Coalition to Control Kudzu Infestations without Chemicals
February 2008 Newsletter
New Kudzu Kollege Grads: The January 26 graduating class was one of the best
yet. Elaine Bailey, Susan Billings, Beth Blumenfield, Karen Campbell,
Faye Guest, Fred Rice, Margaret Rucinski, Terry Sizemore, and
SC-EPPC Joint Kudzu Control Study: Pam Peeler’s Broome High School Student Government students were among the first youth to help in this project, which is behind the Beacon restaurant. See their pictures along with Jim Anderson at work at http://www.kokudzu.com/BeaconDriveIn.html
Last week Doug Keel interviewed Tina, Environmental Science teacher at Chapman High in
Last Child in the Woods: Richard Louv’s book is a hit with many. He identifies what he calls “nature-deficit disorder”. You have heard about “No Child Left Behind”. The Kudzu Coalition has adopted the objective “No Student Left Indoors”.
Awards to be announced in February: The Kudzu Coalition youth art contest and the
writing award contests will be announced this month. Mott Bramblett and Betsy
Teter have arranged for the artists at Hub-Bub to do the judging. Grades 6,
7, and 8 will be split out from grades 9, 10, 11, & 12 for separate cash
awards. The winners will be announced during Kudzu Kapers on April 19
at the old train depot on
Field trip to
New boom for
“Weapon of (Bio) Mass Destruction”: In January Paul David Blakeley tested a new attachment
to his skid loader – a grapple hook boom. The boom was designed by Paul David and Paul Savko and fabricated in
used in snuff: Last fall Henry Edwards shipped
several hundred bales of kudzu from his farm in
Inventive volunteers: Wilson Lanford noticed how hard it is to find tools once they are laid down in the kudzu patch. She bought fluorescent tape and wrapped the handles. Hard to miss those tools now. Don Oldham built a device for popping kudzu crowns up without bending over. It works well on privet also.
Thank you for your continuing interest and support.
The Kudzu Coalition