Cooking One-Dish Fall Dinners & Baking Savory Pies

Spring Creek Homesteading Fall Cooking Workshops

Chicken Fricassee with Fall Vegetables, Butternut Squash Curry & More!

  • Cooking One Dish Fall Dinners with Laura Zaino
  • Saturday, November 12, 2016 – 10 a.m. to noon
  • Church of the Good Shepherd, 867 Grays Woods Blvd, Port Matilda, PA 16870

Corn-Kale-Potato Pie & More!

  • Baking Savory Pies with Melanie Rosenberger
  • Saturday, November 12, 2016 – 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Church of the Good Shepherd, 867 Grays Woods Blvd, Port Matilda, PA 16870

How to Register

Each class costs $20, to cover instructor teaching fees, kitchen rental fees, and supplies, and includes samples of the cooked dishes at the end of each class, and printed recipe packets.

Registration is limited to 12 people for each class, and the registration deadline is Saturday, November 5.

Reservations are accepted by telephone and paper check. (Spring Creek Homesteading does not have a merchant account to process online payments.)

To reserve your spot, please call Spring Creek Homesteading Fund at 814-237-0996, and send your check registration fee for $20 payable to “Spring Creek Homesteading Fund” to: Spring Creek Homesteading Fund, 156 West Hamilton Ave., State College PA 16801.

Questions? Call 237-0996, or email Program Manager Katherine Watt.

About Your Instructors

Laura Zaino – Laura is a farmer at Zaino’s Specialty Farm, and a cook who enjoys focusing on using seasonal ingredients. She learned cooking in Pennsylvania and honed her skills in Europe while studying agriculture. She has cooked locally at the Penn Stater’s Gardens Restaurant, Legends Bar, and catering division, and also at Sult and Hukkoden, two highly-rated restaurants in Oslo, Norway. Laura has a degree in Environmental Resource Management from Penn State, with a specialization in biology and ecology, and a Masters in Management of Natural Resources and Sustainable Agriculture from the University of Life Sciences in Oslo.

Melanie Rosenberger – Melanie received her BFA in Fine Arts from Penn State, worked at several local restaurants, and then moved to New York City to study Culinary Arts at the International Culinary Center (formerly the French Culinary Institute.) She worked at Perilla in Greenwich Village and Miller’s Tavern in Brooklyn, as well as Great Performances and Peter Callahan catering firms before returning to Central Pennsylvania. She is currently the manager of the Friends & Farmers Online Market.

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Bailiwick News – September 16, 2016

9.16.16 Bailiwick News – Some municipal legislators reluctant to continue investing taxpayer funds in Whitehall Road Regional Park development.

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Bailiwick News – September 9, 2016

9.9.16 Bailiwick News – Court ruling against Ferguson Township student housing development impacts regional planning (Part 1 of 2)

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New local weekly newspaper:

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Reminder: PCO FarmFest, July 29 – 30


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Victory Garden Posters

I think these World War I and World War II Victory Garden posters are interesting for how the equate home food production, thriftiness, and hard work with patriotism.

It strikes me as very different from today’s message that consumer spending is the way to show patriotism.  “Spend more to spur the economy and support the nation.”

Maybe it would be more patriotic for people to fight poverty and food insecurity in their communities by planting community gardens and having community canning bees, than for them to spend their few hard-earned dollars on consumer goods that they may not need.


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People’s Choice Pie Contest at PCO FarmFest, July 30th

SOC-logo-2016-sm-300x249Got a tasty pie recipe?  Want to garner the accolades that come from being the greatest pie baker in the land as voted by your fellow woman (and man)?  Then get your secret recipe out, put on your apron, and get cracking… err baking.

The Friends and Farmers Cooperative is sponsoring its Peoples Choice Pie Baking Contest again this year on July 30th at the PCO FarmFest at the Grange Fairgrounds in Centre Hall, PA.  There are categories for sweet, savory, and gluten-free pies.  There are categories for amateurs, professionals, and kids.

Entries can be submitted on-line, by mail (F&F Co-Op, PO Box 491, State College, PA 16804), or in-person at New Leaf Initiative (State College Borough Building).  Entries by mail must be post-marked by July 27th.  All other entries are due by July 29th.

Pies need to be at the Grange Fairgrounds between 11 am and 12:30 pm on July 30th.

For more information visit the FarmFest Pie Contest website.

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