Archive for March, 2010


Thursday, March 25th, 2010

We moved a piano into the future KPEC on Monday evening.  It came from about 10 miles past Newark, and I certainly understand how heavy a piano is now.  There were five of us lifting, and we couldn’t have done it without all five of us.

It’s out of tune, but not too badly considering how long its been since its last tuning, and three of the keys aren’t striking the string.  If you know of anyone who can tune a piano and fix the three notes, we know someone who will barter a professional Swedish massage for the work.

More Sprouts

Saturday, March 20th, 2010

It turns out that all the pictures of sprouts I posted last time were just early sprouting weeds that were in the soil mix we made. I guess the excitement of seeing the first growth disoriented me.  This time, though- these are the real ones.

They’re doing well, but we’re a little concerned with their growth as we don’t have any spots that get full sun all day. Even our south facing windows only get a sliver of sun because of the slightly too far reaching overhang on the roof. It seems like they’re growing taller in an attempt to reach the sun, but as a result are lacking a stout base. From what I’ve been told, it sounds like they’ll survive just fine.

Healing Arts Walk- The Beginning

Friday, March 19th, 2010

We went down to help send off Shira and Joshua with love and support for their journey this morning. A crew of four of us from Kirksville came and joined another 15 or so people that were helping out at the Possibility Alliance. There was music, a happy birthday, a housewarming to newly established homesteaders Rory and Amanda, hopes and wishes shared, and an all around joyous time.

At 10:00 am, we all walked from the Possibility Alliance down to Rory and Amanda’s home on Highway E (about 2 miles), then most of the group turned back while a few continued to accompany Shira and Joshua until highway 63. From there, they turned south and headed towards Macon.

I expect to hear more from them as their journey progresses and I’ll keep updating whenever I get news.

There’s an article about them in this week’s Truman Index. You can read it here*.

*As a correction to the article, I’m about 99% sure that Shira has never lived in or anywhere near NEMO. She did want to start a Healing Arts Center near the Possibility Alliance, and was on a search to buy land, but it didn’t (or has not yet) come to fruition.

Healing Arts Walk

Sunday, March 14th, 2010

March 18th, 2010, will be the beginning of a Healing Arts Walk led by Shira Granote (a licensed nurse, massage therapist, and worker with disabled youth) and Joshua Duncan (trained in meditation and alternative healing).  They are starting at the Possibility Alliance in La Plata, MO on Thursday (Mar. 18th) at 9:00 a.m.  They would love for people to walk with them for as long as they feel inspired to.  Shira and Joshua are committed to walking to Columbia, then Kansas City, then possibly around the rest of the nation.

Here’s an excerpt from their site.

On March 18th, 2010 I will be beginning a walk with the intention to help create more health and wellbeing in our nation. With over 40 million Americans lacking access to health care and with 1 in 6 facing depression it is time to take action.

Healing is a human right that all people deserve regardless of income, race, or beliefs. I can no longer wait for politicians, hospitals, corporations or other institutions to bring health to this county. I am inviting you all to join me on this journey and to set an example for the country. Today we wake up, today we heal those in need.

Read more about the walk and what you can do to help at their websites.

Wake Up Heal Walk

Donate to the walk

There will be a group of people walking with them for the first few miles, and maybe more, meeting a little before 9 at the Possibility Alliance.  If you’re in Kirksville and interested in going to send them off, leave a message in the comments or send us an email at give [at] kvpermaculture [dot] org so we can organize a bike/car ride down to the Possibility Alliance.

Sprouts and Set-up

Saturday, March 13th, 2010

We started most of our seeds a few days ago, and some leeks, broccoli, cabbage and one variety of tomato sprouted today.  Hopefully they are just the first of many.  We’ve set up all the flats and yogurt cup planters on a shelf/bench that we built this week from thrown away (mostly palette) wood.

The House

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

2010 Possibility Alliance Classlist

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

We haven’t opened up our location yet, but we’re still working with our great friends at the Possibility Alliance in La Plata to provide some amazing (free!) classes to you.  Read more about all these classes and their dates and times on the Workshops page or download the beautifully hand-illustrated pdf version.

  • Pruning 101
  • Intro to Sustainable Farming
  • Natural Building Tour
  • Intro to Compassionate Communication
  • Wild Edible Walk
  • Secrets of Sourdough Bread-Making
  • Intro to Horse Power
  • Basics of Canning
  • Bike Mechanics 101
  • Intro to Bee Keeping
  • Small Scale Cheese-Making

If you want to register for any of the classes, call the good folks at the Possibility Alliance at 660-332-4094.  Go over to the Workshops page to get the dates and more descriptions on each class.