Slippery Rock Community Farmers’ Market is gearing up for the 2016 season, which will begin May 7th and continue through the end of October. A planning and organizational meeting for the upcoming season is scheduled for Thursday, April 14 at 6:30 PM at the Ginger Hill Unitarian Universalist Congregation’s building at 174 South Main Street, Slippery Rock. (It’s the yellow building along the alley between the Main Street storefronts and the big, public parking lot.) All current and prospective vendors and anyone who wishes to volunteer or support the market are encouraged to attend, in order to provide input and ideas to the market management committee. To grow the market, we need and will appreciate your help!
Students are back in town, and the monthly series of campus/community Slow Food dinners has begun. Generally scheduled on the last Thursday of the month, the next event will be held this week, Thursday, February 25th, 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the SRU Ski Lodge on campus (207 Rock Pride Drive). 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. The theme for this month is “Spice Up Your Winter!” with the idea of incorporating your favorite spice into your dish. Also, in order to avoid the waste of disposables and model sustainable practices, please bring your own (reusable) place setting, including plate, bowl, utensils, and cup or mug.
A presentation will be given by Ashley Beal, from the Sustainable Enterprise Accelerator’s Aquaponics Project, showing how an aquaponics vegetable growing system works, and how it will eventually benefit schools in Uganda.
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 makes this pleasure possible. Learn more at https://www.slowfoodusa.org/
Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, the film presents stories of seven communities, interwoven with Klein’s narration, connecting the carbon in the air with the economic system that put it there. (See additional details about the film in the November 3rd post below.)
‘Tis the holiday season, during which we often produce more of standard recyclables, as well as acquiring more “stuff” that we aren’t quite sure what to do with. Butler County Department of Recycling and Waste Management has released their annual Holiday Recycling Guide, which includes recycling options for items such as wrapping paper and packaging; clothing, toys and electronics that might have been replaced by new ones; batteries; and Christmas trees. (Note: If dropping an item off at a specific business or thrift store, always call first to be sure they still accept it.)
Find the guide here: Holiday Recycling Guide 2015
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.