Archive for October, 2014

Project ALTER/Macoskey documentary to be shown October 23rd!

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“Macoskey’s ALTER; Missionaries of Sustainability” is an oral history documentary of Dr. Robert A. Macoskey, the ALTER project he created, and their futuristic vision to bring sustainability to Slippery Rock University. The focus was experimenting with practical alternatives to environmental problems to come. A story told by members and associates of the ALTER Project, this video is to showcase how SRU has laid its foundation in sustainability over 30 years ago!

The premiere showing of the film will be held this coming Thursday, October 23rd at 7:30 p.m. at the Robert Smith Student Center Theater on Slippery Rock University’s campus.  For more information go to Sustainable Enterprise Accelerator.

Eating Sustainably Through Fall and Winter in Slippery Rock

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Slippery Rock farmers’ market wraps up with “Harvest Halloween”

Slippery Rock Community Farmers’ Market will be open for its final two weeks through October 25th on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. until noon at Rock Falls Park (on Route 173 south of Slippery Rock).  Vendors will have fall fruits and vegetables, as well as local meats, baked and preserved goods and unique, handcrafted items.

From now through the end of the market season, Sutton Farms will feature special prices on selected cuts and limited edition value packages of their local, grass-finished beef.  Additional events, including music, children’s activities and informative displays and demonstrations are scheduled at the market to foster awareness, friendships and fun.  “Rodgers & Anderson,” a local classic acoustic rock, folk & blues duo, will perform on October 18th, weather permitting.  On October 25th, the market will celebrate a “Harvest Halloween,” with vendors and customers alike encouraged to wear their most creative costumes!  There will be pumpkin decorating, costume judging and games for children and refreshments for all.

Find out more about this local farmers’ market, including the activities that are scheduled each week at: https://www.facebook.com/SRCFM or call the market hotline at 724-374-FARM (3276).

Access to Local, Sustainably-Produced Foods throughout Fall and Winter

Even after farmers’ markets close for the growing season, we can obtain and enjoy locally and sustainably-grown/produced foods in the Slippery Rock area:

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Northwest Pennsylvania Growers Cooperative, “dedicated to bringing you fresh, natural/organic, local produce every season of the year”, has finalized details of their winter CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) subscriptions and Winter Market Webstore. Winter CSA season will run from December through March, with pickups of shares scheduled twice per month.  Winter Market members will be able to place weekly orders online of seasonal produce and value-added items from November 21, 2014 through mid-May, 2015. You’ll find details and signup instructions at: http://www.nwpagrowers.com/

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Slippery Rock-based Frankferd Farms ordering group:  Frankferd Farms is “a family-owned operation in western Pennsylvania [Saxonburg] that specializes in organic, local, bulk, and specialty foods.”  Check them out at: http://www.frankferd.com/ .  Trish Gabreski, who coordinates and accepts monthly deliveries in Slippery Rock, welcomes inquiries and participation by new folks who wish to order.  Contact her at gabreskisr@zoominternet.net or 724-290-8545.