Thank you to Adam Seitz for a wonderful cheese-making workshop in Spring Mills this past weekend.
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.
October 16 – Boalsburg Farmers Market Preview
(From Jim Eisenstein)
The market is open from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. today at the PA Military Museum
Every season has its unique and wonderful attributes (well, maybe not spring in March and early April). We are well into fall, and at this week’s market you can see all of its special products.
Pumpkins , of course, and a variety of Way Fruit Farm’s apples will be there. But fall also features radishes (you can find watermelon, daikon, black, and fresh breakfast at Jade Family Farm), red cabbage (Ardry Farm), pesto cress (Tamarack), hot peppers (zavory and chipotle from Piper’s Peck), leeks, ginger and shallots (all from Patchwork Farm), rainbow chard (Littlefield Farm), and celery (Jonas Beiler Family Farm), and a variety of fall greens from a number of vendors.
You will also find a few remnants of summer products (Tom Thumb head lettuce from Clan Stewart), and perhaps some peppers and eggplant.
Other non-seasonal treats include maple syrup from Jonas Beiler, pumpkin-flavored goat milk ice cream from Byler Goat Diary, a full line of beef products from Stone Meadow Farm and Bill Callahan, 13 varieties of raw milk cheese from Clover Creek, salmon apple nut salad and pumpkin smoothies from Eden View, wool felt pumpkin decorations from Tamarack Farms, fresh pasta from Fasta Pasta, and baked goods and tacos from Gemelli’s.
All this and Steve Crawford too, playing and singing from 4:00 to 5:30.
October 17 – Lemont Farmers Market Update
(From Jackie Bonomo)
The last market day at the Lemont Farmers’ Market will be this Wednesday, October 17. We are closing before October 31st due to a variety of circumstances, including the chilly weather. We appreciate the support of the local community for this first Market season. Thank you!
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.
(From Elizabeth Crisfield)
The Co-op is in need of fundraising for early expenses, primarily an official website which will serve as a communications hub until we have a storefront where we can chat across the aisles. There is no better way to raise money for a local grocery store than to gather at a local farm, partaking of a fine locally produced dinner, and Greenmoore Gardens is offering just that - a Share-the-Harvest Dinner, with half the proceeds going to support the Friends and Farmers Co-op! Please mark your calendars, buy a ticket, and tell all your friends!We are inviting farmers and students to attend for a half-price ticket of $10. Also, because many of you may have conflicts that keep you from attending the dinner, we’d love it if you would buy a ticket (either $10 or $20), and then just e-mail us and let us know you won’t be able to make it so we can keep the food preparation linked to actual attendance. This will help with our fundraising – both in actual dollars and in demonstrating the depth of community support for this store. Thank you so much for your continued enthusiasm for this project!
Tickets ($20 over age 12, $10 for students and farmers) are available through Greenmoore Gardens:
Schedule includes a 4:00 p.m. Farm Tour and Pumpkin Carving, 5:30 p.m. Dinner, followed by a bonfire, with music by Steve Buckalew and Friends!
Menu includes a simple greens & herb salad; traditional ratatouille on bruschetta, braised pork with mashed potatoes; vegetarian lasagna with local cheese and pasta; stuffed winter squash with legumes, veggies and quinoa, sauteed kale with mushrooms, onions, red pepper and raisins; caramelized onions, roasted cherry tomatoes and herbs, apple dumplings, poached pears with apple juice reduction, and pumpkin pie, Otto’s beer for the over 21 crowd and Otto’s root-beer for all!
- Start out going NORTHWEST on N ATHERTON ST/US-322 W Business.
- Take the I-99 S/US-220 S/US-322 W ramp. 0.3 mi
- Take the ramp toward PA-550/GRAYS WOODS/WADDLE. 0.4 mi
- Take the ramp toward PA-550/WADDLE. 0.2 mi
- Stay STRAIGHT to go onto N ATHERTON ST. 1.4 mi
- Turn LEFT onto W BUFFALO RUN RD/PA-550 at Exxon Station. 1.6 mi
- Turn RIGHT onto EAGLE FIELD RD (Portions unpaved). 0.2 mi
- Turn LEFT after mailboxes.
