Monthly Archives: August 2012

Ragbag – August 31, 2012

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News from Centre County Buy Fresh Buy Local

News from Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture

News from Way Fruit Farm – Apples!

Apples have arrived!  Currently, we have picked Honey Crisp, Gala, Ozark Gold, Ginger Gold and McIntosh. In our Apple Bin Sale, you can find both Honey Crisp and Gala for the choosing.  (McIntosh coming soon!)   We hope you’ll come out to the farm store soon and enjoy these fresh apples or try a fresh-baked apple pie from our bakery! End of summer vegetables including bell peppers, hot peppers, tomatoes, potatoes, fall squash, pie pumpkins and more are also available at the farm store for your Fall dinner plans.

Intro to Sustainability Online Course at University of Illinois

  • More info (8 weeks, started August 27) – “This course introduces the academic approach of Sustainability and explores how today’s human societies can endure in the face of global change, ecosystem degradation and resource limitations. The course focuses on key knowledge areas of sustainability theory and practice, including population, ecosystems, global change, energy, agriculture, water, environmental economics and policy, ethics, and cultural history. This subject is of vital importance, seeking as it does to uncover the principles of the long-term welfare of all the peoples of the planet. As sustainability is a cross-disciplinary field of study, this foundation requires intellectual breadth…understanding our motivations requires the humanities, measuring the challenges of sustainability requires knowledge of the sciences (both natural and social), and building solutions requires technical insight into systems (such as provided by engineering, planning, and management).”

Tonight – Blue Moon Walk at Millbrook Marsh

ONGOING – Survey of Farm Apprentices & Interns

The Rural Sociology Department at Penn State University is collecting feedback from workers’ experiences. To date, internships and apprenticeships have played an important role within the sustainable farm community, yet the public knows little about the people who work in these programs and their impact on growing sustainable food. Their study will focus on the work that interns and apprentices do on farms in exchange for training and alternative forms of compensation.

If you’ve been an intern or apprentice on a sustainable farm we want to hear from you! Calling on interns or apprentices (current and former) in the northeast US, please take this survey about learning sustainable agricultural practices by doing the work via internships/apprenticeships.

We are also conducting interviews with folks in Pennsylvania. Share your experiences and talk with others who work/worked as interns/apprentices. Please contact Stephanie or Kathleen or call 719-671-3509 to participate in discussion groups, personal interviews or farm journaling. Your voice and your experience are important to a sustainable food system – join our conversation!

Action Alert – Support EPA Soot Pollution Standards

“To be in compliance with the Clean Air Act, the EPA must create a new standard to limit small-particle pollution, also called soot. They have proposed a standard, but it could be weakened or stopped in its tracks without strong support from the public.”

New Meal Prep Business in Boalsburg

  • Laura’s Home Cooking - “A working mother with decades of experience in the restaurant industry, Laura is excited to bring her passion for family meals to your home. Let her help you relax with your family over a table of great food.” Profile in CDT

Similar local businesses include The Sustainable Kitchen Supper Club (Andrew Monk) and My Foodie Chef (Kristi Brandstetter)

TED Talk on Gardening on Vacant Urban Parcels

Sept. 2 – Crickfest in Coburn

Sept. 6 – Safe Equipment Operation and Maintenance Workshop in Natrona Heights.

Topics to be addressed during this hands-on workshop will include tractor safety, maintenance, and operations. Participants will learn what to look for when purchasing used equipment, how to hitch safely to drawbars and with 3-pt mounted attachments. Pre-operation inspections of equipment will be demonstrated and practiced.  An opportunity to operate small and mid-size tractors and attach equipment will be provided. Instructors, Dennis Murphy and Sam Steel, are with the Agricultural Safety & Health Program, Penn State University. The $15.00 registration fee includes lunch and materials.

Sept. 7 – Deadline to Apply for Job with PennFuture in Harrisburg

PennFuture seeking Central Pennsylvania Outreach Coordinator to manage water-quality focused issue campaigns and coordinate other outreach responsibilities.

