PASA 2012 Conference & more local food news

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News from PASA

Registration is open for the annual Farming for the Future conference Feb. 1-4 in State College

Conference website.

Pre-conference tracks are a great way to get an in-depth learning experience before the main conference even begins. Participants can expect a full day (or more) of intensive study…Tracks will sell out, so register early! (You must pre-register.)

  • Track 1: Tractor Operation & Maintenance for New & Beginning Farmers
  • Track 2: Hands-On Poultry Processing & Marketing
  • Track 3: Introduction to Permaculture Principles & Concepts
  • Track 4: Sustainability in the Food Service Industry
  • Track 5: Planning & Ensuring Your Financial Success Using Holistic Management™
  • Track 6: Pastured Poultry for Meat Production for Beginning & Advanced Farmers
  • Track 7: Applying Permaculture Design to Urban & Rural Landscapes
  • Track 8: Building & Managing Soil Fertility on the Farm
  • Track 9: CSA School
  • Track 10: Advanced Orchard Health for Sustainable Fruit Production
  • Track 11: Maximizing Food Production on the Integrated, Ecologically Balanced Homestead
  • Track 12: Cheesemaking for Beginning & Advanced Producers
  • Youth Track: Youth in Farming

PASA is currently looking for volunteers to help us staff our information booths at the Keystone & PA Farm Shows coming up in January. For more details about dates, shifts available and to print your free admission ticket to the Keystone Farm Show in York, visit our Volunteer page.

NCRS News – Ranking dates have been announced for the On-Farm Energy; Organic; Seasonal High Tunnel; and Air Quality conservation initiatives. All four initiatives offer technical and financial assistance through the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) Environmental Quality Incentives Program.

News from Way Fruit Farm

We are still offering a selection of local, fresh-cut Christmas trees, wreaths and greens.  Come soon, as the supply is limited.  Our country craft and home decor area is all decorated and ready to inspire you with ideas for decorating your own home or buying those last-minute gifts for anyone on your list.  The Polish pottery displays are plentiful and all Polish pottery is on sale at 10% off through Christmas.

Fruit baskets are on display and you can “grab-n-go” or have a custom-made basket built while you shop.  We know you’ll be able to please everyone on your gift list this year with some fresh fruit and other local goods from our store.  Don’t forget teachers, the mail carrier, the neighbors and the host/hostess on your list this year! 🙂

Our bakery is always busy preparing the freshest in seasonal pies, cookies, and breads.  Be sure to call ahead and order your favorites including our sticky buns, apple and pumpkin donuts, dinner rolls and more!  We ask for 48 hour notice for all orders or you can always stop in and try something new from the available selection daily!  We hope to serve you soon!

Last, but certainly not least, we have apples & Florida citrus available.  Apple varieties include:  Honey Crisp (limited supply), Gala, Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Jonagold, Mutsu(Crispin), McIntosh, Cortland, Northern Spy, Ida Red, Stayman Winesap and Granny Smith.  Navel oranges and pink grapefruit are available individually or by the full case (while supplies last).  Our “almost famous” apple cider is plentiful and delicious served hot or cold this holiday!

Holiday Hours:

  • Saturday, Dec. 24th – Open 8am – 3pm
  • Sunday, Dec. 25th – Closed
  • Monday, Dec. 26th – Closed
  • Tuesday, Dec. 27th – Friday, Dec. 30 – Normal hours (8am – 6:30pm)
  • Saturday, Dec. 31st – 8am – 3pm
  • Sunday, January 1st – Closed- Happy New Year!
  • Monday, January 2nd – Closed
  • Tuesday, January 3rd- Normal hours resume (8am – 6:30 pm)

News from Centre County Buy Fresh Buy Local:

Join in on some holiday cheer at Partner IngleBean Coffee House’s J-Ingle Jam for Christmas Eve Eve. Food and drinks, along with lyrics and chords, will be available Friday Dec. 23 from 6pm to 8pm.

