Flotsam & Jetsam – April 8, 2012

Upcoming Events:

  • April 9, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.,  “An Evening about Spring Creek.”  Centre County Courthouse Annex, 108 S. Allegheny Street, Bellefonte, PA.
  • April 10Boalsburg Tuesday Farmers Market 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Boalsburg Fire Hall- Preview by Jim Eisenstein – “Customers at last week’s Boalsburg Indoor Farmers Market enjoyed the excellent playing of the Tussey Mountain Moonshiners while they shopped for products for our local vendors.  This week’s market will offer our regular products for this time of year.  There is still Alaska salmon from Wild for Salmon, but supplies are running low. Bill Calahan told us he is featuring “slimeless beef” next week.  You will also find fresh free range eggs, raw milk and cheeses, and increasing supplies of fresh spinach, lettuce, onions, chard, kale, arugula, spicy greens, and spring salad mix, along with deserts, breads, prepared foods, and local wines.   This week, Richard Sleigh will sing and play from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.  We hope to see you there.”
  • April 12Disappearing Bees: An Update on the Search for Prime Suspects. Public lecture by Maryann Frazier, Entomology, at 12:15 p.m. at Schlow Library in State College. Part of the Research Unplugged series.
  • April 13Energy Management for Institutions – Workshop in Lewisburg, 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. – “Driving down the energy use of a hospital or university holds lessons for everyone. Because they operate as little cities, their energy management challenges are similar to those faced by municipalities, municipal authorities, manufacturers, housing complexes, and commercial businesses—all rolled into one…”
  • April 14Appalachian Outdoors Spring Outdoor Expo – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. – 100 block of South Allen St. in State College.
  • April 14Webster’s Bookstore Cafe – Grand Re-opening Celebration
  • April 14Marcellus Shale Public Issues Forum, 9 a.m. -3 p.m.. Guest speaker will be Dr. Richard Alley. Pre-register by Tuesday, April 10 noon on Thursday, April 12. (Registration extended.)
  • April 15Earth Day Birthday – 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Millbrook Marsh Nature Center, Puddintown Road, State College. A free family event.  Visit displays from local environmental organizations, enjoy crafts events, food, kids activities, and more.
  • April 16– Transition Town State College meeting to discuss creating “A Guide for the First Year of Local Food” at 7 p.m., Room 241, State College Borough Building, 243 South Allen St. for those who would like to learn more about and help develop the Guide. More info in Jeff D’Angelo’s report on TTSC’s April 3 local food discussion.
  • April 16 – 20Earth Week at PSU – Help the Blue and White go green! Penn State will be offering recycling tours, education films and a presentation by E.O. Wilson entitled “The Social Conquest of Earth.” The week’s activities will culminate in  a large Earth Day Celebration on Friday, April 20, 2012 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Alumni Hall in the HUB-Robeson Center sponsored by the Campus Sustainability Office, Center for Sustainability, Office of Student Affairs and others, featuring leaders from around Penn State dedicated to teaching the community about being Earth-friendly.
  • April 21ClearWater Conservancy Watershed Cleanup Day. Contact Nick Schipanski at (814) 237-0400.
  • April 27 & 28 – Centre County Household Hazardous Waste Collection – insecticides, weed killers, cleaners, CFL bulbs, etc.
  • April 30Confronting the Climate Change Denial Machine – Panel Discussion, 7 p.m. at 101 Thomas Building at PSU.
  • May 15 – 19 – Business Alliance for Living Local Economies – Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
  • May 19 – 24West Branch Sojourn – 6 day canoe/kayak trip down the Susquehanna River.
  • May 26 – 28Age of Limits Conference in Artemas PA. Conversations with John Michael Greer, Carolyn Baker, Dmitri Orlov, Gail Tverberg, Thomas Whipple.

Announcements:

Open Source Permaculture – Fundraising Campaign (project based in Prague, Czech Republic)

“My name is Sophia Novack and I am currently leading a crowdfunding campaign to support the creation of Open Source Permaculture, which consists of a Q&A website and wiki, as well as a free Urban Permaculture Guide eBook. My vision is to create a comprehensive online resource, so anyone and everyone wanting to create more sustainability in their home or community can have all the resources and support they need at their fingertips. For two years I have maintained the Permaculture Media Blog and Permaculture Directory, one of the web’s most comprehensive and free resources for Permaculture educational materials and course listings around the globe. To learn more about the campaign, please see the website.”

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) – Organic Initiative Buzz Group

NCRS has created an Organic Buzz Group to share information about NRCS Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Organic Initiative. Buzz group participants will receive program updates, news releases, and other information related to the EQIP Organic Initiative. NRCS set aside $50 million in financial assistance under the EQIP Organic Initiative. Organic growers, growers transitioning to organic, and growers  exempt from organic certification may use the funds install conservation practices on their land. Nutrient management, conservation crop rotation, residue management, cover crops, and conservation buffers are practices that help meet requirements of an Organic System Plan (OSP). The last opportunity to submit an application for 2012 funding is June 1. If you are interested in the opportunities offered through the Organic Initiative, contact your local NRCS Service Centers to complete an application. .

Funding for farmers seeking organic certification

From the Columbia County Conservation District: The Pocono Northeast Resource Conservation & Development Council is pleased to provide a funding opportunity to farmers, who wish to become certified USDA Organic. This funding is available to those living in the following counties: Carbon, Columbia, Wayne, Pike, Monroe, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Northumberland, Montour, Schuylkill. Council will reimburse farms for 25% of the fees associated with the certification process up to a total of $250. You may use any USDA certifying organization. To be considered, Applicants must be “New” applicants, and must have begun the certification process between 04/01/2012 and 06/15/2012. Applicants must provide an itemized listing and proof of fees associated with this process. A copy of the USDA Organic Certificate will be required at the end of the process. Applicants must complete process and have been certified by 06/15/2012. PNERCD Application Form. Completed applications for reimbursement should be mailed to: Pocono Northeast Resource Conservation & Development Council, 1300 Old Plank Road, Mayfield, PA 18433. If you have any questions regarding the 25% reimbursement process, please contact Sue at 570-234-3577 or sue@pnercd.org.

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