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,LLIt JlJlllillmii ,--, . Page 4D BUSINESS Hays Free Press February 17, 2010 COURTESY PHOTO Therapy center arrives Officials with the Buda Area Chamber of Commerce helped cut the ribbon at the Therapy Center of Buda, a Pediatric Speech-Language and Occupational Therapy office at 181 Cimarron Park Loop, Suite D, last Thursday. Remedy Nature Deficit Disorder mall family farms, once on the endangered spe- cies list in the American landscape, are making a huge comeback, thanks to a new model of agriculture. Com- munity Supported Agriculture (CSA) offers farmers a guar- anteed income during these uncertain economic times and gives communities food security. The way it works is the consumer (that's you) pays upfront the yearly cost of a weekly share of the farm's har- vest. During the growing sea- son, you visit the farm each week and pick up an assort- ment of fresh, locally grown produce. The benefit for farmers is that they know ex- actly how much to grow and can cover the cost upfront. The benefits to your family are improved nutrition, food security and the knowledge of exactly where your food came from, whose hands touched it and how it was grown. Becoming a CSA member is also good for the environ- ment. In our country, the typi- cal forkflfl has traveled 1,500 miles from the farm to your mouth! When you join a farm, you avoid all those diesel emissions from transporting the food. Plus, the produce hasn't been commuting for the past week, so it's much fresher and tastier. Never buy food from strangers! Many conventional meat-farming practices are cruel and unhealthy. When SUSTAINABLE LIVING you buy locally, you can see how the animals Live. Local farms are small-scale produc- ers who generally allow ani- mals access to open pasture. They graze on grasses (much healthier for them and us), nurse their young and live a good life. Unless you see for yourself how the animals live, you can't know for sure how they are treated. Being a member of a farm helps build a closer commu- nit3. When share members come to the farm to pick up" their weekly box of produce, they inevitably end up swap- ping recipes, chatting with the farmer and discussing the weekly bounty. CSAs often be- come gatheringplaces, host- ing potluck dinners, special events and even classes. You connect your children to the land. Many of our chil- dren suffer from NDD (Nature Deficit Disorder) and can recognize more than 1,000 brand names of processed foods, but can't recognize 10 kesh vegetables growing in the field. When you take your children to a farm, they make the connection that their food comes from human hands winking the earth. Connect yourself to the land and the season. Nothing tastes quite like a crisp apple on a cool fall day, or hot but- tered corn off a summer grill, or baked squash in midwinter. When your family is a member of a farm, you are treated to seasonal produce. Produce naturally tastes bet- ter in season. Get to know your region! Farms are beautiful, and it's fun to visit them. Be a tourist in your hometownd Many of our small farms re]ly on agro- tourism. Visiting a working farm gives your family a taste of your region's history and local flavor. Money spent ora a local farm stays local and grows! British researchers found that money spent at local farms multiplied becaus+e the farmer used a local bank, bought seed and supplies locally, advertised in locall papers and paid local employ(ees. These "farm dollars" hadt twice the economic impact ofthe same amount of money, spent at a chain grocer. Farnners tend to help and support ,each other rather than comp(ete. As a re- sult, CSAs often otffer produce grown on other farms to their share members, ats well. You acquire a tatste for new flavors. Broaden y/our palate by joining a farm! The farm gives you a bit of everything it grows, which oftem includes a few things you rmight not have heard of. Thiis is a great way to fred your mew favorite vegetable! Mine is spicy hot daikon radishes, long as your arm and white as potatoes! Eat your view! When you join a CSA, you support a farming family. This helps preserve the farmlands, as well. The only way our farm- ers can afford to pay the taxes on those picturesque views is if we support the farms! An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! Eat- ing fresh, (ideally) organic vegetables makes your family healthier, and saves you sick timeand medical expenses. The fresher your vegetables, the higher the vitamin content, according to nutritionists. WHERE TO FIND A LOCAL C,S.A.? locates farms within a radius of your address that retail directly to the public. is your source for safe, healthy, natural and nutritious grass- fed beef, lamb, goats, bison, poultry, pork, dairy and other wild edibles. is a nonprofit, eco-gastronomic member-supported organiza- tion that was founded in 1989 to counteract fast food and fast life, and the disappear- ance of local food traditions. Shawn Dell loyce is an award-winning columnist and founder of the Wallkill Riuer School in Orange County, N. Y COPYRIGHT 2010 CRE- ATORS. COM COLOR OPlES available at Hays Free Press, 109 W. Center St. in Kyle. 75 for color copies and 7 for black and white. tl I. r"  I" r- 16oo w. St,s,oey LJl'-['- 512-447-3475 +!ii  cus ly. ot " 't t offers, idonLy this '   Iocatio.Cashvaltm 1/1000"choFonecem. OFr good through nlal,mli|idll 03/31/2010. ..,m. jl, .m.u.  