Job Duties:

  • Coordinate Choose Clean Water campaign and serve as the staff lead for multi-state coalition work as part of the Choose Clean Water Coalition, Delaware River Basin Coalition, and other relevant coalition efforts
  • Lead outreach and education efforts around water quality improvements related to agricultural activities in the region;
  • Build and maintain a diverse coalition of organizations, businesses and individuals to support and engage in the Choose Clean Water campaign and other water-focused issue campaigns;
  • Cultivate relationships with elected officials and relevant agency staff at the local, state, and federal levels within central Pennsylvania;
  • Provide assistance in researching and developing organizational policy positions and in assessing pending policies at the local, state, and federal levels;
  • Generate support for PennFuture’s policy campaigns in the Central Pennsylvania area, develop membership and organize events;
  • Design and conduct educational presentations on a variety of priority issues including water quality, natural gas drilling, climate change, and clean energy issues to targeted constituencies;
  • Place letters to editors, produce podcasts/vidcasts, and coordinate other local media efforts;
  • Provide assistance to legal staff on local issues, including file reviews and community engagement.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have a working knowledge of water quality and agricultural issues and the Central Pennsylvania region, and be positioned to network easily within key constituencies. Prior experience and demonstrable ability for project coordination, public speaking, presentations and community organizing required. Proficiency with basic computer skills including word processing, presentations, email, social media, and Internet applications required. The successful candidate must be self-motivated, a leader, and able to handle multiple tasks at once. Further, s/he must support PennFuture’s mission to protect and enhance the environment.

Specifications: This position is located in our Harrisburg, Pennsylvania office. Evening and weekend hours are occasionally required. Candidates must have a valid driver’s license and be willing to travel within the region on a regular basis. Competitive salary and benefits — health, life and disability insurance, and generous vacation are included. The salary range for this position is mid $30s to low $40s. PennFuture is an equal opportunity employer.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until September 7, 2012. To apply: Send cover letter, resume, two writing samples, and a list of at least three references by September 7, 2012 to Heather Sage, vice president.

Sept. 8 – For Hunters: Venison 101 Course at Penn State 

Venison 101 is a one-day, intensive hands-on program designed for hunters who have an interest in expanding their knowledge of deer diseases, processing venison, and preparing delicious venison for friends and family. The workshop begins with an evaluation of deer diseases (including Chronic Wasting Disease), followed by proper field dressing, an opportunity for hands-on processing, and cooking/canning demonstrations. There will be plenty of opportunities to taste venison products and interact with speakers. The registration fee is $139 per person and will cover printed materials, breaks, lunch, venison, and processing supplies. The workshop will be held at the Penn State University Meats Lab on Porter Road at University Park. Click here to register.

Sept. 17 – Deadline to Apply for Job with PA-Interfaith Power & Light

Pennsylvania Interfaith Power and Light seeks to hire an Americorps worker. Starting October 2012 and running until August 2013, the half-time position involves working with PA IPL in association with congregations throughout the state on programs to encourage energy conservation, to educate people on the ethical and moral dimensions of climate change, and to work with student organizations on weatherization projects. This is a half-time paid position that also confers an education award.

The successful applicant will be a committed, responsible individual who works well with others and communicates effectively. Duties might include: initiating contacts with congregations, helping to carry out energy audits, giving presentations on energy efficiency, and helping to recruit for and coordinate projects with the Penn State student chapter of IPL.

For further information, contact Sylvia Neely. To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to the same email address. Applications received by Sept. 17 will receive full consideration. For information on Americorps and benefits associated with the position, see Pennsylvania Mountain Service Corps.

Sept. 20 - 2nd National Meeting of Farm Advocates

Following last year’s unprecedented national gathering of farm advocates, Farm Aid has has established the Farm Advocate Link, a new national farm advocates network dedicated to training, supporting and nurturing a new generation of direct service, lay and legal farm advocates, meeting on September 20 at the Purcell Friendship Hall of the Milton Hershey School in Hershey PA. Come for the meeting and stay for the Farm Aid concert and other Farm Aid activities taking place Friday & Saturday, September 21-22! This year’s meeting agenda includes interactive training, support, mentoring and networking workshops and opportunities for all who would offer direct, one-on-one services to family farmers and ranchers. There is no charge to attend, but registration is required.

Sept. 26 – Deadline for Small Business Grants for Pollution Prevention and Energy Efficiency

From Michael Krancer, Secretary, PA DEP: This grant program provides PA small businesses with fifty percent matching reimbursement grants of up to $9, 500 to implement pollution prevention or energy efficiency projects and assists various business sectors to transition into competitive markets.

