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Sustainability School Partners

PASA partners with organizations, groups and individuals to promote ongoing programming centered around homesteading, homemaking and backyard conservation. Our partners organize and host this programming and we help to spread the word about these opportunities around the state. To learn more about becoming a Sustainability School Partner contact Jean Najjar — Email her at  jean@pasafarming.org.

Please note: Currently, we are not accepting new partners. Partner enrollment will reopen in September.

What follows is a complete listing of upcoming courses (or click on the partner icon above for courses by location):

    • Events on September 5, 2014
      • Friday Night Out @ IMBY A Week of Vegetables
        Starts: 5:30 pm
        Ends: September 5, 2014 - 9:30 pm
        Location: In My Back Yard, Misty Hollow --1020 East Street Road, West Chester
        Description: Presenter: Libby Mills, MS, RDN, LDN
        Nutrition and Cooking Coach cooking classes and home parties
        http://www.digineatup.com
        Radio Host “Libby’s Luncheonette”
        http://www.WCHE1520AM.com

        In this Make [and Taste] and Take Workshop, Libby provides recipes (created specifically for spring garden produce), short-cuts, and “trade secrets” to save time and use you produce for yummie veggie dishes that everyone loves. Work with Libby learning to cook your weekly CSA share &/or grocery buy to give you a whole week of veggies which make deliciously healthy dinners simple.

        Cost: $45.00 / $10 deposit to:
        IMBY, P.O. Box 626, Westtown, PA 19395

        LIMITED # OF PARTICIPANTS
        Register:Follow this link -- http://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-week-of-vegetables-tickets-10958783015?aff=es2&rank=0&sid=1dfd87eeb4e811e3ad57123138106897
    • Events on September 6, 2014
      • First Year Beekeeping Class @ Country Barn Farm
        Starts: 9:00 am
        Ends: September 6, 2014 - 5:00 pm
        Location: Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve 614 Dorseyville Rd, Fox Chapel, PA
        Description: Description: This is a classroom-based course offering an introduction to honey bee biology and basic approaches to beekeeping. The course will include: an overview of honey bee biology in order to understand the challenges facing honey bees, and an overview of the basic equipment and techniques necessary to be a successful beekeeper. The goal is for students to learn how to keep bees for the first year. There will be an opportunity for an onsite apiary visit if the weather permits for interested students who have protective gear.

        Cost: $115, includes one year of after class mentoring via email and phone, numerous hand outs, coffee, and certificates of completion. Audubon Society of WPA and PASA members receive a $10 discount on the class. Veils for pick up at the class can be ordered for an additional $21.55 each, including sales tax.

        Register: Register: Pre-registration is required.Please email Joe@CountryBarnFarm.com

        Refunds: Full refund up to one week before class, 50% credit toward a future class if notice that a student is unable to attend is received less than one week before the start of the class.


        More Information on the Workshop:

        Textbook: Storey's Guide to Keeping Honey Bees by Richard E. Bonney and Malcolm T. Sanford

        Requirements: The textbook should be read before the class if possible. Students are responsible for obtaining the text book, providing their own bag lunches, bringing a notebook, and providing their own beekeeping veils for the optional apiary visit, if the weather permits. Basic veils can be ordered for pick up at the class for $21.55 each, including sales tax. In cool weather our visits to the hive will be very brief.

        Exams: Two brief quizzes, graded in class by students.
    • Events on September 7, 2014
      • Sharing Nature With Children @ the Land Conservancy of Southern Chester County
        Starts: 10:00 am
        Ends: September 7, 2014 - 11:00 am
        Location: Bucktoe Creek Preserve (432 Sharp Road, Avondale, PA 19311)
        Description: Sharing Nature with Children
        Explore the wonders of nature by engaging your child in different activities each month to awaken their natural senses. A light refreshment will be provided. This program runs the first weekend of every month from May – September 2014. Other dates include; Saturdays 8/2 and 9/6 and Sundays 6/8 and 7/6.

        Cost: $5 TLC members; $10 non-members. Click here to register!
    • Events on September 10, 2014
      • Preserving the Season @ East End Food Co-op
        Starts: 6:30 pm
        Ends: September 10, 2014 - 8:30 pm
        Location: East End Food Co-op, 7516 Meade St, Pittsburgh, PA, United States
        Description: Susanna Meyer, author of Saving the Seasons: How to Can, Freeze, or Dry Almost Anything, and Danielle Marvit of the Pittsburgh Canning Exchange will introduce you to simple and fun ways to preserve seasonal specialties. Learn how to freeze and dry herbs, prepare a quick batch of refrigerator pickles, and make a fail-proof water bath processed jam. The presenters will share samples of easy and delicious recipes that you can use at home to help you enjoy local foods all year long! There will also be plenty of time for questions. This event is FREE; just call 412-242-3598 to reserve your spot!

        Presented in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA). Although this event is free, a suggested $10 donation will be accepted by PASA.
    • Events on September 13, 2014
      • The Skinny on Sauerkraut @ Dickinson College Farm
        Starts: 2:00 pm
        Ends: September 13, 2014 - 4:00 pm
        Location: Dickinson College Farm, located at 553 Park Drive, Boiling Springs, PA 17007
        Description: Saturday, September 13th 2:00-4:00pm
        The Skinny on Sauerkraut
        $10 members/$12 non-members
        Presenter: Brooks Miller

        One way to preserve your fall harvest is through lacto-fermentation! This hands-on workshop will allow you to make your own batch of fermented vegetables for the coming winter. Carrots, cabbage, radishes, turnips, leafy greens and more.
        Cost: $10 PASA and DC Farm CSA members/$12 non-members

        Register: A link to register will be posted approximately 1 month ahead of each workshop’s date at the following blog:
        http://blogs.dickinson.edu/farm/events/sustainability-series/

        Please be sure to dress for the weather! Workshops will be held outdoors and in rustic indoor facilities.
    • Events on September 17, 2014
      • Creativity in Your Cupboard @ East End Food Co-op
        Starts: 6:30 pm
        Ends: September 17, 2014 - 8:30 pm
        Location: East End Food Co-op, 7516 Meade St, Pittsburgh, PA, United States
        Description: Come explore the possibilities for creative snacks and meals made with a few simple ingredients commonly found in your kitchen cupboards. Professional ballet dancers Julia Erickson and Aaron Ingley will tell their story of creating real food nutritional bars in their kitchen, and how this endeavor ultimately grew into a successful local business. Then Julia will demonstrate several simple recipes you can try at home, including her famous Barre bars! Join us to learn more about starting your own food business, as well as methods for making pantry-oriented dinners and the perfect post-workout snack.

        This event is FREE; just call 412-242-3598 to reserve your spot!
    • Events on September 24, 2014
      • Local Food Month Sampling Session @ East End Food Co-op
        Starts: 7:00 pm
        Ends: September 24, 2014 - 8:00 pm
        Location: East End Food Co-op, 7516 Meade St, Pittsburgh, PA, United States
        Description: The East End Food Co-op is committed to prioritizing and promoting local food sources whenever possible, and the annual observance of Local Foods Month every September offers us a special opportunity to highlight our local farmers and producers. Join us for a free sampling session that will take place throughout the aisles of the entire store. You will have a chance to meet the suppliers of some of your favorite local products, and sample offerings from Clarion River Organics, Healcrest Urban Farm, Cherish Creamery, Pastitio, and many more. Don’t miss this tasting adventure!

        This event is FREE; no reservations are required!
    • Events on September 29, 2014
      • Coffee Day Celebration
        Starts: 9:00 am
        Ends: September 29, 2014 - 10:30 am
        Location: East End Food Co-op, 7516 Meade St, Pittsburgh, PA, United States
        Description: Whether you’re a connoisseur or a novice, all are welcome to come celebrate and enjoy this popular beverage with our local roasters and suppliers! Join La Prima Espresso Company and 19 Coffee Company as they speak to the subtleties of the roasting process while serving up free samples of fresh espresso and several brewed coffee varietals. Building New Hope, a Pittsburgh-based non-profit that partners with a worker-owned coffee cooperative in Nicaragua, will also be on hand to talk about the origins of this beloved bean and what it means to pay coffee growers a fair trade price.

        This event is FREE; no reservations are required!
    • Events on October 3, 2014
      • Medicinal Herbs: Quiet Creek's Intensive Sustainability Seminars
        Starts: 3:00 pm
        Ends: October 5, 2014 - 3:00 pm
        Location: Quiet Creek Herb Farm, 93 Quiet Creek Ln, Brookville, PA, United States
        Description: Please sign up by September 15 and find registration, itinerary, and expectations on:

        Weekend begins at 3:00 p.m. Friday and ends at 3:00 p.m. Sunday

        Discover the key concepts of growing, harvesting, and preserving medicinal herbs, in addition, to using them to prepare soaps, infusions, tinctures, syrups, poultices, oils, capsules, salves, and essential oils. For eighteen years, Quiet Creek Herb Farm & School of Country Living has been offering workshops on sustainable living – medicinal herbs and herbal preparations are an exciting part of our mission – living healthful, sustainable lives.

        The theory of growing, harvesting, preserving, and making medicinal herb preparations will be applied in hands-on classes which will stimulate your intellect, fill your medicine chest, and empower your do-it-yourself know-how. Medicinal herbs have been used in making age-old remedies for indigestion, colds, inflammation, sore muscles, and many others. You will go home with your knowledge and an overflowing herbal first-aid kit.

        Over the weekend, you will enjoy a unique immersion experience as you absorb all the beauty and knowledge that Quiet Creek has to offer. Six delicious, locally and sustainably raised meals will be provided throughout the three days, with food preferences honored. Rustic, smoke and alcohol-free lodging is accommodation will vary based on registration but include a yurt, straw bale house, renovated barn, and/or tents. In addition to formal classes, the following optional activities are available for those interested: mountain biking (bikes & helmets provided), hiking, journaling, Sunday worship, and a community music circle. All energy needed for the weekend will be produced on site with the solar array and wind turbine, and all waste produced on site will be composted!

        Cost: $300 ($20 Discount for PASA members). Workshop is limited to 20 students.

        Weekend begins at 3:00 p.m. Friday and ends at 3:00 p.m. Sunday

        Applications Due: September 15, 2014 Please sign up at: http://www.quietcreekherbfarm.org/medicinal-herbs-intensive-seminar.html
    • Events on October 11, 2014
      • Gluten-Free Baking for Beginners @ Dickinson College Farm
        Starts: 2:00 pm
        Ends: October 11, 2014 - 4:00 pm
        Location: Dickinson College Farm, located at 553 Park Drive, Boiling Springs, PA 17007
        Description: Saturday, October 11th, 2014
        Gluten-Free Baking for Beginners
        Presenter: Ali Frohman

        New to gluten-free baking and not sure where to start? This beginner’s workshop will break down the basics of gluten-free baking at home. Which flours taste best and where are they sold in our area? Learn how to make an all-purpose gluten-free baking mix based on a simple ratio, and then use your mix to whip up a chewy, golden pizza crust better than anything you can find in the store. For a small additional fee, take home your own pre-made gluten-free pizza flour mix to make a few pies for your friends and family!

        Cost: $15 PASA and DC Farm CSA members/$17 non-members – class and tasting, no pre-made mix
        $23 PASA and DC Farm CSA members/$25 non-members – class, tasting & pre-made flour mix for 2 pizza crusts

        Register: A link to register will be posted approximately 1 month ahead of each workshop’s date at the following blog:
        http://blogs.dickinson.edu/farm/events/sustainability-series/

        Please be sure to dress for the weather! Workshops will be held outdoors and in rustic indoor facilities.
    • Events on November 1, 2014
      • Thanksgiving Centerpieces from your Garden @ Dickinson College Farm
        Starts: 2:00 pm
        Ends: November 1, 2014 - 4:00 pm
        Location: Dickinson College Farm, located at 553 Park Drive, Boiling Springs, PA 17007
        Description: Saturday, November 1st, 2:00-4:00pm
        Thanksgiving Centerpieces from your Garden

        Presenter: Michelle Elston

        Learn how to assemble a candle centerpiece from flower farmer Michelle Elston of Roots Flower Farm. We’ll use traditional floral foam and bowls, but also talk about alternative vessels. Concepts of anchoring, greening, texture and flower placement will be covered, as well as how to use what is naturally in your garden this time of year.

        Cost: $30 PASA and DC Farm CSA members, $35 non-members

        Register: A link to register will be posted approximately 1 month ahead of each workshop’s date at http://blogs.dickinson.edu/farm/events/sustainability-series/
    • Events on November 8, 2014
      • Backyard Chickens Workshop @ Country Barn Farm
        Starts: 9:00 am
        Ends: November 8, 2014 - 12:30 pm
        Location: Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve, 614 Dorseyville Road, Pittsburgh, PA, United States
        Description: Description: This is a classroom based workshop offering an introduction to small scale chicken husbandry. Learn how to keep these interesting birds healthy and happy. They are great pets that will produce a few eggs too!

        Instructor: Joseph Zgurzynski, a 4H poultry club leader with over 30 years of experience

        Cost: $65

        Register: Pre-Registration Required. Please email Joe@CountryBarnFarm.com, or call 412-225-0930. (Space is limited, please register early)

        More about the workshop:
        Textbook: Storey’s Guide to Raising Chickens, 3rd Edition by Gail Damerow

        Requirements: The textbook should be read before the class if possible. There are many books on poultry. Students are responsible for obtaining the text book and bringing a notebook to class.

        Exams: One brief quiz, graded in class by students.

