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LEWISVILLE/FLOWER MOUND Blog | The Dallas Morning News

LEWISVILLE/FLOWER MOUND Blog | The Dallas Morning News.

Minor-Porter Log House open for tours July 18

4:30 PM Fri, Jul 17, 2009 |
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Minor-Porter Log HouseIf you have an interest in Denton County’s history, check out the Minor-Porter Log House in the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area. Built around 1869, the cabin has been completely restored and furnished with all the trappings of frontier life. Tours by knowledgeable volunteers, according to a city news release, will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 18. There’s no charge, except for the $5 entry fee to the Environmental Learning Area. This 2,000-acre wildnerness is open to the public every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

To learn more, call 972-219-3930 or click here.

This could be a lot of fun when the weather cools down!

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Is Congress killing the organic farm? | MNN – Mother Nature Network

Is Congress killing the organic farm? | MNN – Mother Nature Network.

In response to the recent food recalls that caused peanut butter, tomatoes, spinach and pistachios to be swept off grocery store shelves, a handful of food-safety bills are now circulating through Congress. Two of them, the Food Safety Modernization Act and Food and Drug Administration Globalization Act (H.R. 875 and H.R. 759, respectively), are causing particular consternation due to their broad language. Despite the bills’ best intentions, critics say regulators don’t understand farm operations and are drafting laws that place an unnecessary financial and bookkeeping burden on small-scale farmers.

If it is left up to corporations and industry, congress will kill organics. There is more profit to be had in chemical farming, which leads to medical/pharmaceutical profits.

Don’t let it happen.

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Link Between Pesticide Levels In Blood And Parkinson’s Disease

Link Between Pesticide Levels In Blood And Parkinson’s Disease.

People with Parkinson’s disease have significantly higher blood levels of a particular pesticide than healthy people or those with Alzheimer’s disease, researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have found.

Choose organic when you can!

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Anyone up for a field trip?

Bison help to restore grass prairie near Lewisville Lake

12:00 AM CDT on Saturday, June 27, 2009

By WENDY HUNDLEY / The Dallas Morning News
Robert Vaughan emptied a sack of “buffalo candy” and called out to a herd of 30 bison grazing peacefully in a field at Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area.



Grazing buffalo are helping to turn back the environmental clock to a time when North Texas was covered by sweeping vistas of grasslands.

“Wup, wup, wup,” he beckoned.

Catching a whiff of the corn mixture, the shaggy, lumbering animals lifted their massive heads and suddenly came to life as they ran toward the unexpected treat.

As they approached, Vaughan quickly stepped aside, giving these deceptively swift animals a wide berth.

“Don’t think they’re tame,” he warned. “Don’t think you can outrun them.”

Vaughan should know. He owns the bison herd that is playing a key role in an effort to restore the tall grass prairie at the learning area, an educational and research preserve along the southern shores of the Denton County reservoir.

The public will get a chance to learn more about the magnificent animals during a bison tour at 2 p.m. Sunday in a section of the 2,000-acre preserve not normally open to the public.

I have been to LISDOLA several times, but I have never been to LLELA.  If the weather is not just absolutely miserable tomorrow, it sounds like a really cool way to spend an afternoon.

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Morningside Elementary’s Plant Sale

Title: Morningside Elementary’s Plant Sale
Location: 2601 Evans Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76104
Description: The plant sale will be held in the school’s garden. This sale benefits the school and the prices
are very reasonable (most plants are 25¢-$5.00). Also the students helped get these plants ready for sale, so they were learning along the way. They’d love
for you to come visit and invite friends and family to come as well. Not only
will people get a good deal on plants, but they will get to see the wonderful,
award-winning garden. Here are a list of some of the plants they’ll have:

  • Rosemary
  • Ivy
  • Mother-in-Law’s Tongue
  • Purple Wandering Jew
  • Green Wandering Jew
  • Sedum
  • Begonia
  • Umbrella Plant
  • Night Blooming
  • Cereus
  • Root Beer Plant
  • Yarrow
  • Coleus
  • Philodendron
  • Fish Tail Fern
  • Elephant Ear
  • Castor Bean
  • Cashmere
  • Bouquet
  • Artemisia
  • Phlox
  • Mullein

Start Time: 8:15
Date: 2009-05-28
End Time: 15:15

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Happy National Public Gardens Day 2009!

APGA | National Public Gardens Day 2009!.

May 8, 2009, National Public Gardens Day is a national day of celebration to raise awareness of America’s public gardens and their important role in promoting environmental stewardship and awareness, plant and water conservation, and education in communities nationwide. Click to visit the NPGD Facebook page and become a fan today! Click to download materials and artwork to promote NPGD at your garden.

The Mission: Presented by the non-profit American Public Gardens Association (APGA) in partnership with Rain Bird, both are committed to celebrating the environmental stewardship of North America’s public gardens and their local, regional and national leadership in resourcing the nation’s conservation and environmental education needs.

Scope: National Public Gardens Day celebrates all public gardens, botanical gardens, educational gardens, specialty gardens, entertainment gardens, arboreta, farm gardens, historical landscapes, and zoos and each institution participates in their own unique way.

Many of the nation’s public gardens will mark the day with special events and activities for schools, families and thousands of visitors to explore and discover their local public garden, while learning about each garden’s commitment to education, research and environmental stewardship.

Timing: National Public Gardens Day takes place annually on Mother’s Day weekend, an unofficial start of spring and a time when the environment is top of mind for most consumers.

Benefit: Public gardens are a fun activity for families, couples, and enthusiasts, providing a low-cost, entertaining, and beautiful community outing while providing important resources, education and research on environmental stewardship and conservation.

