The White River Group of the Missouri Sierra Club chapter has been focused on environmental and wilderness protection in 2014. We will continue in 2015 and beyond. We have challenged City Utilities of Springfield for pursuing a coal ash landfill in karst landscape. We have been vocal about the Ozarks National Scenic River management plan. We have advocated for clean energy and against the solar rider by City Utilities that penalizes customers for choosing clean energy. We have spoken with local, state, and national legislators about our concerns. 

You can join the club here - help us explore, enjoy, and protect the planet.


Local Food


WRG Executive Committee


Judy Dasovich's response to a readers submission posted on The Opinion Pages of the New York Times, "Recently, City Utilities and Empire Electric were quoted in the Springfield News-Leader. They said that people like me who buy our own solar systems privately are driving up utility rates for everyone else. In lieu of the lack of leadership by our local utilities, we are left with little choice. Of course, you can rent solar energy from CU at about $40 per month, in addition to your regular bill, you are locked into that rate for 20 years, and you own nothing at the end of that time. My "payback" on my system is that I will contribute less to air and water pollution by reducing use of the area's coal fired energy immediately. CU built a new coal fired plant in 2010, despite the objections of many in the community. Now they are saying the so-called solar rider is necessary because solar is more expensive than coal. This article exposes the fallacy of that argument. Clean energy that doesn't disrupt climate, cause medical illness and costs less is the obvious choice for Southwest Missouri and the world. Meanwhile, CU has got to figure out a way to pay for that brand spanking new John Twitty Energy Center coal fired plant."

Green Energy for the Poor, posted on The Opinion Pages of the New York Times


September 14, 2015
News-Leader, Opinion page
Our Voice: City should put hold on the use of coal tar asphalt sealants until safety determined

August 17, 2015

Springfield Sierra Club member Gary Wright, MD
The E.P.A. Clean Power Plan: We Can Do This

August 6, 2015
Local Sierra Club Chair Judy Dasovich defends the EPA Clean Power Plan, which will create new jobs in the wind, solar, and energy efficiency sectors!
Ozarks utilities: Too early to know costs of carbon rules


Local Food

Producing and Buying LocalFood 

The White River Group strongly supports growing and buying local food (as well as organic, fair trade,heirloom varieties, etc.) Buying locally supports agriculture in our area, and often means you get a product that is fresher and more nutritious. It also eliminates the air pollution from the transportation required to bring food into our area—often from as far away as 1500 miles!

If you’re concerned about climate change, however, and would really like to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, consider reducing your consumption of meat.  A Carnegie Melon study found that the average American would benefit the planet more by being vegetarian one day per week than by switching to a totally local diet. And as the journalist who reported this in the Washington Post said, “Heck, why not do both?”

WRG has created this page to help our members and friends locate foods grown in our area, as well as plants and seeds and related services. Local food customers and vendors are welcome to suggest additional listings for this page by calling 581-8318 or send emails to

Area code is 417, unless otherwise indicated.


Homegrown Food
Amanda Owen
Uses local food whenever possible.

Da Barefoot Chef
Pauly and Amy
Uses local food whenever possible.


Stoney Acres Sheep Dairy
Competition, MO
Deb & Rick Christmas
MO’s only licensed sheep dairy and cheese plant. Making naturally aged raw
sheep milk cheese, soap, lotion, and fudge—called “smudge.” Free tours. 

Pasture Nectar Farm
Mt. Vernon, MO
Eric Vimont
Our Shorthorn cows produce excellent meat, milk and cream for your family.
They eat only fresh grass and clover from our rotated chemical-free pastures
during the growing season, and hay in the winter—never steroids, hormones,
or processed feeds, no animal by-product


Welkers’s Organic Berry Farm

Grow Your Own

Master Gardeners
The Master Gardener Volunteer program is an opportunity for individuals to learn and share knowledge with others. Candidates receive 30 hours of basic horticulture training on a wide variety of topics taught by MU Extension Specialists and other professionals.
Contact your local University of Missouri Extension Center for more information.Season’s Harvest Eco-FarmLarry & Carla VogelSparta, Missour

Lawncare and Landscaping

Beautiful Days Landscaping

Seth Entwhistle
Springfield, MO
Uses all natural and organic products.


