Monday, March 26, 2012

Lawrence Sustainability Network, 26 March 2012


Below you will find more information about the following:

TODAY!  March 26: Deadline for Earth Day Parade & Celebration Registration
March 29: Foodscapes--Urban Agriculture, Sustainable Design, and Community Health
April 7: Rain Barrel Workshop!
April 14: 12th Annual Lawrence Earth Day Parade & Celebration
April 15: Deadline to sign up to be on the Lawrence Food Garden Tour
May 4-6: KAW Council--Prairie Roots: Growing a Sustainable Future
May 12: City of Lawrence Electronic Recycling Event
May 19: 5th Annual Citywide Seed, Bulb, and Plant Exchange

Grow OP corn varieties for Mother Earth News



Community Announcements
Thursdays at Cottin’s Hardware: 4-6pm
Farmers’ Market: Greens grown by local Market Gardeners and other delights


Monday, March 26
Earth Day Parade & Celebration Registration Deadline
The 2012 Lawrence Earth Day Parade and Celebration will be held on Saturday, April 14th.  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.

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, March 26th!

KU Environs will be organizing the Parade again this year.  If you are interested in participating in the Earth Day Parade, 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 Parade, please contact KU Environs at  The Parade registration deadline is Monday, March 26th!

For further information, please contact the City’s Waste Reduction and Recycling Division at 832-3030 or visit  
Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 7:30pm
Foodscapes: Urban Agriculture, Sustainable Design & Community Health
Dole Institute of Politics, 2350 Petefish Drive, Lawrence

Foodscapes is an interdisciplinary program where urban agriculture meets sustainable design and city planning to help better feed communities and improve health, community involvement and job opportunities, while working toward an environmentally progressive way to exist and renew urban living. Expert panelists will explore the interconnectivity of this growing movement, as well as identify challenges and successful models.   Included on our Guest Panel will be Daniel Dermitzel of Cultivate KC, Bob Berkebile of BNIM Architecture, Planning and Design, and Steve Roling of the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City.

Co-sponsored by: KU Chapters of American Institute of Architecture Students and the American Society of Civil Engineers; Bachelor of Social Work Student Group, Architectural Engineering Institute, Kansas Public Radio, the KU Center for Sustainability, The Merc, KU Environs.


Saturday, April 7, 2012, 10am-noon
Rain Barrel Workshop
Douglas County Fairgrounds, Buildings 1&2
Cost: see below

The Sunflower State Professionals are collaborating with Douglas County K-State Research and Extension, the Douglas County Conservation District, and the Douglas County Kansas Master Gardeners to host a rain barrel workshop.  This workshop will teach you how to construct your own rain barrel, as well as how to connect barrels in series to increase the amount of rain your system can collect.

Cost: $35 for your first barrel; additional $25 if you want to add a second barrel
RSVP:  There are only 40 spots available, so please call (785) 843-7058 to register. First come, first serve.

A portion of the proceeds from this workshop will go to help the Sunflower State Professionals, a local chapter of Engineers Without Borders USA.  EWB-USA is a nonprofit humanitarian organization established to support community-driven development programs worldwide through partnerships that design and implement sustainable engineering projects.   The Sunflower State Professionals have just begun a project in Matasano, Guatemala to improve access to clean water.  We hope to use this rain barrel workshop to help develop similar technologies for the Matasano community in Guatemala, where water collected from roof tops can be used to irrigate community gardens.


Saturday, April 14
12th Annual Lawrence Earth Day Parade and Celebration
The 12th Annual Earth Day Celebration in South Park, hosted by the City’s Waste Reduction and Recycling Division, will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 14.  The day starts with a parade, hosted by KU Environs, at 11:00 a.m. on Massachusetts Street from Seventh Street to South Park. All activities are free and open to the public.

Come to South Park and visit the Recycle Cycle made from reclaimed materials and learn about recycling.  Eat lunch at one of our locally-owned mobile food vendors and add your plates, napkins, and food scraps to the composting bins.  There will be live music and children’s activities.  Attendees can also learn from exhibits about waste reduction, recycling, composting, energy conservation, land preservation, wildlife and habitat preservation, and more. 

