Homesteaders’ Quarto – June 7, 2013

Action Alert – Contact Senators to Support 2013 Farm Bill Amendments

Note from PASA’s Brian Snyder on June 3 – “…This week the US Senate returns to debating the Farm Bill, and we can use this opportunity to protect local food from industrial-scale food safety regulations. Key senators have offered Farm Bill amendments that would fix major problems with proposed food safety rules from the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA). The local food movement nationwide needs your help to get these critical reforms a vote on the Senate floor…”

Friends & Farmers Co-op Survey

(From Rachel Hoh)

Friends & Farmers Cooperative, a recently incorporated co-op in State College, is working to bring a community-owned grocery store to the area. But the co-op needs your help. We’re currently asking community members to fill out a survey that will glean important information about our next steps. It takes just three minutes to fill out, yet it’s critical to our progress. The link to the survey is here.

June 7 & 8 – Millheim Mayfly Celebration

Enjoy all that central Pennsylvania has to offer at the Millheim Mayfly Festival, June 7 & 8. Beginning Friday evening, June 7, Main Street Millheim will be lined with street musicians, live artists, craft and food vendors, demonstrations, and other surprises. Take part in the fun by bringing along your bicycle, your family, and your sense of adventure.

The Millheim Mayfly Festival is hosted by the Millheim Business Community (MBC), a non-profit organization that works to foster healthy economic and cultural development of Millheim and the valley region through community cooperation, entrepreneurial innovation, and local governance. To find out more visit Millheim Mayfly Festival on Facebook.

News from Centre County Buy Fresh Buy Local

CCBFBL E-News – May 31 Edition, including farmers market listings and more:

“Warmer weather is bringing in new items – and we’re super excited to see strawberries making their spring appearance and you can also get hot house tomatoes. For now at markets you’ll find a variety of greens – arugula, salad mix, kale, spinach, andmore – along with beets and green garlic. You’ll also see the last of the asparagus, radishes, rhubarb, spring onions. You’ll always find lots of year-round items like cheese, meat, eggs,bread, canned & prepared goods, baked goods, and wine. You’ll also find handmade items like soaps and body care products as well as other crafts…”

News from Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture

PASA E-News – June 6 Edition

  • June 10 – Creating a Customized Food Safety Plan Webinar
  • June 11 – Tall Grazing in Dairy Operations: Maintaining Quality & Production – Wernersville, Spring Creek Farms
  • June 14-15 –  Planned Grazing & Biological Monitoring: Two Days with Ian Mitchell-Innes – Chambersburg, Hamilton Heights Dairy
  • June 15 – Backyard Beekeeping with Rodney Morgan – Boiling Springs, Dickinson College Farm
  • June 18 – – Raising & Processing Pastured Poultry for Home & Market – Townville, Dreese Family Farm
  • June 21 – Summer Solstice Owl Prowl – Kennett Square, Stateline Woods Preserve
  • June 22 – Paddling the Brandywine – Wilmington, DE, Wilderness Canoe Trips
  • June 25 – Managing Organic Wheat, Spelt, Emmer & Einkorn for Local Markets – Russell Larson Research Center at PSU
  • June 29 – Open Hive Day – Kennett Square, Newleaf EcoCenter
  • June 30 – Fearless Homesteading: A Year-Long Course – Phoenixville, Kimberton Waldorf School
  • July 10 – Herbs for Profit: Incorporating Culinary & Medicinal Herbs into Your Business Model – Brookville, Quiet Creek Herb Farm

June 10 – Twenty Community Leaders Speak Out On Climate Change

(From Ed Perry)

Despite President Obama’s promise to take decisive action on climate change, his rhetoric has not been followed up with action.  The president missed his own court-mandated April deadline that required the Environmental Protection Agency to final its rule requiring new power plants to reduce emissions. We are still waiting. But already, wildlife all across our country is being adversely affected by climate change.  Scientists predict some species simply won’t make it.  For us humans, how many more droughts, floods, wildfires, and hurricanes will it take before our elected representatives finally decide to take action to protect us and future generations?  Elected officials, sportsmen, climate scientists, moms, dads, business owners, and members of the faith community will speak out and demand action on climate change.

