Nibbles – May 7, 2013

Tait Farm Part Time Job

(From Michele Marchetti)

Part-time retail sales position at Tait Farm Harvest Shop: Flexible schedule, including weekends. No evenings. Call 814-466-3411 or e-mail  for more details.

Uproot! – Local Filmmakers Filming Local Farmers & Local Farms

(From Sarajane Snyder)

Some friends of mine, Julie and Carrie, are starting a documentary and art project – “Uproot” – based on local farmers and their farms. They’ve already visited some PASA members. They will be having receptions for their show coming up May 31 & June 1 in Danville and Lewisburg. These receptions will feature live open-mic storytelling by farmers. Please check out their nifty website for more detailed information, and don’t be shy about getting in touch with them if you want them to document YOUR farm too!

News from Shavers Creek Environmental Center

Letters from the Birdbox E-Newsletter – May 1 Edition:

  • May 10Soapmaking – 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Learn the basics of crafting your own melt and pour soap using natural ingredients and essential oils. You’ll leave the workshop with your own custom soap creation, and the knowledge to explore further! This program is recommended for ages ten and up. This program is FREE to members, and we suggest $5.00/person donation for non-members. We have limited spaces available in this workshop, so please call Shaver’s Creek to register.
  • May 17Primitive Fire Making Skills Workshop – 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Have you ever heard of rubbing two sticks together to make fire? Now is your chance to practice the skill of bow drilling and other fire-making methods with this participatory workshop! Using nothing more than wood, rock, and elbow grease, you can join in making sparks. Bring a pocket knife and outdoor clothing; we’ll provide the natural materials you need. Fire-making is open to those 15 years and older. This program is FREE for members, and we suggest a donation of $5 for non-members. Please call Shaver’s Creek at 814-863-2000 to register.

May 10 – Adventures in Conservation- Medicinal Plant and Weed Walk in Spring Creek Canyon

(From Clearwater Conservancy)

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM EDT at Fisherman’s Paradise, join herbalist and flower essence practitioner Jennifer Anne Tucker on an afternoon walk in Spring Creek Canyon to identify wild plants and weeds and learn what part of the plant is used for food or medicine and how it is prepared. Learn the physical and metaphysical healing properties of the plants we encounter on our early spring walk. As this event will be held on protected public lands, there will be no harvesting of any plant material. Course Full – Registration Closed.

May 11 – Wild Edible & Medicinal Herb Walk in Millheim

(From Kat Alden)

Turn your weeding time into a foraging feast! Penns Valley Learning Garden will present a workshop on “Weed Identification and their Edible and Medicinal Uses” Saturday May 11 from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. Join renowned herbalist Jennifer Tucker as she walks you through the Penn’s Valley Learning Garden’s herb beds identifying common garden weeds that are edible, medicinal or both. Bring your garden weeds for identification. You may be able to harvest a crop before you plant your first seeds! Jennifer Tucker has been studying and teaching wild edible and medicinal workshops for over three decades. This workshop is free and open to the public and is the first in a monthly series focusing on medicinal plants. The Penns Valley Learning Garden is located at the American Legion Post 444 on Route 45 in Millheim. For more information, contact Kat Alden.

May 11, 12 and 18 – Local Plant Sales

(From Justin Wheeler)

News from Centre County Buy Fresh Buy Local

CCBFBL E-Newsletter May 2 Edition, including farmers market updates and…

  • May 11 – Sip wine while sampling delicious wood-fired pizza by Gemelli Barkers on Saturday, May 11. Sign up for one of the seatings at (814) 466-6373. Cost is $15 per person.
  • May 17 & 31 – Dip into the World of Wine & Wine & Pizza at Mt. Nittany Winery – Learn more about wine at the Classes with Glasses on Friday May 17  and 31. Wine, cheese, and bread are provided. Reserve your spot at (814) 466-6373. Cost is $15 per class.

May 11 – PASA Field Day: Small Ruminant Health Workshop

10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Dickinson College Farm, Boiling Springs (near Carlisle). This is a workshop for goat and sheep producers. Registration is limited and pre-registration is required. Sign up now! Cost:* $40 PASA members & Dickinson students; $55 all others. Includes lunch and FAMACHA certification.

May 12 – Gardening for Butterflies – Talk & Tour at Tudek Park

(From Justin Wheeler)

Learn how you can attract beautiful butterflies and other beneficial pollinators to your yard. This talk is designed both to inspire gardeners and equip them with all the necessary tools to create a welcoming environment for butterflies and other pollinating insects in their own landscape. Using the Pollinator Demonstration Garden as our guide, join us as we share techniques, tips, and ideas designing pollinator-friendly plantings that will insure a colorful garden for all seasons. Participants will walk away with a free pollinator friendly plant to get them started. (limit one per household). Event starts at 1 p.m. More info.

May 13 – Google+ hangout with Michael Mann 

(From Ed Perry)

Please join National Wildlife Federation for a Google+ hangout with renowned climate scientist Dr. Michael Mann to discuss the latest climate science and the consequences of our failure to act on reducing carbon pollution in our atmosphere. The challenges that climate change poses for wildlife and people are significant – and demonstrate the need for urgent action to address our climate crisis. A question & answer period will follow remarks from Dr. Mann. May 13, 2013, from 5:30 – 6:30 pm at the College Township Municipal Building, 1481 E College Ave. Afterwards, Ed plans to head to Otto’s for some food and refreshing beverages for those who want to continue the discussion.

