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Crispus Attucks Early Learning Gardening Program

posted Dec 24, 2014, 9:38 AM by Roger Twitchell   [ updated Dec 24, 2014, 2:38 PM ]

BUSY BEES!  Busy Bees learning gardening!


Busy Bees and their bigger helpers
Busy Bees and their bigger helpers


A Busy Bee being handed a plant to take of
A Busy Bee being handed a plant to take of


Getting ready to water everything
Getting ready to water everything


Carefully watering their plants
Carefully watering their plants


Francie giving a Busy Bee some help, everyone is into it!
Francie giving a Busy Bee some help, everyone is into it!


Being very careful in watering her plant!
Being very careful in watering her plant!


Everyone is really into it!  Cool!
Everyone is really into it!  Cool!


Lots of plants being bedded for winter
Lots of plants being bedded for winter


Getting water for them all
Getting water for them all


The kids, everyone were all clearly really into it.  The dude in the center of the last picture is clearly just totally into it!

It was a good growing season, everyone got something growing that they learned to take care of.











(This post is a work in progress, probably a little more yet to be done)

"Under the Same Sun" showing Oct. 19, 2014

posted Sep 29, 2014, 4:58 PM by Roger Twitchell   [ updated Sep 29, 2014, 5:02 PM ]

"Under the Same Sun" at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19 at Frank Theatres is the story of two businessmen -- one Palestinian and one Israeli -- who struggle to set up a solar energy company that will mutually benefit both of their communities. The movie tells how they overcome hostility from within their own families and neighbors to make this happen.
And the film itself is an example of similar cooperation. It was produced by an Israeli and directed by a Palestinian.

Following the film, there will be a guest speaker from the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies -- an organization that is working in real life to make sure such things happen.

Movie tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the JCC or at the theater one hour before the movie. Please feel free to spread the word among your friends. The trailer for this and the other films, some of which may also interest you, can be viewed at www.yorkjcc.org.

8-6 Day at Sonnewald!

posted Jul 21, 2014, 6:49 AM by Roger Twitchell   [ updated Jul 27, 2014, 8:55 AM ]

We are excited to announce a FREE community event to be held on the Sonnewald Farm, Wednesday 8/6/14, in partnership with some very passionate, talented, creative and highly motivated young local visionaries, Indigo. We’d like to have a wide selection of socially conscious individuals, groups, organizations and businesses represented. You may request free space to inspire, educate, demonstrate and yes, even sell products promoting wellness, sustainability, faith and hope. See attached flyer and please help us spread the word.


See 8-6-day.com for more.


Update (7/27/14):

The 8-6-DAY event being held on the Sonnewald Farm on 8/6 is exploding. The Indigo group currently has 70 committed vendors and is expecting 500 to 1500 participants. Participation is FREE for everyone! According to the vendor list being updated on the 8-6-day.com event site, many really good health and sustainability organizations and initiatives are still not registered. Please know that no one is expected to attend the entire day (8am-9pm). You may come when you can and leave when you wish. If no one from the following organizations, etc. is able to create a simple display, please do your best to get materials to me (meaning Willa LeFever) so I can get them on community networking tables, at least. (Put a rubberband or 2 around them so they won’t blow away.) And share this with anyone who might be interested and/or be in a position to help.

Groups we'd especially love to see there:
 
Buy Fresh Buy Local (Are there any Local Food Guides available?)
York County Food Alliance
York Urban Garden Assoc.
Master Gardeners
Horn Farm
Healthy World Café
Farms offering Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs
All Farmers’ Markets
All Farms using Sustainable Farming Methods
PA Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA)
Susquehanna Sustainable Business Network (SSBN)
Transition York
Citizens Climate Lobby
York County Time Bank (I do have sufficient materials if no one can attend)
Quakers (Friends’ Meeting House of York)
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of York (UUCY)
Other ‘alternative’ faith groups
Non-toxic and non-invasive health and wellness practitioners, organizations and businesses
Gluten Intolerance Group of York (GIG)
Support groups and 12 step programs of all kinds
Mental and emotional health practitioners, initiatives, organizations and businesses
York Hiking Club
Volks March/White Rose Walkers
Rail Trail Authority
York County Parks and Recreation
Health and Fitness Clubs
Bicycle Clubs and Bike Shops
and others we haven't thought of yet...


