Friday, May 25, 2012

May 25, 2012
Below you will find more information about the following:
May 31: Film showing -- "Fresh"
June 2: 4th Annual Lawrence Food Garden Tour 
New Dates: June 2-10: 9-Day Permaculture Design Certificate
June 12: Kaw Valley Herbs Study Group meeting
And learn about JCCC’s Sustainable Ag Entrepreneurship Certificate
And an internship opportunity to work with heirloom seeds
THURSDAYS: Two Options
4-6PM Emprise Bank parking lot: 1121 Wakarusa Drive

Community Announcements
 Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 7pm
Liberty Hall. 644 Mass St. Lawrence, KS. $5. 


FRESH celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet. (Yes folks it's a film about food solutions!)

We're pleased to announce Lawrence Sustainability Director Eileen Horn will be speaking briefly before the screening to share information on the ways the city of Lawrence and Douglas County are working to create opportunities for the community to have a local, healthy, and sustainable food system accessible to everyone.

The event is also being sponsored by The Community Mercantile and co-organized by the Lawrence Food Garden Tour.


The fourth annual Lawrence Food Garden Tour is scheduled for Saturday, June 2nd. This self-guided, community-wide tour of personal, community, and small-scale commercial food gardens demonstrates the food-producing possibilities within the Lawrence city limits. (Rain date scheduled for June 3rd, 2012)

Twenty-one  gardens are included on the 2012 tour. They will be open to the public in the morning from 9 a.m. to noon and in the evening from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The tour showcases the diversity of food production inside the city limits. Gardens include produce, herbs, perennials, fruit trees, berries, native plants, medicinal plants, raised beds, permaculture, companion planting, water harvesting, chicken-keeping, hydroponic gardening and much more. Gardeners will be on site to give tours and share garden knowledge and inspiration.

Tour brochures with maps are available at garden stores and local food venues. For more information on the tour: or
Special Attention! New Dates and Discounts (for Students and Camping).
Kansas City Area; Saturday June 2nd- Sunday June 10th.
The Kansas Permaculture Institute will offer a nine-day PDC intensive course at the lovely Chihowa Retreat Center northwest of Lawrence, KS.  This is a rare opportunity to learn from three instructors well-versed in North American temperate permaculture of the Great Plains Bioregion - Steve Moring of Kaw Permaculture and Wayne Weiseman of The Permaculture Project.
This intensive course promises to be a personally transformative and community building experience.  Among the topics central to permaculture design, participants will learn how to apply principles of ecological design to both the urban and broad-acre settings.  The course will include classroom instruction, hands-on exercises, group discussion and teamwork, and field trips to six local urban garden and farm sites.  Students who complete this course will be awarded a Permaculture Design Certificate from the Kansas Permaculture Institute, a project of the not-for-profit Sustainability Action Network.
The keystone of the permaculture movement is education in the ethics and principles of ecological design.  The PDC course is the foundation for a regenerative design of our human environments, agriculture and communities.  To this end, Bill Mollison, co-founder with David Holmgren of the Permaculture Movement, established the content and curriculum of a 72-hour Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course.  Since the mid 1980s, these courses have been taught in thousands of communities worldwide.
For detailed information on course content, fees and registration materials, go to our website:
For more information, contact Steve Moring at 785-691-7305, or Michael Almon at 785-832-1300.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012, 7:00 p.m.
Kaw Valley Herbs Study Group
Unitarian Fellowship • 1263 N. 1100 Rd. • Lawrence, KS

The Kaw Valley Herbs Study Group meets monthly to learn about herbs. We explore all aspects of an herb: growing & harvesting, historical lore, culinary virtues, medicinal merits, and aromatherapy, household, and cosmetic applications. Our gatherings are fun and educational, and jam-packed with useful information, including relevant demonstrations. 

Our March focus herbs are LAVENDER and MULLEIN, and you never know what you'll learn during our popular Share, Show, and Tell segment.

Everyone with an interest in herbs is welcome. 

There is a $2 charge to cover costs (this is a non-profit group; no charge for students).  No pets.  No children under 10.

Information & Monthly Newsletter:


 JCCC’s Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneurship Certificate 
or Residential Energy Auditor—start this fall in Lawrence!
Course information for fall 2012
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: 82424
This course taught by Stu Shafer is designed to introduce students to Market Farming.  In this third year of the Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneurship Certificate
Dates/times: Thursdays 9am-11:50am, August 23rd-December 18th at the JCCC in Lawrence location, Lawrence Centennial School 2145 Louisiana Street.
More about the certificate:
Some of the classroom courses for the certificate are offered in Lawrence and some on the JCCC main campus (the K-10 Connector bus leaves from the 19th and Haskell parking lot frequently).
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.  The course meets Tuesdays from 1:00pm-2:50pm.  
Course number for this class is: 82480.

If you have questions about the Farm to Market Farming class or the summer 2012 practicum, 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
 Also, the introduction class to the relatively new Residential Energy Auditor (EPRM 120) program will be offered this fall in Lawrence Thursday evenings from 5:30-8:20 starting Sept 13th and ending December 13th.
The course number for this class is 84391.
 If you would like general JCCC information you can always call 913.469.3803 or find additional courses and the admission application at
Tuition for JCCC  is $99.00 per credit hour for Kansas residents who live outside Johnson County. Full information about tuition can be found on the JCCC website.


Native Seeds/SEARCH is a non-profit conservation organization based in Tucson, Arizona. Since 1983 we have been a major regional seed bank and a leader in the heirloom seed movement. This summer we will be recruiting four temporary interns to help with conservation work at the Native Seeds/SEARCH Conservation Farm in Patagonia, Arizona. Room and board is provided for 3 month internships.  Shorter internships may also be accommodated.  Activities this year include the regeneration (growing, documentation and seed-saving) of a diverse assortment of over 100 at-risk crop varieties, as well as the growout of numerous other varieties for seed distribution or research. This is a fantastic opportunity to become intimately involved with the preservation of the Southwest's rich agricultural heritage, learn farming and seed-saving techniques, and live in a place of stunning natural beauty.  More information about our internship program can be found here:

If you are interested in applying, or want more information, please email a resume and a short letter of interest to Evan Sofro:


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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