Cracklings – January 6, 2013

Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg – PASA Needs Tabling Volunteers

(From Michele Gauger)

PASA is still seeking some willing member volunteers to help staff our informational booth at the  PA Farm Show in Harrisburg, January 5 – 12.

Specifically we are looking for folks to help cover the following dates/shifts:

  • Tuesday, Jan. 8 (9 am – 12 pm; 12 – 3 pm; 3 – 6 pm)
  • Friday, Jan 11 (9 am – 12 pm; 12 – 3 pm; 3 – 6 pm)
  • Saturday, Jan 12 (9 am – 11 am; 11 am – 1 p.m.; 1 – 3 pm)

If you are able to help out, please let me know and I can pass on more details/instructions. You can also sign up on our website here for any shifts.

January 11 – Soap-Making Workshop at Quiet Creek Herb Farm in Brookville

(Forwarded by Nellie Bhattarai)

Soft, smooth and natural — Rusty will show you how to make soap from scratch with natural ingredients. Learn how to trace, mold, cut, scent, color soap, and understand the health benefits of homemade soap. Take home a bar that you cut in class along with Rusty’s new soap book, and herbal refreshments. Workshop meets Friday, January 11, 2013, 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Cost: $35. Call or email to register: Claire and Rusty Orner, Quiet Creek Herb Farm – 814-849-9662

Since 1996 Claire, Rusty, Walker and Ashton Orner have been stewards of the non-profit educational facility, Quiet Creek Herb Farm & School of Country Living that is a 30-acre organic farm located in Brookville, Pennsylvania. Quiet Creek raises vegetables, fruits, herbs, edible and cut flowers. Much of the produce is used to make organic (non-certified) products such as herbal teas, soaps, dried produce, vinegars, etc. The farm uses only sustainable techniques when fertilizing the plants, controlling weeds, and managing insects, bacteria, and fungi.

Quiet Creek’s year-round classes for toddlers to the elderly cover sustainable topics such as integrated pest management, renewable energy, vermicomposting, creating raised beds, soil food web, herbal soap making, bread making and many more.

January 15 – March 19 – Sustainable  Housing Series in State College

(From Scot Chambers)  

I’ll be hosting some interactive seminars related to sustainable housing and have put together a nice panel of experts to provide information and field questions from the audience. All events will be held in downtown State College on Tuesdays from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (RSVP by email to Scot.)

  • January  15  -­  Sustainable Housing: What Does It Mean and How Can It Benefit You? (State College Borough Building)
  • February  5  -­  Systematically improving the efficiency and value of your home. (Schlow Library)
  • February  26  -­ Expanding the value of your property by improving the exterior. (Schlow Library)
  • March  19  -­  Open discussion on sustainable housing issues of importance to the audience; review and expand on previous topics. (State College Borough Building)

January 21 – Home Energy Conservation Class in State College

(From Ed Perry)

In the past 100 years, global temperatures have increased by about 1.5 degrees F.  Unless we reduce carbon emissions, climate scientists forecast temperature increases of 7 – 11 degrees F within the next 90 years. Clearly, we will be turning the planet over to future generations in a much worse condition than we received it.

But the good thing about tackling climate change is that we can all do something to reduce our carbon footprint. At our next Climate Change Beer & Wine Summit, Brian Henderson, a home energy audit specialist at Envinity, will discuss things we can do to make our homes more energy efficient on Monday, January 21 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Centre County, 780 Waupelani Drive.

Envinity is a local, employee-owned company involved in green design, construction, and energy management for residential and commercial buildings.  Brian is the manager of Envinity’s Residential Energy Services and studied civil and environmental engineering at Penn State.  He has been certified through RESNET and BPI to conduct home energy audits, and has conducted energy audits on over 400 homes, including mine.  He has given me many good tips on how to reduce my energy consumption, which I employed to reduce my energy consumption.

As usual, please bring your favorite beverage (beer, wine, sodas, water) and snacks to share.