*A complete listing of courses…

    • January 28, 2012
      • Build a Bat Box
        Starts: 11:00 am
        Ends: January 28, 2012 - 1:00 pm
        Location: Greener Partners: Longview Center For Agriculture, Stump Hall Road, Collegeville, PA
        Description: $10 or $8 for PASA/Greener Partners/GFN Members
        $12 Materials Fee
        Bats are awesome, and your backyard or garden is probably a great habitat for them! A single brown bat can eat up to 1200 insects in an hour, helping reduce garden pests and mosquitoes. Participants will build their very own bat house to take home, learn about ideal placement around the home or in the garden, and discuss what we can do to create ideal habitat for this beneficial, threatened, and misunderstood friend. No building experience is necessary for this family friendly workshop.
        Register: http://www.greenerpartners.org/events
         
      • Summer Dreamin': Planning for the Coming Season
        Starts: 2:00 pm
        Ends: January 28, 2012 - 4:00 pm
        Location: Dickinson College Farm, 553 Park Drive, Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania 17007
        Description: FREE Event.
        Despite the cold weather outside, let’s talk summer! The winter months provide us with time indoors to start planning for the gardening season ahead. This workshop will discuss how to start a backyard garden, from designing garden beds and soil preparation to starting seeds and planning for continual harvests throughout the growing season! We will also share strategies for healthy crop rotations, disease prevention and lessons learned from last year!
        Register: http://goo.gl/gaOGa
         
    • February 4, 2012
      • Cooking Winter Soups & Stews
        Starts: 9:00 am
        Ends: February 4, 2012 - 11:00 am
        Location: Friends Meetinghouse, 611 East Prospect Avenue, State College, PA
        Description: $10 Suggested Donation
        Registration: http://goo.gl/rJRzZ
         
      • Making Mittens & Scarves from Old Wool Sweaters
        Starts: 2:00 pm
        Ends: February 4, 2012 - 4:00 pm
        Location: Friends Meetinghouse, 611 East Prospect Avenue, State College, PA
        Description: $10 Suggested Donation
        Registration: http://goo.gl/rJRzZ
         
      • Home Beer Brewing Part 1 of 2
        Starts: 2:00 pm
        Ends: February 4, 2012 - 4:00 pm
        Location: State College Location - please register for location details
        Description: $10 Suggested Donation
        Registration: http://goo.gl/rJRzZ
         
    • February 5, 2012
      • Making Yogurt & Granola
        Starts: 2:30 pm
        Ends: February 5, 2012 - 4:30 pm
        Location: Friends Meetinghouse, 611 East Prospect Avenue, State College, PA
        Description: $10 Suggested Donation
        Registration: http://goo.gl/rJRzZ
         
    • February 11, 2012
      • Making Homemade Lip Balms & Salves
        Starts: 9:00 am
        Ends: February 11, 2012 - 12:00 pm
        Location: Friends Meetinghouse, 611 East Prospect Avenue, State College, PA
        Description: $10 Suggested Donation
        Registration: http://goo.gl/rJRzZ
         
      • Silk Scarf w/ Salt Painting Technique
        Starts: 2:00 pm
        Ends: February 11, 2012 - 6:00 pm
        Location: Friends Meetinghouse, 611 East Prospect Avenue, State College, PA
        Description: $10 Suggested Donation
        Registration: http://goo.gl/rJRzZ
         
    • February 12, 2012
      • Building a Cold Frame
        Starts: 1:00 pm
        Ends: February 12, 2012 - 3:00 pm
        Location: State College Location - please register for location details
        Description: $10 Suggested Donation
        Registration: http://goo.gl/rJRzZ
         
    • February 15, 2012
      • Making Sauerkraut - Vegetable Lactofermentation
        Starts: 6:00 pm
        Ends: February 15, 2012 - 9:00 pm
        Location: Friends Meetinghouse, 611 East Prospect Avenue, State College, PA
        Description: $10 Suggested Donation
        Registration: http://goo.gl/rJRzZ
         
    • February 18, 2012
      • Worm Composting
        Starts: 9:00 am
        Ends: February 18, 2012 - 11:00 am
        Location: Friends Meetinghouse, 611 East Prospect Avenue, State College, PA
        Description: $10 Suggested Donation
        Registration: http://goo.gl/rJRzZ
         
      • Home Beer Brewing Part 2 of 2
        Starts: 2:00 pm
        Ends: February 18, 2012 - 4:00 pm
        Location: State College Location - please register for details
        Description: $10 Suggested Donation
        Registration: http://goo.gl/rJRzZ
         
    • February 25, 2012
      • Making Homemade Pasta & Authentic Italian Red Sauce
        Starts: 10:00 am
        Ends: February 25, 2012 - 12:00 pm
        Location: Friends Meetinghouse, 611 East Prospect Avenue, State College, PA
        Description: $10 Suggested Donation
        Registration: http://goo.gl/rJRzZ
         
      • Crop Planning and Garden Layout
        Starts: 11:00 am
        Ends: February 25, 2012 - 1:00 pm
        Location: Greener Partners: Longview Center For Agriculture, Stump Hall Road, Collegeville, PA
        Description: $10 or $8 for PASA/Greener Partners/GFN Members
        The garden may still be covered in snow, but the seed catalogs have already started to arrive. Late winter is a perfect time to begin planning for a successful growing season. In this workshop, we will start from the ground up; discuss goals for your garden, lessons from last year, and start building a crop plan to suit your needs. Bring measurements, pictures, and ideas from your own garden, as we will leave plenty of time to work through as many garden plans as possible.
        Register: http://www.greenerpartners.org/events
         
      • Starting Seeds & Plants
        Starts: 2:00 pm
        Ends: February 25, 2012 - 4:00 pm
        Location: Dickinson College Farm, 553 Park Drive, Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania 17007
        Description: FREE Event.
        Starting your own seeds is a lot of fun, saves you money, and allows you to grow many more varieties of vegetables and plants than what most nurseries carry. Dickinson College Farm staff will take you through the steps for starting seeds and propagating plants to ensure success at planting time! We will discuss how to make your own potting mix, seedling tray options, and strategies for keeping your seedlings healthy during the cold winter months.
        Register: http://goo.gl/gaOGa
         
    • March 24, 2012
      • Home Grown Institute 2012
        Starts: 12:00 am
        Ends: March 26, 2012 - 12:00 am
        Location: Chestnut Hill Academy, 500 W Willow Grove Ave, Phila 19118
        Description: Over 50 Sustainable Living Skills Workshops all in one place! Everything from Backyard Chickens, to Extending the Growing Season, to Sustainability as a Spiritual Practice!

        For more information: http://www.goodfoodneighborhood.org/sustainabilityschools/homegrowninstitute/
         
      • Winter Fruit Tree Pruning
        Starts: 11:00 am
        Ends: March 24, 2012 - 1:00 pm
        Location: Greener Partners: Longview Center For Agriculture, Stump Hall Road, Collegeville, PA
        Description: $10 or $8 for PASA/Greener Partners/GFN Members
        Join the Longview orchard team for a lesson on tree pruning. We'll discuss different training techniques, what branches to prune and when for Apples, pears, and peaches, and pruning equipment before heading into the orchard to prune a few trees ourselves.
        Register: http://www.greenerpartners.org/events
         
    • March 31, 2012
      • The Dirt on Compost
        Starts: 2:00 pm
        Ends: March 31, 2012 - 4:00 pm
        Location: Dickinson College Farm, 553 Park Drive, Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania 17007
        Description: FREE Event.
        Composting is as easy as pie! Come and learn how to turn table scraps and yard waste into nutrient rich fertilizer for your garden. Participants will learn the fundamentals of building and managing piles in addition to a closer look inside the pile and the biology at work. Not interested in backyard composting? How about indoor vermicomposting made easy?! We will be sure to cover this topic, too!
        Register: http://goo.gl/gaOGa
         
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    • April 21, 2012
      • Making Ravioli
        Starts: 10:00 am
        Ends: April 21, 2012 - 1:00 pm
        Location: Friends Meetinghouse, 611 East Prospect Avenue, State College, PA
        Description: $10 Suggested Donation
        Registration: http://springcreekhomesteading.wordpress.com/workshops
         
      • Roasting to Perfection: Learn how to prepare any cut of meat for a tender result
        Starts: 10:00 am
        Ends: April 21, 2012 - 12:00 pm
        Location: Village Acres Farm & FoodShed, Mifflintown, PA
        Description: $12 ($10 for PASA members and Village Acres Farm CSA members or join PASA’s Good Food Neighborhood for free and receive the discounted rate).

        Intimidated by those roasts hiding in the back of your freezer? Want to purchase meat more affordably by buying a quarter of beef but afraid you won’t know what to do with the various cuts? Have questions about preparing grassfed/pastured meats? Join Julie Hurst of Blue Rooster Farm at the Village Acres Farm FoodShed for a demystifying overview of animal anatomy, some basic rules-of-thumb when it comes to meat preparation, and to sample some very simple roast recipes that will simplify your meal planning.
        Registration: http://www.villageacresfarm.com
         
    • April 22, 2012
    • April 28, 2012
      • Herbal Tinctures and Oil Infusions
        Starts: 9:00 am
        Ends: April 28, 2012 - 12:00 pm
        Location: Friends Meetinghouse, 611 East Prospect Avenue, State College, PA
        Description: $10 Suggested Donation
        Registration: http://springcreekhomesteading.wordpress.com/workshops
         
      • Seed Starting and Propagation
        Starts: 11:00 am
        Ends: April 28, 2012 - 1:00 pm
        Location: Greener Partners: Longview Center For Agriculture, Stump Hall Road, Collegeville, PA
        Description: $10 or $8 for PASA/Greener Partners/GFN Members
        Starting your own seeds is a lot of fun, saves you money, and allows you to grow many more varieties of vegetables and plants than what most nurseries carry. Longview's Vegetable Production Manager will take you on a quick tour of our propagation greenhouse, and will discuss how you can create similar conditions in your home. We'll discuss potting mixes, seeding start trays, "potting up", and fertilization.
        Register: http://www.greenerpartners.org/events
         
      • Inspired Centerpieces from Your Garden
        Starts: 2:00 pm
        Ends: April 28, 2012 - 4:00 pm
        Location: Dickinson College Farm, 553 Park Drive, Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania 17007
        Description: FREE Event.
        Michelle Elston from Roots Flower Farm in Carlisle will demonstrate techniques for assembling seasonally inspired centerpieces for your table. This hands-on workshop will include a list of good cutting material by season, ideas for unusual containers and tips for inspired designs.
        Register: http://goo.gl/gaOGa
         
    • May 6, 2012
    • May 8, 2012
      • Wild, Medicinal Weed Walk
        Starts: 9:30 am
        Ends: May 8, 2012 - 11:30 am
        Location: Chicory Lane Farm, Spring Mills, PA
        Description: FREE. Pre-registration is required by calling Cassie at PASA. 814-349-9856, ext. 12
        Enjoy a walk through native habitat with noted herbalist Jennifer Tucker. See medicinal plants growing in the wild and learn their uses. Some species have been reintroduced on this preserved farm property. Invasive plant species will be addressed. Dress in comfortable clothes & sturdy footwear. Parking is limited, please carpool if possible.
        Due to sensitive habitat, this tour is limited to 20.
         
    • May 13, 2012
    • May 19, 2012
      • Hugelkulter, water harvesting and other permaculture tricks of the trade!
        Starts: 9:30 am
        Ends: May 19, 2012 - 12:00 pm
        Location: Dingman's Ferry, PA
        Description: $20 for non-members; $18 for EPPG members, PASA Members and PASA's Good Food Neighborhood.

        This workshop will include of hands on training in hugelkultur, water harvesting (including bio-swales), planting cover crops, and more. Learn various permaculture techniques while you help to implement a Permaculture site plan for a newly constructed property! You will learn how to read a piece of land, follow through with hands on projects to fix erosion and run off problems and create a more resilient and productive site. This workshop is open to all, beginner and experienced alike.

        Register: http://www.meetup.com/permie/events/62317212/
         
      • Hands-On Beekeeping
        Starts: 2:00 pm
        Ends: May 19, 2012 - 5:00 pm
        Location: State College, PA
        Description: Raindate: Sunday, May 20
        $10 Suggested Donation
        Registration: http://springcreekhomesteading.wordpress.com/workshops
         
    • May 26, 2012
      • Intro to Hugelkultur
        Starts: 10:00 am
        Ends: May 26, 2012 - 1:00 pm
        Location: Friends Meetinghouse, 611 East Prospect Avenue, State College, PA
        Description: $10 Suggested Donation
        Registration: http://springcreekhomesteading.wordpress.com/workshops
         
      • Backyard Bees
        Starts: 11:00 am
        Ends: May 26, 2012 - 1:00 pm
        Location: Greener Partners: Longview Center For Agriculture, Stump Hall Road, Collegeville, PA
        Description: $10 or $8 for PASA/Greener Partners/GFN Members
        Join us in the Homestead Garden as we learn ll about Bees, and what you'll need to keep them in your own backyard. We'll explore our top-bar hive; a more natural and low maintenance beekeeping method gaining popularity among backyard beekeepers. We will also visit some Langstroth hives (those stacked boxes we are used to seeing). Topics will include seasonal care, site selection, and best breeds of bees for the hobbyist.
        Register: http://www.greenerpartners.org/events
         
      • Backyard Chickens – Building a Coop (Part 2 of 2)
        Starts: 12:00 pm
        Ends: May 26, 2012 - 5:00 pm
        Location: Hamilton Avenue, State College, PA
        Description: $10 Suggested Donation
        Registration: http://springcreekhomesteading.wordpress.com/workshops
         
      • Landscaping for the Birds and Bees
        Starts: 2:00 pm
        Ends: May 26, 2012 - 4:00 pm
        Location: Dickinson College Farm, 553 Park Drive, Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania 17007
        Description: $5 suggested donation.
        Ever wonder who is at work in your garden when you aren’t looking? Chances are that there are lots of little critters at work for you. Dickinson College Farm staff have a great affinity for beneficial insects and native pollinators and constantly at work creating habitat that supports their populations. We will help you decipher the “good” from the “bad” insects that you see each year and strategies for keeping these populations in check
        Register: http://goo.gl/gaOGa
         
    • May 27, 2012
      • Permaculture 101: Introduction to Permaculture Principles and Practices
        Starts: 9:00 am
        Ends: May 27, 2012 - 12:00 pm
        Location: Kimberton Waldorf School, Garden Bldg, Phoenixville, Chester, Pennsylvania 19460
        Description: $35 for non-members; $30 for EPPG members, PASA Members and PASA's Good Food Neighborhood.

