15th Annual *NATIONAL* GRASSROOTS RADIO CONFERENCE (in KCMO) Thursday through Sunday 8/18 - 8/21/2011


Thursday, August 18th
through Sunday, August 21st, 2011
 

THU - 8/18 - 3pm-9pm REGISTRATION
THU - 8/18 - 7pm-9pm RECEPTION - Conover Hall - Films TBA

FRI - 8/19 - 9am-10pm CONFERENCE EVENTS

SAT - 8/20 - 9am-10pm CONFERENCE EVENTS

SUN - 8/21 - 10:30am-1:00pm CONFERENCE ROUNDTABLE + MORE TBA



https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=233412906678435


http://grassrootsradioconference.org/program/sessions



Description
Friends of Community Media and
KKFI 90.1 FM in Kansas City, MO are proud to announce the 15th annual Grassroots Radio Conference to take place on August 18-21, 2011.

For community radio people, this is as exciting as it gets. The GRC is a national conference which offers a chance for people from volunteer-powered, community radio stations to connect with each other, learn new skills, discuss issues, and party. This conference is for everyone interested in community radio and independent media.
Address
Phone
Website

4501 Walnut, Kansas City, MO 64111
About
The Grassroots Radio Conference is coming to Kansas City August 18-21. The four-day event takes place at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 4501 Walnut, Kansas City, Missouri.

Mission
The Grassroots Radio Coalition was born in 1996, as a response to increasing commercialization of public radio and lack of support for volunteer-based stations. It is an informal coalition that hosts a national conference in different places each year, and maintains an email listserve for ongoing networking.

In the past 16 years different community radio stations have hosted the conference, and brought their own special flavor to it. This is the first time it is being hosted in Kansas City, Missouri. Friends of Community Media and KKFI 90.1 FM are honored to be the host this year.

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What's ORGANIC about ORGANIC? - a documentary film - 7pm at All Souls UU Church - TUESDAY, August 16th, 2011


WHAT’S ORGANIC ABOUT “ORGANIC?” rings the alarm for the need to develop an ecological consciousness. This film illustrates that the organic food debate extends well beyond personal choice and into the realm of social responsibility.

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Kansas City Screening – Director & Character
[WILL BE THERE] in PERSON!


Part of the ongoing All Souls UU documentary film series - a facilitated discussion follows each documentary. 

Admission is free, with donations appreciated.

EVENT STREET MAP (4501 Walnut, KCMO): 


http://maps.google.com/maps?q=4501+Walnut+Street+Kansas+City%2C+MO+64111

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Each of the film’s characters is intimately connected to the organic world; they’re farmers, activists, and scientists. While many folks can easily endorse “organic,” the characters in the film take the discussion beyond just shopping for another eco-label. As we glimpse into each of their lives, we see how organic agriculture has the potential to solve many of our environmental and health problems. The film will explore how organic farming can be used as a soil and air protection system, a healthy solution to toxic pollution, and an innovative means to combat global warming.

WHAT’S ORGANIC ABOUT “ORGANIC?” delves into the debates that arise when a grassroots agricultural movement evolves into a booming international market. As the film moves from farm fields to government meetings to industry trade shows, we see the hidden costs of conventional agriculture. We also see how our health, the health of our planet, and the agricultural needs of our society are all intimately connected. The film compels us to look forward, towards a new vision for our culture and encourages us to ask, “How can we eat with an ecological consciousness?”

For full All Souls UU event details,
see
http://www.allsoulskc.org/​calendar.php
and
http://whatsorganicmovie.c​om/


TUESDAY PM - FARMERS MARKET @ NILES CENTER



ORGANIC FARMERS MARKET
in KCMO

Niles Garden Market

Tuesdays

4pm To 7pm
at
(close to Garfield Ave)
Kansas City, Missouri

http://organotill.org/

  • Niles Garden is an educational and peaceful garden next to Niles Home for Children. We use organic no-till practices on our beds but don't claim certification.
  • We hope to be a model for beginning gardeners to learn sustainable urban agricultural techniques. Our market benefits Niles and the kids who work the garden.
  • Some of our garden practices can be seen at:  http://www.youtube.com/organotill
see also
http://KCNoTill.org/

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Come to our market Tuesday afternoons from 4 to 6:30 at Niles Home for Children, 1911 E 23rd Street.

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.

Thanks

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 at http://www.youtube.com/organotill

Please let others know about us.


Marty Kraft 
816-333-5663

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.”

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see also: 
http://KCNoTill.org/