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Hyperlocavores Amid Catastrophe


Safe Climate Means NO Coal

'Safe' climate means 'no to coal' *Keeping global temperatures within "safe" limits means leaving most of the world's fossil fuel reserves unburned, scientists conclude.

Let's Get Real About Hemp



Red Meat Culture


European Bees in BIG Trouble


Freezing Fresh Fruits


Oldest Living Confederate Widow, May 8, 9, Southern Pines

[Maureen is selling tickets, too.]

The "Oldest Living Confederate Widow: Her Confession" is coming for one week only, May 8 and 9.

Written by Allan Gurganus and Jane Holding, the play is adapted from Gurganus' best-selling novel, The Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All, and stars solo actress Holding, who will perform for 90 minutes without an intermission.

Her character, Lucille Marsden tells the whole truth about her long marriage to a war-haunted veteran of our nation's worst trauma.

Held on the grounds of the historic Shaw House in Southern Pines, the play is presented by the Moore County Historical Association, proceeds to benefit the Historic Britt Sanders Cabin.

Beginning at 6:00 p.m. prior to each performance, there will be live music from the Civil War era by the Java Mules, a book-signing with Allan Gurganus, and a wine reception.

Performance begins at 7:00, $20 tickets and information are available through The Shaw House, 692-2051, The Country Book Shop and Sandhills Feed. Limited seating.

Slow Down, We Move Too Fast

The early bird gets the worm. But the second mouse gets the cheese.

Corporate Stonewalling in Pork Industry


NC Local Food Council Bill



Smithfield, Hogs, Americas

[There is chatter on the Web about Smithfield's operations in Mexico; google to find more. . .]

Imperiled Plant Conservation, Apr 30, Sou. Pines


April 30, 2009, Save Our Sandhills hosts guest lecturer Rob Evans to speak on “Conserving Imperiled Plants in the Sandhills and Beyond.” Native plants and wildflowers should not be taken for granted, even if they are abundant in a particular place. Consider that North Carolina hosts over 4,200 different plants – a most diverse assortment, not only in North America but also the entire world. The Sandhills is being tested more than other areas in the state as to loss of open land given that much has succumbed to development. The NC Department of Agriculture and state officials are concerned about how many acres will continue to be consumed, thus drastically changing the balance of nature.
The Sandhills is often called a region of southeastern biodiversity. Scientists studying longleaf pine forests at Fort Bragg and Camp Mackall have identified almost 1,300 species of flower plants, conifer trees, and ferns, as well as 156 grass species, 100 bird species, 67 mammal species, more than 60 butterfly species, and 86 reptile and amphibian species. Given these numbers, it is important to know that each species is dependent upon another, native plants and wildlife critically linked. When native plants disappear, the insects dependent upon those plants disappear, thus affecting food sources for birds and other animals.
Rob Evans, an expert in the field of native rare plants and rare plant communities, is responsible for our state’s North Carolina Plant Conservation Program (PCP). Since 2004, he has overseen its unique mission of establishing and managing its system of plant preserves now totalling 18 sites on over 14,000 acres of land. He helps develop lists of imperiled plants according to three categories: endangered, threatened, and those of special concern. And in cooperation with botanical gardening specialists in the state, he works to propagate species threatened with extinction. Evans has worked with NatureServe, developing a classification of ecological systems for the southeastern United States, and he’s worked with The Nature Conservancy on several multi-state conservation plans. Evans has also worked for the U.S. Forest Service on the National Forests and National Grasslands in Texas on land and forest management as well as on endangered species. He has an M.S. in Plant Ecology from Stephan F. Austin University, has coauthored the U.S. National Vegetation Classification system, and has coauthored scientific articles on topics that include fire ecology and carnivorous plants.
A hands-on specialist, Evans actively manages the PCP’s numerous preserves. This is often necessary to ensure the future viability of rare plants, even on permanently protected lands. Approximately 75% of all listed plant species require a controlled burning regimen to reproduce and thrive. He can often be seen in full fire safety regalia, working to ensure that burns are properly planned and executed by crews of professionally trained foresters. These burns mimic the natural fires from lightning strikes that took place in North Carolina before fire suppression became fashionable. Fire is crucial to ensure North Carolina’s rich biodiversity. Often, repeated controlled burns provide wonderful surprises, as leaf litter turns to nutrient-rich ash, seeds germinate, and seedlings are nourished.
The PCP is a program within the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDA & CS) working closely with the North Carolina Natural Heritage Program in order to determine which “Protected Plants” need urgent attention. Since state and federal laws provide almost no legal protection for plants, conservation efforts are a priority in preserving unique and irreplaceable native plants for future generations.
Join us; refreshments follow. Thursday, April 30, 7 PM, Southern Pines Civic Club, corner of Ashe and Pennsylvania.


