Oddment – May 29, 2012

Cold Frames for Sale – Benefits Spring Creek Homesteading

We have two fundraiser cold frames left – $35 each. It’s not the right season for them, but if you buy them now, you’ll have them ready to go this fall! Email Josh Lambert to buy one or both.

News from Clearwater Conservancy (May 23 Edition)

News from Centre County Buy Fresh Buy Local (May 24 Edition)

News from Webster’s Bookstore Cafe (May 28 Edition)

New executive chef at Nittany Lion Inn will use local food options

(Article at PennStateLive; link forwarded by Erik Foley) – Chef Andrew Monk of The Sustainable Kitchen Catering & Supper Club is the new executive chef at the Nittany Lion Inn! Congratulations!

June 16 – Summer Solstice Celebration Benefitting Centre County Farmland Trust

June 21  – Soils Workshop in Lebanon PA

FROM THE GROUND UP! – Soil Assessment and Management for All Producers, All Farm Systems and All Farm Sizes. Two sessions:  9 a.m. to 12 Noon and 1 p.m. -3:15 p.m.  Attend either or the full day. Location: Bare Foot Organics Farm, 80 North Cornwall Road, Lebanon, PA  17042

Soil is a key component in the productivity and sustainability of a farming system.  How soil is managed impacts many aspects of an entire farming operation. This workshop will cover how to conduct soil tests and sustainably manage your soil from a number of perspectives including plant nutrients, diseases, beneficial and pest organisms and soil’s physical qualities. Whether you farm 500 acres or 5 acres, this hands-on workshop will give you the tools and knowledge to know how to improve — and where to improve your soil FROM THE GROUND UP! Email interest to: workshops@cpartnerships.com or request a brochure by calling 717-248-4901 Ext. 303

June 25 – Ray Najjar on Climate Change and the Chesapeake Bay

(From Ed Perry, National Wildlife Federation Climate Change Campaign) – 7 p.m. at the Boalsburg Fire Hall, 113 W Pine St.  Boalsburg. The speaker will be Dr. Raymond Najjar, Professor of Oceanography in the Department of Meteorology at Penn State. Dr. Najjar was appointed by former Governor Rendell to serve on the Science and Technical Advisory Committee for the Chesapeake Bay program. His task is to make sure they are using sound science for Bay restoration strategies. After Dr. Najjar’s presentation, let’s talk about some actions we can take individually, and as a community, to reduce the impacts of climate change, and to call attention to the fact that our elected representatives refuse to pass legislation that will move us to a clean energy future. As usual, feel free to bring your favorite beverage (beer, wine or soda, and some snacks to share).

Fracking spurs a municipal mutiny in Pennsylvania

Ben Price in the Philadelphia Inquirer:

…Given this long history of local preemption, it’s not surprising that turning to the legislature to protect communities from gas drilling and other potentially harmful activities has been fruitless. That war is over, and the oil and gas corporations won.

It’s time we learned from this history and stopped expecting any other outcome from Harrisburg. It’s time for a grassroots revolt aimed at enshrining the right to community self-government in the Pennsylvania Constitution, protecting local authority from the state.

The work begins in our communities, with the adoption of local laws and home-rule charters directly challenging the legal doctrines that subordinate communities to the legislature, as well as the privileges that protect corporations from democracy…

Community Rights Campaign Gearing Up in Ferguson Township

From Pam Steckler:

The constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania already guarantees us the right to clean air and water and a healthy environment for both us and future generations.  It is time for us to secure this right through a local rights based initiative.

If you know of anyone who might be interested in helping us get a referendum on the ballot in Ferguson Township for a Community Environmental Bill of Rights and Fracking Ban similar to what was passed in the Borough of State College this past November, please pass this message along.  We need volunteers to collect signatures on our petition beginning mid June through Aug. 6 and then in the fall, Oct. till election day Nov.6, to help get out yard signs and educate the public on the issue etc.

More info can be found at the Groundswell Campaign,  and at the Sierra Club Community Rights Activist Network – encouraging towns and municipalities within the state of Pennsylvania and the nation to secure a safe and clean environment in which to live and to recognize the rights of natural communities and ecosystems.”

Save the Dates

  • August 3 & 4- PA Certified Organic Farm Fest at the Grange Fairgrounds
  • September 8 – Light Step Right Step Festival in Downtown State College

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