How to shop local for the holidays:

  • Gift certificates to our Partners or other local food providers
  • Give a CSA share
  • Local food and beverage baskets
  • Support local artists and crafters, and seek out independently owned businesse

Old Gregg School Farmers Market (Saturdays, 10am to 1pm, Old Gregg School Community Center, Spring Mills)

  • Sustainable Kitchen with breakfast extravaganza, coffee, canned marinara sauce, applesauce and pumpkin.
  • Fasta Ravioli & Co with handmade pasta, ravioli and sauces.
  • Common Ground Organic Farm with brussel sprouts, winter squash, onions, peppers and garlic.
  • Stone Meadow Farm with farmstead cheese and grass-fed beef.
  • Eden View Organics with spelt & sprouted flour baked goods and lunch items.
  • Cow-a-Hen Farm with various cuts of pork, beef, duck and more.
  • Gemelli Bakers with breads, jumbo cookies, tarts and coffee cake.
  • Macneal Orchards & Sugarbush with apples, cider and maple syrup.
  • Woodside Acres with eggs, homemade potato chips, baked goods and canned goods.
  • Brush Valley Produce with seasonal produce.
  • Egg Hill Gardens with perennial and annual plants.
  • Nittany Valley Organics with handmade soap, shampoo and soy candles.

News from Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center:

We are all settling in to our hibernation habits as the cold days of winter draw nearer, and we are also preparing for the joyous holiday season that is almost upon us. Although Shaver’s Creek will be closed to the public from December 9th until February 15th, we’d like to invite you out to the Center on Thursday, December 22 to do a little last-minute holiday shopping! Our bookstore/gift shop will be open from 11AM-4PM for our second annual Winter Solstice Sale!

Many items in the gift shop will be discounted — some up to 10% off. Shaver’s Creek Members, as always, have the added benefit of an additional 10% off! If you decide to join during the Solstice Sale, you can take advantage of the Member discount right away.

Take this opportunity to get some nice holiday gifts while supporting your favorite nature center! You’ll find lots of fun and interesting offerings for both kids and adults alike, including artwork, glow-in-the-dark t-shirts, locally made jewelry, plush bird toys, greeting cards, hoodies, and much more!

Some of the Winter Solstice Sale discounts include:

  • All merchandise with Shaver’s Creek logo: at least 10% off  (including t-shirts, hoodies, hats, tote bags, etc.)
  • Sale items: 10% off
  • All books & audio: 5% off
  • All birdfeeders: 5% off

We will also be hosting a Solstice Stroll with Naturalist Doug Wentzel on our boardwalk trail from 10am-11am. Take this opportunity to enjoy learning about winter wildlife and the changing season in the Shaver’s Creek woods. This will also be a good chance to visit the Discovery Room and Raptor Center one last time until February. We’ll have FREE coffee on hand and will be watching the feeders for Project Feeder Watch all day.

For more information, please visit our blog. For questions please email us at or call (814)863-2000. Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center, 3400 Discovery Road, Petersburg, PA 16669.

News from PA-Interfaith Power & Light:

In this holiday season, please consider a generous contribution to PA Interfaith Power & Light. Our annual report describes the work we have been doing to help congregations improve energy efficiency and integrate creation care into their lives; your gift will help even more faith communities across the state respond to climate change.

This year your tax-deductible donation will be doubled, thanks to a $12,000 matching grant from national Interfaith Power and Light.

1. Go to our website and click on the “Donate” button, using your credit card or PayPal account, or:
2. Send a check made out to “PA IPL” to the following address:

  • Interfaith Power and Light
  • 205 Pasquerilla Spiritual Center
  • University Park, PA 16802

Need a Hanukah or Christmas gift for somebody who does not want more “stuff”? For a donation of $20 or more, we will send a letter to the person you are honoring with a notice of your gift. If you donate $100 or more, we will be happy to send you (at your request) a copy of the book Love God, Heal Earth, edited by the Rev. Canon Sally Bingham, the founder of IPL, which includes essays on care of creation from many faith perspectives. Don’t forget to include the name and address (or email address) of the gift recipient along with your check; for on-line donations, simply include it in the message box.

Thank you for your generosity and your devotion to helping solve the problems of climate change that threaten the future of God’s creation.

– Dr. Sylvia Neely, president, PA Interfaith Power & Light

Clean Air Act Op-Ed

Link to the editorial in the Patriot News by the Pennsylvania House Asthma Caucus:

…Clean air is not a partisan issue, nor is it a “jobs versus health” proposition. Cleaning up air pollution creates jobs and enables people to be healthy and productive contributors to their local economies. People sick with asthma, COPD, emphysema, heart disease or other respiratory problems exacerbated by air pollution miss days at work and school…

Funny Video about Corporate Power:

Link sent in by Jackie Bonomo: Hallelujah Corporations!

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