        Learn about the Principles and Ethics of Permaculture Design and how you can apply these to make your home, farm or other property more productive, resilient and abundant! Participants will gain a better understanding of the design science of Permaculture- we will explore the ethics of permaculture and the many definitions and applications of the design science. Natural patterns in Permaculture Design, storm water harvesting strategies, perennializing annual plants and establishing home plant nurseries will also be discussed.

        For more information and to register: http://www.meetup.com/permie/events/62061022/
        Directions: http://g.co/maps/q4rnm
         
    • June 10, 2012
      • The Skin of the planet: Let's Learn how to love our soil!
        Starts: 9:00 am
        Ends: June 10, 2012 - 12:00 pm
        Location: Kimberton Waldorf School, Garden Bldg, Phoenixville, Chester, Pennsylvania 19460
        Description: $35 for non-members; $30 for EPPG members, PASA Members and PASA's Good Food Neighborhood.

        “Soil is the skin of the planet - Good soil creates healthy nutritious food. We need to learn to be good stewards of this valuable resource!"

        Learn the secrets to building healthy, productive soil and killer compost! During this half day workshop participants will learn all they need to know regarding soil biology, composting, using beneficial microbes (E.M.s), brewing and using ("designer") Compost Teas.

        For more information and to register: http://www.meetup.com/permie/events/62899542/
        Directions: http://g.co/maps/q4rnm
         
    • June 17, 2012
      • WATER as a resource to build soil productivity/resilience!
        Starts: 9:00 am
        Ends: June 17, 2012 - 12:00 pm
        Location: Kimberton Waldorf School, Garden Bldg, Phoenixville, Chester, Pennsylvania 19460
        Description: $35 for non-members; $30 for EPPG members, PASA Members and PASA's Good Food Neighborhood.

        Water is a valuable resource and managing it well can help build better soil and create resilience throughout a site. Participants will learn the theory behind "Keyline Design" and get an opportunity for hands-on practice so they can implement these techniques on their own properties. Workshop participants will learn how to find the naturally occurring contours on a piece of land to determine placement of bio-infiltration swales across a landscape for "harvesting" stormwater and using it to: help build high quality/more productive soil; reduce 'ponding' and flooding during rain events; reduce the impact of weather-related challenges, like drought, on a site (building resilience!); help clean up the watershed by improving the health of streams and rivers; recharge groundwater; reduce the load on municipal storm sewers; and, save money!

        For more information and to register: http://www.meetup.com/permie/events/62899102/
        Directions: http://g.co/maps/q4rnm
         
    • June 23, 2012
      • Beginner Home Beer Brewing - Part 1: Brewing with Malt Extract
        Starts: 10:00 am
        Ends: June 23, 2012 - 12:00 pm
        Location: 156 Hamilton Avenue, State College, PA
        Description: $10 Suggested Donation
        Registration: http://springcreekhomesteading.wordpress.com/workshops
         
      • Backyard Chickens
        Starts: 11:00 am
        Ends: June 23, 2012 - 1:00 pm
        Location: Greener Partners: Longview Center For Agriculture, Stump Hall Road, Collegeville, PA
        Description: $10 or $8 for PASA/Greener Partners/GFN Members
        Raising your own laying hens is a great way to enjoy incredibly fresh and nutritious eggs. Join the flock at Longview as we learn all of the ins and outs of grazing hens on your lawn, and in your garden. We'll discuss coop design, feeding and watering, predator management, and the best breeds for your purposes.
        Register: http://www.greenerpartners.org/events
         
    • June 24, 2012
      • Edible Forest Gardens
        Starts: 9:00 am
        Ends: June 24, 2012 - 12:30 pm
        Location: Kimberton Waldorf School, Garden Bldg, Phoenixville, Chester, Pennsylvania 19460
        Description: $45 for non-members; $35 for EPPG members, PASA Members and PASA's Good Food Neighborhood.

        Imagine small urban/suburban yards supporting a multitude of edible, medicinal, and beneficial plants or organic orchards inter-planted with communities of mutually beneficial species - species which help to build resilience and increase production in the system...

        Characterized by diversity and abundance, edible 'Forest Gardens" (Food Forests) can transform monoculture (HIGH input/high maintenance) lawns and conventionally managed ag operations into more resilient and productive systems which, once established, require little maintenance and provide abundance (AND food sovereignty!).

        Join us as we explore the theory behind, and the practice of, Forest Gardening: the design installation/maintenance of Edible Forest Garden systems; Analogue forestry, Planting and Maintaining Coppice/pollard tree systems, fruit/nut tree crops, plant guilds and more.

        Food forestry is not new -- indigenous people have been using this method of land management for millennia in various places throughout North America. Forest gardening techniques can help to create self-sufficient, high yielding, perennial systems in your back yard, school yard, park, farm or other site -- regenerating land and bringing resilience to your community!

        There will be some hands-on activites (weather permitting!) Please dress appropriately and bring a snack, water bottle, etc.

        For more information and to register: http://www.meetup.com/permie/events/62899102/
        Directions: http://g.co/maps/q4rnm
         
    • June 30, 2012
      • Foraging for Medicinals in Your Backyard
        Starts: 2:00 pm
        Ends: June 30, 2012 - 4:00 pm
        Location: Dickinson College Farm, 553 Park Drive, Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania 17007
        Description: $5 suggested donation.
        Many of the plants underfoot have nutritional and medicinal qualities that may surprise you! Take a walk with us around our farm and learn how to identify weeds and herbs with unique properties. Participants will learn how best to use medicinal plants, from salves and poultices to teas and tinctures!
        Register: http://goo.gl/gaOGa
         
    • July 7, 2012
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    • July 28, 2012
      • Composting
        Starts: 11:00 am
        Ends: July 28, 2012 - 1:00 pm
        Location: Greener Partners: Longview Center For Agriculture, Stump Hall Road, Collegeville, PA
        Description: $10 or $8 for PASA/Greener Partners/GFN Members
        At the heart of every successful organic garden lies good compost. Compost replenishes soil nutrients lost to your crops, and can vastly improve the structure of your soil. We'l talk a bit about the science of composting before getting our hands dirty building a great pile, and turning several piles at various stages of completion. We'll also discuss pile and bin design, and leave time for troubleshooting your questions.
        Register: http://www.greenerpartners.org/events
         
      • Ins and Outs of Renewable Energy Options for Home Owners
        Starts: 2:00 pm
        Ends: July 28, 2012 - 4:00 pm
        Location: Dickinson College Farm, 553 Park Drive, Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania 17007
        Description: $5 suggested donation.
        Renewable Energy Wiz, Matt Steiman will lead participants on a solar tour of the Dickinson College Farm plus discuss ways to incorporate inexpensive solar options on the home front!
        Register: http://goo.gl/gaOGa
         
    • August 4, 2012
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    • August 25, 2012
      • Everything Tomato! Tarts, Soups, Salsa, Roasted...
        Starts: 9:00 am
        Ends: August 25, 2012 - 12:00 pm
        Location: Friends Meetinghouse, 611 East Prospect Avenue, State College, PA
        Description: $10 Suggested Donation
        Registration: http://springcreekhomesteading.wordpress.com/workshops
         
      • Preserving the Harvest
        Starts: 11:00 am
        Ends: August 25, 2012 - 1:00 pm
        Location: Greener Partners: Longview Center For Agriculture, Stump Hall Road, Collegeville, PA
        Description: $10 or $8 for PASA/Greener Partners/GFN Members
        So you have more tomatoes than you know what to do with, you have cucumbers coming out of your ears, and a daily tidal wave of green beans. Come out to the farm for this workshop on all of the preservation techniques out there. Sun drying, pickling and brining, canning, and freezing will all be covered.
        Register: http://www.greenerpartners.org/events
         
      • What is Happening in My Garden?
        Starts: 2:00 pm
        Ends: August 25, 2012 - 4:00 pm
        Location: Dickinson College Farm, 553 Park Drive, Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania 17007
        Description: $5 suggested donation.
        Identifying pests, disease and holistic strategies for prevention is key to a successful garden. Take a walk through the College Farm’s production fields for an assessment on disease and pest pressures, as well as the techniques employed to deter and address issues as they arise.
        Register: http://goo.gl/gaOGa
         
    • September 22, 2012
      • Potluck and Recipe Swap
        Starts: 11:00 am
        Ends: September 22, 2012 - 1:00 pm
        Location: Greener Partners: Longview Center For Agriculture, Stump Hall Road, Collegeville, PA
        Description: $10 or $8 for PASA/Greener Partners/GFN Members
        The Harvest season is in full swing and it's time to enjoy the fruits of our labor! All are invited to our end of the summer potluck. Bring a dish with ingredients from your home garden, and a recipe to share with others. Join us for this fun and informal get-together with other gardeners.
        Register: http://www.greenerpartners.org/events
         
    • September 29, 2012
      • Saving Tradition by Saving Seed
        Starts: 2:00 pm
        Ends: September 29, 2012 - 4:00 pm
        Location: Dickinson College Farm, 553 Park Drive, Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania 17007
        Description: $5 suggested donation.
        We are avid seed savers at the Dickinson College Farm and want to share our love of seeds with you! We will share our strategies for plant selection and fun ways to collect, process and save seed for next year’s garden! Learn easy ways to save your garden traditions through this hands-on workshop!
        Register: http://goo.gl/gaOGa
         
    • October 19, 2012
      • Fall Harvest Intensive: Building a Learning Community (wknd 1 of 2)
        Starts: 3:00 pm
        Ends: October 21, 2012 - 3:00 pm
        Location: Quiet Creek Herb Farm & School of Country Living, 93 Quiet Creek Lane Brookville, PA 15825
        Description: $550 for 6 relaxing days/nights (10/19-21 and 10/26-28), 10 whole food meals, and rustic/primitive lodging.

        Discover the key concepts of building a learning community within your farm, classroom, university, nature center, or homeschool environment. Learn how ownership, collaboration, support, and inquiry can become the forefront of your students gaining sustainable living knowledge, skills, and experiences.

        Claire and Rusty Orner, owners and stewards of Quiet Creek (a non-profit farm), will incorporate Quiet Creek’s model by teaching you how to teach your students the concepts of sustainability related to harvesting food in the fall season. The theory of building a learning community will be applied in hands-on classes which include cheese making, whole foods nutrition, mushroom foraging, vegetable fermentation, fruit leather making, and hot water bath canning. Over the course of two consecutive weekends, you will enjoy a unique immersion experience as you absorb all the beauty and knowledge that Quiet Creek has to offer. All energy needed for the weekend will be produced on site with the solar array and wind turbine, and all waste produced on site will be composted!

        Register: http://www.quietcreekherbfarm.com/
         
    • October 21, 2012
    • October 26, 2012
      • Fall Harvest Intensive: Building a Learning Community (wknd 2 of 2)
        Starts: 3:00 pm
        Ends: October 28, 2012 - 3:00 pm
        Location: Quiet Creek Herb Farm & School of Country Living, 93 Quiet Creek Lane Brookville, PA 15825
        Description: $550 for 6 relaxing days/nights (10/19-21 and 10/26-28), 10 whole food meals, and rustic/primitive lodging.

        Discover the key concepts of building a learning community within your farm, classroom, university, nature center, or homeschool environment. Learn how ownership, collaboration, support, and inquiry can become the forefront of your students gaining sustainable living knowledge, skills, and experiences.

        Claire and Rusty Orner, owners and stewards of Quiet Creek (a non-profit farm), will incorporate Quiet Creek’s model by teaching you how to teach your students the concepts of sustainability related to harvesting food in the fall season. The theory of building a learning community will be applied in hands-on classes which include cheese making, whole foods nutrition, mushroom foraging, vegetable fermentation, fruit leather making, and hot water bath canning. Over the course of two consecutive weekends, you will enjoy a unique immersion experience as you absorb all the beauty and knowledge that Quiet Creek has to offer. All energy needed for the weekend will be produced on site with the solar array and wind turbine, and all waste produced on site will be composted!

