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Food Chain: A Discussion of Policies Affecting the Bloomington Food System, Please join the Local Growers Guild and the Bloomington Food Policy Council for this exciting panel discussion as part of Bloomington Lifelong Learning Week on Monday September 8th from 7pm-8:30pm. Panelists include LGG members Mike Record from New Ground Farm,  and Larry Howard from Maple Valley Farm.  They will be joined by Chef Sasha Divine from No Coast Reserve, and Kroger Public Affairs Manager John Elliott. The discussion will be moderated by Annie Corrigan from Earth Eats. Following the panel, attendees are invited to stay for the Summer Quarterly meeting of the Food Policy Council. on September 08 2014 at 07:00 PM
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Bike to Barns, REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR BIKE TO BARNS.  REGISTER, SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER, AND LEARN MORE AT WWW.LOCALGROWERS.ORG/B2B on March 30 2013 at 09:00 AM
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2013 Farmers' Market Space Reservation Meeting, The space reservation meeting is tentatively scheduled for Monday, March 11, 2013 at 6:30 pm in the Council Chambers. For those of you new to the Market, this is the meeting where spaces are reserved for the May - October Saturday Market and Tuesday Market based on the number of points each vendor has earned. Marcia will be sending another notice to all vendors on the mailing list in the winter with more details. on March 11 2013 at 06:30 PM
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Winter Webinar: Working with the Interdisciplinary Organic Faculty Team at Purdue University,

Thursday, January 24th 4pm



Members of the team will briefly introduce their work related to weed management, pest management, and soil management, and share some interesting things they've learned recently related to sustainable production.  They will also talk about the upcoming Small Farm conference, where many of them will present their research.  They're excited for the chance to share their work, meet sustainable farmers, and get a better feel for research priorities that really matter to growers.

Read more about the presenters below.


Dr. Lori Hoagland, Horticulture
Lori works on plant breeding and soil health; her main focus is on management & rotation strategies that stabilize microbial communities and improve disease suppression.
https://ag.purdue.edu/arp/Pages/spotlight.aspx#.UOW7HKz-21w


Dr. Ian Kaplan, Entomology
Ian's research deals with natural pest suppression and interactions between plants, pests and predators.  When attacked by herbivores, plants release volatile compounds that function as an olfactory signal for predators.  Ian's work examines how plant volatiles may be manipulated to promote predator recruitment and insect pest suppression.
http://www.entm.purdue.edu/ecolab/default.php


Carmen Blubaugh, (PhD Student), Entomology
Carmen is exploring ways to improve natural weed suppression by beneficial insects. Ground beetles and crickets are ferocious predators of weed seeds that can substantially reduce weed pressure, and her work explores cultural treatments that promote and protect resident granivores. 



Other members of the team include:


Dr. Kevin Gibson, Weed Science
Dr. Janna Beckerman, Plant pathology
Dr. Eileen Kladivko, Soil Science
Dr. Cliff Sadof, Entomology
Dr. Corinne Alexander, Agricultural Economics
Dr. Maria Marshall, Agricultural Economics

Dr. Paul Ebner, Animal Science on January 24 2013 at 04:00 PM
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LGG Potluck- Bring Your Favorite Hand Tool- LOCATION CHANGE!,

Sunday, January 20th at 1pm 



5421 E. Kings Road., Bloomington, 47408


Come meet new LGG Board member James Farmer and talk about using hand tools. Bring your favorite hand tool and a dish to share. If you can remember, bring your own plate and utensils too. LGG potlucks are a great way to get involved with the guild, make connections, and learn from each other. Hope to see you there! on January 20 2013 at 01:00 PM
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Acres Conference, The annual Acres U.S.A. conference sets the standards for innovation and learning. It is where you find farmers and consultants from every side of eco-farming who come together to share their experience and expertise. Attend the non-stop event, learn the latest in cutting-edge technology and methods, and return home ready to make your farming operation the best it can be.  Registration and information can be found on their website:  http://www.acresusa.com/events/events.htm

  on December 06 2012 at 12:00 AM
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LGG Potluck on Growing and Using Medicinals, Just in time for the flu season, join growers and gardeners at Moon Valley Farm to discuss growing and using medicinals.  If you're able, please bring a dish and dishware for yourself. Thanks to Grace MacNeil and Allen Kitschner for hosting our potluck at Moon Valley Farm.  Their farm is home to Full Moon Milk Soaps and Herbals, a collaboration with Full Circle Farm. on December 02 2012 at 02:00 PM
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Soil Field Health Day,