Rain Bird Corporation: As the leading manufacturer of irrigation products and services, Rain Bird’s support of National Public Gardens Day represents their strong commitment to the Intelligent Use of Water™ and the importance they instill in environmental preservation and landscape water conservation.

American Public Gardens Association: Founded in 1940 and with a growing list of over 500 garden members in all 50 states and eight other countries, the APGA is devoted to increasing garden cooperation and resourcing and raising public awareness of their environmental education, research, plant conservation, ecosystem management, species preservation and the efficient use of water.


Texas Discovery Garden’s Butterfly Plant Sale

Title: Texas Discovery Garden’s Butterfly Plant Sale
Location: Texas Discovery Gardens at Fair Park, 3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Dallas, TX 75210
Link out: Click here
Description: “We have moved our famous Butterfly Plant Sale to an earlier (and cooler) date! Enjoy our ever widening selection of hard-to-find butterfly host and nectar plants. We grow them here, giving you the benefit of organic plants that are used to Dallas summers. Help us make 2009 the Year of the Butterfly and plant your own butterfly garden with our selection!”

Cost: Free! Become a member to save 10 percent and gain an extra day to shop
Start Date: 2009-05-15
End Date: 2009-05-16


Join An Organic Co-op!

I have to admit that I used to belong to a food coop (back then it wasn’t even organic) and I found that the same things I was getting in the co-op were the same things I was getting by the bucket full out of my garden – so I stopped.  But if I didn’t have the garden, I wouldn’t be without a co-op!

I have a friend, Bonnie Carner,  that runs just such a co-op!  Here is the scoop that Bonnie sent me…

What is Your Health Source?
Your Health Source was formed to bring organic produce plus a variety of household items into your area at great prices, with a convenient one stop pickup location.  The co-op is a group of people buying food and other products together to save money and get better products or products normally unavailable in their area.  Your Health Source offers co-ops a mixed produce variety basket.  We buy from organic suppliers and local suppliers.  We work to provide you with the finest and most interesting variety of produce available.

How Much Does It Cost?
A Basic Share costs $50 per delivery, plus a yearly $25 membership fee (held for three orders to ensure you enjoy the co-op).

How Much Food Is It?
The amount of food in each delivery varies between 15-30 lbs., ranging between 14–16 different items (see sample orders).  Items are changed up with each delivery.

How Often Are Deliveries?
Deliveries at the host location come every other Tuesday.  Garage pickup time will be made available on a regular basis from 10:30 – 2:00.  Arrangements can be made for those that wish to pick up at a later time.  You will be notified via email of the items being delivered a week in advance.

What Other Products Can We Get?
Besides produce, we offer local pastured eggs, raw milk, whole grains, nuts, local raw honey, cooking oils, etc.  Request the Dry Goods price sheet for more info.  In addition to the Basic Share, you can order individual produce items.

How Do I Join?
You start by making a 6 week commitment (3 order cycles).  This gives you a chance to decide if you really like the process and the products.  Your host may also let you substitute for one pickup.  Please contact your host for enrollment or sign up on

Fresh organic produce all summer long!


Rife Vineyards

We have grapes!

We have grapes!

Rife Vineyards had one of  the booths we were able to visit at the Plano Live Green Expo.  They are a completely organic vineyard right here in Texas!  Evidently, they are the only one in Texas – other than our very own grapes pictured here.  I’m so excited to find them because until now, I have only been able to find organic vineyards in California and who wants to ship something all the way from California?

At the Expo, we had a great time talking with Sharon Rife.  We bought a small jar of grape jam, which we haven’t had yet, and a small bottle of Champanelle grape juice.  It was wonderful!


Live Green Expo

What a fun time we had!  The original plan was to get out there early and spend the whole day, but with back aches and headaches and a few other chores, we only managed to get there around 3:30PM.  That’s not much time considering that it only ran from 9:00Am to 5:00PM.  We hadn’t been able to find an actual schedule of events, so we had no idea what would be happening when we got there, but as luck would have it, I was able to see (and meet) the two that I had most wanted to see – Ed Begley, Jr. and Howard Garret.

We caught just the tail end of Howard Garret’s (The Dirt Doctor) talk during the question and answer portion,  but we were able to go back to his booth later and chat with him.  If you haven’t heard his radio show or checked out his website, I urge you to do so.  I wish now that I had brought one of my books to have him sign.  Oh well, I couldn’t even remember to bring my camera.

Ed Begley, Jr. (Living With Ed) was speaking in a panel setting along with Chris Miles (GreenCraft Builders), Paul Westbrook ( and Robert Smouse (I wish I could remember what organization he was with).  They were all great.  I would love to go tour the Collyville Eco House built by GreenCraft or Paul Westbooks house in Fairview, Texas.  The take home message was that, yes, you can do things to make a difference.  Start small with what you can afford and that will lead you to bigger and better things.  Start with insulation and light bulbs. There are other great tips for new and existing houses at their links.

The rest of our time was spent going around to different booths and meeting other local organic producers and vendors.  There was a beautiful booth set with with material made out of recycled glass for counter tops and flooring – Enviroglas.  I want some!

We also picked up some lady bugs at the Elliot’s Hardware booth to bring home and release in our garden.  And Samantha had a ball making a mask out of a milk jug, butterflies of all sorts and a paper bead necklace.

I will have to go through my stack of cards and pamphlets later to remember who all else we met and post another article later.

You know, with a name like “Flower Mound,” we really shouldn’t let Plano steal the “green” title.  It’s in our name – so why aren’t we doing it?  Hmmm….