January 31, 2010 at 4:07 pm (Agriculture, Brighter Planet, Bumble Bee, Climate change, Community gardens, Environment, Food Safety, Grant, Happy Tonics, Honey Bees, Monarch butterfly, Monarch Butterfly Habitat, National Geographic, Native Bees, Soil, Sustainable Agriculture)
Tags: Bumble Bee, Climate change, Community gardens, Happy Tonics, Insects, local food supply, Mary Ellen Ryall, Monarch butterfly, Native Bees, Native Crops, Native Wildflowers, organic gardening
Please take a minute to REGISTER AND VOTE at http://brighterplanet.com/project_fund_projects/100
Happy Tonics needs your VOTE to help us do our work. Officers and Board Members give of their time to educate and implement programs to adapt to Climate Change by promoting Sustainability of Native Plants, Monarch Butterfly and other pollinator habitat. Our mission is: Sanctuary for the Monarch Butterfly and Food Safety Issues.
Native bumble bee on autumn sedum
small square foot garden
We are a small grassroots nonprofit that needs your help to WIN our Climate Change Native Habitat and Community Garden Shell Lake grant proposal.
This is not Happy Tonics first attempt to bring Adapting to Climate Change into national awareness.
We were honored to participate in the Green Effect grant process with National Geographic sponsored by Sun Chips in 2009. Although other worthy causes won, we believe that each of us must do our part to bring the message of adapting to climate change home. (National Geographic, Green Effect Winning Ideas for a Better World, November 2009, insert after pg. 6.)
Plant native wildflowers for drought conditions
Won’t you help us now? Please SIGN UP AND VOTE at http://brighterplanet.com/project_fund_projects/100
January 29, 2010 at 8:39 pm (water)
Tags: Donna Alena Hrabcokova, Environmental Advocacy to Action, Happy Tonics, Lake Superior, Mary Ellen Ryall, Red Lake Indian Reservation, Shell Lake, Thimbleberry, water contamination, water is a human right, water privitization, Wisconsin Point, Women's healing circle
Wisconsin Point on Lake Superior
We offer a women’s healing circle in season to promote the sacredness and sustainability of the natural world. This sacred time together supports womens’ environmental advocacy to activism on behalf of Mother Earth.
Donna Alena Hrabcakova, Art Therapist, at Red Lake Reservation, Michigan at http://www.rlnn.com/newsarticlesnov03/aboutRL.html is a student at the Center for Sacred Studies. She is studying under the direction of the International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers. Alena will be coming to Northern Wisconsin, in the summer of 2010.
She will give a talk about her work and studies and show the film: The Next Seven Generations. To acquaint yourself with the documentary, click on the following link at http://www.forthenext7generations.com/home.php
If you are interesting in attending a water ceremony, Alana’s talk and film, please contact email@example.com We haven’t set a date yet. We would love to put an Eco tourism package together to honor the water at Wisconsin Point beach on Lake Superior.
thimbleberry learn about wild edibles with Mary Ellen
The film and feast will take place in Shell Lake where the Monarch Butterfly Habitats and Happy Tonics are located.
January 23, 2010 at 5:06 pm (Agriculture, Climate change, Community Food Security Coalition (CFSC, Genetic Engineering, Sustainable Agriculture, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Uncategorized)
Tags: Africa, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Bill Gates, Biotechnology, Borlaug Dialogue, Community Food Security Coalition, Dr. Gebisa Ejeta, Dr. Rajiv Shah, drought, Ethiopia, gentically modified wheat, Hybrid sorghum, Iowa, Second Green Revolution, USAID, USDA Secretary Vilsack, Windfarms, Word Food Prize Foundation, World Food Prize Laureate
Des Moines, Iowa, USA – In October 2009, the Borlaug Dialogue and the World Food Prize Foundation hosted the annual World Food Prize. The World Food Prize Laureate is Dr. Gebisa Ejeta of Ethiopia for his discovery of a hybrid species of sorghum that is resistant to drought.
Windfarm in Iowa equals alternative energy
Happy Tonics was attending the 13th Annual Community Food Security Coalition Confernce in Iowa in 2009 around the time this event took place.
Sustainabile Food Security Issue CFSC Conference attendees
Bill Gates spoke at the Borlaug Dialogue event. Bill and Linda Gates Foundation donated a grant of $120 million to the “Second Green Revolution.”
The money is being given to Africa in part to grow drought hardy corn that 300 million Africans are dependent upon. Gates said the grant will be used in part to train African growers in the science of biotechnology. You can listen to Bill Gates speech at http://www.worldfoodprize.org/symposium/2009/video/gates.html
Collaborative efforts are ongoing between Monsanto and the Federal Government and the decision is to allow genetic engineered crops to combat world hunger in developing poor countries.
Monsanto, with approval of governmental partners including the White House, USDA Secretary Vilsack and Dr. Rajiv Shah, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will seek to plant genetically modified wheat in Africa. Africa is besieged with environmental threats to their wheat crop due of drought and disease. Wheat is one of the four most important crops in the world.
Happy Tonics supports local grown and organic crops. None the less, the public needs to be aware that GMOs are on the rise in the Global Food System.
January 17, 2010 at 2:14 pm (Uncategorized)
Native sunflowers at Damian Vraniak's prairie in Springbrook, WI, USA.