  • June 10 – 20 community leaders will demand action on climate change at Schlow Library, State College on Monday June 10, 2013, from 3:00 – 3:30 p.m. Speakers will be available 15 minutes before the formal presentations begin to take questions from the media. Speakers include Elizabeth Goreham – Mayor of State College; Dr. Ray Najjar, Climate Scientist; Steve Sywensky – owner of Fly Fishers Paradise; Charles Dumas – former candidate for the 5th Congressional District; Mark Henry – hunter, angler and life member, PA Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs.
  • June 19 – Letterwriting Session at Ed Perry’s House – “A couple of months ago, I held a letter writing session at Websters Cafe and Bookstore.  I propose to hold another one – at my house – where we can sit out on the deck and have some beverages and snacks, at 6 p.m. on June 19 at 6:00 p.m., 440 Brush Valley Road in Boalsburg. We need to keep the pressure on the White House, and let our fellow citizens know there are others out there that are also concerned about climate change and want action.  Please let me know if you plan to come.

June 11 – First Annual Kids Day Learning Kitchen at Boalsburg Farmers Market

(From Jim Eisenstein)

Third graders from three local schools have been invited to attend “kids day” at the Boalsburg Farmers Market on Tuesday, June 11. The highlight of the event will be a cooking demonstration by Tony Sapia of Gemelli Bakers that will show children how to make simple dishes using ingredients obtained from the market.   After the demonstration, the vendors at the market will answer questions from the children about how they grow and make the products sold at the market, and the children will be encouraged to purchase items themselves.

Market co-manager Sapia explained that the intent of kids day is “to introduce kids to the variety of fresh products available at farmers markets, to introduce them to some of the ways they can be used, and to give them the experience of purchasing items themselves.”  The event is part of a broader effort by the Boalsburg Farmers Market to make children aware of the importance of the healthy foods available from local growers.  The market is a co-sponsor of the new Grays Woods elementary school garden, and plans to sponsor a “locally-sourced lunch” in several local schools this fall.

Third Graders from Grays Woods Elementary School, Our Lady of Victory, and the Friends School have been specially invited to the event, but all children are encouraged to attend.   The cooking demonstration begins at 3:00 at the market, which is held at the Pennsylvania Military Museum on Business Route 322 (S. Atherton) in Boalsburg. The market runs every Tuesday from 2:00 PM till 6:00 PM, and there is ample on-site free parking.

Summer 2013 – Lewistown Farmers Market Workshop Schedule

Tuesdays at 5:30 at Rec Park Community Center. Register in person at the Farmers Market welcome tent on  market days from 3-­7 p.m. or by email. Attend 5 classes to get a free cookbook: ‘Simply in Season.’ Lewistown Farmers Market Flier.

  • June 25 – The Great American Cookout
  • July 2 – Berry Benefits
  • July 9 – Vegetarian Meal Planning
  • Jul 16 – Kale: The Queen of Greens
  • July 23 – Herb Garden Gourmet
  • July 30 – Focus on the Family Dinner
  • August 6 – Healthy Lunchtime Favorites for Kids
  • August 13 – Fermenting Foods for the Health of it
  • August 20 – Celebrating Tomatoes
  • August 27 – Crockpot Cookery

Summer Hours at Way Fruit Farm in Port Matilda

Summer Hours will begin Monday, June 3:

  • Monday – Friday 8am – 7pm
  • Saturday 8am – 5pm
  • Sunday Closed

At our farm store, we are offering local salad greens, asparagus(limited quantities), rhubarb and more!  Check our cooler case for everything you need for a delicious, local salad including greens, Pennsylvania mushrooms, baby carrots, cucumbers, onions and then top it off with our homemade croutons and a bottle of Apple Cider Vinaigrette made in our Way Café and Bakery.  We also have lots of locally-raised meats for grilling.Eating healthy and local never tasted so good!

