Stew – February 12, 2013

Action Alert

  • Sign a petition urging the Coast Guard to keep fracking wastewater barges off the Ohio River.

News from Spring Creek Homesteading Fund

Spring Creek Homesteading E-Newsletter

  • February 10, 2013 Edition, including results of PASA Benefit Auction sale of homesteader’s goods – our basket sold for $120!
  • (Note: I’m on a break from blog editing until Feb. 19.  -KW)


  • New workshop rental program for people who want to do home-scale woodworking projects (furniture, cold frames, bee hives, cheese presses, etc.) but don’t have a workshop. Details here.

Upcoming Spring Creek Homesteading Workshops

Call 237-0996 or email to sign up; $12 suggested donation per person per workshop. (Check the Reskilling Workshops page for information about upcoming programs offered by other organizations.)

  • February 16 – Winter Garden Sowing: Milk Jug Greenhouses with Justin Wheeler – Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 301 South Garner St. Milk jugs, potting soil, seeds & instruction provided.
  • February 17 – Basic Bicycle Maintenance & Repair with Justin Wagner – Sunday, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Freeze Thaw Cycles, 109 South Allen Street. Bring your bike if you like.
  • March 3 – Felted Wool Toddler Jumpers with Cindy Gfelted wool jumperrosso – Sunday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at 156 West Hamilton Ave. Bring two felted wool sweaters (felting instructions – p. 1 only), plus a jumper or a turtleneck/t-shirt/onesy for sizing purposes. Instructions, wool scraps for decoration, cutting tools & wool yarn for seam stitching provided.
  • March 16 – Mithai: Making Indian Sweets with Lata Anantheswaran –  9 a.m. to noon at State College Friends Meeting House. Instruction, ingredients & equipment provided.
  • March 23 – Heritage Seed Saving, Seed Starting & Seed Swap with Ingrid Fowles & Matt Sullenberger – 10 a.m. to noon at State College Friends Meeting House, 611 E. Prospect Ave. Bring a cardboard box/tray of 12-36 seedling containers (paper cups, paperboard egg cartons, 3/4 egg shells, yogurt containers, etc) and saved seeds from your 2012 garden (if you’d like to swap). Potting soil, seeds, advice and encouragement provided.
  • April 20 – Planting Backyard Fruit & Nut Trees & Shrubs with Scott Diloreto, Emily Zink and Jennie Diehl – 10 a.m. to noon at 156 West Hamilton Ave. When signing up, please choose a shrub package to purchase: two raspberry bushes ($8.60 per set, six sets available) OR two currant bushes ($18.60 per set, four sets available). We’re pre-ordering the plants for delivery,  so you can pick them up at the workshop, take them home and plant them.

Fiber Crafts – Winter Workshops in Boalsburg

(From Staci Egan)

The Studio at Contempo Artisan Boutique is offering several winter fiber art workshops for kids and adults, along with other art and photography classes. For more details about the classes, check out Studio at Contempo on Facebook and the Events Calendar (on Google).

