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We Might Be In Kansas After All

And if you are at the beginning of October, then you might be interested in attending the…
30th Anniversary of The Land Institute- Prairie Festival October 6-8, 2006 Not every non-profit organization that started with a $10,000 budget in 1976 is still going. This one started with a couple of dropped-out professor-teachers who came “back to the land.” They became The Land Institute with the help of two neighbors-those families are still represented on our board-and “The Land” has been growing ever since. So, please help us celebrate our 30th year. Our sights are on a $1.7 million budget and growing, and on increasing our 25 employees to carry on this big job. We’ll celebrate an innovative agenda, well on its way, of making possible a new agriculture by developing the perennial crop plants that will be grown in mixtures to provide food and numerous environmental improvements over current farm options. The benefits will run to the farmers and the landscape and everyone who eats. Please mark October 6-8 on your calendar. Program and presenter bios are on our Web site-see the Calendar section for “Prairie Festival” at www.landinstitute.org On the prairie, we’ll gather artists, scholars, critics, farmers, poets, historians, environmentalists, photographers, professors, writers, businessmen, musicians, scientists-and you-to contemplate, share, learn and discuss. Friday evening features a barn dance. Saturday presentations, music, exhibits, photography and food. Saturday evening in downtown Salina at Masonic Center-catered dinner and video-like show of conservation and formation of new national parks in Chile and Argentina. Sunday back at the barn for more thinking, visiting and discussions–adjourning at noon. Presenters: Ray Anderson, founder and chairman of Interface, Inc., an environmentally conscious floor-covering company. Frances Beinecke, President, Natural Resources Defense Council. Wendell Berry, farmer, essayist, conservationist, novelist, teacher, poet. Laura Jackson, Professor of Biology, University of Northern Iowa, teaching ecology, conservation biology and environmental studies. Wes Jackson, founder and president of The Land Institute. David Orr, author of Ecological Literacy, directs Oberlin College’s Environmental Studies. Jim Richardson, photographer, well-known for his work for National Geographic Magazine. Doug Tompkins, businessman, athlete, designer, environmental activist, conservationist. Jakob von Uexkull, founder of The Right Livelihood Award, also known as the Alternative Nobel Prize, from Sweden, and past member of the European Parliament. Ann Zimmerman, Salina native, sings folksongs with her piano and guitar.


Ready, Set, Forage: Pick Pawpaws, Win a Book!

It’s pawpaw picking time! As we cruise into fall, the change in season often evokes images of apple picking and pie-eating. But apples aren’t the only fruit reaching their prime this time of year. Lesser known but equally delicious is the pawpaw. Described as a cross between a banana and a mango, this exotic-looking fruit […] Read More..

5 Common Invasive Species and How to Manage Them

Last week, we asked authors Tao Orion and Katrina Blair to share alternative approaches to managing five different plant species commonly held to be “invasive.” St. John’s Wort, Garlic Mustard, Thistle, Oxeye Daisy, and Kudzu are often dismissed as annoyances at best and the target of aggressive eradication with harmful chemicals at worst. Orion and […] Read More..

What in the World is a Pawpaw?

Have you heard of the pawpaw? A few generations ago, most would say “yes!” You could ask just about anyone and they could tell you what this fruit looked and tasted like, and more importantly, where to find it. But today, the pawpaw remains a mystery to some and entirely unknown to others. In Pawpaw: […] Read More..

Uncovering the Many Uses for Abundant Kudzu

As Invasive Species Week comes to a close, Tao Orion, author of Beyond the War on Invasive Species, and Katrina Blair, author of The Wild Wisdom of Weeds,  share alternative approaches to understanding and managing Kudzu. Take a look through our final profile and check out any you might have missed along the way: Oxeye […] Read More..

Oxeye Daisy: A Plant for the Pollinators

As Invasive Species Week continues, Tao Orion, author of Beyond the War on Invasive Species, and Katrina Blair, author of The Wild Wisdom of Weeds, are sharing alternative approaches to managing and using plants considered to be “invasive.” Take a look through today’s profile on Oxeye Daisy and check out tips for working with Garlic […] Read More..