I just started a facebook group for Missoula Permaculture; if you are based in Montana and interested in this sort of thing, please join. I will be sure to post info about upcoming lectures, demonstrations and events in Missoula. Please feel free to do so as well if there are any I miss.
So I just started a facebook page for Paul. I will be sure to post info about his upcoming lectures in Missoula or any other events and presentations he's giving here in the future. There is also a group for Missoula Permaculture; if you are based in Montana, please join.
I recently stumbled across the Missoula CFAC. I haven't heard much about them in the past and I'm interested in finding out more about the organization. Does it function essentially like a Food Policy Council, by helping to get input from stakeholders in various sectors of the food system to improve access to and policy regarding food? Does it do advocacy for nonprofits? What does membership get you? What experiences have people had with this organization? Thanks!
I have had incredible service from Recompute Computers on several occasions.
Once, when I was trying to order a new battery for my MacBook through them and the gentleman helping me realized it would not arrive in time for when I needed it, they refunded my money in full.
Most recently, I went in to do some preliminary research--I need to buy a new PC laptop. Since they've been so knowledgeable in the past, I wanted to see what they recommended. Someone gave me a full run-down and answered all my questions. It was great. Unfortunately, the model he recommended was considerably larger than what I needed, and though they offered to special order one for me, I really want to test it out before purchasing.
Which brings me to my next point--besides Best Buy and other chains where people don't seem to have much knowledge or interest in truly helping customers-- where can I purchase a laptop in Missoula and what model and features do people recommend? Thanks!
I think it's a great idea if they have an idea of an environmentally friendly and cost efficient way of processing them. Also if it would be possible to add signatures online and a link in this thread that would be an easy way to get more support.
On that note, are there any veggies that are particularly good for freezing? I figure you can throw just about anything into soup a few months later, but what if I want to thaw it out and serve it fresh or lightly grilled? Any suggestions?
October 10th - Global Work Party! Join us on 10/10/10 along with communities around the globe to employ climate solutions at a local level. By working together to clear weeds, build gardens & bring about green change, we hope to put pressure on our leaders to confront the climate crisis & say... "We're working, what about you?"
Various community service projects are planned for the day followed by an appreciation BBQ!
THE WORK: PEAS Farm- Build gardens and provide local produce to our community (3010 Duncan Dr.) Pull weeds- The “M”, River Run Missoula and Greenough , because native habitats are more resilient in he face of climate change. Free Cycles Missoula- Build 10 bikes, 10 bike racks and 10 bike trailers. More bikes=less cars=less carbon emissions! (732 S. 1st St W).
THE TIME: Noon – 4 pm. October 10th. Meet at one of the locations above or at UM FLAT
The PARTY: UM FLAT - 5 pm. (633 S. 5th St.) Free. Local foods and drink!
Help us make Oct 10th the biggest day of action against global warming the world has seen! Sponsors include: Sierra Club, MT Audubon, University of Montana Climate Action Now, Missoula Freecycles
They also hold cooking classes, which I don't think are posted on their website, but there is one tonight!
First Friday Cheese Tasting: Cheese Pairings for the Local Harvest Friday, October 1, 5:00 pm, $5 This year's Harvest Moon might just be a full wheel of cheese. At least that's how the GFS cheese mongers prefer to see the season shift from summer heat to autumn harvest. Join Cheese Buyer Jennie Gregory and Deli Manager Rebecca Canfi eld-Perkowski and taste how they match a global selection of their favorite cheeses to a local buffet of autumn's bounty. We'll also send you home with a goodie bag of tonight's featured cheeses and a few suggestions for the perfect beers and wines to pair with them.
Garden City Harvest now also has a fruit gleaning program in full swing...
Too many fruit trees to keep up with in your yard? Garden City Harvest will pick them for free and put them to good use!
Give us a call and we will schedule a time with you to gather the fruit from your yard (picking the tree and cleaning the fruit from the ground), sending it to the Food Bank or pressing it for cider. Great way to put that fruit to good use AND reduce negative bear interactions in your neighborhood.
Call soon -- the fruit is prime for picking now! Call Zach at 543-4992.
The Missoula Art Museum is an awesome local nonprofit organization that hosts many events and workshops and is free and open to the public: Wednesday-Friday: 10am-5pm and Saturday-Sunday: 10am-3pm.
Today (Sept 30) is the last day of the Joyce Folsom's gift to the MAM in 1''' exhibit, which includes over 60 landscape works by Montana painters. Inspired by Folsom's generosity MAM's Joyce Folsom Society, of bequest donors, was formed shortly thereafter. Six works from this collection will be featured in the Goldberg Family Library through September 30, 2010.
