2011-10-25 ~ TUESDAY PM - FARMERS MARKET @ NILES CENTER (KCMO)

Tuesday, October 25.

Today we have sweet potatoes, green beans, red peppers, green peppers, few tomatoes, carrots, swiss chard and potatoes, we also have lettuce and beautiful collards. 

Come on down to Niles at 1911 E 23rd from 4 to 6 PM. Meet some of the kids and see the garden. 


Thanks
Marty Kraft


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.

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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 
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/

SAN - 2011-10-25 - Sustainability Action Network - Announcements - Greater KC via Kaw River Valley (Lawrence, KS ~ K.C.))





WEEKLY NEWSLETTER
25 October 2011


"It's too bad that everyone who has a solution for everything is at home commenting on the Internet."  -  Aaron Karo

This "4th Estate" alternate media doesn't come cheaply.  PLEASE DONATE TODAY.  Mail your 501(C)(3) tax deductible donations to:Sustainability Action Network,P.O.Box 1064, Lawrence KS 66044.
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COMPLETE STREETS POLICY AT LAWRENCE CITY COMMISSION
Tuesday, 25 October 2011, 6:30pm
Lawrence City Hall, 6th & Massachusetts St., Lawrence KS 66044

What are complete streets you ask?  Complete Streets enable equal and safe access for all user, pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities.  Auto-centric streets would be redesigned to incorporate a range of features: bicycle lanes, pedestrian islands, bus shelters, traffic calming, sidewalks with curb cuts, etc.

The Lawrence Complete Streets Committee has been working with the City Planning Office for about a year to develop a policy that will guide city street design and construction to be complete streets.  The Sustainability Action Network has a representative sitting on this committee.  Many communities in Kansas and the nation have adopted such policies.  But the devil is in the details, and our policy should be more than lip service.  The public is encouraged to attend this meeting to comment to the Commission.  Read the policy at - Complete Streets Policy_25Oct11.    
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"FOOD PRODUCTION: FOOD FORESTS" ¤ KANSAS PERMACULTURE INSTITUTE 
Wednesday, 26 October 2011, 6:00-9:00pm  -  $$
Dreher 4-H Building, Douglas County Co-op Extension, 2110 Harper St., Lawrence KS

This lecture is part of a nine lecture series offered weekly and taught by Steve Moring of Vajra Farm Permaculture Center.  All lectures are open to the public.  This session will describe the concept of polyculture forest garden systems.  Food forests involve creating plant associations of trees, shrubs, and berries into "guilds", arranged by size, height, and sun-orientation, called "stacking".  The emphasis will be on the development and maintenance of nut and fruit tree food forests.  The lecture will be followed by a viewing of the film "Establishing a Food Forest" by Geoff Lawton.  A percentage of the fees will support theKaw Permaculture Collaborative and it's parent organization, the Sustainability Action Network.  For more info contact Steve Moring at(785)691-7305 or <moringse@gmail.com>.
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FOOD NOT LAWNS COMMUNIVERSITY CLASS ¤ SECTION #2306A
4th session, Wednesday, 26 October 2011, 7:00-9:00pm  -  $$
UMKC School of Medicine, Theatre C, first floor, 24th & Charlotte, KCMO

Not just another gardening class, "Food Not Lawns" will help youturn your lawn into a garden and your neighborhood into a community.  Our goals are to help increase local food security, improve your diet, beautify your surroundings, and reduce pollution and energy use.  Topics include: whole system design, garden preparation, permaculture, and water wise gardening and planting and free resources (seeFood Not Lawns KC).  The Food Not Lawns KC Collaborative has been working to transform Kansas City into a paradise garden one lawn at a time since 2007.  CONVENER: Steve Mann (816)352-9213.  E-mail: steve@prairietrading.com. Enroll here: https://ecomm2.umkc.edu/commu/SearchDetail.aspx?id=852
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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/ 

Tuesday, 25 October 2011, 9:00am ¤ If You Love This Planet    
Dr. Helen Caldicott's program will feature Dr. Ian Fairlie, a radiobiologist from Great Britain.  His area of expertise is the dosimetric impacts of nuclear reactor emissions. He has written extensively on epidemiology, studies of child leukemia's near nuclear facilities, and the hazards of tritium.

