Archive for July, 2014

Macoskey Center to host permaculture workshop August 23rd.

Macoskey logoThe Robert A. Macoskey Center for Sustainable  Systems Education and Research at Slippery Rock University will offer an Introduction to Permaculture Design on Saturday, August 23rd from 9:00 a.m. until noon.  The workshop will introduce permaculture design, using the Macoskey Center as a model. Beginning in 1987, principles and practices of permaculture have been used to guide the design and development of the Center as a holistic and organic system.  This system includes gardens, an edible landscape, natural building methods, LEED-certified building design and renewable energy systems. Participants will learn the principles and practices of permaculture and see firsthand how they have been applied at the center.

The instructor will be Darrell Frey, owner and manager of Three Sisters Farm and Nursery, a permaculture market garden farm. Frey has been a permaculture design professional since 1986. He is the author of Bioshelter Market Garden: A Permaculture Farm.

Pre-registration is required, and cost of the workshop is $25.  To register, complete the form found here: Permaculture Workshop registration,  and mail it, along with check made payable to: “SRU/Macoskey Center,” to: Macoskey Center, 247 Harmony Road, Slippery Rock, PA 16057.

For more information or answers to questions, contact the Macoskey Center at 724.738.4050 or


Don’t miss the FOSSIL-FREE ENERGY FAIR tomorrow July 26th!


Marcellus Outreach Butler and Slippery Rock University’s Sustainable Enterprise Accelerator (SEA), with various additional sponsors that include Sustainable Slippery Rock, will present the second annual “Fossil-free  Energy Fair” on Saturday, July 26th from 11 a.m. until 7 pm.  The free event will be held in the Advanced Technology and Science (ATS) Hall on the Slippery Rock University campus.  This is a premier opportunity to learn more about and celebrate renewable energy alternatives through speakers, vendors, displays, children’s activities (with Jennings Environmental Education Center staff), music, and entertainment.   Free solar-cooked hot dogs will be featured.

Also, just announced, BMW and Ford will display their latest electric vehicles. Pittsburgh’s BMW dealer, P&W Motors, will display the BMW i3 with Range Extender (also called the REx), which has a backup internal combustion engine.  Ford Motor Company will showcase the Ford C-Max Energi, featuring a combination of an electric moter and gasoline engine.   Unlike a conventional hybrid, the C-Max Energi has a battery that can be charged overnight by plugging into a 120-volt outlet, or within 2.5 hours on a 240 volt circuit.

For more information, including a detailed schedule and lists of presenters, exhibitors and sponsors, see the event website at