The Earth Day Celebration will feature: April Showers to Water Towers: A Water Festival for Douglas County hosted by the City’s Stormwater Division, Garden and tree ID tours hosted by the City’s Parks and Recreation Department and Alternative fuel fleet vehicles on display.

The Lawrence Transit System will offer free rides on the T all day Saturday, April 14, providing the experience and benefits of public transportation on all fixed routes.

For further information, please contact the City’s Waste Reduction and Recycling Division at 832-3030 or visit


Deadline April 15, 2012
Lawrence Food Garden Tour is Looking for Gardens
For this year’s free tour June 2.

The fourth annual Lawrence Food Garden Tour is looking for gardens to be on this year’s tour.  We need personal gardens, community gardens, school gardens and commercial gardens.  We especially are looking for small space gardens and gardens that show innovative/unusual designs.  Do you have a garden and like to talk to people about gardening?  Want to share your enthusiasm for delicious, home grown food?  You could be on the tour! 

To qualify you must 1.)Have been gardening where you are for at least a year (does not apply to community gardens), 2.)Be willing to talk to people about your garden during the tour 3.)Be in the Lawrence city limits.  The tour is scheduled for June 2 with two time slots (9AM-noon and 5-8PM).  Most gardens are open during both time slots, but exceptions can be made if needed.  If you want to share your garden or you know someone who would – send an email to Caryl Hale at before April 15th.  There is a limited number of tour stops and gardens will be added on a first-come, first-added basis.

Also, if you would like to help organize or do some of the prep work for the tour, please email Caryl Hale who looks forward to working with you all this year!

Caryl Hale


Friday-Sunday, May 4-6, 2012
Prairie Roots: Growing a Sustainable Future

"Over the years, the Spring Kaw is one of those events where you leave feeling recharged; where you leave looking at things in new ways or remembering things that you forgot that you knew."
--Ken Lassman, author of Seasons & Cycles and Wild Douglas County.

KAW Council Invites Attendees for Educational Weekend Campout:
Prairie Roots: Growing a Sustainable Future
Spend a weekend exploring native prairies and woodlands, camping with family, learning about the area’s bioregion and watershed with the Kansas Area Watershed (KAW) Council. The event will be held at the YMCA Camp Hammond, located between Lawrence and Topeka, Kan., May 4 through 6, with options for cabin rental or tent camping.

The event will offer presentations in both out- and indoor settings, including: an edible and medicinal prairie plant walk, a workshop on grafting fruit trees, a discussion on how to better understand bees and other area pollinators, and a star walk. There will be additional space for a seed-start swap, a beach and lake with canoes available for use, and campfires with singing and storytelling.

Featured presenters Stephanie Mills, bioregional author and activist, and Gene and Joyce Marshall, bioregional founders and organizers, will tie together the weekend’s learning and community-building. There will also be two keynote presentations, Prairie Roots: A Bioregional Homecoming and How Bioregionalism Changed Our Lives.

Registration is $40 to $45 per adult, and $20 to $25 per child, with a special family rate. This price includes camping space for two nights and six meals. Attendees are encouraged to bring groceries to share and to assist in food preparation/cleanup as part of the event’s goal of fostering community and keeping costs low.

To register to attend, read a full schedule and learn more about the history of the Spring Kaw, visit

Interested groups and local organizations can become a co-sponsor of the Spring Kaw 30. There will be space set aside for all co-sponsors to share their work with the event’s attendees. Find out more information at Current co-sponsors of the event include the Lawrence Sustainability Network, the Kaw Valley Seed Project, Kansas Natural Resource Council, the Light Center, Sustainability Action Network and Permaculture Collaborative, Grassland Heritage Foundation, Kansas Rural Center, Kansas Academy of Science, Kaw Valley Herbs Studies Group, Critter Craters, the Blissful Bite, Seeds From Italy, Lawrence Fruit Tree Project, Planet Drum, Ozark Area Community Congress and Kansas Land Trust.

