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Roundup: Garden tour and other April fun

April 7th, 2010 · 2 Comments · local food, Roundup

The Lawrence Sustainability Network’s gardening group, SLUG (support for local urban gardeners) is planning a tour in June of Lawrence food gardens, and the group hopes to include more gardens than the 12 featured in last year’s inaugural event. If you didn’t get the notice and have a garden that you think others could learn from, contact the group: SLUG dot LSN at gmail dot com.

The bad news is that Kansas has had among the highest rates of food-borne illness reported in the country. The good news that the high rate is because Kansas does such a good job finding and reporting such illnesses, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

You can read a review (more of a description, really) of Lawrence’s latest restaurant, Esquina, at the KC Star’s Ink site. I haven’t tried it yet, but I’ve heard good reports from people who have.

Kansas City, Mo., public radio station KCUR has received a grant to cover agribusiness. The grant will allow the hiring of six people to help cover farming practices, food and fuel production and their impact on the economy, jobs, and environment, according to KCUR. We’ll hope and trust that means looking deeper than the latest press release from Cargill and Monsanto.

It’s after the fact, but I got a big enough kick out of the April fool news that China is buying Kansas, that I thought I’d share the link to the post by Chris Clayton on the Progressive Farmer.

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2 Comments so far ↓

  • Jennifer

    Glad to see you back, Janet!

    Re: the KCUR grant, I agree, I definitely hope it’s not going to be a corporate agribusiness pep rally, and instead focus on the real and immediate need for quality food reporting, farm to table.

  • Janet Majure

    Hi, Jennifer, and thanks! I’m reasonably hopeful about the KCUR grant. Although I couldn’t find it on their website, I’m pretty sure they did a good job covering stories about hog farm lagoons and other issues.