What is your vision for the Macoskey Center??

 

Community Café at Macoskey Center

On Wednesday, December 6, 6:00 – 8:00 PM, members of the Slippery Rock community are invited to this FUN and creative café conversation in order to brainstorm ideas for the future direction of programming of the Robert A. Macoskey Center for Sustainable Systems Education and Research. Coffee, tea and snacks will be served, as participants envision ways to cultivate and develop new ideas for the Macoskey Center and the future of sustainability in Slippery Rock. This is an opportunity to think big: What can the Macoskey Center do for you? ***Space is limited and there are only a few openings left. RSVP via Facebook, email to macoskey.center@sru.edu or phone (724) 738-4050.

November 8 Meeting of Citizens’ Climate Lobby Slippery Rock Chapter

The next meeting of a Slippery Rock regional chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) will be held Wednesday, November 8, 5:30 – 7:30 PM at the Robert Macoskey Center for Sustainable Systems Education and Research on Slippery Rock University’s campus (247 Harmony Road, Slippery Rock, PA). The meeting agenda includes updates on the latest climate science special report and proposal by the Climate Solutions Caucus, an informational video, a “laser talk” about CCL’s Carbon Fee and Dividend policy proposal, discussion related to organizing and building the chapter, and more. Pizza and beverages (water, iced tea and soft drinks) will be ordered, so attendees are asked to bring a few dollars to chip in for the expense, if possible. Come at any point during the meeting time that your schedule and interests allow.

Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a “non-profit, non-partisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change.” Taking a respectful approach to climate education and building on shared values within communities, CCL works toward “the adoption of fair, effective and sustainable climate change solutions. All who are interested are invited to attend this meeting to learn more about these efforts, as well as possibilities for efforts within congressional district #3.

A detailed agenda for the event appears here: WeeklyNewsletter21_Nov3rd_2017 (1)

Coming up this weekend at Macoskey Center

Our friends at the Robert A. Macoskey Center for Sustainability Education and Research at Slippery Rock University are offering two events of interest this weekend: 

  • Friday, October 27, 6:30 – 8:30 PM: Halloween Interpretive Trail. This fun,educational event will feature a guided trail walk to various stations in the Center’s garden and forest to learn about the magical transformations of fall. Topics include leaves, monarch butterflies, bees, medicinal teas, fermented foods, and apple cider making. Bring a reusable cup for tasting and comfortable shoes for walking. Parking is at the Storm Harbor Equestrian Center (ADA accessible parking at the Macoskey Center). A student guide will meet you near the parking lot and lead you on an exciting journey. The event is free and open to the SRU and surrounding community, but we will be collecting donations to support future programming at the Center (suggested donation $2/person). Family-friendly and non-scary.
  • Saturday, October 28, 10 AM – 3 PM: Mushroom growing workshop with local grower, Jesse Allen. Free for SRU students, 25$ fee for others. Includes lunch. RSVP requested, but walk-ins also are welcome!

 

 

 

October 11: Meeting of Citizens’ Climate Lobby Slippery Rock Chapter

The next meeting of a Slippery Rock regional chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) will be held Wednesday, October 11 at the Robert Macoskey Center for Sustainable Systems Education and Research on Slippery Rock University’s campus (247 Harmony Road, Slippery Rock, PA). The meeting agenda includes an informational video, a”laser talk” about CCL’s Carbon Fee and Dividend policy proposal, discussion related to organizing and building the chapter, and more. Pizza and beverages (water, iced tea and soft drinks) will be ordered, so attendees are asked to bring a few dollars to chip in for the expense, if possible.

Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a “non-profit, non-partisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change.” Taking a respectful approach to climate education and building on shared values within communities, CCL works toward “the adoption of fair, effective and sustainable climate change solutions. All who are interested are invited to attend this meeting to learn more about these efforts, as well as possibilities for efforts within congressional district #3.

A flyer for the event appears here: CCL-Meeting-Flyer_20171011

Local Foods Through the Winter!

As local outdoor farmers markets wind down for the season, here’s how you can continue to eat local, seasonal and sustainably-grown produce and other farm products throughout the winter:

Northwest Pennsylvania Growers Cooperative is a group of 19 farms from Butler, Mercer, Lawrence, Crawford, Clarion, and Venango counties, who raise a full range of organic/natural products. The cooperative offers two wintertime opportunities. Customers can purchase a winter farm share/CSA in which they pre-pay a set amount prior to the growing season, and then receive a share of the harvest every other week. (CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture, is a partnership in which farms and consumers share equally in the rewards and risks inherent in agriculture.) Add-ons are available for local eggs and meats, including ground beef, sausage or chicken. NWPA Growers also offers a Winter Market Webstore, through which customers can place orders online for specific items. There will be 8 pickup dates for shares and webstore orders, beginning November 29 and ending March 14, with nearby pickup sites in Butler, Grove City and Slippery Rock, as well as other sites. Find details about each of these options at http://www.nwpagrowers.com/ or visit NWPA Growers’ Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NWPA-Growers-Co-op-362940736424/

“Go Green” Electric Car Show and Festival this Saturday, September 16th!

