Archive for September 18, 2008

Prairiewoods eco-conference

   An ecological conference at Prairiewoods, 120 E. Boyson Rd., Hiawatha, which runs Tuesday Sept. 23, through Saturday Sept. 27, offers multiple opportunities for learning more about our local food system and sustainability efforts.

  Workshops on stormwater management, Iowa’s agricultural landscape, establishing native prairie species and much, much more will be featured at the conference.

  It should be entertaining, too.

  I interviewed Joyce Rouse, a native Iowan who performs as Earth Mama and sounds like a bundle of fun.

  I also talked to Kaiulani Lee, whose one-woman play is based on the life of “Silent Spring” author Rachel Carson. She performs at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, 410 Third Ave. SE.

  Lee, a Broadway actress, has a special connection to Iowa flood victims, since her home in Virginia was recently flooded.

  She encourages Iowans to see the performance, based on her three years of research with Carson’s family, co-workers, journals and letters.

  Lee described Carson as a very private person who had to garner courage to speak out for the environmental issues that concerned her. Carson’s main message, the inter-relatedness of all life, offers insight into flooding and other environmental issues, Lee said.

 

Following is the schedule of events for the ecological conference:

Tuesday, September 23

3:30-5 p.m. Linn County Food Policy Forum

Speaker: Chris Taliga

5-6 p.m. Social, silent auction, entertainment by Bob

Ballantyne

6-7 p.m. Dinner and Fund Raiser for the Iowa Valley

Resource, Conservation and Development

(IVRC&D)

7-8:30 p.m. Film King Korn

Fee for evening: $25/per person or $45 for two

Wednesday, September 24

7:45-Noon Ecospirituality Experience

Noon Lunch

1-2:30 p.m. Establishing and Managing Native Prairie

Species and Guided Prairie Tour

3-4 p.m. Prairiewoods: An Ecological History by

Peter Hoehnle

4:30-5:30 p.m. Social, Native Food Demonstration

5:30-6:30 p.m. Dinner

6:30-7:30 p.m. Food in the Story of the Universe by

Lucy Slinger, FSPA

Fee: $20 for afternoon and evening programs and includes

lunch and dinner; or $10 for day program with lunch or $10

for the evening program with dinner.

Thursday, September 25

7:45-Noon Ecospirituality Experience

Noon Lunch

1-2:30 p.m. Sustainable Stormwater Management by

Wayne Petersen, Urban Conservationist

3-4 p.m. Your Health, Your Body, and Iowa’s

Agricultural Landscape by Laura Dowd

3-4 p.m. Food is Life, Life is Sacred, Food is Sacred by

Travis Cox

4:15-5:15 p.m. Waterways and Water Cycle of the Prairie

and Woodland Landscapes by Christine

Taliga and Peter Hoehnle

4:15-5:15 p.m. Find Abundance in Growing Food by

Fred Meyer with Backyard Abundance.

5:30-6 p.m. Dinner

7-8 p.m. The play, A Sense of Wonder, The Rachel

Carson Story by Kailulani Lee, Cedar Rapids

Museum of Art

Fee: $10 for afternoon program with lunch; $8 dinner. A

Sense of Wonder fee: $15 in advance or $18 at the door.

Friday, September 26

7:45-Noon Ecospirituality Experience

Noon-3 Lunch available for purchase throughout

the afternoon

Noon-5 p.m. Local Market Festival, includes farmers’

market, vendors, cooking demonstrations,

entertainment by Earth Mama. No fee.

4-5 p.m. Dinner

7-8:30 p.m. Earth Mama Concert and Council of All

Beings Ritual

Fee: Earth Mama concert $12/advance or $15 at the door.

Saturday, September 27

10 a.m.-3 p.m. Earth Spirit Rising with Patricia Mische

Fee: $35 includes lunch. Advance registration encouraged.

 

Conference fees:

 

Ecospirituality Retreat Experience . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $300

Includes conference activities, lodging and

meals from Tuesday dinner – Saturday noon

Ecospirituality Experience-Commuter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $175

Includes conference activities, lunch and

dinner from Tuesday dinner – Saturday noon.

Workshop Fee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $125

Includes conference activities, lunch and

dinner from Tuesday dinner – Saturday noon.

R E G I S T RAT IO N

Come for the retreat and/or choose one or more workshops and

presentations. To register for any of the activities, contact Prairiewoods

at 319-395-6700 or e-mail at: ecospirit@prairiewoods.org. You may

also visit their Web site at: www.prairiewoods.org

 

 

Prairiewoods is located on 70 acres of woods and prairies on the

outskirts of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. It provides various workshops, programs,

retreats and offers rental space for meetings.

 

 

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Buy Local directory

On Saturday Sept. 20th a special Buy Fresh Buy Local directory distribution will be held at the Monticello Farmers Market.  The market will be 8 a.m. to noon at the Monticello Middle School just off South Main Street (Business 151).  Volunteers from the National Civilian Conservation Corps that are currently working in Jones County will be on hand to distribute copies of the directory.

 

The River Bend Chapter of Buy Fresh Buy Local was formed this year to make connections between consumers and available supplies of locally produced fruits, vegetables and meats.  The Buy Fresh Buy Local campaign is built upon the premise that local food is fresher and tastes better than food shipped long distances.  In addition, when you buy local food it keeps your food purchase dollars circulating within the local economy and supports family farm producers. 

 

The River Bend Chapter of Buy Fresh Buy Local includes 33 members from the region that support the production, marketing and consumption of locally produced foods.  The directory notes members and locations where consumers can obtain fresh, local products.

 

Besides Saturday’s event, the directory is being distributed by members at stores, restaurants, farmers markets and other venues around the region.   If you are unable to attend the Monticello Farmers Market, copies of the directory can be obtained from members of the steering committee, which includes:  Rose Rohr, Joe Wagner, Steve Swinconos, Marilyn McCall and Kris Doll in Jones County, Lori Schnoor in Jackson County, Jim Keitel in Clinton County, Dave Kronlage in Delaware County and Tom Thompson in Dubuque County.  Directories can also be obtained from Limestone Bluffs RC&D Office in Maquoketa (563-652-5104.)

 

River Bend Chapter of Buy Fresh Buy Local is a partner of FoodRoutes Network, which provides technical support to non-profit organizations working to strengthen regional markets for locally grown foods. Visit http://www.foodroutes.org to learn how the network is reintroducing Americans to their food – the seeds from which it grows, the farmers who produce it, and the routes that carry it from the fields to their tables. As a national nonprofit organization, FoodRoutes Network provides communications tools, networking and resources to organizations working to rebuild local food systems across the country.

 

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