Archive for October, 2017

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 or visit NWPA Growers’ Facebook page at