Wednesday, 26 October 2011, 9:00am ¤ Alternative Radio
Economist Richard Wolff examines the Systemic Crisis of Capitalism.  "Today's economic crisis is the most severe since the Great Depression. What are its root causes?  If we tinker with some reform measures, pass some legislation, a tax cut here, a little stimulus package there and everything will be hunky-dory.  Will it?  It's long past time to examine Capitalism itself."

Friday, 28 October 201, 9:30am ¤ Bioneers Radio Series 
Bioneers presents "Taking Back the Country from the Nation: Finding the Light in the Shadows".  Has "analysis paralysis" sapped our energy and determination to transform a failing world? Can we cut through the tangle to actually act to make a positive difference? Can we turn our vices into virtues? Though Hillman's approach may sound paradoxical, his destination is the deeper understanding that leads to real transformation--and to transformative action.

Monday, 31 October 201, 6:00pm ¤ locally produced Eco-Radio KC
Host, Richard Mabion will have his second installment of environmental issues for Blacks in the U.S.  He'll have guests Shery Green, of Rethink Inc, and John Burris, a long time community activist.
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FUKUSHIMA DAI-ICHI NUCLEAR DISASTER ¤ DAY 221

We missed this last month, but the Japanese people are not buying their corporate government line about nuclear safety.  The lessons of Hiroshima and now Fukushima are reverberating widely.  On 19 September 2011, tens of thousands rallied in Tokyo for Japan's government to abandon atomic energy in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear accident.  According to the AP article, one of the speakers from Fukushima Prefecture, "Reiko Muto, described herself as a 'hibakusha', an emotionally laden term for survivors of the atomic bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  Before the disaster, this earthquake-prone country derived 30 percent of its electricity from nuclear power.  An AP-GfK poll showed that 55 percent of Japanese want to reduce the number of nuclear reactors in the country."  More at - Tens of Thousands March Against Nuclear Power in Tokyo.
We suggest readers avail themselves of reports from the following sources.  Japan Focus - Japan FocusNuclear Information and Resource Service - Nuclear Crisis in Japan - UpdatesReader Supported News - Disaster In Japan - 11 March 2011, and Fairewinds Associates - Fukushima Updates.
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SOIL BIOLOGY AND COVER CROP SCHOOL
Thursday, 27 October 2011  -  $$$
Green Cover Seeds, 932 Road X, Bladen, NE 68928
(1 mile south and 1 1/2 miles east of Bladen, NE)

This the fourth annual Cover Crop School will be taught by Dr. Jill Clapperton, a Rhizosphere Ecologist who operates Earthspirit Land Resource Consulting in western Montana.  Her area of research studies soil food webs, nutrient cycling, soil fauna-plant disease interactions, rhizosphere interactions, and soil biodiversity.  The course will also include demonstration plots of over 80 different cover crop species and mixes on various soil typessoil pit analysis, and no-till seeding equipment.  Green Cover Seed is a family business that emphasizes building soil fertility through cover crops and no till methods.  To register, go to Cover Crop School registration
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"RAINFOREST ETIQUETTE IN A WORLD GONE MAD" ¤ SUPRABHA SESHAN
Thursday, 27 October 2011, 7:00pm
Lawrence Public Library Auditorium, 7th & Vermont St., Lawrence KS 66044

