Owl & Turtle Press Update, and Other Stuff

owl & turtle pressOwl & Turtle Press Update

My printing press is almost finished. Still collecting supplies and planning a visit in a couple of weeks to Thomas-Printers in Carlisle to learn more about setting type.

Waste Audits at PSU – East Halls

There will be five waste audits held at East Halls where students will be able to assist in collecting valuable data for the Recycling Challenge! This is a great opportunity to work alongside many of the other sustainability-minded people on campus and to learn about how Penn State manages their waste. The remaining audits will be Fri., Nov. 8, Mon., Nov. 11, Wed. Nov. 13 and Fri., Nov. 15 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.. Sign up.

Nov. 9 – Native Plants Presentation

The Pennsylvania Native Plant Society, demonstration garden partners of the Snetsinger Butterfly Garden, host guest speaker  Dr. Douglas Tallamy at their annual meeting, Saturday, November 9 at 2 p.m., 101 Ag Science & Industries Building at PSU. Dr. Tallamy is Professor and Chair of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, and author of Bringing Nature Home, How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants, a compelling argument for the use of native plants in gardens and landscapes. Free, but limited seating. Register.

Nov. 12 – No (Future) Farmers, No Food – Research Talk 

Kathleen Wood and Leslie Pillen, MS Students in Rural Sociology, will present their research on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at noon at 214 Ferguson Building. “This presentation will highlight key findings from recent research on first-generation beginning farmers and how they acquire skills and resources to farm through internships and land link programs. It focuses on several potential opportunities and barriers that exist in internships and land link programs. Internships are an important way for aspiring farmers to gain hands-on farming skills but the emphasis on labor leaves gaps in knowledge and resources provided participants. Land link programs provide beginning farmers with access to listings of available farmland but often do not support farmers and land owners in establishing clear expectations of the partnership in a lease arrangement. The session will include time for group discussion after the two presentations.” Both research projects were partly funded through 2012 Northeast SARE Graduate Student Research Awards.

Winter Farmers Markets Opening Soon

November 12 – The Boalsburg Winter Farmers Market begins on Tuesday, November 12, at their new location, St. John’s United Church of Christ, 218 N. Church Street, just a stone’s throw from their previous venue at the Boalsburg Fire Hall (under renovation this winter), and has on-site parking.  Open from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. as usual; vendors will have fall greens and root vegetables, meats, dairy products, breads, apples, and much more. They are the largest indoor market in the area and will be at the church until the beginning of May 2014. 

December 6 – The State College Friday Winter Farmers Market starts Friday, December 6 at the State College Borough Building 243 South Allen St. Open 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Fridays through April 2014, the market vendors will offer apples, baked goods, dairy products, eggs, meats, root vegetables, salad greens, soaps, candles and more. Help make the market a success by telling a neighbor and bringing a friend.

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