Home Sausage-making Workshop Now Open for Sign-ups – November 10
Steve Bookbinder’s workshop on how to make pork sausage at home will be on Saturday, November 10, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the PSU Meats Lab on Porter Road (across from Beaver Stadium). $12 suggested donation. Please sign up by calling Spring Creek Homesteading at 237-0996 or by email.
Spring Creek Homesteading’s board of directors (Josh Lambert, Dana Stuchul and Katherine Watt) was very happy the fund got the opportunity to financially support the certification process through our very first community investment micro-loan, helping a new local meat processor build and strengthen the local food system, and hopefully opening up opportunities for more local organic meat production now that there’s a local butcher certified to handle organic processing. For all the details, check out Jay and Laura Young’s post at the Rising Spring Meat Company’s blog.
News from Centre County Buy Fresh Buy Local
- CCBFBL E-Newsletter – October 4, 2012 Edition, including info about the October 6 Oktoberfest at the Millheim Farmers Market and the October 10 Plow-to-Plate Harvest Dinner at Mount Nittany Winery, October 10′s Pumpkin Carving & Bonfire at Greenmoore Gardens, and Harrison’s Wine Grill’s new fall menu, highlighting “local purveyors, including Hidden Pond Farm. Try their products in new items like Pretzel-Encrusted Chicken, Apple-Pecan Stuffed Pork Chop, and changing locally-raised beef selections. Look for returning favorites like Butternut Squash Bisque, Beef Empanadas, and Autumn Beet Salad featuring ingredients from Tait Farm, Green Heron Farm, Piper’s Peck, and Three Belle Cheese…”
October 6 – Apple Cider Demonstration & Pumpkin-Picking at Way Fruit Farm in Port Matilda
Here’s the schedule for the Apple Cider Demonstration Day this Saturday, October 6. This event will happen rain or shine because a lot of the activities are indoors.
- 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Free Wagon Rides to the Pumpkin Patch (Wear boots- the field will be muddy!)
- 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Apple Cider Demonstrations in the Cider Pressing Room w/ free samples to follow each pressing
- 9:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.- Children’s Storytime- Elementary aged children are invited to join us for a Fall-themed storytime and a free treat from our bakery!
- 8 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.- Way Cafe, Deli & Bakery is open. Join us for Breakfast, Lunch and delicious snacks of warm sticky buns, pumpkin donuts, slices of fresh-baked pie and more all afternoon!
We hope you’ll join us Saturday for lots of Fall fun! Also, Golden Delicious apples are now available at the farm. Enjoy!
October 6 – Penns Valley Oktoberfest at Millheim Farmers Market
- Fabulous beer tasting by Elk Creek Café and Aleworks
- Awesome Roast Pork Sandwiches with apple cabbage slaw by Gemelli Bakers
- Limited Edition Apple Cider from MacNeal Orchards
- Bavarian Pretzels with Spicy Dark Mustard from Gemelli Bakers
- Tamarack Farm: NEW* Arugula and cress
- Cow-a-Hen Farm: Fresh Beef
- Byler Farm: We still have grape tomatoes.
- Penns Valley Learning Garden: Awesome sweet potatoes and other root crops
- Ecosophy Farm: Garlic seed for planting.
- Egg Hill Gardens: Senposai, Tokyo Bekana, Collards, Swiss Chard, Kale, & Mustard Greens – all looking great! Plus fresh cut flower bouquets.
Due to the high demand of last year’s hands-on poultry processing workshops held in the North and Southcentral regions, PASA is offering this workshop again this year. Please pre-register by Friday at noon. Walk-in also welcome, but bring a lunch!
Poultry Processing field day will be Monday, October 8, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., hosted by Jenny & Tom Lisak, at Lady Bug Farm, 2975 Rte 410, Punxsutawney, PA 15767 (Jefferson County).
