Medley – March 19, 2012

Registration Open for Spring 2012 Reskilling Workshops

Workshops Spring 2012 – FLIER (Final as of 3/19/12) – One class date has been changed to avoid the Easter holiday weekend (soap-making, formerly scheduled for April 7, will now be held April 14). To sign up for workshops, please call (237-0996) or email (

  • Sun., April 1 – Heritage Seed Saving & Seed Starts – Friends Meeting House, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
  • Sat. April 14 – Making Solar Collectors for Solar Hot Water – Buffalo Run Road, Bellefonte – 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Sat. April 14 – Soap-Making – Friends Meeting House – 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Sun. April 15 – Lasagna Mulching Raised Beds – Friends Meeting House Community Garden – 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Sat. April 21 – Making Ravioli – Friends Meeting House – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Sun April 22 – Altering Secondhand Clothes – Friends Meeting House – 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Sat. April 28 – Herbal Tinctures and Oil Infusions – Friends Meeting House – 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Sun. May 6 – Backyard Chickens – Care & Feeding (Part 1 of 2) – Friends Meeting House – 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Sun. May 13 – Canning Strawberry Jam – Friends Meeting House – 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Sun. May 13 – Making Woven Potholders – Friends Meeting House – 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Sat. May 19 (RAIN DATE Sun. May 20) Hands-On Beekeeping – Warriors Mark or Zion – 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sat. May 26 – Intro to Hugelkultur – Matilda Ave, Lemont – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Sat. May 26 – Backyard Chickens – Building a Coop (Part 2 of 2) – Hamilton Ave., State College – 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Curious about “hugelkultur?”

(From Appropedia):  “Hugelkulture is the practice of composting large woody material to create a raised garden bed. It is a way of dealing with excess amounts of woody garden wastes, for example prunings, hedge clippings, brassica stems, or brashwood. The name comes from German – hügelkultur translates as “hill culture.”

The technique involves digging a circular trench about 1′ deep and 5′  wide, in the centre of which is dug another hole 1′  deep hole. The material is piled in. Turf (grass) is then stacked face down on top, then layers of compost, well rotted leaves and manure, etc as available. The layers break down slowly and creating rich humus over four or five years. It is claimed that this is ideal for growing hungry crops such as zucchinis (courgettes) or strawberries. As the years pass, the deep soil of the raised bed becomes incredibly rich and loaded with soil life. As the wood shrinks, it makes more tiny air pockets – so your hugelkultur becomes self tilling. The first few years, the composting process will slightly warm the soil giving a slightly longer growing season, in temperate and cold climates…”

What’s at the Boalsburg Market This Week?

March 20 – Tuesday Boalsburg Market – (From Jim Eisenstein) – The winter may have been milder than usual, but fresh milk and vegetables were not any more available. But wait!  The first products of spring will be offered at this Tuesday’s Boalsburg Farmers indoor market.  Jade Family Farm will have freshly harvested baby spinach and kale along with parsnips (its tribute to winter root vegetables), and Clan Stewart will have fresh spinach and lettuce.  And Clover Creek will have fresh raw milk. And if you are looking for something really unusual, Beiler Family Farm will bring a few goose eggs as well as its raw milk products.   As usual, you’ll find our regular offerings  — freshly dressed chickens (Bill Callahan says they will be dressed formally this week) and fresh cut pork, apples and potatoes, fresh breads and prepared dishes and soups, hand crafted cheeses and wine to go with it, and more.  The market opens at 2:00 PM and runs until 6:00 PM this Tuesday (March 20) at the Boalsburg Fire Hall.  Picker and Piper will be playing and singing old time favorites from 3:00 to 4:30.

Spring Farmers Markets – Opening Dates

  • The Friday State College Downtown Farmers Market is indoor now through April 27, 11:30am to 5pm; State College Borough Building, and returns outdoors to Locust Lane on May 4
  • Tuesday State College Downtown Farmers Market – Opens May 1 on Locust Lane
  • Old Gregg School Farmers Market (Spring Mills) – Open Saturdays, April 7 to May 5
  • Lemont Farmers Market – Opens May 9
  • Millheim Farmers Market – Open May 12
  • North Atherton Farmers Market – Open May 12

Tait Farm Spring Classes & Events

(Classes are held in the barn at Tait Farm and are free. Call to reserve your space, (814) 466-3411.)

  • March 24 – The Spring Table – 1 to 4PM Join us in the Harvest Shop for our “Welcome Spring” event to celebrate the signs and tastes of spring. Beautiful food, plants and other ‘Gifts from the Land’ will abound. This event is free and reservations are not necessary.
  • April 14 – CSA Information Day – 1 to 2:30PM Come learn about our Community Supported Agriculture Program known as “Community Harvest” (2011 CBICC Quality of Life Award Recipient). There will be a short tour of our agriculture and a discussion about membership.
  • April 14 – The Spring Garden – 10 to 11AM From cutting back perennials, to preparing the soil for planting annual flowers and vegetables, we will offer our best organic gardening techniques to help you get growing.
  • April 21 – Growing Culinary Herbs – 10 to 11AM Growing your own herbs is easy with a little bit of knowledge. The basics of growing and harvesting culinary herbs will be covered, including small space growing.
  • April 28 – Square Foot Gardening – 10 to 11AM Grow a lot of vegetables in a little bit of space. The basics of square foot gardening will be covered, including soil preparation, plant selection, successional planting and harvesting.
  • May 5 – Growing Great Tomatoes – 10 to 11 am Veteran tomato grower Pat Winterrowd will share her great tips on growing the best tomatoes, as well as selecting the most delicious varieties.
  • May 5 & 6 – The Gardener’s Open House – Our annual open house ushers in the growing season. We invite you to stop
  • by and be inspired by our incredible selection of plants and garden accompaniments for the kitchen and cottage gardener.
  • May 12 – Fabulous Floral Planters – 10 to 11 am Join florist Gretchen Staff and our own Deb MacManus for a creative morning that will explore the wide world of making beautiful floral planters.
  • June 9 – Hypertufa Containers – 10 to 11 am Our own Suzanne Grieb will lead this hands-on workshop on making hypertufa planters. Each participant will make their own planter to take home from the class. $15/person includes all materials, remember to call and save your space.
  • June 16 – Summer Solstice Celebration – 1 to 4PM Help save Farmland by attending this afternoon of local food and beverage sampling and Farmland Preservation Artist exhibition to benefit the Centre County Farmland Trust. Participating restaurants include Elk Creek Café + Aleworks, Harrison’s Wine Grill & Catering, Mt. Nittany Winery and Otto’s Pub & Brewery. Other on-site sponsors include ClearWater Conservancy, PASA and Buy Fresh Buy Local.

Wild, Medicinal Weed Walk in Spring Mills

May 8, 2012 – Wild, Medicinal Weed Walk, Chicory Lane Farm, Spring Mills, PA, 9:30 – 11:30 Rain or Shine – Enjoy a walk through native habitat with noted herbalist Jennifer Tucker. See medicinal plants growing in the wild and learn their uses. Some species have been reintroduced on this preserved farm property. Invasive plant species will be addressed. Dress in comfortable clothes & sturdy footwear. Parking is limited, please carpool if possible.Due to sensitive habitat, this tour is limited to 20. Free Admission. Pre-registration is required by calling Cassie at PASA. 814-349-9856, ext. 12

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