Sundries – April 2, 2013

April 2 – Boalsburg Farmers Market Preview

(From Jim Eisenstein)

It’s April! Can spring be far behind?  Those of you who follow us on Facebook deserve some credit for thinking spring on our growers behalf.

Some of the products available on Tuesday (2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Boalsburg Fire Hall) provide hints of what is to come.

  • Clan Stewart will have leeks, spinach, collards, and maybe even mixed lettuce.
  • Beiler Family Farm has something you can’t pick up at the supermarket  — goose eggs  — plus lots of preserved goods and cream.
  • Clover Creek has added raw whole milk from pastured cows plus a variety of aged cheeses.
  • Stone Meadow also has cheeses along with frozen beef.
  • Tamarack Farms will bring Tunisian style lamb sausage, made with a pomegranate base and seasoned with paprika, cayenne, ginger, garlic, thyme, black pepper, and salt.
  • Eden View still has beets along with sprouted breads and bagels and prepared foods.
  • Gemelli’s will have its usual wide selection of breads.
  • Byler Goat dairy has peanut butter and black walnut goat fudge (along with a variety of goat cheeses.
  • You probably already know about Way Fruit Farm’s apples and apple products, Ardry Farm’s potatoes and eggs, Bill Callahan’s meats (featuring fresh pork next week), Wild for Salmon’s Alaskan salmon, and Fasta Pasta’s fresh made products.

And our music will be provided by Richard Sleigh from 4:00 to 5:30.

Happy Valley TimeBank Update

(From Sean Morgan)

Hello Time Bankers!  I’m writing to encourage you to take advantage of the Happy Valley Timebank to get your spring chores done.  Post a request for anything you might need.  If you have the skills to offer someone in need, post an offer.  Email me if you need help.

April 4 – Lunch & Learn in State College – “Be More Thorough About the Borough”

(From Megan Tuttle)

In 2013, Borough Planning Staff began a monthly event, Lunch & Learn, on the first Thursday of each month.  The purpose of these events is to provide citizens with an informal opportunity to discuss planning issues that are of interest to the community. This month’s topic: the Downtown Master PlanJoin Planning staff on Thursday, April 4 at noon in the Municipal Building.  Feel free to bring a lunch and your questions.

April 5 – Voices of Central PA Spring Fundraiser & Progressives of the Year

(From Voices)

On Friday, April 5, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., at Webster’s Bookstore Café, 133 E. Beaver Ave. Please join us to honor our Progressives of the Year 2012 Charles and Jo Dumas for their heroic effort in running for US Congress as the Progressive Democrat Candidate. Please help support the Free & Independent Press in our valleys! Your help and donations are a vitally needed part of keeping Voices alive and making sure that all the voices in Central Pa are heard. Learn More Here.

April 6 & 7 – 10th Annual American Indian Powwow at Mount Nittany Middle School

The 10th annual New Faces of an Ancient People Traditional American Indian Powwow in State College will be held on Saturday and Sunday, April 6 and 7, 2013, at the Mt. Nittany Middle School in Boalsburg, Pennsylvania, known in Indian Country one of the finest Traditional American Indian powwows in or outside of Indian Country.

American Indian dancers and Native Drum Groups from American Indian reservations and communities across North America and Canada will travel hundreds, some thousands, of miles to State College, Pennsylvania for the event….Native foods such as American Indian Frybread, Indian Corn Soup, and Buffalo from the Northern Tribal Nations will also be available for purchase. Details.

April 8 – Charles Eisenstein Speech at PSU

(From Serena Fulton)

The PSU Yoga and Integral Living Club is bringing Charles Eisenstein to come speak on campus on Monday, April 8 at 5:30 pm in room 10 Sparks. Please spread the word to students, listservs, colleagues, co-workers, friends, families or any PASA attendees who wanted to hear more after his keynote at the recent PASA conference. Here is the link for the event on Facebook.

April 9 – Organic Vegetable Production: From Seeds to Sales

(From Patty Neiner)

Jen Montgomery will lead us on a tour of Blackberry Meadows Farm fields and orchards (Allegheny County) and then focus the day’s activities on the production within their four high tunnels. Participants will learn how Jen and Greg plan their planting schedule, crop rotation, watering, pest management and harvesting. Mary Barbercheck, Soil Ecologist, Penn State University, will discuss increasing soil fertility and soil ecology within a high tunnel. In addition, Jen will also describe their recent initiative to start a heritage seed saving collective.

This will be an opportunity to network with other growers to discuss organic certification, seed sourcing and saving, direct marketing strategies and high tunnel opportunities and challenges. More info & registration.

April 10 – Farm Services Agency Microloans – Webinar

Learn About Low-interest Microloans of up to $35,000 Now Available for Farmers. Join the Cornell Small Farms Program and FSA Senior Loan Specialist Carrie Novak for this One-Time Opportunity.  Small farmers spoke up and the Farm Services Agency (FSA) listened! In January 2013 the FSA launched a new Microloan Program that offers very low-interest loans of up to $35,000, with an abbreviated application process. On Wednesday April 10 from 7 – 8 p.m. EST, come learn about the details of the program, including loan terms and application process, and have the opportunity to type questions to the FSA’s Senior Loan Specialist, Carrie Novak via chat pod. Carrie will also present basic FSA loan eligibility criteria and review the application form. Register now.  Can’t join? No problem; we’ll record the webinar and post it for viewing on the Northeast Beginning Farmer Project website.

