Thursday, May 28, 2009

Lawerence Sustainability Network News, May 27, 2009


May 27, 2009

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LSN is an all-volunteer organization
dedicated to learning how to live lightly and sustainably

Community Announcements

This week, you'll find detailed information on the following events:
  • May 27: VEGLawrence Vegan Potluck
  • May 30: Rally for Healthcare!!
  • May 30: Community Vegetable Garden Tour
  • May 30: Lichtwardt Wood Bird Walk
  • May 31: LSN Energy Group meeting
  • June 6: LSN Community Potluck

Also Below: Let's Collaborate on Building Sustainability!

* Check out the Prairie Moon Waldorf School's new garden and blog!

* Are you an experienced gardener? The LSN-SLUG is looking for you!

* Contribute to LSN Outreach Efforts


Wednesday, May 27, 2009 at 6pm
VEGLawrence May Vegan Potluck

ECM building, 1204 Oread

Fun, food, and friends: VEGLawrence vegan potlucks are here to provide a way to get together to share friendship, food, recipes, information, and good times. Everyone is welcome.

Find out more at: Meetup
and at .

Hope to see you there, Judy Carman


Saturday, May 30, 2009, 9am-10:30 rain or shine
Lichtwardt Woods Bird Walk
Lichtwardt Woods, NW Lawrence (see directions below)

~led by Steve Roels~

Avian expert and former KLT staffer Steve Roels conducts this tour revealing the varied bird life of Douglas County. Traverse rugged, heavily forested land in rapidly developing NW Lawrence on which Bob and Betty Lichtwardt donated a conservation easement to KLT. They have since donated the land itself to the City of Lawrence for use as a natural park area with hiking trails. The first of these trails and a public parking area were recently completed. We will commemorate this easement with the placement of a sign made possible by the Elizabeth Schultz Environmental Fund.

The walk is free and open to all…no registration necessary. For more information, please visit

Directions: From W. 6th Street, head north on Folks Road for less than one mile and the parking area will be on the left (west), just south of the intersection with Peterson Road. Just follow the KLT signs!


Saturday, May 30, 2009, 1-3pm

Rally for Healthcare

Kansas State Capitol Building, 10th and Jackson, Topeka

Tens of millions Americans lack access to healthcare!
Over 20,000 people die each year due to lack of health insurance!
The private health insurance industry denies coverage and gleans profits!
Health care is a human right!
The time has come to reform our health care system!
Support HR 676 and other Single Payer Legislation in Congress!
Support President Obama’s Public Plan Option to cover everyone!
Join your fellow citizens for an afternoon of demonstration!
Send a message to the Honorable Kathleen Sebelius,
Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services!

Dr. Joshua Freeman, Chairman, U of KS Medical Center Dept of Family Practice
Julie Pierce, Healthcare reform advocate
Dr. David Goering, Medical Director, Health Care Access Clinic

MUSIC by Vera, Chuck and Dave

Kansas Health Care For All, Topeka Center for Peace and Justice,
Heartland Healthcare For All, Sunflower Community Action, League of Women
Voters, Kansas Association for the Medically Underserved, Health Care Access Clinic,
Marian Clinic, Physicians for a National Health Program, and Healthcare-NOW!

Assumption Church, 204 SW 8th Ave, just north of the Capitol

For more information, go to: .


Saturday, May 30, 2009, 10am-2pm

Lawrence Food Garden Tour

see below for location

Announcing the first annual Lawrence Food Garden Tour!

This self-guided tour will showcase some of the diverse community and personal food gardens that are located within Lawrence's city limits. Gardens on the tour include vegetables, fruits, and herbs; front, side and backyard use; perennial, heirloom, and native plants; raised beds, chicken-keeping, intensive and companion planting, and water harvesting and trellis systems. Gardeners will be on site to give tours and share garden knowledge and inspirations.

Look for tour brochures and maps at local garden and food related stores througout Lawrence. Or visit to print your own brochure with map.

Questions? Contact or


Saturday, June 6, 2009, 6pm
LSN Community Pot Luck
Ecumenical Christian Ministries, 1204 Oread

It doesn't matter if you're an old hand or brand new to LSN, here's your chance to spend a fun evening with good food and good discussion. Enjoy time with old friends, meet new ones and hear more about what different interest groups have been up to, what they are currently doing, and what they are planning in LSN. Also, come hear about our new and improved website and what it now offers for the various interest groups. Local foods are appreciated; all foods are welcome. Don't hesitate to come even if you don't have time to cook!


Let's Collaborate!

Prairie Moon Waldorf School is actively engaged in a variety of sustainability endeavors. With the help of a start-up grant from the Elizabeth Schultz Environmental Fund of the Douglas County Community Foundation, the school started this spring the Okanis Market Garden on the school grounds (former Grant School near the Lawrence Municipal Airport.) We received a complementing grant from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to establish a rain barrel water conservation system and water conservation curriculum at the school. This grant made Prairie Moon Douglas County's first official "Kansas Green School." We have started a blog, to record the work in the garden. Our community partners in the garden project are Citizens for Responsible Planning, Lawrence Farmers Market and the Community Mercantile grocery store, which will sell the school's produce. The school is planning to participate in up-coming Kansas Green School conferences to be held in Lawrence and Wichita. Next October, the Okanis Market Garden will be on the Douglas County Garden Tour.


Are you an experienced gardener?
LSN-SLUG, Support for Local Urban Gardeners, is looking for you!
If you are an experienced food gardener, and you would be willing to share your knowledge and skills with others, we have an opportunity for you! Contact us to find out how you can help others start growing food gardens. Please contact Jessi at < >.


Are you interested in local food? There's more to it than just being a grower or a buyer. How do we produce enough to support our local needs? How do we educate elected officials and administrators on the importance of local food to the local economy and global health?
We need your help!
A wiki site has been started to allow many to collaborate on building a local food economy, but a wiki can only be improved by participation from its members. Check it out and join to provide input at .
We hope you'll join us, and invite your friends.

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