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contain significant updates from 2009 monthly email
MUD OBTAINS BEEHIVE!
In July, we planned to have bees on-site. Bees are a great
demonstration of organic gardening and sustainable living and we
are looking forward to MUD honey. Honey bees are relatively
harmless, but are considered livestock by Missoula zoning
regulations. As a result, our hive is now maintained off-site in
partnership with other bee-keepers. Although the bees are not at
MUD, workshops on bee keeping and honey harvesting were a big hit
this season, and the MUD honey is delicious!
RECRUITING NEW BOARD MEMBERS
We will be recruiting 1-3 new board members during the next couple
of months. If interested, please check www.mudproject.org
, our Facebook
group or call the office for details about the qualities and skills
that we are seeking on our team. Please note, we are not
currently recruiting board members. If you are interested in
joining the MUD board, contact the office for more
CHICKENS ARE BACK!
MUD started in the 1970s as "Wild Willy's Backyard Chicken Farm."
Volunteers recently built MUD a sleek chicken coop & run,
largely out of reclaimed materials donated by Home Resource. Our
six new laying hens are an heirloom breed - Dominique chickens are
said to be one of the first breeds developed in the United States,
are friendly, and cold hardy. We're delighted with their consistent
laying, and how thoroughly they are tilling the garden beds and
Considering the popularity of the cider presses at this time of
year, we've decided to make some changes regarding their use. The
large press is designated for on-site use ONLY. However, you may
now reserve it during MUD office hours or Tool Library hours.
Please call in ADVANCE to guarantee your spot (721-7513). The small
press will be treated as any other tool in the library and will be
available on a first come first serve basis. As a reminder, on-site
use is $5 and off-site use is $10.
COFFEE-2-COMPOST NEEDS YOU!
IT’S FUN! Missoula’s coffee grows flowers and vegetables! Sign up
for 1-hour shifts as frequently as you’d like. Ask our current
volunteers—it’s easy, doesn’t take much time, hours are flexible,
and it makes a difference for your community. MUD’s
Coffee-to-Compost program helps Missoula businesses and
organizations keep their coffee grounds out of the landfill.
Volunteers pick-up grounds from sponsor locations and take them to
local community gardens.
MUD on FACEBOOK
Join the MUD Facebook group to stay up to date with events,
workshops, and more! We’re on Facebook as “Missoula Urban
Demonstration Project (MUD).”
ANNUAL GARDEN PARTY FUNDRAISER
If you were at the party last year, you know how we like to do it
up! Come dressed to dance the night away to some great live music,
indulge with local beer and a silent auction. A delicious dinner
and entertainment are included in the entrance fee. All proceeds
directly benefit MUD and help ensure that next year will be as
fruitful and productive as this past year.
KETTLEHOUSE PINT NIGHT
Kettlehouse Pint Night Benefitting MUD - Come have a beer (or
three) knowing that 50¢ of each pint is donated to MUD. We’ll also
have a table where you can meet our new AmeriCorps VISTA
volunteers, get a cool new MUD t-shirt or pick up your Garden Party
OUTREACH PROJECT - NORTHSIDE/WESTSIDE
Help raise community awareness about Missoula’s oldest
sustainability organization. MUD has been in the Northside
neighborhood for nearly 30 years. We want to make sure our old
neighbors, new neighbors, and friends know about us. On October 24,
MUD volunteers will distribute info about MUD and its programs in
the Northside and Westside neighborhoods.
PERMEABLE PAVER PATIO
Come help lay our new patio in the backyard. It will be made of
permeable paving stones from Mutual Materials. We cannot have too
many helpers! This will take two Saturdays if we have many hands to
help. You can tell people at MUD Mingles for years to come that you
helped. Food will be provided. Q
SITE RE-DEVELOPMENT BEGINS!
Perhaps you read in the Missoulian a couple of weeks ago that MUD
is planning major renovations at the MUD Demonstration Site (629
Phillips Street). We are really excited to begin the design process
and want our neighbors, members and interested Missoulians to be
involved. March 7th at ZACC from 2-5 PM, we will hold a design
charrette. If you are interested in the direction MUD takes in the
next 5 years, have some great ideas you’d like to see implemented,
or strong feelings about what you wouldn’t want to see at the site,
please come to the charrette and share your thoughts.
TRUCK SHARE FEES CHANGE
The $20 application fee has been eliminated. In it's place, Truck
Share participants simply pay $5 extra when renewing annual MUD
membership. We hope this change will encourage more people to
utilize this fantastic community resource. For more information, go
to the Truck Share page in the Programs section of our website.
TRUCK SHARE EXPANDED
We have a nice 1995 Toyota SR5 pick-up truck (with all the options)
that has been serviced by MUD friend, Lance French. It is ready to
be driven for those enrolled in the Truck Share. Call the MUD
office to reserve Truck Share trucks for your non-commercial,
non-recreational needs - think lawn and garden work, moving,
Thanks to great planning by the MUD board, we have benefitted from
AmeriCorps VISTAs since July 2008. Kara Lawrence's service term
began in July 2008, and she provided critical program and
development assistance as we continued organization restructuring
efforts. In July 2009, she was replaced by two new VISTAs, Adam
West (Development) and Bethann Garramon (Programs). Adam and
Bethann have been busy developing a new website and youth education
program, improving our programs to better serve Missoulians' needs,
and focusing on strategic grant applications to finance MUD's
multi-year site re-development project.
VOLUNTEER WORK DAYS
MUD is what it is thanks to the dedicated efforts of volunteers
like YOU! To make it easier for you to volunteer for MUD projects,
we’re putting volunteer days on the calendar. Beginning this month,
MUD will plan volunteer projects for the 1st Saturday of each
month. Mark your calendar and come help MUD have fun getting lots
of work done!
NEW WEBSITE LAUNCHED!
We are thrilled to announce the new MUD website! It is still the
same web address: www.mudproject.org
. It is more
user-friendly, contains more information and online resources, and
provides capacity for discussion forums, blogs and more. Please
check out the new site, and feel free to contact us with
suggestions for content, resources and more. Feel free to submit
photos, videos or information for inclusion in the site. Please
bear in mind that we are working on this site, and some sections
require a bit more work. We’ll be updating frequently, so check
back for current, seasonally appropriate how-to’s, recipes, events
REGULAR WORKSHOP SCHEDULING
In order to make it easier for you to attend workshops, and for us
to plan them, we will be standardizing the rest of our 2009
workshop schedule. All workshops will be held Saturday afternoons,
at 1:00 PM at MUD, unless otherwise indicated. Register in advance
to ensure you spot in upcoming workshops! $10/member;
$20/non-member; scholarships available - contact MUD office a
minimum of 1 week prior to workshop.
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