Bechard Family Farm
Conway, MO
Pasture Raised Chicken, Turkey, & Eggs (poultry); Grass-Finished Beef & Lamb;
and all natural Pork. Our animals live peacefully on chemical-free pastures and
never receive hormones, antibiotics, etc. 

Madewell Meats
Mt. Vernon, MO
Pastured Belgian Blue Beef and Pork. All natural—no antibiotics, growth 
hormones, etc. Belgian Blue beef is the leanest beef there is, even leaner than Buffalo. 

Millsap Farms
Curtis and Sara Millsap
Millsap Farm is a family-run farm focused on sustainable agriculture. We raise 
whole pastured Chicken and Turkey's, pastured pigs, feeder pigs, eggs, whole, 
half hog or pork whole by the cut, beef by the cut, goats, ducks and geese.            

Pasture Nectar Farm
Mt. Vernon, MO
Eric Vimont

Our Shorthorn cows produce excellent meat, milk and cream for your family. They eat only fresh grass and clover from our rotated chemical-free pastures during the growing season, and hay in the winter—never steroids, hormones, or processed feeds, no animal by-products. 

Peace Valley Poultry
West Plains, MO
Chickens and Turkeys, pesticide/herbicide free pasture. Antibiotic-free, non-GMO ration. 

Native Plants 

Alice Counts
Willard, MO
h/ 742-3770
Native plants are hardy, requiring less watering, fertilizing and care and support 
native wildlife. Many are quite showy, making attractive additions to traditional 
gardens as well as native plant gardens. Native shrubs and trees also available.

Pan’s Garden
Tom and Angel Kruzen
Mountain View, MO
934-2818 or 934-6537
Woodland native plants and ferns, mail order and retail, by appointment.


Millsap Farms
Curtis and Sara Millsap
Community Supported Agriculture. Subscriptions available summer and winter.

Fassnight Creek Farms
Dan Digbee
1366 S. Fort
Springfield, MO
c/ 818-4417

Urban Roots Farm
Naturally Grown four season urban vegetable farm located in downtown Springfield Missouri. 
Natural Organic Mineral based Fertilizers and soil amendments. Classes in beekeeping, raised organic gardening, canning and even building your own small wind turbine.

Farm of Hard Rocks
Leah Bonebrake

Greater Springfield Farmers Market
Donald Bauer
Winter schedule includes some Saturdays through April 4th. The 2009 Season begins on April 11.

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
2278 Baker Creek Road
Mansfield, MO 6570

We only offer open-pollinated seeds: pure, natural and non-GMO! We offer over 1200 varieties from 66 countries, including many that we collected ourselves. Monthly festivals and twice yearly garden shows. 


Recommended Reading:

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

Barbara Kingsolver, This is Kingsolver up-close-and-personal discussing her family’s efforts to live on locally produced food for one year.

The Omnivore’s Dilemma

Michael Pollan, The author examines the sources of four meals from different food production processes, and considers the ethical, environmental and political aspects of each.

The Meat You Eat

Ken Midkiff, Missouri writer and longtime Sierra Club activist and staffperson discusses the production of meat in the United States.

White River Group Executive Committee

WRG Executive Committee

Judy Dasovich - Chair, Representative
(417) 830-4916

Louise Wienckowski -Vice Chair
(417) 869-8074

Cathy Primm -Secretary, Alternate Representative
(417) 869-1733

Jim Evans - Treasurer
(417) 224-4482

Jennifer Johnson
(573) 619-7343

Myra Scroggs
(417) 883-4015

Lauren Bansbach
(314) 488-0674




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