Compote – November 26, 2012

November 27 – Boalsburg Winter Farmers Market News

(From Jim Eisenstein)

We have a wonderful variety of local products available this week at the Boalsburg Farmers Market – open 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Boalsburg Fire Hall.

Byler Goat Dairy is having a great sale on all flavors of its delicious goat ice-cream — buy one, get one free. Bee Kind Winery is bringing a new batch of its Diamond wine, a semi-sweet white. If you are looking for an attractive way to transport your wine, take a look at Tamarack Farms new knitted wool wine totes. It also has a new supply of dog treats (remember, dog lovers, Christmas is coming soon). Speaking of Christmas, you can order geese, turkey, ham, and ducks from Bill Callahan of Cow-a-Hen Farm for your feast. Give him a call at 570 966 2678 or talk to him at market.

You can still get local, fresh vegetables, including leeks and onions from Patchwork, lettuce mix, chard, and water cress from Clan Stewart, potatoes and cabbage from Ardry Farms, and a wide variety of greens and other stuff too numerous to mention from Jade Family Farm.

Stone Meadow still has its delicious soft Leigh Belle cheese. Jonas Beiler Family Farm now offers mint tea. Of course, as always, you can get wonderful fresh pasta from Fasta Pasta, apples and cider from Way Fruit Farm, wild salmon products from Wild For Salmon, prepared foods and baked goods from Eden View, and a variety of breads and other baked goods from Gemelli’s.

Our market last week was very busy with folks shopping for ingredients for Thanksgiving dinner. See the Facebook Page for pictures.

Remember that you will be able to get ingredients for Christmas and New Year’s (which fall on Tuesdays) because we will be open on MONDAY, Dec. 24 and Dec. 31, but at a NEW TIME – 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

November 29 – Webinar – Understanding Whole-Farm Insurance for Specialized, Diversified and Organic Farms

The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) will offer a webinar on Thursday, November 29 from 1pm – 2pm EST, to explain Adjusted Gross Revenue Lite (AGR-Lite) — a unique type of federally subsided crop insurance that holds great promise to serve the needs of smaller, diverse, specialty crop, organic, and direct-market farmers. To learn more or to register, check the NCAT website.

November 30 – State College Winter Farmers Market Starts This Friday at the Borough Building

(From Kim Chase)

The State College Winter Farmer’s Market will be open again this winter, every Friday from November 30 through April 30, 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Borough Building. Check out their new website (vendor & product info will be added soon).

Nov. 30 & Dec. 1 – Christmas in Lemont

(From Cathy Cohan)

The Lemont Village Association is hosting the Third Annual “Christmas in Lemont” November 30 and December 1 at the Granary. “Food, Drink, Music & General Good Spirits…Crafts, Art…Clothing, Books, Gifts & More!”  More information.

Nov. 30 & Dec. 1 – Boalsburg Hometown Christmas

Caroling, storytelling, cookie contest, museum tours and more. Details.

Nov. 30 & Dec. 1 – Stocking Stuffer Antiques, Art and Fine Craft Sale

Centre Furnace Mansion’s fundraising event “showcases the hand-crafted work of amazing Centre County artisans, and unique antiques and collectibles by local antique dealers.” More information.

December 4 – Felting Workshop

“Intro to Felting: Making Cards with Felted Designs,” with Ann Pangborn. Call 234-1755 for more info.

Centre County Partnership for Community Health Seeking Farmer Members

(From Elle Morgan, Communications Coordinator at Mount Nittany Medical Center)

The Centre County Partnership for Community Health is recruiting members. We are particularly looking for new members representing the growers and food suppliers of the area, since nutrition plays such a key role in public health. Membership is $30 for organizations and $15 for individuals.

The Mission of CCPCH is to support an inclusive, caring community that promotes healthy people and enhances quality of life through collaborative relationships. The guiding objective is to assess the health needs of Centre County residents and develop outreach and partnering efforts that will bridge gaps in services and eliminate barriers to holistic health.

The big project on our docket is a Healthcare Summit which will take place on January 14 at the Mount Nittany Medical Center. This summit will convene professionals concerned about and providing for the health and well-being of the people of the area. For more information, contact Elle Morgan, secretary of CCPCH by email  or phone (717.395.1994).

“Making the Food System Work for Women” – Online Discussion Through Nov. 30

Ten experts, ten essays, one topic: Making the food system work for women. Join Oxfam’s global online policy discussion from November 19-30, 2012

A policy discussion to generate bold proposals for advancing gender justice within the food system, to share ideas, hear those of others, and dialogue with some of the world’s best minds on how to make the food system work for women…Each day we will post one essay online and invite your comments. Join the discussion!

Today’s essay is by Nidhi Tandon, who argues that integrating women into global agricultural supply chains is fundamentally exploitative rather than empowering. In tomorrow’s essay, Elizabeth Vazquez argues on the contrary that women farmers need to shift out of labor into business ownership, and organize collectively to access global buyers.

Week 1 included:

  • Nidhi Tandon – “Changing value systems, one village at a time”
  • Elizabeth Vazquez – “The potential of women suppliers”
  • Vandana Shiva – “Seeds in women’s hands”
  • Fatima Shabodien – “Women farm workers dying for food”
  • Alexandra Spieldoch – “Time for a new recipe”

Week 2 of the online discussion (November 26-30)

  • Tinna Nielsen – “Stop talking about equality”
  • Joanna Kerr – “Seeds and sisterhood”
  • Sophia Murphy – “One the virtues of discrimination”
  • Jayati Ghosh – “Nutrition policies that work for women” and Pamela Caro, “Food sovereignty and gender equality”
  • Olivier De Schutter – “The recivilization of men by women”

News from Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light

(From Cricket Hunter)

PA-IPL November Newsletter, including upcoming events:

  • Nov. 29 – PA IPL and IHS home energy efficiency workshop hosted by St. Mark Lutheran Church in Pleasant Gap.  Dinner begins at 6:00 pm, and the (less-than) 1-hour program will start at 6:45 pm.
  • Dec. 2 – Alternative Christmas Fair at University Baptist and Brethren Church, Burrowes St., State College. Donate to local charities in the name of your recipient, and get a certificate to give. Children’s Fair with Bake sale at the same time! 11:00-2:00
  • Dec. 11 – 7:00-9:00 PA IPL will make a few remarks at a presentation hosted by Transition Town State College at the University Mennonite Church, State College. Presenter Matthew Dalhausen’s “Is Your Home Energy Efficient? will help attendees reduce their energy use.

News from Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture

News from Shavers Creek Environmental Center

  • Shaver’s Creek E-Newsletter – November 21, 2012 Edition, including Kids Corner (Wednesdays in November & December);  Wreathmaking Workshop Dec. 1 & Dec. 4; Solstice Sale & Celebration; December 21

News from Spring Creek Homesteading

Tamworth Board Swap in 2013?

(From Caroline Owens)

Our registered Tamworth boar was born in August 2011 and purchased from Rich Tillyou at TMeadows Farm in New York. By next summer, we will need to breed his gilts so we will need new genetics. We would be interested in trading him for another boar, or having a young boar from your farm trade slumber parties with us. Sir Hamalot is friendly, respects electric, never had a sick day in his life, lives outside 24/7, and so far is 100% fertile. If your future plans include a new Tamworth boar, let’s talk – email or phone (570.898.6060). We are located in Sunbury, PA.
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