Slow Foods events begin for fall semester at Slippery Rock University

It’s back to school time, and time again to begin the series of campus/community Slow Food dinners. Generally scheduled on the last Thursday of the month, the first will be held this week, Thursday, August 27th, 6:00 – 8:30 PM. The event will take place at the Sustainable Enterprise Accelerator (SEA), 165 Elm St., Slippery Rock, located next to the public parking lot across from the SR Fire Department. Students and community members are welcome to attend.
Participants are asked to bring a theme-related dish to share, that represents and celebrates sustainably, locally and ethically grown, seasonal, fresh or home-prepared, rather than processed, foods. Also, in order to reduce the waste of disposables and model sustainable practices, please bring your own (reusable) place setting, including plate, bowl, utensils, and cup or mug.
Slow Food USA is part of the global Slow Food movement, that links the pleasure of sharing good food with a commitment to the community, culture, knowledge and environment that maked this pleasure possible. Learn more at: Slow Food USA
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Slippery Rock Market Celebrates National Farmers Market Week

US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has declared the week of August 2-8 “National Farmers Market Week.” According to Secretary Vilsack, “Farmers markets play a key role in developing local and regional food systems that support farmers and help grow rural economies. They bring communities together, connecting cities with the farms and proMay 16 2015viding Americans with fresh, healthy food.”

Slippery Rock Community Farmers’ Market invites consumers to visit on Saturday, August 8th during this commemorative week, as well as every Saturday (9:00 AM until 12:00 noon) through the end of October at Rock Falls Park (on Route 173 just south of Slippery Rock).

Locally-grown tomatoes and peppers are appearing at the market now, as well as summer squash, cucumbers, beans, greens, potatoes, onions, and garlic. Local, grass-finished beef for grilling, eggs, baked goods, preserved foods and unique, hand-crafted items also are available. Get to know growers and crafters to see (and even sample) all that they have to offer.

In addition to items for sale, the market schedules live music, activities for children, and informative displays related to food, gardening, health and sustainable living. On Saturday, August 8, Debbie Sale, of Jennings Environmental Education Center, will offer information and activities suitable for all ages related to the importance of bees. The display will include a live honeybee observation hive!

Keep up with what’s happening at the market at https://www.facebook.com/SRCFM or call the farmers’ market hotline with questions: 724-374-3276.

Slippery Rock Community Farmers’ Market is open for the season!

Slippery Rock Community Farmers’ Market is now open for the 2015 season every Saturday morning from 9:00 AM until 12:00 noon at Rock Falls Park (on Route 173 just south of Slippery Rock). Get to know the folks who grow your food and support the regional economy by patronizing your local farmers’ market.

The market features a variety of fresh and preserved foods, including vegetables, fruits, meats and baked goods. Particularly at the beginning of the season, vegetable, herb, fruit, and flower seedlings and plants will be sold for transplanting into gardens and landscape beds. Unique handcrafted items, such as soaps, lotions, home products, candles, and jewelry, also are available.  New vendors are welcome and are encouraged to contact srcfarmersmarket@gmail.com for more information.

In addition to items for sale, the market schedules informative speakers and displays related to food, gardening, health and sustainable living; live music; and activities for children. On May 30th, the Butler County Master Gardeners will bring an informative display, answer gardening questions, and offer plants for sale. Keep up with what’s happening at the market at https://www.facebook.com/SRCFM. Call the farmers’ market hotline with questions: 724-374-3276. Better yet, come see for yourself what the market has to offer.

Macoskey Center/Kaleidoscope Earth Day Celebration Saturday, April 25th

Celebrate Earth Day  on Saturday, April 25th from 11:00 AM until 4:00 PM with the Kaleidoscope Arts Festival and the Robert A. Macoskey Center for Sustainable Systems Education and Research at Slippery Rock University. This year’s family-oriented celebration includes arts and crafts, games and activities for people of all ages. Enjoy youth & community performances, as well as musicians of “Rock Falls Park,” while viewing earth-friendly and interactive displays and demonstrations offered by local organizations and sustainable vendors. Food and beverages will be available for sale. The event is free and open to the public. Click here for the complete schedule of events or call (724) 738-4721 for more information.
(The University Union will be the “rain location” in the event of inclement weather.)

Earth Day/Week Events at Slippery Rock University: Schedule Revised!

Slippery Rock University has announced its schedule of events for the week of April 19-25th in celebration of Earth Day.  These events are open to the public, including several films about current environmental issues, a “Green Building Design” panel discussion, and Community E-Waste Collection days. View the updated schedule here: SRU Earth Day Master Schedule of Events 2015

Slippery Rock Community Farmers’ Market Seeks New Vendors

Slippery Rock Community Farmers’ Market is gearing up for the 2015 market season with a planning and organizational meeting on Friday, April 10 at 6:30 PM at the Slippery Rock Alliance Church, 530 Kiester Road, Slippery Rock. All current vendors and market supporters are encouraged to attend, in order to provide input and ideas to the market management committee and hear about upcoming developments. New and prospective vendors are especially invited to come learn about plans for this year’s market. The market will open on May 2 and run until the end of October, on Saturday morinings, 9:00 AM – 12:00 noon at Rock Falls Park.

March 26th Slow Food at SRU

MarchSlowFoodFler (3)The Slow Food chapter of Slippery Rock University will hold its next event on Thursday, March 26th at 6:00 PM at the Sustainable Enterprise Accelerator at 165 Elm Street in Slippery Rock. Students and community members are all welcome to attend.

Foods for this month’s dinner will feature “coffee as an ingredient.”  Bring a dish to share, made from a recipe that includes coffee as more than just a beverage.  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.

During the dinner, Tim Gebhart, who works at a sustainable farming operation, will offer information about growing fruit trees.

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.

 

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

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