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February 2010 Blog Posts (61)

Jericho's Back

...Well, sorta. He's broadcasting live on the net. More...


Added by Jackie Melton on February 28, 2010 at 11:20pm — No Comments

Spfld/Greene County Commission Weekly Calendar Online

The usual combined Springfield City Government and Greene County Commission calendar for March 1 - March 5 is posted at JackeHammer now. I hope it's helpful to someone.


Added by Jackie Melton on February 28, 2010 at 11:17pm — No Comments

Nature Will Find A Way...

I'm reminded of this daily. This is yet another reason i work to re-localize our food supply. Cows were not meant to be raised with thousands of other cows, in cramped, unsanitary conditions on feed lots. Cows were not meant to eat grain and ground up cow parts ( resulted in mad cow). When you force the unnatural, nature reacts. It reacts by creating a disease..... Mad cow , etc..... Just ask Russ Kremer from the movie fresh. He nearly died from being gored by an infected hog when he followed… Continue

Added by Ruell Chappell on February 28, 2010 at 4:44am — 2 Comments

Lack of time/money for much involvement

Here is something I have been thinking about for quite a while, maybe somebody can give me some words of wisdom here. Wanting to create a healthier lifestyle for ourselves, and actually doing it, can sometimes seem worlds apart. Where do I find the time? How do I do so on my budget?

I work seven days a week most of the time. I don't have a career, I am not college educated. I'm just a middle-aged woman with a low-paying job trying to get through life and working a part time job to… Continue

Added by Annora Nin on February 27, 2010 at 11:53pm — 2 Comments

How I Answered Springfield's Online "Listening Tour" Survey:

What do you value most about the Springfield area?
Answer: The people
What would you most like to change about the Springfield area?
Answer: Springfield is a wonderful City with much promise. I would like to see more pride in the assets…

Added by Jackie Melton on February 27, 2010 at 12:54pm — No Comments

Action Alert: Springfield's Online "Listening Tour" Survey: Your Last Chance!?

Okay, I have to fight through the frustration I am facing since this is the second time I have written this post. The first time I accidently closed it when I was trying to maximize it...but, 'nuff said about that. That's not really important.

What IS important is that tomorrow the City of Springfield's online "Listening Tour" survey ends. If you are a procrastinator (or prioritizer) like I am, you might have been putting this off until it moves to the…


Added by Jackie Melton on February 27, 2010 at 12:21pm — 2 Comments


News release

Thursday, Feb 25, 2010

Information submitted by Jeanne Duffey



The rare Amorphophallus titanum—commonly known as the Corpse Plant for its horrible stench when blooming—will be on display beginning Sunday, February 28, at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park. The 35-pound tropical tuber, brought to Springfield by Friends of the…


Added by George Deatz on February 26, 2010 at 7:56am — No Comments


I am now offering soapnuts at the Circles of Healing Center 3660 S. Scenic. These are naturally grown berries that have been used for hundreds of years to wash clothes. You simply place the natural muslin bag holding 5 of the soapnut into your washer instead of laundry detergent. I admit that I was skeptical at first but I had a white sweater that I had acidently spilled some beet juice on and thought that the sweater was ruined but to my surprise, the beet juice came out using… Continue

Added by Rosemary Marmouget on February 25, 2010 at 8:30pm — 4 Comments

Showing Food, Inc results

I hosted a showing of the movie Food, Inc at the local bookstore in Brookfield, MO today. Expecting maybe 2 people to show up, i was astonished when the room burst to the seams with 14 people in attendance! Wow, for north central Missouri, that is an incredible show of interest.

So, i want to encourage everyone to keep getting out the message of clean, local, home-raised, neighbours-helping-neighbours kind of food despite, what seems at times, a wall of apathy amongst…


Added by Tauna M Powell on February 24, 2010 at 8:04pm — 2 Comments

Have you seen the Our Kitchen Garden Newsletter?

A member post I replied to reminded me I might want to post this in case someone is interested particularly in the last two issues.

