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Your questions: native lawn seed and “dead weight” compost

Homegrown readers are sending in their questions. Does anyone have answers for these two?

 Jody from Cedar Rapids sent in the first one:

 Hi Cindy – I love your site:) I live in C.R. and I have a question – where do I go to find native lawn grass mix?? I have a new very large area to seed! Thanks!

 Dikkie Schoggen asked the following:

 Rains daily for months has turned the compost pile into dead weight mud. We have composted for over thirty years and never had anything like this. How to rescue the mud and return it to useable compost?

 I thought the answer for Dikkie could be working brown material, such as dry leaves, into the compost pile. Any other suggestions? And does anyone know where Jody might find a native lawn grass mix in the Cedar Rapids area? And what might that be??

 Please answer in a comment below. If you have other gardening questions, you can ask those in a comment, as well.

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SEED conference: A wake-up call

                       SEED Conference II:    A Wake-Up Call

 

   A conference that addresses sustainable buildings, food systems and community is set for Saturday and Sunday,  Oct. 24-25, in Cedar Rapids.

   Michael Richards, organizer of the Sustainable Ecological Economic Development, or SEED, Conference II: A Wake-Up Call, notes that Iowa this year was hit with two of its most challenging crises: the most extreme flooding in the state’s history and most serious global financial crisis.

   The conference, at Metro High School, 1212 7th St SE, will explore the root causes of these crises.

    For information, call:  319-213-2051 or e mail the conference team at: Soyawax@aol.com

 

A $25 donation for attendance is appreciated.  

 

   Here is the schedule:

  

Friday, Oct. 24 –  6:30 PM     Conference Opening Invocation; Michael Richards, S.E.E.D. Founder

 7:00 PM     Closing Night/Cedar Rapids Second Annual Environmental Film Festival

The film fest is a month long film series presented in many art, cultural and educational venues in Cedar Rapids

 

An Enlightening Evening with the Film Directors; Nationally acclaimed, award winning Madison, Wisconsin based film makers Gretta Wing Miller and Aarick Beher will join us in the Metro High Media Center tonight to screen their most recent documentary film;   “Keeping the Lights On”.  Learn how film making is a vital tool for dynamic change and cultural growth.

 

Saturday, Oct. 25:  A Community Building Conference

 

Track  I; 9 AM   Sustainable Food and Wellness; Transforming the Iowa “Food Desert” into a Sustainable Oasis

Janet Coester, Mir Valley Farm

Peter Hoehnle, Iowa Valley Resource and Conservation

Steve Smith, Iowa Network for Community Agriculture

Track  II: 10:30 AM   Integrating Shelter and the Environment; establishing a “deeper shade of green” within  sustainable communities.   Rebuilding a Green Iowa after the devastating Disasters of 2008
Nadia Anderson/Iowa State University Architecture Studio; Green Rebuild/Design for a Post Flood Iowa
Ashley and Nate Mealhow; Building A Pedestrian Friendly-Sustainable Urban Village in Oakhill-Jackson/CR

Clark Rieke and Lisa Mc Millen Boese; Eco-Modular/A Smart Approach to Affordable Housing in Cedar Rapids

Michael Richards, Oakhill Jackson Neigborhood Pres. “The Greenest Homes are ones already here”. Rebuild/Retrofit

 

 

Track  III; 12;00 Noon Lunch Session; Community Based/Self Sufficient Energy Solutions; Local Options

Steve Fugate;   Founder, Green World Biofuels; Self-Sufficient Local Energy

Timlynn Babitsky, Author; WIND PROJECT; a Grassroots Community Organizing Handbook

 

Track IV; 1:30 PM   Building Ecological Communities; Intelligent/Sustainable Land and Resource Conservation; 

 The Back Story; The 100 year history of land and water practice in Iowa that led up to the Flood of 2008:

Wayne Peterson, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship

Christine Taliga;  Director, Iowa Valley Resource Conservation and Development

Clark Rieke; 1000 points of mitigation, a decentralized/distributed land/water flood management plan for Iowa

 

The Future Story;  presented by the Union of Concerned Scientists
Mark Madsen, University of Iowa,  Mike Carberry, Green State Solutions;

Climate Change/Climate Chaos as a contributing factor to natural disasters; we are in a new circumstance

 


Track V: 3:00 PM  Ecological Economic Development /
A Thriving Economy within an Ecological System

Michael Richards, Author, Sustainable Operating Systems/The Post Petrol Paradigm   (www.amazon.com)

Richards is a member of the State of Iowa Economic Development Task Force;  REBUILD Iowa Office, RIO

Jim Salmons, Co-Founder/Sohodojo; The Small is Good World of Ecological Entrepreneurship

Lynette Richards, Community Connected Life-Long Learning; Sustainable Education/Grassroots Political Connectivity.   Lynette is one of the 7 Member Task Force planning post flood affordable and sustainable housing.

