Martin attended a SEEDS DIY Solar Workshop, then installed it himself

SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education & Development Support) is sponsoring our annual FREE Do-it-Yourself two-night Solar Workshop from 7 to 9 PM on Tuesday June 20th and Wednesday June 21st at the Wayne Conservation District in the Park Street Complex; 648 Park Street in Honesdale, near the Wayne Memorial Hospital. This is the fifth year that SEEDS has offered this workshop, one of our most popular, helping to increase the number of solar systems in our region.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Click HERE to register, or call 570-245-1256.

This hands-on workshop is for anyone interested in learning more about solar energy, especially if you may wish to install your own solar photovoltaic (PV)—electric generating—array.   No experience is necessary attend this workshop, nor is there any obligation to make a solar purchase.

Just come, listen, ask questions and learn why so many people are producing their own electricity!

Manufacturing costs of solar panels have dropped over 50% in the past few years, and installing them yourself makes generating your own power even more affordable. There are still federal tax incentive available and this information will be shared.  Several owners of these systems will be present to talk about their experiences.


The first session will include an overview of PV installation, along with the economics, including the cost, payback, and return on investment. Other topics will include evaluation of sites, the mechanics of ordering the equipment, the support available to those who choose to do an installation, and permits and inspection.  A panel, inverter, and racking will be there for demonstration and “hands on” training.


The second night’s session will include installation of racking, attaching inverters to panels, installing panels on racking, and interconnecting wiring. Additionally, utility inspections, monitoring systems and renewable energy credits will be discussed.

Presenters include:

  • Blair Buselli – a PA and NY licensed electrician and a NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners) solar installer. Blair also serves on the SEEDS Advisory Committee.
  • Jack Barnett – a principal consultant in sustainability, solar, zero net-energy buildings, and telecommunications technologies and strategy; a past chair of a chapter of the American Solar Society, and President of The Clean Energy Co-Op. Jack is also a SEEDS Board Member.

“SEEDS is strongly committed to education about renewable energy, how it can save you money and improve the quality of life in our community,” says Jack Barnett.  “If you want to attend this workshop just to learn more about solar, the economics, or how it works, without investing in a system, that’s fine. And, if you want to take the step to invest in solar, this is definitely a valuable workshop for you.”

 REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Click HERE to register, or call 570-245-1256.

SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support) is a non-profit organization that promotes energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable living in our region. Visit to join the SEEDS e-newsletter list to be notified of all upcoming free forums.


RECYCLE your Electro-Junk

The YMCA, Honesdale National Bank and Advanced Recovery are sponsoring an electronic recycling event on Fri Jun 2nd and Sat June 3rd at the HNB Route 5 location. Please Click HERE for full details.



SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Educaion & Development Support) is so grateful to everyone that donated time, services, gifts/items for our annual fundraiser.  We surpassed our goal and will apply everything to our mission: promoting energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable living.

In addition to friends who donated items, SEEDS wants to share the names of the businesses who also contributed:

Irving Cliff Brewery,  Anthill Farm Kitchen, A Picker’s Find, Bethany Village, Stephen’s Pharmacy, Green Outlet, Gina Lenz Photography, Honesdale Agway, Honesdale National Bank, Lacawac Sanctuary, Lake Region Fitness, Lake Region IGA, Ledges Hotel, Augusta Acres, Old School Farm, Bold Gold Media, Honesdale Massage Therapy, NaturED, North of the Border, Pines Tavern, Journey’s End Farm, The Cooperage Project, Picture Perfect Framing Gallery, Ritter’s Farm Market, Artist Ellen Silberlicht, Salem Mountain Farm, Attorney John Martin, Elite Martial Arts Institute, James Manning House Bed and Breakfast and Delaware Highlands Conservancy.

We are grateful to all these businesses who are supporting our mission.

Next time you see them, tell them “Thanks for supporting SEEDS”.


Back by Popular Demand….

SEEDS will present our free workshop on Green Cleaning: how and why to clean your home and body without harsh chemicals.

Could your cleaning routine be making you sick?

Learn what products are not healthy for your family and how to make your own supplies with natural ingredients for less than store-bought products.

