Seed Savers Exchange/Growing Power Trip

“Seed Savers Exchange is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and sharing heirloom seeds. Since 1975, our members have been passing on our garden heritage by collecting and distributing thousands of samples of rare garden seeds to other gardeners.”

“Growing Power is a national nonprofit organization and land trust supporting people from diverse backgrounds, and the environments in which they live, by helping to provide equal access to healthy, high-quality, safe and affordable food for people in all communities.  Growing Power implements this mission by providing hands-on training, on-the-ground demonstration, outreach and technical assistance through the development of Community Food Systems that help people grow, process, market and distribute food in a sustainable manner.”

And the journey begins………..

Get A Girl Got her RV! Thanks to my gear-head advisor/teacher/mentor, work on the engine began today (she is having a lil trouble getting started). Things I learned by doing today:
1. Changed the oil and oil filter
2. Replaced the ignition coil
3. Changed 3 of the spark plugs (1 broke so will finish on Friday)
4. Watched the ignition control module be changed out
5. Oh, and learned the basics of what a fuel-injection V6 engine does

Big day for me! So beautiful so know how something mechanical works, so very empowering.

You all made this happen, I couldn’t have done it w/o out!!!!!!

A little something by the Life on Fire Project guys :)

People Being Awesome: Ree

Posted on April 23, 2012

“We like people that are driven to succeed.  We’re really into those folks that make the decision to keep trying until they accomplish their goals, no matter what.  Well, as long as they’re positive goals, anyways.  We won’t support you if you want to kick a cat over your roof.  It’d be impressive as hell, but that’s not cool, man.  There are, however, folks out there that want to make the world a better place, and have devoted themselves to doing so.

People like Ree.  Ree is studying sustainable living.  She’s always dreamed of traveling the country but that wasn’t enough for her.  She wanted to do it in a way that did not negatively impact the environment.  That’s quite a challenge, by the way, unless you’re psychotically into bike riding or jogging.  In which case, right on!  But rather than do it in the least comfortable way possible, Ree decided that she was going to put together an RV that runs on renewable resources like solar and wind power.  Sounds like a pretty huge challenge.

People like that almost inspire me to stop trying to find new memes and save up enough money for a new wallet.  Recently, I had to show my I.D. and my wallet was in such bad shape that somehow it broke my driver’s license right in half.  It’s a mystery.  The sad part is I still have the same wallet.  Anyways, enough about me.  Back to people that inspire.

Ree caught our attention, because we thought it was a pretty bad-ass way to travel, and we really want to see her succeed so she can spread her knowledge about sustainable travel.  If you think this is a cool idea and like to see people make a difference, head over to her page on indiegogo  and show your support for a greener world.  It’ll totally be worth it.  Who knows, maybe because you gave her 20 bucks some rich guy will notice and donate half his fortune to it, causing Ree to start slapping solar panels on everything, causing energy to not be an issue, causing scientists to shift their focus onto bringing about world peace, causing global sharing, causing everyone to  get their own gold plated toilet.  All because you gave her 20 bucks.  Thanks for that.”

 

Check these guys out and their amazing goals at http://www.lifeonfireproject.com/

Iowater Sampling

As part of my Ecology class we are taking part in Iowater sampling training.  Our group first measured the creek that runs through the MUM campus.  For our 2nd site we measured Waterworks Park/reservoir.  We had a startling encounter at the end of our time at the reservoir when we heard a strange noise and discovered a frog, only to find that he was being eaten by a large snake.

Habitat Assessment – 09/07/2011 1:30 pm  Waterworks Park/reservoir
1ST TESTING
Perennial
 Substrate
 Sand  100%
 Mud/Slit  0%
 Other  0%
Canopy Cover: 0-25%
Microhabitats: Sand, overhanging vegetation.
Adjacent Land Use: Park, Nature Trails, Boating Accesses
Human Use Activities: Wading, Kids Playing, Swimming, Tubing, Canoeing/Kayaking, Boating, Fishing
Evidence of Human Use: Footprints or Paths, Dock/Platform

Chemical / Physical Assessment: 09/07/2011: 1:30 pm
Weather: Sunny, cam
Water Color: Clear
Water Odor: None
Air Temperature: 71 degrees F
Precipitation: 0
Transparency: 59 cm
pH: 7
Nitrite-N: 0
Nitrate-N: 0
Dissolved Oxygen: 6
Phosphate: 0.3
Chloride: <33
Water Temperature: 76 degrees F
Biological Assessment:  09/07/2011 1:30 pm
High quality group: Snail (not pouch)
Middle quality group:  Dragonfly
Low quality group:  Pouch snail
Other:  Frogs,  butterfly, fish, sand bees, snake
Benthic macroinvertebrate collection time:  15-30 minutes
Collection nets:  0
2ND TESTING
Perennial
Chemical / Physical Assessment: 09/19/2011: 1:15 pm
Weather: Sunny, calm
Water Color: Clear
Water Odor: None
Air Temperature: 75 degrees F
Precipitation: 0.15 inches
Transparency: >66 cm
pH: 8
Nitrite-N: 0
Nitrate-N: 0
Dissolved Oxygen: 6
Phosphate: 0.2
Chloride: <33
Water Temperature:  71 degrees F
SUMMARY:  The values of the reservoir were very similar at both readings.  The clarity of the reservoir was greater after a small rain event, but I suspect that the first reading had a lower clarity reading due to high winds that likely kicked up sediment from the bottom.  There was about a 5 degree temperature difference in both water and air on both readings.  Dissolved oxygen, phosphate, and chloride were almost identical from both readings.  It would appear, at this time, that the reservoir is stable and likely safe to swim in.