Conservation Insider Bulletin, April 24

Conservation Insider Bulletin
Published weekly for the Conservation Council of North Carolina
Conservation News to Peruse & Use
Editor: Dan Besse, cib@conservationcouncilnc.org
April 24, 2009

Environmental action has heated up in Raleigh, with opportunities to speak up on funding priorities and coastal issues coming soon, plus national news on climate change, this week in CIB:

--Legislative Watch: Transit Funding Advances; Mountaintop Protection Stalls; Beach Bummer Up Next; Speak Out On Budget

--Coast Watch: Offshore Drilling Hearing April 27, Climate Change & the Coast May 19

--Washington Watch: EPA Climate Action a "Game-Changer"

--Education & Resources: EPA Report Says Climate Change Will Increase Regional Ozone Pollution

Legislative Watch: Transit Funding Advances; Mountaintop Protection Stalls; Beach Bummer Up Next; Speak Out on Budget

Transit Funding Advances: The N.C. House this week voted twice by convincing margins (77-40, 75-40) to approve HB 148, "Congestion Relief / Intermodal Transport Fund", which would provide a critical public finance option for regional public transit systems. The bill, backed by environmental, municipal, and business groups alike, would permit counties to approve via public referenda a special 1/2 or 1/4 cent sales tax exclusively for the funding of public transit systems. It now goes to the Senate for consideration.

Mountaintop Protection Stalls: Legislation to protect threatened mountain environments in coal-producing states didn't fare as well. HB 340, "Appalachian Mountains Preservation Act", was heard in the House Environment and Natural Resources Committee this week. Power company representatives made dire and controversial predictions of coal shortages and electric price hikes if legislators approved this bill to bar North Carolina power plants from burning coal obtained by the environmentally devastating process of "mountaintop removal" strip mining. Facing likely defeat in committee, bill sponsors pulled back from a vote. Principal sponsor Rep. Pricey Harrison (D-Guilford) indicated that she would instead circulate a letter for concerned state legislators to sign in support of federal action to end the controversial practice altogether.

Beach Bummer Up Next: SB 832, "CRC May Permit Terminal Groin"—which CIB non-fondly calls the Beach Bummer Bill—is slated to be heard next week in the Senate Agriculture, Environment, and Natural Resources Committee. If approved, this terrible bill would rip a gaping hole in North Carolina's long-standing policies protecting our beaches and barrier islands. A host of leading coastal scientists have condemned these "terminal groins" as costly known failures, which temporarily retain sand in one spot at the expense of accelerating erosion elsewhere on the beaches. CCNC lobbyist Dan Crawford calls the bill "worse than ever" and encourages CCNC members and friends to call their Senators in opposition to SB 832.

Speak Out on Budget: Also next week, there will be important opportunities around the state to speak out for funding for pollution control enforcement, environmental education, and critical land conservation funds. On Tuesday, April 28, from 6-9 p.m., the N.C. House Appropriations Committee will hold a public hearing to receive public comments on this year's state budget. The in-person hearing will take place in Raleigh, in the auditorium of the N.C. Museum of History on Fayetteville Street. Ten community colleges around the state will host simultaneous live interactive broadcasts of the hearing in Charlotte, Dobson, Dublin, Fayetteville, Grantsboro, Henderson, Smithfield, Sylva, Williamston, and Winston-Salem. Speakers will be allowed up to three minutes for comments. Rules for speaking during the event, submitting written comments, and accessing the online broadcast are available at www.ncleg.net/sessions/2009/budget/2009/BudgetPublicHearing.html.

Coast Watch: Offshore Drilling Hearing April 27, Climate Change & the Coast May 19

Two important opportunities to address key issues for our coast are coming up soon.

