Resilience-Building Roundup – August 17, 2011

Seed Saving Tips – Link from PASA:

  • Article by John W. Jett of West Virginia University.

Update Aug. 18 – EVENT CANCELLED (due to early arrival of Grandma Way’s newest grand-baby) – Canning Demonstrations at Way Fruit Farm in Port Matilda:

  • August 20 – “We will be hosting our 2nd annual Canning Demonstrations on Saturday, August 20th at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Mrs. Sharon Way, the resident expert canner on the farm, will be talking with you and taking questions about canning fresh fruits. If you’ve never canned before, this is a great way to get information to get started and if you’re a veteran but have a few questions or would like a refresher, this will suit you too! The demonstration is free and no registration is necessary, just come with your questions and maybe a notebook & pencil. If you’re inspired and need supplies, we have a full display of canning jars, tools, Ball Canning Blue books, spices & more. See you there!”

 “Men in the Wilds” at Black Moshannon State Park:

  • August 20 – Register now for Black Moshannon’s Men in the Wilds program – Saturday Aug. 20. This event is open to men beginning at the age of 14. The classes available to choose from for this event include fly fishing, fly tying, kayaking, canoeing, animal calling, terrain navigation, edible plants, archery, tanning hides, trapping, bluebird habitat, ax throwing, snake id and hang gliding. (more info.)

Centre County Buy Fresh Buy Local – Calendar Highlights:

Next Transition Town State College Meeting joins Pizza & Movie Night at Greenmoore Gardens:

  • August 24 – 5:30 p.m. at Greenmoore Gardens in Port Matilda. Agenda includes planning for participation at Crickfest in Penns Valley on Sept. 4 and the Marcellus Shale Forum in October in State College. Greenmoore Gardens’ Pizza & Movie night at 6:30 p.m.

Growing Greener Action Alert from David Masur, Director at PennEnvironment:

  • “For months the Legislature has continued to support Gov. Corbett’s anti-environmental agenda, with little care for the impact on our rivers and streams. Throughout the early summer months, Gov. Corbett has fought efforts to renew Growing Greener, which has already restored 500 miles of streams and rivers throughout Pennsylvania in the last decade. They need to know they can’t get away with that any longer. Click here to stand up for Pennsylvania’s waters by sending your legislators a message.

Fracking Bans – Conference for Municipal Officials

  • Sept. 17 – The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund and the Lehigh Valley Community Rights Network are co-sponsoring a free conference for municipal officals and community members titled: Ban Fracking at the Municipal Level. Presenters include CELDF Staff; Pittsburgh Councilman Doug Shields; Dr. Tom Jiunta, Gas Drilling Awareness CoalitionThe conference will be held at the Genetti Hotel in Williamsport on September 17, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This conference is intended primarily for municipal officials, for a discussion about what they can do to prohibit gas drilling in your community. The conference is free, but all attendees must RSVP by September 2. For more information contact:  or call  717-498-0054.

Food Film at State Theatre:

  • Sept. 21 – Forks Over Knives (2011/PG) (Sponsored by Hildebrand Chiropractic) Forks Over Knives examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the so-called “diseases of affluence” that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods. Shows Wed, Sep 21 at 4  p.m. & 7 p.m. $8*, $6* Students & Seniors. Tickets Available Online

Clearwater Conservancy – Wild & Scenic Film Festival

  • Sept. 22ClearWater Conservancy will once again bring the Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival to State College. Hosted by Appalachian Outdoors, the event will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 22 at the State Theatre in State College. Festival-goers will see one feature length film and several shorts selected locally from more than 50 award-winning films about nature, community activism, adventure, conservation, water, energy and climate change, wildlife, environmental justice, agriculture and indigenous cultures. Advance purchase tickets are $14, $12 with student I.D. and will be be available on the State Theatre website and at the theatre box office. On the evening of the show, tickets will be $16 at the door….In 2004, environmental groups started asking if they could bring the festival to their community, and gradually a touring version of the Wild and Scenic Film Festival developed from outside interest. Seven years later, the tour now visits more than 110 communities nationwide. For more info Click Here.

Penn State Environmental Forum 2011

  • Sept. 27 – “The Business Case for Sustainability”  – This event will help Penn Staters understand the value of sustainable practices for improving efficiency, reducing costs, engaging employees, and bolstering revenues. Following a presentation by keynote speaker David Haft of Frito-Lay, a panel of Penn State experts will discuss how our university is realizing the business case for sustainability at our campuses. The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the HUB-Robeson Center Alumni Hall. Here is the event page and info on how to register. Registration is free.

News from WPSU’s Local Food Journey Blog:

  • Erin McKinney of Tait Farm recommends you pick tomatoes from the vine just as they start to ripen. Get her notes from the field.
  • Tony Ricci of Green Heron Farm describes the differences between Cherokee Reds and Green Zebras. Read more about heirloom tomatoes.
  • Find out what Greenmore Gardens CSA has available at the market this month — from kale and cabbage to hummingbird cakes — in this video interview.
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