Happy Tonics is honored to announce that the Xeriscape Council of New Mexico has invited us to exhibit at the Xeriscape Landscaping and Water Conservation Expo on 27-28 of February as their guest. Officers plan to attend the conference on 25-26. Learn more at http://www.xeriscapenm.com/
Scott Varner, Executive Director of Xeriscape Council of New Mexico was published in USA today at http://www.usatoday.com/tech/science/2007-07-15-xeriscaping_N.htm
Read all about the wonderful world of plant survival using less water. The world is facing climate change. Pollinators need our help. Insects are dependant upon reliable native plant species and crops are dependant upon pollinators. Happy Tonics promotes native crops.
Walk on the wild side and learn from nature. She is our best teacher.
January 16, 2010 at 2:29 pm (EVENTS)
Tags: Environment, II Annual Winter Environmental Film Festival, Insects, Pet therapy, Pets, Senior Housing
Happy Tonics, Inc. is sponsoring the II Annual Winter Environmental Film Festival in Washburn and Sawyer County, Wisconsin. USA.
Life is a mystery in the understory.
The first host site was Lakeland Manor. The senior housing residence showed MicroCosmos a film produced in France. The movie shows the little seen world of insects in the USA and the rain forests of Latin America. Beautiful closeup photography. Event took place on 15 January 2010.
Darling Gretal goes to the movies
We had a good turn out of residents and guests. Oh yes, our little pets enjoy being with us during film viewings especially when cookies are served.
Buddy was more interested in the cookies that were served.Little Gretal goes to the movie
January 14, 2010 at 12:34 pm (Butterfly articles and stories, Friendship Commons Senior Center, Monarch Butterfly Habitat, Quilting, Sit and Chat Quilters)
Tags: Butterflies Are Free Quilt, Friendship Commons, Fundraiser, Happy Tonics eBay Store, Quilting, Senior Center, Sit and Chat Quilters
Quilters Mary Olsen, Marian Brincken, Myrna Atkinson and Mary Rachsler.
Shell Lake, Wisconsin, USA –
A year ago, in January 2009, the Sit and Chat Quilters of Friendship Commons Senior Center began stitching a butterfly quilt as a fundraiser for Happy Tonics, Inc.
The nonprofit 501(c)(3)environmental education organization and public charity implemented a Monarch Butterfly Habitat on city land in 2007.
The elders wanted to donate a quilt for a fundraiser to help maintain the habitat. The restored remnant tall grass prairie boasts native wildflowers and grasses for pollinating insects including butterflies, moths and bees.
The quilters celebrated their One Year Anniversary in January 2010. It is hard to believe that the ladies are about half way finished with the project. They meet weekly and work on the quilt for 3 hours at a stretch. Can you imagine having the patience and diligence to work on a project with this time requirement? I am amazed by their dedication and persistence.
Mary Olsen telling fabric story.
I visited them yesterday, February 11, 2010. I asked where the fabric came from. Mary Olsen looked up and said, “We brought in fabric from our homes and matched colors we wanted in the quilt.” Each butterfly has a story of course because each has a fabric history. Nothing goes to waste when one is thrifty. The quilters have lived through the depression, recessions and the booming 90s. They know the value of sustainability and raising milkweed for the monarch butterfly. The quilters surely know the value of not throwing things away.
The frame story.
Curt Atkinson drives Myrna to the center each week because his wife doesn’t drive. He helps her unload the frame each week and then the frame is setup by the quilters.
Myrna explained that the long boards for the frame were donated by Angie Klopp, a quilter up to a few years ago. No longer able to get about, Angie now resides at Terraceview Living Center in Shell Lake. Even the frame has a story.
Myrna called me last night to say, “The quilt is 93 inches x 103 inches. There are 42 big butterflies in the middle and 28 little ones around the edge.”
Stay tuned. The Butterflies are Free quilt will be auctioned off after it is completed. Happy Tonics members and friends will have an opportunity to help support the Monarch Butterfly Habitat in Shell Lake with an online auction in our eBay store. Visit the store at http://happytonics.org/store/ where we sell milkweed seed, books, and clothing that supports our mission.
January 12, 2010 at 5:33 pm (Bumble Bee, Honey Bees, Mary Ellen Ryall, Meadow, Monarch butterfly, Native Bees, New York City, Prairie)
Tags: Damian Vraniak, Dennis VanEngelsdorp, Meadow, Monarch butterfly, Native Bees, New York City, Remnant Native Tall Grass Prairie
Blazing star growing in Damian Vraniak's praire in Springbrook, WI, USA.
Good news! New York City is turning heads. Here’s a an article about an old railroad bed that is now a garden. Bravo!
Happy Tonics did the same thing in Shell Lake, Wisconsin, USA. We created a Monarch Butterfly Habitat, a restored remnant native tall grass prairie, where once buffalo roamed and tall grasses grew. The habitat is alongside of an old railroad bed on a narrow strip of land, on one half acre. The railroad bed is now a trail for foot travel, bicycle and horses.
Dennis Van Engelsdorp spoke about the importance of helping the pollinators especially honey and native bees including the beloved bumble bee. He suggests letting meadows grow. You can view the video on our Blog re: A Plea for Bees.
Let’s get beyond the written world. I would love to hear from you and learn what you are doing right now to help Green Up your corner of the world. Let’s turn the abandoned wasteland into something beautiful as a Pay it Forward act of kindness for generations to come.