Toni and Jake DeRyke home (photo, Backyard Abundance)
Information on the following Backyard Abundance event came from Fred Meyer:
Decades of steady care by Toni and Jake DeRyke, 2101 Muscatine Ave., Iowa City, have led to a peaceful and orderly yard filled with beautiful flowers, tranquil shade gardens and an abundance of food. The yard will be open to view from 3-5 p.m. Saturday (June 27, 2009.)
The DeRykes strive to keep their environmental impact low while also saving money:
- Growing their own food eliminates the carbon dioxide that would otherwise be emitted to transport food to their home.
- Rain barrels capture free rainwater for their garden, reducing the need for energy-intensive purified tap water.
- Steady supplies of low-cost reclaimed building materials are frequently acquired from the Habitat for Humanity ReStore.
- Trees shade their home, reducing energy bills and providing bird habitat.
Toni and Jake reflect our growing efforts to think globally and act locally; and it does not get more local than your own backyard.
Parking for their event is available on 3rd Avenue, on the west side of their home.
For more information, see: http://www.backyardabundance.org/events.aspx
Women who own or manage farmland in three eastern Iowa counties – Johnson, Jones and Linn – are invited to participate in a free conservation tour on Wednesday, March 25, 2009. The tour is for women who are farm partners, sole owner-operators, or inheritors of any size farm.
The tour is a part of a conservation education program called “Women Caring for the Land,” which began with informational meetings in February in each of the three counties. All interested women are welcome to attend the tour, whether or not they attended the meetings. They will visit several farms in the three-county area that have implemented good conservation and resource management techniques on their land.
The group will meet at 9:30 a.m. at St. John’s Catholic Church, 212 7th St. SE, Mt. Vernon. Women may drive their own vehicles (carpooling is encouraged) or for those who prefer not to drive, a van will be provided. The tour will take several hours, with a lunch stop around noon at Gwen’s Restaurant, 119 W. Main St., Lisbon. Participants should bring money for lunch, and wear shoes that can get muddy.
For more information, contact project coordinator Laura Krouse of Mt. Vernon at 319-895-6924. This project is sponsored by Women, Food and Agriculture Network in partnership with USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), with funding from the McKnight Foundation. A final informational meeting will be held April 15; call Laura for more details.