Cooking with Root Vegetables Workshop


You’ve got sweet potatoes and rutabagas and a lot of other root vegetables that will keep all winter long…  now, what do you do with them?!?

Instructor Laura Zaino will teach a workshop titled Cooking with Root Vegetables on Sunday, November 9th from 1 – 3 pm.  She will do some cooking demonstrations, share some tasty recipes, and put you well on your way to eating locally all winter long.

The workshop will be held at 156 West Hamilton Ave., State College, PA.  For more information or to register, please email or call Josh Lambert at 814-237-0996.

There is a $12 sliding scale registration fee and pre-registration is required.

Farmer’s market vendor needs your help…

From Jackie Patterson and the State College Crop Mobs Team…
We have a cool opportunity to help a farmer out on Friday! Deb Fisher, owner of Deb’s Flower Farm, is a vendor at the Friday Farmers Market Downtown. She is looking for volunteers to manage her booth at the market for the next couple weeks. Her customers are counting on getting great flowers and Deb can’t make it to the market, so we’d like to help her out! If you could spare some time between 11:30am and 5:30pm this Friday, or any Fridays in the near future, please let us know!

Visioning meetings for the Sustainabl​e Student-Ce​ntered Farm


WHAT:  Penn State Student Farm/Sustainable Food Systems Curriculum Visioning Mtg

WHEN: Oct. 28 and 29 from 6 – 8 pm

WHERE:  3rd Floor Stuckeman Family Building

During the meeting,  small-group discussions about strategic features and programming of the farm and curriculum will be held. This session will build on prior meetings, and will begin with a brief overview of the work that has been done so far.  

For More Information visit the Student Farm on the web  ( or contact Leslie Pillen by email ( or phone (863.5116) with any questions.



Apple Pie Baking Contest?!? Where’s my apron?


Way Fruit Farm will once again host the Annual Apple Pie Baking Contest on October 25th, 2014.  The event is sponsored by First National Bank.


Prizes and bragging rights for the top three pies.

1st place:                $50 gift certificate to WFF & gift basket

2nd & 3rd place:  $25 gift cert. to WFF & gift basket

Guidelines for this year’s contest:

All entries should be baked at home with fresh apples (hopefully from Way Fruit Farm:)- no store-bought crust or pie filling allowed.

Entries may be from individuals or families.  All customers of Way Fruit Farm may enter; no Way Fruit Farm employees or family may enter.

Entries should be dropped off at Way Fruit Farm from Friday, 10/24/14 during normal business hours (8am-7pm) to Saturday, 10/25/14 by 10am.

Judging will be conducted by local representatives of First National Bank and Way Fruit Farm and a local “guest” judge.

Judging will begin at 10:30 am on October 25th and winners will be announced at the conclusion of the judging.

Listen-in and Learn up on National Organic Standards


From our friends at:

On Thursday, October 16, 2014 from 3:00-5:00 PM Eastern Time, the National Organic Program (NOP) will host a listening session focusing on the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), a federal advisory committee that provides recommendations to USDA. The NOP is seeking comments on NOSB administrative procedures including public participation opportunities, the petition process, and sunset review process. More information on NOSB administrative procedures can be found in the  NOSB Policy and Procedures ManualNational Organic Standards Board PresentationPetition Process, and Sunset Review Process.

The NOP will open with a short presentation; afterwards participants will be able to provide comments to the NOP. Participants wishing to provide comments will then indicate to the call operator their interest in speaking. Each person will be given 3 minutes to share his or her comment. We will take as many comments as we can until the call ends at 5 PM Eastern Time.  The NOP will issue a summary of the listening session after the call.

Pre-registration is not required for this listening session. To participate:

Thursday, October 16, 2014 – 3-5 PM Eastern

Step 1: Dial-In
Audio Conference Dial-In Number:
U.S. & Canada Toll-Free 800-732-8470

Step 2: Web Login          
Click here to join the meeting online.

For Technical Support:
U.S. and Canada: 800.843.9166
International: 303.209.1600

3rd Thursdays Farming Classes at Stoney Brook Valley Farm


From Katie College at

Toying with the idea of earning some income by producing food on your land, or just interested in maximizing the potential to grow nutritious food for your own family? Want to find your inner farmer and connect with like-minded people? How about joining us for the first series of “Third Thursday” classes at Stoney Creek Valley Farm (Dauphin, PA)?

Follow this link for more information.