Contact 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.
- Keller Street Community Garden Info – Project background
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.
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.
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
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
- Friends & Farmers Cooperative – Community effort to create a member-owned grocery store to buy and sell local food to the general public.
- Farm-to-Table: Community effort to increase the amount of local food cooked, served and eaten in local schools, hospitals, nursing homes and other institutions. 4.24.13 – PSU Local Food Dinner – Report.
- Penn State Student Farm – Campus and community effort to create a student-run farm providing work experience and educational programs for college students interested in exploring farming careers and raising crops.
- Penn State Morningstar Permaculture Centre. CONTACT: Jackie Bonomo
- Happy Valley Timebank – CONTACT: Karen Gregg