This Monday, April 27, the state legislative task force on offshore drilling will hold a public hearing in Morehead City at Carteret Community College from 4-6 p.m. Public comments of two to five minutes (depending on turnout) will be heard. Coastal advocates say that the oil industry and its backers will have the "drill now" crowd bussed out in force, so it's important for the voices of environmental reason and long-term economic prosperity for our coast (fisheries and tourism) to be well-represented too. For more details, go to http://www.nccoast.org/Advocacy/2009actionalerts/offshoreoilAA.

On Tuesday, May 19, CCNC and other citizen conservation groups will host an educational event on Climate Change & the Coast, at the N.C. Botanical Gardens in Chapel Hill from 7-9 p.m. Speakers will include Dr. Stan Riggs, Distinguished Research Professor, East Carolina University, and former Secretaries of the N.C. Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources. Due to limited space, advance registration is required, at http://action.sierraclub.org/site/PageNavigator/Sign_Up_Coastal_Evening

Washington Watch: EPA Climate Action a "Game-Changer"

The U.S. EPA late last week announced its formal conclusion that human emissions of carbon dioxide and five other greenhouse gases now "endanger human health and welfare." That's the formal trigger required by a key 2007 U.S. Supreme Court decision applying the federal Clean Air Act, which now launches the formal rulemaking process for regulating those emissions.

The availability of this regulatory process helps level the national policy playing field, choking off the threat by opponents in the Senate to block climate change action by filibuster. President Obama, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, and Congressional supporters all say that legislation to address the issue is preferable. However, the clock is now ticking on alternative regulatory action if Congress fails to act in a timely manner.

A leading Congressional supporter of action on climate change, Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA), calls the EPA decision a "game changer" in the global warming policy debate. "It changes the playing field with respect to legislation," said Markey. "It's now no longer doing a bill or doing nothing. It is now a choice between regulation and legislation."

David Doniger, climate-policy director for the Natural Resources Defense Council, agreed. Doniger told reporters, "This has enormous legal significance. It is the first time the federal government has said officially that the science is real, the danger is real and in this case that pollution from cars contributes to it." (Associated Press, 4/18/09.)

Education & Resources: EPA Report Says Climate Change Will Increase Regional Ozone Pollution

Speaking of federal pronouncements on climate change, here's another wake-up call just released by EPA's Global Climate Change Research Program. The newly-released report concludes that continued climate change is likely to produce significant increases in summer air pollution caused by ozone in several major U.S. regions. Most of the study's modeling scenarios show North Carolina, especially Piedmont North Carolina, being especially hard hit by the resulting air pollution increases.

The entire report, titled "Assessment of the Impacts of Global Change on Regional U.S. Air Quality: A Synthesis of Climate Change Impacts on Ground-Level Ozone", including appendices, can be accessed at http://cfpub.epa.gov/ncea/cfm/recordisplay.cfm?deid=203459.

Rising Meadow Farm Open House, May 3

With just a week to go we are busy getting ready for our Open Farm on Sunday, May 3, 2009 from 1 - 5 pm.
Every year we have a joint Open Farm with Goat Lady Dairy - and this year is no exception! Here at Rising Meadow Farm we have 158 lambs bouncing around the pastures - they are just wonderful! We think you'll be able to see most of them on the 3rd. The Farm Store will be open for business. Fleeces S(natural-colored and Navajo-Churro only), roving for spinners and felters, yarn (I sent off Corriedale wool to the spinnery right after Shearing Day in February. The yarn just came back. Now I'm trying to dye some as quickly as possible for the 3rd.), Beautiful sheepskins - and of course lamb meat. All cuts are available.
This is the last we'll have until July - bring your cooler! Plan to come and just walk around the farms - Spring is a beautiful time on a farm. We (and the animals) have been enjoying green everywhere! Hope to see you on May 3rd - and as usual please leave your pets at home.

We Must Change Our Lives

Of the ten calories of fossil fuels necessary to provide one calorie of food energy, about 40% is used for fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides and herbicides, about 23% for processing and packaging and about 32% in home refrigeration/freezing and cooking. Pat Murphy

International Fest, West Pine Middle School

Passport International Festival at West Pine Middle School, May 1 - 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm, Public is invited to sample foods, dances, and games from countries around the world with hands-on lessons in making Chinese dumplings, rolling sushi, and kneading pasta, dance lessons in merengue, salsa, tango, or shag, plus origami and a language lab. Proceeds will be used to purchase SMART boards. Tickets $10 per passport or $40 for a family of four or more. Information, 673-1464.