Examples of eligible projects include HVAC and boiler upgrades, high-efficiency lighting, solvent recovery systems, waste recycling systems, and auxiliary power units deployed as anti-idling technology for trucks.

The Small Business Ombudsman’s office (717 772 8909) is accepting applications and will do so until September 26, 2012 – or until the funds are exhausted – which ever comes first. Applications are reviewed in the order received until the monies are depleted or until February 8, 2013. Funds will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Oct. 15 – Deadline for USDA Value-Added Grants (VAPG)

Notes:

USDA Rural Development is making up to $14 million in grants available for projects that help farmers and ranchers produce bio-based products from agricultural commodities. The grants, which are competitively awarded, are available for planning activities or for working capital expenses, but not for both. The maximum grant amount is $100,000 for planning grants and $300,000 for working capital grants. Generating new products, creating and expanding marketing opportunities and increasing producer income are the goals of the VAPG program.

For example, Unruh Greenhouse LLC in West Union, Iowa received a VAPG working capital grant to process and package local produce for nearby grocery stores, universities and hospitals. Schmidt Farms Inc. in Rawlins County, Kansas received a working capital grant to expand the market for their product lines which includes beef, chicken, and eggs. The company is a family farm that has been in the meat business for the last 25 years. They have been marketing their home grown beef directly to customers. Schmidt Farms is building and expanding the market not only for their beef, but also for their chickens and eggs. The product lines will be marketed as being produced locally and produced farm fresh. Beef produced is promoted as being all natural and chickens as being free range and antibiotic free.

Businesses of all sizes are encouraged to apply, but priority will be given to operators of small and medium-sized farms or ranches that are structured as family farms, beginning farmers or ranchers, or those owned by socially-disadvantaged farmers or ranchers. Grants are available for projects up to 36 months in duration. For information on how to apply, see page 48951 of the August 15, 2012 Federal Register.

Nov. 7  - Bradford County Agriculture Conference

There will be an Ag Conference at the Wysox Fire hall on November 7. Information about this is starting to be distributed, two resources are the event Website and Facebook page.

The Goals of this Conference include:

  • Call awareness to the integral part agriculture plays in the  culture, environment, quality of life and economy of Bradford County
  • Develop support for the future of Bradford County Agriculture
  • Provide a forum for participants (voices of agriculture) to provide  input and assemble an “agriculture viability strategy” and diverse  coalition that is capable of moving the strategy forward

Farrago – August 27, 2012

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News from Centre County Buy Fresh Buy Local

  • CCBFBL E-Newsletter - August 23, 2012 Edition. Includes info on Wine & Tapas at Mount Nittany Winery (August 31), what’s fresh at the markets, and more.

News from Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture

News from Shavers Creek Environmental Center in Petersburg

  • Shavers Creek E-Newsletter - August 24, 2012 Edition. Includes info about Migration Mornings, Shavers Creek Music Festival on Sept. 30 and more

News from Clearwater Conservancy

  • Clearwater Conservance E-Newsletter - August 24, 2012 Edition. Includes info about Sept. 3 Otto’s Golf Fest, Sept. 20 Wild & Scenic Film Fest, and more.

Spring Creek Homesteading News

August 28 – Boalsburg Farmers Market Preview

(From Jim Eisenstein)

It should be a wonderful day at the market, loaded with wonderful products, so in the unlikely event that you might have forgotten about it, here is your reminder.  Picker and Piper will play and sing from 4:00 to 5:30. Market open 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays at PA Military Museum in Boalsburg.

August 28 – Downtown State College Farmers Market Preview

(From Betsy Green) 

Market open 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays on Locust Lane in State College. Three vendors will be absent:  Nittany View Farm, Red Hawk Premium Peppers, and Dn’D Farms.

