Garlic Planting Workshop- Oct. 24

     Laura Zaino will teach a workshop on growing garlic on Saturday, Oct. 24th from 1 – 3 pm (rain date: Oct 25th). The workshop will be held at her place (43 Peggy Circle, Port Matilda, Pa 16870).
     Laura will describe the process of soil preparation, planting, growing, and harvesting garlic.  Laura will discuss organic growing methods.  She’ll also cover information of different varieties of garlic and will provide ideas on how to use garlic.  Each person will also receive a head of garlic to take home and plant (or eat).
     This is a hand-on workshop and participants will have the opportunity to help prepare the garlic, plant it, and cover/mulch it.  Work clothes, gardening gloves, and old shoes (or rubber boots) are the order of the day.
     There is a $12 sliding scale registration fee for the workshop.  To register or for more information call Josh Lambert (814-237-0996) or send an email.

Permablitz-Sheet Compost/Mulching Workshop- September 18th


A workshop on Sheet Mulching and Permaculture, and a permablitz to benefit the new Mazza Community Garden will be held on Friday, September 18th from 10 am – 4 pm.  The location of the new garden and the event is 418 S. Atherton St, State College, PA.  There is limited parking on site, but nearby street parking.

At the event, you’ll learn how to create no till, fertile garden areas ready for planting next spring from mown weedy areas prepped this Fall.  You’ll also learn about permaculture and participate in making sheet composting to create rich soil for spring planting.

In addition, Jackie Bonomo of Healing Ground Permaculture and the MorningStar Permaculture Learning Centre will provide an introduction to permaculture and present the permaculture design for the Mazza Community Garden.

A representative of Spring Creek Homesteading Fund will explain The Mazza Community Garden plot rental and management procedure will be explained by Spring Creek Homesteading over a delicious lunch provided by TapRoot Kitchen!

Helpful details:  Please, do not bring your dog or other animals; there are chickens on site. Please do bring water bottles and work gloves, and wear work boots or sturdy shoes.

For questions or to sign up for the event, please click here.

Pollinator Workshop- September 13th

The Penn State Center for Sustainability Community Garden will be hosting a Pollinator Workshop on Sunday, September 13 at 2:00pm.  The event will take place at the Community Garden on Porter Road just down from the baseball stadium.  The workshop led by Entomology PhD student, Maggie Douglas. Ms. Douglas will lead a tour of the new pollinator garden. She will discuss the benefits of pollinators and offer advice for promoting pollinators in your own garden. Register on-line.  For more information, email Jennie Mazzone.

Friends & Farmers Pie Contest


Break out your apron and make sure you’re pie crust is up to snuff, because it’s time for the 2nd Annual People’s Choice Pie Contest.

Friends & Farmers Cooperative will sponsor the event as part of the PCO Farm Fest on August 8th from 11 am – 4 pm at the Grange Fair Grounds.

There are categories for professional, amateur, and youth categories.  There are also categories for sweet, savory, and gluten free/vegan pies.  Bakers can submit as many entries as they like, but those pies had better be made from scratch.  No store-bought crusts or pies.

Pies will be judged by Farm Fest attendees, so encourage your friends to come and vote for my… I mean your pie.

The specifics of the contest and the entry form can be found at the Friends & Farmers websiteEntries are due by 5 pm on Friday, August 7th.  If you have questions, or need more information, email Stacy Budd.

Seed Saving Workshop


What:  The Penn State Community Garden will be hosting a Seed Saving Workshop. This workshop will be led by Matt Sullenberger, a PhD student in Biology, and will focus on growing and preserving rare heirloom plant varieties, maintaining genetic diversity, and developing plant ecotypes that are adapted for your growing conditions.  The workshop is open to Garden members and non-members alike.

When:  Wednesday, July 15 at 5:30pm

Where:  The Penn State Community Garden, on Porter Rd next to the Center For Sustainability and south of Medlar Field.

Who: This workshop led by Ph.D. Student of Biology, Matt Sullenberger

For more information email Jennie Mazzone or visit the Community Garden website.

An early summer hootenanny in Cambria County


Vale Wood Farms in Loretto, PA is having a summer shindig.  It’s located north of US 22 on the west side of Gallitzin, PA.  It’s about an hour drive.  If the weather is nice, consider loading up the family truckster and paying a visit to the other side of the mountain. Click on the image for the big picture and more information.

Crop Mob Needed: Mt. Nittany Elementary School Garden


From the State College Crop Mobs Team…

What:  Help build a garden at Mount Nittany Elementary School!
When:  Saturday June 6 from 9:00 am-12 noon.
Details:  We have a variety of jobs that will need done, including:  assembling a shed, installing an arbor, laying down weed control cloth and stone, weeding, a little bit of planting and putting in edging.  This is a family friendly event, feel free to invite your friends and children to help and learn!

For more information email:  Click here to sign up.