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Friday, August 01, 2014
Pennsylvania Certified Organic's 2014 FarmFest (8:00 am)
Here at Pennsylvania Certified Organic, we are hard at work on the 3rd annual PA Organic FarmFest. Last year, we saw a 20% increase in attendance with around 2,500 participating in this FREE event. This year, we hope to grow the event even more, providing a fun, educational, community-oriented space where farmers and eaters gather to celebrate and learn. 

It was great meeting you recently at the PASA Farming for the Future Conference. I wanted to follow up with you on the opportunity to be involved in FarmFest and answer any questions you may have. 

What: PA Organic FarmFest
When: Friday & Saturday, August 1-2, 2014
Where: Grange Fairgrounds, Centre Hall, PA (near State College)

We are now taking applications for Sponsors and Vendors

Areas for which we are seeking Vendors/Exhibitors: 

  • Farm and art vendors for the Homemade & Homegrown Market ($40)
  • Food vendors for the fresh & local Food Court ($100 + 10% of sales)
  • Commercial exhibitors for the Exhibit Hall ($100) or outdoors ($75)
  • Nonprofit exhibitors (receive a 25% discount) 
Areas and events for which we are seeking Sponsors:
  • Exhibit Hall
  • Food Court
  • Hospitality Room
  • Camping Area
  • Bike Taxis
  • Landscaping Plants
  • Various Bands
  • Art Show
  • Book Nook
  • 5K Fun Run
  • and much more!

We are happy to work with you to tailor a sponsor or vendor package. Please let me know how we can work together to find a fit that is right for us all. 

Finally, we also need FarmFest Partners! Through partnerships, we work with an individual or group that wants to coordinate an area or event within FarmFest in exchange for an equal value sponsorship package. For example, the PA Farmers Union is partnering with FarmFest to organize the silent auction, and NCAT will organize the programs in one of our educational halls again this year. We couldn't pull off these great parts of FarmFest without them. Let us know if you or your group would like to become a FarmFest Partner and take ownership of an event or area. We want to hear your ideas!

Please be in touch with me if you have questions or ideas on how we can work together to make this truly community-oriented event your own! Find out more at the PA Organic FarmFest website at www.farmfest.paorganic.org.  APPLY NOW!




Saturday, August 02, 2014
Pennsylvania Certified Organic's 2014 FarmFest (8:00 am)
Here at Pennsylvania Certified Organic, we are hard at work on the 3rd annual PA Organic FarmFest. Last year, we saw a 20% increase in attendance with around 2,500 participating in this FREE event. This year, we hope to grow the event even more, providing a fun, educational, community-oriented space where farmers and eaters gather to celebrate and learn. 

It was great meeting you recently at the PASA Farming for the Future Conference. I wanted to follow up with you on the opportunity to be involved in FarmFest and answer any questions you may have. 

What: PA Organic FarmFest
When: Friday & Saturday, August 1-2, 2014
Where: Grange Fairgrounds, Centre Hall, PA (near State College)

We are now taking applications for Sponsors and Vendors

Areas for which we are seeking Vendors/Exhibitors: 

  • Farm and art vendors for the Homemade & Homegrown Market ($40)
  • Food vendors for the fresh & local Food Court ($100 + 10% of sales)
  • Commercial exhibitors for the Exhibit Hall ($100) or outdoors ($75)
  • Nonprofit exhibitors (receive a 25% discount) 
Areas and events for which we are seeking Sponsors:
  • Exhibit Hall
  • Food Court
  • Hospitality Room
  • Camping Area
  • Bike Taxis
  • Landscaping Plants
  • Various Bands
  • Art Show
  • Book Nook
  • 5K Fun Run
  • and much more!

We are happy to work with you to tailor a sponsor or vendor package. Please let me know how we can work together to find a fit that is right for us all. 

Finally, we also need FarmFest Partners! Through partnerships, we work with an individual or group that wants to coordinate an area or event within FarmFest in exchange for an equal value sponsorship package. For example, the PA Farmers Union is partnering with FarmFest to organize the silent auction, and NCAT will organize the programs in one of our educational halls again this year. We couldn't pull off these great parts of FarmFest without them. Let us know if you or your group would like to become a FarmFest Partner and take ownership of an event or area. We want to hear your ideas!

