Salmagundi – March 29, 2012

Intriguing essay on “the limits of urgency” at Fleeing Vesuvius

(By Sharon Te Apiti Stevens) – “…I no longer remember the name or the allegiance of the theologian who, two decades ago, persuaded me that we have a moral imperative to love the era we have been born into. It goes against the grain of environmentalist discourse, but to love our Earth means to love the inheritance our parents have given us. It also means to love the inheritance we will leave for our children, casting off the moral discourse of right and wrong that saturates environmentalism. To overcome the sequestration of experience and to free ourselves from the deadly routines of our lives; to stop using our energy to feed regret and fear, anger and shame; we need to open ourselves to what is. The Earth that is. The society that is.

What is, not what we wish that we and those before us had chosen. We are called to love our era, and love this moment, now; to stop regularly, as Eckhart Tolle urges in A New Earth, and remember to be present in the day. To Breathe. To take our shoes off and tune our feet to tell us whether we are standing on soil or on dirt. To take time to see others as persons, not as systemic functions, even when we have been brought together with them by an organisation for organisational purposes.

We cannot make more or less time, but we can change our experience of it. This requires solitude, reflexivity, nurture…”

Worm Composting - Feb. 18, 2012

Worm Composting Resource Links

(From Justin Eleazer, instructor for Feb. 18 workshop) – Here’s some resources to send out.

  • Red Worm Composting  – Overall resource site.
  • Northwest Red Worms  – Great site with information about red worm systems. Owner produced the castings harvester we used in class, and sells systems and harvesters online.
  • Worms Etc. – Another similar system that works like the old “pair of jeans” system I described, only more fancy.
  • Worm Power – Worms on a factory level scale. Castings for sale by the pound, crate, or truckload.
  • Soil Secret  – Located nearby, they also have decent scale, and sell their product through tons of local garden centers.
  • How to setup a bin (slide show)
  • How to set up a bin  (video)

Happy worming, e-mail me with questions – I will try to answer as fast as I can.

Gene Bazan in the Centre Daily Times (March 24, 2012)

Earth Hour at PSU March 31 – Eco-Action Celebration starts at 8:30 p.m.

(Forwarded by Ed Perry) – On Saturday, March 31, 2012, at 8:30 p.m., the exterior lights on Penn State’s Old Main will go out for Earth Hour 2012. Penn State is proud to participate in this global call to action by turning off decorative lighting at key campus landmarks. “We feel it is symbolically important to join in this worldwide effort to show the effect that many people, working together, can have on climate change,” says Steve Maruszewski, Assistant Vice President of Penn State’s Office of Physical Plant. In addition, decorative floodlights at the Lion Shrine, the Nittany Lion Inn, and the Information Sciences and Technology building will be shut-off.

…Penn State’s student environmental organization, Eco-Action has joined the fight against climate change for ‘Earth Hour’ 2012. Headed by ‘Earth Hour’ coordinator Sarina Katz, Eco-Action has made strides in promoting ‘Earth Hour’ as a community-wide event. This year ‘Earth Hour’ was officially proclaimed in State College by the Mayor and the Borough Council, and Eco-Action has been encouraging Businesses and students to engage with millions of others in this global event.

Join Eco-Action at 8:30 p.m., Saturday night, March 31 on the Old Main patio for an hour of entertainment and excitement! There will be performances by the Penn State International Dance Ensemble, ‘No String’s Attached’, the Songwriter’s Club, performing magicians, and the Juggling Club, as well as the launching of sky lanterns! As the lights of Old Main are turned off, candles, lanterns, and fire jugglers will light up the night in honor of this event.

Penn State will be joining over 5,200 cities in 135 countries in this event sponsored by the World Wildlife Fund. Other cultural icons that will go black include Chicago’s Sears Tower, The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, New York’s United Nations and Empire State Building, and the Eiffel Tower in Paris. What began as an effort in Sidney, Australia five years ago has grown into a worldwide celebration of people power to turn off unnecessary lighting.

Penn State encourages everyone to participate by turning off unnecessary Lighting. Your actions can help slow climate change. To learn how you and your organization can participate, visit the Earth Hour website. For further information contact Paul Ruskin at 814-863-9620 or

John Mangan Art Show Opening in Bellefonte – April 1

(From John Mangan) – Please  come on out and help me celebrate my Irish Roots. If you could be so kind and spread the word. Bring a Friend. There is a gorgeous digital photography show by husband and wife team, Jennifer Tucker and Jerry Lang, in the downstairs gallery and a group show in the tea room.

Green Man

John Cronin Mangan exhibiting Derg Corra “Man in Tree” at the Bellefonte Art Museum, Community Gallery, through the month of April. Mark your calendars for the opening reception on the FIRST SUNDAY — April 1, 1:00-4:30. Museum hours: Fridays, Saturdays and Sunday, 1:00-4:30 and by appointment. Location: 133 North Allegheny Street, Bellefonte, PA 16823

Village Acres Farm FoodShed – Community Cooking Class April 21

(From Good Food Neighborhood) – “…Intimidated by those roasts hiding in the back of your freezer?  Want to purchase meat more affordably by buying a quarter of beef but afraid you won’t know what to do with the various cuts?  Have questions about preparing grassfed/pastured meats? Join Julie Hurst of Blue Rooster Farm at the Village Acres Farm FoodShed for a demystifying overview of animal anatomy, some basic rules-of-thumb when it comes to meat preparation, and to sample some very simple roast recipes that will simplify your meal planning. Register at Village Acres Farm Registration is limited.

News from Clearwater Conservancy

March 22, 2012 e-newsletter:

May 12 – Houserville Spring Lawn Fete May 12

May 24 – Owens Farm Sunset Dinner

(From Caroline and David Owens) – We will be hosting our first Sunset Farm Dinner on Thursday, May 24 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. Our hay meadow will transform into a fresh air dining room for the evening, amidst rolling hills dotted with sheep. You’ll feast on our pastured Tamworth pork and grass-fed lamb, prepared by Chef Emma of Emma’s Food For Life Restaurant in Selinsgrove. The entire menu will be locally grown. Shade Mountain Vineyards from Snyder County will offer wine tasting, and have wine available for sale. Entertainment will be provided by…who else? Chicken Tractor, the Millheim-based band locally famous for their American Rural Music Style. Candid appearances by Hannah the Border Collie and other denizens of Owens Farm will spice up the evening. We are located 5 miles outside of Sunbury PA on the way to Riverside PA on Mile Post Rd.


  • Spinach salad with homecured bacon and Catalina dressing
  • Bread butter spread
  • Emma’s lamb stew
  • Pork loin roast with wild spring mushrooms
  • Grilled lemon dill asparagus
  • Twice baked potato with spinach and cheddar
  • Strawberry pie
  • Homemade ice cream

Seating will be at 6:00 p.m. Arrive at 5:00 if you would like a tour of the farm. Expect a short walk up a gravel road from the parking area. This event will be held rain or shine, thanks to a very large canopy. Tickets are $55, plus PA tax. Reservations are required, as seating is limited. For the online reservation screen, go through our website . For more info, call 570 898-6060.

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