Kindred Spirits in the Southern Alleghenies, Time Bank Update & Other Randomness

New Local Food Blog Nearby

Local Alleghenies is a new website promoting local food and farm-to-plate efforts in our neighboring counties to the south. It’s a project of Southern Alleghenies RC & D, Southern Alleghenies Conservancy, and the Pennsylvania Agriculture Ombudsman Program – a regional education and outreach campaign within Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Fulton, Huntingdon, and Somerset counties. They’ve been promoting our reskilling workshops and others offered in the area, including some bacon and sausage classes held in Bedford County.

2012 Farmers Market Maps

For the Homesteader’s Handbook project, I’ve been putting together watercolor maps of the seven markets in the Central PA Farmers marketing association, founded in 2011 and expanded in 2012. Four maps are now done.

Still working on Bellefonte, Millheim and North Atherton, all seven maps to be included in the 2012 Homesteader’s Handbook when it goes to print.

Data, data, data!

Dana Stuchul recently gave me a copy of a masters thesis done by one of Chris Uhl’s students. Eric Allen Shaffer wrote “Energy Conservation in Local Food Systems” in 2001, and it includes an analysis of the potential for Centre County land to meet Centre County residents’ nutritional needs.

It’s a very interesting collection of data, including lists of crops that can be grown in Centre County by calories, vitamins and minerals per portion; amounts of agricultural land of different qualities; and land requirements for crops at amounts needed to grow a local diet for the local population. Readers interested in taking a look can find it at the PSU library.

News from Way Fruit Farm

Winter weather is here; or maybe it’s not. It seems to depend on the week! However, we’re preparing for everything warm, cozy and beautiful about this upcoming Christmas season and the natural beauty of PA winters. Stop by the farm store during our newly adjusted Winter hours to enjoy lots of fresh goodies and some fun events.

Florida citrus is here now!  You can enjoy Navel oranges and pink grapefruit, by the piece or the case.  We also have lots of fresh apples available including: Gala, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Fuji, Mutsu, McIntosh, Ida Red and Granny Smith.

Local Christmas trees just arrived this week too!  They are fresh-cut and don’t travel far to get to our farm.  This will keep them fresh-smelling longer and the needle retention is much better too!  We hope you’ll stop out soon to get the perfect tree to decorate your house this Christmas season!  Be sure to check out the craft and home decor section of our store which has been newly decorated for the holidays too!

We also have a few ongoing events at the farm that we wanted to share with you.  “Socks for Seniors” is an event planned by a local Girl Scout troop that could use your support.  There is a drop-off box at our store for new socks.  Anything goes as long as they’re new:  male or female, any size, any color.  The Girl Scouts will be delivering them, shaped like “sock cupcakes,” to residents in local retirement homes while they carol and visit with them this December. Please make drop-offs by Dec. 9.

Don’t forget to visit the Centre County Bookmobile in our parking lot every Monday from 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m..  Also, the Third Monday of each month join Miss Laura, from the bookmobile, for storytime inside the Way Cafe.  Kids can enjoy books and a craft; all ages are welcome free of charge!

Last but not least, we have adjusted our hours for the winter.  We are open Monday – Friday 8-6:30pm, Saturday 8am-5pm and Closed Sundays.  Our Way Cafe is also open daily and is cooking up lots of homemade soups, Christmas cookies, muffins, breads and more everyday!  Stop by or call ahead to place an order for your favorites!

Happy Valley Timebank Update

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Sean Morgan and Charlie Kain have been testing the new Happy Valley Timebank system, and there are now more than a dozen members, offering and requesting all sorts of services. For more information, please contact Sean.

Curious about what sorts of goods and services are “currency” in the time bank? Sean passed along this list of examples:

Help At Home

  • Electrical, plumbing, carpentry
  • General home repair
  • Help moving heavy things/hauling
  • Landscape and garden design
  • Pest management
  • Master Gardener consults
  • Sustainable garden practices
  • Labor and upkeep
  • Fine gardening
  • Tropical garden consultation
  • Yard work
  • Gutter cleaning
  • “Up-cycling” assistance
  • Composting
  • Bicycle repair
  • Bicycle courier service
  • Run Errands
  • Rides, local and to the airports
  • Transportation for errands and appointments
  • Handyman
  • Fruit Tree consultation
  • Composting
  • Home improvement consultation
  • Truck for transporting home and garden items
  • Resilient gardening
  • Solar consult
  • Garage sale help
  • Stinging insect removal


  • Cooking lessons
  • Fermenting lessons
  • Meal preparation
  • Breads made for your event
  • Home organizing
  • Healthy, organic home-cooked meals
  • Chocolate truffle making
  • Italian Liquor
  • Camping food consultant
  • Raw/living foods
  • Blueberry buckle
  • Homemade jams, fruit butters, etc..
  • Sushi rice


  • Health services: acupuncture, massage, yoga, nutrition, cancer support, midwife/doula, pregnancy
  • Plant identification/medicinal
  • Bodywork
  • Cranio Sacral
  • BioEnergy balancing
  • massage therapy
  • Meditation
  • Child care
  • Infant care
  • Elder care and support, caregiver consultation
  • Qi Gong
  • Hiking buddy


  • Developmental learning specialist/tutoring
  • Desk top publishing, writing and literacy skills
  • Writing, editing, typing and data entry
  • Math and science tutoring
  • Languages (German and Spanish conversation)
  • Translation: Spanish to English
  • Proofreader
  • Data entry
  • eBay instruction
  • Photoshop instruction
  • Spanish language instruction
  • Writing placement exam instruction
  • Navigate Craig’s List (buy a bike)
  • Children’s story telling
  • Technical writing
  • Genealogy research
  • Herb/native plant walks
  • Tutoring for elementary/homeschoolers
  • Drawing classes
  • Gray water/rain water

Arts, Crafts and Music

  • Music, art and dance lessons
  • Creative writing, dance and art
  • Art consultation
  • Singer for your event
  • Classical and jazz (trumpet) for your event
  • Conga drumming
  • Guitar, ukulele and dulcimer lessons
  • Portrait painting
  • Consult to book a local band for an event
  • Sailing instruction
  • Web and graphic design
  • Computer literacy tutoring
  • Dark room set-up
  • Soap making
  • Card making
  • Glitter tattoo party
  • Seamstress services
  • Sewing machine instruction
  • Knitting lessons
  • Photography


  • Natural hair dye, henna
  • Color consultation and make-over
  • Personal assistance
  • Acting coach
  • Improv instruction
  • Closet organization
  • Deep listening
  • Hair cutting
  • Cover letter and resume assistance
  • Personal research
  • Biking


  • Navigating cancer
  • Medical advocate
  • Advanced health care directives
  • Resources for aging
  • Telephoning
  • Mediation


  • Trailering for horses and other animals
  • Pony parties and petting zoo
  • Pet sitting and care
  • Cat Feeding
  • Cat Training
  • Dog walking
  • Hen raising
  • Veterinary advice
  • Marketing/Consultation
  • Public relations and publicity
  • Long term care consultation

Public Relations and Publicity

  • Marketing business/strategy consultation
  • Real estate and property management consults
  • Art marketing consults
  • Greywater and rainwater catchment consults
  • Interior design consults
  • Boat purchasing consults
  • Legal services: family law
  • Weddings (religious)
  • Online marketing and business strategy consult
  • Internet research
  • Web and graphic design consultation
  • Business consultation
  • Legal Services
  • Graphic and website design


  • Garden space
  • Meeting space
  • Fruit harvest
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