“The Real Dirt on Farmer John”
Movie Night! Wednesday, August 26
Pizza served at 6:30 p.m.
Movie and popcorn at 7
“The epic tale of a maverick Midwestern farmer. An outcast in his community, John bravely stands amidst a failing economy, vicious rumors, and violence. By melding the traditions of family farming with art and free expression, this powerful story of transformation and renewal heralds the resurrection of farming in America”
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
2435 Cumberland Avenue, Charlotte, NC
Please join us at our July Monthly Meeting to explore our local Farm to Table Scene with a pot luck dinner of local, fresh food, and a panel discussion by local farm and food experts.
We will also have a raffle for gift certificates and local goods.
The local farm to table movement has grown dramatically in recent years as more and more people have become interested in healthy eating. Farmers markets are now common on many weekends. Interest in organic foods and the offerings of our local Healthy Home Market in Plaza Midwood are high.
Bring a dish to share and interact with our panel to broaden your perspective on the growing local food scene in greater Charlotte.
Bring a friend and hope to see you there.
David Robinson, Chair, Central Piedmont Group of the Sierra Club
Join us as we help restore and revitalize native plant communities in Freedom Park. We will spend the morning primarily removing English ivy from the trees along the Little Sugar Creek Greenway, part of the Carolina Thread Trail. Removing English ivy is crucial to maintaining the health of the trees and supports plant biodiversity which creates suitable habitat for wildlife. It also enhances the beauty of the park that so many of us enjoy. Children age 8 and up are welcome!
We will supply tools, but feel free to bring your own garden tools as well as work gloves, a hat, water, and snacks. We’ll work from 9am until noon. Contact Mary Lou Buck to sign up at email@example.com.
Participants on Sierra Club outings are required to sign a standard liability waiver. You can view the waiver here:
Limited to 25 participants.
We are pleased to have Dr. Reed Perkins, Professor of Chemistry and Environmental Science at Queens University, present his study of the history and current state of the Catawba River. Dr. Reed Perkins has taught at Queens since 1998.
His courses include Geographic Information Systems, Physical Geography, Tropical Island Systems, and Introduction to Environmental Science. He also teaches in the CORE Program for the Liberal Arts and the John Belk International Program. As part of the latter, he developed the Micronesian Islands Environmental Study Program, in which Queen’s students and faculty work with scientists and government personnel of Yap and Kosrae (member states of the Federated States of Micronesia) to field monitor the islands’ ecosystems. He also worked to develop a local GIS capacity on both islands.
His other major teaching interest is the rapidly changing urban system of Charlotte. He and his students work with local elementary school students to study urban streams and impacts of watershed land use patterns.
Our Feb 25th meeting will also provide an opportunity for you to explore the future impact of population growth and drought on the Catawba River basin through an interactive computer simulation.
As usual, our meetings are held at the Mahlon Adams Pavilion in Freedom Park. The address is 2435 Cumberland Ave, Charlotte, NC. Pizza is served at 6:30pm. The formal meeting begins at 7pm. We expect to finish up by 8:30pm. The meeting is free and open to all. And ample parking is available and also free.
Hope to see you there.
David Robinson, Chair Central Piedmont Group of the Sierra Club
Get some exercise, breathe in the fresh air, and get rejuvenated at Browns Mountain Outing on Sunday 2/15 at 10:00 A.M
This outing will be a moderate to strenuous 5 miles round-trip hike on a somewhat hilly trail. Browns Mountain is located in Kings Mountain National Military Park, South Carolina, about an hour from Charlotte. It’s best visited during the winter when views from the mountain top are not obstructed by the tree canopy. We’ll meet at the park at 10:00 AM and should be done by 1:00 PM. Afterwards, you might want to take a walk on your own along the self-guided Battlefield Trail and also spend time in the Visitor Center to learn about this important Revolutionary War battle. Limited to 20 hikers.
All participants on Sierra Club outings are required to sign a standard liability waiver. You can view the waiver here: https://nc2.sierraclub.org/sites/nc.sierraclub.org/files/SignInWaiver%20with%20photo%20release.
You don’t have to print out the waiver. I will have one available for you to sign at trail head.
To sign up, please contact Thanh Huynh at firstname.lastname@example.org or 704-609-5940.
For a great mix of history and nature, come join us for a hike at the Latta Plantation Nature Preserve, in Huntersville, NC, on Saturday, February 28th, 2015. We’ll be hiking 5.5 miles of the best trails on the preserve, that will include rolling hills, great views of the lake and a variety of wildlife and fauna that will fill your senses. We will be moving at a moderate pace but will be stopping for snacks and breaks along the way.
Historic Latta Plantation is a circa 1800 cotton plantation and living history farm, located within Latta Plantation Nature Preserve. It is Mechlenburg Countie’s largest nature preserve and protects over 1345 acres of natural communities. It forms a green peninsula extending into Mountain Island Lake, the drinking water source for over 800,000 residents in Mecklenburg & Gaston counties. This preserve has been acknowledged by the National Audubon Society due to its diversity in wintering water fowl, breeding and migratory songbird species and protection of the bottomland hardwood forests (threatened natural community in NC).