Contact Willa LeFever at http://www.sonnewald.org/ and/or see 8-6-day.com.

BIDDER 70, award winning documentary at UUCY April 13

posted Mar 27, 2014, 7:04 PM by Leada Dietz

award winning documentary, BIDDER 70, at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of York
Sunday, April 13th, 4 pm.  

The public is invited and admission is by donation.  The showing is sponsored by UUCY's Green Sanctuary Committee in cooperation with the York Chapter of Citizens' Climate Lobby (CCL). This is the film about Tim DeChristopher, whose actions inspired Jon Clark (resident of Dover, founder of three local CCL chapters, and current mid-Atlantic coordinator for that organization) to get involved in addressing climate change.   Jon--along with Ted Conwell of Climate First--will lead audience discussion after the film showing. 

You can  find an article by DeChristopher  in the UU World Magazine athttp://www.uuworld.org/ideas/articles/280831.shtml

The film's trailer may be viewed at http://www.bidder70film.com/#!trailer/cxbx

His interview with Bill Moyers gives insight, as well:  http://billmoyers.com/segment/why-tim-dechristopher-went-to-prison-for-his-protest/

Back Yard Orchards and Berries

posted Mar 22, 2014, 8:21 PM by Leada Dietz   [ updated Mar 22, 2014, 8:25 PM ]

South Central Sustainabilty School: backyard orchards and berries

Saturday, March 29th, 2-4pm

$10 PASA members/$12 non-members

Register: http://backyardorchards.brownpapertickets.com/

Dickinson College Farm, 553 Park Drive, Boiling Springs PA

That sunny corner of your yard should be working for you instead of just growing grass. Wouldn't a few small apple trees be just the thing? What about fresh berries for breakfast? Just step outside the door and pick them after dinner and they will be in the fridge ready for you when you wake up! Or maybe you need something for your child to do as a summer project so that they know just where their food is coming from. This workshop will give you the basics of how to choose a site, prepare the soil, how to plant, how close to plant, what fruit trees and berries will do well in your area, and what care is needed to keep them healthy.

For more information, call 717-245-1969.

About the Presenter, Thom Marti

Thom and Judy Marti met on the Hippie Trail 40 years ago. They both liked to garden, they both didn‚t like the idea of sitting behind a desk, and they decided they wanted to be organic farmers when they grew up. It took them 10 years of working various jobs around the country to save up the money, and find the right site, at the right price. Surprisingly they found their dream farm, now called „Broad Valley Orchard‰ in nearby Wenksville, in the mountains of Adams County. In the last 30 years they developed their own system for growing fruit as a major portion of what they sell at farmers‚ markets, restaurants, health food stores, and their CSA They have slowly converted their business plan to selling mostly fruit in season, and hoop house crops through most of the year. They also have fruit and root cellars under their 1870‚s log house, and often can sell produce nearly year around.

Intensive Raised-Bed Gardening Workshops

posted Mar 22, 2014, 8:18 PM by Leada Dietz   [ updated Mar 22, 2014, 8:18 PM ]

Dates & Locations:
Harrisburg Area Workshop, Sunday April 13th *April 19th rain date
Pre-register by April 10th!
A private residence in Camp Hill (address and directions will be given to registered students)

Philly Area Workshop, Saturday April 5th *May 3rd rain date
Pre-register by April 3rd! Please indicate dietary restrictions.
At Pendle Hill (338 Plush Mill Road Wallingford, Pennsylvania 19086)

Schedule:
Philly workshop: 10am-4pm
Harrisburg workshop 1pm-4:30pm

Cost:
Philly workshop: $30 (includes lunch)
Harrisburg workshop: sliding scale $25-15

Course Content: This class will demonstrate the design, building, and maintenance of intensive no-till raised beds for annual gardening. The techniques offered in this workshop will draw upon methods pioneered by Emelia Hazelip’s synergistic gardening style and John Jeavons bio-intensive gardening style, as well as regionally appropriate techniques pioneered by Benjamin Weiss and Wilson Alvarez of Lancaster’s ReWilding School. These raised bed gardening techniques are easy to learn and are highly efficient and effective, being perfectly suited for urban and suburban food production. All of the techniques reflect the standards of organic and sustainable agriculture as well.

