Like to garden, but have no garden?

If you like to garden, but have no space, then here is a unique opportunity to get a work-share that will yield great produce as well as a great learning opportunity.

Gene Bazan and Tania Slawecki of Neo-Terra in Lemont, PA are looking for work-share interns to help with their extensive organic gardening activities.  Gene and Tania have been at this for more than 20 years and the results are really impressive.

In exchange for 1 day per week, interns receive a 10% share and there is flexibity with scheduling.  The intern period runs from May through October.

You can visit their website or send them an email for more information.

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A chance to buy some veggie seedlings

Make sure to show up early for the best selection of seedlings.  If you are driving from off-campus, you can park in the parking garage behind the Creamery.SFC Plant Sale 2017 info

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Bailiwick News – April 21, 2017

4.21.17 Bailiwick News – Weighing competing values: government secrecy, individual privacy and public accountability. Part 5 of series on 2017 District Attorney race.

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Spring Festivals at Way Fruit Farm 4/22 and 4/29

18034342_440002166344394_2023043490848774537_nThe next two Saturdays (4/22 and 4/29), Way Fruit Farm will be having an apple blossom festival.  They have lots of fun stuff planned and tasty things to eat and drink:

Free wagon rides (10 am – 3 pm)

Kettle corn & roasted nut vendors (10 am – 3 pm)

Storytime for kids (11 am)

Local music (12 pm – 2 pm)

Apple cider, their tasty cafe food, & more.

Way Fruit Farm is located at 2355 Halfmoon Valley Rd, Port Matilda, PA.  For more information about the festival and directions visit their website or call (814)692-5911.

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Upvote Mazza Community Garden & Taproot Kitchen at Seeds of Change

From Sharon Schafer of Taproot Kitchen:

Taproot Kitchen needs your help! We have submitted a grant application in the 2017 Seeds® of Change Grant Program, and need you to vote for us on their website.

Seeds of Change®, a leading producer of sustainably grown organic seeds and nutritious organic foods, is a true seed-to-plate brand committed to helping people create healthier and greener communities.

They deliver an annual Grant Program that benefits school and community gardening and farming programs in the United States, because they understand the value of food, farming, sustainability and nutrition education. Through the donation of a percent of net sales, this year, Seeds of Change® is awarding $310,000 in total grants to 24 garden projects around the country.

Please visit the Seeds of Change® Grant Program website at to help increase our chances of receiving grant funds to support our gardening initiatives.

You can vote once per day from March 30 to April 19.

Once voting closes, the 50 organizations with the most votes will move on to the final judging phase and 24 recipients will be announced around May 8.

Our entry has been added to their Gallery of Growers. Check it out now!

Since 2015, Taproot Kitchen – a group of families of adult children with intellectual disability (ID) – has partnered with several community volunteers to transform an overgrown downtown lot into The Mazza Community Garden, a thriving food forest with ten raised beds, an orchard, berry patches, and chickens. The garden serves as a showcase for permaculture and homesteading practice, and inclusive community.

If awarded, funds would be used to host educational community workdays in which we will add several beds of edibles and beehives, and to remove a stand of invasive trees to create room for 8 more garden beds.

Funds would also be used to develop Taproot Kitchen’s farm to table culinary training program which is partnering with local businesses and volunteers to develop marketable skills and build relational networks that can lead to jobs.

The voting period is from March 30 to April 19 and people can vote once per day, per garden.

For more information about Seeds of Change® or the Seeds of Change® Grant Program, please visit You can also share photos of your time in the Mazza Community Garden on Facebook and Twitter using #SeedsofChangeGrant.

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Bailiwick News – March 24, 2017

3.24.17 Bailiwick News – Non-overlapping Venn diagram circles: design and funding discussions for Whitehall Road Regional Park. (Part 9 in a 10-part series)

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Fifth Birthday Celebration Potluck Tomorrow!

Just a reminder that Spring Creek Homesteading Fund will be celebrating our Fifth Birthday tomorrow (Saturday, March 18) with a potluck at the Meetinghouse on Atherton, 318 South Atherton St.

Since 2011, Spring Creek Homesteading Fund has organized more than 100 homesteading workshops, helped start two community gardens, and supported the homesteading/local food efforts of others through small grants and micro-loans.

Please join us noon to 3 p.m. for friends, food, and conversation (low stress) about homesteading.

Potluck party will be downstairs in the community room! There will be toys and activities for kids and there might even be live music, if you bring your guitar or concertina.

RSVPs are helpful but not necessary – please feel free to just come. Also, please note that parking in the rear of the Meetinghouse (off H Alley) is limited, but street parking is available nearby along Nittany Avenue and Foster Avenue.

Questions? Please call Katherine and Josh at 237-0996.

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