  • February 15 – Kids Clothing Workshop with Amy Frank. 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Contempo Artisan Boutique, 109 S. Church St., Boalsburg.. Cost: $35. Email Amy to sign up.
  • February 18 & 25 – Make an Owl Purse (Ages 8 – 15) with Amy Frank. 6 to 7:15 p.m. at Contempo Artisan Boutique, 109 S. Church St., Boalsburg.. Cost: $50. Email Amy to sign up.
  • February 18 & 25 – T-Shirt Remix with Amy Frank. 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Contempo Artisan Boutique, 109 S. Church St., Boalsburg.. Cost: $50. Email Amy to sign up.
  • February 19 & 26 – What to Knit Next  (Ages 10 – 18) wth Abbey Caldwell.  6 to 7:30 p.m. at Contempo Artisan Boutique, 109 S. Church St., Boalsburg.. Cost: $50 (supplies included) or $35 (supplies not included). Email Abbey to sign up.
  • February 19 – Exploring Felting  for Teens (Ages 14 – 18) with Abbey Caldwell. 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Contempo Artisan Boutique, 109 S. Church St., Boalsburg.. Cost: $50 (supplies included). Email Abbey to sign up.
  • February 22 & March 1 – Intro to Sewing for Adults with Amy Frank . 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Contempo Artisan Boutique, 109 S. Church St., Boalsburg.. Cost: $50. Email Amy to sign up.
  • February 22 & March 15 – Sit & Knit with Abbey Caldwell. 7 to 9 p.m. at Contempo Artisan Boutique, 109 S. Church St., Boalsburg.. $5 per visit. Email Abbey to sign up.
  • March 5 & 12 – Beginner Knitting for Kids (Ages 10-13) with Abbey Caldwell. 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Contempo Artisan Boutique, 109 S. Church St., Boalsburg.. Cost: $40 (supplies included). Email Abbey to sign up.
  • March 5 & 12 – Beginner Knitting for Teens (Ages  14 – 18) with Abbey Caldwell. 7:30 to 9 9 p.m. at Contempo Artisan Boutique, 109 S. Church St., Boalsburg.. Cost: $40 (supplies included). Email Abbey to sign up.
  • March 11 & 18 – Sewing 101 for Kids (Ages 8-15) with Amy Frank – 6 to 7:15 p.m. at Contempo Artisan Boutique, 109 S. Church St., Boalsburg.. Cost: $50. Email Amy to sign up.
  • March 11 & 18 – Pattern Sewing for Adults (Wrap Skirt) with Amy Frank – 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Contempo Artisan Boutique, 109 S. Church St., Boalsburg.. Cost: $50. Email Amy to sign up.

PA-Interfaith Power & Light Going to Washington

(From Cricket Hunter)

You may already be aware that there is a big rally, Forward on Climate, planned for Noon – 4:00 in Washington, DC on February 17, 2013.  Many members of PA-IPL are going, and we’d love to see you there.  Q and A below.

  • How do I get there? There are buses going from many areas of PA, and PennFuture is keeping an up-to-date list.
  • Why would I go?  This rally has taken on new urgency since the President’s inaugural address in which he named climate change as one of the great challenges in front of us, and called on Americans to lift up our voices in defense of our values…Climate change is destroying Creation. We can do better.
  • What can I expect? Huge crowds of peaceful people carrying signs, and hoping that they’ve dressed warmly enough, packed enough water, and fully charged their cameras and phones.
  • What if I can’t go?  Hold a prayer, vigil, discussion, film viewing, concert, or other event at your house of worship on this day or another day soon as part of Interfaith Power & Light’s national Preach In.  Sign postcards or letters to the President (included in the free, downloadable kit), asking Mr. Obama to act on climate change to help protect the most vulnerable here and around the world…
  • Where can I learn more?  Learn more about the rally itself, climate change, and the Keystone XL pipeline at

News from Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center in Petersburg

Letters from the Birdbox E-Newsletter – February 12, 2013 Edition with season opening events, including:

  • Kids Korner programing (Feb. 13, Feb. 20, Feb. 27, March 6 & March 13)
  • Our Place in Space (Feb. 22)
  • Songs & Stories for a Small Planet (Feb. 24)
  • Maple Harvest Festival (March 23 & 24)

Feb. 21, 28 & March 8 – Passing on the Farm – Project Succession Workshops

Would you like to see your farm transfer to the next generation but feel you may need it to live on? Or simply don’t know where to start? Passing on the Farm – Project Succession workshop is the first step in addressing this complicated topic. Discussions will include looking at financial transfer options as well as planning for your future needs. Several take-home resources will be provided to assist with planning.