Workshop Facilitator:
Benjamin Weiss is a certified permaculture designer and teacher, gardener, brewer, musician, and poet from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He has designed and managed three organic farms including an urban farm, a CSA, and a 1-acre synergistic garden. Ben has completed a natural building apprenticeship, internship, and permaculture course at the Farm Ecovillage Training Center in TN, received a permaculture teacher certification from CRMPI in Basalt, CO, studied urban agriculture at Growing Power in Milwaukee, WI, and has studied herbalism with Sarah Preston of Radiance in Lancaster.

Email susq.permaculture@yahoo.com to register.

Rally against Cove Point frack gas port 2/20/14

posted Feb 9, 2014, 6:28 AM by Roger Twitchell   [ updated Feb 9, 2014, 7:09 AM ]

Friends-

In the same way TransCanada is trying to force the Keystone XL pipeline on America's heartland, the Virginia-based company Dominion Resources is trying to force “Cove Point” on Maryland.

Cove Point is a radical proposal to take fracked gas from throughout Appalachia, send it through pipelines to Maryland, liquefy it on the shore of the Chesapeake Bay, and then ship it to Asia -- with the overall carbon impact of coal.

And just as people from all across America have united to stop Keystone XL, Marylanders are uniting on February 20th – in Baltimore – to stop Cove Point. Just like we don’t want a tar sands pipeline bisecting America, we don’t want Cove Point running fracked gas through our lives in Maryland. Both projects are colossal in scope, colossal in climate change impacts, and colossally wrong. On February 20th, we’re drawing a region-wide line in the sand at one historic Maryland event.

Join the rally to “Stop Cove Point” on Feb. 20th in Baltimore. Say NO to Dominion’s radical plan to export fracked gas. Say NO to extreme energy everywhere.

We’re holding this rally at noon – lunchtime – in downtown Baltimore because that’s when the Maryland Public Service Commission will begin hearings on permits Dominion would need to construct the $3.8 billion Cove Point facility targeted for Calvert County. We’ll have music, banners, and great speakers including Lois Gibbs of Love Canal fame and the Rev. Lennox Yearwood of the Hip Hop Caucus.

Here are the quick details:

WHAT: "Stop Cove Point" Rally in Baltimore
WHEN: Thursday, February 20th, noon-1:30pm
WHERE: War Memorial Plaza - downtown Baltimore
WHO: Hundreds of climate activists and fracking fighters from across the Mid-Atlantic and YOU. Co-sponsors include Calvert Citizens for Healthy Community, Citizen Shale, Food and Water Watch, HoCo Climate Change, Interfaith Power & Light, the Maryland Sierra Club, and many more!
JOIN US: Sign up now to join the February 20th rally. (Buses and carpools are being organized across the state.)

We’ll also have the giant “Stop Cove Point” pipeline prop at this rally. Have you heard about it? It’s been traveling the state the past few weeks, visiting areas that would be harmed by the export of fracked gas, including western Maryland (fracking), Frederick County (pipelines and compressor stations), and of course Calvert County ("liquefaction" ground zero). You gotta come see this pipeline in person on February 20th.

Join the rally to “Stop Cove Point” on Feb. 20th in Baltimore. Say NO to Dominion’s radical plan to export fracked gas. Say NO to extreme energy everywhere.

Wherever you live in Maryland we’ll help you get to the rally, putting you in touch with carpools and even providing buses from key areas. And if you live or work in Baltimore, just pop over to the rally at noon and spend your lunchtime with us at the War Memorial park across from City Hall.