 

Track VI: 4:30    Ethical/Spiritual Foundation for Land and Resource Stewardship

Prairiewoods  Eco-Spirituality Community will convene this group exploration of root ethical values.

 

6:00  PM  Gather in the kitchen and dining hall and all work together to prepare a Community Feast

 

8:00 to 10:00 PM      Harvest Moon Dance Party with local musicians.     This is whole family event.

 

Michael Richards adds the following:

 

S.E.E.D  provides  an effective, non-partisan, local citizen capacity to activate reality based, sustainable solutions. 

 

For thousands of years, the native ecology of Iowa was resilient, incredibly diverse with  immense capacity to absorb water and sustain life.  These natural systems have been dramatically disrupted through our uninformed policy and economic actions of the past 100 years.   SEED serves as a community catalyst to apply intelligent biomimicry for land, water and resource management to restore ecological resilience.

Iowa has the base economic resources of fertile land, bountiful water and hard working, honest people. Out of necessity, we are entering a time of real economy; We will conserve, scale down, simplify, save, and spend prudently for the things that we actually need.  We will now create a sustainable economy.    As “The Sustainable State”, Iowa can lead the way to restore sane national economic systems and intelligent political discourse.

The false economy is collapsing, but the real economy remains.  Did we forget how to make things that people need?  Can we no longer grow local food?  Did Iowa factories burn down?  Are our tools lost?  Did we run out of good people to work in farms, factories and offices? No!  The real economy remains as our sustainable foundation.  The  present financial crisis is simply the evaporation of the false and illusory world of derivatives, collateralized debt, index funds, credit default swaps, structured investment vehicles, and the hard-sell marketing of sub-prime mortgages and super-sized homes.  That house of cards has collapsed.  We will now build a sane and sustainable economy.

Six years ago as the Iraq war started, I launched Sustainable Ecological Economic Development (S.E.E.D.) to address root, causal factors of war; the deluded pursuit of the false and destructive economy of Empire rather than productive and sustainable Creative Enterprise.  Economies based on Empire exploit other nations, the natural environment and even our own citizens through usury, labor exploitation, and unfair wealth-transfer through corporate welfare and coercive bailouts. Excessive national debt is irresponsibly relegated to future generations.  Average U.S.Citizens have been reduced to powerless serfs, indentured by fear, complex webs of wealth-transfer taxation and oppressive debt to fuel the totally unsustainable military/industrial-Wall St. Machine. Our founding fathers would not recognize the State of our Nation.  The bright light of the American Dream is now shrouded with dark clouds of fear, greed and deception.  We need a wake-up call and restore our nation to ecological and economic health.   The S.E.E.D. Conference is a call to community action.

 

  

 

 

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Sunshine of the plant world

   Sunflowers have been brightening neighborhoods once covered in floodwaters.

Linn County Master Gardeners Deb Walser and Mary Prendergast suspect the sunflowers could have been dislodged and moved from area gardens by the floodwaters, or floated away as seeds from bird feeders during the floods.

   Corn has also been sprouting in the median of I-380 that was once covered by floodwater.   That seed or the young plants, probably came from adjacent fields.

 

  If you have a theory on where the plants have come from, add your opinion in a message below.

 

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Earth Expo music fest

This message is from S.E.E.D.:

Dear Friends;

 

We invite you to an earth friendly, family friendly event.   Can you think of a better way to spend a balmy Iowa Summer Saturday than exploring the issues of sustainable living in the lush, green and fertile Iowa countryside?   All this, and great Iowa musicians all day long!

 

The Monthly Meeting for Sustainable Ecological Economic Development (S.E.E.D.) will take place at 2 pm Saturday June 7 on the grounds of the EARTH EXPO north of Iowa City.  The SEED monthly meeting will take place at the SEED Exhibit at EARTH EXPO.

  

 

What: Earth Expo 2008…”bringing it all back home”… with the Exodus Music Festival
When: Saturday, June 7, 2008 12:00pm-till the music ends.
Where: Meggar’s Farm
Who: for anyone interested in living green, music and wants to camp. Attendees of this event are invited to camp at the Meggar’s farm

 

For driving directions to Meggar’s Farm, click on MAP link below;

 

http://www.gwun.net/exodus/images/map.jpg

The primary goals for this year’s event are:
 

 

 

  • To continue to promote local businesses and organizations which contribute to our goal of greener lifestyle.
  • To educate and excite the community about living a “greener” lifestyle and lessoning the carbon footprint
  • To build a strong future by making environmentalism a fun and valued part of people’s lives.

Cost

: $12.00 provides you with admission to Earth Expo and the Exodus Music Festival.
Please note that these costs help us keep these events alive. We appreciate your support.Earth Expo will feature…Speakers: Fred Meyer and Sheila Sameulson
                Poetic Rebound Performance Company 
                Allie Dane Petting Zoo and Dane’s Dairy Ice Cream
                Local organizations and businesses will share their work through green exhibit
 

 

 

The Music FESTIVAL will start at noon and go until it ends;

Here is the talent lineup;

MC/VL
School of Flyentology
Roseline
BF Burt
Gglitch
Nikki Lunden
Miracles of god
Howel
12 Canons
Bomb Selleck
Animosity
Skye
Eben Louis
Public Property

                                                       S.E.E.D.  MISSION STATEMENT

 

Sustainable Ecological Economic Development S.E.E.D. is an Iowa not for profit research and educational organization.