November 3 – Centre County Black Hops Unit – Cider Pressing
(From Dustin Kennedy)
The next meeting of the Centre County Black Hops Unit Homebrew Club will be on Saturday, November 3 from 2 to 5 p.m. at 306 S Gill St # 1, State College, PA.
Bring a homebrew and a small glass for tasting. Weather permitting, we’ll be pressing some apples for making hard cider. Let me know if you are interested in bringing apples, otherwise I’ll try to arrange for some for demonstration purposes (but I’ll want to keep the cider).
The yield is about one gallon per bushel. It takes awhile to do the work, so we’ll need to plan ahead of time to avoid people bringing apples that we won’t get to. Five to six gallons total could be accomplished with focused work in three hours. We’ll be outside (in a garage), so dress warmly!
November 3 - Leasing Land for New Farm Enterprises: A Workshop for Landowners and Farmers in Pottstown
This workshop and farm tour brings together landowners and farmers, and provides both groups with useful information to facilitate the creation of successful new sustainable farm enterprises on leased land. We welcome landowners with any size parcel of land–from ½ acre to hundreds of acres – who want to explore the rewarding possibilities of making their land more productive by leasing it to a sustainable farmer. We welcome farmers of all levels of experience who are planning a new farm, or wish to expand an existing farm business.
The workshop will be held at the Welkinweir Arboretum & Preserve in Pottstown, PA (Montgomery County) on Saturday, November 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Local Foods Lunch Included. ADVANCED REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. For more information contact Denise Sheehan by email.
- 10 am Welcome by Marilyn Anthony, PASA Eastern Regional Director
- 10:15-10:45 “Building a Farm Enterprise on Solid Business Principles” - Entrepreneur, business consultant and local foods proponent Richard Matosky will discuss how applying proven business practices to the ideals and plans for a farm can result in a more successful and sustainable farming operation.
- 10:45-11:15 “What Farmers Need from Landowners” – Margot Bradley, of Pennypack Farm & Education Center in Montgomery County, has extensive experience with Pennypack’s current land lease and has led their search for additional leased land. Margot will describe the fundamental features a farmer needs for workable land, the financial realities of affordable lease rates, and the potential return, financial and otherwise, to landowners.
- 11:15- 11:45 “Looking for Farmers” – Laura Siena, President of Lundale Farm, a 360 acre preserved farm in Chester County, will share her past and current experience interviewing prospective farm leasing candidates—where to look for farmers, what she values in a farmer’s resume, and what qualities and characteristics lead to making a good match between farmer and landowner.
- 11:45- 12:00 Question & Answer period with all presenters
- 12:00- 1:00 Networking Lunch – A catered lunch will be provided. Landowners, please bring descriptions of your land or photographs (especially of any structures). Farmers, copies of a business plan if you have it, along with your resume as it relates to your education, farming, and business experience will be most useful.
- 1:00- 2:00 Farm Tour of Turning Roots Farm & CSA - Chris & TJ Costa began farming on the Lundale Farm in 2011 and expanded their farm business in 2012. The Costas will lead a tour of their 5 acre farm, with special emphasis on the capital improvements their farm enterprise required, and a discussion of their lease agreement with Lundale Farm. This is a rare opportunity for landowners to experience the scale and critical infrastructure of an intensively farmed sustainable vegetable business. Walking the Turning Roots Farm with the farmers will make more tangible what a small, well-managed farm can look like on your property.
November 8 – Whole Diet CSA Workshop in Duncannon
Join PA-Women’s Agricultural Network for an entertaining view into a vibrant and creative farm and farm family! Judi Radel and her family operate a diversified 160 acre farm in Duncannon, PA (YeeHaw Farm) with a real zeal for farming. They milk dairy cows from which they make their own butter. They have dairy and meat goats, dairy and meat sheep, broiler chickens, laying hens, hogs, Hereford beef cattle, geese, turkeys, miniature donkeys, farm cats, 3 large farm dogs and a little Boston Terrier.
