Jumble – March 26, 2012

TONIGHT (March 26) North Central Region PASA Potluck

Monday, March 26, 2012 6-9:00pm at Jeremiah’s (above the Bullfrog Brewery), 224 W. 4th St. Williamsport PA 17701

Please bring a dish to share as well as your own table service/cup. We invite all North Central PASA members, friends and family to join us for fine food to eat, as well as fine food for thought. This annual potluck celebration is always a great time to reconnect with other producers in the region and see what’s going on in our neck of the woods. This year, the educational spotlight will feature a presentation by John Tewksbury on some of the farm-to-school work he has done at the Muncy School District. Remember to bring business cards or brochures to share with other PASA members. Bring a new friend or co-worker to introduce them to the PASA gang. For more info, call Leah Tewksbury, 570-437-2620

March 27 – Highlights at the Tuesday Indoor Boalsburg Farmers Market

(From Jim Eisenstein) This Tuesday, the Indoor Boalsburg Farmers Market will again feature some of the first fresh greens of the season. Clan Stewart will have baby lettuce and spinach (and some fruit pies), Eden View will bring its first spring salad mix, and Jade Family Farm will have baby spinach, baby kale, tender young kale, spring salad mix, parsnips and possibly more. Last week, Beiler family farm sold out of its goose eggs, but there will be more this week. As usual, breads, wild salmon, cheese, raw milk, and other good things to eat will be available. If you love apples, Way Fruit Farm still has them, along with cider. This week, music will be provided by Steve Crawford from 4:00 to 5:30. The market runs from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the Boalsburg Fire Hall, 113 West Pine Street, Boalsburg.

March 27 – Spring Creek Homesteading Family Potluck

Informal, family-friendly monthly community potlucks for people interested in strengthening the local food system to share meals and build friendships, organized by the Spring Creek Homesteading Fund and the Borough of State College Public Works department.

All potlucks will be held in the Community Room (201) at the State College Borough building, 243 South Allen Street from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Online signups or call 237-0996/email katherine_watt@hotmail.com)

March 27 – Clean Energy/Climate Change Discussion Group Meeting

(From Ed Perry) “Clean Energy and Climate Change enthusiasts are invited to a gathering of like-minded people to learn about and discuss issues related to climate change and clean energy over beverages and hors d’oeuvres. Please feel free to BYOB or any other beverages, and some small snack to share. – March 27, 2012, 7:00 p.m., Boalsburg Fire Hall, 113 W Pine St. Boalsburg

As you may have noticed, climate deniers have stepped 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.

Moreover, the Environmental Protection Agency is getting ready to publish the first ever rule to reduce industrial carbon pollution from new sources. We have to get ready for the fossil fuel industry and their allies in congress who will put on a full court press to stop EPA. I’ll give you an update on that.

SPEAKERS: Dr. Michael 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 raced through it in two days. I 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 deception and outright lies from the denial machine. His explanation of the issue and the science behind it is riveting. But these attacks by the fossil fuel industry are not unexpected because the future of their industry is in jeopardy if we begin transitioning to renewable energy. Dr. Mann has graciously agreed to sign copies of his new book, available from Amazon or Barnes and Noble, so bring your copy with you.

Sylvia Neely, from Interfaith Power and Light, will briefly discuss the moral implications of our failure to take action to reduce carbon emissions and how the nation’s least responsible for climate change will pay the heaviest price.

And to wrap this all up, Bob Potter, a dedicated activist from Boalsburg, will help us get organized by leading a discussion about what we can do, individually and collectively, to reduce the threat of climate change. Although each of us can do something to reduce our carbon footprint, legislation at the national level that reduces industrial carbon pollution will be the key to reducing the threat that climate change poses to our way of life.”

News from Way Fruit Farm

…Well, by our records, we are officially 4 weeks ahead of average when it comes to spring activity. We have apricot trees that have blossomed, peach trees that are so close and apple trees that are moving quickly! Right now this activity is fine, but we’re keeping a close eye on the weather forecasts and hoping for the warm weather to continue. Too many cold nights or one really cold night (below 26 degrees) could wreak havoc with our fruit trees.

So, here’s to good luck and hoping you enjoy the beautiful spring weather, flowers blooming in your backyard and Easter fun to come…

Let the Way Bakery help you have a “Hoppy” Easter this year! Stop in or call ahead to order the following items by Wednesday, April 3rd for Friday or Saturday (4/5 or 4/6) pickup. Items available but in limited quantities if not ordered ahead.