  • Moser’s Produce:  NEW* Roma Beans, tropical melons and watermelons.  Also, new bicolor sweet corn.
  • Fasta & Ravioli:  Fresh pastas, ravioli, sauces, pesto, fresh mozzarella and crotons.
  • Hidden Hollow Farms: Bacon, sausage, pork chops, pasture raised beef – steaks, burgers, beef cubes.  Also rabbit meat.
  • Green Acre Farm:  NEW* Spaghetti Squash, butternut squash and kale.  Herbs and a wide variety of seasonal produce.  Also honey from our bees on the farm.
  • Sweet Heat Gourmet:  New* Apple and raisin chutney made with apples from Sweet Root Orchard.  We are also now making Peach salsa made with local ingredients; peaches, tomatoes,jalapenos, and red peppers.  Summer in a jar!
  • Bell and Whistle:  Gluten free baked goods, vegan items and gelato. *New Flavor this week – Peachy Bean: vanilla bean gelato with fresh local peaches.
  • Sweet Root Orchard: New* Honey Crisp and Gala Apples
  • Spring Bank Acres:  9 flavors of yogurt – 6 sweetened with unrefined sugar, 3 unsweetened.  Great anytime.
  • Egg Hill Gardens:  With these cooler nights, the kale and Swiss Chard is coming in nicely.  It still has some ‘summer heat’, but soooo…healthy and good, especially sautéed with olive oil and recently harvested garlic.  Try it Mikey…you’ll like it!   And don’t forget to bring home some cut flowers.

News from Way Fruit Farm in Port Matilda

For so many of us this is a bittersweet time of year.   The Centre County Grange Fair has started, which always symbolizes the end of the lazy summer days.  But with it comes the start of school for the the local children and PSU students, and that always means refreshingly cool Fall temperatures and crisp, delicious Fall apples are right around the corner!

With the end of Summer comes a bounty of local vegetables and fruit such as cucumbers, tomatoes, and the last of the sweet peaches and plums.  We hope you’ll come out and enjoy these fresh vegetables or try the versions of homemade pickles and fresh salsa our kitchen is cooking up right now. The last of the peaches are here and are great for eating, baking that last peach pie or freezing and canning for winter enjoyment.  Ever tried a peach dumpling?  If not, you need to come out the farm store and grab one today!  They’re sweet and delicious, just like their cousin, the apple dumpling, which will be coming soon to the Way Bakery near you!

Fall apples have just begun to arrive with the first picking of Honey Crisp (limited supplies available until next week’s picking) and now lots of Gala.  They are super fresh, crisp and delicious and are available at the farm store or at the weekly Farmer’s Markets we attend in Boalsburg (Tuesdays 2-6pm) and State College (Fridays 11:30-5:30pm).  Apple varieties will continue to be picked as they are ready, so we will keep you updated regularly on varieties and quantities available.

August 31 – End-of-Summer Beer and Wine Climate Change Summit in Boalsburg 

(From Ed Perry)

Hunters, anglers, conservationists, outdoors people, and concerned citizens are invited to a Beer and Wine Summit on Climate Change on Friday, August 31, 2012, at 5:30 p.m. at 440 Brush Valley Road, Boalsburg to “celebrate two years of frustrating the House of Representatives …The EPA’s rules for mercury, new gas mileage requirements for cars and light trucks, and regulations for new sources of carbon pollution will cause some of the dirtiest, most polluting coal plants in the country to shut down, and prevent other coal plants from being built. Although this congress has tried to stop EPA from implementing these new rules, thanks to your pressure, Senator Casey has been voting with us.”

I’ll supply the beer, sodas and wine, and hot dogs and hamburgers. Please bring a salad, desert, or hot dish to share. RSVP by Thursday as I have to get the beverages and food. If you are coming, and can bring a chair, that would be great. I am planning in have a fire that night, so if you want to bring marshmallows, you’ll have a fire to cook them.

September 8  - Light Step Right Step Festival in State College

September 8 – Rock Run Rally in Williamsport Area

(From Leah Schade)

Interfaith Community Called to Action: Rock Run Rally – Sept. 8, 1:30 p.m.

Rock Run is an enchanting, beautifully wild area ofPennsylvania tucked away in the Loyalsock State Forest just north of Williamsport. And it is under threat to be destroyed by natural gas drilling. An oasis of 20,000 acres surrounds a 27-mile hiking path called the Old Logger’s trail. All around the area drilling is proceeding at full force. But PA Governor Tom Corbett could direct the DCNR to protect this still pristine area from natural gas development.

