Sunday, February 28, 2010

Lawrence Sustainability Network

February 27, 2010
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Below, you will find detailed information on the following events:

Feb. 27: Free Seed Fair--Kaw Valley Seeds Project
March 3: Sustainable Water and Sanitation in Emerging Nations
March 20: Sheep Shearing Day at Pinwheel Farm
March 24: Managing your Tallgrass Prairie or Hay Meadow
April 5: Deadline for Earth Day Exhibit registration and Parade participation
April 14: Health Care for All?
April 17: EARTH Day Celebration!!
May 21: Farm to School Lunch--volunteers needed

Eco-Village Forming


Saturday, February 27, 2009 from noon-5pm
Kaw Valley Seeds Project: Free Seed Fair

Dreher 4-H Building, 2110 Harper St, Lawrence
by the County Extension Building, Douglas County Fairgrounds

The Kaw Valley Seeds Project will host a Free Seed Fair where heirloom seed collectors can exchange seeds, bulbs and starts with friends. There will be educational displays, activities for children of all ages, local vendors with their wares, music and art.

There is no charge for tables for organizations that would like to offer information about themselves. Local vendors, musicians, and artists are welcome.

Contact Dianna at 785-331-2315 for more information.

Local Seeds for Local Food
Wednesday, March 3, 2010, noon-1pm
The Challenges of Providing Sustainable Water and Sanitation in Emerging Nations

Ecumenical Christian Ministries, 1204 Oread Avenue

Approximately 2 billion of the Earth's citizens lack access to sanitation and safe drinking water. Craig Adams, Civil Engineering Professor, presents an overview of the scope of the water and sanitation crisis, key technological solutions for developing nations, and the critical need for proper education and for social buy-in within communities.

A University-Community Forum
Sponsored by the Ecumenical Christian Ministries

Saturday, March 20, 2010 at 10am
Pinwheel Farm

Our annual main shearing day is always an "open farm" event. Bring your friends, children, parents, etc. (but NOT pets) and watch the sheep get their haircuts. Danny Smith, from Missouri, is our professional shearer for this event, but he is always willing to turn the shears over to those who want to try it (at their own risk). We try to have local fiber people on hand to demonstrate and answer questions about wool crafts, and we offer shearing-day discounts on both old-stock and freshly sheared fleeces and processed wool, as well as delicious lamb meat. You can also tour the vegetable garden and the new High Tunnel, walk around the farm, and hopefully see the first of this year's lambs.

There are many opportunities to get involved:

--Farm cleanup and preparation Thursday and Friday

--Parking attendants/traffic directors Saturday

--People familiar with the farm are needed to act as "hosts" during the unstructured times to direct people, give tours, answer questions, etc.

--Bundling and weighing freshly-shorn wool; parent-child teams ideal

--One or two people to help move the sheep; muck boots and grubby clothes required!

--One person is needed in the pen with the shearer to help tidy things up in between sheep.

--Donations of healthy home-made goodies would be appreciated by shearers.

March 24, 2010 at 7pm
Managing Your Virgin Tallgrass Prairie or Hay Meadow
Lawrence Public Library

The Grassland Heritage Foundation is pleased to announce this talk on prairie establishment and prairie management. GHF board member, Groundhogs coordinator, and president of Norman Ecological Consulting, Frank Norman will lead the presentation.

Learn the various methods required to manage your tallgrass prairie whether it is in good condition or being overrun by woody vegetation and sericea lespedeza. Topics to be addressed will include tree and shrub removal, herbiciding invasive plants, prescribed burning, and seeding. A handout will be provided that outlines the presentation and provides sources for prairie management publications, potential funding sources, and firms that supply prairie seeds and perform prairie management.

For more information, contact: Frank J. Norman

President, Norman Ecological Consulting


April 5, 2010

Also: See Announcement under April 17th below

If you are interested in being an exhibitor at the Earth Day Celebration in South Park, please visit to register by using the online Registration Form. If you are unable to submit the registration form from our website or have any questions regarding the Celebration, please call 832-3030 or send a request to The Exhibitor Registration deadline is Monday, April 5th!

KU Environs will be organizing the Parade again this year. If you are interested in participating in the Earth Day Parade, please contact KU Environs You can also register for the Parade by clicking on the following link: The Parade registration deadline is Monday, April 5th!


Wednesday, April 14, 2010, noon-1pm
Health Care for All?

Ecumenical Christian Ministries, 1204 Oread Avenue

Dr. Marci Neilsen, Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs at the University of Kansas medical Center, will describe federal health reform and its impact on individuals and families in Kansas. Whether it's called "socialized medicine" or "equality care," the debate is surely leading toward major change in our current health care system.

A University-Community Forum
Sponsored by the Ecumenical Christian Ministries


Saturday, April 17th, 2010
South Park

The 2010 Lawrence Earth Day Parade and Celebration will be held on Saturday, April 17th. The Parade begins at 11:00 a.m., with the Earth Day Celebration in South Park following from 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

To register for exhibition space and to join the parade, see April 5th above.


Friday, May 21, 2010 -- 11:50am-1pm
Farm-to-School Lunch

Cordley Elementary School
A group of Lawrence residents, chefs, business owners, farmers and parents have joined together to bring the students and staff at Cordley Elementary School an all local, mostly organic, non-processed delicious lunch on Friday, May 21, 2010.

The event is in honor of the amazing Cordley Picnic Shelter that was recently completed and is a tribute to all the wonderful local food producers and purveyors that Lawrence has to offer.

Funding for the event is being supplied by The Kansas Rural Center and through donations from several local businesses. The Art Tougeau Art Car Cruise is also schedule to stop by Cordley during the event. Attendance for lunch is limited to Cordley Students and staff along with several contributors and key individuals, but parents and friends are welcome to stop by and observe the days festivities.


Vegetarian Lasagna with local hand made pasta from 715, Central Soy Tofu, local vegetables and Alma Cheese.

Beef Lasagna with local hand made pasta from 715, M. J. Ranch Beef, local vegetables, Alma Cheese and b├ęchamel sauce.

Gluten Free / Dairy Free Lasagna with non-local pasta, Central Soy Tofu and local vegetables.

Whole Wheat Bread Sticks with local Acme organic flour baked at M & M Bakery.

Salad Bar with all local produce including mixed greens, tomatoes, onions, radishes, carrots, strawberries and hard-boiled eggs, served with locally made vinaigrette and ranch dressings.

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp sweetened with honey

Iwig Family Dairy Milk

Contact Linda Cottin at for more information.



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For more information: email or call Robin 785 255 4583

The Light Center
1542 Woodson Rd.
Baldwin City, KS 66006

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

Sustainability requires that we restore biodiversity and environmental health, strengthen relationships within and among human communities, insist on democratic decision-making at all levels of governance, insure social and economic equity for all, and reorient our aims from growth to stability. It means living within our means today and protecting the interests of future generations above all else. LSN supports the efforts of individuals and organizations that work toward these goals.

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