Lots of Bits of Good Stuff

Successful hoophouse fundraiser at Howard’s End CSA:

Congratulations to Addison Hoffman and everyone at Howards End CSA for reaching their $5,000 Kickstarter fundraising goal to support construction of hoophouses for a half-acre of year-round growing space.

News from Way Fruit Farm in Port Matilda:

All the apples are harvested, we all stuffed ourselves like a turkey last week and now it’s time to look forward to a cold, but beautiful holiday season in PA.

Christmas trees are now available at the farm store. They are locally cut, so they’re fresher than most “lots” of trees and they range from small to extra large this year. The earlier you come out, the better the selection, so bring the family this weekend and pick an evergreen for your home!

Red & green shimmers and sparkles in our newly decorated craft area this holiday season. You’ll find lots of beautiful decorations for your own home decorating and fun items for gift-giving for lots of the people on your list. Christmas candy is on display and oh-so-tasty too!

Last, but not least, we still have lots of apples, cider, Asian pears, winter squash, pie pumpkins, local potatoes, onions, local pork, local cheese, preserves, chutneys, mustards, relishes, our own baked goods and more available. Apple varieties currently for sale include: Honey Crisp (while supplies last), Gala, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Jonagold, Fuji, Mutsu(Crispin), McIntosh, Cortland, Northern Spy, Ida Red, Stayman Winesap and Granny Smith. A mixture of these varieties is available daily in our “Bin Sale” where you can mix and match your own apples. Stop in today and get your favorites or try something new!

Please note our new Winter hours:

  • Monday – Friday 8am – 6:30pm
  • Saturday 8am – 5pm
  • Closed Sunday

News from Shavers Creek Environmental Center in Petersburg:

If you’re looking for something fun to do tomorrow or Saturday, we’ve got two great programs for you…

Kids Corner – Our last two Kids Corner programs for 2011 are coming up tomorrow, November 30 and next Wednesday, December 7 from 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.  Come join our environmental education staff for a fun morning learning about the colors of nature. Kids Corner is intended for children ages 3–5 and an accompanying adult. Children will enjoy nature-based crafts, activities, and stories that will teach about the different colors found in nature and the plants, animals and cycles associated with them.   Kids Corner is FREE thanks to the generous support of our members and Growing Tree Toys! While much of the program time is spent in the Discovery Room at Shaver’s Creek, it is always a good idea to come dressed to venture outside if the weather permits! Bring a lunch and explore the Discovery Room, visit the Raptor Center, and enjoy the bookstore and gift shop once Kids Corner is done!

Wreaths, Swags, and Dried Bouquets for the Homestead – With harvest season upon us, we will use the beautiful things that nature has left behind to remind us of the warm growing season that is slowly fading. Evergreen boughs, grapevines, sensitive ferns, pine cones, and many more fun, natural and local ingredients are among the items we’ll be using to work together into creative, artistic masterpieces for character and charm in your home this season. Feel free to bring your own dried flowers from your backyard and decorations like ribbons to match your décor. We’ll teach you how to make bows for the finishing touches. Please bring hand pruners and a glue gun if you have them. The fee for all the materials we’ll have available is $7.50 per wreath, bouquet or swag, $5.00 for members. We have two crafting times available. They are set up for you to come and go as you please: Wednesday, November 30, from 3:00–7:30 p.m. and Saturday, December 3, from 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

For questions please email us at ShaversCreek@outreach.psu.edu or call at (814)863-2000.  We hope to see you out at one (or both) of these programs!

Subversive Plots: Radical Gardening TED Talk by Roger Doiron (Sent by Dana Stuchul):

“Roger Doiron is founding director of Kitchen Gardeners International, a network of people taking a hands-on approach to re-localizing the global food supply. Doiron is an advocate for new policies, technologies, investments, and fresh thinking about the role of gardens. His successful petition to replant a kitchen garden at the White House attracted broad international recognition. He is also a writer, photographer, and public speaker.”

Winter Webinars for Vegetable Growers Through Penn State Extension: (Sent by Linda Moist)

Penn State Extension is offering a series of four webinars on critical vegetable production issues. The schedule for topics and speakers is below.

  • December 7, 2011. Dealing with Weather Extremes: Excess Heat and Moisture. Presented by Dr. Elsa Sanchez with Penn State’s Department of Horticulture
  • January 4, 2011. New Resources for Beginning Organic Vegetable Growers: What You Need to Know and Where to Find it. Presented by Ms. Tianna Dupont with Penn State Extension
  • February 29, 2011. Vegetable Disease Management: What You Need to Know for 2012. Presented by Dr. Beth Gugino with Penn State’s Department of Plant Pathology
  • March 14, 2011. New Insect Pests. Presented by Drs. Shelby Fleischer and Greg Krawczyk with Penn State’s Department of Entomology and Ms. Kathy Demchak with Penn State’s Department of Horticulture

All webinars will take place from noon to 1 pm. Register here. The cost is $15 for attending all 4 webinars.

