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The season is underway! May 26, 2009

Hi everybody – It’s Caroline here.  My apologies for the two weeks since posting last.  Now that warm weather is here and the CSA season is gearing up, it’s been busy to say the least.

I know that Laura has been overworked and underhelped in the LFC office.  And still, she’s done an amazing job setting up our latest LFC season – matching 40-some local families with CSA shares from Scattergood, Local Harvest, Oak Hill Acres, and more of our friends.  Wow!

In other news, the Iowa City Farmers Market is underway.  I stopped by the market on Wednesday night to pick up my first share from Local Harvest and was delighted to see the Chauncey Swan Parking Ramp loaded with shoppers.  I was also delighted to tear into the lettuce and bok choy in our CSA share.  One huge stir fry and one huge salad later, we’ve pretty much eaten through our first week’s share.  It was divine!

We stopped at Saturday’s market to pick up a Miller’s peach pie and an Iowa City Farmers Market t-shirt and the market was just as busy.  Considering dropping by the t-shirt booth to support the Friends of the Farmers Market.  Even better, consider donating your time to this growing group.  Email the group here if you’re willing to donate some time.  Read more about volunteer opportunities here.

If you’re a supporter of local foods, please remember that groups like Local Foods Connection and Friends of the Farmers Market don’t happen without your support.  Consider donating some of your time and energy to strengthen our local food system.  You won’t regret it!

Happy eating,


Clear Creek Women Landowners Meeting May 11, 2009

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Clear Creek Women Landowners Meeting and Field Day

Women landowners in the Clear Creek watershed (stretching from Conroy to Coralville) are invited to the Clear Creek Women Landowners Meeting and Field Day on Thursday, May 28 from 2pm-6pm beginning at the Tiffin Fire Station meeting room (221 Main St., Tiffin, IA). Women will gather with conservation staff, listen to a presentation by Abbe Hills farmer Laura Krouse, and tour local farms to view conservation practices in action.

This event, sponsored by the Clear Creek Watershed Enhancement Project, is free and open to the public. Bring yourself, your conservation questions, and some outdoor footwear, and we will provide the rest.

If you’re interested in attending the meeting or in conservation more generally, please consider completing our very brief pre-meeting survey available at:


Hope to see you there!



Art & Ecology Exhibition May 13th May 4, 2009

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Our friend Sarah Kanouse has forwarded the following information about her Art & Ecology students’ final exhibition.  If you’re in or near Iowa City, be sure to head over to the University of Iowa’s I-Gallery to catch the work of these talented students.  Sarah’s message follows:


“Art Likes Ecology & Ecology Likes Art,” an end of semester exhibition
Closing Reception on Wednesday, May 13 from 4:00 until 6:30 p.m.
I-Gallery, Communications Center, 2nd Floor, 116 S. Madison St.
Exhibition will be on view May 8-13

“Art Likes Ecology & Ecology Likes Art” features a number of artworks engaging environmental themes, including floating gardens, a video game exploration of military ecology, an audio essay on place, and handmade books that investigate recycling and production streams. The show is the culmination of semester-long research by students in Art & Ecology, a seminar course offered in the Intermedia Department that explores artistic responses to the environment and related social issues. The show will be on view May 8-14 in the I-Gallery on the 2nd floor of the Communications Center, with a closing reception on May 13 from 4 to 6:30 p.m.

Special events plans for the closing reception include a swap of plant starts and seeds. Guests are encouraged to bring extra garden seeds and seedlings to exchange with others, though you do not need to have brought anything to leave with seeds or plants. The show will also feature the distribution of seed bombs, which are balls of clay, compost, and seeds that are allowed to dry and are then used by guerilla gardeners to brighten neglected in areas in need of some green. Refreshments will be served.

Art & Ecology is a collaborative research team composed of Courtney Cable, Sarah Kanouse, Nathan Morton, Benjamin Skolnik, and Nicole Pietrantoni. These graduate and undergraduate students and their faculty facilitator hail from Intermedia, Sculpture, Printmaking, and English.

This event is free, open to the public and sponsored by the Intermedia Program of the School of Art and Art History. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the School of Art and Art History at 335-1771.


We want you! May 3, 2009

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We need you! Local Foods Connection has been short of volunteer-staff this past month. If you would like to volunteer in the office to help us through this difficult period, email us with options of times and dates you can come in and do some clerical work. Thanks!