February Slow Food Event at SRU

crockpoteventapproved (2) (618x800)The next event hosted by the Slow Food chapter of Slippery Rock University will be held on Thursday, February 26th at 6:00 PM. Due to the great turnout for the January event and the need for more space, this one will be held at the Slippery Rock Alliance Church, 530 Kiester Road. Students and community members alike are welcome to attend.

This month’s theme is “Crock Pot Meals,” featuring dishes that can be made in a slow cooker.  Creativity is encouraged!  In order to reduce disposables and model sustainable practices, attendees are asked to bring their own (reusable) place setting, including plate, bowl, eating utensils and cup or mug.

Slow Food USA is part of the global Slow Food movement, that links the pleasure of good food with a commitment to the community, culture, knowledge and environment that makes this pleasure possible. Learn more at: Slow Food USA

Backyard Maple Sugaring at Jennings

maple tap_sized for calendarHome Sweet Home: Backyard Maple Sugaring at Jennings Environmental Education Center

Saturday, February 28, 2015: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
(Optional sugar bush tour 1 – 2 p.m.)

Here’s an opportunity for adults who want to try making their own tasty maple syrup! From choosing appropriate trees through tapping, collecting and evaporating maple sap, participants will learn, observe and practice the steps in the sugaring process, and discover how it can be done on a backyard scale. Information and resources will be provided for finding out more and getting started at home. The program is free, with equipment available to purchase. Registration is required by February 20. Space is limited and the workshop is nearly full.  Call 724-794-6011 to register.*

(Jennings Environmental Education Center is located ~4 1/2 miles south of Slippery Rock along Route 528.)

Slow Food Events Begin Again at SRU

The Slow Food chapter of Slippery Rock University has announced four monthly events during the spring semester. Students and community members are invited to participate in these gatherings, which will be held at the Sustainable Enterprise Accelerator at 165 Elm Street in Slippery Rock. The first event will begin at 6:00 pm this coming Thursday, January 29, with the theme of “Super Bowl Food Alternatives…healthy food alternatives to get your game on.” Attendees are encouraged to bring a food item to share that fits the theme, and recipes are often requested.

In addition, mark your calendar for the next three events, listed and described on the flyer below. (Click on flyer to enlarge.)

Slow Food USA is part of the global Slow Food movement, that links the pleasure of good food with a commitment to the community, culture, knowledge and environment that makes this pleasure possible. Learn more at: Slow Food USA


What you’ve always wanted to know about recycling in Butler County!

green_recycle_symbolOn October 20th Sustainable Slippery Rock hosted a meeting with a program by Sheryl Kelly, Butler County Recycling and Waste Management Coordinator. Sheryl offered a general overview of recycling in the county and answered many questions. In an effort to share this information, here are links to documents that provide details about what, how and where to recycle various items.  (Residents of other counties also will find these useful.)

1. 2014 Butler County Holiday Recycling Guide: A guide to how to recycle those items we tend to acquire more of, or that are especially related to the holiday season.

2. Hard to Recycle Guide 2014: A comprehensive document that lists recycling and drop-off locations, reuse centers, and general information for many hard to recycle items.

For 2015 a full schedule of collection events is being developed for collection and safe disposal of items such as electronics and household hazardous waste materials.  To learn more about recycling and disposal programs in Butler County or to contact Sheryl with questions, check out the website of the Department of Recycling and Waste Management.

Slow Food Continues in Slippery Rock

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The Slow Food chapter of Slippery Rock University has started up again for the fall semester.  Students and community members are invited to participate in monthly gatherings held at the Sustainable Enterprise Accelerator at 165 Elm Street in Slippery Rock.  This month’s event will begin at 6:00 pm on Thursday, November 20, with participants encouraged to bring a warm winter drink or soup to share.

Slow Food USA is part of the global Slow Food movement consisting of over 150,000 members in more than 150 countries. Through a volunteer network of local chapters, youth and food communities, Slow Food links the pleasures of the table with a commitment to protect the community, culture, knowledge and environment that make this pleasure possible.  Find more information at: Slow Food USA


Project ALTER/Macoskey documentary to be shown October 23rd!

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“Macoskey’s ALTER; Missionaries of Sustainability” is an oral history documentary of Dr. Robert A. Macoskey, the ALTER project he created, and their futuristic vision to bring sustainability to Slippery Rock University. The focus was experimenting with practical alternatives to environmental problems to come. A story told by members and associates of the ALTER Project, this video is to showcase how SRU has laid its foundation in sustainability over 30 years ago!

The premiere showing of the film will be held this coming Thursday, October 23rd at 7:30 p.m. at the Robert Smith Student Center Theater on Slippery Rock University’s campus.  For more information go to Sustainable Enterprise Accelerator.

Eating Sustainably Through Fall and Winter in Slippery Rock

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Slippery Rock farmers’ market wraps up with “Harvest Halloween”

Slippery Rock Community Farmers’ Market will be open for its final two weeks through October 25th on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. until noon at Rock Falls Park (on Route 173 south of Slippery Rock).  Vendors will have fall fruits and vegetables, as well as local meats, baked and preserved goods and unique, handcrafted items.

