July 2013 E-Newsletter

(Use the PDF – July 2013 SCHF News – for links to more information about each event.)


Workshops, public hearings, festivals, potlucks & more.

  • July 16 – Boalsburg Farmers Market Learning Kitchen – Join Grace Pilato and Nate Brungarten as they demonstrate how to cook dishes using fresh ingredients found right at the farmers market. 2:30 p.m. at the PA Military Museum in Boalsburg.
  • July 16 – Prep Party for PCO FarmFest in Spring Mills. Paint signs, string banners and more. 6 – 8 p.m. in Room 205 at Old Gregg School.
  • July 16 – Lewistown Farmers Market Workshop Series: July 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
  • July 18 – College Township Council Public Hearing at 7:00 p.m. about backyard hens. Come to the meeting and/or email Council to voice your support!
  • July 18 – Oyler’s Organic Farms Workshop Series (Biglerville) : July 18 – Freezing for Winter; July 20 – Canning Under Pressure; July 26 – Perfect Pickles; July 27 – Totally Tomato; Aug. 1 – Simple Salsa; Aug. 3 – Farm Fresh Pizza for Kids; Aug. 10 – Peaches Please!; Sept. 21 – A is for Apple; Nov. 2 – Fermented Foods; Nov. 21 – Savory Winter Soups; Dec. 7 – Christmas Cookies for Kids
  • July 20 – Season Extension Workshop – 10 a.m. at the Penn State Community Garden off Porter Road – Can’t get enough of gardening? Want to get an earlier start in spring, and keep harvesting later in the fall? The workshop will be led by Jason Lilley, who is a graduate student in Plant Science at Penn State, and will focus on how you can optimize the growing season. Contact Scott Salesky for more info.
  • July 20 – Permaculture Workshop with Jackie Bonomo in Millheim at Penns Valley Learning Garden’s edible orchard. 11 a.m. – 12 noon. Shaping fruit trees for production and polyculture planting, plus what plants fulfill what functions in the guild.
  • July 20 – Joint North Central Region & South Central Region PASA Potluck – 5 p.m at Petersburg, Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center.
  • July 20 – Wings in the Park Festival – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Tudek Park’s Snetsinger Butterfly Garden.
  • July 26 – 28 – Medicinal Herb Intensive Workshop – Brookville, Quiet Creek Herb Farm
  • July 27 – Food Preservation Workshop – 10 a.m at the Penn State Community Garden off Porter Road. Not sure what to do with the tons of tomatoes and the plethora of pickles from your garden? The workshop will discuss a number of methods for preserving fresh produce, and will include demos of how to make sour pickles, kimchi, and sauerkraut. Speakers will be PSU greenhouse manager Scott DiLoretto, and garden treasurer/plant science student Jennie Diehl. Contact Scott Salesky for more info.
  • July 27 – Backyard Fruit Trees Series: Summer – Collegeville, Longview Center for Agriculture
  • July 27 – Harness the Sun! – Boiling Springs, Dickinson College Farm
  • July 28 – August 10 – Chatham University’s Food, Farm & Field Program – Gibsonia, Chatham University
  • July 29 – Land Leasing for New Farm Enterprises – Doylestown, Aldie Mansion
  • August 2 – Summer in the Organic Orchard – Rochester, Kretschmann Organic Farm
  • August 2-3 – Second Annual Pennsylvania Certified Organic FarmFest, Grange Grounds in Centre Hall. Spring Creek Homesteading Workshops: Cover Cropping for the Backyard Garden with Gene Bazan; Pollinator Gardens & Native Bee Nesting Blocks with Justin Wheeler; Backyard Chickens with Nellie Bhattarai; Canning Summer Fruits with Josh Lambert.
  • August 3 – 10 – PASA’s 2013 Centre County Local Foods Week. Farm tours, Bike Fresh Bike Local and more.
  • August 3-5 – Beekeeping Intensive Short Course – West Chester, West Chester University
  • August 6 – Boalsburg Farmers Market Golden Basket Award Chef’s Competition at the PA Military Museum.
  • August 13-15 – Ag Progress Days at Rock Springs Research Farm in Pennsylvania Furnace. 
  • August 22-29 – Centre County Grange Fair at the Grange Grounds in Centre Hall. 
  • August 23 – 25 – New Life Scripts Retreat in Clearfield County. Earth retreat for women.
  • September 11 – Second Annual Plow to Plate Harvest Dinner at the Mount Nittany Winery, featuring a full meal prepared by local chefs using fresh ingredients from the market.
  • September 17 – Local Foods Dinner #2 in Redifer Commons – Following up on the smashing success of the first PSU Local Foods Dinner on April 24.
  • September 22 – Autumn Homesteaders’ Potluck at Katherine & Josh’s house – 156 West Hamilton Ave. Max. 20 guests. RSVP at 237-0996. Kids & elders welcome: big table, lots of toys, backyard sandbox.


