State agriculture secretary to visit Eudora for Food Day lunch

Sara Shepherd

http://www.lawrence.com/photos/2011/sep/30/221873/ Kansas Secretary of Agriculture Dale Rodman will celebrate Farm to School Week with a visit to Eudora Wednesday. Rodman was scheduled to join Eudora school board members and Douglas County officials on a tour of the Eudora school district’s garden and culinary center. The group will also hear presentations ...

Cooking 101 - Space Still Available

Susan Johnson

Interested in learning how to cook? The seven-session hands-on "Cooking 101" class will begin this Tuesday, October 2 and will continue every Tuesday night through November 13 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. The class will be held in Building 21, located on the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds, 21st and Harper ...

Cordley Carnival on Friday Adds Wellness Fun!

Sally Zogry

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/sep/25/241740/ The **Cordley Elementary Carnival** is this **Friday, September 28th** from 5:30-8:00pm. Come enjoy **free** games and prizes, **free** inflatables, laser tag and hamster balls, silent auction, henna tattoos, cake walk and more! Global Cafe, Iwig Dairy and AirSummerSnow Shaved Ice will be selling local food and drink. New this ...

Success from the 2nd Annual Fall Harvest Festival!

Healthy Sprouts

On Sunday, September 16th nearly 150 early educators, local farmers and families gathered at the Pendleton’s Country Market under overcast skies and fall-like weather. The occasion was the second annual Fall Harvest Festival, celebrating two successful years of DCCDA’s program, Families, Farmers and Educators United (FFEU). FFEU is a Farm ...

Save $$$ - Learn How to Cook!

Susan Johnson

Watching cooking shows on TV can only get you so far...learn how to cook in a hands-on course - Cooking 101. Learning to cook will save you money because it is much cheaper to cook at home from basic ingredients. It is also healthier. Cooks can control what they eat ...

2nd Annual Fall Harvest Festival!

Healthy Sprouts

The Douglas County Child Development Association will be hosting the 2nd annual Fall Harvest Festival! The festival will take place on September 16th in celebration of the second year of the farm to child care program, Families, Farmers and Educators United. Participants and supporters of the program are invited to ...

State health officer invites public to 'Weight of the Nation' screening on Wednesday

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/sep/04/240644/ The [Governor’s Council on Fitness][1] and the [Kansas Department of Health and Environment][2] invite the public to view one part of the four-part documentary series “[The Weight of the Nation][3]” at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Ramada Inn in Topeka, 420 SE Sixth St. The screening will be “Episode ...

Kaw Valley Farm Tour is October 6-7

Shannan Seely

Farms are open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The tour celebrates the diversity and availability of locally-grown food and products in Northeast Kansas. The 22 participating farms produce an astounding variety of items, including fruits, vegetables, beef, cheese, wine, flowers, pumpkins, pork, honey, flour, fiber and ...

"Cooking 101" Class Offered

Susan Johnson

This is the 6th year that the Douglas County Extension Master Food Volunteers will be offering a basic cooking course called “Cooking 101". This course was created because of people who called K-State Research and Extension in Douglas County and asked if they ever give basic cooking classes. In this ...

Backyard Chickens for Beginners: why owning chickens is easier than you think

Our Local Food Kaw River Valley

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Douglas County food pantry leader believes new cooking classes can have 'ripple effects'

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/photos/2012/aug/08/239201/ Lawrence chef Rick Martin helped about a dozen low-income residents cook a healthy dish of red beans and rice with sausage that was topped with fresh pico de gallo. The cost: $1.44 per serving. On Wednesday evening, Martin lead a three-hour cooking class where he showed residents how to ...

Celebrate Farmers' Market Week!

Healthy Sprouts

There are plenty of opportunities this week to celebrate Farmers' Market Week. Come on out and show your support! http://wellcommons.com/weblogs/llc/2012/aug/8/celebrate-national-farmers-market-week-a/

Linking the Food and Health Pieces Together

Healthy Sprouts

When working to improve the health of the community and strengthen the local food system, all the pieces of the puzzle are needed. While each part is crucial, the system will not change in any meaningful or lasting way unless all components are present and working together. Without awareness, policies ...

Free Vegetable Thursday!

HCA Intern

Free Vegetable Thursday!! Thanks to the Garden to Table Project we will have fresh produce every Thursday in the HCA lobby at 6:30 p.m.until 7:30 p.m. Come TONIGHT and get your free vegetables! Donations are always welcome!! Call the Clinic today for more information!! Also, Connie Detweiler from K-State extention ...

Common Ground series: Garden Incubator in John Taylor Park

Kim Scherman

In north Lawrence, a new, magical, living kingdom is a place for exploration. It is a children’s utopia brimming with all colors of the rainbow, flying creatures whizzing above, creepy crawly creatures below, and new kinds of good food to eat in all different shapes and sizes. You can wind ...

FREE Vegetables Thanks to the Garden to Table Project!!

HCA Intern

Thanks to the Garden to Table Project, Health Care Access Clinic will have free fresh produce TONIGHT at 6:30 in the Clinic lobby! Come and get vegetables for free! No need to call ahead of time, but please call if you have any questions! Donations are always welcome!! Hope to ...

