KY Dept. of Fish and Wildlife: Whitetail Deer – A locavore’s Most Valuable Resource

Join Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources staff for a hands-on course designed to provide basic instructions on providing a free-ranging sustainable food source within 40 miles of their home. The workshop will be held over the course of three sessions and will cover a variety of topics including deer biology and behavior, effects of deer on the local economy and ecosystem, the history of whitetail deer in Kentucky, hunting techniques and basic processing methods. All workshops are recommended for ages 16 and up and will be limited to 30 participants. Participants are also encouraged to attend all three sessions. Please send RSVP to Jason Nally (502) 477-9288 or jason.nally@ky.gov.
Thursday, September 27 – 7:00pm-9:00pm recommended for ages 16 and up
**This workshop will be held at the Louisville Nature Center**
Deer biology and behavior
The history of deer in Kentucky
Deer management and population surveys
Thursday, October 4 – 7:00pm-9:00pm recommended for ages 16 and up
**This workshop will be held at the Louisville Nature Center**
Finding a place to hunt
Hunting strategies
What it means to be a locavore
Saturday, October 6 – 9:00am-4:00pm recommended for ages 16 and up
**This workshop will be held at the Otter Creek Outdoor Recreation Area**
Choosing a weapon -basic archery and firearms workshop
Successful hunting –reading deer sign and tree stand safety
After the shot -deer processing, cooking and preservation

Louisville Biodiesel

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Slow Food Bluegrass members … You Can Help Kentucky Recycle Waste Cooking Oil into Biodiesel … the non-toxic, high performance, local alternative.

Ask for your FREE 1-gallon recycling bin (waste cooking oil from your kitchen) courtesy of a partnership between the Louisville/Jefferson County Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) + Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh’s Green Triangle & The Louisville Biodiesel Cooperative.

Why you ask? Two good reasons:

1. Help local farmers get low cost, high performance, non-toxic, non-carcinogenic biodiesel = the food you eat and the air you breath will be less toxic.

2. Help our school-children breath BETTER with biodiesel (higher performance than petroleum diesel + lower cost than petroleum diesel & non-toxic/non-carcinogenic versus petroleum diesel) made ethically and sustainably right here in Louisville.

Thought for the day:
If every household in our community recycled 1 gallon of waste cooking oil from their kitchen every month for a year … then every single school bus in our community and a fair portion of the small family farmers would have 100% non-toxic, non-carcinogenic, high performance, lower cost biodiesel to completely replace their use of petroleum diesel.
For more information please contact Christian Thalacker at Louisville Biodiesel Cooperative – Telephone: (502) 727-5673 and email christian@louisvillebiodieselcoop.org.

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Smart Gardens and Landscapes at Bernheim Forest: Planning the Fall Garden

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July is the perfect month to start planning and planting your fall garden. Extend the life of your edible landscape by planting cool-season crops! Discover vegetables that thrive in fall and winter months and learn tried and true techniques to lengthen the growing season. Equipped with this information, you will be able to harvest well into the winter months.

Mark your calendar today for this Smart Gardens and Landscapes program, “Planning the Fall Garden” on Saturday, July 21. Learn more at bernheim.org and register today.

Slow Food Bluegrass School Garden Grant

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Slow Food Bluegrass and the Kentucky School Garden Network are very pleased to announce the Slow Food Bluegrass School Garden Grant. The Grant is a total of $5,000 distributed over 3 years to be used to support a school garden project in the Bluegrass Region of Kentucky. To be eligible for a Garden Grant, an applicant must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization or nonprofit k-12 school that is developing a school garden project that will help children engage with fresh fruits and vegetables. Download the grant application here.

The grant application deadline is March 1, 2012.

New Roots recieves $1000 from SFBG Chair’s New Faces of Philanthropy Award

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Slow Food Bluegrass Chair’s Maggie Keith was chosen for one of 5 New Faces of Philanthropy awards by Nfocus Magazine last month. The award came with a $1000 donation to the award recipient’s organization of choice. Maggie Keith gave her $1000 to Louisville non-profit, New Roots. New Roots mission is to meet the needs of urban communities by improving access to fresh food for urban residents and marketing opportunities in the city for local and regional farmers.

The New Roots program has impacted the local food system through the development of the Fresh Stop Project, a community-driven fresh food distribution program. New Roots also provides nutrition education, conducst health research, and spearheads policy campaigns that will improve the disparities currently present in our food system.

Click here to read the full article. Congratulations Maggie!