Summer 2013 Shavers Creek Environmental Center Nature Programs

  • June 8 – Old Growth Mountain Hike
  • June 14 – Starlight Vigil
  • June 21 – Summer Solstice Sale
  • July 13 – Colored Pencil Sketching
  • July 20 – I Spy Butterfly

June 2013 – Centre Region Parks & Recreation Nature Programs

  • Full Moon Walk at MMNC, June 8
  • Marsh Mondays & Wetland Wednesdays begin, June 10
  • Introduction to Fly Tying, June 11 & 13
  • Food for Thought-“Sweet Tooth Bakery”, June 12
  • Amazing Floral Centerpieces, June 13
  • Outdoor Safety Series-“Venomous vs. Non-venomous Snakes”, June 13
  • Romantic Moonlight Walk at MMNC, June 15
  • “Nature Adventures Art Camp” at MMNC, June 17-21
  • Summer Day Camps begin!, June 17
  • Bike-In Movie at Tudek Park – “Jumanji”, June 19
  • Outdoor Safety Series-“Ticks & Poison Ivy”, June 20
  • Music Night at the Marsh – “Biscuit Jam”, June 21
  • Explore Through Nature Journaling, June 22
  • Wetlab Kids-Wild & Wacky Science, June 22
  • Muddy Sneakers Family Hike, June 22

Chef Launches ‘Grand Experiment’ in Local Food

Michele Marchetti writing in – “The revamped menu at Whiskers at The Nittany Lion Inn includes the following footnote: “As you read through this menu keep in mind that you are participating in a grand experiment in local food…”

June 22 – Summer Solstice Celebration at Tait Farm in Centre Hall

Summer Solstice Celebration at Tait Farm, Saturday, June 22 from 1 to 4pm, to benefit the Centre County Farmland Trust.”

“Our annual free event will feature a variety of food and beverage offerings from local farms and restaurants, live music, farm & food related children’s activities, hayrides, self-guided farm tours, a silent auction and more. This family friendly day is a ‘feel good’ community event centered around the importance of our local farms and how we can all help to support and preserve them. Members from the Farmland Trust will be on hand to talk about their preservation work and why it is so important to this region. Participants include Gemelli Bakery, Elk Creek Cafe, Goot Essa Artisan Cheeses, Happy Valley Winery, Harrison’s Wine Grill & Catering, Hidden Pond Farms (Angus beef), Mount Nittany Inn, Mount Nittany Winery, PASA, Otto’s Pub & Brewery, Stone MEadow Farm, Tait Farm Foods, and Zola’s Bistro/Gamble Mill Tavern.”

Miscellaneous Resources

  • Garden Soil Testing Service through Penn State Extension – More info. C
    ost is $9. You can put one cup of soil in a ziploc bag and mail it or take it to the extension office along with this form. You can also get a kit from the Centre County Extension Office: M – F 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 4
    20 Holmes Avenue, Willowbank Building, Room 322 Bellefonte, PA 16823-1488. Phone: 814-355-4897
  • Fruit Tree Orchard Management Advice
    Robert Crassweller, the PSU Extension Pomologist.
  • Gardening Workshop Organizing – Molly Sturniolo is the outreach/workshops coordinator for Penn State Master Gardeners, and is working with Justin Wheeler to develop a speaker’s bureau.

June 15 Application Deadline – New Grants Available

“Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation.” More information. Expressions of Interest (EOIs) for the next round open on 15 June 2013 and the deadline is 31 July 2013.

“Specifically, the program looks for modern, off-the-shelf technologies that will increase the productivity and competitiveness of smallholder farmers, especially women. Partnering for Innovation provides funds for pilot testing and demonstration of proven technologies, as well as larger grants that can bring these technologies to commercial scale.”

News from FracTracker Alliance

  • FracTracker E-News –  May 2013 Edition

Kathy McMahon – “Reality Ain’t What You Believe”

Excellent video interview of Kathy McMahon by Janaia Donaldson of Peak Moment Television

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