From now through the end of the market season, Sutton Farms will feature special prices on selected cuts and limited edition value packages of their local, grass-finished beef.  Additional events, including music, children’s activities and informative displays and demonstrations are scheduled at the market to foster awareness, friendships and fun.  “Rodgers & Anderson,” a local classic acoustic rock, folk & blues duo, will perform on October 18th, weather permitting.  On October 25th, the market will celebrate a “Harvest Halloween,” with vendors and customers alike encouraged to wear their most creative costumes!  There will be pumpkin decorating, costume judging and games for children and refreshments for all.

Find out more about this local farmers’ market, including the activities that are scheduled each week at: https://www.facebook.com/SRCFM or call the market hotline at 724-374-FARM (3276).

Access to Local, Sustainably-Produced Foods throughout Fall and Winter

Even after farmers’ markets close for the growing season, we can obtain and enjoy locally and sustainably-grown/produced foods in the Slippery Rock area:


Northwest Pennsylvania Growers Cooperative, “dedicated to bringing you fresh, natural/organic, local produce every season of the year”, has finalized details of their winter CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) subscriptions and Winter Market Webstore. Winter CSA season will run from December through March, with pickups of shares scheduled twice per month.  Winter Market members will be able to place weekly orders online of seasonal produce and value-added items from November 21, 2014 through mid-May, 2015. You’ll find details and signup instructions at: http://www.nwpagrowers.com/

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Slippery Rock-based Frankferd Farms ordering group:  Frankferd Farms is “a family-owned operation in western Pennsylvania [Saxonburg] that specializes in organic, local, bulk, and specialty foods.”  Check them out at: http://www.frankferd.com/ .  Trish Gabreski, who coordinates and accepts monthly deliveries in Slippery Rock, welcomes inquiries and participation by new folks who wish to order.  Contact her at gabreskisr@zoominternet.net or 724-290-8545.


Mother Earth News Fair at Seven Springs this weekend!

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For anyone not already aware of it, here’s a quickly approaching opportunity to learn about many aspects of sustainable living. The Mother Earth News Fair comes once again to Seven Springs Mountain Resort in southwestern Pennsylvania this weekend, September 12-14th! You’ll be able to hear from leading experts in the fields of renewable energy, organic gardening, sustainable agriculture, green home building and more. You can view exhibits and state-of-the-art products, and interact with others who share many of your own interests, at a fun-filled, family-oriented regional event.

Find details and ticket information at: http://www.motherearthnews.com/fair/pennsylvania.aspx#axzz3CwC06OEp



Macoskey Center to host permaculture workshop August 23rd.

Macoskey logoThe Robert A. Macoskey Center for Sustainable  Systems Education and Research at Slippery Rock University will offer an Introduction to Permaculture Design on Saturday, August 23rd from 9:00 a.m. until noon.  The workshop will introduce permaculture design, using the Macoskey Center as a model. Beginning in 1987, principles and practices of permaculture have been used to guide the design and development of the Center as a holistic and organic system.  This system includes gardens, an edible landscape, natural building methods, LEED-certified building design and renewable energy systems. Participants will learn the principles and practices of permaculture and see firsthand how they have been applied at the center.

The instructor will be Darrell Frey, owner and manager of Three Sisters Farm and Nursery, a permaculture market garden farm. Frey has been a permaculture design professional since 1986. He is the author of Bioshelter Market Garden: A Permaculture Farm.

Pre-registration is required, and cost of the workshop is $25.  To register, complete the form found here: Permaculture Workshop registration,  and mail it, along with check made payable to: “SRU/Macoskey Center,” to: Macoskey Center, 247 Harmony Road, Slippery Rock, PA 16057.

For more information or answers to questions, contact the Macoskey Center at 724.738.4050 or macoskey.center@sru.edu


Don’t miss the FOSSIL-FREE ENERGY FAIR tomorrow July 26th!


Marcellus Outreach Butler and Slippery Rock University’s Sustainable Enterprise Accelerator (SEA), with various additional sponsors that include Sustainable Slippery Rock, will present the second annual “Fossil-free  Energy Fair” on Saturday, July 26th from 11 a.m. until 7 pm.  The free event will be held in the Advanced Technology and Science (ATS) Hall on the Slippery Rock University campus.  This is a premier opportunity to learn more about and celebrate renewable energy alternatives through speakers, vendors, displays, children’s activities (with Jennings Environmental Education Center staff), music, and entertainment.   Free solar-cooked hot dogs will be featured.

Also, just announced, BMW and Ford will display their latest electric vehicles. Pittsburgh’s BMW dealer, P&W Motors, will display the BMW i3 with Range Extender (also called the REx), which has a backup internal combustion engine.  Ford Motor Company will showcase the Ford C-Max Energi, featuring a combination of an electric moter and gasoline engine.   Unlike a conventional hybrid, the C-Max Energi has a battery that can be charged overnight by plugging into a 120-volt outlet, or within 2.5 hours on a 240 volt circuit.

For more information, including a detailed schedule and lists of presenters, exhibitors and sponsors, see the event website at http://www.fossilfreeenergyfair.com/