Six Plots Available at Mazza Community Garden; Kickoff Celebration April 2

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mazza garden photo (1)On behalf of the Mazza Community Garden and the Mazza Foundation for EducationSpring Creek Homesteading Fund is now accepting applications for six 48-square-foot (4′ by 12′) raised beds that were built by Taproot Kitchen volunteers last fall, led by Woody Wilson of Wilson’s Home Farms.

The cost for each plot is $25 per season land use fee, plus $25 per season refundable security deposit, for the 2016 growing season.

The garden is located at 418 South Atherton St. in State College, one block south of The Meetinghouse on Atherton, which houses Taproot Kitchen and Friends & Farmers Cooperative.

To apply for one of the six plots, please read the 2016 Mazza Garden Plot Use Agreement and then contact Katherine Watt by email.

Pollinator Garden Meeting March 15

There will be a meeting between Centre County Master Gardener Justin Wheeler and representatives of Taproot Kitchen on March 15, to discuss installation and maintenance of a pollinator garden at the site.

Kickoff Orchard-Planting Celebration April 2 – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Mazza Community Garden will open for the season on Saturday, April 2 with a kickoff orchard-planting community celebration with Jackie Bonomo of Healing Ground Permaculture and the Penn State MorningStar Permaculture Learning Centre, followed by a community meal prepared by Taproot Kitchen members.

Details about the April 2 kickoff event will be distributed by Taproot Kitchen, with additional promotion and organizing assistance from Spring Creek Homesteading.

Home Gardening School

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From the Friends of the Snetsinger Butterfly Garden:

Does winter have you looking forward to bountiful blooms and gorgeous greenery? Get inspired and learn how to grow your greatest garden yet! The Penn State Extension Master Gardeners of Centre County are excited to announce the 2016 Home Gardening School. This one-day event will arm you with all you need to get your garden into shape.

The classes that are featured will interest gardeners of all levels. From Incredible Edibles to Creating Neighborly Natural Landscapes, there will be something to interest all gardeners.   Master Gardeners from the Snetsinger Butterfly Garden will provide presentations on the following nature friendly topics.

The Layered Landscape

Filling in the gaps in your pollinator friendly landscape

Trees and shrubs are an important part of providing food and shelter for birds, butterflies, and other beneficial wildlife. In this presentation we’ll cover the best perennials, small trees and shrubs for providing wildlife benefit while fitting into the home landscape.
Speakers:  Pam Ford, Betsy Whitman

Going Lawnless
Lawn is one of the most resource intensive crops we grow contributing significantly to climate change and environmental pollution. Learn about attractive, environmentally friendly solutions for reducing your overall lawn footprint.
Speaker: Justin Wheeler
For a full listing of speakers, agenda, and registration information: http://extension.psu.edu/home-gardening

Upcoming Workshops: Cooking, Printing, and Brewing

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If you are feeling a little cooped up this winter, then come out to Goldenrod Alley Farm and learn some new homesteading skills.  We have three workshops planned for February-March.  Each workshop will provide a hands-on experience to learn something new.  The cost is $12 per workshop (on a sliding scale).  All workshops will be held at Goldenrod Alley Farm, 156 West Hamilton Ave, State College, PA.  For more information, send us an email or call Josh at (814)237-0996.

WINTER SEASONAL COOKING WORKSHOP (Feb 20, 2016)

Do you have the “Midwinter what the heck do I do with this rutabaga” blues?  If so, then local farmer and chef extraordinaire Laura Zaino can help.

On February 20th, from 1 – 4 pm, participants will learn how to turn seasonally-available produce (from the unusual to the unexceptional) into tasty mid-winter fare.  Laura will share some recipes and participants will have an opportunity to help with the cooking… and the eating.

If her previous cooking workshops are anything to go by, then participants are in for an informative and yummy experience.

LINOLEUM CUT PRINT-MAKING (Feb 27, 2016)

Just like Johannes Gutenberg, instructor Katherine Watt build her own printing press and has been accumulating equipment and skills as a printmaker.  You may have even bought one of her awesome linoleum-cut calendars which we sold as a fundraiser for Spring Creek Homesteading Fund.

On February 27th, from 10 am – 12 pm, Katherine will discuss the steps and materials needed to build a bottle-jack printing press, discuss the basics of linoleum cut printmaking, and provide participants the opportunity to make some linoleum cut prints to take home.

It’s worth pointing out, that print-making is addicting and participants shouldn’t be surprised if they leave this workshop longing for the smell of printing ink.

INTRODUCTORY BEER BREWING (Feb 28 and Mar 13, 2016)

Do you like to drink beer?  Ever wanted to learn how to make it?

In this workshop, instructor Josh Lambert will provide an overview the art and science of brewing, discuss the equipment and supplies needed to brew beer from malt extract, and lead a hands-on brewing session to make 5 gallons of ale.

This workshop involves 2 sessions (Feb 28 and Mar 13) each running from 10 am – 1 pm.  At the first session, participants will make the wort and get the fermentation started.  At the second session, participants will bottle the beer and take home a share.

Registration for the brewing class is limited to persons 21 years or older.