Ed Zygmunt attended the SEEDS Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Solar Workshop this past June and took the leap in October after getting approval from Claverack Rural Electric Co-op, his utility in northwestern Lackawanna county. In November he completed the installation of eleven 305watt panels for 3.4kw of total capacity, with future plans to install 10 more panels. Ed says: “The do-it-yourself solar course gave me to confidence to finally say to myself ‘I can do this’. With their hands-on DIY class, SEEDS instructors Jack Barnett and Blair Buselli provided me the simple guidance I needed to finally take the plunge into renewable energy. Amber and I are eternally grateful to SEEDS for helping us carry our long-held dream 93 million miles to capture clean energy from the sun.”
(Claverack technician and Ed connect the solar system to the grid)
Congratulations to Amber and Ed!
SEEDS is hoping to hold our June 2018 DIY Solar Workshop actually on-site at a local non-profit where SEEDS volunteers will be installing a solar PV system. Look for more information on that coming soon!


SEEDS is celebrating a milestone: 2018 is our 10th anniversary!

We are grateful to all of you who have helped make that happen. Whether you have attended one of our free workshops, had a free home energy assessment or solar assessment, and/or donated time and funds to our mission, SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education & Development Support) would not be here without you!

Many of you have received our letter in the mail. But to our electronic supporters, we ask that you please consider making a tax-deductible DONATION TODAY  to help us begin our second decade of serving northeastern PA.


SEEDS 2017 student interns l to r: Shea Stanton, Lacy Foster, and Nate Mansfield holding Wesley Conklin (horizontal). These students, and many more in past years, receive training on basic building science, then help homeowners save energy by performing free energy assessments! This program helped SEEDS win a 2016 Governor’s award for environmental excellence. 


This year, 2 donors have offered to match all donations up to $5,000!  Please donate  today!

You may be familiar with some of our accomplishments:

  • SEEDS sponsored small-scale wind and solar training for contractors in 2009.
  • SEEDS offers FREE residential energy assessments, saving homeowners in northeastern PA tens of thousands of dollars, and providing unique training and summer jobs for local high school students.
  • SEEDS installed the first solar system on a Habitat home in Pennsylvania in collaboration with Wayne County’s Habitat for Humanity organization and Buselli Solutions. We have since installed another solar thermal system on a Habitat for Humanity home in Pike County.
  • So far, SEEDS has helped 10 nonprofit facilities make energy efficiency upgrades.
  • SEEDS received a 2016 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence.

But you may not know:

  • SEEDS is one of the proud co-hosts of the Annual FREE Book Swap, made possible by this year’s lead event sponsor, the Wayne County Bar Association. The event will be held on Saturday November 18th at the Park Street Complex auditorium in Honesdale.
  • SEEDS is a proud co-sponsor of The Chamber of the Northern Poconos annual dinner, where we present the Green Business Award each year.
  • SEEDS is working with partners on a comprehensive recycling guide for our area.
  • SEEDS is working with Wayne Highlands School District on their Continued Energy Improvement program, led by some of the high school students.
  • SEEDS is a stakeholder in Finding PA’s Solar Future, helping Pennsylvania reach its renewable energy goals.

You can read more about SEEDS on our website. Click HERE.

SEEDS is actively engaged in community partnerships including the Pike Wayne Conservation Partnership, comprised of the many environmental organizations that serve both Counties, and the Quarterly Quality Council, created by Wayne County Human Services to bring public and private sectors together to create a healthier community for Wayne County’s most vulnerable residents. SEEDS also serves on Wayne Tomorrow, an initiative with the Wayne County Commissioners, and business/community leaders to improve the quality of life and economic opportunities.  Through our involvement with these organizations, SEEDS has been able to better align our efforts with the needs of the community. And that’s just what we will continue to do with your support.

The reality is that SEEDS is entering 2018 with fewer financial reserves than we have had in recent years. If you are a regular donor, won’t you please consider increasing your contribution? If you are new to SEEDS, please consider making your first donation and joining the growing list of people who are helping usher in a cleaner energy future!