The Kansas Area Watershed Council is the second oldest bioregional organization in the U.S., founded in 1982. The KAW is a group formed to foster greater community among those concerned about the ecological health of the prairie region and its inhabitants, and is committed to growing the kind of community that can keep unfolding and growing through many generations. Every spring since its inception, the council has held the KAW Spring gathering, now in its 30th year.

Saturday, May 12, 9am-1pm
City of Lawrence Electronic Recycling Event
Free State High School, north parking lot, 4700 Overland Drive

The city will host an electronic recycling event at the north parking lot of Free State High School on May 12.  Items accepted for recycling include Computers, Monitors, Printers, Copiers, Scanners, Fax Machines, Televisions, Video and Audio Equipment, Household Batteries, Microwaves and other Small Appliances, Cell Phones and other Hand Held Devices.
Items NOT accepted: Large Appliances (refrigerators, AC units, dehumidifiers) and Household Hazardous Waste (fluorescent light bulbs, compressed gas cylinders, etc.).  
There is a $10 recycling fee per computer monitor and a $15 recycling fee per television.  There is no recycling fee for other electronic equipment.  
For further information, please contact the City’s Waste Reduction and Recycling Division at 832-3030 or visit
May 19, 2012, 9am-noon
5th Annual Citywide Seed, Plan, and Bulb Exchange
The Discovery Center, 4750 Troost, KCMO

Free event open to all area gardeners.  Bring all items properly labeled and everyone just goes shopping for FREE!  Please no invasives or weedy type items.  It is Native Prairie Plant Day at the Center so they will be giving out seedling as well.  Questions: Dayna 816-356-9892



Dear Mother Earth News subscribers living near Topeka,

As you probably know, the editorial offices of Mother Earth News are located in Topeka. We are writing to ask if you would help us with a research project this year. We need some folks to grow small blocks of sweet corn, harvest it, and then ship it to locations we'll specify. Each block should be at least 5-by-5-foot, and we'll provide the seeds and details on how to harvest the corn (at just the right point, when it's ready to eat).

These will be unusual varieties: red or blue in color and open-pollinated (OP). We will be organizing tasting sessions and running tests on each variety. We hope to confirm that colored, OP sweet corns are more nutritious than modern hybrids, which are often high in sugar but short on true corn flavor.

If you garden or farm organically and would like to volunteer to grow one or more blocks of these sweet corn varieties, please reply "yes" to this email and include your mailing address. We will be in touch with you when we have more details to share.

Cheryl Long, Editor in Chief
Mother Earth News
1503 SW 42nd St.
Topeka, KS 66609

P.S. We are not offering payment for this help, but we'll cover all related costs (such as for seeds and shipping).


Oread Friends Meeting is sponsoring the fifth annual Read-Out, Sing-Out, Speak-Out, Act-Out, Dance-Out for Earthcare with EARTH DAY. We begin at 9:00 AM, Saturday, April 14 in South Park and continue until 4:00 PM. (we’ll take an hour out between 11:00AM and noon for the Earth Day Parade). We invite anyone—old and young, alone or in groups—to read, sing, speak, act, dance, make music, or perform in any way to sign up for a 10-minute participation in this marathon event to protect and to celebrate our relationship with the Earth.

Please send your information to Beth Schultz (>) as soon as possible. Thank you!


NAME: ______________________________ PHONE (Land or Cell): ___________


Your Probable Activity (reading, speaking, singing, acting, making music, or performing in any other way). Indicate approximately how many people will be involved:


Your Preferred Times between 9:00AM and 4:00PM (give three preferred hours and AM or PM). If your event must be longer than 10 minutes, indicate how long it will be, and we will try to compensate. Looking forward to seeing you!

