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Lawrence Sustainability Network News, June 12, 2010


June 12, 2010
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Below, you will find detailed information on the following events:
June 15: VEGLawrence Vegan Potluck
June 20: Fourth Biennial Coblentz Prairie Foray
June 21: Kansas Land Trust Yoga and Tai Chi Fund Raiser
June 23: Kansas Land Trust Annual Wildflower Walk
July 3: Growing the Food of the Future: lecture, lunch, tour

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010 at 6pm
VEGLawrence June Vegan Potluck
Broken Arrow Park shelter, 31st and Louisiana

Our June potluck will be at Broken Arrow Park where we have reserved the large shelter. It will have Judy Carman’s name on it. We had to pay $30.00 for the space, so if everyone could contribute toward that, it would be great. There is a restroom at the park. Please bring your own plates and utensils.

Being vegan helps heal the earth, saves the lives of animals, improves health, and helps to bring peace and nonviolence to the world.

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. It is sponsored by Animal Outreach of Kansas (AOK).

Find out more at: Facebook and at the AOK website, We are no longer on meetup, so please forward this to others who might enjoy joining us.

Hope to see you there, Judy Carman


Sunday, June 20, 2010 at 1pm
Fourth Biennial Coblentz Prairie Foray
Directions below

Join the Fourth Biennial Coblentz Prairie Foray, 1pm. Celebrate the eve of thesummer solstice and Father’s Day too! This glaciated tallgrass prairie offers diverse native plants as well as uncommon birds like Henslow's Sparrows, notable insects like Golden Byssus skippers, and interesting rocks like Sioux Quartzite. This may be the furthest south the glaciers advanced in Kansas , and large pink and red Sioux Quartzite boulders, glacial erratics, can be found in several areas. Among the 270 recorded plant species, we hope to see the federally protected Mead’s milkweed, Prairie phlox, Starry Catchfly, Topeka Purple-coneflower, and Tall Cinquefoil! Other plants of interest include the Adder’s Tongue Fern --one of the few prairie ferns and Cluster fescue (Festuca paradoxa) --a fescue rarely found in Kansas.

Kansas Native Plant Society and Grassland Heritage Foundation co-sponsor this event. Co-leaders: Ken Lassman, author of Wild Douglas County, Jeff Hansen, KNPS and GHF Board Member and Shirley Braunlich, KNPS Board Member. Coblentz Prairie is part of the Clinton Wildlife area 40-minutes west of Lawrence , KS in west-central Douglas County at the intersection of E 100 Road and North 1150th Road. Park on the access road one-mile west of the intersection, E 1 Rd. <> (785) 864-3453

Monday, June 21, 2010: 8am and 10am
Kansas Land Trust: Yoga and Tai Chi Fundraiser
See below for location and directions
$15 admission/$10 for KLT members

The Kansas Land Trust (KLT)—a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and preserving Kansas lands of ecological, agricultural, historic, scenic, and recreational significance—will mark the arrival of summer with two “Easement Experiences” on a recently conserved Douglas County property. Local resident Joseph G. Hollowell, Jr. generously donated a conservation easement permanently protecting the property to KLT.

The yoga and tai chi sessions, overlooking Clinton Lake, will be held on the summer solstice, June 21st. The Hollowell Easement is located at 435 N 1500 Rd. Signs at the intersection of US-40/West 6th Street and County Rd 442/Stull Road will direct attendees to the property.

A 90-minute yoga session, led by respected Lawrence instructor Alice Steuerwald, begins at 8:00 a.m. General admission is $15 and $10 for KLT members. At 10:00 a.m., instructor David Hann will conduct an hour-long Tai Chi class. General admission is $10 and $5 for KLT members.

More information is available at—advance registration is requested, but not required.


Wednesday, June 23, 2010: 7pm
Kansas Land Trust: Annual Wildflower Walk
See below for location and directions
Free and Open to the Public

The Kansas Land Trust, a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of Kansas lands of ecological, scenic, historic, agricultural, and recreational significance, is again sponsoring its perennially popular Wildflower Walk. The wildflower walk will take place at the very first conservation easement established in the state of Kansas.

An annual favorite, the Akin Prairie Wildflower Walk takes place on Wednesday, June 23, at 7:00 p.m. in the evening. Kelly Kindscher, a KLT founder and author of Edible Wild Plants of the Prairie and Medicinal Plants of the Prairie, will lead the walk.

The Akin Prairie provides a wonderful setting to identify prairie grasses and wildflowers and to hear the interesting lore surrounding them. This splendid 16-acre tract of native prairie has been protected as a memorial to Dorothy Akin and her love of colorful prairie wildflowers. Dorothy’s surviving husband, Tom, and their children donated the conservation easement to KLT in 1994. The Akin Prairie Conservation Easement stands as an enduring testament to the generous individuals who made this protection possible.

This walk is free and open to the public. Families are encouraged to attend. KLT recommends that attendees wear sturdy walking shoes, long pants, insect repellent, and a hat.

Directions: head two miles east of Lawrence on K-10, take the E 1900 Rd exit (Douglas Co. 1057), go south two miles, and take a right (west) on N 1150 Road. Signs will guide the way from K-10.


Saturday, July 3, 2010: 10am to 4:30pm
Growing the Food of the Future: lecture, lunch, tour
See below for location and directions

The Kaw Permacuture Collaborative and Vajra Farm are sponsoring a workshop on Permaculture entitled "Growing the Food of the Future."

The workshop, to be held at Steve and Nancy Moring's farm near Oskaloosa, KS (, is an introduction to the principles of ecologically sustainable agriculture in a time of energy depletion. We will discuss our food security and how we can mitigate the effects of declining energy resources. We will show how we can implement permaculture design and practice on the small farm scale. Steve will show what he has done at Vajra Farm with energy efficient home construction, cultivation of integrated polyculture no-till raised bed gardens and the establishment of edible forest gardens. Steve is certified in permaculture design through the Midwest Permaculture organization.

A $50.00 participation fee will support the activities of KPC and will include lunch, lecture and farm tour .

For more information contact Steve at or phone, 785-691-7305



    JCCC’s Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneurship Certificate

    Start this fall in Lawrence!

    Course information for fall 2010

    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: 83147

    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: Tuesdays 8:30am-11:30am, August 24th-December 17th at the JCCC in Lawrence location, Lawrence Centennial School 2145 Louisiana Street. JCCC students use the south or west entrance.

    More about the certificate:

    Some 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. Practicum activities will integrate with other courses in this market farming certificate program. 7 hrs. practicum/wk.

    Course number for this class is: 83217, course meeting times: Tuesdays 1:00pm-3:50pm August 24th –December 17th.

    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 at


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