You can mail a check payable to SEEDS (use donation form and envelope provided) or click HERE. A contribution can be made via MasterCard, Visa, Amex, Discover or PayPal. You may even select a monthly sustaining amount! A donation in any amount would be greatly appreciated!

All the money raised by this campaign will be used to cover operating expenses, including executive director salary, rent and insurances. It is increasing difficult to get funding for these general expenditures. This annual appeal provides more than half of our operating expenses. Once again, we simply could not do this without you! Thank you for supporting a sustainable future, and being a part of the SEEDS group!

All of us at SEEDS wish you and your family a safe and joyous 2018!


David Ford



“It is a privilege and an honor to be starting my 6th year with SEEDS. In addition to all the good work SEEDS does in our community, we remain dedicated to transparent and ethical business practices; responding to all of the inquiries and requests from our community; and increasing the community partners on all our initiatives. I invite any/all of you who have an interest in lending a hand, to contact me. You can be an integral part of our next 10 years!” 

                                                                                         – Jocelyn Cramer, Executive Director of SEEDS





Annual Book SWAP Wrap Up

Free Book Swap  – A Record Breaking Community Success!

Residents of Wayne County know this area is special, and the recent book swap highlighted many reasons why. A passion for literacy, sustainability and helping others brought community organizations, local businesses and dozens of volunteers together to make the 6th annual Free Book Swap a record- breaking success!

The book swap was held Sat. Nov. 18 at the Park Street Complex in Honesdale, corresponding with America Recycles Day.  The former auditorium of the Stourbridge Elementary School was turned into a busy marketplace, welcoming more than 650 “swappers” from Wayne and neighboring counties and as far away as New York City.

The stage area was transformed into the children’s section. Dozens of children were seen grabbing a book and reading it right there on the spot.

The Wayne County Bar Association was this year’s lead event sponsor. Other repeat and new sponsors include Frey-Fetsock Funeral Home, Platform Industries, Honesdale National Bank, Wayne Memorial Hospital, and Your Way Travel. None of this was possible without their support. Another great benefit of the event, over 100 of the attendees were from outside of Wayne County and had the rest of the day to shop, play and enjoy the other businesses and attractions in Honesdale.

The Rules: Bring as many as you want; take as many as you want. 16,000 (yes, sixteen thousand!) books were donated this year and volunteers sorted them all into categories, making it easy for people to make their selections.


Jenna Wayne Mauder, the indefatigable coordinator of the event explains “our goal is to have at least half of the donated books taken home that day and reused and reloved, and this year, we broke all previous records! 16,000 books were donated, which is more than the total books donated from the first 3 years combined! Some 679 attendees took home 9,100 books during the three day event.

Jenna’s environmental education organization, NaturEd and the non-profit group SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support) were the hosting organizations.  

After the event, volunteers packed up 2100 pounds of quality books that remained and shipped them to Better World Books in Indiana, an organization promoting global literacy. Shipping charges are the largest expense of the annual event. The remaining books, either torn or outdated were all taken to the Wayne County recycling center.

The book swap is also coordinated to provide more than just books.  In addition to giving free books to anyone that wants them, the event provides an opportunity for consumers from the Human Resource Center to help set up and clean up, and work side by side with the other volunteers. Many of them took home new books to cherish. Even the WCCF Work Program Detail assisted for the clean-up and contributed to the event’s impact and success.

In a digital world, the evidence of a love of books and reading was everywhere that day.  “There’s nothing quite like holding a book in your hand” said first-time Swap volunteer, Terri. “Books take me to places I may never see,” spoke one attendee.Another exclaimed “I make purses out of books!” A display table featured other fun possibilities for used books and their pages.

For more about the event, visit or email Jenna at MARK YOUR CALENDAR – Next year’s event is already scheduled for November 17, so save the date, save your books, and reach out if you want to join the volunteer team.


