Various & Sundry – March 5, 2012

Boalsburg Winter Farmers Market Tuesday

Jim Eisenstein

(From Jim Eisenstein of Jade Family Farm)

The earth, having rotated a full seven times since the last update, signifies it is time to plan an expedition to this Tuesday’s Boalsburg Farmers Market. All the usual products available at the indoor market will be available from 2:00 to 6:00 PM at the Boalsburg Fire Hall. Cow-a-Hen Farm will be bringing hot sausage again for the first time in many weeks. Eden View will have its delicious chicken or beef meat pies and sprouted breads and bagels. Lots of other good things to eat, of course, including apples, salmon, wine, bread, soup, raw milk, and cheeses.

March 22 – Forest Habitat Project Discussion & Penns Valley Conservation Association Meeting

PVCA will hold its spring meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday March 22 in the Penns Valley High School cafeteria, featuring a panel discussion on the early successional forest wildlife habitat project in Georges Valley. PDF Flier – PVCA March 22 Flier. A dessert potluck will follow. If you’d like to make a tasty contribution, feel free to do so, but it is not required.

March 27 – Climate Change Discussion with Michael Mann 

(From Ed Perry of National Wildlife Federation)

WHAT: A gathering of like-minded people to discuss issues related to climate change and clean energy over beverages and hors d’oeuvres. WHEN: March 27, 2012, 7:00 p.m. WHERE: Boalsburg Fire Hall, 113 W Pine St. Boalsburg

Climate deniers are stepping up their attacks on climate scientists. Dr. Michael Mann has been a favorite target, mainly because he has been outspoken about the impending peril to our natural systems unless we begin breaking our addiction to dirty fossil fuels. Dr. Mann will give a short presentation about his new book: The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches From The Front Lines. I just bought the book and found it fascinating to read about the lengths the denial machine will go to, to discredit climate scientists. Although there is plenty of climate science in the book, it’s more about the attacks on climate science and Dr. Mann’s tireless efforts to bring the truth to the public. Dr. Mann has graciously agreed to sign copies of his new book, so bring your copy with you. Please also bring snacks such as chips, pretzels, cheese and other finger food to share, along with your favorite beverage. After Dr. Mann’s presentation I’ll give a brief update about EPA’s new greenhouse gas rules and we can then discuss actions we need to take.

April 19 – 22 – Transition Conference in Blairstown NJ

(From Betsy Green at Egg Hill Gardens)

An Introduction to Deep Transition: From Oil Dependency to Community Resilience, with Michael Brownlee, Lynette Marie Hanthorn and Miriam MacGillis

April 19 – April 22 (Thursday, 7 pm – Sunday, 4 pm) at Genesis Farm, Blairstown, NJ Program Cost: $285; Meals: $65 (3 lunches, 2 dinners); Limited lodging available; $55/night, includes breakfast. PUBLIC TALK: The Transition Movement Meets the Local Food Revolution, with Michael Brownlee, Monday, April 23, 7-9 p.m. at the Genesis Farm Library; No cost; donations welcome.

At the Training for Transition course you will:

  • Learn to describe the challenges of peak oil, climate change, and economic instability in ways that bring people together and inspire positive action.
  • Explore ways of increasing community resilience and creating plans of action out of a deeper understanding of the dynamics of the natural world.
  • Receive tools for community outreach, education and creating shared vision.
  • Learn ways to work with obstacles that have prevented our communities from responding to the challenges.
  • Learn how to facilitate community collaboration supporting existing leadership and expanding the number and diversity of people involved.
  • Meet others in your region who share your concerns and want to transition to greater stability and security.
  • Become a part of a rapidly growing positive, inspirational, global movement!

Who should attend? People interested in learning ways to transition their community, those already creating a Transition Initiative who want to network and deepen their work and those who seek a deeper integration of Transition with the dynamics of the Universe Story. For more information or to register, please email visit our website  or call 908-362-6735

CELDF Statement on Act 13

[State College citizens adopted a CELDF-inspired fracking ban by ballot initiative in November 2011. – KW]

(From the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund)

Last month, the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed H.B. 1950 (Act 13) – stripping municipal governments across the state of any last vestige of local control around shale gas drilling and fracking.

This comes as communities across the Marcellus Shale are rising up in opposition to drilling and fracking.

CELDF is organizing in communities across the region, assisting them to assert their right to local self-government by adopting ordinances and Home Rule Charter amendments banning these practices and instituting local Bills of Rights to protect residents, their communities, and nature.

Here is a link to our statement about the legislature’s pre-emption and how we are working with communities to assert their authority to local self-governance. Questions about how to get involved? Contact us at or 717-498-0054.

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