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A Saturday at the Columbia Farmer’s Market

This past weekend was the second Saturday of the Columbia Farmer’s Market season.  Even though a lot of the time it was either raining or threatening to rain, there were still a lot of people who braved the elements to get their local produce.  Walking down the lane there was a large variety of produce for sale, but there were also other stands that sold items such as meat, fish, baked goods, plants and cupcakes.

This year the Columbia Farmer’s Market received a grant from the USDA, according to Columbia Transportation’s website, for a bus to run to transport people to and from the Columbia Farmer’s Market. If you visit Columbia Transportation’s website there is a map of the bus route and also the times that the bus runs.

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Going to the farmers market is a lot of fun. There is plentiful produce and other food items to be bought. You get to see people you know, or you can cultivate friendships with the stall owners. All in all, going to Columbia Farmer’s Market is a great way to spend a Saturday morning.

Click below for some recipes for the different vegetables in the slideshow.

Radishes, beets, white turnips, leeks and green onions.

Spring Flowers: Falling by the Minute

During my spring break my family and I went to Dallas Blooms. It was this fantastic display of all different kinds of spring flowers at the Dallas Arboretum. While we were there we got to see all different kinds of tulips, azaleas, daffodils, snapdragons, with other flowers, but it was mostly tulips. Getting to see all the different flowers in bloom was wonderful, but back home in Missouri our spring flowers were marching on without us to enjoy them.

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The early spring was noted by Pat Guinan, that State Climatologist. There is an interesting article on the Missouri Climate Center website on our extremely warm March. According to Guinan, there were more than 7,700 daily temperature records broken in March. Also, in Guinan’s article the Midwestern Climate Center listed Missouri as one of nine Midwestern states that had its warmest March on record.

People are not the only things affected by the abnormal temperatures. On campus, saucer magnolias had already bloomed before spring break even started. Saucer magnolias are the ones that are the trees that have the whitish- pinkish blooms all over the tree. According to the Missouri Department of Conservation, in their Missouri Urban Tree guide, the saucer magnolia is supposed to bloom in the early springtime. But never in my time at Mizzou have I seen it bloom so early.

And this heat wave that Missouri has experienced is going to be problematic for reasons other than just pure aesthetic value of the flowers. There are multiple places across Missouri that have flower festivals. Unfortunately for these festivals there will be few, if any, flowers that the festival is being held for.

In the bootheel of Missouri there is a dogwood and azalea festival. Charleston’s Dogwood and Azalea festival will be very bereft when both the dogwood and azaleas have already bloomed before the scheduled weekend of the 19th of April.

Enjoy the spring flowers that are still left, because they are going to go quickly with summer fast approaching.

For more information about plants at Mizzou go to the Mizzou Botanic Garden website.

One Week of Trash in Pictures

While people are told not to litter, a lot of people still end up doing it.  Still, there are people who are good Samaritans who pick up trash and put it in a trashcan. But how much trash would add up if it were collected over the course of a week? While the end product probably would not even make a dent in amount of trash in Columbia, it is still a large enough amount.

In the end the amount of trash that was collected over a week was about on medium size trash bag’s worth. And the amount that was recycled filled up two plastic shopping bags. If you want to learn more about recycling and waste at Mizzou, then look at the Solid Waste Management and Recycling webpage and also the Sustainability Office’s Recycling webpage.

Briney’s English Nature Excursions

These are just a few of the pictures that I took while on my trip in England, with a few from Germany. The first pictures are the ones from my time in Germany. We went to Munich and Frankfurt a Main. When we were in Munich we went to the Dachau Concentration Camp. After we got back from Germany we went to our host university, the University of Reading. The town of Reading is thirty minutes to the east of London by train. Some of the trips that we took from Reading were to Windsor, Cardiff,Wales, Newquay (pronounced new-key), London, Bath, Winchester and Stonehenge. It was amazing to get to go to all of these places all of them had a large amount of historic importance to them. Out of all the places I visited I would have to say that my favorites were Newquay and Bath. Newquay had so much natural beauty to it, and since it was not tourist season there were not a lot of people to deal with. Bath was also really great because it had so many historic places to go and see, and the Roman Baths were absolutely amazing to get to see.

If you are interested in studying abroad please go to the CAFNR Study Abroad website and check out their semester program.

Making Planters

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Remember to water on a consistent basis and enjoy the wonderful plants that will grow.

Helpful Websites

LaLiberte, Kathy. Growing Vegetables in Pots and Planters  http://www.gardeners.com/Growing-Vegetables-Pots-Planters/5491,default,pg.html 

Arizona Cooperative Extension. Vegetable Garden: Container Garden in the Arizona Master Gardener Manual.  http://ag.arizona.edu/pubs/garden/mg/vegetable/container.html 

Apartment Therapy. How To: Make Can Planters.  http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/how-to-make-can-planters-75636 

Living the Old Life

By Briney Bischof

Martin Bellmann
Martin Bellmann stands in front of the woodshed he is building. The shed is made with reused metal siding and will keep the wood they use to heat the house in the winter from getting wet.

Martin Bellmann has a self-sufficient lifestyle. When Bellmann talks about the inspiration behind his log cabin he says, “I’ve always had a strong interest in the old ways of doing things, in a way of living that was slower, gentler, self-sustaining, and more in balance with the rhythms of nature.” Bellmann lives this principle with his everyday life.

Eva Bellmann watches the weather before they go to Ashland to cut up downed trees, which they plan on using for different building projects in the future.

He continues to say that he finds the American frontier and the lifestyles associated with it very interesting and he has always wanted to do the pioneering thing.

Bellmann and his wife Eva Bellmann live outside of Jamestown, Missouri in a log cabin that he built himself 10 years ago, according to him. He says the cabin itself is made partially from the corncrib of the barn that used to stand on his property.  The cabin did not have electricity until seven or eight years ago and it did not have running water until last year, Bellman says. Continue reading Living the Old Life