Lisa Munniksma

freelance writing, editing, farming, travel

February 2015 Workshops


My winter road trip is not just a bundle of fun (but it is that, too!). I am still working, after all. Among my projects is a series of three workshops for the Growing Hope Initiative at Grimal Grove, a nonprofit urban farm in Big Pine Key, Fl., in February. If you attend all three, you receive a discount. A portion of each admission fee goes to the Growing Hope Initiative! Workshops will be limited to 20 attendees, so please consider preregistering with me (info below).

The ABCs of GMOs

Saturday, February 7, 10:00 a.m.

Genetic modification has been in the news a lot in the past few months: a big food-labeling-initiative fight in Oregon, new genetically modified crops approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and, of course, the possibility of GM mosquitoes right here in The Keys. For all the hoopla, do we even know what “genetically modified” means?

From a sustainable-living point-of-view, freelance food- and ag-writer Lisa Munniksma will explain this definition and present a somewhat-balanced explanation of GM ingredients in foods, GM-crop production’s effects on the environment and people, and how your living and eating habits influence and are influenced by genetic modification.

$5 members, $10 nonmembers; discount for attending full series: $20 for members, $35 for non members


Water-wise Gardening

Saturday, February 14, 10:00 a.m.

Whether you are new to gardening or have been at it for a while but are looking for more-sustainable-gardening tips, you are welcome to this workshop. Water-catchment systems, irrigation options, mulches, year-round water-saving garden design, and plant selection will be covered in a way that’s applicable to everything from balcony container gardens to large-scale backyard gardens. This will be a hands-on workshop.

$15 members, $20 nonmembers; discount for attending full series: $20 for members, $35 for non members


Sustainable Living Lessons from Around the World

Saturday, February 21, 10:00 a.m.

Living with the locals as you travel through 16 countries teaches a person a lot about the often-wasteful American lifestyle. Things we take for granted here—basic trash facilities, water access and, simply, food—come into view differently.

Join freelance writer Lisa Munniksma to hear about lessons in sustainable living she learned the hard way while living out of a backpack, traveling and working on farms around the world. There is no judgment in this discussion, only ideas you might take home and put to work to lessen your impact on the world and live more sustainably.

$5 members, $10 nonmembers; discount for attending full series: $20 for members, $35 for non members


About Lisa Munniksma

Lisa is a freelance writer, editor and farmer who travels around the country and the world but calls Kentucky home. As a freelance writer and editor, Lisa covers sustainable living, food and agriculture—plus some random topics—for magazines and websites. As a freelance farmer—that’s a farmer without a farm of her own—she’s worked and volunteered at farms and ecovillages (and a restaurant and bakery!) throughout Europe, Turkey and the U.S. She’ll be spending part of this winter volunteering with the Growing Hope Initiative at Grimal Grove.

Lisa is the former editor of and still a regular contributor to Hobby Farms and Urban Farm magazines, blogs very occasionally about farming and traveling around the world at, and blogs weekly about ag news and opinion for Hobby Farms magazine at

Contact Lisa with questions and to preregister: lisa AT, 859-797-8348.

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