Columbia Missouri Spring Round Up Community Day

Spring Round Up Community Day
Saturday, April 4th 2009
1 pm – 4 pm
Unity Center of Columbia
1600 West Broadway at Clinkscales Road
Columbia Missouri
Open to the public – free of charge
Keynote speaker: Dr. Kamyar Enshayan 1pm – 2 pm
Kamyar Enshayan, Ph.D., is the Director of University of Northern Iowa Center for Energy and Environmental Education as well as for the regional Buy Fresh, Buy Local which strives to connect people, restaurants and stores with local farmers and processors.  The winner of the 2008 Sustainable Agricultural Acheivement Award from Practical Farmers of Iowa, Kamyar has been recognized for his influential work in local foods and local communities.  Enshayan also teaches environmental education classes at the University of Northern Iowa, and is a program manager for Yards for Kids, and is a city council member for Cedar Falls, Iowa.
Chef Demo by Chef Craig Cyr of Wine Cellar & Bistro 2 pm
Chef Craig will shop the Columbia Farmers’ Market the morning of April 4th.  He will then prepare his findings in this demonstration.  Come see and learn how rewarding our local food system is.
Home Food Preservation by Vera Massey, MU Extension 3 pm
Now more than ever folks are wanting to re-connect with food.  Preserving some of the freshly harvested foods provides an opportunity to enjoy those foods throughout the year.  This workshop will provide the latest research-based information to make sure the foods you preserve are of the highest quality and safe to eat.  Learn about a variety of preservation methods-jam/jelly making, pickling, canning, freezing and drying.  Decide what preservation methods are right for you and have fun preserving!
Break Out Sessions:
2:15 pm, Blue Room: Adam Saunders, Bobby Johnson, Daniel Soetaert: These urban agriculturists will give a presentation on their work in the Bennett-Stephens neighborhood.  They are already affecting city policy.
3:15 pm Blue Room: Community Garden Coalition President Bill McKelvey: Will give an update on the 2009 season plans for gardens around Columbia.
2:15 pm, Green Room: Worm Bins & Backyard Composting:  Presentation by Dorothy Canote of Harvester Farm in Harrisburg: Dorothy is an agronomist and experienced science teacher.  you will surely learn in this hands-on demonstration.
3:15 pm, Green Room: Bee Observations: Presentation by Vera Gelder of Walk About Acres.  Are bees the monitors of our global environment?  How much of the food system is depended on bees?  What can you do to encourage bees in your at home habitat.  All kinds of resources will be available, including MU Extension handouts, seed catalogs, and brochures.  Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer any of your gardening questions.
2:15 pm, Orange Room: Methods of Organic Pest Control presented by Rex Roberts of Seasons Farm and Sue Baird, Owner of Sue Baird Organics, a consulting firm for organic certification.  Learn how to control pests while providing a safe environment for beneficial insects.
 
Vendor Area: There will be up to thirty vendors to visit and shop.  this will be a relaxed atmosphere for asking questions and getting to know your local suppliers.
Event Sponsored by Columbia Farmers’ Market & MU Extension Healthy Lifestyle Initiative.  For more information contact Caroline Todd, CFM Manager, 573.823.6889
www.columbiafarmersmarket.org
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