Pub ic Notices, continued from 3D A request for a public hearing must be in writing. You must state (1) your name, mailing address, and daytime telephone number; (2) the applicant's name, application number or another recognizable reference to this application; (3) the statement, "l/we request a public hearing"; (4) a brief description of how you or the persons you repre- sent, oul6 be adversely affected by the granting of the application for a CCN; and (5) your proposed adjustment to the application or CCN which would satisfy your concerns and cause you to with- draw your request for a hearing. Persons who wish to intervene or comment should write the: Texas Commission on Environ- mental Quality Water Supply Division Utilities and Districts Section, MC- 153 R O. Box 13087 Austin, TX 78711-3087 within thirty (30) days from the date of this publication or notice. A public hearing will be held only if a legally sufficient hearing request is received or if the Commission on its own motion requests a hearing. Only those individuals who sub- mit a written hearing request or a written request to be notified if a hearing is set will receive notice if a hearing is scheduled. If a public hearing is requested, the Executive Director will not is- sue the CCN and will forward the application to the State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH) for a hearing. If no settlement is reached and an evidentiary hear- ing is held, the SOAH will submit a recommendation to the Com- mission for final decision. If an evi- dentiiry heng is held, it will be a legl proceeding similar to a civil tdal in state district court. If you are a landowner with a tract of land at least 25 acres or more, that is partially or wholly located within the proposed area, you my request to exclude the tract tom the proposed area (or "opt ut") by providing written no- tice t(the Commission within (30) days tom the date that notice was providld by the applicant. All re- quest I opt out of the requested servicerea must include a scaled, generalocation map and a metes and bJnds description of the tract of knd. Persons who meet the require- ments to opt out, and wish to re- quest this option should file the required documents with the: Texas Commission on Environ- mental Quality Water Supply Division Utilities and Districts Section, MC- 153 P, O. Box 13087 Austin, TX 78711-3087 A copy of the request to opt out of the proposed area mut also'be sent to the applicant. Staff rtay request additional information re- garding your request. Si desea informaci0n en }s- panol, puede Ilamar al 1-512-9- 0200. R-2520 NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARI BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS, THAT: The City of Kyle shall hold a public hearing on a request by Marc Groleau on a proposed vari- ance request to thee Zoning Ordi- nance #438 Article III Chart 1 which requires a minimurm rear setback of twenty five (25) fmet. A public hearing;i will be held by the Board of /Adjustment on Wednesday March "3, 2010, at 6:30 p.m. All interested persons are en- couraged to attend the public hearing and expres their opinions on the variance req,uest. Kyle Council Chambers 100 W. Center St., Kyle, Texas Owner: Marc Groleau Agent: David Hayes (512) 268-4813 PN-22522 NOTICE TO CREDITORS Notice is hereby given that Origi- nal Letters of Testamentary for the Estate of GERRY CHEATHAM, De- ceased, were issued on the 10th day of February, 2010, in Cause No. 11520-P, pending in the County Court at Law of Hays County, Texas, to JAN C. FRASER, Independent Executrix of the Estate of GERRY CHEATHAM. The address is: David H. Morris Morris & Wise 165 S. Guadalupe St., Suite 150 San Marcos, Texas 78666 All persons having claims against this Estate, which is current/eing administered, are required to pres- ent themselves within the time and in the manner prescribed by law. Utated this the 12th day of Feb- ruary, 2010. Respectfully submitted, DAVID H. MORRIS MORRIS & WISE Attorney for Applicant 165 S. Guadalupe, Suite 150 San Marcos, Texas 78666 Telephone: (512) 396-7525 Telecopier: (512) 396-7599 State Bar No. 14476600