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Roundup: The dirt on soil, gardens, more

May 21st, 2010 · No Comments · Food in the news, local food, Roundup

  • I won’t be able to make the screening of “Dirt! The Movie,” at 7 p.m. Monday, May 24, but I hope you and lots of other people do. Films for Action and Local Burger are presenting the movie and a follow-up panel to discuss the film. Our hat is off to both Films for Action and Local Burger for putting on events like this. The panelists include a internationally recognized soil scientist, farmers and a botanist, and Local Burger will provide free snacks, including bison meatballs, veggie burger bites and more—all for just $3. Read details in a DirtPR (PDF).
  • Pupils (and probably a few parents) at Cordley School learned more than usual this year about where food comes from, and their lessons culminated in a nearly all-local lunch at the school. (LJWorld) Meanwhile, a few students and adults are growing food at West Junior High (LJWorld), and I’ve heard about other school gardens going in. Considering the wretched stuff regularly served at schools, these are exciting, feel-good projects. It’s depressing, however, to read how much time it took to get the Cordley project rolling and how few students are engaged in the Merc’s project at West. The real challenge is to get the policy makers engaged so that good, healthy and local food aren’t novelties.
  • fsb-logo-sm Local microbrewer Free State Brewing Co. at long last gets its bottled beer in retail stores. (LJWorld)
  • Kansas State University, for one reason or another, offers a food writing class, and its students produce the Kansas Food Journal. Not much surprising there, but if you are interested to see what students are writing about take a look.

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