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

Our Local Food Kaw River Valley

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Second Annual Farmers Market @ the County Fair - Thursday, August 2, 2012!

Linda Cottin

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/jul/31/238528/ On Thursday, August 2, 2012 Cottin’s Hardware Farmers Market will move their farmers, musicians and weekly hot food vendor down the road to the Douglas County Fair Grounds, 2110 Harper Street, to create the second annual Farmers Market @ the County Fair event. The market is a joint project ...

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 ...

Virtual Local Food Bus Tour of Northeast Kansas

Our Local Food Kaw River Valley

While you're gearing up for Saturday's Local Food Garden Tour, enjoy a "Virtual" Local Food Bus Tour... You can CLICK HERE to take a "virtual" Local Food Bus Tour! (For descriptive captions, click "Show Info" to the top right of the slideshow) On May 23, 2012, I was privileged to ...

Brown Bagging It for Lawrence Meals On Wheels!!!

Mealsonwheels

http://www2.ljworld.com/photos/2010/mar/30/189450/ March kicks off ***Lawrence Meals On Wheels*** Spring fundraiser, "***Brown Bagging It"!*** We are asking community members to take their lunch to work one day, week or longer and donate the money you would have spent eating out to help Lawrence Meals On Wheels feed those in need. Eating ...

Chefs showcase flavor of local foods at first 'Farmers Market at the Fair' event

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/videos/2011/aug/04/34848/ About 200 people watched three teams of Lawrence restaurant chefs buy, prepare, cook and serve up dishes made with local fare. Then came the best part: taste testing. Delicious, flavorful and inspiring were a few words used to describe the food. The Chef’s Challenge was part of the first ...

Find us at the Farmers Market at the Fair!

Julie Mettenburg

Join us for a celebration of our local food and farms at our first Farmers Market at the Fair! Nearly 30 local farm and food vendors will offer fresh, locally grown goods for purchase at the market, on Thursday, August 4, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Douglas County ...

Community Open House, May 18th

Carolyn Ward

Just Food Hosts Community Open House To honor the tremendous response of the Douglas County community, Just Food is hosting a community open house next week. Just Food is pleased to announce that we will be able to continue providing critical services to our community and is now well on ...

Just Food pantry to remain open thanks to $80,000 in donations

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/photos/2011/apr/28/212922/ In February, Douglas County food pantry leaders [appealed to the community][1] for financial help. They needed $100,000 in donations to continue operations or the [Just Food][2] pantry faced closure. Thanks to $80,600 in donations and $30,000 in unexpected federal grant funding, the pantry will remain open. It is financially ...

Health Reporter Spends a Day at Just Food

Carolyn Ward

Karrey Britt, LJW reporter, recently spend a day with us at Just Food - having the opportunity to learn more about why our neighbors rely on emergency food assistance. [Just food pantry users like convenient hours, quantity and variety of food][1] [1]: http://wellcommons.com/weblogs/health-beat/2011/mar/10/just-food-pantry-users-like-convenient-h/

Souper Bowl Week of Caring

Carolyn Ward

Today kicks off a nation-wide effort to draw attention to hunger in our community. The Souper Bowl Week of Caring starts today and runs through Sunday, February 6th. Be part of Just Food's "Souper Bowl" team and make a touchdown that touches people's lives. How? By collecting food and money ...

Just Food Reaches Out to the Douglas County Community

Carolyn Ward

For at least 1 in 6 residents of Douglas County, hunger is a reality. Through our pantry alone, more than 444,988 pounds of food have been distributed to low-income consumers – serving 1,600 to 2,200 individuals each month. Almost half of those receiving food assistance are children and senior citizens. ...

Defining "local"

Emily  Hampton

As John posted below, defining "local food" is not necessarily the easiest thing to do. However, the Douglas County Food Policy Council is doing its best to attempt this task. As a group, we discuss supporting local food and looking at policies that would allow further growth in this area. ...

Food Policy Council Agenda- November 15, 2010

Douglas County Food Policy Council Monday, November 15, 2010 - 7:00 PM United Way Building 2518 Ridge Ct. (few blocks east of 25th and Iowa) I. Administrative Tasks – 7:00 a. Determination of quorum of members, accept agenda b. Approval of Oct. 18th meeting minutes c. Journal of Agriculture, Food ...

Notes from Food Policy Council meeting - October 18, 2010

Meeting Notes: Douglas County Food Policy Council Monday, October 18, 2010 6:15-8:15 PM Rocking H Ranch (Berryton, KS) Attendees: Brenna Wulfkuhle, Lori McMinn, Jim Fischer, Rick Martin, Julie Henry, John Wilson, Dan Nagengast, Daniel Poull, Tom Buller, Constance Wolfe, Kim Scherman, Frank Male, Barbara Clark, Clint Hornberger Absent: Boog Highberger, ...