Tomorrow (Oct 1) is an event for First Friday: Join Michael for a talk about his paintings, ceramics, and puppets which are laced with his characteristic imagery and irony. The evening will also feature high energy rocker Andrea Harsell, 5PM, and jazz pianist Jamie Kelly, 7PM.
Other Current Exhibits: Crack & Warp Column: David Nash Missoula Art Museum is very excited to be hosting a monumental work by British sculptor David Nash. Crack & Warp Column is one of many large scale works that Nash is known to create.
A Road Runs Through It MAM is proud to display six wood engravings by Missoula artist Claire Emery that capture the civic spirit of our community.
Drawings from the MAM Collections by Painters & Sculptors Drawing has always been an important foundation for artists, partly as a springboard for planning, and sometimes as an end in itself.
Snippets from the Bright and from the Shade: The Camera Work of David J. Spear Early in his career, Spear recognized the value of image making, its link with storytelling and identity, and was determined to share his love of photography with others.
Angela Babby: Wolakota MAM is thrilled to host Wolakota, a new exhibition featuring the enameled art glass mosaics of Angela Babby. The subject matter in these works includes a combination of floral designs and portraits of significant tribal influences and are made entirely from glass, mortar, and tile board.
Michael Sarich: Hush & Babel These recent works by Michael Sarich include paintings, ceramics, and large assembled puppets, all laced with his characteristic imagery and wry social commentaries.
Steve Muhs: I Have A Coffee Table Like the Art Brut artists that emerged in Europe in the 1940's, Muhs is an educated and formally trained artist that has taken an idealistic approach to aesthetics.
They are currently accepting submissions for their Snap Art contest: Join this all-inclusive group art exhibition by submitting a snap shot and you could be a winner too! Just upload your best shot to MAM's Facebook page or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org and MAM will do the rest.
Sundog Ecovillage is celebrating two years on the ground this coming Sunday October 3rd. Join at around 3 pm to meet Sundog members and explore the land, check out our current projects and plans for the future. Around 5:30pm there will be a potluck and bonfire. Bring kids, friends, and musical instruments. Please RSVP (e-mail or phone 244 2247) if you are planning on attending. For directions visit our website www.sundogecovillage.org
The Community Food and Agriculture Coalition (CFAC) of Missoula County seeks an energetic, inspired Executive Director to help address community needs as they relate to food and agriculture in a comprehensive and creative way. Since its inception in 2005, CFAC has operated as a multi-stakeholder, food policy council. The Coalition brings together a broad base of interests, including farmers/ranchers, conservationists, nutritionists, anti-hunger advocates, local food proponents, land use planners, chefs, university researchers, and more. With a geographic focus on Missoula County and the surrounding region, CFAC aims to develop and strengthen the local food system, promoting sustainable agriculture, building regional self-reliance, and assuring all citizens equal access to healthy, affordable food.
CFAC has a strong record of enhancing access to local foods, creating new local markets, working to protect farmland, serving beginning farmers and ranchers, and educating the public about the value and vision of creating a healthy local food system. Currently, we have a full-time staff person for our farm/ranchland protection and Land Link programs, and a half-time person who coordinates our Farm to School program in Missoula County Public Schools and carries out educational programs. CFAC will continue to bring the local food movement to a new level of success in Western Montana. In order to do that, however, CFAC’s Board of Directors has determined that the time is ripe to increase the capacity of the organization by hiring an Executive Director. This will enable us to enhance our existing programs and to grow new ones, while still retaining the grassroots volunteerism that characterizes the organization.
This position reports directly to the Missoula Community Food and Agriculture Coalition Board of Directors.
· Assure that CFAC has a long-range strategy which achieves its mission, and toward which it makes consistent and timely progress. · Provide leadership in developing program, organizational and financial plans with the Board of Directors and staff, and work with CFAC board members, staff, and volunteers to carry out plans and policies. · Supervise CFAC program staff: Farm to School Coordinator, Land Use and Viability Coordinator, other interns, volunteers, and temporary staff as needed. Maintain a climate that attracts, keeps, and motivates a diverse staff of top quality people. · With board chair, convene and facilitate monthly CFAC board meetings. · Provide key staffing for the Food Security and Access subcommittee. · Involve CFAC committees, board, and general membership in implementation of CFAC’s programmatic and policy goals. · Manage grant writing, fundraising, public relationships and organizational budgets. · Maintain CFAC’s membership database and grow CFAC’s membership through outreach and communications. · Foster and maintain relationships with other organizations with similar missions to ensure collaboration and avoid duplication. · Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the field. · Actively publicize CFAC events, activities, programs and goals within the community and surrounding areas. · Ensure job descriptions are current, carry out regular performance evaluations, and employ sound human resource practices. · Maintain official records and documents, and ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations.
