Smorgasbord – March 7, 2013

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News from Spring Creek Homesteading Fund

  • Top Bar Bee Hive for Sale: $150 – This is a fundraiser for Spring Creek Homesteading’s general programs. The hive in the photos was the sample built for the reskilling workshop taught by Matt Poese and Josh Lambert in late January. If you’re interested in buying it, contact me.
  • Homesteader’s E-NewsletterFebruary 26, 2013 Edition

Upcoming Reskilling Workshops – Sign up by phone at 237-0996 or by email. (Workshops by other organizations are posted at the workshops page.)

  • March 16 – Mithai: Making Indian Sweets with Lata Anantheswaran – 9 a.m. to noon at State College Friends Meeting House, 611 East Prospect Ave.
  • March 22 – Spring Potluck – 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. at the State College Borough Building, 243 South Allen St. Featured Idea: Downtown Public Community Kitchens & How to Make One Happen for State College.
  • March 23 – Heritage Seed Saving, Seed Starting & Seed Swap with Ingrid Fowles, Matt Sullenberger & Ian Gardner – 10 a.m. to noon at State College Friends Meeting House, 611 East Prospect Ave. (Easy way to get your summer garden started while making new friends!)
  • NEW!  April 6 – Science to Salsa: Tomatoes with Matt Sullenberger – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., probably at the State College Friends Meeting House, 611 E. Prospect Ave. (pending confirmation). Course Description: “From science to salsa: slicing into the fascinating world of the tomato.  Get practical tomato advice including home gardening instruction, storage and preservation, and even a few recipes while exploring the history, science, and modernization of the world’s most popular vegetable.  You will never look at a tomato the same way again!”
  • April 20 – Planting Backyard Fruit & Nut Trees & Shrubs with Scott Diloreto, Emily Zink & Jennie Diehl – Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon at 156 West Hamilton Ave.
  • June 1 – Planting Pollinator Gardens & Building Native Bee Nesting Blocks with Justin Wheeler, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 301 South Garner St.
  • July 6 – Building Rain Barrels with Justin Wheeler, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 301 South Garner St.
  • Other possible Spring & Summer workshops – Charcuterie with Steve Bookbinder, Soap-Making with Nellie Bhattarai, Building a Chicken Coop with Josh & Sarah Potter, Building a Solar Drier with Lynne Heritage…

Homesteading in the News

(Link sent by Sylvia Feldman)

On Resilience as the Opposite of Efficiency

Action Alert

March 11 – Climate Change Letter Writing at Webster’s 

(From Ed Perry of the National Wildlife Federation)

Starting this month, I’m going to hold letter writing sessions at Websters Bookstore Cafe.  The first one will be held on March 11, from 11:00am – 1:00pm. Bring paper and pens, or a laptop, and we can work together to craft some letters. We have less than two years to pass legislation that will reduce carbon emissions. After that, the president’s clout to do anything on climate will be greatly diminished, so we need to get going.  We need to put full-court pressure on our legislators, asking them to put our families and planet first, and party second. I’ll have ideas about what we can write, but I need your good right arms (for those of you who are right handed).

March 14 – Eat Ice Cream to Support Solar Energy

Penn State’s Solar Energy Club is holding a fundraiser on Thursday March 14 from  5:00-9:00 p.m. at Cold Stone Creamery on Beaver Ave.  Want to support solar energy research? During the fundraiser, the a portion of cold treat sales will go to the PSU student chapter of the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) to fund the chapter’s trip to the national ASES conference in Baltimore, Md. Several students will be representing the University by presenting their original research at the conference. Eat some ice cream to support solar energy and your university! Details.

March 17 – League of Women Voters Green Forum on St. Patrick’s Day

(From Susan Buda, LWV Environmental Committee)

“EARTH’S CLIMATE IS CHANGING” – 2 to 4 P.M., Patton Township Meeting Room 100 Patton Plaza, State College, PA 16803. Free and open to the public. Speakers include:

  • Dr. Richard Alley, PSU, Evan Pugh Professor of Geosciences, What is climate change? Member, Nobel-Peace-prize winning IPCC, 2007 SCRiM/ Sustainable Climate Risk Management, NSF-sponsored research network
  • Ed Perry, National Wildlife Federation, Outreach Coordinator, Climate Change Campaign
  • Cricket Hunter, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Interfaith Power and Light

Topics include: How does it affect me? Predictions for Central Pennsylvania. What can WE do? What will YOU do? Local organizations working on climate change issues will be represented. Poster displays will be available to view a half hour hour before and after the meeting.

