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!
Archive for August, 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.
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
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.
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:
elections & democracy
media & war
money & economics
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.
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.