NaturED, a group of environmental educators, helps area organizations and schools with environmental programs. SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education & Education Support) promotes energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable living in our region. Learn more at



PHONE: (610) 392-7219




You may remember that we published a list of farmers markets in our June newsletter.  It’s now on our website HERE. However, while the farmers markets do often have a local farmer or two providing meat, in some cases you can go directly to the farm to buy meat from the farmer, or buy from a local distributor who gets meat from nearby farms, or consult with a local butcher who can connect you with a farmer raising the meat you want.  In some cases, the farmers are selling whole, half, or quarter animals, and the butcher will process the meat into the cuts you prefer. In other cases, smaller quantities are available.

What we’ve assembled in this issue of the newsletter is a list of local farms and butchers that sell or broker locally grown meat, including poultry. This list is just the ones we know about; if you know of others, please let us know at , and we will add to this list on our website.

In addition to wanting to support local farmers and having fresher meat that doesn’t travel as far, some of us are interested in this because of the new agreement with China, allowing import of cooked chicken in exchange for China’s opening up their market for US beef. China has had food quality control problems in the past. That import hasn’t started yet, but could potentially begin after mid-July.  You can read more about the trade deal HERE.

Here is the list we have compiled so far, in alphabetical order by town:

Farm name Address Webpage
LaCoe’s Custom Butchering 2075 College Rd, Factoryville
Hardler Farm 19 Hardler Farm Rd, Honesdale
Quails R-Us Plus 192 Cochecton Turnpike, Honesdale


No Bull Ranch 109 Woodruff Lane, Jefferson Township
Fern Cottage Farm 1046 Tresslarville Rd, Lake Ariel
The Buffalo Shop 679 Easton Turnpike, Lake Ariel
Hickory Ridge Custom Cuts 258 Cemetery Rd, Moscow
Zeiler-Caruth Quality Meats 139 Callapoose Rd, Moscow
Razny Family Farm 134 Pine Grove Rd,

Lackawaxen Farm Co. online sales (farm is in Honesdale)


Stevens Farm 652 Sterling Rd, Sterling
Greene Acres Farm 49 Marion St, Waymart


Fertile Valley


345 Carley Brook Rd

Eat Well by Shopping at Your Local Farmers Market

This guide will help you find them!

Eating food from local farms ensures the food is fresher and more nutritious, supports your neighbors and the local economy, and reduces the transportation costs, spoilage and vitamin loss, and carbon emitted when food is shipped in from other states or even other countries.  It’s not always obvious how to find out about all the local farmers markets, so we’ve listed the ones we know about here.  The list below may not be complete: please let us know about any in the area that we forgot.  This list doesn’t include farm stands or shops for individual farms, or permanent shops that sell local farmers’ products.  Check the websites for the most up-to-date information.

Town Location Day Held Time Website
Barryville Behind River Market (3385
Route 97)
May through
Callicoon When outdoors:
Callicoon Creek
Park (Audley Dorrer Drive)

(outdoors May through
Nov 5)

Hawley Bingham Park
(4 Main St)
May through
Honesdale Wayne County Farmers Market
{Next to Dave’s
Foodtown at 200 Willow Ave)
May through October
Honesdale Stourbridge Pie
(The Cooperage at
1030 Main St)

Nearly Year Round

May through
October (See website for times)Saturdays, weekly Nov 4 to Dec 23

biweekly Jan6 to Mar31


Winter market hours: 11am –

1 pm
Lakeville Sculpted Ice Works Market
(311 Purdytown Turnpike)
(check website for dates and times)
Milford Milford Farmers Market       (The Columns Museum, 608 Broad St) Sundays,
Oct 15
Narrowsburg Narrowsburg
(7 Erie Ave)
May 26 through Oct 6
Scranton South Side Farmers Market
(300 block of Alder St, off Cedar)
Scranton Co-op Farmers Market
(900 Barring Ave, behind Glider Diner)
Mondays, Wednesdays,
& Fridays
(mid-July to
Thanksgiving Eve)