        Register: http://www.quietcreekherbfarm.com/
         
    • October 27, 2012
      • Cob Oven Building
        Starts: 11:00 am
        Ends: October 27, 2012 - 1:00 pm
        Location: Greener Partners: Longview Center For Agriculture, Stump Hall Road, Collegeville, PA
        Description: $10 or $8 for PASA/Greener Partners/GFN Members
        Cobb is a centuries old building material using locally available and natural materials; straw, and clay from our own farm. Come learn and gain hands on experience building an earthen oven for baking delicious breads, pizza, roasts and more. We'll discuss design considerations, sit selection, and materials before rolling up our sleeves and building Longview's cob oven.
        Register: http://www.greenerpartners.org/events
         
      • The Skinny on Sauerkraut
        Starts: 2:00 pm
        Ends: October 27, 2012 - 4:00 pm
        Location: Dickinson College Farm, 553 Park Drive, Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania 17007
        Description: $5 suggested donation. $8 materials fee.
        One way to preserve your fall harvest is through lacto-fermentation! This hands-on workshop will allow you to make your own batch of fermented vegetables for the coming winter! Carrots, cabbage, radishes, turnips, leafy greens and more!
        Register: http://goo.gl/gaOGa
         
    • October 28, 2012
      • Fearless Homesteading: A Year Long Course
        Starts: 9:30 am
        Ends: October 28, 2012 - 4:30 pm
        Location: Kimberton Waldorf School, Garden Bldg, Phoenixville, Chester, Pennsylvania 19460
        Description: One Sunday per month for twelve months: OCT/28-NOV/25-DEC/30-JAN/27-FEB/24-MARCH/24-APRIL/21-MAY/26-JUNE/30-JULY/TBA- AUG/TBA- SEPT/TBA
        *Practical, seasonal-appropriate skills for all rural, suburban & urban dwellers with: elements of permaculture* community building* re-purposing*herb gardening & simple-medicine making *seed starting and saving*rendering animal fats*winter wellness* soupmaking* nature awareness *low tech food preservation techniques*domestic arts 101 *elemental skill sets: earth-water-fire-air* butter and soft cheesemaking*barter basics*edible forest gardens *agroforestry*"perennializing" annuals*establishing a home plant nursery* micro-livestock for the small homestead *beekeeping*natural building basics*homestead soil building and water management* Hugelkultur*making killer compost*Bokashi (indoor) composting for the winter months* growing mushrooms* four season gardening*foraging and wildcrafting 101*creating additional income streams through homesteading…

        For more information and to register: http://www.meetup.com/permie/
         
    • November 17, 2012
      • Cold Frames, Low-tunnels and Season Extension
        Starts: 11:00 am
        Ends: November 17, 2012 - 1:00 pm
        Location: Greener Partners: Longview Center For Agriculture, Stump Hall Road, Collegeville, PA
        Description: $10 or $8 for PASA/Greener Partners/GFN Members
        The weather may be turning cold, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop enjoying fresh, healthy vegetables. Join Farmer Mark in this hands-on construction workshop to explore ways you can continue growing delicious produce through the winter using simple solar powered technology. We will construct a simple cold frame, and low tunnel, and discuss other techniques to extend your harvest, or get a jump on spring.
        Register: http://www.greenerpartners.org/events
         
    • November 25, 2012
      • Fearless Homesteading: A Year Long Course
        Starts: 9:30 am
        Ends: November 25, 2012 - 4:30 pm
        Location: Kimberton Waldorf School, Garden Bldg, Phoenixville, Chester, Pennsylvania 19460
        Description: One Sunday per month for twelve months: OCT/28-NOV/25-DEC/30-JAN/27-FEB/24-MARCH/24-APRIL/21-MAY/26-JUNE/30-JULY/TBA- AUG/TBA- SEPT/TBA
        *Practical, seasonal-appropriate skills for all rural, suburban & urban dwellers with: elements of permaculture* community building* re-purposing*herb gardening & simple-medicine making *seed starting and saving*rendering animal fats*winter wellness* soupmaking* nature awareness *low tech food preservation techniques*domestic arts 101 *elemental skill sets: earth-water-fire-air* butter and soft cheesemaking*barter basics*edible forest gardens *agroforestry*"perennializing" annuals*establishing a home plant nursery* micro-livestock for the small homestead *beekeeping*natural building basics*homestead soil building and water management* Hugelkultur*making killer compost*Bokashi (indoor) composting for the winter months* growing mushrooms* four season gardening*foraging and wildcrafting 101*creating additional income streams through homesteading…

        For more information and to register: http://www.meetup.com/permie/
         
    • December 2, 2012
    • December 15, 2012
      • Beer Brewing and Fermentation
        Starts: 11:00 am
        Ends: December 15, 2012 - 1:00 pm
        Location: Greener Partners: Longview Center For Agriculture, Stump Hall Road, Collegeville, PA
        Description: $10 or $8 for PASA/Greener Partners/GFN Members
        Winter is upon us, and the gardens are quite; What are we supposed to do with these long, cold nights? Make beer and wine of course. For thousands of years humans have relied on liquid sweaters for comfort and warmth. Join Longview to learn a few simple recipes for your own home-made beer and country wine. We'll brew up a simple beer recipe, and discuss equipment and techniques. For a $7 materials fee, you'll get to take home a portion of the beer and wine we brew that evening.
        Register: http://www.greenerpartners.org/events
         
    • December 30, 2012
      • Fearless Homesteading: A Year Long Course
        Starts: 9:30 am
        Ends: December 30, 2012 - 4:30 pm
        Location: Kimberton Waldorf School, Garden Bldg, Phoenixville, Chester, Pennsylvania 19460
        Description: One Sunday per month for twelve months: OCT/28-NOV/25-DEC/30-JAN/27-FEB/24-MARCH/24-APRIL/21-MAY/26-JUNE/30-JULY/TBA- AUG/TBA- SEPT/TBA
        *Practical, seasonal-appropriate skills for all rural, suburban & urban dwellers with: elements of permaculture* community building* re-purposing*herb gardening & simple-medicine making *seed starting and saving*rendering animal fats*winter wellness* soupmaking* nature awareness *low tech food preservation techniques*domestic arts 101 *elemental skill sets: earth-water-fire-air* butter and soft cheesemaking*barter basics*edible forest gardens *agroforestry*"perennializing" annuals*establishing a home plant nursery* micro-livestock for the small homestead *beekeeping*natural building basics*homestead soil building and water management* Hugelkultur*making killer compost*Bokashi (indoor) composting for the winter months* growing mushrooms* four season gardening*foraging and wildcrafting 101*creating additional income streams through homesteading…

        For more information and to register: http://www.meetup.com/permie/
         
    • January 24, 2013
      • Kimchi Making Demonstration
        Starts: 12:00 am
        Ends: January 25, 2013 - 12:00 am
        Location: Pennypack Farm: 685 Mann Road, Horsham, PA
        Description: Kimchi is a signature side dish of Korea and was named one of the five "World's Healthiest Food" by the Health magazine. Learn and experience hands-on how to make most popular Korean style Kimchi and take some home to share with your family. PFEC CSA member Jackie Kim will lead the class. Jackie is a homemaker for a family of 7 who enjoys healthy, nutritious cooking. Participants should bring: a pair of food safe gloves (we will be touching spicy spices), apron, and a jar with lid to take home your very own Kimchi.
         
    • January 27, 2013
      • Fearless Homesteading: A Year Long Course
        Starts: 9:30 am
        Ends: January 27, 2013 - 4:30 pm
        Location: Kimberton Waldorf School, Garden Bldg, Phoenixville, Chester, Pennsylvania 19460
        Description: One Sunday per month for twelve months: OCT/28-NOV/25-DEC/30-JAN/27-FEB/24-MARCH/24-APRIL/21-MAY/26-JUNE/30-JULY/TBA- AUG/TBA- SEPT/TBA
        *Practical, seasonal-appropriate skills for all rural, suburban & urban dwellers with: elements of permaculture* community building* re-purposing*herb gardening & simple-medicine making *seed starting and saving*rendering animal fats*winter wellness* soupmaking* nature awareness *low tech food preservation techniques*domestic arts 101 *elemental skill sets: earth-water-fire-air* butter and soft cheesemaking*barter basics*edible forest gardens *agroforestry*"perennializing" annuals*establishing a home plant nursery* micro-livestock for the small homestead *beekeeping*natural building basics*homestead soil building and water management* Hugelkultur*making killer compost*Bokashi (indoor) composting for the winter months* growing mushrooms* four season gardening*foraging and wildcrafting 101*creating additional income streams through homesteading…

        For more information and to register: http://www.meetup.com/permie/
         
    • February 12, 2013
      • Sustainable Film Series: The Greenhorns
        Starts: 6:00 pm
        Ends: February 12, 2013 - 9:30 pm
        Location: Pennypack Farm: 685 Mann Road, Horsham, PA
        Description: Time: Doors open at 6pm for Expo, Film starts at 7:30pm with discussion panel following film
        Description: “The Greenhorns documentary film, completed after almost 3 years in production, explores the lives of America’s young farming community – its spirit, practices, and needs. It is the filmmaker’s hope that by broadcasting the stories and voices of these young farmers, we can build the case for those considering a career in agriculture – to embolden them, to entice them, and to recruit them into farming.” http://www.thegreenhorns.net/
        Costs: Individual Tickets - $10, Series discount - 3 films for $24
        Registration: http://www.pennypackfarm.org
         
    • February 16, 2013
      • Backyard Fruit Trees Series - Winter
        Starts: 11:00 am
        Ends: February 16, 2013 - 1:00 pm
        Location: Greener Partners: Longview Center For Agriculture, Stump Hall Road, Collegeville, PA
        Description: $12 or $10 for PASA/Greener Partners/GFN Members
        You can grow your own fruit no matter how little space you have. This series is designed to teach you step by step techniques, offer advice and all the practical know-how you’ll need to fill your plate with fruit from your garden.
        For all levels of expertise, all practices are organic.
        Join orchard manager, Edyl Cunampio, for a lesson on fruit tree pruning . We'll discuss training techniques, including why it's important to prune, and what branches to cut and when to cut them for apple, pear and peach trees. We'll start with a tutorial on pruning equipment before heading into the orchard to prune a few trees ourselves.
        Register: http://www.greenerpartners.org/events
         
    • February 17, 2013
      • Planning and Planting a Garden of Your Own
        Starts: 2:00 pm
        Ends: February 17, 2013 - 4:30 pm
        Location: Jennings Environmental Education Center: 2951 Prospect Road, Slippery Rock, PA
        Description: $10 or $8 for PASA/GFN Members
        Here’s an opportunity for those who want to grow some of their own herbs and vegetables, but might not know where to start, as well as for anyone who wants to refine their gardening skills or gain new perspectives. Sonja Hunt from Restoration Herbs in Franklin, PA, will facilitate this workshop, which will focus on the process of determining where, what and how to plant. Participants will use a pre-workshop questionnaire to consider their own potential garden site, needs and capabilities. Then, following an overview of the “whys and hows” of organic gardening, they will sketch out a plan, and learn about choosing and sourcing seeds and plants. The workshop is recommended for ages 16 and up.
        Pre-registration and pre-payment are required by February 9th.
        This program is a continuation of Jennings’ “Eating Green…” series.
        Register: http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/Calendar
         
    • February 23, 2013
      • Soap from Scratch
        Starts: 2:00 pm
        Ends: February 23, 2013 - 4:00 pm
        Location: Dickinson College Farm, 553 Park Drive, Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania 17007
        Description: Fee: $6 member/$8 non-member
        Join Kevin Harper-McCombs, Dickinson College Farm’s “Jack of all Trades” for a hands-on workshop on how to transform all-natural ingredients into soap! Years’ worth of dabbling and experimentation will be distilled into a fun and informative session for aspiring soap makers.
        Register: http://blogs.dickinson.edu/farm/events/sustainability-series/
         
    • February 24, 2013
      • Fearless Homesteading: A Year Long Course
        Starts: 9:30 am
        Ends: February 24, 2013 - 4:30 pm
        Location: Kimberton Waldorf School, Garden Bldg, Phoenixville, Chester, Pennsylvania 19460
        Description: One Sunday per month for twelve months: OCT/28-NOV/25-DEC/30-JAN/27-FEB/24-MARCH/24-APRIL/21-MAY/26-JUNE/30-JULY/TBA- AUG/TBA- SEPT/TBA
        *Practical, seasonal-appropriate skills for all rural, suburban & urban dwellers with: elements of permaculture* community building* re-purposing*herb gardening & simple-medicine making *seed starting and saving*rendering animal fats*winter wellness* soupmaking* nature awareness *low tech food preservation techniques*domestic arts 101 *elemental skill sets: earth-water-fire-air* butter and soft cheesemaking*barter basics*edible forest gardens *agroforestry*"perennializing" annuals*establishing a home plant nursery* micro-livestock for the small homestead *beekeeping*natural building basics*homestead soil building and water management* Hugelkultur*making killer compost*Bokashi (indoor) composting for the winter months* growing mushrooms* four season gardening*foraging and wildcrafting 101*creating additional income streams through homesteading…

        For more information and to register: http://www.meetup.com/permie/
         
    • March 12, 2013
      • Sustainable Film Series: King Corn
        Starts: 6:00 pm
        Ends: March 12, 2013 - 9:30 pm
        Location: Pennypack Farm: 685 Mann Road, Horsham, PA
        Description: Time: Doors open at 6pm for Expo, Film starts at 7:30pm with discussion panel following film
        Description: “King Corn is a feature documentary about two friends, one acre of corn, and the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation. In King Corn, Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, best friends from college on the east coast, move to the heartland to learn where their food comes from. With the help of friendly neighbors, genetically modified seeds, and powerful herbicides, they plant and grow a bumper crop of America's most-productive, most-subsidized grain on one acre of Iowa soil. But when they try to follow their pile of corn into the food system, what they find raises troubling questions about how we eat-and how we farm.” http://organicconnectmag.com/wp/king-corn-trailer/#.UNb94I7thS8
        Costs: Individual Tickets - $10, Series discount - 3 films for $24
        Registration: http://www.pennypackfarm.org
         
    • March 21, 2013
      • Kitchen Knife Skills - Part I
        Starts: 7:00 pm
        Ends: March 21, 2013 - 9:00 pm
        Location: Pennypack Farm: 685 Mann Road, Horsham, PA
        Description: Description: Mastering the basic knife skills of chopping, mincing and julienne will give you the confidence you need to tackle any recipe with success and open for you the world of relaxed cooking.
        Costs: $20
        Registration: http://www.pennypackfarm.org
         
    • March 24, 2013
      • Fearless Homesteading: A Year Long Course
        Starts: 9:30 am
        Ends: March 24, 2013 - 4:30 pm
        Location: Kimberton Waldorf School, Garden Bldg, Phoenixville, Chester, Pennsylvania 19460
        Description: One Sunday per month for twelve months: OCT/28-NOV/25-DEC/30-JAN/27-FEB/24-MARCH/24-APRIL/21-MAY/26-JUNE/30-JULY/TBA- AUG/TBA- SEPT/TBA
        *Practical, seasonal-appropriate skills for all rural, suburban & urban dwellers with: elements of permaculture* community building* re-purposing*herb gardening & simple-medicine making *seed starting and saving*rendering animal fats*winter wellness* soupmaking* nature awareness *low tech food preservation techniques*domestic arts 101 *elemental skill sets: earth-water-fire-air* butter and soft cheesemaking*barter basics*edible forest gardens *agroforestry*"perennializing" annuals*establishing a home plant nursery* micro-livestock for the small homestead *beekeeping*natural building basics*homestead soil building and water management* Hugelkultur*making killer compost*Bokashi (indoor) composting for the winter months* growing mushrooms* four season gardening*foraging and wildcrafting 101*creating additional income streams through homesteading…