Events will be held from 9:15 AM – 1:00 PM at the following locations across Pennsylvania:

  • February 21, 2013 at Hoss’s Restaurant, 9016 William Penn Hwy, Huntingdon, PA (Rt. 22)
  • February 28, 2013 at Bennoco’s Restaurant, 482 Hamlin Hwy, Hamlin, PA (I-84)
  • March 8, 2013 at the Kings Restaurant, 206 Wilson Road, Bentleyville, PA (I-70)

Certified Financial Planner, Sean Reading, will concentrate on “Farm Transfer Avenues from a Financial Perspective” answering your questions and offering free private consultation. “Planning for the Future” will focus on planning for the later years of life. Darlene Livingston, Executive Director of Pennsylvania Farm Link and Certified International Farm Succession Coordinator will offer resources to help make the process easier. Free individual farm succession facilitator follow up will be offered to those attending the event. For more information about the program or to register please call Pennsylvania Farm Link at 717-705-2121 or email Darlene Livingston. Information is also online. The registration fee for this event is $12.00 or 2/$20.00 and includes lunch. Registrations are required.

February 27 & 28 – Sustainability Forum at Webster’s – UpdatedSustainable_Conversations_Poster

(From David Hutchinson)

Cynthia Mazzant’s PSU English 138 class has spent this academic year researching, writing, organizing and preparing to moderate a public forum on sustainability. They will be holding these forums over the course of two nights, February 27 and 28, at Webster’s Bookstore Cafe. They are looking for participants. Email Cynthia Mazzant for more information.

Update – Event website, and invitation from the organizers:

The Rhetoric and Civic Life program (ENGL 138T) is hosting a public forum at Webster’s Cafe downtown on Wednesday, February 27th and Thursday, February 28th. The event begins promptly at 6 pm. Refreshments will be provided for those attending. Our goal is to create awareness about environmental sustainability. Through community deliberation we hope to create a friendly environment where everyone’s ideas get heard, so we ask that you come with an open mind.  Please forward the attached flyer and email on to members of your organization to help spark interest in our event. Thank you for your time and consideration. We hope to see you there!

Sincerely, Jake Pellini, Nia M. Sherony, Amanda Pina, Yuyuan Pan – Sustainability Conversations Moderators

March 1 – 3 – Sustainable Food, Farming & Faith Conference in Mount Pleasant

Farming that Heals: Cornfields to Community Gardens,” the seventh annual Sustainable Food, Farming & Faith conference, will be held March 1 to 3 at at Laurelville Mennonite Church Center in Mt. Pleasant, PA (Westmoreland County).  Worship and music leaders. Farmers, students, eaters, food system workers, pastors, chefs, food artisans, Extension staff, artists, singers, scientists are all welcome. Gather. Listen. Sing together. Worship. Network. Weep. Laugh. Go forth in joy. Cost: $136 registration + lodging. For details visit the event website  or call 1.800.839.1021


  • Urban farm trainer & Rodale Institute honoree Maurice Small
  • organic farmer Becky Kretschmann
  • pastor/urban farmer John Creasy
  • real-food farm communicator Kristi-Bahrenburg-Janzen
  • grass-dairy pioneer Roman Stoltzfoos
  • on-farm innovation educators Claire & Rusty Orner
  • local food restaurateur Trevett Hooper
  • PA organic co-op reps Nathan Holmes & Aaron Swartz
  • Ohio farm mentor in youth ministry Leroy Keim

Greenhouses for Sale

(From Lynne Heritage)

greenhouses for sale

“A picture is attached of a greenhouse one of my customers would like to sell and have disassembled.  I thought that someone in the Spring Creek Homesteading network might be interested. I can imagine it being used for a CSA or other small farm operation. The right front section is 22 feet wide x 52 feet long. The longer back section is 22  x  154 feet long.” Email Lynne for more information.

News from Way Fruit Farm in Port Matilda

The Way Cafe & Bakery has lots of sweets for your family to enjoy this month including simple chocolate fudge, from-scratch brownies, fresh-baked cherry pie, decorated sugar cookies and much more!  Enjoy any of these treats in our Cafe with a cup of hot cider, coffee or cocoa, or take them home to share with the whole family for dessert tonight.  Also in February, while supplies last, enjoy Buy One, Get One (of equal or lesser value) Free on Ice Cream cones in the Cafe.

