Congratulations & Hallelujah
- Congratulations to Friends & Farmers Co-op, for raising $1,010 toward a feasibility study through the Share-the-Harvest Feast at Greenmoore Gardens on October 20. CDT Coverage...More Feast Photos by Barbi Emel Photography at Facebook.
- Congratulations to Ferguson Township citizens on adopting the Environmental Bill of Rights on Election Day (Nov. 6), and to CRAFT (Community Rights Activists of Ferguson Township) for an excellent campaign. CDT Coverage.
- Congratulations to Ed Perry’s climate change campaign for the round table discussion held at Schlow Library on November 13. CDT Coverage.
- Hallelujah! Spring Creek Homesteading’s application for IRS tax-exempt nonprofit status FINALLY went out in the mail last Saturday, November 17! Thank you to Marc Sackett at Wigfield & Associates CPA firm, for reviewing the draft and recommending final revisions.
News from Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture
- PASA E-Newsletter – November 15, 2012 Edition
- “E-Farmony” – NPR Coverage of PASA’s Land-Lease Programs
News from Centre County Buy Fresh Buy Local
- CCBFBL E-Newsletter – November 17, 2012 Edition, including indoor fall market listing
- Saturdays: Bellefonte (9 a.m. to 12 p.m.)
- Saturdays: Old Gregg School(10 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
- Tuesdays: Boalsburg (2 p.m. to 6 p.m.)
November 20 – Boalsburg Indoor Farmers Market Preview
(From Jim Eisenstein)
Thanksgiving Dinner “Fixins” Festival at the Nov. 20 market, with sixteen vendors at the Boalsburg Fire Hall from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. featuring a variety of products for your Thanksgiving feast.
- You can order a fresh-dressed pasture-raised turkey by calling Bill Callahan of Cow-A-Hen Farm at 570-966-2678.
- Clover Creek has pastured raised whey-fed pork, raw milk, and a variety of cheeses.
- Tamarack Farms will have sage for your dressing and felted pumpkins for your table decorations.
- Try Ardry Farms potatoes for mashed potatoes or include their beautiful red cabbage on your menu.
- If you desire sweet potatoes, Jonas Beiler Family Farm has them.
- Patchwork Farm has organic leeks and peppers.
- For tasty hors d’oeuvres, consider soft cheeses from Stone Meadow and Wild for Salmon’s salmon spread.
- Clan Stewart offers both water cress and Brussels sprouts.
- Jade Family Farm will have over twenty organic vegetables, including a variety of greens, spinach, garlic, radishes, and turnips, and parsley for your dressing.
- You can get a variety of fresh hand-made pasta from Fasta Pasta.
- Bee Kind Winery will have both mulling spice for warmed wine and the wines to use them in.
- Gemelli’s will have delicious breads and desserts.
- Way Fruit Farm will bring a variety of good baking apples.
- Eden View will also feature a variety of baked desserts for Thanksgiving.
- And Byler Goat Dairy is featuring two pints of its pumpkin raw goat ice cream on sale at 20% off.
You can prepare a full Thanksgiving meal with all the ingredients fresh from Boalsburg Farmers Market vendors!
News from Way Fruit Farm
The Third Annual Harvest Festival will take place tonight at 5:30 pm in the Way Cafe. Come out and enjoy local music and Irish Step Dancing. Please bring a donation for the State College Food Bank for admission. The Way Cafe will be open for dinner and snacks throughout the evening. We hope to see you there!
- Wed., Nov. 21st: 8am – 7pm (Normal hours)
- Thurs., Nov. 22nd: Closed- Happy Thanksgiving!
- Fri., Nov. 23rd: 8am – 7pm (Normal hours)
- Sat., Nov. 24th: 8am -5pm (Normal hours)
December 1 – Beginner Meditation Workshop
Spring Creek Homesteading will offer a workshop at the State College Friends Meeting House called “Introduction to Buddhist Meditation: Living with Compassion and Wholeness in a Broken World.” The instructor has been a practicing Buddhist and student of meditation for 12 years. Workshop runs from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. To sign up, please call 237-0996 or email.
Dec. 1 & 2 – Central PA Guild of Craftsmen – Winter Craft Market
At Mount Nittany Middle School, 656 Brandywine Drive in State College, Open Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. “Shop for handmade items by over 75 artisans – jewelry, pottery, fiber, wood, mixed media, photography, painting, metal and more.” Food available. Free parking. Admission $3, kids under 12 free. More details.