RDA (Responsible Drilling Alliance) and OUE (Organizations United for the Environment) are calling on all concerned citizens to attend a rally and picnic at Rock Run on Saturday, Sept. 8, gathering at 1:30 at the Fire Hall off Rt. 14 in the village of Ralston in northern Lycoming County to walk less than a half mile into the Loyalsock state forest to discuss how to preserve this incredible asset for future generations. I am especially askingfor members of our Interfaith Sacred Earth Coalition to be there because we have been asked to begin the event with a blessing ceremony. More information.

September 15 – “Change of Heart” Transition Workshop at Ahimsa Village in Julian

Tomatoes! – Workshop this Saturday

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Still space available in the Everything Tomato! cooking workshop with LaCreta Holland, starting at 9 a.m. at the Friends Meeting House in State College (611 E. Prospect Ave.) Call 237-0996 or email to sign up.

LaCreta Holland

LaCreta writes:

“…The tomatoes are coming on strong right now in Centre County, and this class will show you just what to do with all those lovely red gems.  I will be teaching how to make a wonderful tomato tart, use in salads, and even how to store your own sun-dried tomatoes (no sun necessary!)…”

Updated – Centre County Black Hops Unit – Homebrewers’ Association

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Dustin Kennedy

Just in from Dustin Kennedy:

Hello everyone! Time is flying!  The results of our vote are in: Our new name is Centre County Black Hops Unit!  We are officially the toughest brewclub in town with a mission “to serve brew and ferment.”

Check out our blog page for club announcements!

Also, our first meeting is on us this coming Saturday, August 25, in the backyard at 156 West Hamilton Avenue (Josh Lambert and Katherine Watt’s house).  For more information, email me or post to our new message board!

Bibelots – August 20, 2012

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Happy Valley Timebank Has Launched!

Sean Morgan

Sean Morgan and Charlie Kain are lead organizers for the new timebank in the Centre Region. Sean writes:

Happy Valley Timebank’s mission is to foster community connections through hour-for-hour exchanges of all of our unique gifts.  Time banking is defined as a pattern of reciprocal service exchange that uses units of time as currency. The drawbacks of the current economic system are well documented: outsourcing, environmental degradation, wealth disparity, government control, etc.  Through this localized alternative currency we are promoting equality among all stakeholders in our community.

Charlie Kain

Note: Happy Valley Timebank is enrolled in the TimeBanksUSA system, but it may take a few days for that website to begin accepting individual member enrollments. If it doesn’t work first time, check back later! We’ll post the direct link as soon as it’s available.

Charlie and Sean will be meeting regularly in downtown State College to come up with strategic ways to gain many members to create a vibrant mini-economy. If you would be interested in helping, please contact Sean or Charlie.

News from the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture

News from Centre County Buy Fresh Buy Local

August 21 – Tuesday Downtown State College Market Preview

(From Betsy Green)

Farmers Market is open on Locust Lane in State College on Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

  • NEW VENDOR: Sweet Root Orchard –  10 varieties of apples, apple butter
  • NEW Guest Vendor: Nittany View Farm: Awesome Homemade Soaps made from milk from Meyer Dairy.
  • Moser’s Produce:  NEW Tropical melons, fall red raspberries.  Our sweet corn is now available (Bi-color).  We also have watermelons, cabbage and broccoli.  Still featuring an incredible selection of heirloom tomatoes.
  • Larksmirth Manor:  Papyrus houseplants for clean air and humidity.  Last week for nasturtium plants.
  • Fasta & Ravioli:  Weekly pasta and ravioli specials.  Don’t forget we now carry fresh mozzarella.
  • Hidden Hollow Farms:  Homemade baked goods – bread, cookies, donuts, pies and sweet breads.  Everything is fresh!  Sunflowers to brighten your home or party.
  • Red Hawk Premium Peppers:  Jalapeno Spread (heat level: 3/10)  This red jalapeno based spread is great with cream cheese on butter crackers for a memorable party snack. Also try our Hot Garlic Rub (heat level 4/10)  Dried cayennes and other hot peppers along with a healthy helping of garlic.  No smoked brisket is the same without it!!
  • Green Acre Farm:  Way-good sweet corn…chemical free.
  • Bell and Whistle Bakery:  Gluten free baked goods, vegan items and homemade gelato. This week’s  NEW Flavor Gelato –Sweet Corn!
  • Dn’D Farms:  NEW * All Natural Fruit Roll-ups.  We have beautiful burgundy beans, and red and yellow tomatoes.
  • Egg Hill Gardens:  Create your own bouquet from zinnias, snap-dragons, black-eyed susans, and many other cut flowers from which to choose.

