Published 1:27pm Saturday, July 28, 2012
BY KATIE MCDOWELL/Lifestyles Editor
COLUMBIANA – Visitors packed the Shelby County Exhibition Center July 28 for the Novella Club’s 17th annual Antiques, Arts and Crafts Show.
President Lisa Scallas said about 50 vendors participated in this year’s show. Vendors were set up in booth throughout the center, selling homemade gods, wreaths, children’s clothes, jewelry and antiques.
“They’re from all over the state of Alabama,” Scallas said. “A lot of them come every year.”
Calera native Teresa Wamble is one of the regular vendors. She first offer decorative gourds at her “Gourds gone Wild” booth in 2004. it was her very first show, although she now attends about 18 a year.
This year marked the first for Brenda Warren of Springville. Warren’s booth featured crosses and decorative signs featuring Bible verses that her husband made.
“This is all reclaimed wood from tornado-damaged trees in Clay,” she said, adding that the wood was donated to the couple.
Warren said she and her husband consider the business a ministry and hope to return to the Columbiana show next year.
In one corner of the exhibition center, volunteers from the Shelby County Arts Council led children in a painting workshop.
Scallas said the show is the Novella Club’s biggest fundraiser and it typically raises approximately several thousand dollars.
Funds raised from the event are used to support local schools and charities, including:
• Scholarship for the Miss Shelby County pageant,
• Scholarship for a Shelby County High School graduating senior,
• Host the American Cancer Survivor Dinner,
• Provide personalized blankets and visits with each new resident at Columbiana Health and Rehabilitation,
• Participate in joint ventures to raise awareness and money for the Shelby County Arts Council,
• make annual donations to Elvin Hill Elementary, Columbiana Middle and Shelby County High schools.
In addition to these priorities, the Novella Club also focuses on other groups throughout the year.
“We have an emphasis every month from September to April,” Scallas said.
Last year, the organizations were SafeHouse of Shelby County, Shelby County Humane Society, Wreaths across America, Camp Jared, Owen’s House, Alpha course, Heifer International, Operation Smile, Shelby Woods and veterans overseas and in local hospitals.
we desperately need the snow. haven’t had anything to speak of since last november and we have had to water the smaller trees and shrubs several times just so they don’t die from this dry spell. the latest noaa predictions have a lot of areas getting 20″ of snow and some areas are showing up to 30″. thats great but the one bad thing, the wind. they also expect gusts from 30-45 mph creating white conditions and drifts several feet high. if all pans out it will be the first real winter storm in these parts going back almost a decade. hopefully people will be smart enough and play it safe by fueling up in advance, having enough food, meds etc. on hand for a few days or more for those of us who live in rural areas as well as having everything fully charged in case the power goes out. because of the freakishly warm january we’ve had with most days in the 50s and 60s a lot of places will see it start out as rain, then ice, then snow. not uncommon for areas further east but we don’t get rain/ice here, just doesn’t happen. oh well, let it snow, let it snow.
I have 3 or 4 very old Rose of Sharon Bushes(maybe 15 years old) I planted from sprouts. I have a "purple" flower Rose of Sharon bush and a "white" flower rose of Sharon bush and between the two is a bush that has "purple" and "white" flowers. the bush was never grafted. It has only one "trunk"; each limb on the bush has it's own individual color…….either all purple or all white but they are all on the same bush. I have heard of flowers changing colors but I have never heard of a bush having two different colored flowers on it without something being done to it and this bush has had nothing done to it to cause this.
has it always been like this?its possible that it was pollinated by both trees.where did you get the sprouts?if bought from a nursery they may have beendone there.that is odd.enjoy the oddity.
I would like to watch the twilight zone episode about trees feeling pain but I do not know which one it is.
CARIYES, Haiti — In Haiti’s rocky northern hills, Joseph Jean has planted seeds donated by a US aid group Trees for the Future hoping to reverse the deforestation that has washed away soil and impoverished farmers.