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    Lawrencians are growing into the joys and practicalities of urban farming and gardening.  As Lawrence urban farming and gardening become ever more popular, so too are home orchards.  Trees, berries, and herbs require watering, weeding, and pruning; but they are less resource and labor intensive than most annual crops.  That, coupled with their perennial nature, makes them ideal for providing the multiple functions of producing food and as plants for landscaping, wind breaks, shade, and living fences. You can now help Lawrence Fruit Tree Project (LFTP) take steps to create a beautiful park setting featuring productive and useful perennial plants.
    Lawrence Community Orchard is a project of the LFTP.  It is made possible by the City of Lawrence Common Ground Program.   The Common Ground Program was launched this year with the intent of leasing city land to individuals or groups for the creation of community gardens and market farms.  The LFTP will lease the site at the eastern end of Garfield St. bordering the Burroughs Creek Rail Trail in the East Lawrence Neighborhood.  The site will evolve over the next several years into an ecological orchard with a park-like atmosphere.  The site will produce nutritious foods and serve as a perennial food gardening demonstration and educational space for the greater community.
              How You Can Help
     We are forming a volunteer team to accomplish the ongoing tasks of creating and maintaining this public orchard. In March, we will begin preparing planting holes, and later planting trees on the site. We will need trees planted, wood chip mulch delivered, help making signs, etc.  Summer care includes mowing and watering.  If you are interested in having an important role in Lawrence Community Orchard send us an email telling us how you would like to help. If you are interested in coming to our work days, they will be announced through email.
We will have a volunteer team meeting in early March. We’ll announce the date soon.
We are accepting monetary and material donations to help make public fruit a reality.  If you are interested in donating please contact us at the following address:
 Here are some materials that we are looking for:
- millable-sized (10-20” diameter, 6’+ long) osage orange logs for construction of park benches and a kiosk
- t-posts (sturdy metal stakes)
- large quantities of wood mulch
- push lawn mower or a volunteer to mow throughout the season
- hoses
- garden shovels, hard rakes, bypass pruners
- a donation of $25 would buy a fruit or nut tree that will, throughout it’s lifetime, give back many times over
Thank you!

Rachel Register hopes to found a local chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America. The IWLA is a national non-profit service organization concerned with conserving natural resources and educating local communities. It currently has no presence in Kansas. (For more information on IWLA and its mission statement, visit .) If you are interested in helping organize a Kansas chapter of the IWLA, please contact Rachel Register at
Vajra Farm, LLC and Kaw PermacultureTM are requesting apprenticeship applications for the Spring and Summer of 2011.
Vajra Farm is a 45 acre botanical sanctuary and permaculture training site located 17 minutes north of Lawrence, KS. We have been providing apprenticeship opportunities since 2000.
We are seeking individuals who are looking for hands-on experience in broad-acre permaculture, including focus on no-till polyculture vegetable production, creation of plant guilds, forest gardens, viticulture and cultivation of medicinal herbs.  Applicants should have a basic knowledge of permaculture principles and want to expand their knowledge and skill levels.  Kaw PermacultureTM, the educational arm of Vajra Farm LLC, offers classroom training toward a Permaculture Design Certification (PDC) through the Kansas Permaculture Institute.  On-site apprenticeship training can be used toward fulfilling requirements for this certification.
Projects planned for this season include the following:
- planning, planting and maintenance of our raised bed, no-till organic gardens
- planting and maintenance of our food forests
- building trellises for our vineyards
- grape vine and fruit tree pruning
- assembling and erecting our greenhouse.
- completion of an herb spiral garden
- building a greywater lagoon
The apprenticeship is a work-training agreement with a 3 and 6 months commitment of 6 – 10 hours a week. Training will be provided by Steve Moring, and other KPI PDC graduates. Steve is certified Permaculture Design Teacher and Consultant. For more information see World Wide Permaculture Network.
For an apprenticeship flier, application and PDC course offering announcement, please contact Steve Moring,  Director
Kansas Permaculture Institute

Welcoming new community members to share living space at The Light Center retreat center on 35 acres near Baldwin City, KS.  Seeking people with interest and knowledge of organic growing of plants,animals and community. Three bedrooms in the old farmhouse available immediately.  $350/room or $1050 for whole house (inclusive of utilities) Contact us for more info or to see the space: 785 255 4583 or
The Light Center functions under the umbrella of the Worldwide Unity Ministries and welcomes diversity.


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, promote peaceful conflict resolution, and reorient our aims from growth to stability and justice. It means living within our means today and protecting the interests of future generations. LSN supports the efforts of individuals and organizations that work toward these goals.

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