March 21 – “6,000 Years of Solar Architecture and Technology” – Talk at PSU

A Lecture by John Perlin – 6:30-8:30 p.m., 26 Hosler Bldg at Penn State’s University Park campus.

“Many believe that solar energy is a twentieth-century phenomenon. What a surprise to discover that six thousand years ago the stone-age Chinese built their homes so every one of them made maximum use of the sun’s energy in winter. So begins the story of the genesis of solar energy told by John Perlin in “6000 Years of Solar Energy,” the world’s first and only comprehensive history of humanity’s use of the sun for its betterment.”

Refreshments will be served after the lecture. Details.

March 21 – Union County Community Garden Planning Meeting in Lewisburg

(From Cindy Geiser)

All passionate & wanna-be gardeners are invited to the Union County Community Garden information & organizational meeting on Thursday, March 21 from 6 – 8 pm at the Union County Day Reporting Center located at 480 Hafer Rd, Lewisburg PA 17837. Light refreshments will be served.  RSVP to Cyndi Geiser, 570-524-3895.

March 23 – Living Local: Health & Wellness Expo in State College

(From Annie Ashby, Living Local Expo Coordinator)

Living Local is a one-day collaborate healthy living and wellness event. The Expo will feature over twenty local exhibitors and vendors, free workshops from alternative wellness presenters, and live acoustic sounds from our musical inventors. The event will immerse you in an interactive, artistic environment, complete with mobile performance artists, live painting, group meditations, and random acts of kindness. With a chance to network with a wealth of alternative health practitioners and like-minded community members, come have fun and celebrate living at your highest potential! The Expo will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Penn Stater Conference Center. (Event Website and on Facebook.)

We are trying to feature all the alternative & holistic health & wellness practitioners and options in the area at our Expo. If you’d like to be involved, give a talk, or be an exhibitor, contact Annie by email.

News from PA Women’s Agricultural Network

(From Ann Stone of PA-WAgN)

The Pennsylvania Women’s Agricultural Network is putting on three high tunnel twilights in collaboration with the Penn State Vegetable and Small Fruit Team. Mark your calendars now and get ready for the first twilight March 27!

  • March 27 – Pest Management –  3 – 5 pm (optional potluck to follow). 1170 Stoney Creek Road, Dauphin, PA 17018 (Daughin County). Host: Katie College, Stoney Creek Valley Farm. “Katie College uses a Rimol Nor’easter hoophouse for in-ground growing, supporting a winter CSA, selling greens at market, and selling to a local chef. We will focus on pest management at this meeting with the help of IPM specialist Carol Glenister, from IPM Labs.”  Registration. Contact for more info: Patty Neiner.
  • June 5 – Tomato Trellising – 4 – 7 pm. 176 Zuck Road, Spring Mills, PA. 16875 (Centre County). Host: Leslie Zuck, Common Ground Organic Farm. Co-Sponsor: Pennsylvania Certified Organic. “Leslie Zuck has been producing certified organic transplants and produce for more than 25 years. She rotates transplant production with in-ground vegetables in a  20′ by 60′ hoophouse. Attendees will learn about trellising cucumbers and tomatoes, as well as transplant production techniques. Leslie’s system focuses on low-cost, low-tech equipment and re-usable or compostable supplies, with a goal of zero-waste, minimal inputs and reducing costs.” Registration. Contact for more info: Patty Neiner.
  • June 19 – Cut Flowers & Berries – 5 – 7:30 pm. 3502 Main Rd. E, Emmaus, PA 18049 (Lehigh County) Host: George & Melanie Devault, Pheasant Hill Farm. George & Melanie have owned their farm since 1984 and been high tunnel producers since 1990. They grow vegetables, herbs, cut flowers and berries in their tunnels. Participants will hear about growing cut flowers and berries in tunnels and Kathy Demchak from Penn State will describe pest management for spotted wing drosophila, a new invasive vinegar fly pest of berries.” Registration. Contact for more info: Tianna DuPont.