Find out why and how you can improve your soil.  Guest speaker Dr. Hans Kok, coordinator of the Indiana Conservation Cover Cropping Systems Initiative, a program sponsored by the Indiana Conservation Partnership.  Meal provided if registered by Nov. 26th. Register by calling:

Greene County: 812-384-4781, ext. 3

Monroe County: 812-334-4325, ext. 3



on November 30 2012 at 04:30 PM
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Education Working Group for Bloomington Food Policy Council, Our next education working group meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 19, at 5:30 pm in the Monroe County Public Library room 214.We will discuss plans for the next year and upcoming projects. on November 19 2012 at 05:30 PM
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Meeting with Monroe County and Making Planning and Zoning Work for Sustainable Growers, The purpose of the meeting is to gather ideas from area farmers - from large to medium to small growers - on county land use ordinances. The meeting coincides with the work of the Monroe County Plan Commission to research land use issues before beginning to write new ordinances. Members of the Monroe County Plan Commission and the Planning Staff will be in attendance to hear from local growers about the barriers and obstacles created under the current land use ordinances. Larry Wilson, Planning Director for Monroe County will be in attendance to answer questions. Everyone is invited to attend as we explore this vital aspect of Monroe County's diverse economy.  Email County Commissioner Julie Thomas for questions, or comments if you are unable to attend: drjuliethomas@gmail.com on November 17 2012 at 01:00 PM
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Fermentation Swap and Weston A. Price Foundation local chapter Potluck, Pitch-in dinner next Thursday evening and you are invited!

The dinner will be at the downstairs dining hall and kitchen of the North Central Church. There is a small play area for young children.  You can enter the dining area through the lower level, back door.  These dinners have always been the best pitch-ins we've ever known!  Please bring enough to feed yourself and those in your party and there should be plenty for everyone.   As always, dishes and beverages that adhere to WAPF principles are appreciated.  If you can, bring your own place settings to cut down on the use of disposable items.  Feel free to bring samples of whatever living cultures you have available to share with others.  We'll see if we can swap.  Even if you don't have live cultures to share, your questions, requests and knowledge are welcome.  If you're looking for a particular item, remember to bring an appropriate container. on November 15 2012 at 06:30 PM
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Monroe County Extension Open House, Come learn about Extension programs and resources and partake in light refreshments with friends! For more information, please call the Extension Office at 812-349-2575. on November 14 2012 at 03:30 PM
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Homegrown Indiana Farm Tour, Sunday, September 30 from 2:15 pm – 7:15 pm

Leaving from and returning to City Hall
Cost: $25
Registration: Register by September 24 in the Parks Office or online at www.bloomington.in.gov/farmersmarket (the code is 36505A). There are no refunds after the registration deadline. Prior to the deadline, September 24, there is a $3 administrative fee for cancellations.

Join us for an afternoon immersed in a farm’s diverse ecosystem. Ewenique Farms offers a special opportunity to learn more about a myriad of all-natural farm practices. We will tour the farm and enjoy the sun on a hay wagon, then share the afternoon with lambs and longhorn calves while learning to separate the chaff from the wheat and grind the grain. The evening concludes with a simple meal of seasonal soup, home-baked bread from Muddy Fork, and cookies.

The seeds of “Ewe”nique Farm were planted more than 100 years ago, when the family initially began farming the area. “Ewe”nique strives to protect the land, promote nutrient-dense diets and improve the local ecology. The family stays close to their roots by pasturing sheep, grinding their own grains for breads and pastry, and following organic methods of production.

Detailed information is available at www.bloomington.in.gov/farmersmarket or by contacting Marcia Veldman at 349-3738 or veldmanm@bloomington.in.gov. Co-sponsored by the Local Growers Guild and Bloomingfoods Market and Deli, with special thanks to Muddy Fork Farm and Harvest Moon Flower Farm.

Participant Tips and Itinerary


  • Dress comfortably and in layers. Other than the time on the bus, we will be outside all day, walking on uneven terrain.

  • You may want to bring a hat, sunscreen, a snack and water.

  • The tour takes place rain or shine. The schedule may be altered in the event of severe weather.

  • It’s just over an hour's drive on school buses. You may want to bring a pillow.

  • Itinerary (this is to give you a general idea of the flow of the day, times may vary)


o          1:30 pm           Check-in Begins

o          2:15 pm           Buses depart Showers Common

o          3:30 pm           Arrive at "Ewe"nique Farm

o          5 pm                Dinner on the Farm

o          6:00 pm           Buses depart
o          7:15 pm           Return to Bloomington
on September 30 2012 at 02:15 PM
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National-International Urban & Small Farm Conference, on September 07 2012 at 12:00 AM
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Bloomingfoods Presents an Evening with Dr. Drew Ramsey,

Tuesday, August 28th at 5:30PM
Bloomingfoods Near West Side, Community Room (316 W. 6th St.)
$35 for dinner and a copy of "The Hapiness Diet" OR $15 for dinner only (prepared by Bloomingfoods)

Join us for a special dinner, a book signing, and a conversation about food and mood.