 

The Mission of Sustainable Ecological Economic Development (S.E.E.D.) is to organize into joint action the diverse community organizations and individuals that are working on various issues and initiatives that relate to a sustainable economy:

 

1. re-localization of food supply within sustainable agricultural systems

2. initiatives for community based renewable energy

3. design and implement energy conservation systems in the private/public built environment and in public infrastructure.

 

The purpose of S.E.E.D. is to carry out open public conferences and other educational and research efforts to organize policy makers, educators and the general citizenry of Iowa to organize a “whole systems” approach to building a sustainable society based on ecological economic principles.”

 

S.E.E.D. is an open system.  We invite individuals and organizational allies to join into this timely effort. It is only through active coalition building with other individuals and organizations that we can build the critical mass for a cultural shift into a sustainable society based on ecological principles.

 

We set 4 simple yet clear standards for participation and co-sponsorship of S.E.E.D. work;

 

1. We are non-partisan.  We find common ground for action, not political division.

2. We will not state a problem if we do not have the courage to engage in the work to find a solution.

3. We engage in this group process with mutual honor and respect, utilizing the communication tools.

    of creative conflict resolution and consensus decision making.

4. With the foundation of S.E.E.D, we are engaging our part in an historic global cultural shift to build a just and sustainable society. We have an absolute commitment that this process of deep systemic change will be conducted with the principles of non-violence that have been well defined by seminal global leaders such as Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King.

 

Any individual or organization that is ready to build a working coalition with S.E.E.D. by utilizing the four principles of action listed above is invited to work with us to build a world wide society where the entire human race will thrive and prosper as we care for the environment that provides our common life support system.    SEED demonstrates how social action is accomplished by getting past the limitations of organizational territoriality that tends to limit the effectiveness of many human organizations. We’ll get much more accomplished by working together.

 

S.E.E.D. Iowa Office

Cedar Rapids Peace Center

1029 Third Street S.E.

Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401

postpetrol@aol.com     Phone; 319-213-2051

 

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Urban permaculture in Cedar Rapids

A job at Clipper Wind brought Frank Cicela and his family to Cedar Rapids recently from Indiana. Wanting to meet some “kindred spirits,” Cicela decided to bring in a few experts to conduct a permaculture workshop at his new home in Cedar Rapids.

The workshop will be Saturday, May 3, and Sunday, May 4, at 3409 Seminole Valley Rd. NE.

Permaculture is the design of human habitats that have the stability, diversity and resilience of natural ecosystems. The multi-disciplinary approach integrates renewable energy systems, energy efficiency, agriculture and food systems, natural building, rainwater harvesting and urban planning, along with the economic, political and social policies that make sustainable living possible and practical.

This sustainability  allows people to begin taking food security and energy security into their own hands and into the hands of their community.

The focus of next weekend’s permaculture workshop will be on gardening. Part of the discussion will be how to garden in a three-dimensional zone, that is, using the space above, as well as the traditional design of a garden.

Quite a bit of work goes into starting such a garden, but once established, Cicela likened it to a “food forest,” that maintains itself. “Once it’s created, you just walk through and eat,” he said.  

The course – an intensive classroom and hands-on event – will be taught by three staff members of “Big Green Summer” from Fairfield.

Cicela said the workshop normally costs almost $200, plus a drive to Fairfield. This two-day course is $55 per person.

To see the schedule and register, go to: http://www.myearthwatchexperience.com/pcw/ or call (319) 832-1025.

 

 Michael Richards of Cedar Rapids, founder of  SUSTAINABLE ECOLOGICAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT (S.E.E.D.) noted the following to take into consideration on the importance of urban permaculture:

 

– 95 percent of  the food on the shelves of Iowa grocery stores travels an average of 1000 miles to get to your table.

 

– A few decades ago, Iowa was close to total self-sufficiency in food supply.  Over the years, local creameries, canneries and meat processors all over Iowa have gone out of business in the “bigger is better” world of cheap energy.   

 – The opposite economic structure is now our present reality;  Energy is no longer cheap.

 So now what?      

 It is time to re-build Iowa’s local food production and local food distribution infrastructure.

 It makes no sense for the state that has the most fertile soil on earth to lack the ability to feed ourselves with local sources.

 Start in your own backyard with urban permaculture.

 We can all plant “Iowa Victory Gardens” to supply 10 to 20 percent of our household food needs in our own backyard or in neighborhood community gardens.   We can then gradually build back up the local food production and infrastructure throughout the State of Iowa to reclaim the economic foundation of a safe, healthy and abundant local food system.

 

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