Food Policy Council Agenda- October 18, 2010

Douglas County Food Policy Council Monday, October 18, 5:30 PM dinner, 6:15 PM meeting Brenna and Mark Wulfkuhle’s Farm (198 N. 1250 Rd) I. Administrative Tasks (led by Eileen & Daniel) – 6:15 a. Determination of quorum of members, accept agenda b. Approval of Sept. 20th meeting minutes c. Update ...

FPC Committee Notes: Schooled by an 11 year-old...

Eileen Horn

*Each of the Food Policy Council committees (Education & Outreach, Policy & Infrastructure, and Land Preservation) will be posting monthly pieces - highlighting an issue that they're currently studying about our local food system:* **An 11-year-old schools us on what’s wrong with the current food system** from: Tom Laskawy (grist.org) ...

What Does Local Food Mean?

John Wilson

Recently, members of the Douglas County Food Policy Council received an education in the difficulty of defining “local food.” It’s funny...when examined separately, the definitions of the words “local” and “food” are hardly debatable. **lo·cal [loh-kuh l]** adjective pertaining to, characteristic of, or restricted to a particular place or particular ...

FPC Committee Notes: Don't Get the Drift

Eileen Horn

*Each of the Food Policy Council committees (Education & Outreach, Policy & Infrastructure, and Land Preservation) will be posting monthly pieces - highlighting an issue that they're currently studying about our local food system:* **Don't Get the Drift** Herbicide drift can cause injury and death to crops sensitive to herbicides. ...

Notes from Food Policy Council meeting - September 20, 2010

Meeting Notes: Douglas County Food Policy Council Monday, September 20, 2010 7:00-9:00 PM Fire Station #5 Attendees: Brenna Wulfkuhle, Lori McMinn, Greg Shipe, Rita York, Jim Fischer, Rick Martin, Debbie Miers, Julie Henry, Bill Wood, Emily Hampton, John Wilson, Dan Nagengast, Daniel Poull, Tom Buller Absent: Boog Highberger, Barbara Clark, ...

Food Policy Council Agenda - September 20, 2010

Douglas County Food Policy Council Monday, September 20, 7:00 PM Fire Station #5 (19th and Stewart) I. Administrative Tasks (led by Eileen & Daniel) – 7:00 a. Determination of quorum of members b. Approval of 8/16 meeting minutes, agenda c. Venue for October meeting d. WellCommons post schedule reminder i. ...

Notes from Food Policy Council meeting - August 16, 2010

Meeting Notes Douglas County Food Policy Council Monday, August 16, 2010 7:00-9:00 PM The Community Mercantile Attendees: Brenna Wulfkuhle, Lori McMinn, Greg Shipe, Barbara Clark, Clint Hornberger, Rita York, Jim Fischer, Rick Martin, Constance Wolfe, Debbie Miers, Julie Henry, Bill Wood, Emily Hampton, John Wilson, Dan Nagengast, Frank Male, Kim ...

Food Policy Council Booth at the Fair

Eileen Horn

**Come visit the Food Policy Council at the Douglas County Fair (Aug 2-8).** *Our booth will feature:* - A "What does local mean to YOU" activity, where if you write your definition of local, you're entered into drawings for DAILY prizes from the Merc, Free State, Lawrence Originals, Checkers, etc. ...

Notes from Food Policy Council meeting - June 21, 2010

Meeting Notes Douglas County Food Policy Council Monday, June 21, 2010 7-9:00 pm Douglas County Extension Office – 2110 Harper St. Attendees: Dan Nagengast, Greg Shipe, Trudy Rice, Jim Fisher, Bill Wood, Tom Buller, Nicole Tichenor, Lori McMinn, Daniel Poull, Rita York, Clint Hornberger, Scott Allegrucci (chair). Staff: Eileen Horn. ...

Notes from Food Policy Council meeting - July 19, 2010

Meeting Notes Douglas County Food Policy Council Monday, July 19, 2010 7:00-9:00 PM Lawrence Memorial Hospital Attendees: Dan Nagengast, Greg Shipe, Jim Fisher, Bill Wood, Nicole Tichenor, Lori McMinn, Daniel Poull, Rita York, Debbie Miers, Barbara Clark, Brenna Wulfkuhle, Boog Highberger Staff: Eileen Horn, Facilitator: Jerry Jost, Guest presenter: Jane ...

Kaw Valley Regional Food -studies and reports

***Links to studies, and other resources which have informed us.*** •••••••• **[Barriers and Opportunities for Sustainable Food Systems in Northeastern Kansas][1]** This is a study by Hikaru Peterson, Theresa Selfa and Rhonda Janke, all at KSU. It entailed surveying every direct marketing farmer they could locate in the valley. They ...

What's are the goals of this group--just curious

Ken Lassman

Hi, It looks like Eileen Horn started this group, presumably as a member of the DCFPC, right? We have lots of things to participate in, that I'm aware of: the Rolling Prairie Farmer's alliance, various gardening clubs, a seed saver's exchange, the Farmer's market, the Community Mercantile Food coop, gardens ...

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