August 22 – Tuesday Boalsburg Farmers Market Preview

Jim Eisenstein

(From Jim Eisenstein)

It’s always a good time to feast on the wonderful variety of locally produced products at our market, but this time of year is especially wonderful. In addition to items available year round (meat, dairy products, bread, etc.), you’ll find the traditional summer vegetables well as the first early fall products — squash, lettuce, and greens.

Have you heard about our Harvest Dinner? It will be held on Wednesday, October 10 at the Mount Nittany Winery, featuring local chefs preparing the bounty of the fall harvest (as well as remaining summer vegetables) from our vendors.

Our farmers will be there also, so you will be able to talk both to them and to local chefs. Tickets are only $25, and kids eat for free. Tickets will be available both at the market on Tuesday and at Websters Bookstore Cafe in downtown State College.

One other note. Wild for Salmon plans to be back at the market with its wild caught Alaska Salmon the week after next (Aug. 28). Boalsburg Market is open Tuesdays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the PA Military Museum.

August 22 – Wednesday Lemont Farmers Market Preview

Jackie Bonomo

(From Jackie Bonomo)

Lemont Farmers’ Market is now all under roof! Vendors are on 2 levels in the historic Granary building on Mount Nittany Road. We also have a guest vendor bringing really local Lemont eggs rolling down the hill from Pauley’s  Mt. Nittany hen house. They are for sale at the Lemont Farmers’ Market table on Wednesdays from 3 pm. until sold out.

Mountain View Farm’s pasture raised meats have been absent from the Lemont Farmers’ Market for the past several weeks due to unavoidable illness. They hope to soon be taking meat requests for delivery at the following week’s Market.

  • Fasta & Ravioli - $1 off a selected ravioli and pasta each week – check the Lemont Farmers’ Market Facebook page for details
  • Deb’s Flowers will be bringing Holy Mole peppers, garlic and eggplant
  • Bee Kind Winery - Steuben wine has been re-released and is $11.99 per bottle
  • Sweet Heat Gourmet will have farm fresh local Peach and Clan Stewart Tomato Salsa
  • Nittany View Farm will offering fragrant Lavender Soap with Apricot Seed exfoliant
  • Clan Stewart Farm - luscious lettuces are back!

News from Way Fruit Farm

We have reached a point in the year where summer fruits & vegetables are abundant, and the fall apples are coming quickly. We hope you’ll come out soon and enjoy this seasonal transition and all it’s bounty.

Peaches are still running way ahead of schedule and so there will likely be only a week or so more to enjoy any of these sweet beauties. We hope you’ll join us at the store for all things peachy including: Peach pies, peach dumplings, peachy pancakes, peach cookies, peach muffins and more! Of course we’ll have fresh peaches for sale so you can enjoy some at home too! If you’re planning to can peaches, we hope you come out this coming week to ensure you get the quantity you’re looking for.

In addition to peaches, you’ll find that we have lots of local tomatoes, cantaloupe, bell peppers, jalapenos, and summer apples including Summer Rambo and Ginger Gold. There are lots of fresh garden vegetables for you to enjoy today at the farm!

What’s Cookin’? At the Way Cafe, Deli & Bakery, there’s also something new and delicious! Just follow your nose back to the Cafe area for freshly made pasta salad, homemade pickles, from-scratch peach dumplings, peach pies and so much more!

August 23 – Grange Fair Starts Thursday

More info.

Charlie White

August 23 – Central Susquehanna Valley Organic Crop Growers Network - Soil Health Field Meetings

(From Charlie White)

Come to these field meetings and learn about practical soil health assessments that you can do on your soil. Soil quality characteristics, soil profiles, aggregate stability assessment, infiltration rings, and using a penetrometer will all be discussed. Leading the discussion will be Charlie White, an extension associate with Penn State Extension in the Plant Science Department. The workshops will cover basically the same subject matter at each location. There is no charge to attend.

Thursday, August 23rd at 6PM at the farm of the Titus Martin, Jr. family; 556 Millheim Road, Watsontown, PA 17777

Thursday, August 30th at 6PM at Provident Farm owned by the Dave Johnson family; 1254 Black’s Creek Road, Liberty, PA 16930.