Global Economic Crisis

World Bank demands poverty action
World Bank head Robert Zoellick warns of a "human catastrophe" unless more is done to tackle the global economic crisis.

Plant Sale, SCC, May 1, 2

SCC Plant Sale - 1 pm - 4 pm, Huette Hall, Sandhills Community College. Landscape gardening students annual plant sale. Event continues Saturday, May 2, 9 am - 12 pm. Pre-orders are encouraged. Information, 695-3882.

Recycle, May 2, Sou. Pines

Mixed Paper Recycling Drive - Keep Moore County Beautiful, Inc. is sponsoring a Mixed Paper Recycling Drive 9:00am - 3:00pm, at the Kangaroo Station in the Fresh Market Shopping Center, Southern Pines. Acceptable items include anything that is paper: Paper grocery bags, flattened boxes, telephone books, junk mail, magazines, catalogs, flattened corrugated cardboard, office paper, and newspapers. Household Batteries and Inkjet Cartridges and Cell Phones included. Contact Joan Neal, Executive Director, Keep Moore County Beautiful, Inc. at 947-3478

Plant Sale, Weymouth, April 28


THE ANNUAL SPRING PLANT SALE AT THE WEYMOUTH CENTER FOR THE ARTS AND HUMANITIES in Southern Pines will take place on Tuesday, April 28, from 9 a.m. until noon. Perennials (including daylilies), shrubs, and herbs will be available. For more information, call 692-6261 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.


Wild Food, Fermentations Workshop, Asheville, August

Wild food and fermentations workshop, Aug. 5, 6. Ashevillage. Sandor Katz, instructor, author of Wild Fermentation and The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved.

Important from DemocracyNow.org

Flashback: A Look Back at the Church Committee's Investigation into CIA, FBI Misuse of Power

We take a look at one of the most famous special Senate investigations of government misconduct. In the mid-1970s, a US Senate committee chaired by Democratic Senator Frank Church of Idaho conducted a massive investigation of the CIA and FBI's misuse of power at home and abroad. The multi-year investigation examined domestic spying, the CIA's attempts to assassinate foreign leaders, the FBI and CIA's efforts to infiltrate and disrupt leftist organizations, and more. We speak with Sen. Frank Church's widow, Bethine Church, and Frederick A.O. Schwarz, Jr., who served as chief counsel to the Church Committee. http://www.democracynow.org/2009/4/24/flashback_a_look_back_at_the

Rise of Right-Wing Extremism Linked to Recession

The Department of Homeland Security released a report last week that warned right-wing extremist groups are gaining new recruits by exploiting fears about the economy and the election of the nation's first black president. We speak with Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

NC Coast in Climate Change, May 19, Chapel Hill

Join us for a conversation about the future of our NC coast in the age of climate change.

Tuesday, May 19
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
North Carolina Botanical Garden
Chapel Hill, NC

Hear from former Secretaries of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources as to what North Carolina needs to do to create a vision for responsible coastal management in the age of climate change.

Guest Speaker: Dr. Stan Riggs, Distinguished Research Professor, East Carolina University

Refreshments will be served.

Sponsored by Audubon NC, Conservation Council of NC, Environmental Defense Fund, NC Coastal Federation, NC Conservation Network, the Sierra Club-NC Chapter and Southern Environmental Law Center

The event is free; registration is required as the number of participants is limited.

Carrie Clark
Executive Director
Conservation Council of North Carolina
PO Box 12671
Raleigh, NC 27605

(919) 839-0006
fax: (919) 839-0767


The Food Revolution

Michael Pollan | A Food Revolution in the Making From Victory Gardens to White House Lawn
Michael Pollan, OnEarth: "Last month, First Lady Michelle Obama broke ground for a new vegetable garden on the South Lawn of the White House. It's the first time food will be grown at the president's residence since Eleanor Roosevelt planted her Victory Garden during World War II. Back then, as part of the war effort, the government rationed many foods and the shortage of labor and transportation fuel made it difficult for farmers to harvest and deliver fruits and vegetables to market. The First Lady's Victory Garden set an example for the entire nation: they too could produce their own fruits and vegetables. Nearly 20 million Americans answered the call. They planted gardens in backyards, empty lots, and even on city rooftops. Neighbors pooled their resources, planted different types of produce, and formed cooperatives - all in the name of patriotism."


Industrialized Chickens in Trouble?