Please be in touch with me if you have questions or ideas on how we can work together to make this truly community-oriented event your own! Find out more at the PA Organic FarmFest website at www.farmfest.paorganic.org.  APPLY NOW!




Sunday, August 03, 2014
Cultivate. A Journey In Re-Skilling & Re-Connecting - Homesteading Series (All Day)

Cultivate.
A Journey in Re-Skilling and Re-Connecting
One Sunday Monthly May-October 2014
Bryans Road, MD

 

Join farmer Rebecca Cecere Seward of Prickly Pear Produce and Molly Meehan of Centro Ashé for this six month series exploring some basic elements of homesteading.  We will examine our relationships with our food, our homes, the land, and our health,  exploring the intersection of self-reliance, sustainability, and community.  Our goal is to nourish our skillsets and challenge ourselves to cultivate intention in the way we choose to live, empowering ourselves as creators and members of a wider world.  
Each class will cover multiple topics, including one "re-connect" presentation and discussion, and at least one "re-skill", in which we will work hands-on to craft our knowledge of various practical subjects.  While Rebecca and Molly are the lead instructors, skilled guest instructors will be brought in to teach certain topics as well.  The classes will be a participatory exchange, and we will provide relevant pre-class readings to inform and inspire as well as take-home products of the practical portion of each class.  We look forward to journeying with you!


Schedule:

Sunday May 4 from 1:00-8:00pm
Re-Skill - Spring and Summer Gardening, Seed Starting and Sovereignty 
Re-Connect - Permaculture

Sunday June 8 from 1:00-8:00pm
Re-Skill - Greening Your Home
Re-Connect - Earth Living: Deep Ecology

Sunday July 6 from 1:00-8:00pm
Re-Skill - Basic Botany &  Food Foraging - Wild Nutrition
Re-Connect - Voluntary Simplicity

Sunday August 3 from 1:00-8:00pm
Re-Skill - Home and Kitchen Herbalism
Re-Connect - Autonomy and Community

Sunday September 7 from 1:00-8:00pm
Re-Skill - Food Preservation (Dehydration, Fermentation, Kombucha and more), Winter Farming
Re-Connect - Eating Seasonally

Sunday October 5 from 1:00-8:00pm
Re-Skill - Basic Carpentry, Keeping Backyard Chickens
Re-Connect - Final Celebration and Reflection!


Contact Info : www.centroashe.org Email : info@centroashe.org Url: http://www.centroashe.org
Respectful, Chemical Free Beekeeping (10:00 am - 12:00 - noon)

New and experienced beekeepers enjoy learning out unique style of hive managements that is based on respect for the honeybee.

We offer hands on training in a variety of hive styles, Langstroth, Long Langs, top bars and others.

All ages are welcome, children encoraged.  Our bees are gentle, but stings are a possibility.  Paticipation in under informed consent.

 

All classes are weather/tempurature dependent.  Please register ahead of time, either by calling or through our website.  We look forward to meeting you!



Contact Info : Heidi Briguglio Email : heidib@azurebllc.com Url: http://www.azurebllc.com
Cultivate. A Journey In Re-Skilling And Re-Connecting (1:00 pm - 8:00 pm)

Cultivate. A Journey in Re-Skilling and Re-Connecting

Homesteading and Living with Intention

One Sunday Monthly May-October 2014

At Centro Ashé Farm in Bryans Road, MD

Join farmer Rebecca Cecere Seward of Prickly Pear Produce and Molly Meehan of Centro Ashé for this six month series exploring some basic elements of homesteading.  We will examine our relationships with our food, our homes, the land, and our health,  exploring the intersection of self-reliance, sustainability, and community.  Our goal is to nourish our skillsets and challenge ourselves to cultivate intention in the way we choose to live, empowering ourselves as creators and members of a wider world.  

Each class will cover multiple topics, including one "re-connect" presentation and discussion, and at least one "re-skill", in which we will work hands-on to craft our knowledge of various practical subjects.  While Rebecca and Molly are the lead instructors, skilled guest instructors will be brought in to teach certain topics as well.  The classes will be a participatory exchange, and we will provide relevant pre-class readings to inform and inspire as well as take-home products of the practical portion of each class.  We look forward to journeying with you!