Jean’s field barely feeds his family and he has had to take a teaching job to make ends meet. Some aid does reach often forgotten rural communities, far from the capital of Port-au-Prince, but Haitian farmers need more, he argued.
He pointed to a broken pipe that runs next to his house. Built under the 1971-1986 regime of ‘Baby Doc’ Duvalier, it has been dry for years.
“This morning I walked up the mountain to get water,” said Jean, 38, who makes the trip almost daily, accompanied by two young daughters. “It’s three hours each way.”
Many Haitian farmers share his concerns that the aid that does reach them may be inappropriate for this Caribbean nation or even harmful.
In June thousands protested against a four-million-dollar seed donation by giant multinational Monsanto which sparked debate over the quake-hit nation’s aid policies and agricultural future.
It highlighted the bitter divisions among all sides involved in Haiti’s rural development and the battle to feed the swelling ranks of hungry, estimated by the International Fund for Agricultural Development to be around three million people or almost a third of the population.
Haiti was already the most impoverished nation in the Americas before the January 12 earthquake, and six months on the needs of destitute and the poor have grown only more acute.
“Food security doesn’t mean that you have to produce it all, it means that when you go to the market you have the money to afford it,” USAID’s Christopher Abrams told AFP.
Abrams explained that while WINNER — a 126-million-dollar USAID program that is also distributing Monsanto’s donation — respects traditional farming, its priority is to increase productivity and “double” profits.
“The goal is not self-sufficiency,” Abrams said. “We want to help increase the income of farmers and non-farmers so they will be able to buy food.”
But that approach is controversial.
“Programs like WINNER make peasants leave traditional farming for conventional and industrial farming, but that’s not what we want,” said Jean Baptiste Chavannes, speaking for the National Peasant Movement of Papaye Congress (MPNKP).
The network of peasant associations has over 300,000 members, and Chavannes — who declined offers to serve as agriculture minister and prime minister — argued development will not come through food security but food sovereignty.
“Peoples have a right to choose their agricultural policy, what to farm and how to farm it, or they will always be dependent,” he said.
Louis-Marie Laventure, an education supervisor with the Agriculture Ministry, said the Monsanto donation was much debated among authorities.
But offer was accepted because it prioritizes food security for the 77 percent of Haitians living in poverty, he said.
The government also wants to give local production an opportunity to grow and repeatedly asked relief agencies not to import food already produced in Haiti, fearing this would deepen the country?s dependency on aid handouts.
Haiti imports 48 percent of its consumption, according to the World Food Program.
“Haiti had a food security policy for the last 20 years and look where it got them,” said David Millet, a French agronomist who volunteered in Haiti?s rural areas for two years.
“Aid agencies come with no connection to the fields, with their assumptions of what’s needed and without asking the locals,” Millet charged.
Haiti’s problem is not so much a scarcity of seeds, he said, as a lack of access, education on agricultural techniques, and infrastructure, including irrigation.
In the countryside around central Hinche, Joachim Accene showed off a small artificial lake created by a farmers association to irrigate nearby fields, cultivated with mangoes and vegetables.
Though the United Nations recently sponsored 10,000 dollars of repairs to the lake’s edge, the pipes running into the fields also need expensive maintenance.
“Farmers can’t afford that,” Accene said, adding that simple cisterns and smaller lakes would solve many of their water problems.
At the Technical School for Development in Hinche, founded in 1985 with a World Bank loan, director Serge Durosier agreed.
“What is lacking here is a technical culture,” he said, as a Cuban mechanic taught Haitian students to build simple agricultural tools. “Training farmers should be an integral part of the education system.”
Chavannes, who is a founding member of international peasant movement La Via Campesina, rejected the notion that farming should be treated as a business.
“There are things that shouldn’t be considered merchandise and food is one of them,” he said. “The objective of agriculture is sustainable life, not maximum profit.”
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