Hash – March 21, 2013

News from the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture

PASA E-Newsletter – March 20 Edition, including Philly FarmFest news & wind power information.

News from Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center

Letters from the Birdbox E-Newsletter – March 20 Edition, including Maple Harvest Festival (March 23 & 24), Earth Day Work Day (April 21) and other upcoming events. At the Maple Harvest Festival, you can…”learn how to identify and tap sugar maple trees and visit the Sugar Shack to see sap transformed into syrup; watch costumed interpreters demonstrate sugaring techniques used by Native Americans, pioneers, and modern-day farmers” and more.

March 22 – Spring Potluck

Reminder: the Spring Potluck is tomorrow evening (6 p.m.) in the Community Room at the Borough Building, 243 South Allen St. Featured idea: Downtown Public Community Kitchens and How to Make One Happen in State College.

March 22  – Stop the Penn State Pipeline: Community Action Meeting

(From Pam Steckler)

There will be a Community Action Meeting on Friday, March 22 at 7 p.m. in Room 325 at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 208 W. Foster Ave in State College.

PSU Gas Pipeline: All Risk No Benefit in YOUR Front Yard!

Penn State and Columbia Gas plan to construct a major gas pipeline through our neighborhood.  The 10”, 400 psi pipeline does not belong near homes: when they fail, the devastating results leave neighborhoods leveled and lives lost, as in the incidents in Bellingham Washington (6/11/99), San Bruno CA, 9/9/10, Southern Ohio (11/16/11) and others.  Subsequently, other states have created setbacks of 100 feet or more for pipelines like the one they plan on putting directly in front of our homes.

This pipeline does not benefit us at all:  it simply links Penn State’s East and West power plants and does not improve utility access for the community.  In return for no benefit, we will find our homes dangerously within the hazard area of potential explosions and gas leak emergencies.

Penn State wants to save money by increasing our risk. The Board of Trustees chose not to route the pipeline through university property because of costs and infrastructure disruptions. Instead, they plan to exploit public rights of way for their private benefit, building danger into our neighborhood.

Seed-saving workshop - April 1, 2012

Seed-saving workshop – April 1, 2012

March 23 – Start Your Summer Garden Workshop in State College

There’s still room in this weekend’s workshop:

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 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. ($12 suggested donation. Call 237-0996 or email to sign up)

March 27 – AgCoalition of Bradford County Meeting

The AgCoalition of Bradford County is holding the first of its regular conferences and forums on March 27, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at the Wysox Firehall.

This event will promote and highlight progress toward sustaining and building the area’s agriculture, and will be kicked off by keynote speaker, Shelly Dehoff, relaying how the Lancaster Blue Ribbon Commission has pursued a similar effort. Jeff Himes of Penn State Extension will relay “lessons learned and ground gained” based on related efforts in Tioga County. Wrap up will include an organizational discussion to assure the effort continues to be productive and mutually worthwhile.

Everyone who eats or has an interest in seeing agriculture prosper in Bradford County is highly encouraged to attend and have their voice heard. Lunch will be provided with every donation of $10.00 or more. Reserve your seat for this worthwhile event by contacting the Bradford County Conservation District at (570) 265-5539 X6. Bring your good ideas, bring your support, and bring a friend. See you there! Keep in touch afterward by visiting AgCoalition of Bradford County

April 6 – Polar Day at University Park

A Public Science Event to Explore the Unique Beauty and Cultural Value of Polar Regions will be held Saturday April 6, 2013 from 9:00 a.m.—3:00 p.m. at 119 Osmond and the McCoy Natatorium. This event is free and open to the public. Schedule includes:

  • 9:30-10:30 a.m.—Welcome by Eric Post and a lecture on polar bears and climate change by Dr. Ian Stirling from the University of Alberta, CA
  • 10:35-11:35 a.m.—A reading of “Approaching Ice” by poet Elizabeth Bradfield
  • 12:00-1:15 p.m.—A screening of the 2012 film “Chasing Ice
  • 1:30-2:15 p.m. or 2:15-3:00 p.m. @McCoy Natatorium – A demonstration of the remotely operated vehicle used for sub-ice exploration by ROV pilot Buzz Scott, Oceanswide

April 6 – Renewable Energy NOW Fair

The Renewable Energy NOW Fair will be held Saturday, April 6, 2013 at  American Legion Post 779 on route 45, Centre Hall, PA from 9 AM to 6 PM. The fair is free and open to all.

The Penns Valley Conservation Association and the West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund announce an exciting showcase for renewable energy and energy efficiency: the Renewable Energy NOW Fair. The Fair is open to the public and will have indoor and outdoor exhibits. The first 400 fair goers will receive the free Renewable Energy Handbook. Parking is free and refreshments will be available for sale. For more information, contact: Mary Carol Frier.

April 30 Deadline – National Women in Agriculture Conference: Call for Workshop Proposals

(PA-WAgN is collaborating with several women’s agricultural networks to offer the 4th National Women in Sustainable Agriculture Conference, November 6-8, 2013, Des Moines, Iowa.)

Invitation from Mary Peabody, UVM Extension, Community & Economic Development:

As someone that works in the area of agricultural entrepreneurship, I wanted to take a moment of your time to invite you to submit a proposal to present at the 4th National Women in Sustainable Ag Conference: Cultivating Our Food, Farms and Future. The conference will be held November 6-8, 2013 in Des Moines, IA, hosted by the Women, Food & Agriculture Network.  Presentations are invited in the following tracks:

  • Cultivating our Food/Fiber (production-related topics);
  • Cultivating our Farms (management, human relations and farm transfer topics); and
  • Cultivating our Future (leadership, network development and policy topics).

We are looking for for proposals from farmers, educators, activists and agricultural professionals involved in sustainable agriculture. Women engaged developing healthy, locally based food systems are our target audience.
We anticipate offering a variety of learning opportunities including workshops, discussion panels, and round table sessions. Participatory formats are always encouraged.  Break our your creativity and share your wisdom! Please share with your contacts!

Deadline for submissions is April 30, 2013.For more information on the conference and submissions visit the conference website.

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