  • Pies: Apple, Apple Walnut, Apple Brown Betty, Banana Cream, Coconut Cream, Blueberry, Cherry, Black Cherry, Peach, Pecan, Peach Melba, Red Raspberry, and Blackberry.
  • No Sugar* added pies: Apples, Blueberry, Peach (*Equal sweetener used)
  • Nut rolls & Cookies: Mini Walnut rolls(1/2 doz.) & Iced Sugar cookies (4pks)
  • Dinner Rolls: Potato or Wheat (1/2 and full dozens)
  • Bread: White, Wheat, Marble Rye, Multigrain, Six grain, Italian with seeds, Vegetable Herb, Raisin, Cranberry Walnut
  • Local Ham: Whole ham, 1/2 ham- bone-in (Butt or Shank ends), Boneless Ham nuggets (Please specify approximate lbs. desired for all hams)

Reminder: Apple Tree Trimming Demonstration Day: March 31 at 10:30 a.m. FREE to all; bring your trimmers and meet in the farm store lobby.

Stay tuned for our annual Apple Blossom Festival. With the way this spring is moving forward, we will be watching closely, but don’t know how much notice we’ll be able to give you before scheduling the event for the peak of the blossoms in our orchards!

NJ & PA Farmers Grant Funds Available for Farm Merchandising & Customer Service Training

Workforce Development Grant applications are being accepted for a grant
request focusing on agriculture training needs. Farms with full and part-time employees can submit a simple application to request training that will be delivered by farm marketing & industry experts. Examples include:

  • Food & Farm Merchandising & Display Techniques
  • Farm Stand & Market Customer Service Strategy
  • Food Safety in Farm Markets
  • Effective Communication for Farm Marketers

Please contact jonathan@nationalrestaurantconsultants.com or call 585-750-0182. For more information please visit the website.

April 11 – Expanding Your Farmers Market Customer Base

(From Ann Stone at PA-Women’s Agricultural Network)

Expand Your Customer Base through WIC, EBT, & BuyFresh BuyLocal Programs at Your Farmers’ Market – April 11, 2012, 1:00-4:00 p.m., Penn State Extension Office, 152 East Market Street, Room 3, Lewistown, PA 17044, Mifflin County

Greater numbers of people are qualifying for assistance programs due to job loss and an aging population. These people are in need of access to healthy, fresh produce. A great number of people are becoming more interested in knowing where their food is coming from and who is growing it.

  • Cheryl Burns, Outreach Specialist for Capital RC&D will explain the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) programs and how to implement these at the Farmers Market. She will explain the fundamentals of the system and the benefit to low-come persons who would like to bring more healthy produce into the meals.
  • Melissa Bishop, Nutrition Education Coordinator for Family Health Council of Central PA, Inc. and Shana Meiser, Manager of the WIC Program in Lewistown, will discuss how Farmers Market Nutrition was established in 1993 to provide fresh fruits and vegetables from farmers to WIC Participants.  The program provides checks to WIC participants to purchase locally grown fruits and vegetables between June 1 and November 30.  Pregnant and postpartum women, breastfeeding mothers, and children age 2 by December 31 of that year are eligible to receive checks.  They will review how the checks are issued, WIC client education when they are issued and what WIC has tried to increase redemption.
  • Megan Epler from the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture will discuss how the Buy Fresh Buy Local Program can benefit local Farmers Markets in promoting their products to people who are searching for locally grown produce. These people value the benefits of produce grown locally and brought fresh to markets by the farmers who grew it but may be accustomed to locating information through other sources than radio and newspapers.

This is a free event. Registration is required. Space is limited to 30 so we encourage you to register soon.

Starting April 14 – Introduction to Organic Vegetable Production Series

(From Penn State Extension) How-to’s of production for new and aspiring organic vegetable farmers.  – Second Saturdays – April 14 to September 8, 2012 9:00 AM 4:00 PM – Allentown, PA and Surrounding Farms

Are you planning to make the leap from vegetable gardening to production for profit? Are you in the first few years of organic vegetable production and ready to refine your techniques to optimize your production and profit? This course is for you.

At all experience levels, efficiency, planning, appropriate and effective tools are key. The objective of this course is to introduce aspiring and new vegetable producers to diverse production strategies and provide a framework for effective farm production planning. This course will cover

  • soil preparation,
  • seeding,
  • transplanting,
  • weed management,
  • pest management
  • farm planning.

Morning classroom sessions will include presentations by Penn State Extension educators and from experienced farmers, film presentation of weed control and other techniques, and interactive discussion. In the afternoon we will move to the field where the Lehigh County Agricultural Incubator and local farms will serve as living classrooms. Participants will try new techniques and tools appropriate for both the small and large farm.

This is part of a six part, monthly series. Second Saturdays each month. Registration required. Please see the attached course brochure and registration form (2012 Organic Vegetable Production) or visit our website . For more information about this workshop, please contact Tianna DuPont at tdupont@psu.edu or 610-746-1970.

April 14 – Appalachian Outdoors Spring Outdoor Expo

Saturday April 14 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. – South Allen Street in State College. Expo Flier. Also taking place on April 14 & 15 is the Banff Mountain Movie Festival at the State Theatre. Start time on both days is at 7 p.m. The Outdoor Expo will take place in conjunction with the first ever State College Spring Festival. Allen street will be closed to house all of our outdoor community groups and much more!

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