January 24  – College Township Backyard Hens Initiative Presentation to Council

(From Scott Stilson)

The College Township Backyard Hens Initiative has been in the works for about six months, and organizers will present a draft ordinance and lots of other useful information at the January 24 College Township Council meeting. For more information, check out:

  • the initiative’s College Township Chicken Initiative blog, for background about how the effort has developed;
  • the Facebook group for folks who want to catch every detail of communication about the effort, including the draft ordinance and an academic article about the legal issues involved;
  • an online petition that College Township residents can sign to show their support for the draft ordinance;
  • the Facebook page, for basic, general information.

Finally, folks who want communications via email  – especially for alerts once we launch a letter-writing campaign – can drop me a line at this address to be added to the email list.

News from Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light

(From Cricket Hunter)

PA-IPL December Newsletter, including information about the role of faith-based communities in divestment and more:

“…What if every faith community in Pennsylvania cut fossil fuels from their energy bill by using electric choice to buy electricity with a guaranteed-renewable portion?  (If you live in the Duquesne Light area you’re one of the lucky few who can buy 100% PA-generated renewable energy!)  What if faith communities systematically invested in upgrades that would cut our electricity use?  What if we invested in our communities and helped, between us, hundreds of low-income households reduce their energy use?  Give me a call at 814-876-2597 if you want to help or discuss ideas for your area…”

News from Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture

PASA E-Newsletter – January 3, 2013 Edition, including more Farming for the Future conference workshop previews:

  • Understanding the Role of Environmental Agent Exposures in Health & Disease with Rick Woychik, National Institute of Environmental Health Studies
  • Mineral Nutrition of Healthy Plants with Jerry Brunetti, Agri-Dynamics Inc
  • Holistic Approaches to Managing Invasive Plants on Your Farm and in Your Woods with Eric Burkhart, Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center
  • Homeopathy for Healthy Plants & Animals with Nazirahk Amen, Purple Mountain Organics
  • Sustainable & IPM Tree Fruit Profit with Ben Wenk, Three Springs Fruit Farm & Chris Reid, Reid’s Orchard & Winery
  • Ecologically-Based Pest Management: Beneficial Insects & Invasive Species with Dave Biddinger & Shelby Fleischer, Penn State University

News from FracTracker Alliance

FrackTracker E-Newsletter – December 31, 2012 Edition

Call for Words

Regular readers already know that I try to use interesting words that (roughly) mean “miscellaneous” to title posts that are collections of random sustainability-related information.

I’m running out of words.

Next week you’ll probably see a post called “Barrel Scrapings.”

So if you know some I haven’t used yet – especially food-related words, non-English is fine, please send them in!

Here’s what I’ve used so far:

Bibelots, Bits & Bobs, Broadcast Sowing, Caboodle, Champagne Bubbles, Chitterlings, Compote, Congeries, Cracklings, Dollops, Farrago, Flotsam & Jetsam, Gallimaufry, Giblets, Gleanings, Gobbets, Gorp, Goulash, Grab Bag, Gubbins, Gumbo, Hodge Podge, Jambalaya, Jumble, Lagniappe, Macedoine, Medley, Miscellany, Morsels, Nuggets, Odds & Ends, Olio, Omnium-Gatherum, Pan Drippings, Persiflage, Ragbag, Ragout, Rummage, Salmagundi, Scramble, Scrapple, Smidgens, Soupcons, Tapas, Thingamabobs, This & That, Tidbits, Various & Sundry, Welter and Whatsis.

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3 Responses to Cracklings – January 6, 2013

  1. Sylvia Neely says:

    According to Roget’s Thesaurus, words that mean hodgepodge include: Melange, pastiche, mash, hash, patchwork, potpourri, stew. Other possibilities: assortment, sundries, oddments

  2. Cindy says:

    thought of “chaff” right away

  3. Erin G. says:

    Mishmash, Melange, Motley, Potpourri, Smorgasbord, Chutney, Chow Chow,

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