Nestled at the foot of the Appalachian Mountains, the farm surrounds a beautiful 3 acre pond. The Radel Family have created their summer quarters next to the pond with a cottage on stilts, a home-made house boat and an outdoor kitchen and living room. It is a beautiful place to relax after a busy day on the farm. And busy they are!
The Radel Family grow wheat that they grind into flour. From the flour they make bread and whole wheat soft pretzels. They have a portable saw mill that they use to harvest the woodlot and build new structures as needed. Judi will guide us on a tour of their farm and describe their marketing methods. She will explain the Whole Diet CSA (Community Supported Agriculture Program). We will discuss the challenges and benefits to this style of CSA marketing and how to identify and reach potential customers.
October is PASA Referral Month
What is the Member2Member Referral Program? Share the benefits of PASA membership with your friends and neighbors, while helping to build our network! Each current PASA member referring another individual, family or business that becomes a new member will receive:
- A coupon to attend one Farm-Based Education event in 2013.
- One 10″x14″ PASA member sign.
- One 1/8th page, business card sized ad in an upcoming issue of ourPassages newsletter to promote your farm, event or business.
- Be entered into our end of the month drawing to win a $50 gift certificate from PASA Business Member, Johnny’s Selected Seeds.
How Can You Participate?
- Option 1. Click here to access an email/social media post that you can personally customize and share with your friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, whoever!
- Option 2. Distribute referral coupons. Click here to access a special coupon you can customize with your name, and then either print to hand out or email directly to those you want to refer to PASA. If you choose to email the information, feel free to use the customizable sample email message from Option 1.
- Option 3. Go to this web form and enter the contact information of those you want to refer to PASA. We will send them a customized letter on your behalf noting your referral.
With a verified dues payment by the referral (new member), you will be contacted by PASA for acknowledgement and coordination of your reward! To make a referral or to learn more, visit the program webpage or contact Michele Gauger (814-349-9856 x17)
January 18 – 23, 2013 – Young Farmers – Delegation: Agriculture in Nicaragua
Young Farmers have the opportunity to travel to León, Nicaragua with Project Gettysburg – León to explore the intersections of sustainable development and **agriculture in the context of Nicaraguan culture and history.
Project Gettysburg – León is a partnership between the borough of Gettysburg, Gettysburg College, and communities in and around the city of León, Nicaragua. PGL supports sustainable development projects in León and promotes friendship, education, and cultural exchange between the two communities.
The Young Grower Alliance is an organization of young farmers chaired by PASA member Ben Wenk of Three Springs Fruit Farm. For more information, contact Catherine Lara, Specialty Crop Innovations Program Manager, Young Grower Alliance Coordinator, Penn State Extension, Adams County (717-334-6271, ext. 315****
Survey About Spotted Wing Drosophila
(From the Northeast IPM Spotted Wing Drosophila Working Group)
Dear Berry Growers:
The Northeast IPM Spotted Wing Drosophila Working Group (headed up by Greg Loeb at Cornell University), is gathering information on the level crop damage that occurred on grower farms in the Northeastern U.S.
Unlike most fruit fly species that only attack overripe and rotten fruit, SWDs can lay eggs in ripening soft-skinned fruit such as raspberries, blueberries and strawberries, infesting them before harvest. An Asian native, SWDs were first detected in North America in California in 2008, and made their way to the Northeast in the 2011 growing season. In 2012, they were back earlier in the season and appear to have caused widespread damage, especially in late-season blueberry varieties, fall raspberries and day-neutral strawberries. Extension educators and researchers received questions and reports of SWD damage daily.
The survey is anonymous and information about specific farms will not be released to the public. (The only identification information we ask is the county where you observed damage.) So that we can share the results of our survey at an upcoming strategy meeting, *please complete the survey by October 19, 2012.
Questions? Contact Cathy Heidenreich, 315-787-2367.