Qualifications · Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree in a related field is preferred. · Minimum of three years of managerial experience in a nonprofit or community-based environment preferred. · Experience with fundraising, grant and report writing, and budget maintenance. · Proven written, editorial and oral communications to represent the organization and its programs. · Experience with coalition building, program development, event planning, policy review and evaluation protocols. · Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with individuals and groups from diverse backgrounds. · Must think proactively and function independently. · Capability to manage multiple tasks, and bring projects from beginning to completion. · Ability to maintain a highly detail-oriented approach while maintaining an appreciation of the long-term goals and objectives of the programs. · Demonstrated commitment to the values at CFAC’s core. · Demonstrated commitment to participatory community organizing.
Hours, Benefits, Compensation This position is full-time with an annual salary of $36K plus health insurance, flexible schedule, and generous paid leave time.
Application Submission Process For priority consideration, please submit cover letter, resume and the names and contact information for three professional references no later than October 1, 2010.
Please mail submissions to: CFAC ED Search Committee PO Box 7025 Missoula, MT 59806
I was talking to a friend about this yesterday, and she seemed to recall making popcorn with this type of corn as a child. She said they would put the whole cobb in the microwave and all the kernels would pop off. Sounds like fun, though a little messy. I'll have to try it and report back. (They do sell multicolored popcorn kernels in bulk at the Good Food Store.)
Two spaces just opened up for The UM Wilderness Institute's Photography trip to Glacier this weekend.
The Wilderness Photography Workshop
October 1-3, 2010 Glacier National Park, $95 Five spaces available- Open to the public
The Wilderness Photography Workshop is an opportunity for participants of any skill level to learn the intricacies of wilderness photography in scenic Glacier National Park. Out in the field at first and last light, participants shoot photos of fall colors, lakes and streams, mountain-filled skylines and burned areas, as well as frost-lined leaves and morning-chilled insects. The Workshop is an opportunity to experience wilderness with a lens, focusing on light, color, form, and composition.
The Workshop will be held October 1-3, 2010 and includes a two-hour introductory session the previous week. The Workshop will be led by David Marx and includes camping and hiking in the park. Registration fee includes instruction, transportation, camping, & dinners. Participants provide their own breakfast and lunch, as well as camping and hiking gear.
David has been teaching digital photography since 2002 and has lived in the Glacier National Park area since 1998. His photography has been featured in publications like Outside, Backpacker, Travel Montana, and Skiing Magazine. His commercial work can be found on the Whitefish Mountain Resort website, in publications from the Rocky Mountain School of Photography, and for sale at iStock and Veer images online.
For more information and to register for this workshop, please contact Shannon Söderlund, email@example.com, 406.243.5529. Visit www.cfc.umt.edu/wi for more information on the Wilderness Institute.
The Catalyst is great, but pretty pricey now. I don't think you could a meal there for under $9. Still, it's worth it. Their ingredients are fresh, and they have some creative dishes. I think they actually do a fixed meal for dinner on First Fridays (which is coming up). Other than that I'm pretty sure it's just breakfast and lunch.
I never saw the leaves change colors until I went to college. In Southern California we don't really get seasons. I went to Berkeley and for the first time saw bundles of red lining the grey sidewalk. But this will truly be my first experience with the full seasons. I bought a used rocking chair on Craigslist and some yarn. There is something so satisfying about making warmth when its cold outside. I've got a pile of books in the corner of my room that's been growing all summer, and I'm looking forward to burrowing under blankets for some good stretches.
I bought some of the beautiful multicolored corn from the Farmer's Market this weekend. The woman who sold it to me called it Indian corn, but most of the recipes I found online say that Indian corn is actually white.
This corn has dark magenta, red, and orange kernels. Is it called Indian Corn? Is it edible? Does anyone have a good recipe? Thanks!
This week's Independent's column the dish is all about canning: Pickles, co-munching and the USDA. In it, Ari LeVaux gives some insider info--tips and tricks--about canning as well as the USDA guidelines.
Some highlights include: Slicing carrots and peppers into rounds about a half inch thick. Jalapenos are the ultimate pepper to use for pickling. Add a teaspoon of salt and a tablespoon each of yellow and brown mustards seeds to the bottom of each quart jar. To make Mexican-style peppers and carrots (escabeche) add a tablespoon or sprig or two of oregano. Use a brine of 50/50 vinegar and water, with the vinegar equal parts cider and white wine vinegar. Undercook and under-vinegar the vegetables as long as you know to never eat from a jar that has lost its seal or whose lid does not display the telltale concavity that indicates a vacuum.