Free event for all who are interested in clean energy alternatives for transportation and sustainable living. For festival news and related information, go to: https://www.facebook.com/GoGreenFestivalNews/

September 13: Citizens’ Climate Lobby to Inaugurate New Chapter in Slippery Rock

Between two record-breaking hurricanes, amidst one of the worst wildfire seasons in US history, and with concern about other extreme events, as climate change advances, we are sharing the following information:
Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) will hold an inaugural meeting of a regional chapter that will cover the area of Congressional District 3 (Representative Mike Kelly’s district). The meeting will be held Tuesday, September 13, 5:30 – 8:30 PM at the Robert Macoskey Center for Sustainable Systems Education and Research on Slippery Rock University’s campus (247 Harmony Road, Slippery Rock, PA).
Ray Roberts, Pennsylvania’s State Co-Coordinator for CCL, will lead the discussion during the meeting. Pizza and beverages (water, iced tea and soft drinks) will be ordered, so attendees are asked to bring a few dollars to chip in for the expense, if possible.
Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a “non-profit, non-partisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change.” Taking a respectful approach to climate education and building on shared values within communities, CCL works toward “the adoption of fair, effective and sustainable climate change solutions,” including a proposed Carbon Fee and Dividend system. All who are interested are invited to attend this meeting to learn more about these efforts, as well as possibilities for our congressional district.
A flyer for the event appears here: PA03_InauguralMeetingFlyer

Slippery Rock Farmers and Makers Market in Full Summer Swing!

Ahhh, summer at the market! Sunshine and ample rains have resulted in a wonderful abundance of seasonal favorites. You’ll find tasty, ripe tomatoes; beans, beets, and potatoes in a variety of colors; peppers, both sweet and hot; freshly cut herbs and flowers; summer squash; garlic and onions; sweet corn, and much more, as each vendor brings their freshest and best offerings to the market.

 

Visit the Slippery Rock Community Farmers and Makers Market from 9:00 AM until 12:00 noon, every Saturday through the end of October at Rock Falls Park, along route 173, two miles south of Slippery Rock. Activities for children and local musicians are also featured on various Saturdays. 

All produce sold at the market is locally grown, often using organic or environmentally-friendly practices. (Growers are happy to answer questions or talk with customers about their growing methods.) Some vendors also offer freshly-baked breads, pastries, fudge, jams and jellies, or eggs. A variety of home and body care products, jewelry, decorative and gift items, and even pet treats and toys are hand-made by regional artists and crafters. While some vendors are “regulars,” appearing every week, others come to market as their seasonal products are available, or in rotation with other markets and events. Come often to see what’s available each week.

In August, look for:

  • David Byler of Riverside Farm near New Castle, who offers ultra-sweet, organically-grown corn.
  • Joe Repucci of Big Rock Farm near Boyers, with his specialties: freshly harvested garlic, onions and potatoes.
  • Barnhart’s Blueberries of Chicora: While it may be a bit late for their blueberries, they grow shiitake mushrooms, as well as a variety of tasty, colorful, summer vegetables.
  • Common Sage (Joan Hutzley) of Butler, who brings bedding plants, flowers, vegetables, herbs, and hopes to soon be harvesting honey from her own beehives.
  • Normand Homestead of Slippery Rock, with fresh vegetables; fresh-baked breads, granola bars and pastries; goat milk fudge; and soaps, lotions, balms and other body care products.
  • Sutton Farms of Butler, who appear at market about every other week with their own grass-finished beef.
  • Fairy Gifted, The Merry Faun, From the Earth, Paws in the Sand, and DelRay.S, who offer hand-crafted items as their summer event schedules allow. Jewelry, suncatchers, candles, bookmarks, pet treats and other unique items appear from these vendors and other artisans through the market season.

Climate Change Educational Program this coming Sunday!

Climate Change and Penn’s Woods:
What Might the Future Hold?

Sunday, June 25, 2:00 – 3:30 PM
at Jennings Environmental Education Center
2951 Prospect Road, Slippery Rock, PA 16057

Free, public program. Preregistration NOT required.
How might climate change affect us here in Pennsylvania? Find out during this presentation by Greg Czarnecki, Climate Change and Research Coordinator with Pennsylvania’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR).

As the climate changes, plants and animals have three options – adapt, move, or die. This is already beginning to happen in many places across the globe, including Pennsylvania. Mr. Czarnecki’s presentation will look at the current and projected impacts of climate change on our native species and forests, and the challenges and opportunities conservationists face in helping to ensure their survival.

Slippery Rock Community Farmers and Makers Market Opens for the Season May 6th!

Slippery Rock Community Farmers’ and Makers Market will open for the 2017 season on Saturday, May 6th at Rock Falls Park (on Route 173 just south of Slippery Rock). Get to know the folks who grow your food and create various handmade items, each Saturday from 9:00 AM until 12:00 noon through the end of October.

Because all produce offered at the market is locally grown, shoppers might expect to find asparagus, rhubarb, herbs, and early spring greens, as these become available during the month of May. Vegetable, fruit, and flower seedlings and plants for transplanting into gardens and landscape beds will be featured at the beginning of the market season. Vendors also will offer a variety of fresh and preserved foods, including grass-finished beef, goat milk fudge, jellies, breads and other baked goods. Unique handcrafted items, such as natural soaps, hair and skin products, knit items, jewelry, and decorative pieces will be available as well.  New vendors are welcome and are encouraged to contact srcfarmersmarket@gmail.com for more information.

In addition to products for sale, the market schedules live music; informative speakers and displays; and activities for children throughout the season. Keep up with what’s happening 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.