Thursday, June 25, 2009

Lawrence Sustainability Network News, June 24, 2009


June 24, 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:

* June 27: LSN Eco-Parents at Mary's Lake
* June 28: VEGLawrence June Vegan Potluck
* July 12: Seed Storage Makeover and Workshop
* NEW DATE July 23: LSN Eco-Parents presents Jo Ann Farb on Living Vegan and Gluten Free

Also Below: Let's Collaborate on Building Sustainability!

* NEW!! Earn a Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneurship CertificateIN LAWRENCE!

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

* Contribute to LSN Outreach Efforts


Saturday, June 27, 2009 at 8:30am-10am
LSN Eco-Parents: Mary's Lake Cleanup
Prairie Park Nature Center

LSN Eco-Parents group is hosting a clean-up at Mary's Lake next to Prairie Park Nature Center. We'll start at 8:30 and pick until around 10:00 which is when PPNC hosts a free program for families. PPNC will provide trash bags, gloves, and some equipment and will have an individual there to provide direction.

This will be a good opportunity to get to know some of the other Eco-Parents and give the kids a real "hands on" example of how to be good stewards of our environment. If you're not too hot and tired by 10:00 you can watch the free program and learn more about the PPNC animals.

We'll meet in the PPNC parking lot at 8:30 and walk down to the lake from there. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water and a snack if you like. Feel free to bring any tools that you think would be helpful.


Sunday, June 28, 2009 at 4pm
VEGLawrence June Vegan Potluck Picnic

Judy and Michael Carmen's house (see below)

For directions to our house: email me at

Although we usually have our potlucks at ECM, we thought it would be fun to celebrate summer with a vegan picnic instead. Bring your favorite vegan dish, a folding chair or two if you have some, and any friends who are interested in the great taste of vegan food. We have a creek to explore (bring tick repellant), a water garden with resident frogs and fish, a solar water setup in case anyone is interested in checking that out, and maybe we'll even have a few ripe tomatoes in the garden. Wouldn't that be great! If you want to carpool (we're about 8 miles west of town) let me know, and we'll put you in touch with others who want to do the same.

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


Sunday, July 12, 2009, 3:30-5:30pm
Seed Storage Makeover and Workshop

Pinwheel Farm, 1480 N. 1700 Rd., Lawrence


Natalya has saved seeds on her farm for years.

She is not satisfied with her storage situation!

We will look at her facilities and methods and see how those can be improved.

Bring your own seed storage ideas and questions, and we will explore this topic together. Our goals will be both long term and short term home storage.

Let’s change it NOW!.... Before the new harvest arrives.


CONTACT DIANNA HENRY 785 331 2315 OR NATALYA 785 979 6786



Thursday, July 23, 2009, 7PM
LSN Eco-Parents Meeting: Living Vegan and Gluten Free by Jo Ann Farb
Lawrence Public Library

LSN Eco-Parents will pick up on our food theme for the summer with our
July meeting. On July 23rd we will have a presentation from JoAnn
Farb on living a vegan/gluten-free lifestyle and how our food choices
impact our health and the environment (with samples!!).

Questions? email Kim at:

Let's Collaborate!

JCCC’s Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneurship Certificate in Lawrence!

Course information for fall 2009

HORT 245 - Commercial Crop Production, 3 credit hours

This course is designed to familiarize Market Farmers with the plant materials and production of crops grown in the Market Farming industry. This course will help answer questions about varieties of plants to grow, establishment, growth, harvesting and post-harvesting of crop, varieties of plants to grow. Students will become familiar with different marketing options and good record keeping. 3 hrs. lecture/wk.

The course number for this class is: 85382

This course taught by Stu Shafer is designed to introduce students to Market Farming. In this second year of the Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneurship Certificate

Dates/times: Mondays 1-3:50, August 31-December 12th at the JCCC in Lawrence location, Lawrence Centennial School 2145 Louisiana Street. JCCC students use the west entrance.

More on this from an article last year:

More about the certificate:

Most of the classroom courses for the certificate are offered in Lawrence and the practicum is located at the K-State farm at 35230 W 135th St Olathe, KS 66061.

Here is more information about the practicum:

HORT 272 - Sustainable Agriculture Fall Practicum 2 credit hours

Through practical experience complemented by lectures and discussions, students will gain exposure to a broad range of tasks facing the market farmer during the fall and early winter seasons. This includes production and marketing of summer crops, planning, and production of fall crops in high tunnels and open field, and marketing these fall crops. Topics include production planning, planting, integrated crop management, harvest and postharvest practices, marketing through various channels, tools and equipment, soil fertility management, and record keeping. Practicum activities will integrate with other courses in this market farming certificate program. Students will learn both conventional and organic production techniques. Entrepreneurship will be emphasized throughout. 7 hrs. practicum/wk.

Course number for this class is: 85473

Students need to enroll in both classes at the same time. If you have questions about the Farm to Market Farming class, please call Stu Shafer at 785.691.5006. If you have questions about the Lawrence location, please call Loralee Stevens at 913.469.2750 or the site directly at 785.842.1157. If you would like general JCCC information you can always call 913.469.3803 or find additional courses and the admission application

Tuition for JCCC is $84 per credit hour for Kansas residents who live outside Johnson County. Full information about tuition can be found here:

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.

This wiki represents a joint effort of K-State Research and Extension, the Kansas Rural Center, and local producers. For more information, contact Jim Smith, or Jennifer Smith,


LSN's Outreach Committee is looking for ideas
and organizing events related to vital sustainability topics. In the past, we've had presenations on topics ranging from "The Benefits of Herbs", "Local Food Producers & Suppliers", "Renewable Energy Breakthroughs", and much more. If you have a sustainability topic you'd like to learn about, please contact Rich Wenzel at 917-9344 or or Steve Stemmerman at 841-0028.

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