        For more information and to register: http://www.meetup.com/permie/
         
    • March 28, 2013
      • Kitchen Knife Skills - Part II
        Starts: 7:00 pm
        Ends: March 28, 2013 - 9:00 pm
        Location: Pennypack Farm: 685 Mann Road, Horsham, PA
        Description: Description: Continuing to master the basic knife skills of chopping, mincing and julienne will give you the confidence you need to tackle any recipe with success and open for you the world of relaxed cooking.
        Costs: $20
        Registration: http://www.pennypackfarm.org
         
    • March 30, 2013
      • Pasta 100+1
        Starts: 2:00 pm
        Ends: March 30, 2013 - 4:00 pm
        Location: Dickinson College Farm, 553 Park Drive, Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania 17007
        Description: Fee: $6 member/$8 non-member
        This workshop is an overview on fresh pasta making. From different flours to different shapes, we will explore a wide range of possibilities and combinations easily doable at home. We will address ingredients and dough-kneading techniques. We will see the difference between tagliatelle, pappardelle, ravioli, tortelli, and many more. Don’t have a pasta attachment for your mixer? Grandma didn’t either! All you need is some arm strength and a good rolling pin. Learn how to make, shape, cut, close, fold, and dress pasta in your kitchen with your own hands.
        Register: http://blogs.dickinson.edu/farm/events/sustainability-series/
         
    • April 9, 2013
      • Sustainable Film Series: The Ingredients
        Starts: 6:00 pm
        Ends: April 9, 2013 - 9:30 pm
        Location: Pennypack Farm: 685 Mann Road, Horsham, PA
        Description: Time: Doors open at 6pm for Expo, Film starts at 7:30pm with discussion panel following film
        Description: “At its heart, Ingredients is about the relationships we build around food--showcasing the values in our food and the community we can create when we eat thoughtfully. It’s an illustration of the power of all of us to change our food system. As farmer Carol Boutard of Ayers Creek Farm in Oregon puts it, “It’s through grassroots pressure on a weekly basis that there’s anything truly edible in this country.”” http://www.ingredientsfilm.com/
        Costs: Individual Tickets - $10, Series discount - 3 films for $24
        Registration: http://www.pennypackfarm.org
         
    • April 13, 2013
      • Better Than Sliced Bread: Gluten-Free Sourdough Baking
        Starts: 2:00 pm
        Ends: April 13, 2013 - 4:00 pm
        Location: Dickinson College Farm, 553 Park Drive, Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania 17007
        Description: Fee: $6 member/$8 non-member

        More people are discovering that they feel better when they avoid foods that contain gluten, a protein commonly found in wheat and other grains. In this workshop, participants will learn how to use time-tested sourdough bread baking techniques and a variety of flours, such as teff, buckwheat, and rice flour, to create naturally-leavened breads that have complex taste, natural sponginess and excellent crust. Attendees will take home multiple recipes sure to please gluten-sensitive palates.
        Register: http://blogs.dickinson.edu/farm/events/sustainability-series/
         
    • April 21, 2013
      • Fearless Homesteading: A Year Long Course
        Starts: 9:30 am
        Ends: April 21, 2013 - 4:30 pm
        Location: Kimberton Waldorf School, Garden Bldg, Phoenixville, Chester, Pennsylvania 19460
        Description: One Sunday per month for twelve months: OCT/28-NOV/25-DEC/30-JAN/27-FEB/24-MARCH/24-APRIL/21-MAY/26-JUNE/30-JULY/TBA- AUG/TBA- SEPT/TBA
        *Practical, seasonal-appropriate skills for all rural, suburban & urban dwellers with: elements of permaculture* community building* re-purposing*herb gardening & simple-medicine making *seed starting and saving*rendering animal fats*winter wellness* soupmaking* nature awareness *low tech food preservation techniques*domestic arts 101 *elemental skill sets: earth-water-fire-air* butter and soft cheesemaking*barter basics*edible forest gardens *agroforestry*"perennializing" annuals*establishing a home plant nursery* micro-livestock for the small homestead *beekeeping*natural building basics*homestead soil building and water management* Hugelkultur*making killer compost*Bokashi (indoor) composting for the winter months* growing mushrooms* four season gardening*foraging and wildcrafting 101*creating additional income streams through homesteading…

        For more information and to register: http://www.meetup.com/permie/
         
    • April 26, 2013
      • Spring Sustainability Intensive: Shiitake & Oyster Mushrooming
        Starts: 3:00 pm
        Ends: April 28, 2013 - 3:00 pm
        Location: Quiet Creek Herb Farm & School of Country Living, 93 Quiet Creek Lane Brookville, PA
        Description: Weekend begins at 3:00 p.m. Friday and ends at 3:00 p.m. Sunday

        Discover the key concepts of growing, harvesting, preserving, and cooking Shiitake and Oyster Mushrooms, as well as using them for medicine. For seventeen years, Quiet Creek Herb Farm & School of Country Living has been offering workshops on sustainable living – mushrooms are an exciting part of our mission.

        Claire and Rusty Orner, owners and stewards of Quiet Creek (a non-profit farm), will incorporate Quiet Creek’s model by teaching you how to master your mushroom passion to benefit your diet and health. The theory of mushroom growing, harvesting, preserving, cooking, and medicinal use will be applied in hands-on classes which will stimulate your intellect, your taste buds, and your do-it-yourself knowhow. In addition to formal classes, the following optional activities are available for those interested: mountain biking (bikes & helmets provided), hiking, journaling, Sunday worship, and a community music circle (feel free to bring your own instruments!)

        Over the weekend, you will enjoy a unique immersion experience as you absorb all the beauty and knowledge that Quiet Creek has to offer. Quiet Creek is an alcohol and smoke free environment with lodging that is rustic and primitive; accommodations on the farm will be based upon registration numbers and may include a yurt, a renovated barn, and/or tents. Delicious, locally and sustainably raised meals will be provided throughout the three days, and food preferences will be honored. All energy needed for the weekend will be produced on site with the solar array and wind turbine, and all waste produced on site will be composted!

        Cost: $275 which includes three relaxing days and two nights with practical experience and knowledge to put Shiitake and Oyster mushrooming at your location, take home goodies, 6 whole food meals, and creative lodging. Please note that we will offer PASA members a $20 discount on registration. Attention: This workshop is limited to 20 students, so sign up early.

        Applications Due: April 15, 2013

        Register: http://www.quietcreekherbfarm.org/intensive-workshops.html
         
    • April 27, 2013
      • Backyard Fruit Trees Series - Spring
        Starts: 11:00 am
        Ends: April 27, 2013 - 1:00 pm
        Location: Greener Partners: Longview Center For Agriculture, Stump Hall Road, Collegeville, PA
        Description: $12 or $10 for PASA/Greener Partners/GFN Members
        You can grow your own fruit no matter how little space you have. This series is designed to teach you step by step techniques, offer advice and all the practical know-how you’ll need to fill your plate with fruit from your garden.
        For all levels of expertise, all practices are organic.
        Spring is a lovely time to start planting! But before this can happen some consideration needs to be taken. Like choosing a right rootstock, space to plant, soil preparation, when to plant as well as taking care of the newly planted trees. This workshop will address these important questions before you start buying trees. If you have trees already, what to do this time of the year to help your trees to start the season, will talk about pruning, fertilizer and thinning.
        Register: http://www.greenerpartners.org/events
         
    • May 11, 2013
      • Eating Green, Eating Wild! **THIS COURSE IS FULL**
        Starts: 1:00 pm
        Ends: May 11, 2013 - 4:00 pm
        Location: Jennings Environmental Education Center: 2951 Prospect Road, Slippery Rock, PA
        Description: Native Americans knew and foraged for wild foods that grew in their regions. European settlers brought with them seeds for plants they were accustomed to eating and using for medicine, which have since become naturalized here. This free, public program will include an outdoor walk with instruction in finding and identifying wild, edible plants, as well as indoor sessions introducing responsible foraging, preparation and sampling of some wild edibles. The program is designed for people of age 16 and older. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required before May 3rd.
        This program is a continuation of Jennings’ “Eating Green…” series.
        Registration for this event opens April 1st.
        Register: http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/Calendar
         
    • May 18, 2013
      • Stalking Wild Edibles!
        Starts: 2:00 pm
        Ends: May 18, 2013 - 4:00 pm
        Location: Dickinson College Farm, 553 Park Drive, Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania 17007
        Description: Fee: $6 member/$8 non-member
        Back by popular demand, local forager Dawn Toutkaldjian joins DFC to impart her wisdom and enthusiasm for foraging wild edibles. This meandering workshop will take place in and amongst the fields at the College Farm. Participants will learn how to identify medicinal and nourishing edibles otherwise mistaken as weeds!
        Register: http://blogs.dickinson.edu/farm/events/sustainability-series/
         
    • May 25, 2013
      • Cool Seasonal Grasses
        Starts: 9:00 am
        Ends: May 25, 2013 - 12:00 pm
        Location: Bucktoe Creek Preserve: 432 Sharp Road, Avondale, PA 19311
        Description: Join botanist, Janet Ebert, for a hike through the meadows and woodlands of the Bucktoe Creek Preserve (432 Sharp Road, Avondale, PA 19311) learning about cool seasonal grasses verse warm seasonal grasses. Learn the role each play in the ecosystem and how they are beneficial to specific types of plants and wildlife species.
        Costs (including any discount for PASA/GFN members): $10 TLC & PASA/GFN members; $15 non-members. Members, type "MEMBER" when asked for discount code.
        Register: http://www.tlcforscc.org
         
      • Open Hive Day
        Starts: 9:30 am
        Ends: May 25, 2013 - 11:00 am
        Location: 776 Rosedale Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348
        Description: Join The Land Conservancy of Southern Chester County at our New Leaf EcoCenter with our apiarist, Dan Borkoski, for an inside look at the busy buzzy world of honeybees. Participants will get a close-up look at a hive during routine inspection while gaining practical beekeeping knowledge.
        Costs (including any discount for PASA/GFN members): TLC/CCBA/PASA/GFN members FREE; $5 non-members.
        More info: http://www.tlcforscc.org
         
    • May 26, 2013
      • Fearless Homesteading: A Year Long Course
        Starts: 9:30 am
        Ends: May 26, 2013 - 4:30 pm
        Location: Kimberton Waldorf School, Garden Bldg, Phoenixville, Chester, Pennsylvania 19460
        Description: One Sunday per month for twelve months: OCT/28-NOV/25-DEC/30-JAN/27-FEB/24-MARCH/24-APRIL/21-MAY/26-JUNE/30-JULY/TBA- AUG/TBA- SEPT/TBA
        *Practical, seasonal-appropriate skills for all rural, suburban & urban dwellers with: elements of permaculture* community building* re-purposing*herb gardening & simple-medicine making *seed starting and saving*rendering animal fats*winter wellness* soupmaking* nature awareness *low tech food preservation techniques*domestic arts 101 *elemental skill sets: earth-water-fire-air* butter and soft cheesemaking*barter basics*edible forest gardens *agroforestry*"perennializing" annuals*establishing a home plant nursery* micro-livestock for the small homestead *beekeeping*natural building basics*homestead soil building and water management* Hugelkultur*making killer compost*Bokashi (indoor) composting for the winter months* growing mushrooms* four season gardening*foraging and wildcrafting 101*creating additional income streams through homesteading…

        For more information and to register: http://www.meetup.com/permie/
         
    • June 2, 2013
    • June 15, 2013
      • Backyard Beekeeping with Rodney Morgan
        Starts: 2:00 pm
        Ends: June 15, 2013 - 4:00 pm
        Location: Dickinson College Farm, 553 Park Drive, Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania 17007
        Description: Fee: $6 member/$8 non-member
        What is all the buzz about beekeeping?! Come and find out! Rodney Morgan will share his experiences as a local beekeeper and what it takes to raise a hive of your own. This workshop will cover the basics of hive management, “bee”havior, making a nucleus colony and the seasonal needs of honey bees.
        Register: http://blogs.dickinson.edu/farm/events/sustainability-series/
         
    • June 21, 2013
      • Summer Solstice Owl Prowl
        Starts: 6:30 pm
        Ends: June 21, 2013 - 8:30 pm
        Location: Stateline Woods Preserve, 814 Merrybell Lane, Kennett Square, PA 19348
        Description: Join TLC for the changing of seasons and the longest day of the year at our Stateline Woods Preserve. Venture through the woodlands in search for creatures of the night such as owls and bats! Barred, Screech, and Great-Horned owls are known to roam the preserve.
        Cost: $5 TLC/PASA/GFN members; $10 non-members.
         
    • June 22, 2013
      • Paddling the Brandywine
        Starts: 10:00 am
        Ends: June 22, 2013 - 3:00 pm
        Location: Wilderness Canoe Trips, 2111 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE 19803
        Description: Paddle a canoe from the Brandywine River Museum to Thompson’s Bridge with a stop at Point Lookout beach. Join Vivian Williams from Stroud Water Research Center where we will investigate life in the water and take some time for creative expression as we enjoy a day on the river.
        Cost: $30 for all participants.
        Location: Meeting place will be Wilderness Canoe Trips (2111 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE 19803), who will transport us to and from the Brandywine, so participants can leave their vehicles at Wilderness Canoe Trips.
        Registration: http://www.tlcforscc.org/pages/calendar.html
         
    • June 29, 2013
      • Open Hive Day
        Starts: 9:30 am
        Ends: June 29, 2013 - 11:00 am
        Location: 776 Rosedale Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348
        Description: Join TLC Apiarist Dan Borkoski for an inside look at the busy buzzy world of honeybees. Participants will get a close-up look at a hive during routine inspection while gaining practical beekeeping knowledge. Don?t miss this great opportunity for non-beekeepers, prospective beekeepers, and new beekeepers interested in seeing another apiary. Protective veils will be available.
        Cost: FREE for TLC/CCBA/PASA/GFN members; $5 non-members.
        Registration: http://www.tlcforscc.org/pages/calendar.html
         
    • June 30, 2013
      • Fearless Homesteading: A Year Long Course
        Starts: 9:30 am
        Ends: June 30, 2013 - 4:30 pm
        Location: Kimberton Waldorf School, Garden Bldg, Phoenixville, Chester, Pennsylvania 19460
        Description: One Sunday per month for twelve months: OCT/28-NOV/25-DEC/30-JAN/27-FEB/24-MARCH/24-APRIL/21-MAY/26-JUNE/30-JULY/TBA- AUG/TBA- SEPT/TBA
        *Practical, seasonal-appropriate skills for all rural, suburban & urban dwellers with: elements of permaculture* community building* re-purposing*herb gardening & simple-medicine making *seed starting and saving*rendering animal fats*winter wellness* soupmaking* nature awareness *low tech food preservation techniques*domestic arts 101 *elemental skill sets: earth-water-fire-air* butter and soft cheesemaking*barter basics*edible forest gardens *agroforestry*"perennializing" annuals*establishing a home plant nursery* micro-livestock for the small homestead *beekeeping*natural building basics*homestead soil building and water management* Hugelkultur*making killer compost*Bokashi (indoor) composting for the winter months* growing mushrooms* four season gardening*foraging and wildcrafting 101*creating additional income streams through homesteading…

        For more information and to register: http://www.meetup.com/permie/
         
    • July 13, 2013
      • Origami Dragonfly Workshop
        Starts: 9:00 am
        Ends: July 13, 2013 - 12:00 pm
        Location: Bucktoe Creek Preserve, 432 Sharp Road, Avondale, PA 19311
        Description: Vivian Williams of Stroud Water Research Center will be leading this program on macro invertebrates, specifically dragonflies, and how they play a role in the local streams and watersheds. We will take time for creative expression by creating origami dragonflies!
        Cost: $5for TLC/CCBA/PASA/GFN members; $10 non-members.
        Registration: visit http://www.tlcforscc.org or call 610-347-0347 ext 104. Email contact: education@tlcforscc.org.
         
