U-Pick Strawberries at Way Fruit Farm

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Grab your buckets, dishpans, or old tin cans because Way Fruit Farm has U-Pick Strawberries.  They began U-pick daily on June 6th.

In case you don’t know, Way is located at 2355 Halfmoon Valley Rd, Port Matilda, PA.

U-Pick Strawberry Season Hours:

Monday, Wednesday & Friday8am-8pm
Tuesday & Thursday 8 – 7pm
Saturday 8am – 5pm
Pick a lot to eat now and some to freeze for later.  They taste pretty good out of the freezer in January.
For more information, you can call Way Fruit Farm at 814-692-5211 or visit them on the web.

PASA Education Event – Culinary & Medicinal Herb Propagation

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PASA is has a farmer-to-farmer exchange event on the topic of Culinary & Medicinal Herb Propagation on Saturday, June 25, 2016 from 9 am – 3 pm.

The event will take place at the Quiet Creek Herb Farm & School of Country Living in Brookville, PA.

From the organizers:  The class includes learning how to propagate plants such as cilantro, parsley, lavender, thyme, marjoram, basil, goldenseal, and more.  These annuals, biennials, and perennials will grow into medicinal, ornamental, and culinary herbs that you can sell and/or enjoy for your business or pleasure.  

Pre-registation is required and is open until June 24, 2016.  For more information and to register, click here.

 

Crop Mob June 11

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From State College Crop Mobs

Schaufler’s Farm needs help!
Saturday, June 11 – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
1647 West Gatesburg Road, about 20 minutes West of State College

We will transplant 2,500 pumpkin plants from our own seedlings. We could use volunteers to help us plant these seedlings. In the past we have done this all by hand but this year we purchased a transplanter to use behind the tractor to make the job a little easier, we hope!

Sign up here.

Local Food Roundtable Tonight at UUFCC

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From Ed Perry

A Roundtable Discussion About Food: How Our Industrial Food Supply Fuels Climate Change and What We Can Do About It

WHAT:  A gathering of like-minded people to learn about and discuss issues related to climate change, agriculture and clean energy over beverages and hors d’oeuvres.  Please feel free to BYOB or any other beverages, and some small snack to share.  We’ll have a short social half-hour before and after the formal presentations.

WHEN:  Tuesday, June 7, 6:30 – 8:30pm

WHERE:  Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Centre County, 780 Waupelani Drive Extension.

SPEAKERS:

  • Jim Eisenstein, retired Penn State University professor and local food   activist.
  • Dorothy Blair, retired faculty in Nutrition Science, Penn State University
  • Stacey Budd, Outreach Coordinator, Friends and Farmers Cooperative
  • Ed Perry, Pennsylvania Outreach Coordinator, National Wildlife Federation

While we continue to set monthly and yearly temperature records, thoughtful people are asking questions about what they can do to reduce their carbon footprint.

Agriculture is our nation’s oldest industry and has provided a good life for millions of American families. Paying homage to that history now means changing our behaviors, investing in cleaner ways of tending our fields and recreating a strong alliance between man and Earth to preserve our way of life for future generations.

Because America’s history is so strongly rooted in agriculture, it’s only natural that the agriculture industry be part of the solution to preserve our way of life for future generations.

Failing to take action on climate change will have drastic impacts on our agriculture industry and the families that depend on farming. Unmitigated climate change will cause:

    • Shifts in growing seasons
    • Crop yield reductions
    • Increasingly stressed and unreliable water supplies
    • Decreased livestock growth, reproduction and milk productivity
    • Increases and/or decreases in precipitation will produce more floods and droughts, which could lead to more pests, diseases and weeds.

Industrial agriculture is helping to fuel climate change, so the quicker we move to locally grown food, the better chance we have of avoiding the disastrous effects of climate change.

Our panelists will discuss the problems and solutions we can all adopt.

Bring your questions and enthusiasm.