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.


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.

PCO FarmFest July 29 – 30


Pennsylvania Certified Organic is having their Organic FarmFest this coming weekend (July 29 – 30) at the Grange Fairgrounds in Centre Hall, PA.  This is an action-packed event with lots of good food, music, and information.  There are fun kid activities and a most meditative “Wool Village” where you can see folks carding, spinning, and knitting wool into wearables.

Spring Creek Homesteading Fund has organized an education track on homesteading skills for Saturday, July 30.  Topics include:

10 am:  Food Fermentation: Homemade Sauerkraut and Dill Pickles
presented by Scott DiLoreto

11 am:  Homecanning: Tips, Techniques and Recipes for Keeping the Summer Around
presented by Joshua Lambert

1 pm:  Backyard Chickens:  A Beginners’ Guide to Getting Fresh Eggs from the Backyard presented by Joshua Lambert

2 pm:  Summer Harvest Cooking: Using Local In-Season Abundance
presented by Laura Zaino

For more information, visit the FarmFest website or email Mallory Smith.

U-Pick Strawberries at Way Fruit Farm


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


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


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.