    • July 26, 2013
      • Medicinal Herb Intensive
        Starts: 3:00 pm
        Ends: July 28, 2013 - 3:00 pm
        Location: Quiet Creek Herb Farm & School of Country Living, 93 Quiet Creek Lane Brookville, PA
        Description: “Medicinal Herbs”
        Quiet Creek's Intensive Sustainability Seminars
        Preparing your herbal medicine chest

        Quiet Creek Herb Farm and School of Country Living, a Brookville-based nonprofit organization, will present a workshop on the key concepts of growing, harvesting, preserving, and making medicinal herb preparations. The theory of using herbs medicinally will be applied in hands-on classes which will stimulate your intellect, fill your medicine chest, and empower your do-it-yourself know-how. For seventeen years, Quiet Creek Herb Farm & School of Country Living has been offering workshops on sustainable living.

        Medicinal herbs have been used in making age-old remedies for indigestion, colds, inflammation, sore muscles, and many others. Learn to grow, harvest, and preserve medicinal herbs. Learn to make your own soap, herbal infusions, tinctures, syrups, poultices, oils, capsules, salves, and essential oils. You will go home with new skills, knowledge, and an overflowing herbal first-aid kit.

        Quiet Creek Herb Farm and School of Country Living located at 93 Quiet Creek Lane, Brookville, PA 15825. The workshop is July 26th through 28th and the cost is $275 ($20 Discount for PASA members). Participants will receive three relaxing days and two nights with practical experience and knowledge to put medicinal herbs to in full gear at their location, take home goodies, 6 whole food meals, and creative lodging. Register by Wednesday, July 10th, 2013 by contacting Claire Orner at quietcreek@windstream.net or by phone at 814-849-9662. Workshop is limited to 20 participants. Schedule of events and more available at http://www.quietcreekherbfarm.org/medicinal-herbs-intensive-workshop.html
         
    • July 27, 2013
      • Backyard Fruit Trees Series - Summer
        Starts: 11:00 am
        Ends: July 27, 2013 - 1:00 pm
        Location: Greener Partners: Longview Center For Agriculture, Stump Hall Road, Collegeville, PA
        Description: $12 or $10 for PASA/Greener Partners/GFN Members
        You can grow your own fruit no matter how little space you have. This series is designed to teach you step by step techniques, offer advice and all the practical know-how you’ll need to fill your plate with fruit from your garden.
        For all levels of expertise, all practices are organic.
        What to do with the summer diseases, summer pruning, sprays and taking care of the trunk of the trees. Learn what the top five insects, how they effect tree growth and how to prevent them. Weeds, weeds! - Fungicides, Insecticides, Herbicides
        Register: http://www.greenerpartners.org/events
         
      • Harness the Sun!
        Starts: 2:00 pm
        Ends: July 27, 2013 - 4:00 pm
        Location: Dickinson College Farm, 553 Park Drive, Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania 17007
        Description: Fee: $6 member/$8 non-member
        There are many ways to utilize the sun’s energy. This workshop will focus on low-input technologies for renewable energy enthusiasts. Participants will learn how to construct solar showers and solar cookers for home or farm use. A solar tour of Dickinson College Farm, led by Farmer Matt will be offered at the conclusion of the main workshop.
        Register: http://blogs.dickinson.edu/farm/events/sustainability-series/
         
    • July 28, 2013
      • Open Hive Day
        Starts: 9:30 am
        Ends: July 28, 2013 - 11:00 am
        Location: New Leaf EcoCenter (776 Rosedale Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348).
        Description: Join TLC Apiarist, Dan Borkoski, for an inside look at the busy buzzy world of honeybees. Participants will get a close-up look at a hive during routine inspection while gaining practical beekeeping knowledge. Don’t miss this great opportunity for non-beekeepers, prospective beekeepers, and new beekeepers interested in seeing another apiary.

        Protective veils will be available. If you have your own gear, please bring it along!
        FREE TLC/PASA Members; $5 non-members
        Register: Visit http://tlcforscc.org/education/education-programs/ or call 610-347-0347 ext 104 or email education@tlcforscc.org
         
    • July 29, 2013
      • Free Time Adventures in Nature
        Starts: 10:00 am
        Ends: July 29, 2013 - 12:00 pm
        Location: Bucktoe Creek Preserve, 432 Sharp Road, Avondale, PA 19311
        Description: Looking for a fun and interactive outdoor activity for your children before they return to school? Join The Land Conservancy for four days of fun outdoor nature activities like, salamander searches, geocaching, letterboxing, skipping stones and more! Light lunch and refreshments will be provided. This program is sponsored by Trail Creek Outfitters.
        Cost: FREE for TLC/CCBA/PASA/GFN members; $5 non-members.
        Registration: visit http://www.tlcforscc.org or call 610-347-0347 ext 104. Email contact: education@tlcforscc.org.

        Please note:
        Dates: July 29th, August 1st, 5th and 8th.
        Locations: Bucktoe Creek Preserve (432 Sharp Rd, Avondale, PA) on Monday July 29th and Monday August 5th. Stateline Woods Preserve (814 Merrybell Ln, Kennett Sq) on Thursday August 1st and Thursday August 8th.
         
    • August 1, 2013
      • Free Time Adventures in Nature
        Starts: 10:00 am
        Ends: August 1, 2013 - 12:00 pm
        Location: Stateline Woods Preserve, 814 Merrybell Ln, Kennett Square
        Description: Looking for a fun and interactive outdoor activity for your children before they return to school? Join The Land Conservancy for four days of fun outdoor nature activities like, salamander searches, geocaching, letterboxing, skipping stones and more! Light lunch and refreshments will be provided. This program is sponsored by Trail Creek Outfitters.
        Cost: FREE for TLC/CCBA/PASA/GFN members; $5 non-members.
        Registration: visit http://www.tlcforscc.org or call 610-347-0347 ext 104. Email contact: education@tlcforscc.org.

        Please note:
        Dates: July 29th, August 1st, 5th and 8th.
        Locations: Bucktoe Creek Preserve (432 Sharp Rd, Avondale, PA) on Monday July 29th and Monday August 5th. Stateline Woods Preserve (814 Merrybell Ln, Kennett Sq) on Thursday August 1st and Thursday August 8th.
         
    • August 3, 2013
      • Sharing Nature with Children
        Starts: 10:00 am
        Ends: August 3, 2013 - 11:00 am
        Location: Bucktoe Creek Preserve; 432 Sharp Road, Avondale, PA 19311
        Description: Enjoy the wonders of nature by engaging your child in different activities each month to awaken their natural senses!
        $2 TLC/PASA members; $5 non-members
        Register: Visit http://tlcforscc.org/education/education-programs/ or call 610-347-0347 ext 104 or email education@tlcforscc.org
         
      • Harness the Sun!
        Starts: 2:00 pm
        Ends: August 3, 2013 - 4:00 pm
        Location: Dickinson College Farm, 553 Park Drive, Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania 17007
        Description: Fee: $6 member/$8 non-member
        There are many ways to utilize the sun’s energy. This workshop will focus on low-input technologies for renewable energy enthusiasts. Participants will learn how to construct solar showers and solar cookers for home or farm use. A solar tour of Dickinson College Farm, led by Farmer Matt will be offered at the conclusion of the main workshop.
        Register: http://blogs.dickinson.edu/farm/events/sustainability-series/
         
    • August 4, 2013
    • August 5, 2013
      • Free Time Adventures in Nature
        Starts: 10:00 am
        Ends: August 5, 2013 - 12:00 pm
        Location: Bucktoe Creek Preserve, 432 Sharp Road, Avondale, PA 19311
        Description: Looking for a fun and interactive outdoor activity for your children before they return to school? Join The Land Conservancy for four days of fun outdoor nature activities like, salamander searches, geocaching, letterboxing, skipping stones and more! Light lunch and refreshments will be provided. This program is sponsored by Trail Creek Outfitters.
        Cost: FREE for TLC/CCBA/PASA/GFN members; $5 non-members.
        Registration: visit http://www.tlcforscc.org or call 610-347-0347 ext 104. Email contact: education@tlcforscc.org.

        Please note:
        Dates: July 29th, August 1st, 5th and 8th.
        Locations: Bucktoe Creek Preserve (432 Sharp Rd, Avondale, PA) on Monday July 29th and Monday August 5th. Stateline Woods Preserve (814 Merrybell Ln, Kennett Sq) on Thursday August 1st and Thursday August 8th.
         
    • August 8, 2013
      • Free Time Adventures in Nature
        Starts: 10:00 am
        Ends: August 8, 2013 - 12:00 pm
        Location: Stateline Woods Preserve, 814 Merrybell Ln, Kennett Square
        Description: Looking for a fun and interactive outdoor activity for your children before they return to school? Join The Land Conservancy for four days of fun outdoor nature activities like, salamander searches, geocaching, letterboxing, skipping stones and more! Light lunch and refreshments will be provided. This program is sponsored by Trail Creek Outfitters.
        Cost: FREE for TLC/CCBA/PASA/GFN members; $5 non-members.
        Registration: visit http://www.tlcforscc.org or call 610-347-0347 ext 104. Email contact: education@tlcforscc.org.

        Please note:
        Dates: July 29th, August 1st, 5th and 8th.
        Locations: Bucktoe Creek Preserve (432 Sharp Rd, Avondale, PA) on Monday July 29th and Monday August 5th. Stateline Woods Preserve (814 Merrybell Ln, Kennett Sq) on Thursday August 1st and Thursday August 8th.
         
    • August 14, 2013
      • Don't Toss the Bones: How to Make Bone Broth
        Starts: 6:30 pm
        Ends: August 14, 2013 - 7:30 pm
        Location: 7516 Meade Street Pittsburgh, PA 15208
        Description: Used almost universally in traditional cuisines, broth is an essential aspect of good cooking. It’s also a valuable source of important nutrients that should be consumed frequently. When properly prepared, bone broths are not only economical and nutritious, they’re also delicious! This presentation will teach you about the importance of using the right ingredients, why bone broth is so good for you, and how to make the perfect broth.
        Instructor: Carrie Hahn of the Weston A. Price Foundation
        Cost: This workshop is FREE
        Registration: Call 412-242-3598 to reserve your spot!
         
    • August 16, 2013
      • Earthen Building Intensive
        Starts: 3:00 pm
        Ends: August 18, 2013 - 3:00 pm
        Location: Quiet Creek Herb Farm & School of Country Living, 93 Quiet Creek Lane Brookville, PA
        Description: Earthen Building Intensive, July 26-28, starts 3 p.m. and ends 3 p.m.

        Register: http://www.quietcreekherbfarm.com/
         
    • August 17, 2013
      • Medicinal Plants Walk
        Starts: 9:00 am
        Ends: August 17, 2013 - 12:00 pm
        Location: Bucktoe Creek Preserve, 432 Sharp Road, Avondale, PA 19311
        Description: Join TLC for SCC with April Coburn, local folk herbalist and operators of Nettlejuice Herbcraft on a hike to discuss and identify medicinal plants. Conservation issues and collections procedures will be highlighted. Light refreshments will be provided.
        Cost: $15 for TLC/CCBA/PASA/GFN members; $20 non-members.
        Registration: http://www.tlcforscc.org/pages/calendar.html or email education@tlcforscc.org
         
    • August 24, 2013
      • Season in a Jar
        Starts: 2:00 pm
        Ends: August 24, 2013 - 4:00 pm
        Location: Dickinson College Farm, 553 Park Drive, Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania 17007
        Description: Fee: $6 member/$8 non-member
        What better way to celebrate a bountiful growing season than through food preservation?! Farmer Jenn will share the DC Farm’s favorite salsa recipe that is both easy and delicious! This hands-on workshop promises to send participants home with a jar in addition to helpful information on the basics of canning. Space is limited, please register soon!
        Register: http://blogs.dickinson.edu/farm/events/sustainability-series/
         
      • Sky Tour with Chester County Astronomical Society
        Starts: 8:30 pm
        Ends: August 24, 2013 - 10:00 pm
        Location: Bucktoe Creek Preserve, 432 Sharp Road, Avondale, PA 19311
        Description: Join TLC for a night observing the stars and planets in the skies above us with the Chester County Astronomical Society. Use high-tech telescopes to view objects and learn about their relationship to each other.

        Light refreshments will be provided. $5 TLC members; $10 non-members.

