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Great Food Blog from Vermont April 20, 2009

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Caroline here.  A great friend of mine who hails from Burlington, Vermont just brought the blog Every Kitchen Table to my attention.  The blog is penned by Rob Smart, a resident of central Vermont.  You might enjoy his recent post, “Dear Julia Child, We Need You!” The blog also has an impressive links page with various resources, as well as links to a variety of other food related blogs in the “Fellow Foodies” section.  So thank you, Stephanie, and happy reading!


Women Land & Legacy of Jackson County April 16, 2009

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Subject: Women Land & Legacy presents An Estate Planning Workshop
April 23rd

Women, Land, and Legacy of Jackson County will be hosting a very popular Estate Planning Workshop on Thursday, April 23, 2009, at the Comfort Inn in Maquoketa. The event will begin at 5:00 p.m. with the presentation “Who Gets Grandma’s Yellow Pie Plate?” by Jackson County Extension Director, Amber Matthiesen. Ms. Matthiesen’s presentation will discuss the inheritance of personal property.

From 6:00 to 7:00 attendees will have the opportunity to visit with local estate and financial planners to learn what services are available in the area.

From 7:00 to 9:00 there will be an informative talk given by the regionally-renowned speaker, Steve Bohr, of Farm Financial Services, Inc. in Cedar Rapids. Mr. Bohr’s talk will focus on what steps farm families can take to ensure a profitable future for the next generation.

Local financial and estate planners wishing to set up a booth at the event may do so by calling the Jackson Soil and Water Conservation District at 563-652-2337 ext. 3 to reserve a spot for a booth. There will be a $10 fee for all vendors.

The event is free and open to the public. This is a very popular workshop and those wishing to attend should call the Jackson Soil and Water Conservation District at 563-652-2337 ext. 3 by Tuesday, April 21, to reserve a spot. Light refreshments will be served. ********************************************************************
Thanks for your help in getting the word out about this popular workshop! Sincerely,
Courtney Myers
603 E Platt St.
Maquoketa, IA 52060
563-652-2337 x3


MORE volunteer opportunities! April 4, 2009

Local Foods Connection and Friends of the Iowa City Farmers Market Need You!

1. Volunteer to Read a Book or Watch a Movie

Local Foods Connection offers its clients opportunities to participate in educational activities to learn more about nutrition, food and farming. The activities in which our clients can participate include:

  • visit a farm
  • keep a two-week food journal
  • visit a farmers market
  • grow a plant in a garden or flower pot
  • volunteer in the community
  • send a thank you card to a farmer
  • take a cooking class
  • share a recipe
  • share their food with a neighbor or friend
  • create art
  • read books and watch movies

For every activity clients complete, they earn points. With those points they can shop in our small kitchenware store. Items in our inventory include pots and pans, canning equipment, strainers, serving utensils, knives and cutting boards.

If a client reads a book or watches a movie, she has a choice to either write a review or take a quiz. We are looking for volunteers to read books and watch movies off of our recommended reading list and write a quiz. Some book titles are:

  • Four titles by Dr. Andrew Weil: Natural Health, Natural Medicine. Eating Well for Optimum Health. The Healthy Kitchen. Healthy Aging.
  • By Dr. Mehmet Oz: You: The Owners Manual
  • By Rochelle Davis & David Joachim: Fresh Choices: More Than 100 Easy Recipes for Pure Food When You Can’t Buy 100% Organic
  • By Peter Menzel: Hungry Planet: What the World Eats
  • By Joan Dye Gussow: This Organic Life
  • By Barbara Kingsolver: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

Some movie titles are:

  • By Cynthia Vagnetti: Voice of Iowa Farm Women
  • By Taggart Siegel: The Real Dirt on Farmer John
  • By: Chris Beford: The Organic Opportunity
  • By The Iowa Learning Farm: Conservation DVD set
  • By Morgan Spurlock: Supersize Me
  • By Chris Bedford: What Will We Eat
  • By Chris Bedford: Food For the Future

More instructions will be given to volunteers when they contact us via email.

2. From Meggan Fisher: The Friends of the Iowa City Farmers Market (FFM) are currently planning a “Rumpus Fun-Raiser” Mercer Aquatic Center, April 17th from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.to benefit the Iowa City Farmers Market Kids Day (September 12th). This kid-centered event will include pizza; bake sale; educational stations on farming, nutrition, and conservation; bounce house (and other toys); live music; and a mini-market. Kids Day was a huge hit with the community last year and brought in lots of good business for our vendors. The message was clear that everyone wanted to see Kids Day happen again this year. We’d like to accommodate the increased crowd and bring in additional features. To do that, we’ll need to raise some more money.

We have a lot of work to do in the next couple of weeks to make this happen. I would like to invite you to join the new “Friends of the Market,” a volunteer pool for the Iowa City Farmers Market. There are lots of little jobs to do, almost all of which can be done on your own time. If you are interested in helping us out, please contact Meggan Fisher. Please spread the word about this event and attend with your friends and family.

I would also like to encourage everyone to consider joining the FFM for the 2009 market season. Below is a list of the activities we foresee the FFM doing. If you are interested in being kept up to date on the activities of this group, please respond to be added to my email distribution list. Although we will have periodic meetings, attendance is not requisite to join the FFM.

What will The Friends do?

  • Help plan fundraisers for the market
  • Regular promotions and advertising
  • Finding and securing sponsorship for the market
  • Monthly newsletter and weekly e-newsletter
  • Website work
  • Develop new Farmers Market cookbook, and other new merchandise
  • Assess the success of the market
  • Provide hands on assistance at the market
  • And much more!

Volunteers could choose to participate once, or volunteer regularly throughout the season. We are also looking into the possibility of transforming this group into a separate non-profit foundation. The market is so important to this community. Volunteering your time is a great way to help grow this market. I welcome general input on the direction and operation of the market. Please pass this information on to anyone else you think may have an interest in joining in the discussion.

Meggan Fisher
Email Meggan here.


Women Caring For The Land Final Meeting

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The following is a letter from Laura Krouse announcing the final meeting of the Women Caring for the Land group.  Please join us on April 15th!
Greetings ladies,
The final (at least for now) meeting of “Women Caring for the Land” is going to be Wednesday, April 15, 6:00, at Gwen’s restaurant in Lisbon.  We had such a nice lunch there the day of the field trip, everybody wanted to meet there again.  Gwen’s is right downtown in Lisbon.  She’ll have a Mexican buffet for $8.95, fish and potato bar for $6.95, or maybe a roast beef buffet especially for us for probably $8.95, or you can order off the menu.  The food is good, and there will be plenty of visiting because we’ll all be together in the big room, but be sure to bring your reading glasses because the room is a bit dim.
We’ll meet and eat at 6:00, then start our meeting about 7:00.  Our speaker will be Margaret Smith, co-owner and operator of Ash Grove Farm, near Hampton, IA.  She and her husband raise crops and livestock, and both own and rent land using crop share leases and cash leases.  She will lead “A Conversation about Farm Leasing”, and will address what types of farm leases are available, compare cash renting with crop share leases and talk about why an owner might prefer one method over the other, go over the yearly time schedule for leases and owner/operator discussions, discuss how to express your wants and needs about your land to others, and offer ideas about where to go for additional information about farm leases.
We’ll also talk a bit about how to read your conservation plan, and if we have time, see a short conservation/water quality video that has just been released.  I’ll have all the handouts available so you can pick up anything you’ve missed, or get some information for a friend.
Hope to see you soon,