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!

Sincerely,

David Ford

SEEDS Chair

 

“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

 

 

 

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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 freebookswap.wordpress.com or email Jenna at livingthenaturedlife@gmail.com. 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 seedsgroup.net.

 

Contact: JENNA MAUDER

PHONE: (610) 392-7219

 

                                                                                          

WHERE CAN I BUY LOCAL MEAT & POULTRY?        

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 info@seedsgroup.net , 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 https://www.facebook.com/LaCoesCustomButchering/
Hardler Farm 19 Hardler Farm Rd, Honesdale https://www.facebook.com/Hardler-Farms-220987918055349/
Quails R-Us Plus 192 Cochecton Turnpike, Honesdale http://www.quailsrus.com/

or

https://www.facebook.com/QuailsRUSPlus/

No Bull Ranch 109 Woodruff Lane, Jefferson Township www.NoBullRanchLLC.com
Fern Cottage Farm 1046 Tresslarville Rd, Lake Ariel https://www.facebook.com/ferncottagefarm/
The Buffalo Shop 679 Easton Turnpike, Lake Ariel http://www.thebuffaloshoppe.com/index.html
Hickory Ridge Custom Cuts 258 Cemetery Rd, Moscow http://hickoryridgecustomcuts.com
Zeiler-Caruth Quality Meats 139 Callapoose Rd, Moscow https://www.facebook.com/pages/Zeller-Caruth-Quality-Meats/155254401177005
Razny Family Farm 134 Pine Grove Rd,

Newfound-land

https://www.facebook.com/Razny-Family-Farm-175328082826485/
Lackawaxen Farm Co. online sales (farm is in Honesdale) https://lfcfresh.com/

or

https://www.facebook.com/lfcfresh/

Stevens Farm 652 Sterling Rd, Sterling http://www.thestevensfarm.com/index.html
Greene Acres Farm 49 Marion St, Waymart http://www.greeneacresfarming.com

or

https://www.facebook.com/Greene-Acres-Farm-176509349208984/?fref=ts

Fertile Valley

Farm

345 Carley Brook Rd
Honesdale
https://www.facebook.com/fertilevalleyrawmilk/

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)
Saturdays,
May through
Oct
10am-
1pm
http://www.barryvillefarmersmarket.com
Callicoon When outdoors:
Callicoon Creek
Park (Audley Dorrer Drive)
Sundays,
YEAR ROUND 

(outdoors May through
Nov 5)

11am-
2pm
http://callicoonfarmersmarket.org
Hawley Bingham Park
(4 Main St)
Fridays,
May through
October
2pm-
6pm
https://www.facebook.com/Hawley-Farmers-Market-365105663605824/
Honesdale Wayne County Farmers Market
{Next to Dave’s
Foodtown at 200 Willow Ave)
Saturdays,
May through October
9:30am-
1:30pm
https://www.facebook.com/Wayne-County-Farmers-Market-342783086762/
Honesdale Stourbridge Pie
(The Cooperage at
1030 Main St)

Nearly Year Round

2ndSaturdays,
May through
October (See website for times)Saturdays, weekly Nov 4 to Dec 23

biweekly Jan6 to Mar31

 

Winter market hours: 11am –

1 pm

http://thecooperageproject.org/markets/
Lakeville Sculpted Ice Works Market
(311 Purdytown Turnpike)
(check website for dates and times) http://www.sculptediceworks.com/the-market.html
Milford Milford Farmers Market       (The Columns Museum, 608 Broad St) Sundays,
May
through
Oct 15
10am-
2pm
https://airsoilwaterorg.wordpress.com
or
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Milford-Farmers-Market-Milford-PA/283591451985743
Narrowsburg Narrowsburg
Union
(7 Erie Ave)
Fridays,
May 26 through Oct 6
5pm-
8pm
http://www.narrowsburgfarmersmarket.org/index.html
Scranton South Side Farmers Market
(300 block of Alder St, off Cedar)
Saturdays
YEAR ROUND
10am-
2pm
https://www.facebook.com/southsidefarmersmarket/
Scranton Co-op Farmers Market
(900 Barring Ave, behind Glider Diner)
Mondays, Wednesdays,
& Fridays
(mid-July to
Thanksgiving Eve)
Noon-
6pm
https://www.facebook.com/coopfarmersmarketscranton

6th Annual Free Book Swap Nov 18th for America Recycles Day

Bring your beloved and dusty!

SEEDS and NaturED

 

 

are proud to co-host the 6th annual Free Book Swap, presented this year by our lead sponsor, the Wayne County Bar Association.

This is the only event in Wayne County that knows no limit! No requirements, no limitations, all books. The only goal is see every book into a new home. Whether you bring ten, one or none on Saturday, November 18, you have from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to browse the space and fill your arms (bags and boxes) with literary loot.

Do you have “a whole bunch of books” to drop off? Large quantities (50 or more) are encouraged to arrive early. Place the number of books on the outside of each bag or box for quick calculating! The event’s collection and distribution totals are recorded and submitted to the America Recycles Day website for bragging rights. Large quantities can be unloaded on Thurs., Nov.16 from 5:00 pm -6:30 pm and Fri., Nov.17 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

The Free Book Swap invites everyone to participate free of charge and to help themselves to as much as they can read. Community neighbors, organizations, agencies, businesses, groups, artists, and collectors are encouraged to visit the event on Saturday, November 18. Any leftovers will be shipped to Better World Books to support global literacy efforts.

Over the past several years, this annual FREE event, has relocated tens of thousands of books to new homes and families. It is one of the single largest recycling events in our area. Volunteers make this event possible! We welcome new volunteers to join in the sorting and story-sharing. Interested volunteers may contact Jenna at livingthenaturedlife@gmail.com.

This not-for-profit event is supported by community donations and sponsors to cover shipping expenses, event materials and volunteer hospitality. A special thank you to this year’s Presenting Sponsor, the Wayne County Bar Association!  Thank you to this year’s Book Sponsor, the Frey-Fetsock Funeral Home, and our Support Sponsors, Platform Industries and Wayne Memorial Hospital.

Search for the Free Book Swap on Facebook and for more info, with drop off details, visit:  freebookswap.wordpress.com.

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Contact: JENNA MAUDER

PHONE: (610) 392-7219