February 12, 2010 at 3:37 am (Agriculture, Brighter Planet, Climate change, Community gardens, Container Gardens, Environment, Friendship Commons Senior Center, Girl Scouts, Grant, Leopold Education Project, Mary Ellen Ryall, Monarch butterfly, Native Bees, Native Habitat, Pheasants Forever, Ross Gelbspan, Shell Lake, The Heat is On)
Tags: Andrew Eiche, Girl Scouts, Jeff Parker, Lakeland Manor, Mother Earth, News from Indian Country, Rain Barrels, Ross Gelbspan, The Heat is On
I am awed that we have reached so many VOTERS through Brighter Planet. As of 9:30 p.m., 193 conscientous citizens have voted for our grant proposal. Thank you. We are still plugging for VOTES for Climate Change Native Habitat and Community Garden in Shell Lake. For those of you signing up and VOTING now please click on http://brighterplanet.com/project_fund_projects/100 and give us your support.
Happy Tonics hopes you will listen to testimony about climate change by Ross Gelbspan, author of “The Heat Is On,” on his Web site at http://www.heatisonline.org/ It is no longer about when. It is about how we are going to adapt to Climate Change.
native tomatoes raised in containers at Lakeland Manor
All of us need to bring the message home that we need to protect biodiversity and plant native grasses, wildflowers and crops to withstand climate change. I am hopeful of seeing many rain barrels in place this year in Shell Lake. Andrew Eiche, Executive Director of HUD Housing, told me he plans to grant our request for a rain barrel for resident container gardens at Lakeland Manor, senior housing, in Shell Lake in 2010.
I called Jeff Parker, Director of Public Works, Shell Lake, today about donating a rain barrel for Friendship Commons where the girl scouts are going to plant a container garden with an Aldo Leopold Education and Pheasants Forever Grant. The seniors are pleased that the younger generation will be involved in beautifying outside the center. The educational garden will teach others about growing bee pollinator, butterfly (second more important pollinator), herb, flower and veggie gardens.
Happy Tonics is thrilled that Shell Lake is starting to get the message that we need to grow local and organic food.
Borage a taste of cucumber and bee plant
We need native plants for pollinators. It has taken Happy Tonics a few years of teaching environmental education to reach the public on a deep and profound level. Protecting Mother Earth comes natural to Happy Tonics. Nick Vander Puy, reporter at News from Indian Country, wrote on his Facebook blog recently something to the effect, “Our grandchildren will ask what did you do during the Great War for the Earth?”
It is all about the baby steps and teaching others how to grow their own food in sustainable ways to adapt to Climate Change.
Be happy Voters where ever you are.
February 9, 2010 at 3:34 am (Brighter Planet, Climate change, Community gardens, Girl Scouts, Grant, Happy Tonics, Leopold Education Project, Monarch butterfly, Morph Your Mind Environmental Education, Pheasants Forever)
Tags: Brighter Planet, Community gardens, Friendship Commons, Grant, Happy Tonics, Leopold Education Project, local food supply, Monarch butterfly, Morph Your Mind Environmental Education, Native Crops, Pheasants Forever, Raised bed garden, Washburn County Public Property and Land Sale
And on the Seventh Day They Rested.
What a great weekend. Thank you one and all for voting on our grant proposal at Brighter Planet. Happy Tonics now qualifies for another chance at the brass ring in the future because we got 100 VOTES. The nonprofit realizes that we are up against some pretty stiff competition. New Orleans is in the lead with their grant proposal. Winning the Super Bowl Sunday was a wonderful success. Well done Saints.
Be sure to Sign up and VOTE at Brighter Planet for Climate Change for Native Habitat and Community Garden Shell Lake at http://brighterplanet.com/project_fund_projects/100
Good news! February 8, the Washburn County Public Property and Land Sales Committee granted Happy Tonics permission to plant a raised bed garden at Friendship Commons, the senior center, in the summer of 2010.
Libby loves being a butterfly
Girl Scout Troop Number 4392 (MN, WI Lakes and Pines) will plant, grow and maintain the garden. Seniors will be partners in this intergenerational activity. A grant from Leopold Education Project and Pheasants Forever are funding the project. Happy Tonics believes that all sustainability projects are accomplished from the ground up. A community that can feed itself is sustainable.
The garden will be a teaching garden. We teach through the monarch butterfly who is the canary in the coal mine. What happens to the butterfly can happen to us.
Even a little grant is a big thing to a small nonprofit. We volunteer for Happy Tonics. Won’t you help us spread our wings to teach others to adapt to climate change?
We offer the Morph Your Mind Environmental Education Program. Our classes, events and two native wildflower and butterfly gardens are nature’s outdoor classrooms where we teach others about the importance of native crops and plants as native host and nectar sources for the monarch butterfly and other pollinators. The natural landscape supports life. Monoculture and invasive species are replacing native habitat. Native habitat is the only habitat can withstands drought conditions and climate change.
Taking Environmental Education to the Classroom
Thank you for your kindness.
February 4, 2010 at 1:46 am (Brighter Planet, Climate change, Community gardens, Girl Scouts, Happy Tonics, Leopold Education Project, Mary Ellen Ryall, Native Habitat, Pheasants Forever, Raised Bed Gardens)
Tags: Brighter Planet, Climate change, Climate Change Native Habitat and Community Garden Shell lake, Community gardens, Girl Scouts, Grant, Happy Tonics, Leopold Education Project, Mary Ellen Ryall, Pheasants Forever, Raised bed garden
Day three- The status report is better today. We still need your votes at http://brighterplanet.com/project_fund_projects/100
REGISTER AND VOTE FOR adapting to Climate Change Native Habitat and Community Garden. We have 68 votes as I write. I am pleased. Only 32 more votes and we’ll be at the 100 mark. This is a landmark because it means we’ll be in the running to apply again if we don’t reach our goal this time.
We have 12 more days to go and we are campaigning for our cause. Anything can happen. Just look what happened today. We received a grant for $250 from Leopold Education Project a Program of Pheasants Forever. This will help fund a raised bed garden for Girl Scout Troop 4362, Minnesota & Wisconsin Lakes and Pines in Shell Lake.
Expect the unexpected to happen in life. Things could change over the next 12 days. Happy Tonics could gain the notice of some large environmental group that can sway votes our way. One can only hope. Remember change has always come from the ground up. Here’s your chance to prove it. Thanks!
Till tomorrow insectamonarca friends,
Sending a beautiful sunset your way.
Be happy where ever you are.