Cooking With Kids: Healthy Skills and Habits for Life

Healthy Sprouts

If the idea of cooking with children—*young* children— gives you the chills, you’re not alone. It’s a common feeling among anyone who has spent time cleaning up after a two-year-old eats lunch. Simply put, it sounds like more trouble than it’s worth. But just for a minute, let’s suspend the ...

Local Garlic 2012: A Good Year or a Bad Year?

Our Local Food Kaw River Valley

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/jun/27/236880/     “I haven’t seen much garlic at market yet, maybe it’s a bad year?” says Nicole, a resident of Wichita.     “Are you kidding? I’ve seen garlic the size of my fist at farmers markets around here!” responds Toby, from Bonner Springs.     “Well, we have two different growers ...

Families Enjoy the Convenience of Fresh Food at Child Care Centers

Healthy Sprouts

Families with young children are very busy people, indeed. It can be a real challenge finding the time to prepare healthy meals at home. However, with the rise in childhood obesity, it is increasingly important that young children receive proper nutrition and learn to love healthy food at an early ...

Fresh Vegetables from the Garden to Table Project

HCA Intern

From Garden to Table Starting at 6:30 p.m. TONIGHT in the Health Care Access Clinic Lobby, there will be FREE vegetables available to take! Each Thursday at 6:30 p.m. we will have fresh vegetables available. This is offered until October. It is completely FREE and donations of vegetables are always ...

Disney to Restrict Advertising of Junk Food to Kids

Healthy Sprouts

Although "it won’t mean you’re only going to see ads for apples, bananas and oranges," it's still encouraging to see a recognition of the huge role marketing plays in childhood obesity. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/05/business/media/in-nutrition-initiative-disney-to-restrict-advertising.html?_r=1&hp

DCCDA Partners with Groupon Grassroots for Children’s Gardens Initiative

Healthy Sprouts

Douglas County Child Development Association (DCCDA) and Groupon Grassroots (http://grassroots.groupon.com), the philanthropic arm of Groupon, announce the launch of a local campaign to supply Families, Farmers and Educators United participants with supplies to create and maintain successful children’s gardens. The Families, Farmers and Educators United campaign will be available on ...

New Farm to Preschool Website has Launched!

Healthy Sprouts

With the growing success of farm to school efforts around the country, many communities are realizing the importance of also reaching children before they enter school with the same lessons and experiences. The growing farm to preschool movement can now be explored through a new website, http://farmtopreschool.org/. The site features ...

Child Development Association Hosts Open House to Raise Awareness

Healthy Sprouts

The Douglas County Child Development Association (DCCDA) is hosting an Open House on Saturday, April 28th from 5:00 – 8:00 pm. DCCDA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the development and well-being of young children and their families. DCCDA supports: • Quality early learning • Social, emotional and physical ...

Help Central Middle School Garden Grow!

Healthy Sprouts

This is such a great example of school gardens! We're happy to know that the young children we work with will continue to have opportunities to learn about nutrition and growing food as they move on through the school system. Please show your support for the Central Liberty Memorial Middle ...

Lawrence hosting all-day conference about religion and agriculture

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/photos/2007/mar/21/119703/ Farmers, faith leaders and food activists will discuss the religious aspects of agriculture during a conference April 28 at Ecumenical Campus Ministries, 1204 Oread Ave. The event, “Sowing and Reaping: Christian Perspectives on Food and Agriculture,” will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will feature 16 speakers. ...

Lawrence Farmers Market opens 37th season on Saturday, April 14th

Egarrett

Fresh off the bountiful success of this warm Spring, the Lawrence Farmers Market returns to open the 37th season of its world-class market on Saturday, April 14. Under the picturesque canopy of budding trees in the 800 block of New Hampshire, the Saturday Lawrence Farmers’ Market will open at 7:00 ...

Second Year of Farm to Child Care Program in Full Swing

Healthy Sprouts

On an unusually balmy evening in late March, twenty five in-home child care providers joined together at Douglas County Child Development Association (DCCDA) to begin the second year of the Families, Farmers and Educators United (FFEU) program. The early educators received the Root for Food curriculum book and learned to ...

Mazes, Mounds and Munchies for Kids of All Ages In This Living Sculpture Dinner Plate

Aimee Polson

**New Community & Kids’ Discovery Garden is Coming to North Lawrence** As part of the Lawrence/Douglas County Common Ground Initiative a new garden is being established in the John Taylor Park at 200 N. 7th Street. THE GARDEN INCUBATOR will have plots for adults and families, smaller plots for kids, ...

BMI busters: Pediatrician, dietitian start children’s weight loss clinic

Katie Bean

http://www2.ljworld.com/photos/2012/mar/06/231142/ By Adrienne Paranjothi Sudden inspiration hit pediatrician Anne Van Garsse last year while she was strolling through a local department store. Van Garsse, who has been practicing in Lawrence for 10 years, wanted to help families struggling with obesity. She called a friend, dietitian Shannon Jones, and the two ...

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