Urban Farm Stands / Brenda Novak / Utah Phillips

Urban Farm Stands  Getting fresh food and produce can be a problem in some Sacramento neighborhoods that lack grocery stores. Today on Insight, you’ll learn about Urban Farm Stands and hear how these "mini farmer’s markets" help area residents.

The Alkali/Mansion Flat Urban Farm Stand is open from 4 to 7 p.m. every Tuesday through Oct. 28th at J. Neely Johnson Park, 516 11th St., Sacramento. Information: (916) 204-8260.

Brenda Novak  You'll meet author Brenda Novak. Her new book, "Trust Me," is out this month. It's the first in a trilogy set in Sacramento that involves three women who meet when they form a victim's support group. Novak is also involved in raising funds for juvenile diabetes and has raised more than $250,000 through an auction on her web site. The auction ends this Saturday and she hopes to reach her goal of $300,000.

Utah Phillips  Nevada County’s great folk singer and activist Utah Phillips died on Friday, May 23rd at the age of 73 after suffering from chronic heart disease since 2004. Prior to his death, Phillips had been telling stories, singing songs and organizing workers for more than half a century. In November 2006, he was named best performer at the Folk Alliance Region West Annual Conference that took place in Rancho Cordova. Jeffrey Callison spoke with Phillips then and found out how he felt about the award and why he had the "NPR Blues." This show originally aired Nov. 16, 2006.

A memorial for Utah Phillips is at 10 a.m. Sunday, June 1st at the Nevada City Little League Park, Pioneer Park, Nevada City. A potluck will follow at Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring St., Nevada City.

"Trains, Tramps & Traditions," a celebration of the music of Utah Phillips, is at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 31st at the Odd Fellows Hall, 212 Spring St., Nevada City.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008