May 16 – Discussion on Fighting Hunger in the Community  

A community presentation supported by a mini-grant from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, this interactive presentation and discussion session will focus on the impact of poverty and food insecurity, and how children can be both hungry and overweight at the same time. The dialogue will explore the effects of hunger and overweight on children and identify ways that people in the community can help address the problem. Please RSVP by May 10, 2013. 4 – 5 pm in the Bennett Pierce Living Center, 110 N. Henderson Building.

May 18 – Backyard Chicken Workshop in Aaronsburg & Woodward

Penns Valley Conservation Association is offering a Backyard Chicken Workshop on Saturday, May 18, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.. Topics include nursery set-up, feeding, housing, pasturing and husbandry, with an optional chicken dinner to follow. More info. Space is limited. To register, call 814-880-1228.

May 18 – The Science of Soils Workshop in Millheim

(From Kat Alden)

The Penns Valley Learning Garden will present this workshop on Saturday, May 18 from 11:00 a.m.  to 12:00 p.m. at the Millheim Outdoor Farmers Market, located at the American Legion Post 444 on Route 45. Join soil scientist Yuri Plowden and Master Gardener Warren Leitzel as they team up to bring you the research and practical knowledge needed to locate, test and prepare your garden for a bountiful harvest. Learn how to access soil maps online and why and how soils are formed. For more information, contact Kat Alden.

May 25 – Children’s Gardening Series Begins in Bellefonte

(From the CDT: Bellefonte Childrens Garden offers array of events, by Connie Cousins)

  • May 25 – “Ready, Set, Recycle” 10 a.m. Create a trash-to-treasure container garden and discover easy ways your family can help preserve our priceless planet.
  • June 22 – “Lessons from the Lorax,” 10 a.m. Enjoy Dr. Seuss’s classic “The Lorax” and discover its lessons on what plants need to grow, and why it’s important to speak for the trees. The kids will plant and take home a “truffula tree” of their own.
  • July 27 – “Birds of a Feather Flock Together,” 10 a.m. Flock to the garden to meet some feathered friends. Learn their names, listen to their songs and find out how to attract them for close-up watching.
  • August 17 – “Predator or Prey,”  10 a.m. Some bugs gobble our plants and “bug” us. Others are our bug-buddies and help us. Come and learn who’s who among the garden bugs.
  • Sept. 28 – “Garden Detectives,”  10 a.m. Treasures about in the garden and attendees will search for and gather just the right stuff. See what you can find among the flowers.
  • Oct. 26 – “Pumpkin Pals,” 10 a.m. Gather goodies from the garden and create a “gourdish” masterpiece. Celebrate the harvest at this annual favorite.

These events are for children and adults to enjoy together; registration is appreciated but is not required. Call Beverly Harader at 355-4174 for more information.

May 28 – Value-Added Dairy Farminar

(From Ann Stone at PA-WAgN)

12:00 Noon – 1:00 p.m. Are you too busy on your farm to attend PA-WAgN on-farm educational events? Did you miss the Value-Added Dairy field day at Wayside Acres due to time constraints or geographical barriers? Did you attend the field day but have additional questions? We have a solution for you!

PA-WAgN is now hosting FARMINARS – a virtual field-day that can be viewed from the comfort of your own living room. On May 28, 2013 Value-Added Dairy Specialty Mentors Cathy & Gwen Soult will facilitate a FARMINAR to review the events of their recent field day and to offer a question and answer session.Simply visit the farminar website, enter as a guest and participate in a convenient learning opportunity.

News from the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture

June 9 – Highlands Civic Association Potluck Supper and Plant Exchange

  • Sunday, June 9. 2013, 5:00 – 7:00 PM, Friends Meetinghouse, 611 E. Prospect Ave. Tell your neighbors! Details to follow.

June 10 – Value Added Farming at Quiet Creek Herb Farm

(From Ann Stone at PA-WAgN)

Join Claire and Rusty Orner for a tour of Quiet Creek Herb farm and learn how they have expanded their farm’s product line through value-added products and on-farm education. More info and registration

Municipal Energy Management Projects Underway in Central PA

  • SEDA-COG May Edition Newsletter: “…Comprehensive energy audits are being undertaken in four Pennsylvania communities through the SEDA-COG Energy Resource Center (ERC)…involving municipal properties in Gregg Township, Centre County, Lamar Township, Clinton County, City of Latrobe, Westmoreland County, Millheim Borough, Centre County. They were among ten communities in which utility bill analyses were completed last year, through Phase I of the project…”

News from Envinity – Renewable Energy in Central PA

  • Envinity E-Newsletter – Spring Edition: “Its amazing what a little sunshine can do for the renewable energy industry. Over the past month, Envinity has installed 22 kW of clean, local renewable energy in the Centre County community, with at least another 15 kW on the horizon… The reintroduction of several financial incentives has made solar an even better investment in PA…For our farmer friends, the USDA Renewable Energy for America Program (REAP) is back!  Envinity is writing grants for our clients up to $20,000!

News from FracTracker Alliance

  • FracTracker E-Newsletter – April Edition, including US Map of Suspected Well Water Impacts.
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