Archive for July, 2012

From maps to food

Okay, this post started out  as one on maps but turned into one on food. So how did I get there?

I started out with this article on maps, gearing it towards those who like to find and use local food, the article “Mapping the Government’s Local Food Work as a Way to Keep it Alive” over at the Grist by Tom Laskaway. It actually gives us a couple of website that help leadyou in the right direction to find your local farmer’s market.

I found the one entitled Know Your Food, Know Your Food Compass was good at giving you maps to locate your local markets and local food while Real Time Farms was good at giving the street addresses, websites and hours of the individual markets. Seems to me if you combine the two, that would be ideal.

And I ended up on food because ever since  I edited the contact information for my local farmers market at Local Harvest , I’ve been receiving e-mails (including today) from them periodically.

I also remembered to water my garden tonight.

Bon Appetit!


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Sea Lions and company

Now I know there are some people that don’t love Sea Lion and that got me to thinking about another creature that not everyone loves, the Beaver. I  however, have always loved them and apparently they are beginning to find more friends as is evident in “With Trouble on the Range, Ranchers Wish They Could Leave it to Beavers” by Joel Millman at the Wall Street Journal.



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There’s gold in them there hills

After watching “Alaska Gold” on PBS’s Frontline, I walked away with that I guess it’s all in your interpretation of what is gold. To me the “gold” is the salmon and so in honor of that gold, here are a couple of articles on salmon.

First up we have “Salmon Evolve to Cope with Climate Change“by Mollie Bloudoff-Indelicato  at Scientific American. I’m glad somebody is able to cope with it.

The other one is about Salmon and one of their consumers, Sea Lions. The article is entitled “Salmon-Eating Sea Lions Get Their Day in Court” by Joel Millman at the Wall Street Journal.

So if it’s not one thing, it’s another. Climate Change, Sea Lions, Humans…



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Libraries around the world

Here’s a follow up to the mini library post from the other day about Little Free Libraries. Check out what they’re doing in Berlin over at Inhabitat. The article is “Book Forest: Berlin Turns Fallen Tree Trunks into a Free Book Exchange!” by Lori Zimmer.

Page by page!


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If you can’t stand the heat…

Okay, it’s official, summer is here.

Here in Missouri, all 114 counties in Missouri have been declared declared disaster areas according to this article, “All of Missouri Gets Disaster Declaration for Drought” by Georgina Gustin at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

If that’s not bad enough, check out “A Year After Floods, Shippers Face Low Mississippi River” by the Associated Press via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Meanwhile, on the otherside of the world we also have evidence such as in “Iraq’s ‘Green Belt’ Fights Desertification” from Chris at Newslook via Ecology.



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Now I would be remiss if I passed up a story on what are known as Little Free Libraries , especially with one opening in my own hometown of Kirkwood, Missouri. The story is over at the Webster-Kirkwood Times by Joe Weber and is entitled “Little Free Libraries Help Promote Literacy“.

I also saw this article the other day on the Little Free Library movement, “Promoting a Culture of Sharing: Free Mini Public Libraries” by Rhonda Winter at Ecolocalizer.

Finally, here’s a link to the Little Free Libraries homepage to see if there is one in your area.

Read on!

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Two states, one problem

I have to say that I know little about crayfish. I remember when I was a kid we saw a few in the creeks so when I saw two articles about crayfish on the same day, I knew I had to post them. After all, as the old saying goes, “you learn something new everyday”.

The first thing I learned was that Crayfish are apparently a problem in a lot of places, from Nevada to Missouri as is evident by these  two articles. They are “Crayfish to Eat, and to Clean the Water” by Norimitsu Onishi at the New York  Times and “Crayfish Regulations Discussions Continue” by Jim Low at the Missouri Conservationist.



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In a couple of weeks the kids and I will be sitting, playing and laughing at Itaska State Park, the headwaters of the Mississippi river.  I’ve always wanted to take a ride down the Mississippi and now I know courtesy of Amy Bertrand at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The article is entitled, “American Queen Tours Bring Steamboat back to St. Louis”.

With the weather we’ve had this summer, it sounds like a really cool time.

Sailing away!


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Second Season

When I saw this article, I knew I still had a chance and so this weekend, I’m going to give it one more chance. Here’s my inspiration, it’s entitled “Second Season Planting Offer a Second Chance at a Vegetable Garden this Year” By Ramon Gonzalez at Treehugger.

Another article that is giving me a nice swift kick is “16 Ways to Enjoy Your Summer Garden” by Maria Rodale at Maria’s Farm Country Kitchen.

Finally, when I heard this week’s Earthworms show (with  guest gardener Janisse Gardener) by Jean Ponzi over at 88.1 KDHX, I said that’s it. Now what should I plant?

Happy Gardening!


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Pieces of summer

These are just a few articles that I’ve been meaning to post since last week but just haven’t found the time, until now.

The first one is yet another article on family trees entitled “What People Owe Fish: A Lot” by Natalie Angier at the New York Times. I’m gonna have to check out Your Inner FIsh by Neil Shubin.

The next one is on my daughter’s favorite topic, horses. The article is “Herd’s Fate Lies in Preservation Clash” byLaura Beil, again at the New York Times. I think I know where my daughter stands on this.

This last article relates to a tradition that the kids I have, looking for frogs. We usually do it in the spring (with the Missouri Department of Conservation) but this sounds like fun too! The article is entitled “Mud, Fun and Frogs” by Matt Seek at Xplor Magazine.



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