Late March/Early April – “American Meat” Screening at PSU

Organizers are working to schedule a screening of American Meat, an educational documentary that examines American chicken, hog, and cattle production and its environmental impact from a diverse array of farmers’ perspectives with a focus on sustainability. Details to follow when available.

April 6 – Sustainability Workshop in Selinsgrove

(From Peggy Lauver)

The Rivertown Coalition is holding a workshop on April 6 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on “Sustainability in our Communities.” Topics will include the New Berlin Energy initiative, Composting by Weis Market, and sustainable activites in the house and home garden. Bill Sharp of Transition Town State College will also be speaking.

$10 fee includes lunch. Location is at the UCC Church at 400 Market St. in Selinsgrove. For more information, contact the organizers by email.

April 27 – Pastured Pork Day at Owens Farm in Sunbury

(From Dave Owens)

Thinking about raising pigs outdoors? Will they ruin your pasture? Will they escape? How will you get them in the trailer? What to feed? Three pastured pork producers and a nutritionist will share their experience on the day-to-day realities and challenges of raising pigs outdoors at Pastured Pork Day on Owens Farm in Sunbury, PA.

The guest speakers, all members of PASA, include Jeff Mattocks from Fertrell Co., John and Todd Hopkins from Forks Farm in Orangeville, and Nolan Thevenet from Stryker Farm in Saylorsburg. Hosts David and Caroline Owens raise Tamworth pigs, which will be at various ages and stages at the time of the workshop. The program fee is $45 per person, and preregistration is required as seating is limited. Bring a covered dish for lunch. For more information, visit the Owens Farm website or call 570-898 6060.

You may also be interested in Piglets on Pasture, a follow-up workshop on farrowing, with special guest speaker Kelly Klober author of Dirt Hogs, joining us by teleconference. Details at the website.)

News from Way Fruit Farm in Port Matilda

Spring is right around the corner, which means it’s time to think about coloring Easter eggs, cleaning windows and planting seeds!  At the farm it means trimming fruit trees and getting ready for Easter bakery & local ham orders.

Please stop by or call ahead to place your order by Wednesday, March 27 for Friday or Saturday (March 29th or 30th) pickup.  Baked goods are always available, but in more limited quantities if not pre-ordered. Please be prepared to specify your name, phone number, date and approximate time of pickup and quantity of goods.

  • Pies:  Apple, Apple Walnut, Apple Brown Betty, Apple Cranberry, Banana Cream, Blackberry, Blueberry, Cherry, Coconut Cream, Black Cherry,  Peach, Pecan and Red Raspberry
  • No Sugar* Added Pies:   NS Apple, NS Peach, NS Blueberry (*Equal used)
  • Other Sweets:  Mini walnut, poppyseed or apricot rolls (1/2 doz.), iced sugar cookies (4 packs), Iced cinnamon rolls (9 per pan), Sticky buns (8 per pan)
  • Dinner Rolls:  Potato or Whole wheat (Avail. in 1/2 and full dozens)
  • Breads:  White, Wheat, Italian, Multigrain, Raisin, Marble Rye, 6-Grain and Cranberry Walnut
  • Local Ham: Whole- Bone-in, Half- Bone-in or Boneless ham “nuggets”  Please specify approx. lbs. desired for all hams.

We still have plenty of baking apples, other fruity pie fillings, fresh-pressed apple cider, baking supplies such as flour, sugar, melting chocolates, natural peanut butter and other dried goods. Plus Easter candy, fresh decorating ideas for spring and lots more!

News from the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture

  • PASA E-Newsletter – February 28 Edition
  • PASA E-Newsletter – March 7 Edition – Upcoming on-farm education and more…

News from Envinity

  • Envinity E-Newsletter – February 26 Edition, including upcoming home shows and discounts on energy audits.

News from Clearwater Conservancy

  • Clearwater Conservancy E-Newsletter – February 27 Edition, including details on a new grant for Halfmoon Creek restoration, Otto’s Golf-Fest, Wild Bird Day at Wiscoy (March 9), Trout Unlimited training on water quality monitoring (March 16), PA Land Conservation Conference (April 4-6), Little Juniata stream cleanup plans (April 6), the Renewable Energy NOW Fair (April 6), and a gathering of forest landowners (May 10-11).

News from Central Pennsylvania Council of Governments

News from BeWell Associates

  • Spring holistic health and nutrition classes and workshops: schedule.

News from FracTracker Alliance

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