Taking Stock – July 12, 2012

So, I’ve been working a lot the last few weeks, trying to pull together the strands of things that have been happening around Centre County over the last few years in the local food and economic relocalization domains.

It’s been a sort of inventory-ing. What’s in place? What should we try to put in place next?

One result has been the upheaval at the blog. I’ve pulled off a lot of information. For the straightforward info, I’m reformatting it as easily-printable documents. For the ongoing projects, I’m rewriting the background information as narratives with photographs – basically case studies.

Both sets of documents will be filed under the “Big Picture” tab at the top of the blog, and both sets will be subject to ongoing revision because these are all evolving, growing projects and social networks.

I’m also working to compile the information into a single, longer story to create a document useful for Centre County’s eating population, and for the subset of people who concern themselves with ensuring stability in regional food supplies, perceive economic and environmental challenges ahead, and are preparing to meet those challenges.

It’s all in very rough form right now; I estimate it’ll take a few months to really pull it together.

So…after two years exploring the Centre region, trying to find out who’s already working on relocalization and what they’ve been building, what have we got in place as this grand resiliency adventure continues to unfold?


  • Home gardeners
  • Home cooks
  • Farmers
  • Farmers market organizers
  • Community Supported Agriculture farmers & subscribing members
  • Restaurant and institutional chefs and cooking staffs
  • Cooking Instructors
  • Food bank organizers
  • Backyard beekeepers
  • Backyard chickenkeepers
  • Herbalists
  • Master Gardeners
  • Community garden managers
  • Penn State students (Landscape Architecture, Community, Environment & Development
  • Penn State faculty researchers (food security, biofuels, solar energy)
  • Bakers
  • Butchers
  • Fish-farmers
  • Pasta-makers
  • Grocers
  • Cafe and restaurant shopkeepers
  • Cheese shopkeepers
  • Bike shopkeepers & bike repair-people
  • Carpenters
  • Plumbers
  • Potters
  • Laborers and landscapers
  • Nurses, Nurse Practitioners
  • Doctors, Physicians Assistants
  • Dentists, Dental Hygienists
  • Publishers
  • Writers
  • Poets
  • Painters
  • Sculptors
  • Actors
  • Musicians
  • Theater organizers

Physical Assets

  • Sufficient average annual rainfall, historically
  • Reservoirs
  • Water treatment plants
  • Water delivery system infrastructure
  • Sewage treatment system infrastructure
  • Fertile soils
  • Forests
  • Microorganisms engaged in nitrogen fixing, composting and other essential services
  • Bees and other pollinators
  • Birds and other pest control providers
  • Crop-suitable average temperatures during the growing season, historically
  • Home gardens & gardening tools
  • Home kitchens & cooking equipment
  • Community gardens
  • Church gardens
  • Church kitchens
  • Home carpentry workshop tools
  • Farms
  • Farm equipment
  • Vacant privately-owned lots
  • Sunny parcels in publicly-owned parks
  • Wild edibles
  • Built environment – Buildings containing large quantities of scavengeable materials such as brick, metals, stone and glass.

Civic & Business Organizations providing Goods and Services

  • Farms
  • Farmers Markets
  • On-farm markets
  • Farm Supply and Hardware Stores
  • Food banks
  • Garden clubs and classes
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Gardening columns in newspapers and magazines
  • Cooking columns in newspapers and magazines
  • Energy audit/insulation/geothermal/solar energy installation firms
  • Backyard gardens
  • Community gardens
  • Annual seed and seedling sales
  • Plant nurseries
  • Cooking classes
  • Sports clubs
  • Poetry and book clubs
  • Knitting and quilting clubs
  • PSU Agricultural Extension programs
  • Annual Grange Fair
  • PASA  – year-round on-farm education, land-lease services, and legislative advocacy; annual sustainable ag conference
  • Annual PCO Organic Farm Fest
  • Permaculture design services
  • Home and business garden installation and maintenance services
  • Renovation/adaption contractors (converting historic buildings for re-use, and re-using building materials)
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One Response to Taking Stock – July 12, 2012

  1. Tracey Coulter says:

    Admittedly it’s a personal (and professional bias), but I think our forests should be included in our list of physical assets. They are whence our water comes, heat many of our homes, provide recreation and cool refuges on hot days, materials for our art and construction, and by framing our valleys – a sense of place.


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