Climate change is accelerating worldwide, which means dangerous fossil fuels like tar sands and fracked gas must stay in the ground. On February 20th come tell the Maryland Public Service Commission you want real energy solutions for our state, not more energy nightmares.  CCANers have been fighting for years to stop Keystone XL. And now we're on the frontlines of the fight to stop a climate disaster at Cove Point, too. We want wind and solar instead. We want energy sanity now!

See you in Baltimore,
Mike Tidwell
Director, CCAN

P.S. Read this recent piece in Politico magazine by Bill McKibben and me on the latest absurdities associated with Cove Point. It will astonish you.


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First Capital's Bike Church Sunday, Feb 9, 1-4 pm

posted Feb 1, 2014, 4:29 AM by Leada Dietz

WANT TO FIX A FLAT TIRE?  WONDERING HOW TO CHANGE BRAKE PADS?  ADJUST SHIFTER CABLES?


FIRST CAPITAL’S BIKE CHURCH CAN HELP!!!

 

WHO? :  Folks with bicycles needing repair &/or maintenance and/or folks wanting to help repair other’s bicycles

WHAT? : Learn or teach basic bicycle repairs and maintenance

WHEN? :  Sunday, February 9th, 1-4pm

WHERE? :  Art Farm:  1111 S. Queen St. (NE corner of Peyton & Queen, 1 block north of Rathton Rd)

WHY? :  Learn & practice bike repairs & maintenance with other bike enthusiasts, keep bike costs down

HELP COMMUNITY! HAVE FUN!!!

 

*This February & March, we will be focusing on fixing up bikes to use in the York St. Patrick’s day parade

 

For more information, contact Francie:  TransitionYorkPenn@gmail.com

 

**Can earn Time Bank hours for working on bikes being fixed for the community

Bike Church 12/22/13 Learn basic bicycle repairs and maintenance

posted Dec 20, 2013, 1:20 PM by Roger Twitchell   [ updated Dec 20, 2013, 1:41 PM ]

WHEN: Sunday December 22, 2013 1 PM - 4 PM

WHERE: The Art Farm - 1111 S. Queen St. (map on Bing)


We will be devoting our time to working on fixing up donated bikes for kids (in need of repair). NO experience necessary.  Just the will to learn…

IN NEED OF BIKE MECHANICS !!!

WHY? : Learn & practice bike repairs & maintenance with other bike enthusiasts, keep bike costs down, 
and HAVE FUN!

Last time there was some really cool bike & Human-Powered Vehicle (think St. Patrick's Day Parade) gab!

Hopefully same thing this time...


For more information, contact Francie: TransitionYorkPenn@gmail.com

First Capital Bike Church Dec 15, 1-4 pm

posted Dec 13, 2013, 9:25 AM by Leada Dietz

WANT TO FIX A FLAT TIRE?  WONDERING HOW TO CHANGE BRAKE PADS?  ADJUST SHIFTER CABLES?

  FIRST CAPITAL’S BIKE CHURCH CAN HELP!!!

WHO? :  Folks with bicycles needing repair or maintenance

WHAT? : Learn basic bicycle repairs and maintenance

WHEN? :  Most Sundays, 1-4pm Call or email to confirm (RSVP for Critical Mass to follow)

WHERE? :  ART FARM: 1111 S Queen St. York, PA

WHY? :  Learn & practice bike repairs & maintenance with other bike enthusiasts, keep bike costs down, HAVE FUN!

Cost:  Pay what you can/ bring food/what it’s worth to you (or other *) Costs waved if helping w/ bike share or other projects

 

For more information, contact Francie:  TransitionYorkPenn@gmail.com

 

Sunday, December 15th, we will be devoting our time to working on fixing up donated bikes for kids (in need of repair). NO experience necessary. Just the will to learn…

 

 (* We will consider barter, gift, or trade – ask for details

** Proceeds support the bike church and other related local cooperative projects

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