For more information, see the attached brochure: Central Susquehanna Organic Growers – Flier

Sarah Potter

Elizabeth Crisfield

September 5 – Next Friends & Farmers Cooperative Meeting

The co-op steering committee, led by Sarah Potter and Elizabeth Crisfield, will have their next meeting on Wednesday, September 5, location to be determined. Students from the Penn State Law School’s Rural Law Clinic, under the supervision of Ross Pifer, Esq., will be helping the steering committee incorporate this fall, by assisting with drafting of by-laws, articles of incorporation and other legal documents. To get involved, please contact Elizabeth, Friends & Farmers Membership Coordinator.

September 20 – Next Spring Creek Homesteading Potluck

Informal, family-friendly quarterly community potlucks bring together people interested in strengthening the local food system to share meals and build friendships, organized by the Spring Creek Homesteading Fund and the Borough of State College Public Works department. All potlucks are held in the Community Room (201) at the State College Borough building, 243 South Allen Street from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Please sign up ahead of time  by email or phone (237-0996).

Autumn Workshop Update – Spring Creek Homesteading

There are now four confirmed classes lined up for the fall series, including:

  • Quilting (Mary Ellen McMahon)
  • Cheese-making (Adam Seitz)
  • Meditation
  • Making Elf Holiday Decorations from Apples (Ingrid Fowles)

Still working on sausage-making, building a top-bar bee hive, tying knots, making scrapple and cooking – possibly a community cook-along format, rather than straight-up instructional – and more. Hope to have the full schedule ready for release by September 1…Stay Tuned!

Michele Marchetti

Behind-the-Scenes at the Golden Basket Competition

Michele Marchetti, writing at StateCollege.com:

“I wanted to steal the bowl of sungold tomatoes….”

October 14 – PA-Interfaith Power & Light Annual Meeting

(From Sylvia Neely)

On Sunday October 14th, Pennsylvania Interfaith Power and Light will be holding its annual meeting and conference in Harrisburg at the Unitarian Church of Harrisburg.  The program, including two wonderful keynote speakers, can be accessed by clicking here.  To support the efforts of people of faith in Pennsylvania who are taking action on climate change, please consider taking the following actions:

Sylvia Neely

  1. Forward this email to your friends in central PA (especially in the Harrisburg area) to make sure they are aware of the conference.  People who register by August 31 will have their names listed in the program.  Registration form.
  2. Plan to come to the conference yourself.  There will be carpooling from State College on that day.
  3. Promote your business or organization by taking part in the Green Fair to be held in conjunction with the conference.  Here isthe information on how to participate.  If you register by August 31, your organization’s name will be included in the program.
  4. Buy an advertisement in the program to promote yourself or your organization, to honor a friend, or to communicate your message.  The sizes and rates are here.  Anybody can buy an advertisement!  Please forward the copy for your advertisement by August 31.
  5. Join PA IPL.  We encourage both individual and congregational memberships.  Click here for how to do so.

Please forward this message widely.  We are hoping for an exciting and stimulating sharing of ideas and celebration of the achievements of the people in Pennsylvania who care about the future of God’s Creation.

“Gender Roles and Energy Descent” – Women in Transition

Article by Mary Logan, with call for responses:

…Gender responses during stressful transitions may lead us to interpret and respond differently based on gender. There is a biological gender difference in how we respond to stress, both hormonally and behaviorally. The classic (Cannon, 1932; Selye, 1926) model of response to stress is fight, flight, (or freeze) involving either aggressive or avoidance behaviors. But early stress researchers used male samples.

Taylor et al. (2000) examined women, and proposed that women are perhaps prone to a different model of stress response of tend and befriend, where affiliation behaviors such as maternal tending and contact with peers is predominant in reducing stress of threats. It seems clear that both mechanisms would be adaptive in survival of communities, and the authors suggest that the befriending response could be especially prominent, perhaps for both genders, in situations of resource scarcity. Too much competition in this situation leads to extinction. What this suggests, then, is that we need the women to step up and speak out in the renegotiation of community. Have the male-dominated competitive behaviors become dominant in a century of capitalism, and how do we recollect the cooperative?…