Have you seen the Our Kitchen Garden Newsletter? The newsletter goes with the Vegetable Demonstration Garden at the MG Garden at Nathanael Greene Park.

This month's issue includes the titles, descriptions, web links, and ISBN numbers for 24 food/garden related documentaries. Last month's issue is all about veg related periodicals and gardening… Continue

Added by Master Gardeners ofGreene County on February 23, 2010 at 10:22am — No Comments

Movie arsenal

I know this is more of a disscusion forum thing, but I wanted more people to be able to see my post,

I would like help compiling an arsenal of movies, so far I have:

Food Inc.

The world according to Monsanto

King Corn

The end of suburbia

Big River

I'm working on an idea........to send movies to those who would use them to have a movie showing in their area. I imagine I will need to contact the makers of the movies to see if I can legally do this. I… Continue

Added by Melissa Campbell on February 22, 2010 at 9:37pm — 10 Comments

This Week's Combined City and County Calendar and an Important Note

The Springfield City Government and Greene County Commission combined weekly meeting calendar is available at JackeHammer now. Check it out and see if there are any meetings you might find interesting or public hearings where you might add your VALUABLE voice to the discussion.

On another note: I had the good pleasure of asking the WFNA's General…


Added by Jackie Melton on February 22, 2010 at 1:37pm — 1 Comment

Well Fed Neighbor highway adoption anyone?

While riding with Maile to her families farm by Willard we noticed how the snow melt has uncovered lots of litter north of I-44 on Highway 13. I always wanted to adopt a highway and pick up the trash. I think the Well Fed Neighbor name would look good on a sign on that stretch of highway. Today I called MoDot and they told me that the woman that sets that up is out of the office for the week and will call me next Monday. Anyone who has interest or otherwise should let me know.

Added by Renita Hays on February 22, 2010 at 12:07pm — 4 Comments

Thanks to Hummert/Springfield Seed and Lawn and Garden Show Report

Thanks to Hummert/Springfield Seed for allowing us to be a part of the Lawn and Garden Show. Without their help we wouldn't of been there. Show Darrell and his crew your appreciation by supporting them with your business and referrals. They are a great bunch of folks. We talked with 1000's of people this weekend at the show. We were encouraged by many to keep up the good fight. We saw a lot of 1st time gardeners and many who are getting back in to raising their own food, as well as seasoned… Continue

Added by MARK HAY on February 22, 2010 at 11:39am — 4 Comments

photo/video montage of WFN exhibit at The Home and Garden Show

Just posted a photo/video montage of our exhibit at The Home and Garden Show, which features highlights of the event.

Added by Dale Wayne Jackson on February 22, 2010 at 2:14am — No Comments

Hoop House Insulation

Hey Bill, good to see you again at the Garden show.
During the class they also mentioned about having a double layer of plastic over your hoop house with a fan blowing air between the layers for insulation. Having a little background in thermal dynamics, it is a dead air space that gives optimal insulation not a moving air space, especially if that air is coming from outside the hoop house. To me that would defeat the purpose of the second layer with cold air blowing between the two. Any…

Added by Joseph's Page on February 21, 2010 at 10:48pm — 2 Comments

How Long Till My Seeds Germinate!



In general, it is better to sow your seeds a little late rather than too early. If the soil temperature is not warm enough for the variety of seed you are sowing, the seed will often rot in the ground before it has a chance to germinate. This is especially true with seeds that have not been treated with a chemical fungicide. ( We do not…


Added by Garden Goddess on February 20, 2010 at 5:20pm — No Comments

Cold Frame and Hoop House Class

Well last night was the Cold Frame/Hoop House class at Rutlage Farm. The class went well. It was really a beginner class but for me, it was a good education. The instructor - a Master Gardner did a great job in walking us through the hows and whys of building of cold frames and hoop houses. While I knew some of the basics, I did learn some interesting things that some people may not realize about cold frames.

1. While you may prevent your new startup plants from freezing, you may…

Added by Joseph's Page on February 19, 2010 at 10:25pm — 2 Comments

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