Programs

for linkedinContact Board President Joshua Lambert for more info.

KELLER STREET COMMUNITY GARDEN

Offered through a land use-land management partnership with the State College Friends Meeting. Each plot is 100 square feet (5′ by 20′ or 1o’ by 10′). Email Garden Manager Katherine Watt for more info.

MAZZA COMMUNITY GARDEN

Offered through a land use-land management partnership with the Mazza Foundation for Education and Taproot Kitchen. Each plot is 48 square feet (4′ by 12′) in a raised bed. Email Garden Manager Katherine Watt for more info.

RESKILLING WORKSHOPS

We organize workshops in traditional homesteading skills such as cooking, baking, home food preservation, gardening, carpentry, fiber crafts, soap-making and beekeeping. For more details, check out the Workshops page.

HOMESTEADER POTLUCKS

These informal, family-friendly community potlucks bring together people interested in strengthening the local food system to share meals and build friendships. None currently scheduled.

MICROFUNDING: GRANTS & LOANS

To apply, send an email including what you want to do, how much money you need to do it, and how it strengthens the local food system. SCHF Grant & Loan Policy (PDF)

Examples of Eligible Projects

  • Buy seeds, seedlings, saplings, or gardening tools
  • Plant a backyard or neighborhood garden
  • Build a raised bed, cold frame, root cellar, chicken coop, compost bin
  • Build a backyard or neighborhood hoop house or greenhouse
  • Put together a neighborhood tool library
  • Host a block party to get to know your neighbors
  • Organize a neighborhood email list & newsletter
  • Form a neighborhood food buying cooperative
  • Create a neighborhood food map

Past Funding Recipients

  • Youth Haven on Burrowes/Wilson’s Home Farms (February 2013) – We provided a $500 grant to build three raised bed gardens to provide food to residents of the Youth Haven teen shelter.
  • Rising Spring Meat Co. (October 2012) – We provided a $1,000 zero-interest loan to enable the butchering facility to obtain organic certification from Pennsylvania Certified Organic.
  • State College Friends Meeting House Garden, (April to October 2012) – We provided funds (approx. $1,500), goods and labor services for the renovation of the Keller Street Community Garden.
  • State College Winter Farmers Market (January to April 2012; January to April 2013) – We provided funds ($800 in 2012; $600 in 2013) to subsidize facilities rental and support marketing for the indoor farmers market vendors.
  • Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture – (February, August 2012; March 2013) We provided funds to subsidize facilities rental for an event promoting Community Supported Agriculture farms and a screening of a food documentary during Centre County Local Foods Week.
  • Light Step Right Step Festival (September 2012, September 2013) – We provided funds and services to sponsor and participate in a Borough-organized sustainability street fair through an information table and applesauce canning workshop.
  • Penns Valley Learning Garden Edible Forest Permablitz (April 2012) – We provided $50 to help purchase supplies for a community garden project to add fruit trees and shrubs as part of a community orchard.
  • Friends & Farmers Cooperative (May to August 2012) – We provided funds and services by renting meeting space for the cooperative’s steering committee at a locally-owned, local food-focused bookstore/café and subsidizing one-day insurance policies for tabling at events.
  • Happy Valley Timebank (September 2012, November 2013) – We provided subsidies for the first two years of membership with TimeBankUSA, to create a webpage for timebank members to register and exchange services.

OTHER COMMUNITY PROJECTS WE SUPPORT

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