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January 2010 Blog Posts (64)

The Guardener

For those of you who want to be prepared to protect your hard work. We have a local guy (Matt Canovi), that offers first class training at an affordable price. Check out his website at http://www.mattcanovi.com/ or stop by Anderson Gun Repair on W. College just west of Kansas Expy Tues - Thurs., and ask for the book and video training series from Matt. You will be impressed with the detail of information and how easy Matt makes it for the average person… Continue

Added by Joseph's Page on January 31, 2010 at 8:32pm — 1 Comment

Thank You Well Fed Neighbor...

...for opening my eyes!



The Missouri Restoration Tour Saturday night at the Gillioz Theater inspired me to do some online research. I was amazed at the following statistics and it underscores how disparate our food situation really is.



"in 1900, 41% of the American workforce was employed in agriculture, vs. less than 2% today:"




http://www.ers.usda.gov/publications/eib3/eib3.htm



If… Continue

Added by Joe Janowski on January 31, 2010 at 7:30pm — 3 Comments

Solidarity Economy and Commons ning

This interregional and international network started on the subject of Solidarity Economy and Commons...



http://solcomint.ning.com/



Solidarity Economy aims at a restructuring of our mode of production and our lifestyles. Solidarity Economy satisfies concrete needs of human life by fostering societal self-realisation. It delegitimizes the motive of profit production, being able even to transcend the coercion of "covering costs". It's… Continue

Added by Sarah Stern on January 31, 2010 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Create an Inspired Kitchen Garden Program Yesterday

Much to my surprise, as well as the library's, the turn out for the program was far better than expected at the Midtown Library yesterday. There were over 50 who made it despite the slippery, slushy streets. The group was diverse and there were several WFN members in attendance, it was a pleasure to meet you after the program and later at the WFN Restoration Tour.



Everyone seemed to be interested in the topic and there were plenty of great questions. One of them being: "Do white… Continue

Added by Master Gardeners ofGreene County on January 31, 2010 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

The Positive Power of Bacteria

I am networked with hand papermakers all over the world through various organizations and groups... This a.m., one of those papermakers who is more technical and scientific in his approach to what is happening when we do what we do with plant fibres to break them down and re-create them as paper, sent some very interesting current events that can be applied to gardening. (One of the ways we break down plant fibres to get to the pure cellulose of the plant uses a bacterial process such as… Continue

Added by Shirah Miriam "Mimi" Aumann on January 31, 2010 at 11:12am — No Comments

Greene County Extension "Reaching Out Report" available online now, January 2010

Greene County Extension "Reaching Out Report" available online now, January 2010

Posted 1/29/20 Friends of the Garden blog www.friendsofthegarden.org



A Note from George: The Greene County Extension Service provides so much for the community, it develops and sustains the Master Gardener Program, as well as provides an enormous number of services for 4-H, Head Start, the Missouri Career Center, first time home… Continue

Added by George Deatz on January 29, 2010 at 8:32am — No Comments

Friday meeting still on

Well, the snow is not so deep here in Springfield, maybe an inch. The regular Friday 10 am meeting at Hummerts is still happening. Come if you can make it. We have lots to talk about, and the Restoration Tour is tomorrow! Drive careful.

Added by Galen Chadwick on January 29, 2010 at 8:32am — No Comments

Direct Stimulus Money to Local Food Production

One Million Gardens founder, Zev Paiss, has started a petition at Change.org to direct some stimulus money in to local economies to support urban farms and gardens.



"Instead of sending tens of billions of dollars to the ailing car companies and hundreds of billions to the financial system, we must direct our federal government to invest at least 5 billion dollars to set up tens of thousands of urban farms and gardens so we can be assured to have a year-round source of healthy… Continue

Added by Julie Frost on January 28, 2010 at 11:15pm — No Comments

The Living Building Challenge - also includes producing food

You think LEED Platinum certification is hard to achieve? The Living Building Challenge is sustainable design’s new cutting edge......



I posted this on the FOG website (http://friendsofthegarden.org/pblog/index.php) from the newsletter of the American Society of Landscape Architects and thought some of you might be interested as the new standards are going to include the production of food...



Metropolis magazine… Continue

Added by Shirah Miriam "Mimi" Aumann on January 27, 2010 at 2:35pm — 1 Comment

Botanical Center Building Construction Continues - Pouring Concrete in the Cold - Update 1/26/10

Botanical Center Building Construction Progress - Update 1-26-10

Information and video provided by David Burton, MU Extension



Botanical Center Building Construction Continues - Pouring Concrete in the Cold - Update 1/26/10



The specific link for this week’s video construction progress update produced 1/26/10 is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mr_f7vx7uaI



After the current week,… Continue

Added by George Deatz on January 26, 2010 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

WFNA TO INTRODUCE THE MISSOURI RESTORATION TOUR

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http://jackehammer.blogspot.com/2010/01/well-fed-neighbor-alliance-to-introduce.html

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Added by Jackie Melton on January 26, 2010 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Grow Native? Learn More - Missouri Native Plant Society

Grow Native? Learn More - Missouri Native Plant Society

Also posted by George to the blog www.friendsofthegarden.org



Are you interested in growing or learning more about native plants?