Contact Info : Centro Ashé www.centroashe.org info@centroashe.org 301-375-6082 Email : info@centroashe.org Url: http://www.centroashe.org
Friday, August 08, 2014
Flicks At The Farm - "the Graceful Descent" (6:00 pm - 7:00 pm)

Located just a short ride from Frederick, this thought-provoking film series will be held in the beautifully restored Dairy Parlor of Fox Haven Organic Farm and Learning Center. It is FREE and open to the public. The films will start at 7:00pm. There is an optional potluck prior to the start of the film. Participants are encouraged to stay after the film and participate in a discussion (and/or activity) regarding the topic of the film. Event will be held rain or shine.

June 27 ~ "Ingredients" (1hr) The industrialized food system is now being challenged by the Local Food movement to the benefit of the soil our food grows in and the health of all who consume local food. (http://bit.ly/1hJMpcg)

July 18 ~ "Symphony of the Soil" (1hr43m) This film is "an artistic exploration of the miraculous substance of soil." Understanding the complex relationships between soil, water, air, plants, animals, and humans leads to lifesaving stewardship of a precious resource. (http://bit.ly/1mwRoJp)

August 8 ~ "The Graceful Descent" (1hr) An inspirational film that encourages a move towards a more resilient way of life through the lens of permaculture - in your relationships, communities, backyards, and farms. (http://bit.ly/1n1Z5Zq)

Sept 12 ~ "Portrait of a Winemaker" (15min) A pioneering Napa Valley vintner, John Williams of Frog's Leap, explains the techniques and benefits of dry farming organic grapes. Bring your favorite wine! (http://bit.ly/1kdAi1E)

 

These events are FREE to the public, but please RSVP to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 240.490.5484. 



Contact Info : These events are FREE to the public, but please RSVP to info@foxhavenlearningcenter.com or 240.490.5484. Email : info@foxhavenlearningcenter.com Url: http://bit.ly/1n1Z5Zq
Monday, August 11, 2014
Chesapeake CRAFT - One Straw Farm (3:30 pm - 6:30 pm)

Chesapeake CRAFT

Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training

Guess what?! The 2014 CRAFT farm tour schedule is finalized! We are excited to welcome new farms to the list and visit some old favorites! Tours take place on Mondays throughout the season starting at 3:30. Tours are followed by a potluck and socializing! We encourage all participants to bring a dish to share and get to know their regional farmers! Here's where you can find us this year:

April 7 EcoCity (Edmonston, MD)

April 28 Whiffletree Farm (Warrenton, VA)

May 19 Wheatland Day with CASA–Moutoux Orchard, Potomac Vegetable Farm and Greenstone Fields (Purcellville, VA)

June 9 Rocklands (Poolesville, MD)

June 30 Red Wiggler Conference (Germantown, MD)

July 21 The Farm at Sunnyside (Washington, VA)

Aug 11 One Straw Farm (White Hall, MD)

Sept 8 Whitmore Farm  with CASA (Emmitsburg, MD)

Sept 29 Lost Corner (Leesburg, VA)

Oct 20 Waterpenny and Heritage Hollow (Sperryville, VA)

Want to join Chesapeake CRAFT? E-mail us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for details or show up at an event and join there! You can also join our waiting list for updates! 




Saturday, August 16, 2014
Charm City Farm And Garden Tour (8:00 am)

The purpose of the Charm City Farm & Garden Tour is to provide Baltimore residents with an opportunity to experience the diverse community-managed garden spaces that exist throughout the city, to celebrate the impact of community gardens, and to provide the public with a fun and creative way to experience the local food movement in Baltimore City. Participants will have the option of touring the selected community gardens by bike or on bus.

This event is hosted in partnership by staff and volunteers from Baltimore Green Space, the Baltimore Farm Alliance, the Parks & People Foundation, CGRN, Cylburn Arboretum and UME Baltimore City Master Gardeners.