Much of India's Western Ghat Mountains along the Arabian sea coast have been destroyed by colonial policies, development schemes, and a growing population.  The fragments that remain support precious habitats for indigenous life, but they are threatened by growing urbanization. Suprabha Seshan is an ecologist and educator at the Gurukula Botanical Sanctuary, a forest garden in the Western Ghat mountains of Kerala, India.  Her talk explores the intertwined lives of the plants, animals, and people of northern Kerala and the two contrasting aspects of nature that ecosystem gardeners work with: resilience and fragility.
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"SWALES, TERRACES, WATER CATCHMENTS" ¤ KANSAS PERMACULTURE INSTITUTE 
Wednesday, 2 November 2011, 6:00-9:00pm  -  $$
Dreher 4-H Building, Douglas County Co-op Extension, 2110 Harper St., Lawrence KS

This lecture is part of a nine lecture series offered weekly and taught by Steve Moring of Vajra Farm Permaculture Center.  All lectures are open to the public.  This session will cover a critical component of any site design, that of maximizing water absorption and minimizing run-off.  Several techniques can be used to modify the terrain as needed, and they are best done at the outset before any planting takes place.  Water catchments can be roofs with tank storage, or ground basins like ponds or water gardens.  Swales and Key Lines are water channels that spread run-off horizontally by gravity. Terraces are on-level contours that slow the down-hill flow of water.  The lecture will be followed by a viewing of the film "Water Harvesting" by Geoff Lawton.  A percentage of the fees will support the Kaw Permaculture Collaborative and it's parent organization, the Sustainability Action Network.  For more info contact Steve Moring at (785)691-7305 or <moringse@gmail.com>.
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KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE PROTEST TO ENCIRCLE WHITE HOUSE
Sunday, 6 November 2011
1600 Pennsylvania Ave., District of Columbia

350.org will encircle the White House to demand that President Obama reject the Keystone XL pipeline.  View this video by Mark Ruffalo at Occupy Wall Street describing how petroleum corporations have addicted us to oil so they can line their pockets with $billions, and rallying for the human chain around the White House - Mark Ruffalo's video and November 6th at White House.

Several other other options are available before Obama's decision.  
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"THE ECONOMICS OF HAPPINESS" ¤ A FILM OF SOLUTIONS FOR TRANSITION 
Monday, 7 November 2011, 7:00pm
Lawrence Public Library Auditorium, 7th & Vermont St., Lawrence KS 66044

This film brings a positive message about how a grassroots movement for localization is bubbling up from the cracks of a faltering global economy in every corner of the world.  It is produced by Helena Norberg-Hodge of the International Society for Ecology and Culture, a not-for-profit working for the strengthening of local communities and economies, emphasizing education for actionmoving beyond single issues to look at the more fundamental influences that shape our lives.  Preview it here - the Economics of Happiness.  Brought by Prairie Moon Waldorf School and co-sponsored by Sustainability Action Network and Films For Action.

"This film presents the localization movement as a systemic alternative to corporate globalization, and a strategy that brings community and meaning to our lives."  -  Joanna Macy, author World as Lover, World as Self.

"A remarkable new documentary... Get a copy of this DVD.  Then get the kids.  Pull them away from their smartphones and video games...  And show them this movie." - Russell Mokhiber, editor ofThe Corporate Crime Reporter
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LAWRENCE SUSTAINABILITY ADVISORY BOARD
Wednesday, 9 November 2011, 5:30pmK.U. Center for Design Research, 2544 Westbrook Circle, Lawrence KS 66045. 

