Archive for August, 2010

Critical Mass Kirksville- August Ride

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

The August ride is here, and it’s the first of the Truman semester, so it should be a larger turnout.  Hope you can make it!

Local Farmer Series

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

We’re hosting three different local farmer’s at our KPEC house on three consecutive Tuesdays starting on August 31st.

August 31st at 7 pm: Steve Salt of Green Valley Farm and the new downtown grocery store Near and Far will be speaking on the topic “Farm to Table: Marketing and Food Supply”

September 7th at 7 pm: John Arbuckle of Singing Prairie Farm will be speaking on chickens, eggs, and how to work your way through the maze of egg labeling.

September 14th at 7 pm: Kathy Thompson of Thompson Premium Beef will be talking about the cyclical nature of sustainably raising cattle vs the energy inputs of industrial cattle farming operations.

Clown Theater Extravaganza!

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

An amazing show will be happening in La Plata this Saturday, August, 28th, 6-7:30pm.

Sheet Mulching Workshop

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

We’ll be putting on the first workshop of a hopeful many to come this Saturday, August 21st at 9:00 AM at 903 E Orchard St. We’ll be teaching a no-dig gardening method called Sheet Mulching, or Lasagna Gardening.

There will be 15-30 minutes of information about Sheet Mulching, its benefits, and a how to, then we’ll go right into the hands on of sheet mulching an area of a garden bed for three new Kirksville residents.

As always, the workshop is by donation, so everyone is welcome. There will be water and there’s word that there’ll be snacks for the people working on the sheet mulching. We’ll work until noon or until the sheet mulching is finished, whichever comes first. Feel free to stop by at any point, even if you can’t make it for the whole workshop.

Again, the details are:

Sheet Mulching Workshop
Saturday, August 21st at 9:00 am
903 E Orchard St, Kirksville, MO

Sheet Mulching

Cucumber Relish

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

We canned cucumber relish using the recipe in the Ball Blue Book, and it is quite, quite, quite delicious.  The only part we changed is that we used part apple cider vinegar and part white vinegar.  The process was great too, because you do the prep work on day one, let it sit, and do the canning on day two.  It’s broken down into enough steps that it doesn’t seem like as much work.

And we discovered- believe it or not- peanut butter and relish sandwiches are incredible.

Gargantuan Red Potato

Sunday, August 15th, 2010

This is definitely not a representative sample of our potatoes, but it’s definitely worth sharing.

Early August Garden

Friday, August 13th, 2010

Bike Wheel Trellises

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

The bike wheel trellis is holding up supremely well.

It’s been through several major storms and battled high winds with ease.   It’s as easy as it looks, and the luffa’s love it.

Films for Action

Monday, August 9th, 2010

Some NEMO permaculture advocates went down to the First Annual Midwest Permaculture Convergence in Lawrence, KS, this weekend and brought back info for an amazing resource: Films for Action.

If you’re in the Lawrence area they have a lending library, and for everywhere else they do all the legwork and organization for finding incredible, free, online informational videos related to social justice and environmentalism.  There are clips, short films, full length documentaries: any amount of time you have there’s a video for you.

Here’s their subject list:

animal rights
big ideas
big media
climate change
drug prohibition
elections & democracy
human rights
indigenous issues
indy media
media & war
media literacy
money & economics
peak oil
police state
social issues
technology & design
the big picture
war & peace

Pick a topic, watch some videos, pass the word on, and take action towards what you believe in!

And if you get any ideas for a project to happen in NEMO, let us know, because we’d love to help.

Homemade Ice-Cream

Friday, August 6th, 2010

The heatwave has brought on the most delicious of dishes to the KPEC: hand-cranked, homemade vanilla coconut milk ice-cream.  We use the recipes here as a guide and modify it as we want.  The coconut milk is amazing for ice-cream, and the whole vanilla beans we had ordered on ebay from a women’s vanilla bean grower’s co-op in India (Free-Trade, Organic).  Which, on a different note, we had used to make vanilla extract, in a similar way to this site.