown.  For more info contact Amber Lehrman at
Saturday-Sunday, 25-26 June 2011, 10:00am-5:00pm  -  $$
multiple locations
Sponsored by Cultivate Kansas City (formerly the Kansas City Center for Urban Agriculture), this fourth biennial tour will feature thirty eight urban farms, community gardens, school gardens, and urban homesteads across the metro area, with live music, cooking demonstrations, and children's activities lined up throughout the weekend.  For information on the tour, the ten days of events leading up to it, and tour tickets, go to their website - KC Urban Farms and Gardens Tour
The tour will kick-off on Wednesday, 15 June, 6:00-7:30pm with an inspiring talk "Grow for the Future" by Michael Ableman, author, farmer, photographer and founder of the nation's first Center for Urban Agriculture at the Downtown Kansas City, MO Public Library, 10th & Main Streets -

Saturday, 25 June 2011, 2:00-5:00pm  -  $$
Rethink Energy, 2052 North 3rd St., Kansas City KS 66101

Learn how to mimic the structure and function of forest ecosystems using sheet mulching, layering, planting patterns, species diversity, guilds and more in this introductory workshop on small scale urban forest garden design.  Class registration fee of $14, plus bring $15 to class for materials.  CONVENER: Steve Mann (816-352-9213).  Register at UMKC Communiversity.  More info at Food Not Lawns KC, or.
Tuesday, 28 June 2011, 7:00pm
Lawrence Public Library, 7th & Vermont St., Lawrence KS 66044
Considering how corporate oligarchs like the notorious Koch brothers of Wichita are preventing meaningful and significant transition to a clean energy future and sustainable economy, this talk could be an eye opener.  Mary Lindsay is the leader of, one of many chapters organizing to reverse the Supreme Court "Citizens United" ruling that allows corporate "persons" unlimited power to funnel cash from corporate coffers directly into influencing elections.
July 31-August 5, 2011 at Sweetlove Farm in Jefferson County, KS

Spend six days erecting the first of a planned series of farm outbuildings. Starting from an existing foundation, we will address all aspects of building a strawbale structure from foundation to roof with an emphasis on natural clay plaster enclosure. Our focus will be on hands-on learning opportunities that will help participants develop familiarity and skill with the various hand tools and techniques used in strawbale construction and clay plastering.
Stay tuned and mark your calender, watch the SAN newsletter for further details 

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 ActionThe 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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2011-06-08 Westport Plaza Farmers' Market - Wednesdays 4:30-7:30pm

WPFM logo              A Refreshing Home for Food
Wednesday Evening
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Just add water...
 The growers are up adding water to quench the thirst of your upcoming meals.   The food will be harvested on Wednesday morning, so that the tables can be set at the market.  It's up to you to bring it on home...

Our Vitamin-Packed Superfoods!
Napa Cabbage
Head Lettuce-ButterCrunch and Romaine
Fresh Herbs
Peas-Sugar Snap and English
So tasty right now!  I had some for dinner last night and am smiling just thinkin about it.
Baby Zucchini
Novel New Zealand Spinach
Swiss Chard
Gluten Free Baked Goods-
 Available from Alice at Western Hills as they are the second Weds every month 
Vegan Chocolate Chip Scones

Homecoming for a Market Favorite
Nick Baker and his unique musical vibrations will return from the teaching and learning he has been enjoying down in New Mexico.  He will bring his soothing, yet energizing percussion to the mix this Wednesday.  

An Agricultural Happening

 Sherri at the Root Deep table is who can connect you with tickets to the Urban Farms and Gardens Tour.    To help tell you about all the fun, this week we may have a lucky visit from the juiciest tomato in town!  Bike or drive to area meccas of growing ingenuity.  All of KC's food producing superstars will show you their miraculous ways for the price of a single tax-deductable ticket.   Mark your calendars now---The Tour is June 25th & 26th, but the growing list of inspiring events begins June 15th!    

Fulfilling Interactions

Indeed, this interweb device that you are currently using can be bright place in your life.  Use it to share your love of local, sustainably grown food by becoming a member of our facebook page. Tell your friends and your facebook "friends," too!

            Bring a big tall drink of water and your good self to midtown on Wednesday June 8th from 4:30 until 7:30 pm at the intersection of Westport Road and Wyoming Street in KC, MO.  
People chillin after a fun time at the market      
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