Although most seasonal farmers’ markets have closed, Northwest Pennsylvania Growers Cooperative offers opportunities to purchase local foods, including fresh produce, high-quality meat and eggs, and value-added products throughout the winter months:
Winter CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) shares are available, along with several additional meat options, for pickup twice a month from December through March.
A web-based Winter Market gives members the chance to purchase additional products of their choice online from November 27, 2015 through mid-May 2016.
Northwest Pennsylvania Growers is a cooperative of farmers from Butler, Mercer, Lawrence, Crawford, and Venango counties dedicated to providing fresh, natural/organic, local produce every season of the year. CSA shares and Winter Market orders are delivered to locations in Butler, Franklin, Grove City, Hermitage, New Castle, and Slippery Rock for pickup by members. For details about the options, check the Northwest Pennsylvania Growers Cooperative website at http://www.nwpagrowers.com/
On Saturday, December 1st Marcellus Outreach Butler will host a presentation by Alex Lotorto of the Energy Justice Network. The presentation is scheduled from 1:00 until 3:00 PM at the Butler Public Library (218 North McKean Street). It is free and open to the public.
Mr. Lotorto will review the natural gas midstream from wellhead to end use, explaining cryogenic processing plants, pipelines and compressor stations and the potential impacts of each of these. He’ll also discuss how various strategies and tactics implemented through community organizing have been used across the state to influence decision making by gas companies. Find further details and information on the Marcellus Outreach Butler website: http://www.marcellusoutreachbutler.org/
What if confronting the climate crisis is the best chance we’ll ever get to build a better world?
On November 13, 14, and 15 Allegheny County Clean Air Now (ACCAN) will sponsor screenings of the film, This Changes Everything, inspired by Naomi Klein’s book by the same title. The film will be shown at the Parkway Theater in McKees Rocks. (For screening details go to Parkway Theater website.)
Filmed over 211 shoot days in nine countries and five continents over four years, This Changes Everything is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change.
Directed by Avi Lewis, and inspired by Naomi Klein’s international non-fiction bestseller This Changes Everything, the film presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond.
Interwoven with these stories of struggle is Klein’s narration, connecting the carbon in the air with the economic system that put it there. Throughout the film, Klein builds to her most controversial and exciting idea: that we can seize the existential crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better.
Unlike many works about the climate crisis, this is not a film that tries to scare the audience into action: it aims to empower. Provocative, compelling, and accessible to even the most climate-fatigued viewers, This Changes Everything will leave you refreshed and inspired, reflecting on the ties between us, the kind of lives we really want, and why the climate crisis is at the centre of it all.
Wednesday-Friday, September 30-October 2, Duquesne University in Pittsburgh will host its first “Presidential Conference on the Integrity of Creation,” with climate change being the topic of discussion. According to the university, “This interdisciplinary, academic conference will occur each year to provide a scholarly forum for exploring a topic related to the general theme of the Integrity of Creation.”
The conference has three goals: 1. To provide a scholarly opportunity to engage established and emerging research on the conference topic; 2. To foster interdisciplinary discourse on each topic, such as among science, health, philosophy, religion and policy; and 3. To enlighten public awareness and discussion of the conference topic.
Speakers will include Richard Alley (Evan Pugh Professor of Environmental Science, Penn State University, and Nobel Laureate); Robert Brinkmann (Director of Sustainability Research at the National Center for Suburban Studies); Mary Wood (Phillip Knight Professor of Law, University of Oregon); and Laurie Zoloth (Professor of Religious Studies, Bioethics and Medical Humanities, Northwestern University).
The conference is free, but registration is required. To see the complete schedule and to register, go to the conference website (http://www.duq.edu/research/integrity-of-creation-conference—climate-change)
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 providing 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 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 email@example.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.
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.