News from Readers – Feb. 17, 2012

Ingrid Fowles

Ingrid Fowles Planning Heirloom Seed-Savers Exchange

Ingrid Fowles writes:

I would love to coordinate an heirloom seed-savers exchange – a one-day event in late March or early April.

It could have display tables where everyone goes roving around trading. I can just see this being done in the Quaker Meeting House where we have had so many events so far.

It could start with each participant describing what they have brought and/or writing it on a poster along with their name and table number. Small envelopes and pens for labeling need to be available. Vegetable as well as flower seeds could be exchanged – and with the many conversations, advice would naturally occur. It would be fun.

I am currently doing an informal one-on-one seed exchange with one of my sauerkraut classmates. I have lots of “Trail of Tears” beans to offer. People are fascinated by their history and these beans produce very strong plants with great nutrition.

If you’re interested in participating in an heirloom seed exchange, please email me at

Brian Burger

Brian Burger Hosting Thrive Screening in Millheim Tonight

February 17 – Brian Burger will host a screening of Thrive at 6 p.m. on Friday, February 17, at the Inglebean Coffee House in Millheim. The film will start promptly at 6 p.m. with a discussion session afterwards.  For more information visit the film website.  Come early to enjoy food from the Coffee House. Dinner, drinks, and baked goods will be available.




Ed Perry

Ed Perry Hosting Green Drinks Feb. 27; Michael Mann Lecture March 27

February 27 – 7:00 p.m. –  9:00 p.m. at Kelley’s Steak and Seafood Restaurant located on Route 322 in Boalsburg.

Building on the successful social gathering of clean energy and climate change activists at Otto’s, I plan to hold our next gathering at Kelley’s Steak and Seafood Restaurant in Boalsburg.

If we have 15 or more attend, Kelley’s will give us a room all to ourselves where we can close the rest of the restaurant off, and if we have 30 or more, they will give us a different room. So, if you plan to come, please let me know by phone (880-9593) or email ( so that I can make arrangements with Kelley’s.

We’ll have lots to discuss as Senator Inhofe is poised to introduce legislation to stop EPA from implementing regulations to reduce mercury emissions from power plants. It will be interesting to see which of our federal representatives supports coal and oil-fired power plants continuing to spew mercury, arsenic, chromium, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, hydrogen fluoride, and hydrogen chloride into the atmosphere, along with fine particulate matter that gets into the lungs of our kids.

March 27 –  6:30 pm  at the Boalsburg Fire Hall. – Dr. Michael Mann will give a brief talk about his new book: The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches From The Front Lines.  He’ll also be available to sign your book, so be sure to bring it with you. More details to follow.

Clare Hinrichs

Clare Hinrichs Speaking on Sustainable Food Systems in Lewisburg

March 28 – The League of Women Voters of the Lewisburg Area will sponsor a lecture on Sustainable Food Systems at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28 at Riverwoods’ Marlow Hall.

With the ever-increasing takeover of farmland and open space for development; the economic challenges facing local family farming; the prominence of “factory farming” and genetically-altered foods; and the emergence of new threats to our agricultural ecosystems, such as bee Colony Collapse Disorder and White Nose (bat) Syndrome, the quest for economic and environmental sustainability in our food systems is more pressing today than ever.

Penn State Professor Clare Hinrichs will speak on “Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainable Food Systems.” Clare Hinrichs is a rural sociologist who has been on Penn State University faculty for seven years. Her research and teaching center on social change and development in food, agricultural and environmental systems, with particular focus on transitions to sustainability. Her 2007 book Remaking the North American Food System: Strategies for Sustainability reported on studies examining the prevalence and prospects for alternative food initiatives. For more information, contact Marilyn Brill at

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