On Wednesday, March 26th Sustainable Slippery Rock and Northwest Pennsylvania Growers Cooperative co-sponsored a very successful event, “Green ’14: Building a Local Food System in the Slippery Rock Area.” More than 80 people attended to view exhibits, sample tasty snacks and interact with individuals and organizations who are involved in growing, distributing and consuming local, sustainably-produced foods. During a facilitated discussion segment, participants contributed their ideas to envision a strong and viable system that provides that food.
If those who attended learned something new, connected with someone who has a similar interest, or found a resource that will be helpful to them, then we have met part of our goal. To maintain the interest and enthusiasm generated during that event, we invite anyone who is interested to continue the process that was started, by attending a follow-up meeting of Sustainable Slippery Rock.
The meeting will be held this coming Friday, April 4th at 7:00 p.m. at the Ginger Hill Unitarian Universalist Congregation’s building at 174 South Main Street, Slippery Rock, PA 16057. (Located just behind the main row of buildings along the west side of Main Street.) The agenda will feature a summary of the ideas generated during the facilitated discussion and look ahead to some next steps to moving further toward that vision. Updates will also be given on Sustainable Slippery Rock’s plans and future events. For more information or answers to questions, e-mail Sustainableslipperyrock@gmail.com
Cosponsors Sustainable Slippery Rock and Northwest Pennsylvania Growers Cooperative invite all who care about where their food comes from to attend “Green 14: Building a Local Food System in the Slippery Rock Area.” This networking and visioning event will take place on Wednesday, March 26 from 6:00 until 8:30 p.m. at the Slippery Rock Township Building, 155 Branchton Road. It is free and open to the public. See a flyer about this event here: Local Foods Event flyer 2
The event aims to connect community members, farmers, business people, and consumers who have an interest in building a vibrant, economically viable system that supports sustainable farming practices and links local food producers with consumers.
The program will begin with time for informal networking, sampling local foods and viewing displays. The agenda will continue with brief, presentations by a panel representing various facets of local food production, distribution and consumption; facilitated discussion designed to involve participants in defining a vision for a strong, local food system; and finally, summarizations of discussions and proposals for the future.
This is the first in a series of “Green ’14…”events being planned for the coming year by Sustainable Slippery Rock. Other events will focus on renewable energy alternatives and on green design and construction. Sustainable Slippery Rock is a community-based, networking group with the mission of “envisioning, supporting, and celebrating sustainability in the Slippery Rock area.” Northwest Pennsylvania Growers Cooperative is a regional cooperative of farmers dedicated to providing fresh, natural/organic, local produce every season of the year. For more information e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 814-330-2550.
Upcoming opportunities to learn about shale gas development, hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) and related issues
Saturday, November 9th, 2:00 p.m.
Free screening of Gasland Part II, HBO documentary film, presented by Marcellus Outreach Butler, at the Robert Smith Student Center at Slippery Rock University. Filmmaker Josh Fox, former Pittsburgh Councilman Doug Shields, and Bridget Shields will lead a Q & A session following the film.
For information, contact Dr. Itzi Meztli, Department of English, 724-738-4933.
Thursday, November 21, 7:00 p.m. at the Succop Theater at Butler County Community College (BC3) in Butler.
“The Science of Shale Gas; The Latest Evidence on Leaky Wells, Methane Emissions, and Implications for Public Policy”, with Cornell University Professor of Engineering, Dr. Anthony Ingraffea, on the science, safety and debate over hydraulic fracturing for natural gas. Free and open to the public. Co-hosted by Marcellus Outreach Butler. http://www.marcellusoutreachbutler.org
The Macoskey Center at Slippery Rock University will be hosting a fall Harvest Fest on October 26, 2013 from 1-5 PM . Local sustainable vendors, food vendors, apple cider and apple butter demonstrations, interpretive programs, games, contest, and live music will fill the day!
· 1:00 PM – Canning Demonstration
· 1:30 PM – Sustainable Harvest and Garden Preparation Interpretive Talk
· 2:00 PM – Scarecrows for Coats – Come enter our scarecrow building contest for a cause! Prizes will be awarded for the scarecrow with the most clothes, and the most creative scarecrow! We will supply the straw and wooden support, participants must bring their own clothing and coats. All items will be collected and donated to the local shelter after the event.