"Everything you need for a healthy, happy brain can be found on a farm.  Plants and animals provide the vitamins, minerals, fats, and phytonutrients that are necessary for optimal brain function."Hapiness is a biological event and in order for our brains to fire on all cylinders, they must be properly nourished.  Most books about attaining happiness focus only on improving psychological well-being and your outlook on life.  Dr. Drew Ramsey holds the perspective that the food many of us eat contributes to the soaring rates of mood disorders in this country.  Before we can start changing our outlook, we need to start changing what's on our plates.

Dr. Drew Ramsey, a member-owner of Bloomingfoods, grew up eating from the family garden on a Crawford County, IN farm. He completed his specialty training in adult psychiatry at Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute, received an M.D. from Indiana University School of Medicine in 2000 and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Earlham College.  He is an assistant clinical professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons.  Visit http://drewramseymd.com

For more information, call 812-339-4442, ext. 204 or email Jean Kautt, Member Services Coordinator at at memberservices@bloomingfoods.coop

Reservations required, email memberservices@bloomingfoods.coop on August 28 2012 at 12:00 AM
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Local Growers' Guild Annual Meeting, Local Growers' Guild Annual Meeting
As someone interested in local foods, we invite you to join the Local Growers' Guild Board of Directors and Guild Manager for our Annual Meeting. You’ll hear about the new activities of the LGG, such as our fall grower workshops and instructive videos giving you a glimpse of member farms. We'll introduce you to Farm Connect, an online buying club we hope to initiate for LGG members. We’ll also have time to visit with one another, share some food, and take a stroll through the Butler Vineyards. There will be opportunities for you to get involved in our projects too!

The LGG Annual Meeting will be take place at 4pm on Sunday, July 15th at Butler Winery (6200 E. Robinson Rd.). Located high above the Bean Blossom Valley, Butler Winery is one of the oldest wineries in Indiana. Wine tasting and light refreshments. If possible, please bring a potluck item and your own dishware.

www.localgrowers.org

Facebook Invite: http://www.facebook.com/events/398866786837571/ on July 15 2012 at 04:00 PM
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Sustaining Nature and Your Land Day,

Want to learn how to manage your land for nature?


Saturday, 10am-3pm @ Flatwoods Park in Elletsville

Whether you own ¼ acre or 100 acres, your land can be habitat for an amazing assortment of native plants and animals. Join us for a fun and enlightening day at Flatwoods Park in Monroe County at the first annual Sustaining Nature And Your Land Day (SNAYL Day). SNAYL Day is an outreach of Monroe County - Identify and Reduce Invasive Species (MC-IRIS) to help landowners gain the knowledge and skills to create resilient native habitat that is free of invasive plants.

Session topics include:

-Rain Gardens – How To Build Your Own
-Beautiful and Benign Choices for Landscaping
-Convert Your Lawn to Natives
-Total Pond Management
-Tools of the Trade for Invasive Control
-Deer Resistant Landscaping
-Back to the Basics: Invasive ID Hike
-Butterflies – More Than Just Pretty Bugs
-Talk With The Invasive Control Experts

Free Event - including lunch!

