Friday, March 30, 2007

Planting on Sunday




Gardeners:

This last wednesday we planted onions, and finished tilling the garden area. This Sunday, I'd like to get the beans and the squash planted, as well as new seeds started. We'll start sometime in the afternoon, which will probably depend on when everyone gets back from camping. I was thinking 2ish.

We also have a 3-4 squares open, so we need to choose a couple more vegetables to plant. If people would like to post viable options, then we can decide. Also, we've modified the grid design slightly to hopefully fit a few more plants into the garden. You'll have to come check it out.

Currently, we have the following vegetables/fruits/herbs:
tomatoes
onions (red, white)
radishes
carrots
sweet basil
oregano
cilantro
jalapenos
cayenne peppers
garden beans
wax garden beans
squash
eggplant
rhubarb
strawberries

Patch garden:
Butternut squash
watermelon (3 different types)

Possible other plants:
okra
potatoes
beans (red or kidney)
cucumbers

Let me know what else you'd like to plant...

Sir Knabe

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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Deuce Gardens: Planting 6:30 Wednesday


We'll be planting at 6:30 tonight. It looks like the storm won't hit until morning, so no worries there. If you would like to show up later and just check out the garden, then feel free!

Sir Knabe

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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

The Future of Food, Documentary Film


"There is a revolution happening in the farm fields and on the dinner tables of America; a revolution that is transforming the very nature of the food we eat." What are both sides of the story? This documentary film by Deborah Koons Garcia and Lily Films explores alternative solutions to the garm crisis today. The Education Committee of the People's Grocery Cooperative invites you to join us for a free public viewing of The Future of Food Wednesday, March 28 at 7:30 PM in the Tubman Room of the Douglass Center Annex at 901 Yuma. There will be discussion and refreshments following. Original songs inspired by the film will open and close the showing. Questions?: Martha SEaton 785-537-0936

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Monday, March 26, 2007

Planting time


Time to plant!

The seeds are sprouting, and things seem to be moving along nicely! I think we should plant things sometime this week, probably around Wednesday. I'd like to have as many people around as possible to make the decisions on where to plant the vegetables, and how we want to do things in general.

I was thinking that this would be a great opportunity to have a couple of control factors, one being whether or not to use miracle grow (or something similar). If this is our only control, then it would seem easy enough to split the garden in two and monitor the growth and productivity with and without "help". I plan on running statistics on what we are growing so that we can have some definitive measure of how well we are doing (number of plants, average yield per plant, average produce size per yield, etc.) Let me know what I should be keeping track of!

I'll be honest: at this point, I'm more interested in quantity than in going all natural, but if the results from the all natural side are that much better than the side with miracle grow, then I'd probably be converted.

Anyways, let me know how wednesday around 6 works for everyone. I know it's supposed to rain pretty much randomly all week, so any additional thoughts on this will be appreciated!

thanks,

Sir Knabe
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My new favorite website


http://noimpactman.typepad.com/blog/

I think you all should check this out, if you have not done so already.
It gives some really great ideas on how to become more environmentally friendly, and how you can change your life.
I think we should give some feedback on what we think of these new changes in his life.

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Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to Speak at KU


Environmental activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to speak at KU
LAWRENCE — Robert F. Kennedy Jr. will be this year’s Student Lecture Series speaker at the University of Kansas.

Kennedy’s lecture, “Crimes Against Nature,” will begin at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, at the Lied Center. Following the lecture, Kennedy will sign copies of his three best-selling books.


KU News Release

Student Union Activities
Contact: Susan Hoffman or Jenny Schwering, Student Union Activities, (785) 864-SHOW.
Environmental activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to speak at KU
LAWRENCE — Robert F. Kennedy Jr. will be this year’s Student Lecture Series speaker at the University of Kansas.

Kennedy’s lecture, “Crimes Against Nature,” will begin at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, at the Lied Center. Following the lecture, Kennedy will sign copies of his three best-selling books.

Kennedy is a senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council, chief prosecuting attorney for Hudson Riverkeeper and president of Waterkeeper Alliance. He is also a clinical professor and supervising attorney at the Pace University School of Law’s Environmental Litigation Clinic and co-host of “Ring of Fire” on Air America radio. He was named one of Time magazine’s “Heroes for the Planet” for his success in helping Riverkeeper lead the fight to restore the Hudson River.

For KU students, tickets are free (a student ID is required) and will go on sale March 5 at the Student Union Activities box office in the Kansas Union. Tickets for the public are $10 and will go on sale March 15 at the SUA box office and the Lied Center.

For more information, call (785) 864-SHOW or visit the SUA Web site. For more information regarding other SUA events, e-mail Adam Collins, director of public relations.

The lecture is sponsored by Student Union Activities, Student Senate and the Lied Center.

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Google gives out bikes to 2,000 employees across the pond


From Daily Grist:
We have a vague recollection that there was life before Google, but it must have been a sad, empty sort of life. Anyone recall? While you're casting your memory back there, lord, we'll update you on the latest from the altruistic search engine: they're giving free bikes (and helmets) to 2,000 employees in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. "We think that these amazing bikes will help Googlers keep fit and healthy, get to know their city better, and reduce the environmental impact of their journey to work," says Liane Hornsey, HR director for the region. The shift will also provide a side benefit for the company: the folding and hybrid cycles, made by Raleigh Europe, will bear the Google logo. Smaht! The bike blitz follows last fall's announcement that Google will juice its California headquarters with solar energy, in the form of rooftop panels and solar parking-lot "trees." The company even got an award this week for using free-range eggs. It all just makes us feel warm and googly inside.
straight to the source: The Guardian, Mark Sweney, 22 Mar 2007


straight to the (old but still interesting) source: Wired, Marty Graham, 13 Dec 2006


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