The Richmond Register

Lifestyles & Community

March 5, 2013

Farm-to-School meeting scheduled April 1

RICHMOND — There will be a meeting on April 1, from noon to 1:30 p.m., at the Madison County Cooperative Extension Office concerning the Madison County Farm-to-School Program.

This meeting is an open discussion on how best our community of farmers can come together to supplement our children’s school food with locally grown, fresh, healthy, and clean vegetables.

Farmers who are interested in providing produce to the school system should attend.

The focus of this meeting is to discuss the procurement (buying) process from both the school system and the farmer’s point of view.

There will be a new strategy presented by Acres of Harvest Farmer Collective.

This group plans to discuss the feasibility of a single contact point for farmers and a single location for deliveries.

Also, the school system has standards for each product they purchase and these standards will be discussed and how best to achieve them.

Using manures in the vegetable garden

Adding animal manures can be an excellent way to improve garden soils. Manures can provide many of the micronutrients required for robust plant growth.

In addition, adding manure can have significant beneficial effects on the water-and nutrient-holding capacity of the soil.

The breakdown of manure in the soil results in a variety of organic gums and resins that bind soil particles together, improving soil structure.

Finally, adding manure can greatly improve living conditions for the wide array of beneficial microorganisms that live in healthy soils.

While the list of benefits is impressive, take care that the manure is right for the use when applying manures to vegetable gardens.

Only apply manures that have been aged for at least six months, as this will eliminate the risk of burning plants with excess ammonia.

It is best to use manures that have been properly composted (to a temperature of at least 140 degrees F), as this will kill any E. coli that may have been present in the raw manure.

Proper composting is critical for using manure in food gardens to avoid potential human illness.

Manures from carnivorous animals should never be used, such as cats or dogs. Additionally, if soils have high levels of salts, feed lot manure should be avoided as they will add to the problem.

Educational programs of the Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of race, color, age, sex, religion, disability or national origin.

Text Only
Lifestyles & Community
  • 04.18 Food .jpg It’s egg party time

    I love this time of the year because eggs really do go down in price during the Easter season. I have some new recipes on how to fix eggs besides the coloring part.

    April 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • 04.18 Steaks.jpg Where’s the beef?

    Today, the American consumer has more money to spend on the widest variety of foods than at any other time in our history.

    April 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • 4.15 Eggstravaganza 1.jpg Easter bunny's ‛eggbeater’ will fly eggs to Richmond

    Who knew the Easter bunny could fly?

    Skeptics can come to the Easter Eggstravaganza in Richmond’s Irvine-McDowell Park on Saturday to see for themselves. However, the bunny still doesn’t fly in bad weather. But on Monday, temperatures in the 60s with partly cloudy skies were predicted for Saturday.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • Dick-Ham.jpg We old folks have unique experiences

    A friend sent this to me by e-mail, and I thought my readers would enjoy it.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hope’s Wings volunteers need your help today

    Help a local resident “get out of jail,” and in turn help men, women and children break the cycle of domestic violence in Madison and surrounding counties.

    April 11, 2014

  • 4-11 FosterParentYear.jpg Bereans named Foster Parents of Year, Outstanding Adoptive Parent

    Stephanie and Doug Gillum of Berea will be honored as Foster Parents of the Year tonight during an appreciation reception at the Kentucky Horse Park.

    April 10, 2014 2 Photos

  • 4-11 PuppetryFILE.jpg Puppet parade planned Saturday in Berea

    The city of Berea will be celebrating Puppets in the Park on Saturday as part of the National Day of Puppetry.

    April 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • Animal group seeks volunteers to assist with spay/neuter clinic

    The Madison County Humane Society/Animal League for Life is reaching out to the community for help with its low-cost spay and neuter clinic.
    The clinic, which operates at the HS/ALL adoption center at 128-C Big Hill Avenue, has spayed or neutered more than 2,000 dogs and cats since it opened in July 2012, according to volunteer Lynn Grove.

    April 3, 2014

  • State funding to help keep domestic violence shelter open

    Money for Madison County domestic violence intervention in the recently passed $20 billion state budget will be used to keep the Hope’s Wings shelter open.
    The budget bill now awaits the governor’s signature.

    April 2, 2014

  • 3-29 PetsofWeek1.jpg Pets of the Week

    This week's cat is Jett, a neutered and front declawed 5-year-old male.

    This week's dog is Ace, a 2-year-old male Chihuahua mix.

    March 29, 2014 2 Photos

AP Video
Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism Vermont Goat Meat Gives Refugees Taste of Home Calif. Investigators Re-construct Fatal Bus Cras Mayor Rob Ford Launches Re-election Campaign Appellate Court Hears Okla. Gay Marriage Case
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide

Should the Richmond City Commission stop rezoning property to allow construction of apartments?

     View Results