        Register: Visit http://tlcforscc.org/education/education-programs/ or call 610-347-0347 ext 104 or email education@tlcforscc.org
         
    • September 3, 2013
      • Preparing for Winter Beekeeping
        Starts: 5:30 pm
        Ends: September 3, 2013 - 8:30 pm
        Location: Country Barn Farm
        Description: Preparing for Winter Beekeeping Workshop September 3rd, 2013
        Where: Country Barn Farm / 1246 Saxonburg Blvd. / Glenshaw PA15116
        When: This is an evening workshop to be held on: Tuesday September 3rd 2013 from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
        Description: This is an apiary-based workshop offering an overview on how to prepare your hives for winter. The session will include: an overview of a hives needs to survive the winter, approaches to fall and winter feeding, and a demonstration of how to combine a hive. The goal is for students to learn how to overwinter more hives successfully.

        Space is limited: To register, please email Joe@CountryBarnFarm.com for a registration form and more detailed information ASAP.
        In the case of poor weather we will work under cover.
        Fee: $35, Pre-Registration Required $5 discount for PASA members
         
    • September 7, 2013
      • First Year Beekeeping Class
        Starts: 9:00 am
        Ends: September 7, 2013 - 5:00 pm
        Location: Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve
        Description: First Year Beekeeping Class on September 7, 2013
        Where: Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve
        614 Dorseyville Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15238

        When: This is a one day class to be held on Saturday, September 7th 2013 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

        Description: This is a classroom-based course offering an introduction to honey bee biology and basic approaches to beekeeping. The goal is for students to learn how to keep bees for the first year. There will be an opportunity for an onsite apiary visit if the weather permits for interested students who have protective gear.

        Fee: $115, Pre-Registration Required, $10 discount for PASA members

        Space is limited. To register: please email Joe@CountryBarnFarm.com for a registration form and more detailed information ASAP.
         
    • September 14, 2013
      • Warm Season Grass Hike
        Starts: 10:00 am
        Ends: September 14, 2013 - 12:00 pm
        Location: Bucktoe Creek Preserve
        Description: Warm Season Grass Hike
        Saturday September 14, 2013 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 AM. Location: Bucktoe Creek Preserve; 432 Sharp Road, Avondale, PA 19311.

        Janet Ebert is back to lead the warm season grass hike. For those who attended the cool season grass hike in the spring, brush up on you ID skills for comparison purposes. Switch Grass and Indian Grass are two of the several species we will identify!

        Register at: http://www.tlcforscc.org/education/education-programs/
        or email education@tlcforscc.org or call 610-347-0347 ext 104.
         
    • September 19, 2013
      • Full Moon Owl Prowl
        Starts: 8:00 pm
        Ends: September 19, 2013 - 9:30 pm
        Location: Bucktoe Creek Preserve
        Description: Full Moon Owl Prowl
        Thursday September 19th from 8pm- 9:30pm at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (432 Sharp Rd, Avondale, PA).

        Search through woodlands for resident owl species. Light refreshments will be provided. $5 TLC/PASA members/$10 non-members.

        Visit http://www.tlcforscc.org or email education@tlcforscc.org to register!
         
    • September 21, 2013
      • Open Hive Day
        Starts: 9:30 am
        Ends: September 21, 2013 - 11:00 am
        Location: Open Hive Day
        Description: Open Hive Day - Saturday September 21, 2013 from 9:30am – 11:00am (Dates continue once per month until October 2013). Location: New Leaf EcoCenter (776 Rosedale Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348).

        Join TLC Apiarist, Dan Borkoski, for the final look at the busy buzzy world of honeybees for the year. Participants will get a close-up look at a hive during routine inspection while gaining practical beekeeping knowledge. The month of October will focus on closing down of the hive for winter. Protective veils will be available. If you have your own gear, please bring it along!

        Register at: http://www.tlcforscc.org/education/education-programs/
        or email education@tlcforscc.org or call 610-347-0347 ext 104.
         
      • Grains to Wreaths
        Starts: 2:00 pm
        Ends: September 21, 2013 - 4:00 pm
        Location: Dickinson College Farm, 553 Park Drive, Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania 17007
        Description: Grains to Wreaths
        Local flower grower and floral artist extraordinaire, Michelle Elston will lead workshop participants through the process of wreath making using local grains like rye, sorghum and wheat. This hands-on opportunity will allow each participant to make a dried wreath that captures the natural attributes of autumn.

        $16 Member/$18 Non-Member.
        Register: http://blogs.dickinson.edu/farm/events/sustainability-series/
         
    • September 30, 2013
      • Honey Harvesting Beekeeping Workshop
        Starts: 5:30 pm
        Ends: September 30, 2013 - 8:30 pm
        Location: Country Barn Farm
        Description: Honey Harvesting Beekeeping Workshop September 30, 2013
        Where: Country Barn Farm / Glenshaw, PA 15116

        When: This is an evening workshop to be held on: Monday, September 30, 2013 from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm

        Description: This is an apiary-based workshop offering an introduction to harvesting, extracting and bottling honey. Learn how to present one of the best foods in the world to your friends, family and neighbors. The session will include: an overview of how bees make honey, how to remove frames of honey from the hive, honey extraction from the comb and honey bottling. The goal is for students to learn how to put the honey in the jar! In the case of poor weather we will still be able to work.

        Fee: $35, Pre-Registration Required $5 discount for PASA members

        Space is limited. To register: please email Joe@CountryBarnFarm.com for a registration form and more detailed information ASAP.
         
    • October 5, 2013
      • Wild Edible Plants Forage
        Starts: 2:00 pm
        Ends: October 5, 2013 - 5:00 pm
        Location: Bucktoe Creek Preserve (432 Sharp Rd, Avondale, PA)
        Description: Wild Edible Plants Forage - Saturday October 5th from 2:00pm - 5:00pm at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (432 Sharp Rd, Avondale, PA).

        Join TLC for our third and final foraging event for 2013 with Lee Peterson! Walk through the woodlands and meadows of Bucktoe Creek Preserve to search for and learn about ways to gather and eat wild edibles in your own backyard! After the walk, enjoy a light snack made from our collections.

        Cost: $15 TLC/PASA members; $20 non-members.
        To Register visit: http://tlcforscc.org/events/ or contact education@tlcforscc.org
         
    • October 6, 2013
    • October 12, 2013
      • Origami Dragonfly
        Starts: 9:00 am
        Ends: October 12, 2013 - 12:00 pm
        Location: Bucktoe Creek Preserve (432 Sharp Road, Avondale, PA 19311)
        Description: Origami Dragonfly
        Saturday October 12, 2013 from 9:00am – 12:00pm. Location: Bucktoe Creek Preserve (432 Sharp Road, Avondale, PA 19311)
        Discover the tiny macro invertebrates responsible for maintaining the health of our waterways. Vivian Williams will also focus on seeking out the adult stages of macro invertebrates. Take time for creative expression by making origami dragonflies!

        Cost: $5 TLC members; $10 non-members.

        To Register visit: http://tlcforscc.org/events/ or contact education@tlcforscc.org.
         
      • Backyard Chickens- Peeps to Processing
        Starts: 2:00 pm
        Ends: October 12, 2013 - 4:00 pm
        Location: Dickinson College Farm, 553 Park Drive, Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania 17007
        Description: Fee: $6 member/$8 non-member
        Farmer Jenn will lead workshop participants on how to raise healthy laying hens and broilers. The Dickinson College Farm practices rotational grazing with their chickens, warranting healthy birds, eggs and meat. In addition to covering topics like housing, feed and general care farm staff will demonstrate the steps involved with harvesting chicken for meat in a humane and efficient way.
        Register: http://blogs.dickinson.edu/farm/events/sustainability-series/
         
    • October 18, 2013
      • Fall Harvest Intensive
        Starts: 3:00 pm
        Ends: October 20, 2013 - 3:00 pm
        Location: Quiet Creek Herb Farm & School of Country Living, 93 Quiet Creek Lane Brookville, PA
        Description: Fall Harvest Intensive, Oct 18-20 starts 3 p.m. and ends 3 p.m.

        Register: http://www.quietcreekherbfarm.com/
         
    • October 19, 2013
      • Open Hive Day
        Starts: 9:30 am
        Ends: October 19, 2013 - 11:00 am
        Location: New Leaf EcoCenter (776 Rosedale Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348).
        Description: Open Hive Day - Saturday October 19, 2013 from 9:30am – 11:00am (Dates continue once per month until October 2013).
        Location: New Leaf EcoCenter (776 Rosedale Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348).

        Join TLC Apiarist, Dan Borkoski, for the final look at the busy buzzy world of honeybees for the year. Participants will get a close-up look at a hive during routine inspection while gaining practical beekeeping knowledge. The month of October will focus on closing down of the hive for winter. Protective veils will be available. If you have your own gear, please bring it along!

        FREE TLC/PASA members; $10 non-members.
        To Register visit: http://tlcforscc.org/events/ or contact education@tlcforscc.org
         
    • October 26, 2013
      • Backyard Fruit Trees Series - Fall
        Starts: 11:00 am
        Ends: October 26, 2013 - 1:00 pm
        Location: Greener Partners: Longview Center For Agriculture, Stump Hall Road, Collegeville, PA
        Description: $12 or $10 for PASA/Greener Partners/GFN Members
        You can grow your own fruit no matter how little space you have. This series is designed to teach you step by step techniques, offer advice and all the practical know-how you’ll need to fill your plate with fruit from your garden.
        For all levels of expertise, all practices are organic.
        Preparation for the dormant season, storing the crop, cleaning the trees, adding compost. Some important practices to improve the soil and tree’s health. Fall fertilizers.
        Register: http://www.greenerpartners.org/events
         
    • October 27, 2013
      • Living History Hike
        Starts: 2:00 pm
        Ends: October 27, 2013 - 4:00 pm
        Location: Chandler Mill Bridge
        Description: Living History Hike
        Sunday October 27, 2013 from 2:00pm – 4:00pm.

        Location: Please park at the Chandler Mill Road side of the bridge (not along Bucktoe Rd). The bridge is closed to through traffic so be sure to access via Chandler Mill Road.

        Architectural Historian, Jane Dorchester, and TLC’s Executive Director, Gwen Lacy, will be leading a natural history hike from the Chandler Mill Bridge to the Bucktoe Cemetery and back. Traverse the sites surrounding both locations to experience the deep-rooted local history of Chester County.

        Cost: $5 TLC/PASA members/ $10 non-members.
        To Register visit: http://tlcforscc.org/events/ or contact education@tlcforscc.org
         
    • November 9, 2013
      • Chronicles Day -- The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County
        Starts: 12:00 am
        Ends: November 10, 2013 - 12:00 am
        Location: Bucktoe Cemetery (229 Bucktoe Road, Avondale, PA).
        Description: Chronicles Day
        Saturday November 9, 2013 from 10:00am – 2:00pm. Location: Bucktoe Cemetery (229 Bucktoe Road, Avondale, PA).
        Join TLC, The New Garden Memorial UAME Church, and Heritage Guild Works to commemorate the Bucktoe Cemetery and those laid to rest. We’ll be discussing the restoration work done throughout the past year, including a glimpse at the archaeological digs of the original church remains.

        Contact education@tlcforscc.org or 610-347-0347 ext 104 to RSVP.
        Suggested donation of $5 and up.
         
      • For the Love of Fungi! -- Dickinson College Farm
        Starts: 2:00 pm
        Ends: November 9, 2013 - 4:00 pm
        Location: Dickinson College Farm, 553 Park Drive, Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania 17007
        Description: For the Love of Fungi
        This Saturday, November 9th, 2:00-4:00pm
        Dickinson College Farm, 553 Park Drive, Boiling Springs, PA

        Rodney Morgan, local producer of gourmet mushrooms, will take us down the road less traveled, cultivating edible fungi! This workshop will cover the basics of mushroom production, including isolating cultures and expanding to production spawn, grow room and outdoor log management plus demonstrations on starting shiitake and oyster mushrooms. Come learn, see and taste the possibilities!

        Register: http://lovefungi.brownpapertickets.com/

        Fee: $8 PASA or DC Farm CSA member/$10 non-member

        Optional: You can inoculate your own mushroom log to take home after the workshop! If you'd like to take home your own log to grow at home, please choose the "plus mushroom log" with an additional $12 materials fee when registering for the class.
         
    • November 16, 2013
      • First Year Beekeeping Class -- Country Barn Farm
        Starts: 9:00 am
        Ends: November 16, 2013 - 5:00 pm
        Location: Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve, 614 Dorseyville Road, Pittsburgh
        Description: Spend a full day on Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve in this classroom-based course offering an introduction to honey bee biology and basic approaches to beekeeping. The goal is for students to learn how to keep bees for the first year. There may be an opportunity for an onsite apiary visit if the weather permits for interested students who have protective gear.

        Fee: $115 -- Audubon Society of WPA and PASA members receive a discount on the class fee.

        Pre-Registration Required: Space is limited so please email Joe@CountryBarnFarm.com for a registration form and more detailed information. To learn more about the Country Barn Farm, visit: http://www.countrybarnfarm.com
         
      • Vegetable Crop Planning Using Technology & Common Sense - Dickinson College Farm
        Starts: 10:00 am
        Ends: November 16, 2013 - 4:00 pm
        Location: Dickinson College Farm, 553 Park Drive, Boiling Springs, PA
        Description: Vegetable Crop Planning Using Technology & Common Sense

        PASA's Farm-Based Education Program

        Saturday, November 16, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

        Crop planning is a vital part of running an efficient and successful farm. Diversified vegetable farmers often raise more than fifty different crops on fields of variable size and shape, making crop planning time consuming and complicated. This workshop will introduce beginning and intermediate vegetable growers to crop planning methods that the presenters have developed over years of trial and error.

        The workshop will be held in a classroom at Dickinson College, with each participant seated at a computer work station running a sample crop plan on Microsoft Excel. Starting with marketing goals and yield projections, the presenters will work through the development of a seed order, seeding calendars and field plans. Time will be allotted for participants to experiment with the crop plan framework that they can then take home to use on their farms.

