Join us for a forum to discuss

Tuesday, September 22, 7 to 9 pm at the Park Street Complex in Honesdale, PA
The Park Street Conservation Complex is at 648 PARK STREET, (off Rt 6, formerly the
Stourbridge School), HONESDALE, PA 18431.

Speakers will include:
– Stephen Stuart of Sustainable Energy Solutions
– Peter Vargo of NuTech Energy Solutions

We’ll cover:
– Insulating with blown-in foam and cellulose
– How to deal with airflow and moisture control
– Detailed cost comparisons
– Retrofitting older houses and new construction

After the insulation discussion, we’ll tell you about the new federal weatherization program in
the works, along with some state and federal rebates and loans that are available.

Coffee, refreshments, free will offering

This forum is one of many events sponsored by SEEDS. Here are a couple of more calendar-worthy dates:
– October Forum: October 20, A Financial Analysis of Renewable Energy (Park Street Complex, 7 to 9 pm).
– October 17: Our Home and Hearth committee will be on hand at Audubon’s Family Fun Day to show you how to make some personal care products right at home. Family Fun Day takes place on Saturday, October 17, at the PPL Environmental Learning Center at 2 pm.

Hi SEEDS folk!
-First a recap of an “interesting” year as in “may-you-live-in-interesting-times”,
-Then an invitation to our first annual SEEDS Picnic,
-Finally what’s happening in NEPA sustainable living.

Hope you can wade through it all, (after all, we’re getting pretty used to sloshing) but be sure to come to the potluck/picnic.

What a Year!
For a year now, SEEDS has been harrowing, planting, weeding—add just about any gardening/agricultural metaphor you can think of and SEEDS has done it, or tried to, these last 12 months.

Our monthly Forums have opened the fields on Small Wind, Water Conservation and Energy, Forest Fuels, Energy Auditing, Geothermal, Solar Photo Voltaic and Solar Thermal, PP&L Smart Metering, Hamlin’s Green School, Do-it-Yourself Energy Conservation and Food Sovereignty; with small workshops on sustainable gardening besides. Over 300 people attended these forums, many becoming “regulars,” and our mailing list is almost as large. People really do want to know about Sustainable Energy and Living.

And when there was no one to “farm” sustainable energy, we began training programs for basic installation and maintenance of solar photo voltaic, solar thermal and small wind. Not only did we train 10 local contractors, many of whom are now installing and seeking state and national certification, but the internet and word of mouth drew contractors from Ohio, Long Island, Philadelphia, Buffalo and New York as well. We also pollinated other groups, telling Wayne social workers about the necessity and effects of sustainable living; and Middle Schoolers about Green Jobs at the county-wide Career Day; and shared our story at many local green fairs.

SEEDS cross-fertilized with the Wayne Conservation Office, the Penn State Extension office, Workforce Wayne, the The Pocono Northeast Resource Conservation and Development Council, the Audubon Society, WaynePeace, PPL and two international groups, the Pachamama Alliance and Transition Towns, coming this fall.

And all this in a tornado: the economy has crashed, oil prices have roller-coasted, gas drilling into and pumping out of our land continues to be an issue; we’ve now a President who at least promotes Green, and a climate change bill passed by the House.

Okay, Okay, I’m getting carried away with this metaphor stuff, but one more. A seed is an embryo with food to get it going until the plant can grow on its own. We, the basic board of eight, have been working on these ideas with the “food” of all of you who have come to the forums, shared your ideas, baked cookies, set out chairs, responded to emails, and supported our seed in so many ways.

SEEDS Picnic Potluck Party
So now, let’s share our “food” with a potluck—see, no more metaphor, real meat and potatoes on Tuesday, July 28 from 6 to 9 (see attachment). We’ll have ways you can add your ideas, your continued sustenance to SEEDS, but be sure to bring a dish or drink to share. We’ll have a grill available if you want to grill your own whatever. (We’d also like your $10 bucks a family membership, whether or not you can come. An application is downloadable on the side.) We’ll make a blatant pitch for what we know we need—a fundraiser chair, a recycling chair, among others. And then we’ll shut up and party and Janet Burgan and a few other musicians will help us share our joy. Think of it as our Tuesday SEEDS meeting self-celebration. And worry not, we have a great big covered arena just in case by chance perhaps, it rains.

