Peeping in the Brooder Box – Issue #4 – UPDATED x2

Centre Region Permaculture Guild

Jackie Bonomo submitted a rough design for the Penns Valley Learning Garden permablitz project to Brian Burger and Julie Mason, and is coordinating follow-up site visits. The guild’s next meeting is 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, March 12 in Room 241 at the State College Borough Building (243 S. Allen St.) to review the permaculture design for the Penns Valley Learning Garden orchard, and talk over the blitz organization and events. Contact Jackie for more info (

State College Food Cooperative

Penn State CED 475 students finished drafting the food shopping market survey and have posted it online – entries must be submitted by April 1. (The students will also be collecting data on-street during the next few weeks)

The community group is scheduling its third planning meeting for the week of March 12. Contact Sarah ( or Elizabeth ( for more information.

Update March 11 from Sarah Potter – “It looks like the best time for our next co-op meeting will be this Monday, March 12 at 7pm at Schlow Library (look for a sign or ask at the front desk for exact location). I apologize for the short notice, but spring break made planning a little tricky. This week we will look at the business side of having a food co-op in the area, discuss case studies to help assess what has made food co-ops a success in similar communities as well as other ideas that you bring to the table. Look forward to seeing you there. If you RSVPed via doodle but are now unable to make it, please just send me a quick note so I can assess whether or not we should reschedule. Thanks!”

Also, PSU Landscape Architecture third-year students in Peter Aeschbach’s class are considering spacial analysis/public design projects related to indoor downtown farmer markets and town commons in State College. More information after the students return from spring break and finalize their project choices.

Friends Meeting Community Garden

State College Friends Meeting has offered Spring Creek Homesteading the opportunity to manage their community garden for the 2012 growing season, in cooperation with Friends members Doris Malkmus, Kevin Gombotz, Elina Snyder and Gary Fosmire. We’ll be meeting shortly to plan and coordinate site preparation including weed management, irrigation, mulching, fencing, layout, and gardener recruitment, aiming for a garden opening on or about April 21. Contact Katherine ( for more info and/or to get involved.

PSU Farm-to-Table

Laura Young has scheduled a March 28 meeting at her home for area farmers and PSU buyers to continue building relationships with each other, with a goal of increasing local food sales to Penn State dining halls. Contact Laura for more information (

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