August 10 – Butchering 101 Workshop with Steve Bookbinder; Other Stuff


Both classes will be held at the Penn State Meats Lab (off Porter Road, just across from Beaver Stadium)

  • August 10 – Butchering 10110 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Each participant will receive a full bone-in pork loin, bone-in pork shoulder and three chickens from local suppliers. Using these sub-primal pieces, students will learn step by step how to butcher and debone everything as well as produce portion cuts ready for cooking. Each participant will take home everything they butcher (over 40 pounds of meat). Cost will be $100 per person and will include instruction, equipment, the meat, bags for packaging, and overhead of the meats lab. Each participant will need to bring their own cooler and ice packs to transfer the meat back to their homes. Pre-payment not necessary; bring cash or check made out to “Cash” to the workshop. Minimum class size of 8 participants, maximum of 15. REGISTER BY AUGUST 8 by emailing or calling the instructor – Steve Bookbinder (954-732-2190). If he doesn’t get at least 8 students, the workshop will be cancelled.
  • August 24 – Charcuterie 101 – Details To Be Announced

Keller Street Community Garden Update

We have one open plot at the garden, 100 square feet (5 by 20). If you’re interested in planting some fall crops, the half-season plot use fee is $12 and no deposit is required (the prior gardener’s deposit covers the rest of the season). Contact me for more info.

August Workshops at Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center

Upcoming workshops:

  • August 3 – Landscaping with Native Plants
  • August 3 – Fire by Friction
  • August 23 – Yogurtmaking
  • More info.

August 7 – VOICES of Central PA Summer Symposium

At Websters, 7-9 PM. Topic: “What could Voices be doing to better serve our community?” Please come! Enjoy some snacks and drinks and talk with friends. Give us your advice, your perspective, and your wisdom. Learn about our new Editor-in-Chief Sean Flynn. For more information contact Voices.

News from Way Fruit Farm in Port Matilda

Local fruits and veggies vailable at our farm include: Cling Peaches  (Our own); Blueberries (Our own); Sweet Plums (Our own); Sweet Cherries (Our own); Sweet corn (Our own); Lodi Apples(Our own); Potatoes; Green Peppers; Onions; Garlic; Tomatoes; Mushrooms; Zucchini; Broccoli; Cucumbers; Cabbage and more!

College Township Backyard Chickens – Campaign Update 

(From Scott Stilson)

1. You can’t say we didn’t try: on July 18, College Township Council voted 3-2 against the legalization of backyard chicken hens in College Township.

2. Nor, however, can you say we won’t try again: There’s an election on November 5. As many as three council seats will change occupants. Vote!

Let’s maybe try this again in 2014.

Many thanks to all who helped and voiced their support along the way — especially Jenn Landry and Jackie Bonomo, without whom this effort might never have gotten off the ground.

August 31 – PASA’s Dairy Dash

PASA’s inaugural 5K Fun Run & 1-Mile Memory Walk to celebrate the life of Shon Seeley and support the Shon Seeley Legacy Fund for Sustainable Farming Education.

Fall Sewing Classes at Contempo in Boalsburg

PA Women’s Agricultural Network News

September 19 – NEXT FARMINAR: Organic Vegetable Production 

Noon – 1:30 p.m. – Presented by Jennifer Montgomery, PA-WAgN’s 2013 Small Fruits and Vegetables Specialty Mentor. During this Farminar, Jen will describe the farm at Blackberry Meadows and discuss the Heritage Seed Initiative they have launched. She will talk about seed-saving, packaging and marketing.

Nov. 6 – 8 – Fourth National Conference for Women in Sustainable Agriculture in Des Moines IA

Cultivating Our Food, Farms and Future: This year marks the first time this biannual conference has been held in the Midwest, and we’re hoping that will encourage women from all over the U.S. to attend. Learning, networking, arts and food, and the company of 350 women just as passionate about healthy food and farming as you are. Reserve your spot by October 1 for the the early registration rate! Registration now open!

December 10 – PA Womens Agricultural Network Conference One-Day Networking Symposium

Building the New Food & Agriculture Economy, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Penn Stater Conference Center. A networking symposium for new and beginning farmers, potential farmers, and seasoned farmers interested in diversifying their farm operations, “Building the New Food & Agriculture Economy” delivers presentations, workshops, panel discussions, and networking sessions that are guaranteed to re-ignite your passion for farming. Keynote Speaker Judy Wicks is an entrepreneur, author, speaker and mentor working to build a more compassionate, environmentally sustainable and locally based economy.

Call for Presenters – The Pennsylvania Women’s Agricultural Network is accepting workshop and panel discussion proposals for the symposium. Submit proposals in the topic areas of marketing, business planning, financial management, farm labor management and farm-family relationship building, personal well-being, production agriculture (livestock, dairy, value-added, urban agriculture, fruits & vegetables, etc.), sustainable practices.

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