Scrapple – April 21, 2012

Tait Farm Spring Classes & Events

Tait Farm is supporting PASA with a fundraiser through May 15, so please consider shopping online! Or, stop by the Harvest Show, which now has plants, trees, and bushes for your home garden. Stop by now for herb and vegetable seedlings, bare root strawberries and asparagus crowns

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

  • 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.

April 28 – Transition Town State College Potluck 

TTSC’s Second Birthday Social & Potluck will be held Saturday April 28, 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at 2929 Buffalo Run Rd, Bellefonte PA. Bring a dish to share (optional); a chair or blanket; friends and family, children are welcome! Desserts and beverages will be provided, feel free to bring a side dish. Carpooling encouraged.


  • 4:00 – 5:00 – Arrival at the farm, social
  • 5:00 – 6:00 – Dinner
  • 6:00 – 6:15 – Introductions, orientation to Transition Towns
  • 6:15 – 7:00 – Breakout Sessions (energy, foods, inner transition…)
  • 7:00 – 8:00 – Social time

RSVP please with how many are attending, how many children are attending and ages. Call Barbara and John Fisher at 814-353-1088.

April 30 – PSU Panel on “Changing the Moral Climate on Climate Change”

On April 30 at 7 p.m. in Room 101 Thomas Building at Penn State’s University Park campus, a group of esteemed Penn State faculty and one graduate student/lecturer will confront the climate change denial machine. More info at Peter Buckland’s Sustainability Now! Radio blog.

Respond by May 1 – PSU Cellar Market – Volunteers Needed

(From Kate Ayers via Scott DiLoreto via Josh Lambert) – As many of you have supported the Horticulture Cellar Market in the past and have enjoyed its convenience, we believe there may be enough interest to continue its presence here on campus. Due to the recent budget cuts, there are no longer funds to support the staff that had previously managed it and it will be closed for the season.

However, the PSU horticulture farm still grows much of the produce, which supplied it. In order to continue the Cellar Market for this summer, volunteers are needed to plant, maintain and harvest the vegetables and fruits sold at the Market. With enough support the Market could remain open on campus, at least for 2012, and continue supplying fresh delicious produce as it had in the past.  The Cellar Market would be open from June through September – Wednesday afternoons from 12:30 to 5:00 pm.

Not only is this an educational opportunity in food production and a fun thing to do on an afternoon, but also a way to support student and community-run local agriculture. It would require availability one day a week at the Horticulture Research Farm, Rock Springs and be paid in some fresh veggies and fruits of the week for your help!

If you are interested in volunteering some time this summer at the Hort Farm or at the market please reply as soon as possible. Please send any replies to Kate Ayers, including best weekdays, and number of weeks a month you are available. In order to reopen the market, adequate interest and availability must be known before May 1 to allow for planning.

May 5 – Native Plant Festival

(From Jean Najjar) –

May 12 – Bucknell Renewable Energy Workshop

Registration is now open for the Bucknell Solar Scholars Renewable Energy Workshop, Saturday, May 12 at 9:00 am at the Elaine Langone Center Forum

Join us to learn more about:

  • How global markets are making renewable energy technologies more affordable
  • How energy auditing can reduce your overall energy demands
  • How renewable energy technologies like solar PV, solar thermal, and small scale wind power can be strategically integrated into your home or business
  • How community-wide programs are working to make renewable energy more accessible
  • How renewable energy demonstration projects can be used in the K-12 and college classroom

Open to the public. Registration Instructions. Discount if postmarked by Friday May 4. For assistance with registration, please contact Carol High at 570-577-1490

May 15 & 17 – 2012 Agroforestry Training Workshops

(From Charlie White) – Registration is FREE if postmarked before April 30.  See attached brochure for registration instructions. Agroforestry Brochure 2012

May 15 – Rock Springs, PA (Ag Progress Days location);  May 17 – Mifflintown, PA (Village Acres and Blue Rooster Farms)

What is Agroforestry? Agroforestry includes practices, which combine forest and farm management to help achieve economic and environmental objectives. These workshops will provide an opportunity to learn how to integrate agroforestry practices such as forest farming, riparian buffers, windbreaks, and silvopasturing into farm and forest enterprises.

Who should attend? Natural resource professionals, foresters, agency personnel, conservation districts, forest landowners and farmers.

