Gobbets – November 6, 2012

Action Alert – Farm Bill Petition Campaign by National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

(From Michele Gauger)

On October 24th, PASA launched a grassroots effort in collaboration with the National Sustainable Agriculture
Coalition and allies across the nation to make our voices heard. Help us tell Congress: “We need an equitable, sustainable 21st century Farm Bill, and we need it this year!” Sign the petition & raise your voice for healthy farms, food & people. The goal is to reach 50,000 signatures – as of Friday, November 2 the number stood at 3,755 – please sign & share the petition today!

Boalsburg Farmers Market Preview – November 6, 2012 (Today)

(From Jim Eisenstein)

Tuesday will be the last outdoor Boalsburg Farmers Market before we move indoors to the Boalsburg Fire Hall on 113 E. Pine Street Nov. 13. Tomorrow, we will open at 2:00 as usual but close at 5:00 due to the end of daylight savings time. We return to our regular 2:00 to 6:00 hours when we go indoors on Nov. 13.

We were open last week, and are looking forward to some sun this coming Tuesday. For those of you who puchase lip balm and soaps for Christmas presents from Soap Sprite, this will be your last chance because they will not be back until spring. If you thought vegetable seasons was over, you will find a really good variety of late season vegetables on Tuesday. Help us say goodbye to a wonderful outdoor season!

Vacancies on State College Authorities, Boards and Commissions – Apply Now!

(From Courtney Hayden)

The Borough is currently accepting applications for several State College Borough Authorities, Boards, Commissions and Committees. This is a way for community members interested in homesteading and transition to influence developments in the Borough, building on successful community-based campaigns for things like  the backyard chicken ordinance.

  • The Authorities Board with term ending December 31, 2012;
  • The Centre County Airport Authority with term ending December 31, 2015;
  • The Civil Service Commission with term ending December 31, 2013;
  • The Community Development Block Grant Citizens Advisory Committee (CDBG CAC) with term ending December 31, 2012.

Applications are also being accepted for the State College Borough Authorities, Boards, Commissions and Committees with terms beginning in January of 2013:

  • The Authorities Board with term ending December 31, 2017;
  • The Board of Health with term ending December 31, 2017;
  • The Community Development Block Grant Citizens Advisory Committee (CDBG CAC) with term ending December 31, 2016;
  • The Design Review Board with term ending December 31, 2016;
  • The Historic Resources Commission with term ending December 31, 2016;
  • The Human Relations Commission with term ending December 31, 2015;
  • The Planning Commission with term ending December 31, 2016;
  • The State College Community Land Trust with term ending December 31, 2015.

News from Centre County Buy Fresh Buy Local

News from Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light

  • PA-IPL E-Newsletter – October 2012 Edition, including a report on the Annual Meeting held in Harrisburg last month.

News from Clearwater Conservancy

  • Clearwater Conservancy E-Newsletter – November 5, 2012 Edition  – RSVP for the Annual Membership Meeting November 13 at 6 p.m. at Mountain View Country Club (formerly the State College Elks Club) 100 Elks Club Road, State College. A business meeting and election of the board of directions will kick off the evening, followed by dinner and socializing beginning at 6:15 p.m.

News from the FracTracker Alliance

  • FracTracker E-Newsletter – November 1, 2012 Edition – “We recently held our first media tour about unconventional natural gas extraction through the Loyalsock State Forest. As part of FracTracker’s mission to educate and inform the public about shale gas issues, these tours are designed to highlight specific lesser-known impacts of the drilling industry and familiarize reporters and journalists about our work and website. Tour participants were introduced to wilflife concerns, forest fragmentaiton implications, and the status of drilling in the State Forest…”

November 13 – Round-Table Discussion of Election’s Ecological Impact

(From Ed Perry)

The National Wildlife Federation will host a a roundtable discussion of what this election means for clean energy, clean air and global warming on Tuesday, November 13, 3:00 pm at Schlow Library Community Room.

This will be a media event, so we are hoping for a good turnout.  Bring your questions, concerns and enthusiasm and put our panelists on the spot. More details to follow soon.

My Old Kentucky Conservatism

(Link from Tim Robinson)

Maurice Manning, writing in the New York Times:

“…My wife, Amanda, volunteers in our county with an organization called New Pioneers for a Sustainable Future, which promotes local agriculture. Its members include farmers and merchants; people who run vineyards, raise alpacas and sheep; nurses, insurance agents, potters and former school-bus drivers. The group believes that by buying locally raised food, we can keep more money in the county and in that way help to preserve our heritage, become healthier and enhance our shared prosperity. This is conservatism, as I understand it and value it…”

Seeds of the Green Economy, Growing in the South Bronx – TED Talk

(Link from Dana Stuchul)

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