WEBINARS from MO Beginning Farmers Program (starts MONDAY, Sep 12, 2011)

The Missouri Beginning Farmers Program will continue its monthly webinars in September with a presentation by Debi Kelly, MU SARE State Coordinator, with an overview of the SARE Farmer/Rancher Grant. The webinar will be Monday, September 12th from 7:00 to 8:30 pm with a PowerPoint presentation. There will be two additional opportunities to learn about the SARE Farmer/Rancher Grant from past Missouri farmer recipients. On September 19th hear from Linda Hezel and on September 26th Greg and Nancy Rasmussen will talk about their grant.

Meeting Name: Overview of the Farmer/Rancher Grant - Debi Kelly, MO State SARE Coordinator
When: Monday September 12th, 7-8:30 pm
To join the meeting: http://univmissouri.adobeconnect.com/r1k1mmdfelf/ and sign in as a guest

Meeting Name: SARE Farmer/Rancher Grant Webinar with Linda Hezel - a 2008 Grant Recipient of Comparison of Coverings over Permanent Raised Beds to Extend the Growing Season for Year Round Food Production
When: Monday September 19th, 7-8:30 pm
To join the meeting: http://univmissouri.adobeconnect.com/r5lqdewpa9d/ and sign in as a guest

Meeting Name: SARE Farmer/Rancher Grant Webinar with Greg and Nancy Rasmussen - a 2010 Grant Recipient of Rainwater Capture and Re-use: Using Gravity and Solar Power
When: Monday September 26th, 7-8:30 pm
To join the meeting: http://univmissouri.adobeconnect.com/r8qgclfjeik/ and sign in as a guest


Is your farm growing?  Ask me about the Grow Your Farm course.

Missouri Beginning Farmer Links:  
Program Website  *   Blog   *   

Debi Kelly, Extension Associate
University of Missouri
234 Ag Eng Bldg          Columbia MO 65211-5200
573-882-1905      or    800-433-3704 (MO only)

"not every family needs a lawyer, not every family needs an accountant, but every family needs a farmer…do you know yours?"  (Kathleen Merrigan, USDA Deputy Secretary)


by Steph Larson

FOUND at: 


"It starts with a distant, unmistakable whine, like a fly in another room you've been too lazy to swat. As the sound grows, I make sure the dog is inside, then grab the camera and head to the pasture.
Planes spraying fungicides have interrupted several quiet weekends on our small farm this summer. They're hard to ignore -- the buzz of their loud propellers is deafening, especially when they fly above our house to turn around. Over the corn fields they soar, sometimes only a few feet about the tips of the tassels, with white mist trailing nefariously behind. Depending on the direction of the breeze, I can often smell the chemicals from inside the house.
I hate every minute of it."
Read the full article at:


Steph Larsen is currently the Assistant Director of Organizing for the Center for Rural Affairs. She lives in rural northeastern Nebraska where she aspires to grow food for her household and community. Previously she spent three years in Washington, D.C. advocating on food security and nutrition issues. Steph holds a master's degree in geography from her home state of Wisconsin and serves on the board of the Women, Food and Agriculture Network.


GREEN DRINKS KC - SEP 22, 2011 - FOURTH Thursday September meeting in Overland Park, KS


*Green Drinkers, please note that this month's meetup is occurring on the 4th Thursday of the month, rather than the 3rd.  Additionally, we are taking a field trip for a special event.  Please read the details below.  The event is free, we hope to see you there!
 Meet Gene Baur
@ Cleveland Chiropractic College

Thursday, September 22, 2011

The rise of factory farming is a current, national hot topic.  The environmental consequences of this industry causes "severe degradation, threats to public health, and unimaginable suffering to billions of farm animals." Kansas City is fortunate to have one of the leaders in research of factory farming who is also the founder of Farm Sanctuary, an organization that rescues abused farm animals, present his findings and facts to help us make more educated and aware choices regarding the food we choose to eat.
Hear Farm Sanctuary President and Co-Founder Gene Baur speak at Cleveland Chiropractic College on Thursday, September 22nd from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in Assembly Hall at Cleveland Chiropractic College which is located at 10850 Lowell Avenue, Overland Park, KS 66210. This talk is free and open to the public. Gene will also be on hand to sign copies of his national best-seller, Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food.

Feedback from a Farm Sanctuary Event attendee :
“Gene's friendly and personable style of speaking to people is so refreshing. He doesn't use judgment, scare or shock tactics, and simply has the facts, figures, and the personal experience to back up his message so that any type of audience can use that knowledge to make educated choices towards changing their viewpoints and diets.” – Tina Hauser, attended Gene’s talk at the University of Pittsburgh (Feb. 6, 2011)

*Come find Laura at the Green Drinks table prior to this event at Cleveland Chiropractic!  We would love to have members of Green Drinks together while enjoying Gene's presentation."

*Pictures and event content from http://farmsanctuary.org*

For more information on Green Drinks, 
please visit: http://greendrinks.org or http://environment.meetup.com/270

Thanks for sending all of your event ideas, which we are trying to make happen, if possible. Hope you can join us this month!

  * You need not drink alcohol to attend * 

THE CLEANER PLATE CLUB goes one-better... ;D

The Power of You
by local cookbook author, Beth Bader

Thursday, September 29 · 6:00pm - 8:00pm

The Cooking Studio at Whole Foods Market on Metcalf
7401 W 91st St
Overland Park, Kansas

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COST: $10
REGISTER AT ~  http://www.acteva.com/booking.cfm?bevaid=223226

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Discover your power to positively impact your child’s nutrition and eating decisions with local author, Beth Bader @ the Cooking Studio (located next door to Whole Foods Market). Snack included. $10 per person. Please pre-register in advance at Customer Service or online at http://www.acteva.com/booking.cfm?bevaid=223226. This event is sure to sell-out!