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 by going to website, www.sierraclub.org, or by clicking on either the Join or Donate button on this page. Help us explore, enjoy, and protect the planet.


Local Food
WRG Executive Committee

July 16, 2015 - 5:00 p.m.

 CU solar panels

City Utilities – Solar Farm Tour 

 

Please join the White River Group of the Missouri Sierra Club for a tour of the City Utilities' Solar Farm. This will take place at 5 pm on Thursday, July 16, 2015.

The directions to the Solar Farm are outlined below.

We don't have an exact address but here are the directions from Kearney and Highway 65:

  •      East on Kearney to Mulroy Road. (Mulroy is also 744) Springfield Yamaha is at the northwest corner of the intersection.
  •      Turn right on Mulroy.
  •      Stay on Mulroy to first farm road on left FR112
  •      Left on FR 112
  •      Follow 112 to solar farm on left side of road.
 
You will notice the McCartney Peaking Station on the left side. Continue on FR 112 past this site and the farm is about a quarter mile further. Hopefully the map will help a little.

 CU Solar Farm

The White River Group applauds this effort towards clean energy and away from coal burning plants. However, we object to the depiction of solar energy as more expensive than coal combustion and therefore requiring a financial penalty, the so-called "solar rider."

Several members of the White River Group registered their opposition to the solar rate rider for the voluntary purchase of solar power from City Utilities in 2014. We attended a CU Citizen's Advisory Board meeting, a CU Board meeting and the City Council meeting where this issue was voted upon. We shared the following objections to the solar rider, the extra amount people are required to pay if they want to use clean energy from the solar farm. (The average CU customer would be required to pay approximately $40.00 per MONTH. This rate would be fixed for 20 years.) There are many reasons why people should be incentivized to use solar power, not penalized. These include, but are not limited to, the following.

  •     the effects and cost of climate disruption from coal combustion 
  •      the effects of air and water pollution from coal combustion and the cost of cleaning it up
  •      the effects and cost of death and disability from coal combustion
  •      the legislative cost of opposing common sense measures to protect the public from the  dangers of coal combustion
 
The cost of solar power is declining and the cost of burning coal will continue to increase as more regulation is put in place to protect people from the above mentioned dangers. Please come and add your voice to those encouraging our municipal utility to move toward clean energy and beyond coal.

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 csandre1@aol.com.

Area code is 417, unless otherwise indicated.

Caterers

Homegrown Food
Amanda Owen
459-1698
Uses local food whenever possible.

Da Barefoot Chef
Pauly and Amy
861-8896
Uses local food whenever possible.
www.dabarefootchef.com

Dairy 

Stoney Acres Sheep Dairy
Competition, MO
Deb & Rick Christmas
668-5560
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
417-366-0999
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

Fruit

Welkers’s Organic Berry Farm
417-859-4271

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
417.634.5414
www.seasonsharvestecofarm.com 

Lawncare and Landscaping

Beautiful Days Landscaping

Seth Entwhistle
Springfield, MO
849-0314
Uses all natural and organic products.

Meat

Bechard Family Farm
Conway, MO
www.bechardfarm.com
589-4152
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
461-0234
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
https://millsapfarms.wordpress.com/
833-3842 
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
417-366-0999

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
www.freshchickenandturkey.com
417-277-5869
Chickens and Turkeys, pesticide/herbicide free pasture. Antibiotic-free, non-GMO ration. 

Native Plants 

Alice Counts
Willard, MO
542-3770
631-8312
h/ 742-3770
alicecounts@att.net
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
pansgarden@hotmail.com
Woodland native plants and ferns, mail order and retail, by appointment.

Produce

Millsap Farms
Curtis and Sara Millsap
cmillsap1@yahoo.com
833-3842
Community Supported Agriculture. Subscriptions available summer and winter.

Fassnight Creek Farms
Dan Digbee
1366 S. Fort
Springfield, MO
865-4186
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. 
urbanrootsfarm.com/

Farm of Hard Rocks
Leah Bonebrake
833-9180

Greater Springfield Farmers Market
Donald Bauer
267-2371
www.springfieldfarmersmarket.com/
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
www.rareseeds.com
924-8917

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. 

Links:

 http://www.localharvest.org/buylocal.jsp

http://foodcircles.missouri.edu/

www.slowfoodusa.org

www.slowfoodusa.org/index.php/programs/details/ark_of_taste/

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
jdaso@aol.com

Louise Wienckowski -Vice Chair
(417) 869-8074
bingobog@sbcglobal.net

Cathy Primm -Secretary, Alternate Representative
(417) 869-1733
primmcathy@gmail.com

Jim Evans - Treasurer
(417) 224-4482
jimevans.pv@gmail.com

Jennifer Johnson
(573) 619-7343
geweyes@yahoo.com

Myra Scroggs
(417) 883-4015
myrascroggs@sbcglobal.net

Lauren Bansbach
(314) 488-0674
bansbach009@live.missouristate.edu