Archive for September, 2010

Kirksville Bike Co-op Social Ride

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

The bike co-op is having a ride tomorrow, Thursday, September 30th at 5:30 starting from the Bike Co-op.

They’re planning on having three rides a month. They’re still deciding on the dates, so any and all recommendations as to what those dates are welcome.

Interview with Mother Earth News

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

The KPEC founders Jerry and Michelle Jones were interviewed in July by Mother Earth News.  Read the interview here: “Radical Simplicity in Suburbia: Keeping up with the Joneses.”

Ride on to Abundant Mobility

Friday, September 24th, 2010

The ride and workshop had a great, supportive turnout that definitely turned heads and made Kirksville a livelier place for the evening. At the workshop, we discussed different ways to make Kirksville and it’s citizens more able to implement alternative transportation.

The mayor was even highly intrigued by the idea of having city sponsored pedicabs operating downtown. I’ll be following up on that idea next week.

Wolfgang Hoeschele, the workshop moderator, will be writing up an overview of the workshop for  I will post the link when it’s completed.

World Car-Free Day Kirksville Events

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

World Car-Free day is this Wednesday, September 22nd.  Walk, bike, skateboard, jog… whatever you need to do to go car-free that day and show what the world would be like with more sustainable forms of transportation.

To celebrate the day, we’ve helped organize a World Car-Free Day Social Bike Ride, starting at the Square at 5:30. Then bike with us over to the KPEC for a Workshop on Abundant Mobility with Wolfgang Hoeschele, author of “The Economics of Abundance.”

The mayor of Kirksville, Todd Kuhns, said he would be in attendance at the workshop, so let’s have a great turnout with positive ideas on how to make Kirksville a welcoming place to sustainable transportation!

Primitive Skills and Wilderness Survival- Update

Saturday, September 18th, 2010

The date and frequency of the Primitive Skills group has changed to Every Sunday from 1:30 to 3:30.  The calendar will hold the exact dates and locations (sometimes we’ll meet outdoors instead of at the KPEC).

KPEC at the Local Food Fest

Friday, September 17th, 2010

The Local Food Fest will be happening tomorrow morning at the Kirksville Famer’s Market.  It’s put on by the Adair County University of Missouri Extensions, the same people that do the soil samples, teach the Master Gardener Course, and do free workshops and talks on gardening, farming, etc.

They’re providing us with a table at the Local Food Fest, and we’ll have resources on preserving local foods via canning, dehydrating, freezing, fermenting, or root cellaring.  We’ll be answering questions and we’ll have some books for people to get ideas on how to preserve the bounty of local food!

Making Sandals

Monday, September 13th, 2010

9 people walked away with a new skill and handmade Huarache “barefoot” sandals on Saturday night.  We used the directions from and ordered the vibram sole from a wholesaler in bulk.  Total cost for a pair of sandals: $9.  One person used the ripped off soles from a pair of old Chacos, so their total cost was $1 for the rope.

Natural Building Work and Learn Parties

Friday, September 10th, 2010

The Possibility Alliance is hosting a Natural Building Work Party every Saturday from 12-5pm from now until Oct 23rd.  RSVP with them at 660-332-4094 if you want to go.

Primitive Skills and Wilderness Survival Group

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

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We’re excited to be a part of the hosting and forming of a new group in town focused on sharing, learning, and teaching Primitive Skills and Wilderness Survival Techniques.  The group moderators, Emily and Kevin, have both worked with the famous Tom Brown, Jr of the Tom Brown, Jr Tracker School.

The group will be meeting at our Permaculture House at 216 N Ely every other Saturday from 1:30 to 3:30 (or as long as the topic takes).  The first meeting will be on Sept. 4th, but you can check our calendar to keep up on the every other week schedule.  Topics will be chosen based on what people want to learn and what people can teach.