The Society is looking at reconvening a local chapter of the Missouri Native Plant Society.



Contact: Larry Wegmann

email: lwegmann@sbcglobal.net

Send your name, address, and phone number if you would like to be… Continue

Added by George Deatz on January 25, 2010 at 7:30pm — 2 Comments

Well-Fed Neighbor - About Last Friday's Meeting...

The Missouri Restoration Tour to Debut at the Gilloiz January 30



Hello fellow Well-Fed Neighbor (WFN) members!



I was able to attend last Friday's WFN meeting in the Hummert Conference room, where the coffee was wonderful and the conversations were inspirational. If you are able to attend a Friday meeting some time, they run from 10 a.m. - approximately 12 p.m. every Friday morning (unless notified otherwise).



Fourteen members were present. They were:… Continue

Added by Jackie Melton on January 25, 2010 at 5:42pm — 3 Comments

City of Springfield is Seeking Volunteers for Planning Groups

Volunteers sought for planning groups

Citizens who want to serve on one of the work groups for the City of Springfield’s long-range strategic planning process are invited to submit an application expressing their interest.



Applications will be accepted through 5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 5, 2010. The application form is available at: www.springfieldmo.gov/planninggroups



Citizens without computer access can call… Continue

Added by Teri Leigh Baird on January 25, 2010 at 1:45pm — 1 Comment

United Natural Foods Grass-fed beef source

below is a comment from a member of Kit Pharo's discussion group in response to the Bill Helming report dated May 4, 2009. Like me, some of you may purchase products from United Natural Foods and may be interested in reading this bit. Of course, we don't purchase meat products from UNF (since we raise and sell our own grass-fed beef and lamb), but it did raise an awareness for me to research where the products i do purchase from them come from. tauna





"A few years ago a company… Continue

Added by Tauna M Powell on January 25, 2010 at 1:07pm — No Comments

Storage Space Needed

Well Fed Neighbor has a need for some short term storage space. Would anyone have a building or space(approx. 12X20) we could store some supplies in starting immediately. Items have been made available to WFNA that we need to pick up and store by Jan. 27th (this Wednesday). If we can't find a spot we will miss out. We could also use a box truck to move these items to a secure location. Please reply to this site or call Mark Hay at 417-849-7941.

Added by MARK HAY on January 25, 2010 at 12:23pm — 1 Comment

Back In The Saddle and Catching Up

OK, folks, I am relatively recovered from my recent bout of illness and am starting to try to figure out all the things I need to catch up on. I am concentrating, more or less, on four things right at the moment.



County Restoration Handbook



First of all, I am trying to catch up on the County Restoration handbook (Wiki Site). I have gotten my wife, Cathi, started with it so that she can add some of her unique data sources and information, help me with the writing,… Continue

Added by Eric Vought on January 25, 2010 at 2:43am — 3 Comments

Please answer this question. What are your top 5 reasons for joining with WFNA?

We would like to know your top 5 reasons for joining Well Fed Neighbor Alliance. If you don't have 5 share what you have.

Also, What 5 benefits do you see WFNA providing the community as a whole?

Well Fed Neighbor Alliance means different things to different people. This survey is in response to a question asked by a community leader on one of our visits. He knows my response, I want to share yours. Your reasons may help others see why they would wish to join. Please take a minute and… Continue

Added by MARK HAY on January 22, 2010 at 10:30pm — 9 Comments

New Farmers Coalition and Conservancy/Free Online Course Strategic Farm/Ranch Planning and Marketing

These items were sent to me, and I felt there might be interest here on WFN:



A newly upgraded Farmers' Market Coalition (FMC) website made its online debut in December, strengthening the Coalition's power to serve as a national hub for the exchange of farmers' market best practices. Of particular note, the new design of the Farmers' Market Resource Library http://farmersmarketcoalition.org/resources/ includes a robust… Continue

Added by Shirah Miriam "Mimi" Aumann on January 22, 2010 at 5:05pm — 1 Comment

"Food Power Adventure" Coming to Elementary Schools in Christian, Greene and Dade Counties During February

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI EXTENSION



SOUTHWEST REGION NEWS SERVICE



Contact: Brenda Shannon, Food Power coordinator



Headquartered in Greene County



Tel: (417) 866-3039



E-mail: shannonbe@missouri.edu







“Food Power Adventure” Coming to Elementary Schools in Christian, Greene and Dade Counties During February







“Food Power Adventure” – a popular traveling nutrition exhibit provided by University of Missouri… Continue

Added by Shirah Miriam "Mimi" Aumann on January 22, 2010 at 4:40pm — 2 Comments

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