CONTACT: Board President Joshua Lambert

Spring Creek Homesteading Fund is a 501(c)3 nonprofit founded in August 2011 to support 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.

Since 2011, we have offered dozens of workshops, helped establish two new community gardens; and provided more than $5,500 in mini-grants and microloans to local organizations, including financial support for the establishment of the State College Winter Farmers Market at the State College Borough Building.

Program Areas

  • Reskilling – Organizing reskilling workshops in the homesteading arts.
  • Building – Coordinating funding, materials and labor to establish, renovate and expand gardens, orchards, urban farms, community greenhouses, kitchens, bakeries, farmers markets and other relocalized food infrastructure.
  • Fundraising & Grantmaking – Financially supporting public and private food security projects.

Board of Directors – 2017

  • President – Joshua Lambert
  • Treasurer – Laura Zaino
  • Secretary – Katherine Watt
  • Member-at-Large – Dana Stuchul
  • Member-at-Large – Smita Bharti

How To Support Spring Creek Homesteading


Send checks made out to: “Spring Creek Homesteading Fund” to 156 West Hamilton Ave., State College PA, 16801. We will mail you a thank-you note and receipt if you provide your mailing address.

We are a nonprofit corporation registered with the State of Pennsylvania and we obtained IRS 501(c)3 status in November 2013. Donations to Spring Creek Homesteading are tax-deductible, retroactive to our August 2011 incorporation.


Volunteer to teach a workshop, work on a gardening project or write and take photographs for the blog.


Provide your privately-owned, sunny land parcels and a water source for aspiring landless gardeners and urban farmers to plant crops for personal consumption, sharing or sale.


VisionSketches (slideshow)

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7 Responses to About

  1. Erik Foley says:

    Just want to thank you for this local effort. I just stumbled upon this site. . .not even sure how. I and my family are avid local food supporters and in my work at Penn State I try to encourage local everything. Thanks for your leadership. I particularly like the reskilling workshops idea. . . .fills a real niche I don’t see anyone else responding to.

  2. Anne Corr says:

    Spring Creek Homesteading is an initiative that can serve to weave our community a viable safety net. Thanks to the volunteer organizers!

  3. Rachel says:

    Really glad to find you here – via the PSU Campus Sustainability Office’s Greenwire. Looking forward to keeping up with what you are doing, and participating. May I recommend that you put an RSS feed on the site?

  4. sarajane says:

    Holy cow! I am amazed at this website’s bounty of riches–or rather, the bounty of riches in the state college area that this website suggests and advocates. I live over the mountain in the susquehanna valley–i returned here to my homeland last year after farming in california’s bay area for about 5 years. I never had the thought that I wanted to make central PA more like the Bay Area, but now I am seriously considering the thought that I want to make my part of Union County more like your part of Centre County. How unfair! And yet so tempting…

    There are a number of people smattered about doing awesome things, but there’s not a sense that things are really cohering.

    I have so many questions to ask. I am suspecting that we have friends in common & I will be able to learn more about you very soon.

    Thanks thanks thanks!

  5. aylie says:

    So glad I found this! Great resources to be found everywhere. The site is so organized and well done. I like the connections to like-minded folks too! Love the previous comment about the lack of coherence. We just need a place/forum to connect. I am particularly interested in urban homesteading and would like to meet people doing that very thing. Thank you:)

  6. Cindy says:

    “WAYS TO SUPPORT OUR WORK: Land: Provide your privately-owned, sunny land parcels and a water source for an aspiring landless gardener or urban farmer to plant crops for sharing or personal consumption.”

    How do we sign up to help? I have a garden plot and a water source that I have been unable to prepare and plant this year. The fence needs a little TLC and reinforcement to keep the dogs out, otherwise I would be thrilled to share the space with one or two homesteaders. I live near the high school and CATA bus routes.

  7. Daren McClellan says:

    How would I become involved with such a group? Do you meet regularly?
    Several years ago, I began transitioning to homesteading. Trying to add more each year. This group may be some assistance to me.

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