Palouse Area Environmental Update

By David Hall, Co-op Volunteer Writer

Environmental Radio Shows on KRFP (90.3 FM) and KPBX (91.1 FM)

  • KRFPSunday            5:30 – 6:00 am                        Sea Change
  • KRFPSunday            2:00 – 4:00 pm                        Peace Radio (alternating weeks; local)
  • KPBXMonday           12:00 – 1:00 pm                      Living On Earth
  • KRFPMonday           3:00 – 4:00 pm                        Le Show
  • KRFPTuesday           3:30 – 4:00 pm                        Local Food Roundup (First Tuesday; local)
  • KRFPWednesday     5:00 – 6:00 am                        Ralph Nader Radio Hour
  • KRFPWednesday     1:30 – 3:00 pm                        Climate Justice Forum (local)
  • KRFPWednesday     3:00 – 3:30 pm                        Earth First Update
  • KRFPWednesday     4:00 – 5:00 pm                       Wild Clearwater Country (local)
  • KRFPThursday         4:00 – 4:30 pm                        Radio Ecoshock
  • KRFPSaturday          9:30 – 10:00 am                      Bioneers
  • KRFPSaturday          10:00 – 10:30 am                    TUC Radio
  • KRFPSaturday          10:00 – 11:00 am                    Your Own Health and Fitness
  • KRFPSaturday          3:00 – 3:30 pm                        Palouse Science Spotlight (local)

Moscow Farmers Market (Saturdays, May through October)

Many people may not know that the Moscow Food Co-op started the Saturday Farmers Market in 1976 to provide a meeting ground for buyers and sellers of fresh local produce. With a few farmers on board and a lot of inspiration, the Co-op began operating the market in the parking lot behind what is now Moscow City Hall. Eventually the City’s Arts Commission took over and moved it to Friendship Square and the Jackson Street parking lot, and then to Main Street between Third and Sixth Streets.

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Word is that the Farmers Market food vendors will be using compostable service-ware starting this year, so be sure to compost what you don’t eat!

The Moscow Renaissance Fair (May 6 and 7 this year) has been requiring their food vendors to use compostables for several years.  Good work for both!

City of Moscow “No-Spray” List

Shull Brothers Weed Control sprays weeds according to the City of Moscow Street Department weed spraying contract. Spraying is a major method of controlling noxious weeds. Herbicide is sprayed on selected streets, street cracks and alleys; along curb edges; in cracks where sidewalks meet curbs; and around dead-end street barricades, bridges, guardrails and fire hydrants on City rights-of-way. The chemicals used are reviewed by the City of Moscow Sustainable Environment Commission.

Any resident who wishes not to have their street curb edge sprayed in front of his or her residence and/or adjacent alley and is willing to control weeds themselves may call or e-mail Tammy Gray (City of Moscow Street Department, 208-883-7097, to be put on the City’s “No Spray List” for the current season.  [from the City of Moscow public notice]

Two Plant Sales and a UI Arboretum Tour

INPS White Pine Chapter Sixth Annual Native Plant Sale: Saturday, May 20, 2017, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. 1912 Center, Arts Room , 412 East Third St., Moscow. More than 100 native species from Palouse Prairie, woodland, canyon, and wetland habitats. Cash or check only.

UI Arboretum Associates Plant Sale: Saturday, May 20, 2017, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. Palouse Ice Rink, 1021 Harold Street, Latah County Fairgrounds, Moscow.

Tour the UI Arboretum Xeriscape Demonstration Garden: Tuesday May 9, 12:30 to 1:30 pm. Meet at the Renfrew Kiosk by the red barn, UI Arboretum south-end parking lot on W. Palouse River Drive. Horticulturist Paul Warnick will lead a tour and specifically discuss the Palouse Prairie natives section, the Native Roots project and plant groups, and will point out some outstanding performers throughout the tour. Maureen Taylor Regan is a homeowner who used this demonstration garden as a go-to resource and has made a conversion to drought-tolerant landscaping in her own backyard. She will offer some tips and insights on how her Wisescape evolved. (This is a part of the Malcolm M. Renfrew Interdisciplinary Colloquium) [from UI Arboretum Associates flier]

Moscow 2017 Mayor’s Earth Day Awards

Moscow’s 2017 Mayor’s Earth Day Awards were presented at the April 17 Moscow City Council Meeting. Congratulations to Steve Robischon, Lee Anne Eareckson, Thorn Creek Native Seed Farm, Moscow Food Co-op, Heart of the Arts, Jon Kimberling and Paul Kimmell, City of Moscow Environmental Services Group, Les MacDonald, and Danielle Gentry.