Url: http://charmcitygardentoursupper.wordpress.com/
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Charm City Farm And Garden Tour (8:00 am)

The purpose of the Charm City Farm & Garden Tour is to provide Baltimore residents with an opportunity to experience the diverse community-managed garden spaces that exist throughout the city, to celebrate the impact of community gardens, and to provide the public with a fun and creative way to experience the local food movement in Baltimore City. Participants will have the option of touring the selected community gardens by bike or on bus.

This event is hosted in partnership by staff and volunteers from Baltimore Green Space, the Baltimore Farm Alliance, the Parks & People Foundation, CGRN, Cylburn Arboretum and UME Baltimore City Master Gardeners.



Url: http://charmcitygardentoursupper.wordpress.com/
Modern Homesteading Workshop Series - Hugelkulture: Reshaping The Land To Create Microclimates (2:00 pm - 5:30 pm)

By combining robust instruction with service projects, the Modern Homesteading Workshop series teaches participants the skills and practices that can contribute to a more sustainable, self-reliant lifestyle. Reconnect with your community and share the lost arts that (not that long ago) used to be a part of everyday life: food foraging, kitchen gardening, composting, bear wrestling (just kidding), canning and preserving, fermentation, seed saving, and season extension. Each workshop will begin with a one-hour skills workshop, including walking tours of the farm site, and conclude with hands-on work on the farm that makes a valuable contribution to a healthy, locally grown food source for residents of Prince George’s County.

Participants should wear suitable clothes and shoes for working outdoors, hiking trails, and getting dirty; bring a water bottle and snack! Each workshop will take place once a month, on Sundays throughout the season from 2 – 5:30 pm (unless otherwise noted). Participation is free; registration is required.



Contact Info : 301-283-2113 Email : info@accokeek.org
Sunday, August 24, 2014
Composting Toilet: A Low Cost And Clean Alternative To Installing A Septic System (5:00 pm - 7:00 pm)

John and Bob Hanson invite homeowners, small business owners, builders, parks and recreation employees and environmentalists to Fox Haven where they will discuss composting toilets and nutrient recycling, how it works and why it can be added to one’s sustainability plan for their home and/or business.

 

All are welcome. To register, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 240-490-5484; Donations welcome (they can be made via the ‘Donate’ button at www.foxhavenlearningcenter.org).

 



Contact Info : info@foxhavenlearningcenter.com or 240-490-5484 Email : info@foxhavenlearningcenter.com Url: http://bit.ly/1xLZunn
Monday, August 25, 2014
Exploring New Farm Income Opportunities Bus Tour (9:00 am)

Although farmers face many challenges today, there still re-mains alternative ways and strategies to increase farm prof-its. The purpose of this educational tour is to provide farmers an opportunity to learn from successful agriculture entrepre-neurs and experts from Southern MD all the way to Southeast, VA. The stops chosen for the tour will offer diverse and practi-cal examples of what farmers can do to improve their bottom line. Major focuses include: direct marketing, value-added, agri-tourism, specialty “niche” crops, sustainable farming practices, and much more!



Contact Info : For more information, please contact Candy Walter at (301) 868-1001 or (410) 651-6070 Url: http://www.umes.edu/1890-MCE/Default.aspx?id=49060
Small Farm Bus Tour (9:00 am)

The Exploring New Farm Income Opportunities small farm bus tour is a two-day educational trip that promises to inform the work of new and beginning farmers as well and seasoned farmers who are looking to expand their operations.

Participants will have many opportunities to learn from successful agriculture entrepreneurs and experts in Southern Maryland and extending to southeast Virginia. Major topics of discussion will be centered on direct marketing, value-added products, sustainable farming practices, specialty "niche" crops, agri-tourism, and more.

The registration fee is $50 per person and covers bus transportation, educational materials, lunch on both days and hotel lodging on Monday evening. 



Contact Info : To register online, visit www.umes.edu/1890-mce. All registrations and payments must be received by Thursday, August 21. Early registration is recommended, as space is limited to 40 participants. Candy Walter at 301-868-9366 or Berran Rogers at 410-651-6070. Url: http://www.umes.edu/1890-mce
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Exploring New Farm Income Opportunities Bus Tour (9:00 am)

Although farmers face many challenges today, there still re-mains alternative ways and strategies to increase farm prof-its. The purpose of this educational tour is to provide farmers an opportunity to learn from successful agriculture entrepre-neurs and experts from Southern MD all the way to Southeast, VA. The stops chosen for the tour will offer diverse and practi-cal examples of what farmers can do to improve their bottom line. Major focuses include: direct marketing, value-added, agri-tourism, specialty “niche” crops, sustainable farming practices, and much more!