News from PSU-Interfaith Power & Light – Pack Food for Somalia on Dec. 3 at BJC (Sent by Sylvia Neely):

Calvary Baptist Church of State College is organizing a city-wide event to package food for Somalia, which is currently suffering from catastrophic drought and famine. This event will take place throughout the day on December 3 at the Bryce Jordan Center. You can read more about the event and register for a timeslot here. Many of us will be registering for the 4-6 pm timeslot and we hope you can join us at that time. (In the comments section, indicate your affiliation with PSU IPL.)

In conjunction with this event, PSU IPL invites you to fast for 24 hours – not only in recognition of the events in Somalia, but also in recognition of the worldwide impact of climate change. The fast will begin on Sunday, December 4 at 5:30 pm and will conclude with dinner – prepared by PSU IPL – at Pasquerilla Spiritual Center in the Garden Room on Monday, December 5 at 5:30 pm. During the meal, we will discuss the role of religion and faith in ecological issues such as climate change. If you wish to attend, we request that you inform us of your plans by December 2.  We also welcome those who can only make it for dinner. In your response, please indicate whether you have any food allergies. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.

Thanks, Kris Klotz (krisklotz@gmail.com) and Barb Donnini, PSU-IPL, 205 Pasquerilla Spiritual Center

PeakMoment Video – Undriver Licenses: Fun Ways to Reduce Car Use (Sent by Jackie Bonomo):

Minneapolis: #1 Bike City in USA (Sent by Jackie Bonomo):

” …The combination of cyclist pressure and good civic sense has led the city to make supporting safe biking a priority in its transportation planning.

In these lean economic times, Mayor Rybak stressed, cities need to be creative about how they spend transportation dollars. Big-ticket engineering projects to move ever more cars must give way to more efficient projects that move people by a variety of means – including foot, bike, transit.

“We need to get more use from all the streets we already have,” Rybak said. “It really is the idea that bikes belong…”  Full Article

Fund Drive from Clearwater Conservancy: (Message from Jennifer Shuey)

For more than 30 years, ClearWater Conservancy has been protecting water, land and habitats, restoring stream buffers, and teaching people about our natural world in central Pennsylvania. Our mission is to ensure that future generations will also enjoy the rich natural heritage that we are blessed with here in the heart of Pennsylvania. Our continued success depends on you. We need your help. That’s why I am inviting you to make a tax-deductible, year-end contribution to support the conservation of natural resources in our area.

With your generous help, we can…

  • Acquire more lands for public use and enjoyment while conserving their rare or sensitive ecological communities.
  • Connect more people to the great outdoors through our preserved lands.
  • Help more landowners who are seeking a way to permanently prote ct the places they love through conservation easements.
  • Teach  more children about watersheds and wetlands by sending them to Millbrook Marsh Nature Center, collect and disseminate more stream and aquifer data, remove more outdated dams, restore more streamside buffers, grow more native plants for our restoration projects, remove more invasive species, cleanup more sinkholes, offer more special programs. Together, we are making a difference one property, one stretch of stream, one family at a time.

Job Opening in Tennessee/North Carolina Area (Sent by Ann Stone):

Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture (BRWIA) seeks to hire a Project Manager to coordinate the Heifer International Seeds of Change Initiative in the Appalachian Region (Alleghany, Ashe, Watauga and Wilkes County, NC, and Johnson County, Tennessee). The Seeds of Change Initiative aims to increase access to healthy, local food, increase houshold income and conserve natural resources in the High Country. Coordination of this initiative involves recruiting stakeholders, designing a governance structure for a coalition of stakeholders, facilitating the assessment of community needs, and leading fundraising efforts. Direct all inquiries to Mel Weiss of Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture, melissa.r.weiss@gmail.com.  The position is available until filled. Please mail a cover letter and resume to: Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture, PO Box 67, Boone NC 28607. No calls please. For more information, visit our website.

Iowa Climate Scientists Ask Political Candidates to Acknowledge Climate Change, Set Policy for Remediation (Sent by Ed Perry):

“…We urge all candidates for public office at national, state, and local levels to acknowledge the overwhelming balance of evidence for the underpinning causes of climate change, to develop appropriate policy responses, and to develop local and statewide strategies to adapt to near-term changes in climate…” Full text.

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