Archive for April, 2010


Thursday, April 29th, 2010

These are photos from the sprouts that we transplanted from flats into newspaper pots and yogurt cups.  The newspaper pots have held up extremely well.  They’re holding their form way above our expectations and aren’t falling apart at all.  They’re not hard to make, are a way of pre-cycling and reusing the newspaper, and by the time the plants are put in the ground the newspaper is ready for composting or worm compost bedding.  We’ve been making them via a method we haven’t been able to find online, so hopefully we’ll have time to upload a video on how we make our newspaper pots.

Also, we have a few morel photos to honor the tasty glory of the morel!  We’ve come across around 40 morels this season, and hopefully we can find a few more before they’re all gone.

Moonlight Ride/Walk POSTPONED

Saturday, April 24th, 2010

Because of severe weather predictions and several events beyond our control we’ve had to postpone tonight’s Moonlight Ride/Walk.

If you would like a refund or have any questions, please contact Brenda Snider at American Trust Bank: 660-665-7703 (day) and 314-599-2736 (night).

We’ll let you know when the new date is confirmed or you can check back here for details.

Thanks again for your support and sorry for any inconvenience.

We received this message from Royce Kallerud earlier today.  We’ll post the new date to the calendar when we find out.

Moonlight Bike Ride/Walk

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

Here’s a fun, positive event that I hope leads to many more like it for the Kirksville community!

Taken from

Calling all Kirksville community! There is a fundraiser noncompetitive MOONLIGHT Bike Ride or Walk for FLATS (Forest Lake Area Trail System) on Saturday, April 24th from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.  Participants receive an event t-shirt and bike light!  This is a great chance to show your support for bicycling and walking in Kirksville!

FLATS is working to connect Thousand Hills State Park to Kirksville without having to travel on highways (6 or 63) and will use the funds we raise on a section of the trail in Thousand Hills State Park and for planning the entire route.

You may register in advance through Brenda Snider . . . you can get the flyer/registration from the sponsors of each of the stops on the ride or from this page: Kelly’s Furniture, ATSU Thompson Campus Center, HyVee, Adair County YMCA, or from Brenda at American Trust Bank (on the north side of town).

The ride is 12.3 miles around Kirksville while the walk is 4 miles total to Washington Street Java Co. and back to the Health Center. All stops/sponsors will have snacks, beverages, and entertainment. Helmets and lights (we will have lights if you don’t already) are a MUST for safety. Participants must obey all traffic regulations.

Also on Facebook and our Calendar.

Hope to see you there!

Busy, busy, busy

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

Quick update in the spirit of keeping up with this blog.  Here’s what’s been going on the last few weeks:

  • The piano was beautifully fixed and tuned! Thanks Brian Poppe!
  • We planted three varieties of cabbage (donated by our wonderful friends over at Butterfly Hill Farm.
  • Planted over 200 onions and potatoes.
  • Planted 26 berry plants (raspberries, black raspberries, blackberries, golden and black currants, and elderberry).  Thanks to the kindness of the Possibility Alliance and Rory and Amanda!
  • Got 2 truckloads of horse manure from the University Farm and some compost from Michael Kelrick.  Thank you!
  • Transplanted over 125 plants from flats to newspaper pots.
  • Picked up 4 off-cuts from an Amish mill in La Plata to build a sandbox.
  • Removed sod from the beds to build compost piles and replace sod with manure (in progress).
  • Added Milkweed Mercantile events to the calendar.
  • Michelle Martin wrote a splendid article about Permaculture and the KPEC on her blog “Down to Earth- Tips and Tricks for Realistic Green Living.”

Thanks to everyone who has helped over the last few weeks!

We’ll hopefully be having a work day later this week.  I’ll send out an announcement on our subscription list when I find out the day, times, and tasks.

Enjoy the beautiful weather!

KPEC Gardens

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

We worked from Wednesday through Tuesday, establishing our gardens and planting onions.  Lots of Communiversity Garden members came out to help, as well as our good friend Tim who was visiting from Albuquerque on his way to Austin.  There’s still more work to be done, but the majority of it is finished.

The onions and garlic are planted on New Street at a community garden established there.

The method we used for established the garden at the KPEC was to use garden forks lift out the sod, let the soil dry out for a day, broad fork the bed to loosen and aerate the soil, sprinkle a layer of shredded leaf mulch over the bed, flip the sod back on grass side down to compost with the leaf layer, then finish it off with another layer of mulch.  We’ll be letting it break down over the next few weeks.