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.
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.
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
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.)