Presentations & Presenters:
- Hands-on Processing – Mike & Christie Badger, APPPA
- Nutrition & Health – Jeff Mattocks of Fertrell, Susan Beal, DVM of PASA, Tom & Jenny Lisak
- Regulations – Susan Beal, Mike Badger
October 9 – Genetic Engineering and Agriculture’s Big Challenges in the 21st Century
(From Michele Gauger at PASA)
Doug Gurian-Sherman, Senior Scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists, will be speaking Tuesday, October 9 at 4:10 pm in 112 Forest Resources Building on the Penn State University Park Campus
Doug Gurian-Sherman is a senior scientist in the Food & Environment Program at UCS where he focuses on agricultural biotechnology and sustainable agriculture. Before his assignment at UCS, from 2004 to 2006, Dr. Gurian-Sherman was senior scientist at the Center for Food Safety in Washington, DC. Previously, he was founding co-director and science director for the biotechnology project at the Center for Science in the Public Interest. He also worked at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) where he was responsible for assessing human health and environmental risks from transgenic plants and microorganisms and developing biotechnology policy. Dr. Gurian-Sherman and his colleagues Margaret Mellon and Ashley Elles will be on campus midday Tuesday through midday Wednesday. If you’d like to arrange a time to meet with the speaker please contact Dave Mortensen. In addition to the talk, UCS is hosting a Science Network Happy Hour Tuesday evening from 6-8 at Kildare’s Irish Pub. Please consider joining this informal evening event to learn more about the work of UCS scientists. RSVP online.
October 10 – Northeast Grazing Initative Meeting in Rome PA
(From Julie Perry)
There will be a meeting of the Northeast Grazing Initiative on Wednesday, October 10 at 11 a.m. at Sundance Farm. We’ll have coffee, eat pie and if it is not pouring rain, will do a pasture walk to discuss the wrap up of the grazing season. The grazing group is for conventional and/or organic farmers grazing any kind of livestock. Any and all are welcome.
October 13 – Downtown State College Fall Festival, including Plein Air Painting Competition
Appalachian Outdoors is having their Fall Outdoor Expo on Saturday, October 13, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the 100 block of South Allen Street. Uncle Eli’s is sponsoring a plein air painting competition as part of the festivities.
Spring Creek Homesteading Fund and Friends & Farmers Co-op will be sharing an information booth from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please stop by and say hello!
October 17 – CSA: From Greenhouse to Field to Plate – Workshop at Village Acres in Mifflintown
The registration deadline for PA-Women’s Agricultural network October 17 “CSA: From Greenhouse to Field to Plate” workshop is quickly approaching. If you plan to attend, we encourage you to register soon. Carpooling opportunities are available from University Park and the Newport area. If interested, please email Ann Stone.
October 20 – Homesteaders’ Hang-out
The first monthly Saturday morning coffee date at Websters’ Bookstore Cafe for Centre Region homesteaders and local food folk to get together and share the pleasures and challenges of developing the skills involved in cooking and growing more of our own local food supplies will be Saturday, October 20 at 9:30 a.m. Very informal – drop in, chat, be on your merry way.
October 20 - Friends & Farmers Co-op Fundraising Dinner at Greenmoore Gardens Farm
Greenmoore Gardens CSA Farm will host a fundraising dinner – “Share the Harvest” – on Saturday October 20. The event starts at 4:00 p.m. with a farm tour and activities for kids, with dinner at 5:30 p.m., followed by a bonfire. Cost is $20 per person with children under 12 free. Tickets are available online at the Greenmoore Gardens website; on Fridays during CSA pick-up at the farm; on Saturdays at the farm’s stand at the North Atherton Farmer’s Market (at Home Depot); or by phone at 237-0082.
News from Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light
(From Cricket Hunter)
- Annual Meeting and Conference October 14 in Harrisburg - Find out more here; Register here (it’s free!)
- We’re looking for an Americorps volunteer – Application deadline October 10. Find out more here
- We’ve got seven days to raise $1,700 for a matching grant – every dollar counts double. Click here and then click the DONATE button Or: Send a check to PA Interfaith Power & Light/205-IPL Pasquerilla Spiritual Center/ State College, PA 16802
New Cafe Open at State Theatre in Downtown State College
The State Theatre at 13o West College Avenue has opened the State Cafe! Their lobby is “now open weekdays beginning at 8 am. Stop in for coffee, a sweet treat, free WiFi, and a great atmosphere to sit, chat, or work.”
I also recently learned about the Aardvark Cafe off of West College Avenue, offering lots of vegan and vegetarian menu items.
Wine Grape Vines Need Vineyard Caretaker
A blog reader recently contacted me about a friend who has more than 80 wine-grape vines at their home near Westerly Parkway in State College. Anyone interested in tending and harvesting from the vines, please contact me via email for more information.