Sponsored by Monroe County Farm Bureau and EcoLogic LLC

RSVP Here! on June 02 2012 at 10:00 AM
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Dr. Marti Crouch on 2,4-D Resistant Crops at Green Drinks Bloomington, on May 23 2012 at 05:30 PM
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Ready, Set, Grow! at the Bloomington Community Farmers' Market, on May 19 2012 at 10:00 AM
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City – County Residents’ Breakfast on the topic of Local Food, on May 18 2012 at
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Garden Gala, Workshops, & Plant Sale at TC Steele State Historic Site, on May 12 2012 at 10:00 AM
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Weekend Spring Plant Sale at Renaissance Farm, on May 12 2012 at 09:00 AM
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Local and Urban Foods: Breaking Barriers and Protecting Health at IUPUI, on May 04 2012 at 08:30 AM
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Bloomington Food Policy Council Public Meeting, on April 28 2012 at 03:00 PM
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Bloomington Community Farmers' Market, on April 28 2012 at 08:00 AM
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LGG presentation at Green Drinks Bloomington with Jodee Ellett and Megan Hutchison, on April 25 2012 at 05:30 PM
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Purdue Extension High Tunnel Crop Talk, on April 23 2012 at 12:30 PM
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Monroe County Master Gardener Association Annual Garden Fair, The Monroe County Master Gardener Association Annual Garden Fair is 9am to 4pm on Saturday, April 21, at the Indiana National Guard Armory, 3380 S. Walnut St. Shown here are Harriet Kulis and Emilie Schwen of the Bloomington Garden Club, at the 2011 Garden Fair. on April 21 2012 at 09:00 AM
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Farmers' Market Boot Camp: Vendor Relations, on April 19 2012 at 09:30 AM
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"Queen of the Sun" screening in Columbus, Indiana, on April 18 2012 at 06:30 PM
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GtC2012 Fundraiser Poetry Slam at Max's Place, on April 14 2012 at 04:30 PM
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Chickens in the City Workshop with Mother Hubbard's Cupboard, on April 14 2012 at 02:00 PM
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GtC2012 workshop at Thrive: Urban Agriculture and Climate Change, on April 14 2012 at 11:00 AM
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IU Sustainability Internship Symposium, on April 13 2012 at 11:30 AM
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Upland's Seasonal Food and Beer Pairing Dinner, on April 11 2012 at 07:00 PM
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Spring fruit tree planting at Crestmont Community Garden, on April 11 2012 at 06:00 PM
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Making and Breaking Boundaries with Food, on April 11 2012 at 04:00 PM
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Gene Baur of Farm Sanctuary at City Hall in Bloomington, Gene Baur, co-founder and president of Farm Sanctuary, the nation's leading farm animal protection organization, will hold four presentations in Bloomington on April 10 and 11, 2012. on April 10 2012 at 07:00 PM
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Farmers' Market Boot Camp: Winter Markets from the Vendor Perspective, on April 10 2012 at 09:30 AM
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Purdue webinar on the impact of neonicotinid-treated seeds on honeybees, on April 09 2012 at 10:00 AM
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Spring Planting Day at the Bloomington Community Orchard, on April 07 2012 at 10:00 AM
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Nature's Palette at WonderLab with Jami Scholl of My Edible Eden, on April 06 2012 at 05:00 PM
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Garden Extravaganza at Hilltop Garden and Nature Center, on April 06 2012 at 02:00 PM
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Farmers' Market Boot Camp: Winter Markets from the Market Master Perspective, on April 05 2012 at 09:30 AM
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Mushroom Madness at the Winter Market, on March 31 2012 at 10:00 AM
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Dave Rollo of Stranger's Hill at Green Drinks Bloomington, on March 28 2012 at 05:30 PM
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SPROUTS Garden Workday on the IUB Campus, on March 28 2012 at 05:00 PM
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Backyard and Worm Composting with Candace Minster and Stephanie Solomon, on March 24 2012 at 01:00 PM
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Seed Starting Spree at the Winter Market, on March 24 2012 at 10:00 AM
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Farmers' Market Bootcamp: Safety and Liability Issues, on March 22 2012 at 09:30 AM
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Bluegrass Local Food Summit, on March 22 2012 at 08:30 AM
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"The World According to Monsanto" in Columbus, Ind., on March 20 2012 at 07:00 PM
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Home-Based Food Production Webinar, on March 20 2012 at 10:00 AM
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Gardening in a Time of Change, with Jami Scholl, on March 19 2012 at 06:00 PM
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Seed Starting Workshop with Mother Hubbard's Cupboard, on March 15 2012 at 06:00 PM
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"The Greenhorns" Screenings in Bloomington, Ind., "The Greenhorns" is screening in Bloomington, through the Ryder Film Series, from March 02-10, 2012. on March 10 2012 at 06:30 PM
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Cancelled: Mark Kastel of the Cornucopia Institute, Please note: This event has been cancelled due to illness. on March 08 2012 at 07:00 PM
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USDA Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Webinar, on March 08 2012 at 03:30 PM
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Food Waste Compost Stakeholder Meeting, on March 07 2012 at 02:00 PM
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Learn about Permaculture with Keith Johnson, on March 06 2012 at 07:00 PM
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Wylie House Seed Sale, on March 03 2012 at 10:00 AM
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Monroe Co. USDA Conservation Programs Info Session, Monroe Co. USDA Conservation Programs Info Session on March 01 2012 at 10:00 AM
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Brown Co. USDA Conservation Programs Info Session, Brown County USDA Conservation Programs Information Session for agricultural producers and private landowners

on February 28 2012 at 06:30 PM
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Poultry Housing Basics Workshop, on February 13 2012 at 06:30 PM
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2012 CSA Day, on February 11 2012 at 09:00 AM
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