Tomato Song

Plant 'em in the spring, eat 'em in the summer
All winter without 'em's a culinary bummer
I forget all about all the seedin' and the diggin'
Every time I go out and pick me a big 'un.

Homegrown tomatoes, homegrown tomatoes.
What'd life be without homegrown tomatoes?
Only two things that money can't buy:
That's true love and homegrown tomatoes.

[See you at the Farmers' Market!]

Remove the Pollutants!



Viet Village, NOLA, Award Winner!


What Is Hugelkulture? (It Works!)

[Hugelkulture is how I've killed lots of weeds, especially liriope! and used cut brush from the yard. Maureen]

Scotch Riflemen to Attend MCHA Event, May 8, 9

To attend “The Oldest Living Confederate Widow: Her Confession”
The Shaw House, Southern Pines, May 8, 9

Members of The Scotch Riflemen 2001, Sons of Confederate Veterans, will attend the event sponsored by Moore County Historical Association, proceeds to assist with maintenance of the Britt Sanders Cabin on the Shaw House property.

The play is based upon Allan Gurganus’ best-selling novel and stars Jane Holding in a non-stop, 90-minute performance.

The Riflemen often work in tandem with the United Daughters of the Confederacy, John Blue Chapter, in Aberdeen. Members must show proof of having at least one ancestor who served honorably during the War Between the States, often referred to as The War for Southern Independence, ‘The Civil War’ being a misnomer.

The Riflemen take their name from the NC State Troops for Moore County under Captain Vander Blue. The group is formed in order to draw attention and honor to the region’s Southern heritage, especially to its distinctly Scottish flavor in this area of the South.

The Confederacy used at least five different flags during the war, but the most recognized is the one based upon the national flag of Scotland, the St. Andrews Cross, given that most of the troops in the Confederacy were of Scottish origin.

The Riflemen, arriving in uniform, will set up a tent on the Shaw House grounds for the weekend of the May 8th and 9th Oldest Living Confederate Widow performances, book-signings and wine receptions and are available to answer questions pertaining to Moore County’s cultural heritage.

Green Goods Discount Today, Sou. Pines

Happy Earth Day! If you have made the change of reducing your carbon footprint, Good for you! If not, it's never too late to get started.
To celebrate Earth Day, on April 22, Green Goods will give you 15% off your total purchase when you BRING or purchase a reusable shopping bag. As always, Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle!
Green Goods, downtown Sou. Pines, Broad St. across from train station


Edible Weeds


Save Our Sandhills, Apr 30, 7 pm

The next regular meeting of Save Our Sandhills (SOS) will be on Thursday, April 30, 2009 at 7:00PM at the Southern Pines Civic Club, corner of Ashe Street and Pennsylvania Avenue.

This meeting will feature a presentation by guest lecturer Rob Evans, who will speak on the topic, "Conserving Imperiled Plants in the Sandhills and Beyond." Mr. Evans is an expert in the field of native rare plants and rare plant communities, and is responsible for the North Carolina Plant Conservation Program. He has worked with NatureServe, The Nature Conservancy, and the U.S. Forest Service. Mr. Evans has an MS in Plant Ecology from Stephan F. Austin University. He has co-authored the U.S. National Vegetation Classification System, and has co-authored a number of scientific articles.

Good Ole Girls on UNC-TV

Tomorrow night on UNC-TV they're doing "Good Ole Girls," adapted by Paul Ferguson from Lee Smith's and Jill McCorkle's works. A real riot of corny comedy and toe-tapping music. If it comes off as well on tv as on the stage, you'll have a great time watching. (Think of Dolly Parton with a troupe.)


Torture Exemption 'Illegal'

CIA torture exemption 'illegal' *President Obama's decision not to prosecute CIA agents who used torture breaks international law, a UN expert says.