The November agenda is not yet available.  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, 9 Novem
ber 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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"SUSTAINABLE ARCHITECTURE" ¤ KANSAS PERMACULTURE INSTITUTE 
Wednesday, 9 November 2011, 6:00-9:00pm  -  $$
Dreher 4-H Building, Douglas County Co-op Extension, 2110 Harper St., Lawrence KS

This permaculture lecture is part of a nine lecture series, and will be taught by Steve Moring with the assistance of Michael Almon andMichael Morley.  All lectures are open to the public.  This will be a comprehensive survey of the construction of energy efficient structures using sustainably produced materials and integrated into the permaculture landscape.  We will explore the construction of passive solar, attached solar greenhouse, berm, cob, cord wood, straw bale, and SIPS structures.  The lecture will be followed by a viewing of the film "Green Architecture".  A percentage of the fees will support the Kaw Permaculture Collaborative and it's parent organization, the Sustainability Action Network.  For more info contact Steve Moring at (785)691-7305 or<moringse@gmail.com>.
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TRANSITION KAW VALLEY MEETING
Thursday, 10 November 2011, 7:00pm
Delaware Street Commons, 822 East 13th St., Lawrence KS 66044

The Transition Kaw Valley workshop series is underway.  The recent Food Canning workshop and Sheet Mulching workshop were great successes.  If you would like to help organize one of the following workshops, please attend the meeting:
  • Home Energy Conservation/Weatherization - 12 November
  • Stocking the Pantry - 10 December
  • Cold Frame construction - 21 January
  • Garden Planning & Seed Order - 18 February
  • Raised Bed Gardening - 10 March
  • Rocket Stove - date TBA
  • Solar Food Dehydrator - date TBA
  • Permablitz - date TBA
  • Water Purification & Storage - date TBA
Transition Kaw Valley is a wide range of folks from neighborhoods, churches, and civic groups whose goal is to create a relocalized, sustainable community from the grassroots up.  Transition US has just officially recognized T.K.V. as the 100th local initiative in the country!  For more info, e-mail .  To get on the S.A.N. Transition Kaw Valley list-serv, join at Transition Kaw Valley discussion.
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ENERGY SAVING WEATHERIZATION WORKSHOP ¤ TRANSITION KAW VALLEY 
Saturday, 12 November 2011, 1:00-5:00pm
location TBA, Lawrence KS 66044

Transition Kaw Valley will hold a Home Energy Conservation/Weatherization workshop as part of our ongoing series.  Danny Veerkamp, LEED AP, a state energy auditor, will demonstrate and discuss ways to make your home more energy efficient.  Hands on projects will be included along with classroom instruction.  Don't miss a chance to save yourself money this winter!  For more information, contact Michael Almon at .
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THE DRIVE TO ELECTRIFY OUR CARS ¤ JOHN KURMANN & CRAIG VOLLAND
Wednesday, 16 November 2011, 7:00pm
location TBA, Lawrence KS 66044

Two Kansas City climate activists, John Kurmann and Craig Volland, will team up for a presentation on the coming revolution for electric automobiles.  Virtually every auto company in the world is on schedule to introduce either a hybrid electric vehicle (HEV), a plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV), or an plug-in all electric vehicle (PEV).  This talk is sponsored by the Sustainability Action Network.

The Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt are now available in select U.S. markets, and the Chinese Geely is now selling in north Africa and South America.  The Japanese electric Tata Nano EV will soon be marketed in India.  And Siemens has partnered with Volvo (bought by Geely) to develop an electric Volvo.  Sustainable Business News has reported that worldwide sales of electric vehicles will reach 13.9 million units by 2017 - 14 Million Electrified Vehicles by 2017.
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SUSTAINABILITY ACTION NETWORK MEETING
Sunday, 20 November 2011, 6:30pm
Community Mercantile class room, 901 Iowa St., Lawrence KS 66044

Local Solutions for Transition to a Sustainable Economy
The meeting agenda will include:  
  • organize & fund raise for Spring permaculture PDC course
  • Annual Campaign kick-off
  • S.A.N. 2012 Annual Meeting planning
  • Transition Kaw Valley - the 100th local initiative in the U.S.
  • community workshops: rocket stove, solar food dehydrator, cold frames, bat houses, etc.
  • S.A.N. web site: update the content, pay pal, etc.
Please join us
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DOUGLAS COUNTY FOOD POLICY COUNCIL
Monday, 21 November 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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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 -Transition Kaw Valley

2) Kaw Permaculture Collaborative and Kansas Permaculture Institute - developing skills and resources for polyculture sustainable food production - Kaw Permaculture Collaborative   

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 Newsletter - 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 CityCitizens for Responsible Planning; Kansas River Valley Growers fighting for local water rights; national efforts by the Sustainable Energy Network; the Kansas City Food Circlethe All Species Project, and more.