April 13 – Appalachian Outdoors Spring Expo in State College

(From Appalachian Outdoors)

Check out info about the annual Spring Outdoor EXPO, scheduled for Saturday, April 13, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. To add to the adventurous spirit brought on by the EXPO, we have joined forces with the Sierra Club to bring the Banff Film Festival to the State Theatre. The films will be shown over the course of two nights, Friday the 12th and Saturday the 13th. In short, we would love to see you for the Spring EXPO and for Banff !

April 23 – First PSU Local Foods Dinner at Redifer Commons

(From Alyssa Kalter)

On March 28, a student-led group met at New Leaf Initiative’s downtown State College office to hash out plans for a Local Foods Dinner, tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, April 23 at Redifer Commons, in South Halls on the University Park campus.

Planners set up a publicity team to spread the word and sign up Penn State student diners (via the residential dining customer list-serve, club list-serves, Facebook and Twitter. They set a preliminary target of serving a locally-sourced meal to 50 students, pending a logistics discussion with Lisa Wandel and other PSU Residential Dining staff about the room capacity, pricing considerations, and how to adapt organizing strategies for theme dinners (i.e. Valentine’s Dinners) for the Local Food theme.

They also designated a food sourcing team to work with other farmers and cooking staff to plan the menu and deliver the food to the residential dining kitchens for preparation. Possible supplier farms include including Clan Stewart Farm, Greenmoore Gardens, Jade Family Farm, Full Circle Farms, Woodside Acres, Spring Bank Acres, Stone Meadow Farms, Byler Goat Farm and members of the Tuscarora Organic Growers Cooperative.

After this first Local Food Dinner, future goals include local food night once a week during the Fall 2013 semester and later once a day, otating the location among the different dining commons. Those plans are modeled on successful local food dining programs at the University of Wisconsin and other large universities. The planning group will meet next on Tuesday, April 9 at 7 pm at New Leaf Initiative, 100 South Fraser St.

April 23 – Safety and Health Management Workshop for Farm Operators

(From Patty Neiner)

1:00-4:00 PM at New Morning Farm, 22263 Anderson Hollow Road, Hustontown, PA 17229 (southern Huntingdon County)

This workshop is designed for farm owners, operators, and managers who supervise farm employees, including apprentices, interns and seasonal workers. It will provide safety and health guidelines for management personnel on identifying hazards on farm worksites that may result in costly accidents; resources for correcting the hazards; and safety training materials for quick and effective delivery to farm employees. A minimal registration fee of $15 will include a printed copy of the best safety practices manual and will cover costs associated with afternoon refreshments. The workshop is limited to only 15 participants, so register early. Register for this event.

FACT’s Fund-a-Farmer Project – Applications due May 1

Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) is now accepting grant applications for its Fund-a-Farmer Project! The Fund-a-Farmer Project provides small grants to qualifying humane farmers who need assistance in improving the welfare of their farm animals. Grants of up to $1,500 will be awarded for projects that (1) help farms transition to pasture-based systems, (2) improve the marketing of their humane products, or (3) more generally enrich the conditions in which farm animals are raised. Working, independent family farmers that raise pigs, broiler chickens, laying hens, dairy cows and/or beef cattle are eligible to apply for any of the three types of grants. Projects involving goats and sheep are only eligible for marketing grants. Applications must be submitted online or postmarked by May 1, 2013 for awards made in August 2013. View guidelines and apply online.

May 10 – 11 – Forest Landowners Conference

Join PASA at the 2013 Private Forest Landowners Conference:The Future of Penn’s Woods. The first statewide Private Forest Landowners39; Conference, hosted by the Center for Private Forests in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, will be held May 10-11, 2013, at the Blair County Convention Center in Altoona, PA, and bring together people who want to demonstrate a commitment to forest sustainability. More details and registration.

New Appalachian Food Heritage & Agri-Tourism Guide – Nominations due May 15

The Appalachian Regional Commission and American Heritage Publishing are partnering on the production of a tourist-oriented “mapguide” designed to boost tourism and stimulate economic development in Appalachia by showcasing its food-heritage and agritourism attractions. Sites to be featured include local farms, farmers markets, farm-to-table restaurants, and other distinctive food-related destinations.

Site nominations are now being accepted from the public. All nominated sites must be located in the Appalachian Region, accept visitors, and represent a local food experience for travelers. The initial nomination period ends May 15, 2013. Final site selections will be made by September 2013 by ARC, American Heritage, and the Tourism Council. The mapguide will be available as a free insert in the Spring 2014 issue of American Heritage magazine. It will also be distributed through targeted traveler mailing lists, regional welcome centers, and tourism trade shows.

News from the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture

  • PASA E-Newsletter – March 28 Edition

News from Penn State Extension – Sustainable Agriculture Working Group

(From Charlie White)

PSU-Sus-Ag E-Newsletter – Spring 2013 Edition

Sus-Ag Working Group Past Webinar Recordings and Upcoming Events.

News from SEDA-COG

SEDA-COG E-Newsletter – March Edition, including TAP grant info.”…The universe of transportation is more than planes, trains, and automobiles.  It’s bicycle and pedestrian trails, historic railroad stations, community improvements like sidewalks and street lights, and scenic overlooks.  These are some of the projects that can be funded through the federal government’s Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP).”

News from FracTracker Alliance

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