What will the workshops cover? Each workshop will take advantage of local expertise and field opportunities to show case specific agroforestry practices.

If you have questions, please contact via email: Tracey Coulter: or Eric Burkhart: Sponsored by:US Forest Service, Chesapeake Bay Program, PA Bureau of Forestry,Penn State Cooperative Extension and Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center

May 31 Scholarship App Deadline – Farm to Cafeteria Conference in Vermont

(From Ted Palada at PASA) The 6th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference: Digging In! is now accepting scholarship applications!

The conference will bring representatives from all sectors of Farm to Cafeteria to Burlington, Vermont August 2-5 for four days of education, conversations and fun. There will be skill-building short courses, field trips to innovative Vermont farms and institutions, a diverse workshop program, and plenty of opportunities to network with inspiring individuals from across the country.

The Farm to Cafeteria movement is being shaped shaped by diverse communities across the country and beyond. Conference events and workshops will reflect a broad range of perspectives and experiences, with participants coming from culturally and geographically diverse locales.

The scholarship deadline is May 31, and award notifications will be made on June 18. In addition to scholarships, a limited number of volunteer positions are also available. Visit the conference website for more information or to fill out an application. Conference registration open May 7. The conference is hosted by the National Farm to School Network in collaboration with the local host, Vermont Food Education Every Day.

June 14 – 16 – Food Co-op Initiative Conference in Philadelphia

Food Co-op Initiative workshops for startup organizers will include:

  • Facilitated panel discussion for startup organizers
  • Case study panel featuring a newer (open) food co-op
  • Using internet technology to make organizing more effective
  • Save time and money by hiring a membership & marketing coordinator
  • Mobile markets– an low capital option for supporting marginal markets

More info and conference registrationEarly bird pricing (before May 11): $735 NCBA members and $815 nonmembers. Each year, approximately 20 people attend CCMA on scholarships from the Howard Bowers Fund. For scholarships to CCMA, contact

PA- Interfaith Power & Light – April  Newsletter

(From Jon Brockopp)

  • Earth Hour parties on March 31 were a great success. PA IPL friends gathered in Meadville, Altoona, State College and Harrisburg, raising over $1,200 for our energy efficiency work. See pictures here.
  • Volunteers Weatherizing Homes – On Saturday, April 14, Penn State IPL again sent volunteers to the community to weatherize and to plant community gardens. At the House of Care, they built simple frames to fit over leaky basement windows. House of Care director Audrey Smith wrote: “This will help us to save a substantial amount on our heating and cooling bills! The money saved can be spent on groceries and activities and staffing to improve the quality of life for our residents.”  Want to start a similar project in your area? We’d love to help. Contact Cricket, either by email or at the PA IPL office (814-876-2597) to get started. We also have zero-interest loans available for member congregations to help finance larger projects.
  • Make every day Earth Day – This Earth Day – April 22 – why not plant a garden? PA-IPL has the resources you need to sow now for a Cool Harvest. Gardens are a great way to reduce your carbon footprint – not only do you get the pleasure of growing your own food, you also reduce the demand for carbon-intensive agriculture. Click here for more information on this program from IPL national.
  • Three PA IPL members are riding their bikes to our nation’s capitol – On April 27, PA IPL supporters will send off three cyclists on a 200-mile, 4-day trek from State College to DC. Along the way they will be stopping in congregations, colleges and community centers to talk about: responding to climate change as a moral issue; energy efficiency; and alternative transportation, like riding bikes. It’s a great way to reduce carbon, and it’s healthy for you! Check out our website and join us on April 27 at 4 p.m. in front of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in State College (corner of Fraser and Foster); we will be blessing the riders and joining them for the first few miles of their journey – bring your bike! So far, the riders have raised over $1,300 for PA IPL…
  • Database Manager Job Opening – Our membership is growing and we need professional help. Click here for the full ad – applications received by May 4 will receive full consideration.
  • Interfaith Climate Action Gathering on May 20 from 4-7 p.m. in Pittsburgh at the Community of Reconciliation. PA IPL is co-sponsoring this event with the Citizens’ Climate Corps. The cost is $5 and includes a light dinner.
  • PA-IPL – Annual Meeting in Harrisburg. October 14 – We have big plans for our Annual Meeting and Conference on October 14 in Harrisburg. Joining us will be Prof. Richard Alley and Rev. Fletcher Harper…

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