Contact Info : For more information, please contact Candy Walter at (301) 868-1001 or (410) 651-6070 Url: http://www.umes.edu/1890-MCE/Default.aspx?id=49060
Small Farm Bus Tour (9:00 am)

The Exploring New Farm Income Opportunities small farm bus tour is a two-day educational trip that promises to inform the work of new and beginning farmers as well and seasoned farmers who are looking to expand their operations.

Participants will have many opportunities to learn from successful agriculture entrepreneurs and experts in Southern Maryland and extending to southeast Virginia. Major topics of discussion will be centered on direct marketing, value-added products, sustainable farming practices, specialty "niche" crops, agri-tourism, and more.

The registration fee is $50 per person and covers bus transportation, educational materials, lunch on both days and hotel lodging on Monday evening. 



Contact Info : To register online, visit www.umes.edu/1890-mce. All registrations and payments must be received by Thursday, August 21. Early registration is recommended, as space is limited to 40 participants. Candy Walter at 301-868-9366 or Berran Rogers at 410-651-6070. Url: http://www.umes.edu/1890-mce
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Exploring New Farm Income Opportunities Bus Tour (9:00 am)

Although farmers face many challenges today, there still re-mains alternative ways and strategies to increase farm prof-its. The purpose of this educational tour is to provide farmers an opportunity to learn from successful agriculture entrepre-neurs and experts from Southern MD all the way to Southeast, VA. The stops chosen for the tour will offer diverse and practi-cal examples of what farmers can do to improve their bottom line. Major focuses include: direct marketing, value-added, agri-tourism, specialty “niche” crops, sustainable farming practices, and much more!



Contact Info : For more information, please contact Candy Walter at (301) 868-1001 or (410) 651-6070 Url: http://www.umes.edu/1890-MCE/Default.aspx?id=49060
Small Farm Bus Tour (9:00 am)

The Exploring New Farm Income Opportunities small farm bus tour is a two-day educational trip that promises to inform the work of new and beginning farmers as well and seasoned farmers who are looking to expand their operations.

Participants will have many opportunities to learn from successful agriculture entrepreneurs and experts in Southern Maryland and extending to southeast Virginia. Major topics of discussion will be centered on direct marketing, value-added products, sustainable farming practices, specialty "niche" crops, agri-tourism, and more.

The registration fee is $50 per person and covers bus transportation, educational materials, lunch on both days and hotel lodging on Monday evening. 



Contact Info : To register online, visit www.umes.edu/1890-mce. All registrations and payments must be received by Thursday, August 21. Early registration is recommended, as space is limited to 40 participants. Candy Walter at 301-868-9366 or Berran Rogers at 410-651-6070. Url: http://www.umes.edu/1890-mce
Saturday, August 30, 2014
Writing In Nature Retreat (10:00 am - 4:00 pm)

 

Spoutwood Farm Center will offer a sequel to its Poetry in Nature Writing Retreat led by Carla Christopher, York Poet Laureate Emeritus, on Saturday, August 30th from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.  The workshop fee is $75 per individual and lunch will be provided.

 

Spend the day at Spoutwood Farm exploring your inner poetic voice while reconnecting with nature through reading, writing, and sharing!  The retreat will include gentle movement and meditation exercises, art inspired crafting, and creative writing instruction.  Enjoy group and individual writing sessions in response to the natural world.  Participants will be encouraged to explore the many natural settings that make up the grounds of Spoutwood Farm as they write and reflect.  

 

Lunch will be provided by the CHEFS (Culinary Health Educators From Spoutwood), graduates of the Teen Battle Chef program, who serve up healthy, garden-to-table inspired meals.  

 

Pre-registration is required.  Please visit www.spoutwood.org/education or call 717-235-9272 to register.



Url: http://www.spoutwood.org/education
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