Sou. Pines Long-Range Planning Meetings

The next workshop for the SP Long-Range Plan will consider preferred growth strategies within the Town’s ETJ (extra-territorial jurisdiction). This includes horse country. Post card notices are not being sent, instead a flyer was included in town water bills. So folks living in the ETJ may not be aware that important decisions might be made that will impact their property.
“Plan Options” workshop, scheduled in repeating format for three times: Wednesday, April 22nd from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the Southern Pines Recreation Center, 160 Memorial Park Court, and twice on Thursday, April 23rd - from 11:30 to 1:30 pm at the Douglass Center, 1185 W. Pennsylvania Avenue, and from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the Southern Pines Recreation Center.



e-Blast from Sustainable Sandhills

Volume Three | April 10, 2009

Alma Easom Primary School Goes Green

Alma Easom, a K-1 primary school in Cumberland County, is going green with the help of the PTA and Sustainable Sandhills. Alma Easom's efforts started in 2006 when Connie Graham, Alma Easom Principal, encouraged staff to conserve by turning off lights in unoccupied rooms. Alma Easom won the Cumberland County Schools Energy Incentive Program and was awarded a voucher for $5,569. Read more!

What Would We Do Without Oil?

The next free film in our Sustainable Film Series is the inspiring and award-winning documentary, The Power of Community - How Cuba Survived Peak Oil. The film documents the struggle of the Cuban people after they became the first country to face the peak oil crisis. When you realize how much of our lifestyle relies on oil, you begin to understand the massive changes that took place, almost overnight, in Cuba. In addition to transportation and power outages, the most immediate problem became food scarcity. As hunger spread, people were left with no other choice than to grow food wherever they could, leading to widespread urban farming. Read more!

Operation Inasmuch "Operates" on Fayetteville

Sustainable Sandhills partnered with Operation Inasmuch and more than 1200 volunteers on Saturday, April 4 to transform 30 homes in a daylong home improvement "blitz" in Fayetteville. Over a year's time, the energy and water-saving measures provided on April 4 will conserve thousands of gallons of water and kilowatt-hours, saving these homeowners a significant amount of their hard-earned income. Read more!

Upcoming Calendar of Events

April 11: Sustainable Sandhills Urban Farm Tour - Find out more!

April 14: Moore County Sustainable Film Series, The Power of Community - How Cuba Survived Peak Oil, 6:30-8:00 p.m., Sandhills Community College, Dempsey Student Center, Clement Dining Room. 3395 Airport Rd., Pinehurst. Read more!

April 18: Earth Day Celebration at The Apple Crate (Sustainable Sandhills Certified Green Business) 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Fayetteville. Find out more!

April 21 & 22: The Green Summit, Sandhills Community College, 3395 Airport Rd., Pinehurst. Visit sandhills.edu for more information.

April 22: EARTH DAY

April 23: Lee County Community Action Team KICKOFF, 6:30-8:00 p.m., McSwain Cooperative Extension Service Center, 2420 Tramway Road, Sanford.

April 25: "Win With Air Quality - Recycling and Alternative Transportation' Poster Contest Awards at the Partnership for Children's KidStuff Stage at the Dogwood Festival, Fayetteville.

Support Sustainable Sandhills

Our continued growth and success depends in large part on your support.

Urban Farm Tour Sponsored by Sustainable Sandhills, April 11. Be here!

Sustainable Sandhills Urban Farm Tour
Saturday, April 11th, 2009

One last reminder to be sure to check out the Sustainable Sandhills Urban Farm Tour tomorrow! With over 20 sites in two counties, there’s sure to be something for everyone. You’ll see folks farming in small raised beds, full frontal gardening, chickens, bees, vermicomposting, straw bale gardening, shade gardens…the list goes on and on.
Come out and see how these “Urban Farmers” have easily woven edibles into their existing landscapes. You’ll be amazed! Each of them have a wealth of knowledge to share to make your urban farming journey a success.
Check in at headquarters (Cumberland – Cape Fear Botanical Gardens, Moore – Aberdeen Elementary School) to get a program and be one your way for this FREE event. You can follow this link also to get more information on the tour and urban farming.
We look forward to seeing you there!!!

Heather N. Brown
Business Development Specialist
Sustainable Sandhills, CTC Staff
(910) 639-7024 mobile

Don’t Miss the Sustainable Sandhills Urban Farm Tour on April 11, 2009! This fun event is your chance to see what local people are growing in their own front and backyards – and learn what you can do at home to secure a healthier and more sustainable future! This self-guided tour includes bee-keeping, edible landscapes, chicken coops and more! For more information, please visit http://sustainablesandhills.org/LocalFoodCulture-2009UrbanFarmTour.html.

Get to Know Hazel Henderson


Beekeepers' Meet, April 14, Carthage

The April meeting of the Moore County Beekeepers Association will be held on April 14th at 7pm in the Moore County Agricultural Center in Carthage. Ellis Hardison, NC Master Beekeeper, will discuss "Tasmania/Apimondia". During our business meeting, Rick McAuley will discuss options available if we wish to have a club website.