Our farm store is also full of other sweet goodies & deals.  Have you tried our applesauce?  Try some now during our Buy One, Get One Free special on our Traditional Sugar & Spice applesauce. We also have Valentines Day candy, snacks for kid’s lunches, and our own apples for snacking or baking, all at quality and prices that beat the local grocery stores. Last, but not least enjoy looking ahead to a warmer season as you take a stroll through our country craft & home decor area, newly decorated for Spring!  Enjoy & Happy Valentines Day!

A quick reminder from the Bookmobile too: Join Miss Laura, from the Centre County Library, for seasonal themed stories and songs in the Way Fruit Farm Café. Story time is the third Monday of every month at 10:30am. Bring your library card!–after listening to stories, come out to the Bookmobile to checkout the mobile library, books and other media. Visit the library website or call (814)355-1516 for more information.

March 15 – CSA Expert Exchange – Webinar

(From Simon Huntley of Small Farm Central)

Attention CSA Farmers!   The Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) and Small Farm Central are proud to announce the CSA Expert Exchange, a one-day online conference that will bring farmers together to learn about the issues important to them.  Topics to be addressed include member retention, member education, and certification and equipment.  Noted CSA pioneer Elizabeth Henderson will give a keynote address about the importance of community involvement in creating strong and healthy CSA’s.

The CSA Expert Exchange will be held on March 15, 2013 from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. EST.  The conference expects to engage between 500-1000 farmers nationwide.  Participants will be able to access the conference using any web browser.  The conference will utilize video presentations and slideshows with participants interacting via a chat function.

Registration for the conference is $45 (the first 100 registrants will receive a $5 discount). Twenty scholarships are being offered for new and beginning farmers.  For more information on how to apply for a scholarship, please visit the website. Please direct inquires to event coordinator Simon Huntley by email or phone (412-352-9673).

April 6 – PVCA Renewable Energy NOW Fair

The Penns Valley Conservation Association and the West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund will hold a showcase for renewable energy and energy efficiency:  the Renewable Energy NOW Fair.  The event will be held at the American Legion Post 779 in Centre Hall, PA on April 6, 2013.  The fair is open to the public and will have indoor and outdoor exhibits. The fair will demonstrate renewable energy and energy efficiency methods to improve residential comfort and security. Vendors of wind, solar, biomass and geothermal systems will demonstrate their products and answer questions. To participate in the fair and for fair information, contact Mary Carol Frier, event chairperson.

News from Clearwater Conservancy

  • Clearwater Conservancy E-Newsletter – February 4, 2013 Edition (Art & Chocolate Fundraiser this Friday, Feb. 15…YUM!)

Job Opening at PASA in Millheim – Development Assistant

(From Michele Gauger)

We currently have a full-time Development Assistant Position available in our headquarters office based in Millheim (Centre County). This position will report to the Development Director.

Sheep’s Wool Blankets – Looking for Farms

(From Susan Buda)

“I am considering buying a wool blanket for my daughter’s twin size bed. I was wondering if there were any sheep farmers in the Central PA area who make their own wool blankets? I am not necessarily looking for organic, but I would like something that is chemical-free or least amount of chemicals as possible (if moth-proofing is used, I would be interested in knowing what product was added to acheive that). Thank you!”

News from Penn State’s Center for Sustainability

(From Whitney Bennett)

February 4

February 11

April 22 – Majora Carter Lecture at Penn State

(Forwarded by Laura Dininni Cusumano)

Majora Carter will speak on the University Park campus on Monday April 22, 2013 as part of the 9th annual Colloquium on the Environment speaker series. Her talk “Home(town) Security” is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in 100 Thomas Building. A reception will be held immediately following her lecture on the Willaman Gateway, the bridge spanning the pedestrian mall section of Shortlidge Road on campus. Event is free and open to the public. View flyer.

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