PASA needs volunteers to help with PCO FarmFest, Centre County Local Foods Week – especially Farm Tour volunteers, Bike Fresh Centre County and Ag Progress Days. Contact Michele Gauger or visit the Volunteer Page to sign up for a shift.


Visit to buy fruits, vegetables, dairy, meats, honey, wine, flowers, body care products and crafts, supporting local producers.

  • Tuesdays: State College (11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Locust Lane)
  • Tuesdays: Boalsburg (2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the PA Military Museum)
  • Tuesdays: State College (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Hills Plaza/Ollie’s)
  • Wednesdays: Lemont (2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Granary)
  • Thursdays: State College (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Hills Plaza/Ollie’s)
  • Fridays: Downtown State College (11:30am to 5:30pm on Locust Lane)
  • Saturdays: Bellefonte (8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Gamble Mill)
  • Saturdays: Millheim (10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the American Legion Post)
  • Saturdays North Atherton (10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Home Depot)
  • Saturdays: State College (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Hills Plaza/Ollie’s)


  • PASA Farming Workshops
  • PSU Master Gardeners Workshops
  • Penn State Cooperative Extension Sustainable Agriculture Workshops
  • Penn State Cooperative Extension Centre County  Workshops
  • PA-Women’s Agricultural Network Workshops
  • Shavers Creek Environmental Center Nature Programs
  • Centre Region Parks & Recreation Nature Programs


Newsletter Subscription Link –  In case you fall off the subscribers’ list and want to jump back on, or if you want to pass a link along so friends and family can sign up for the monthly newsletter.


RESULTS – Many thanks to the 70 participants!

Full list of workshop topics of interest is online here, sorted by general categories. Sampling:

  • GARDENING & GLEANING – gardening (vegetable, herb, beginner, organic, permaculture, straw bale, raised bed, lasagna); crop rotation made easy; small ruminants; native plant identification.
  • COOKING/BAKING/PRESERVING – cooking (beginner, advanced, French, Dutch Oven, using seasonally available local foods, vegetarian (soy-free), soups; Baking (beginner, advanced, bread); canning and preserving (group canning series, pressure canning); cheese-making; meat curing; using root cellars.
  • CONSTRUCTION & MAINTENANCE – setting up a community tool library; basic carpentry skills; basic home repair and maintenance skills; building root cellars; straw bale construction.
  • CLOTHING & BLANKETS – Altering clothing; cleaning and carding raw wool; sewing/garment-making; quilting.
  • ENERGY – installing home insulation, weather stripping, passive solar greenhouses.

For details about Spring Creek Homesteading’s workshop programs (including instructor handouts), check out the Workshops page. Want to teach a workshop? Information for Prospective Instructors.


Here’s a summary of Farm to Table developments over the last six months or so. A recent meeting with Jason Lilley of the PSU Rock Springs research farm might lead to a harvest/pack/distribution project to get an acre of summer squash and an acre of cantaloupe eaten instead of composted later this summer. Sign up at the Newsletter Subscription Link – check off the “Farm to Table” box – if you’d like to get more frequent updates on Farm to Table issues, especially if you want to be on the volunteer harvest crew in a few weeks.


I’ve been thinking about refocusing the mission so Spring Creek Homesteading will be more of a network and less of a fund: “a network of people who live and work in Central Pennsylvania, and build personal and family homesteading skills and community self-suffiency through sharing information, skills, time and labor.”

Part of that networking emphasis might include creating small groups that self-organize to meet regularly at members’ homes and work on projects together. For example, five or six people with a particular interest in making soup could set up their own schedule to get together and make soup. Contact me if you’re interested so I can start putting people in touch with each other.


Spring Creek Homesteading is a nonprofit organization supporting local self-sufficiency within the Spring Creek Watershed of Central Pennsylvania by supporting new, renovated and expanded food gardens and orchards, urban farms, community greenhouses, kitchens, bakeries, farmers markets, and workshop programs in the homesteading arts.

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