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Food Inc. ~ a Kansas City Public Screening & Discussion ~ Thursday, Nov 10th



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Time
Thursday, November 10 · 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Location
St. Paul's Episcopal Day School
4041 Main St.
Kansas City, MO



More Info
Join the Kansas City community on Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. for a free public screening of Food, Inc. This movie is rated PG and is approximately 91 minutes. At 8 p.m. a panel of local experts will provide resources and ideas on how you can eat local and get off the corporate food train! There will be prizes, coupons and more. Don’t miss this chance to engage in a lively community discussion! Food is one of the most important things you’ll ever buy for your children. And yet, most people never bother to think about their food and where it comes from.

Panelists will include:

Beth Low, Director of the Greater Kansas City Food Policy Coalition, a broad coalition of individuals, organizations, businesses, and government representatives in the nine county metropolitan area. Current initiatives include improving healthy, affordable food access in food deserts, and increasing institutional purchasing of locally grown foods. The mission of the GKCFPC is to promote policies which support a sustainable food system in which all people have access to affordable, healthy foods.
When asked why the food policy matters, Low responds "Everyone eats. And everyone should be able to provide themselves and their family with food that is good for their health, the environment, and the local economy. We all have a stake in the policies which impact the ways in which food is grown, processed, distributed, and consumed."


Joe Bichelmeyer - Bichelmeyer Meat Market.
The Bichelmeyer family has been providing meat to Kansas City, Kansas and the surrounding area since the 1890s. The Bichelmeyer Meat Market in Kansas City, Kansas opened in 1946 and is operated today by Joe and Jim Bichelmeyer. They raise cattle, offer custom slaughtering, aging and smoking of fine grass fed cattle.

Kim Wells, Fitness and Nutrition expert
She graduated from KU Medical Center in 1994 with her Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy. She also holds a degree in Exercise Science from KU and is a nationally certified Athletic Trainer. Kim speaks to a variety of organizations educating on fitness and nutrition. She is passionate about empowering others to understand that simple choices in nutrition and fitness can make a profound difference in their health, athletic performance and quality of life.

Leigh Wagner
, MS, RD, LD
Integrative Medical Nutrition Therapy, University of Kansas Hospital

Katie Nixon
Small Farm Specialist, Jackson County
Connstantly explores networking opportunities with other organizations, both governmental and non-governmental, in the greater Kansas City area and the surrounding counties for bringing all possible assistance to the farmers and home gardeners living there. She delivers information and education to the under-served small farmers and ranchers on a one-on-one basis in order for them to improve production and farm income. She receives valuable assistance from three other ISFOP Farm Outreach Workers (FOWs) in the region. Together, they hope to improve the quality of lives of all collaborating farm families, as well as revitalize the communities.

Chef Joy of Bistro Kids 
Chef Joy started in kitchens at a young age helping her mother prepare food for catered events. From washing grapes to peeling carrots grew the love for instant gratification and independence that only cooking can give. After receiving a degree in Food and Beverage Management from Johnson County Community College she began cooking for children at Bistro Kids. Bistro Kids philosophy is the food we eat enters our body and literally becomes part of us. Americans spend more money on fast food than on college education, personal computers, or new cars. Why not spend that money on food that is nutritious for our children and helps them develop?

Door to Door Organics, Local Director, Shane
Door to Door Organics will help you eat better, do good and skip a trip to the store. With organic produce and all-natural groceries from farmers and producers you can trust, you'll be making seasonally inspired meals that are good for your body and soul. Now that's good food.