We (Michele, Kathy, Michael, Jean, Cyril, Jo, Chuck & Mary Ellen) do hope you will come,

WHEN: July 28, 2009, 6 to 9 PM
WHERE: 1046 Cochecton Tpk (Rt 371)
Tyler Hill, PA
(Across from the Tyler Hill Camp)

What’s Happening
In case you missed the Wayne Independent article, Wayne & Pike Counties have money for weatherization—windows, insulation, furnace, etc. There are income limits, ie a family of three at no more than $37,332 annual income or anyone receiving supplemental social security income (SSI) or who is enrolled in the low income home energy assistance program (LIHEAP) automatically qualifies, regardless of income. But this money can be used by renters and homeowners alike. Some may be concerned about their tax dollars being misused, but remember this is money being pumped into our local economy and benefiting our planet; if the money is not used it will be sent somewhere else. For those interested, 253-4882, via e-mail at, or on the web at The whole article is at

Don’t miss this year’s Audubon Art & Craft Festival on July 18 & 19, 10 to 5 each day at Wallenpaupack HS. Really fine art and high quality crafts, and reptiles and rainforest animals for everyone. For more info

And, speaking of animals, there are creatures in your very garden—some of them could even be good for you. Jo Clearwater will give a tour of the fauna (insects) of her farm this Saturday, July 11 from 9 to 11. $25 suggested donation to SEEDS. Clearwater Acres is in Damascus, off 371, near the river. Call 224-7687 for directions. Hope to see you there.

SEEDS Board Member, Mary Ellen Carroll, passed on this great information excerpted from a Woman’s Day article by Melinda Dodd. Sources: Environmental Defense Fund, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Recycling Coalition. Thanks, Mary Ellen!

IF YOU: Recycle your Sunday paper every week
YOU WILL: Keep four trees alive per year and increase earth’s oxygen

IF YOU: Cut one 20-mile car trip each week by completing errands at once rather than making separate trips
YOU WILL: Prevent more than 1,200 pounds of greenhouse has from being emitted and adding to global warming

IF YOU: Recycle a six-pack of aluminum cans every week
YOU WILL: Save enough energy to power a television for 936 hours

IF YOU: Cut 5 minutes from your daily shower
YOU WILL: Save up to 9,000 gallons of water


Food Soverignty

A forum at the Park Street Complex on May 12, 7 to 9 PM…

“Food sovereignty is the right of peoples to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and their right to define their own food and agriculture systems. It puts those who produce, distribute and consume food at the heart of food systems and policies rather than the demands of markets and corporations.”
– From the Declaration of Nyéléni, Feburary 2007

Josephine Clearwater will take you through a brief food history from pre-industrialization to the present – covering changes to our food and food system. She’ll discuss important foodrelated
choices facing us here in NEPA.

A representative from the Weston A. Price Foundation will be on hand to share information about the benefits of nutrient-dense food.

We’ll wrap up with a talk from a member of Slow Foods USA, a movement that links the pleasure of food with a commitment to community and the environment.

The forum will be held at the usual time and place: Park Street Complex in Honesdale from 7 to 9 pm on May 12.


Here is what we’ve planned for the Spring 2009 growing season!

April 25: Visioning the Garden
Discussing siting, planning, and approaches to setting up the garden.

June 13: Weed Identification
Learn about a variety of weeds common in our area – beneficial and otherwise!

July 11: Insect Tour
A day to identify, discuss, and celebrate the wide range of insects around us.

October 17: Herbal Apothecary
Identifying beneficial herbs, and preparing them as tinctures and decoctions.

All of this year’s Home and Hearth workshops will be held at Clearwater Acres in Damascus, PA. Driving east on 371, turn left onto Galilee Road. Bear left immediately at the fork, to continue on Galilee Road. Drive 2 miles, and turn right onto Swago Road. Make your next right onto Diehl Road. The farm is the first house you’ll see on your right, surrounded by fencing. A $25 donation is suggested for each workshop. Each workshop will last two hours, beginning at 9am.