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Lawrence Sustainability Network News, August 5, 2009


August 5, 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:

Sept 12: Lawrence Energy Conservation Fair
Sept 12: Sustainable Homes Tour

Also Below: Let's Collaborate on Building Sustainability!

* Earn a Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneurship Certificate IN LAWRENCE!

* Contribute to
LSN Outreach Efforts


Saturday, September 12, 2009 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Community Building, 115 W 11th Street, Lawrence, KS

Admission to the Fair is free.

This event is hosted by the City of Lawrence Waste Reduction & Recycling Division.

Learn how to save energy, money and the environment
at the 9th Annual Lawrence Energy Conservation Fair! Throughout the day you will have opportunities to view energy conservation exhibits and to consult with experts on how their products and services can lower your utility bills and increase energy efficiency. Exhibitors will include area builders, architects, insulators, heating and cooling experts, government agencies, non-profits, and alternatively-fueled vehicle representatives. For more information, call 832-3030 or

FREE compact fluorescent bulb (CFL) to the first 300 attendees sponsored by Cottin’s Hardware and Rental.

Walk, Bike or Ride the Bus to the Energy Fair Downtown! The Lawrence Transit System will offer free rides on the “T” all day Saturday, September 12th, providing the experience and benefits of public transportation on all fixed routes. For help planning a route or for more information, visit


Saturday, September 12, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

The tour bus leaves from the Community Building, 115 W 11th Street, Lawrence, KS.

This tour is brought to you by the City of Lawrence Waste Reduction & Recycling Division, the City’s Sustainability Advisory Board and the Heartland Renewable Energy Society.

The Sustainable Homes Tour will occur in conjunction with the Lawrence Energy Conservation Fair on Saturday, September 12th. The focus is energy-saving techniques and sustainability through building design, efficient appliances, and use of green materials during remodeling. The tour also provides helpful, real-world examples of costs and how to save money with federal, state and local incentives.

Tickets for the bus tour will be available for purchase ($10/adult and $2/child under 14) on first come, first serve basis, beginning at 9:30 am on Saturday, September 12th at the Community Building. The tour bus will depart from the Community Building at 10:00 a.m. (morning tour) and 1 p.m. (afternoon tour). For more information, call 832-3030 or visit


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:


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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