        Unique to the Dickinson College Farm are related long-term student/faculty research projects including a smartphone enabled web-based data collection system for field record keeping and a computerized crop rotation modeling project. Results from these exciting projects will be discussed by the software developers.

        Finally, veteran successful organic grower Mike Brownback will share his low-tech pencil and paper system for vegetable crop planning on the 255 acre Spiral Path Farm.

        Participants are encouraged to come to this workshop ready to share their own experiences with crop planning and rotation.

        Members or Dickinson students: $20
        Nonmembers: $35
        PASA membership + field day registration combo: $45

        Register: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/7650666349?ref=ebtn

        SPEAKER BIOS:

        Jenn Halpin and Matt Steiman manage the Dickinson College Farm near Carlisle PA. Each year, the farm raises 7 acres of produce on 15 acres of certified organic tillable ground. Produce, grass-fed beef, lamb, and poultry are sold through a 100 family CSA program, a vibrant local farmers’ market, and the College dining hall. Jenn and Matt have developed their evolving crop planning system over the fourteen seasons they have farmed together in the Cumberland Valley. They are frequent PASA presenters and enjoy the opportunity to share their experiences with farmers of all skill levels.

        Mike Brownback and his family own and manage Spiral Path Farm near Loysville PA. Founding members of PASA and Pennsylvania Certified Organic, Spiral Path Farm is one of the largest organic produce farms in the Mid-Atlantic region. Food from the 255 acre farm feeds thousands of people through a CSA program, farmers’ markets, and wholesale to grocery stores. Mike, an engaging and passionate presenter, will share his “old school pencil and paper” method of crop planning.

        Tim Wahls is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Dickinson College, and has worked with students and farm staff on developing FARMDATA over the past several years. Tim teaches Dickinson's database course and has extensive software development experience. He was raised on a dairy farm in Iowa, and spent much of his childhood milking cows and caring for livestock.

        Dick Forrester, Associate Professor of Mathematics at Dickinson College, worked with the students and College Farm to develop ROMO, a computer model for long term crop rotation planning on vegetable farms.

        Workshop Agenda: (actual times may vary)

        10:00 – 10:15: Welcome and Intros

        10:15 – Noon: Crop planning with Excel, from Market Goals to Field Plan

        Noon – 1:00: Lunch and practice time

        1:00 – 1:30 FARMDATA web based digital record keeping with Tim Wahls and students

        1:30 – 2:00 ROMO Mathematical crop rotation model with Dick Forrester

        2:00 – 3:00 Pencil and paper planning methods with Mike Brownback

        3:00 – 3:30 Small group discussions – crop rotation experiences

        3:30 – 4:00 Closing group discussion
         
      • Lively Ladybugs and Gnawing Grasshoppers -- Dickinson College Farm
        Starts: 10:00 am
        Ends: November 16, 2013 - 12:00 pm
        Location: Dickinson College Farm, 553 Park Drive, Boiling Springs, PA 17007
        Description: Lively Ladybugs and Gnawing Grasshoppers
        Saturday, November 16th, 10:00am-12:00pm

        Check out the farm's insect collection and discover which insects are vegetables pests and which are insect predators that help to protect our veggies! We will make our own insect books and go on a scavenger hunt through the greenhouses and all around the farm! It's sure to be an adventure! Try some delicious bug juice for a snack!

        Suggested Ages: 6-9
        Registration deadline November 13th.

        $8 suggested donation (collected via a jar at the event)
        Register: http://seed03.brownpapertickets.com/

        Read more about SEED: http://blogs.dickinson.edu/farm/youth/

        Sustainable Earth Education is an interactive educational program that explores how nourishing food moves from seed to soil to our tables and inspires children to care for the earth! Hosted by the Dickinson College Farm.

        It is asked that cancellations be given at least 24 hours before each event so that wait list members can be notified of openings.

        Parents are welcome to participate, observe, take a self-guided tour of the farm, relax in the shade or take a short drive into beautiful Boiling Springs. At the end of the program, children are invited to show parents what they've learned around the farm.

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        Questions? Contact us at farm@dickinson.edu or 717-245-1969.
         
    • November 23, 2013
      • Backyard Chickens Workshop - Country Barn Farm
        Starts: 9:00 am
        Ends: November 23, 2013 - 12:30 pm
        Location: Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve - 614 Dorseyville Road, Pittsburgh, PA
        Description: Offered by the Country Barn Farm, this half day, this classroom based workshop offers an introduction to small scale chicken husbandry. Learn how to keep these interesting birds healthy and happy.They are great pets that will produce a few eggs too! For more information about the Country Barn Farm visit: wwwcountrybarnfarm.com

        Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

        Fee: $65 --Audubon Society of WPA and PASA members receive a discount on the class fee.

        To register: please email Joe@CountryBarnFarm.com for a registration form and more detailed information.
         
    • November 29, 2013
      • Black Friday Celebration -- The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County (TLC)
        Starts: 10:00 am
        Ends: November 29, 2013 - 12:00 pm
        Location: Bucktoe Creek Preserve (432 Sharp Road, Avondale, PA).
        Description: Black Friday Celebration
        Friday November 29, 2013 from 10:00am – 12:00pm. Location: Bucktoe Creek Preserve (432 Sharp Road, Avondale, PA).

        Skip the shopping this black Friday and join TLC for an outdoor hike. Collect natural items to create holiday cards and ornaments to decorate TLC’s evergreen tree for the Winter Solstice Celebration on December 21st.

        Cost: $5 TLC members/ $10 non-members.
        To Register Visit: http://tlcforscc.org/events/
         
    • December 7, 2013
      • Community Supported Agriculture School -- Dickinson College Farm
        Starts: 9:00 am
        Ends: December 7, 2013 - 5:30 pm
        Location: Dickinson College, Main Campus, seminar rooms in Althouse Building and Holland Union Building
        Description: Community Supported Agriculture School
        Saturday, December 7, 2013
        9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
        Dickinson College, Main Campus, seminar rooms in Althouse Building and Holland Union Building

        Register
        http://www.cvent.com/events/community-supported-agriculture-school/event-summary-d99b6030bb9e4b8dbf1f89d4d13ab537.aspx
        Cost: $95
        Payment Information

        You may pay online with any major credit card (Master Card, Visa, Discover or American Express) or you may make your check payable to “PSCE Adams County” and mail with a copy of your registration confirmation to:

        In partnership with Penn State Extension Adams County

        Cancellation/Refund Policy
        Cancellations received up to November 27, 2013, will receive a full refund. No refunds will be issued after this date.
        You may attend any workshop within the CSA school depending on your desired topic and level.

        Advanced Track

        Food Safety—Practical Guidance on Compliance
        Terra Brownback, Spiral Path Farm
        Learn from seasoned CSA farmers on how they handle food safety in a CSA setting.
        Year Round CSA
        Elaine Lemmon, Everblossom Farm
        A discussion on expanding your CSA season including planting schedules, logistical tips and share expectations.
        Financially Speaking
        Ted Lebow, JRI Consulting
        Reading and understanding your financials to keep your CSA profitable and efficient.
        A Helping Hand—Finding the Best Staffing Model for Your Farm
        Terra Brownback, Spiral Path Farm
        Mike Alhert, Red Earth Farm
        A panel discussion focusing on staffing with paid employees, seasonal interns and formal apprentices.

        Beginner Track

        Food Safety
        Brian Moyer, Penn State Extension
        Learn the basics of food safety and how they apply to your CSA
        Finding and Keeping Shareholders
        Simon Huntley, Small Farm Central
        What entices customers to join? How to keep members happy and coming back each season.
        It’s a SNAP! – CSA’s and EBT sales
        Heidi Secord, Josie Porter Farm
        Integrate SNAP into your CSA

        All Levels Track

        How to Find a Helping Hand
        Mike Alhert, Red Earth Farm
        Learn the basics of where, how and when to advertise for employees and interns.
        Innovative Models
        Judi Radel, Yeehaw Farm
        Heidi Secord, Josie Porter Farm
        A panel discussion focusing on how others have transitioned the traditional CSA model.
        Finding your Niche
        Brooks Miller, North Mountain Pastures
        Learn how innovative CSA owners have expanded and adjusted to find their niche and make they’re farm stand out.
        Tracking Your Success
        Jean-Paul Courtens
        Jean-Paul talk about his software program that manages production and financial information.
         
    • December 14, 2013
      • Backyard Fruit Trees Series - Winter
        Starts: 11:00 am
        Ends: December 14, 2013 - 1:00 pm
        Location: Greener Partners: Longview Center For Agriculture, Stump Hall Road, Collegeville, PA
        Description: $12 or $10 for PASA/Greener Partners/GFN Members
        You can grow your own fruit no matter how little space you have. This series is designed to teach you step by step techniques, offer advice and all the practical know-how you’ll need to fill your plate with fruit from your garden.
        For all levels of expertise, all practices are organic.
        Preventing voles damages, preventing scab pressure, what to prune and when. Treating diseased plants, preventing spring fungus pressure. Soil health. Propagating your own rooststock.
        Register: http://www.greenerpartners.org/events
         
    • January 5, 2014
      • Winter Tree Identification
        Starts: 9:30 am
        Ends: January 5, 2014 - 12:00 pm
        Location: Bucktoe Creek Preserve (432 Sharp Rd, Avondale, PA)
        Description: Winter Tree Identification
        Sunday, January 5, 2014 from 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM. Location: Bucktoe Creek Preserve (432 Sharp Rd, Avondale, PA)
        Venture to the Bucktoe Creek Preserve arboretum to learn new and interesting ways to identify common trees of Pennsylvania without the help of leaves!

        Cost: $10 TLC and PASA members; $15 non-members.
        To Register: http://tlcforscc.org/education/education-programs/
         
    • January 16, 2014
      • Full Moon Owl Prowl
        Starts: 6:00 pm
        Ends: January 16, 2014 - 7:30 pm
        Location: Bucktoe Creek Preserve (432 Sharp Rd, Avondale, PA)
        Description: Full Moon Owl Prowl
        Thursday, January 16, 2014 from 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM.
        Location: Bucktoe Creek Preserve (432 Sharp Rd, Avondale, PA)
        Listen for creatures of the night in the Bucktoe Creek Preserve’s woodland habitat. Great horned, Eastern Screech and Barred Owls are known to roam the preserve!

        Cost: $5 TLC and PASA members; $10 non-members.
        To register: http://tlcforscc.org/education/education-programs/
         
    • January 18, 2014
      • Making Sauerkraut Workshop - Spring Creek Homesteading
        Starts: 9:00 am
        Ends: January 18, 2014 - 12:00 pm
        Location: 156 West Hamilton Avenue, State College, PA, United States
        Description: Making Sauerkraut Workshop - Saturday, January 18 - 9 a.m. to noon at 156 West Hamilton Ave. Instructors: Scott DiLoreto & Anne Quinn Corr.

        To Register: Call 237-0996 or email katherine_watt@hotmail.com
        Cost: $12 per person suggested donation; proceeds go to instructors.
        Maximum class size is 10.
        Website: http://springcreekhomesteading.wordpress.com/workshops/
         
    • January 25, 2014
      • Beer Brewing & Beer Bottling Workshop - Spring Creek Homesteading
        Starts: 9:00 am
        Ends: January 25, 2014 - 12:00 pm
        Location: 156 West Hamilton Avenue, State College, PA, United States
        Description: Beer Brewing & Beer Bottling Workshop - Part one of two part class. Saturday, January 25 covers brewing and Saturday, February 8 covers bottling - 9 a.m. to noon at 156 West Hamilton Ave. Instructor: Josh Lambert

        To Register: Call 237-0996 or email katherine_watt@hotmail.com
        Cost: $12 per person suggested donation for 2 part class; proceeds go to instructors.
        Maximum class size is 10.
        Website: http://springcreekhomesteading.wordpress.com/workshops/
         
    • January 26, 2014
      • Wildlife in Winter Series: Part I
        Starts: 9:30 am
        Ends: January 26, 2014 - 11:00 am
        Location: Bucktoe Creek Preserve (432 Sharp Rd, Avondale, PA)
        Description: Wildlife in Winter Series: Part I
        Sunday, January 26, 2014 from 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM.
        Location: Bucktoe Creek Preserve (432 Sharp Rd, Avondale, PA)
        Families of all ages! Join us to learn about the many ways in which wildlife survive over the winter. Part I will focus on hibernation. Stay tuned for parts II and III on camouflage and migration.

        Cost: $5 TLC and PASA members; $10 non-members.
        Click here to register.
         
    • February 8, 2014
      • Falling Snowflakes - Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County
        Starts: 9:00 am
        Ends: February 8, 2014 - 11:00 am
        Location: Bucktoe Creek Preserve; 432 Sharp Road, Avondale, PA 19311
        Description: Bundle up for a morning winter hike through the frosty meadows of Bucktoe to get some exercise and to observe the wondrous winter happenings. Bring your families for snowflake crafts too!

        "The fresh tracks of three deers, clear in yesterday's snow, pass through our woods. I follow the tracks backward and find a cluster of three beds, clear of snow, in the big willow thicket on the sandbar..." - Aldo Leopold.

        Cost: $3 TLC/PASA members; $5 non-members.

        Register: Contact education@tlcforscc.org or call 610-347-0347 ext 104 for more information & to RSVP. Stay tuned for the other events in this series!
         
      • Beer Brewing & Beer Bottling Workshop - Part 2 - Spring Creek Homesteading
        Starts: 9:00 am
        Ends: February 8, 2014 - 12:00 pm
        Location: 156 West Hamilton Avenue, State College, PA, United States
        Description: Beer Brewing & Beer Bottling Workshop - Part two of two part class. Saturday, January 25 covers brewing and Saturday, February 8 covers bottling - 9 a.m. to noon at 156 West Hamilton Ave. Instructor: Josh Lambert

        To Register: Call 237-0996 or email katherine_watt@hotmail.com
        Cost: $12 per person suggested donation for 2 part class; proceeds go to instructors.
        Maximum class size is 10.
        Website: http://springcreekhomesteading.wordpress.com/workshops/
         

 

 

 

 

 

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