Mulching project May 19, KAW Council event & Fruit tree webcast

You are invited to the Lawrence Community Orchard’s next festive work day on May 19th (Saturday), starting at 10:00 am. We will be putting down cardboard and wood chip mulch to suppress lawn grass and to help create a fungal rich soil for trees to thrive in.

Good things to bring are: work gloves, sun hats, pitch forks, wheelbarrows, and drinking water.  There will be some water and refreshments provided.

We expect this to be light, pleasant work with good company.

We will have sign-up sheets for help with the ongoing maintenance of the orchard – watering and mowing, mostly.

Prior to the work day we will need to collect cardboard for use as mulch. We need a volunteers to gather sheets of corrugated cardboard at least 3 x 4 feet in size. Choose cardboard in as big of pieces as can be found with as little packing tape and staples as can be found. Furniture and mattress stores will have lots of the stuff free for the taking , bicycle boxes work great too.   We will be collecting a stack next to the garage in the alley behind 1027 Pennsylvania St.  Drop off as much as you can stand!

If you have any questions, email Eric Farnsworth at tropicofkansas@sbcglobal.net,
or phone 785-218-6841.
Many hands make light work!
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May 4 – 6, 2012  -30th Anniversary KAW Council Camp Hammond, Deer Creek Watershed of the Wakarusa River (Located between Lawrence & Topeka) featuring Stephanie Mills, author of Epicurean Simplicity, In Gandhi’s Path and Whatever Happened to Ecology?

The Event: The weekend event explores and celebrates life in the Kansas Area Watershed, Prairie Bioregion and Planet Earth, and how to live artfully and soulfully with ecological integrity. The event features a dozen workshops focused on crafting a life in balance with this bioregion, plus children’s activities, an open mic, storytelling and singing around the fire, a display on seed saving (and chance to swap plant starts), and information on and networking with over a dozen ecological organizations and businesses. Most of all, this event is a chance to make more friends, find ideas and inspiration, and learn more ways to reinhabit our prairie bioregion. All of this takes place atCamp Hammond, located between Lawrence and Topeka, and featuring 175 acres of native prairie, native woodlands, a beautiful lake, indoor meeting space, and lots of trails and open areas for outdoor explorations and meetings.

Among many other workshops and events at the KAW gathering, Wade Myslivy and Skyler Adamson will be holding a grafting demonstration.

For more information go to http://kawcouncil.wordpress.com/prairie-roots/

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The Nuts and Bolts of Fruit and Nut TreesFrom the Alliance for Community Trees

 National webcast will be happening on April 19, 2012 at 1:00.   “Community orchards have a vital role to play in sustainable city development. With rising energy and food costs, the need for urban populations to have easy access to fresh, nutritious food is increasing. Local non-profits looking to green their communities can address this need by investing resources into planting fruit and nut trees. A simple fruit tree adds multifaceted value to a community, by stimulating community engagement, safety, and economic vitality while providing nutritional and environmental benefits to the community at large.”