Farm Up on the Urban Farm Tour, April 11

What you can see (below) at my Farm Up the Street, 345 North Page St. I also have hand-outs about sheet-mulching, mycilia, worm castings/tea, and the ever-important herb, comfrey. Hope to see you tomorrow! Maureen

Fruit trees and shrubs, pecans
Cut flower beds
Herbs/companion plantings
Three-season Carolina room
Laying hens
Guinea fowl
Worm bin/worm tea operation
Mushroom grow room
Comfrey/elderberry/rhubarb bed
Compost heap/compost hole
Beginning food forest
Bat and wren houses
Cover cropping for bio-mass
Pond/frog, toad, fish nursery
Rain barrel catchments
Chemical-free honey bees/top-bar hive
Drip-line irrigation
East-side raised beds for greens

For sale: fig, forsythia, rosa rugosa, Jerusalem artichoke, flag iris, Siberian iris, yarrow, blueberry, heirloom tomato, rose campion, mint (some of these must be dug; take my Farm Up card and leave your contact info so that I can get plants to you later)


Urban Beekeeping in Germany


SS Film, How Cuba Survived Peak Oil, Apr. 14, SCC

Moore County Sustainable Film SeriesTuesday, April 14th, 6:30-8pm | Sandhills Community College, Dempsey Student Center, Clement Dining Room

Our Next Film: “The Power of Community- How Cuba Survived Peak Oil”

Sustainable Sandhills will be showing the second film in our Film Series focused on sustainability-related topics. The desire of Sustainable Sandhills is to heighten public awareness of pressing sustainability issues and to encourage community dialogue following each film.

The next film in our sustainable film series is the inspiring and award winning documentary, “The Power of Community-How Cuba Survived Peak Oil” by the Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions. The film documents the struggle of the Cuban people after they became the first country faced with the peak oil crisis. With oil supplies drastically reduced and hunger spreading, people were left with no other choice and resorted to growing food wherever they could, which led to widespread urban gardening. As a follow-up to our upcoming Urban Farm Tour, “The Power of community” will take a look at local food as a necessity.

It will be shown Tuesday, April 14th, at Sandhills Community College's Dempsey Student Center, upstairs in the Clement Dining Room from 6:30-8:00 PM. The Film Series is held on a bi-monthly schedule, alternating with the Sustainable Sandhills Moore County Community Action Team Meetings. Each film will be aired from 6:30-8:00 PM at the same location, and the remaining 2009 revised schedule is as follows: June 18th, August 20th, October 22nd, and December 10th.

Bring the family! All ages are invited to attend and it’s FREE!!! We look forward to seeing you there!

Don’t Forget these upcoming events:

April 11th Urban Farm Tour.

April 21st & 22nd Sandhills Community College, Green Summit

Please contact Amanda with any questions regarding the Film Series at amandab@sustainablesandhills.org


Confederate Memorial Day, Aberdeen, May 9

Saturday, May 9 is Confederate Memorial Day, a ceremony at Old Bethesda Church at 10 AM.
There are 31 Confederate soldiers and 3 Union soldiers buried there.
They will be honored by placing appropriate flags on each grave, a color guard to raise the flag, a speaker and a wonderful outdoor buffet provided by the United Daughters of the Confederacy, John Blue chapter of Aberdeen. The food is always great!


Garden Plots at City Hall


Cotton, World's Dirtiest Crop

Cotton is "the world's dirtiest crop": The Deadly Chemicals in Cotton, a joint report by Pesticide Action Network UK and the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF), notes that $2 billion worth of chemicals are used on the world's cotton fields every year and "cotton is responsible for the release of 16% of global insecticides."
The World Health Organization classifies the cotton pesticide aldicarb as "extremely hazardous" while the joint report calls the organochlorine pesticide endosulfan "the most important source of fatal poisoning among cotton farmers in West Africa." Cotton chemicals also pose a major health risk to workers and children in Uzbekistan, India and other high-production countries. EJF's "White Gold- The True Cost of Cotton" about cotton's impacts in Uzbekistan won the Environmental Activism & Social Justice Award at the 9th Annual Earth Vision International Environmental Film Festival in Santa Cruz, CA this month.