What are some other people's secrets to great pickled veggies?
This week's topic is Careers in Sustainability Services and Consulting. A panel of seven sustainability coordinators from UM, ASUM, USFS St. Pat's Community Medical Center and Missoula and Helen will discuss this topic.
I went to the Ten Spoon Wine Tasting last night, and it was just wonderful. You can give a flight of 3 tastes for $5, and there was live jazz music. They have it every Thurs. Fri. and Sat. from 5pm til 9pm at their vineyard in the Rattlesnake, but they are going to start only having live music on Fri. nights now. Next time I plan to pack a picnic and ride the bikes out there. Just a recommendation!
A friend told me that you are never supposed to wash morels-- that water removes most of the flavor. But when I was talking to a vendor at the farmers market yesterday she said you always have to wash mushrooms, especially morels, because they are found in some of the dirties places.
2010 Big Sky Film Series - WASTE LAND When: October 1, 2010 - Screening at 7:30 p.m. Where: Historic Wilma Theatre/Missoula, Montana Cost: Free Public Admission
Big Sky Films Series continues this Friday with the fifth installment of the 2010 season, WASTE LAND, presented by Art House Films.
Filmed over nearly three years, WASTE LAND follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home base in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world's largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. There he photographs an eclectic band of "catadores" -- or self-designated pickers of recyclable materials. Muniz's initial objective was to "paint" the catadores with garbage. However, his collaboration with these inspiring characters as they recreate photographic images of themselves out of garbage reveals both the dignity and despair of the catadores as they begin to re-imagine their lives. Walker (DEVIL'S PLAYGROUND, BLINDSIGHT) has great access to the entire process and, in the end, offers stirring evidence of the transformative power of art and the alchemy of the human spirit.
The Big Sky Film Series is a periodic monthly screening series highlighting traditional and innovative nonfiction film and video. It is held the first Friday of the month as part of downtown Missoula, Montana's "Art Walk." All screenings are held in the Historic Wilma Theatre and are FREE and open to the public. The series is programmed by the staff of the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival.
For more information, visit www.bigskyfilm.org/filmseries.html. Call (406) 541-FILM or email firstname.lastname@example.org for sponsorship information.
The Big Sky Film Series is a program of the Big Sky Film Institute, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. The mission of the Big Sky Film Institute is to celebrate and promote the art of nonfiction filmmaking, to establish Missoula as a center of documentary filmmaking, exhibition and criticism, and to encourage media literacy by fostering public understanding and appreciation of documentary film.
Living Near Streams: A Continuing Education Course 10:00 AM Doubletree Hotel, with field trips Description: This workshop on the ecology of streams, wetlands, and floodplains, includes field trips to subdivisions with riparian areas. Topics include: avoiding flood risk, property damage, and water pollution; navigating regulations for riparian areas, water quality, and floodplains; stream-friendly landscaping and livestock maintenance; and resources for restoring and managing streamside property. When and Where: Friday, September 24, 10am-3pm at the Doubletree Hotel, with field trips to streamside subdivisions in the afternoon Credits: 4.0 approved by Board of Realty Regulation Cost: $50.00 (includes field trips and lunch) Sponsors: Clark Fork Coalition, Geum Environmental Consulting, WGM Group, Missoula County Water Quality District Registration: Register online or call 406-542-0539, ext. 213. Age Group: All Ages Venue: Doubletree Hotel, with field trips Address: 100 Madison St Missoula, MT 59802 Phone: 406-542-0539
Animal Art Collective: Worms 9/24/2010 3:30pm Presented at the Families First Children's Museum This monthly program is designed for kids who adore the animal kingdom. Join us for art projects big and small that focus on fascinating creatures from around the world. Call 541-PLAY or visit www.FamiliesFirstMontana.org to register. Age Group: All Ages Venue: Families First Children's Museum Address: 225 West Front Street Phone: 406.541.7529
I thought I'd share a bit about what I learned at the workshop.
Missoula has a very long history as an agricultural hotspot. Many of the apple trees in the area are heirlooms and their fruits virtually can't be found elsewhere. Examples of some rare species are Yellow Translucence, Wolf River, and Maiden's Blush apples.
MUD has two presses--one can be checked out (through the Tool Library) for $10. The other one must be used on site for a $5 fee.
To use the cider press:
Make sure the wooden racks are in the bottom. Put the net bag around the basket, secure with bungee if available. Put the basket under the grinder and turn the wheel to mash your apples. Fill the basket to the upper band then set the wooden lid on top. Center under the press, place a bowl under the hose and turn until it resists. If you're filling a growler and planning on freezing it, don't fill the juice past the base of the neck.