· 2:30 PM – Nature Hike and Leaf Painting
· 3:30 PM – Pumpkin Carving Contest
· 4:00 PM – Harvest on the Farm: A Living History Interpretive Walk
· 4:30 PM – Scarecrow/Pumpkin Carving/Bake-Off Judging and Winners Announcement
The Pittsburgh Environment and Health Conference: Building Healthy Lifestyles, Communities and Environments is scheduled for Friday, October 25th, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh. Presented by the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship and Women for a Healthy Environment, the conference will offer a daylong program of speakers, panels and workshops designed for the concerned, general public. Hear from Lois Gibbs; Ted Schettler, MD; Edward Humes; Richard Louv; David Orr; and many others. Learn about greening your lifestyle, revitalizing your community, connecting your life’s work to the environment, protecting air quality, understanding the potential health impacts of shale gas drilling, and more. Details at: http://pittsburghenvironmenthealth.org/
Heavy rains today (Saturday, September 21st) dampened the plans for “Harvest for the Hungry” and the “Harvest Picnic” at the Slippery Rock Community Farmers Market at Rock Falls Park. Thus, donations will be welcomed again next Saturday during market hours (9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon) for “Harvest for the Hungry,” a hunger-relief effort sponsored by the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA)/Western PA Buy Fresh Buy Local, in conjunction with their celebration of Local Food Month in September. This event “gives farmers market customers an opportunity to support their local farmers while giving back to families in need.” At our local event on the 28th, market visitors can purchase extra produce from vendors or bring non-perishable items from home, and drop these off with volunteers at the market, who will donate them to Slippery Rock’s “Feed My Sheep” food pantry.
On Sunday, September 29th, the rescheduled “Harvest Picnic”, also at Rock Falls Park, invites vendors, patrons and market friends to celebrate another great market season from noon until ? A potluck picnic will be served at 1:00 p.m. There will be live music, vendors, kids’ activities and more. Bring a dish to share and your own place setting and utensils. Locally-sourced hamburgers and hot dogs will be available for a small donation.
Sustainable Slippery Rock, together with Slippery Rock University, will sponsor a presentation by Patricia M. DeMarco, former director of the Rachel Carson Institute, on Monday, September 23 at 7:00 p.m. in the Spotts World Culture Auditorium (Room 111) on the SRU campus. This free event is open to students, faculty, staff, and the public…all who are interested.
Dr. DeMarco has had a 30-year career in energy and environmental policy and has served in both private and public sector positions, including Manager of Demand Side Services for the Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative, Executive Director of the Connecticut Power Facilities Evaluation Council, Fifth Congressional District Representative to the Connecticut Hazardous Waste Management Service, and Commissioner of the Regulatory Commission of Alaska. She is an experienced entrepreneur who founded The Energy Roundtable, E Cubed Corporation, an energy trading company, Technology for Connecticut, Inc. a declassified defense technology commercialization company, and headed the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation. She served as the Assistant Dean of the University of Alaska College of Business and Public Policy. She held the position of Executive Director of the Rachel Carson Homestead Association from 2006 to 2010 and as Director of the Rachel Carson Institute at Chatham University until 2012. As a Rachel Carson scholar, Patricia DeMarco writes and teaches environmental ethics and public policy based on Rachel Carson’s work. Her current research interest focuses on removing the institutional barriers to sustainability.
The farmers market continues to be open through October 26th, every Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon at Rock Falls Park, just south of Slippery Rock. There is an ever-increasing variety of fresh, local, mostly organic or naturally grown, fruits, vegetable, eggs and meats; value-added food products; craft items and more.
Coming up this Saturday, September 21st: “Harvest for the Hungry” and Harvest Picnic:
On Saturday, September 21st, the market will participate in “Harvest for the Hungry,” a hunger-relief effort sponsored by the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA)/Western PA Buy Fresh Buy Local, in conjunction with their celebration of Local Food Month in September. ( http://www.pasafarming.org/events/pasa-events/local-food-month-harvest-for-the-hungry-farmers-market-events-1 ) This is a “fun, charitable event that gives farmers market customers an opportunity to support their local farmers while giving back to families in need.” At our local event on the 21st, market visitors can purchase extra produce from vendors, and drop it off with volunteers at the market, who will donate it to Slippery Rock’s “Feed My Sheep” food pantry.
Also during this week’s market, music will be provided by Dennis Malley, and kids can participate in making leaf prints.
Following the market, vendors, patrons and market friends are invited to join in a “Harvest Picnic” to celebrate another great market season. A potluck picnic will be served at 1:00 p.m. There will be live music, vendors, kids’ activities and more. Bring a dish to share and your own place setting and utensils. Locally-sourced hamburgers and hot dogs will be available for a small donation.