Presented by the Millheim Business Community. Details at their website.
December 7 – Woman to Woman: Pay it Forward Farming Conference in State College
(From Ann Stone at PA-WAgN)
Through peer-to-peer education and idea sharing this event supports women in farming with lessons gained through experience. Whether you are a new & beginning farmer, aspiring farmer, woman farmer, seasoned farmer, ag professional, home gardener/homesteader, or informed consumer, “Woman to Woman: Pay It Forward” delivers presentations, workshops, panel discussions, and networking sessions that are guaranteed to amplify your passion for farming.
Breakout sessions feature workshops and panel discussions to increase your knowledge on a variety of topics including marketing, business planning and holistic financial management, farm labor management and farm-family relationship building, personal well-being, livestock production, vegetable and fruit production, and much, much more.
Keynote speaker Heather Retberg presents “The New Radical: Going Back to our Agricultural Roots.” Heather’s presentation draws on her encourter with systemic barriers to the survival of small farms, highlighting her work on local food ordinances in Maine with her family. Heather will address the importance of connectivity and relationships in her efforts to effectively communicate strategies for preserving farms. She discusses the journey of who defines whom, how we define ourselves, and how these definitions greatly impact our lives and our communities.
Conference participants will discover the power of mentoring as they learn about PA-WAgN’s newly launched mentoring program and participate in “Meet the Mentor” sessions. Statewide mentors will share their knowledge and discuss how you can become involved in this exciting new program that connects women farmers throughout Pennsylvania.
The primary purposes of PA-WAgN are to encourage and support women in agriculture; provide and strengthen networks for women in agriculture; provide educational and mentoring opportunities for women in agriculture; raise community awareness of agricultural related issues and concerns; and sustain farming livelihoods.
Three carpool opportunities.
December 8 – Holiday Apple Elf Crafting Workshop
Ingrid Fowles will be teaching a fun and relaxing workshop on Saturday, December 8 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the State College Friends Meeting House, 611 E. Prospect Ave., all about making holiday elf decorations from apples. To sign up, please call 237-0996 or email.
December 10 – Next Climate Change Beer & Wine Summit; Report on Keystone XL Protest
(From Ed Perry of National Wildlife Federation)
Our next Beer and Wine Summit will be held December 10 at 7:00 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church at 780 Waupelani Drive. I plan on having speakers in our community who are being directly affected by climate change. Details to follow soon.
On November 18, seven of us from State College made the long drive to Washington to protest the Keystone XL pipeline. Here’s a link to some photos. According to NASA scientist Dr. James Hansen, it’s game over for the climate if we build the pipeline and start using dirty tar sands oil, which is the dirtiest form of oil.
On February 18, 2013, which is President’s Day, they plan another huge protest. We will likely have another group heading for DC, but this time it would be nice if we got enough to fill a bus. Keep this date in mind, and let me know if you would like to be part of this.
December 11 – Spring Creek Homesteading Winter Potluck
Winter Potluck – Tuesday, December 11, 2012 in the Community Room (201) at the State College Borough building, 243 South Allen Street from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m….Informal, family-friendly quarterly community potlucks bring together people interested in strengthening the local food system to share meals and build friendships, organized by the Spring Creek Homesteading Fund and the Borough of State College Public Works department…If you can, please sign up ahead of time by email or phone (237-0996).
December 11 – Home Energy Efficiency Discussion
December 15 – Homesteaders Hangout at Webster’s Bookstore Cafe
Very laid-back monthly opportunity for Centre Region homesteaders and local food folk to get together and share the pleasures and challenges of developing the skills involved in cooking and growing more of our own local food supplies.
Katahdin Ram for Sale in Sunbury PA
(From Dave at Owen’s Farm)
Our original Katahdin ram is for sale now that we have so many of his daughters. He is a big, white, easy keeper that has sired our grass-fed lambs for 3 years. He is 5 years old, born in 2007. He was bred by Bill Elliott and is RR. He is purebred, but not registered. He respects electric fence and sheepdogs. Pics available on request. He is located at Owens Farm in Sunbury, PA. Price is $300. Call 570 286-5309 or email.