2017 Green Cleaning

  • Carl J. Milks, MD, board-certified allergist, will discuss how products we use (even some “natural” ones) can adversely affect our health. He will also teach us how to decipher ingredient lists on everyday products, without the need for a degree in chemistry.
  • Janet Brown, founder of Green Leaf Cleaning Partners, will share her non-toxic cleaning recipes and tips with a direct focus on sustainability. For those who are interested, she will have green cleaning kits for sale at cost.

Registration is encouraged, but not required.

Email or call (570) 245 – 1256


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It’s coming!!!! Mark Your Calendars!

Where can you eat local food, sample free local beer, and commission your very own landscape painting while supporting the environment? Why at the SEEDS annual fundraiser and SWAPAPALOOZA of course!

SEEDS annual fundraiser on Thursday night May 4th, will not only include our 3rd annual SWAPAPALOOZA (one item only please!) we will also feature a LIVE AUCTION hosted by SEEDS own advisor, Bob Mermell. Some of the incredible items being donated will go a long way to help SEEDS raise their rent, and will surely make some nature lovers very happy too!

Please take just a moment to RSVP to help us plan food!

Click HERE to see a presentation of the AUCTION ITEMS

2017 SWAP

  • Your Own Commissioned Nature Mural – local artist, Kathy Dodge, a graduate of the prestigious Rhode Island School of Art and Design, who recently completed a 3D mural for the Wayne Conservation Office, (see first image above) will paint a beautiful nature scene (approx. 6’ by 3’) on an interior door in your home. What an incredible gift to the nature lover in your family (and you can take it with you if you ever move). Minimum bid is $800.
  • Fall Foliage Tour of Wayne County –departing from Cherry Ridge Airport in a Cessna 210. Local history buff and pilot will donate a 1 hour guided tour of Wayne County from above, like you have never seen it before! You and up to 3 additional guests are invited to enjoy this special aerial tour, all while supporting SEEDS. Count the solar systems you see! Minimum bid is $200.
  • Weekend Stay in Dyberry Cabin – Local hosts will treat you to a weekend in their rustic cabin, near Tanner’s falls for beautiful hiking and birding. Minimum bid $125
  • Overnight at Ledges Hotel – Spend a night along waterfalls in the beautiful Ledges Hotel in Hawley (Sun – Thurs) and stay in their best available suite. This is a real treat for a romantic night away, or great gift for someone you love. Minimum bid $100.
  • Lake Region Fitness Membership – Want to take in more of the great outdoors? Then bid on a 3 month membership to Lake Region Fitness, in the Hawley Silk Mill, and get in gear for hiking, biking and more! This is a beautiful facility with state of the art equipment. Valued at close to $200, minimum bid is $50.
  • One Week Camping Site – camp in beautiful Abramsville near Equinunk, for a week. Facility has a covered pavilion, small pond and 2 seater out-house. Tune out the electronics and tune in to nature. Minimum bid is $150.
  • Original Artwork by Local Artists

–Local artist Maggie Sampson painted a stunning, large portrait of a violinist. The piece is framed and measures 37 ½ x 49 ½ inches. Ms. Sampson is also a graduate of the prestigious Rhode Island School of Art and Design. Minimum bid is $300.

-Another local artist, Hanna Gorman, who typically stretches her artistic style, has created something beautiful from plastic grocery bags. This bid on this 10” x 13” inch piece will start at $100.

  • 2 night Stay at Lacawac Sanctuary’s Ice House! This beautiful turn of the centure building, has just been renovated. It has 2 bedrooms and a futon – can sleep up to 5 people. Enjoy an exclusive stay in this historic building on the Lacawac Sanctuary grounds. So much to do and see and enjoy on all the trails and at their Visitor’s Center. Minimum bid $150.
  • Local Farm-to-Table Dinner for Four– enjoy a customized 4 course, sustainably grown dinner, for up to 4 people at your host’s home in Hawley (between Aug and Oct). Hosts are glad to provide vegetarian, vegan and/or gluten-free and to accommodate allergies. Also enjoy a tour of your hosts’ garden, bee hives, solar and geothermal systems. You won’t go home hungry! Minimum bid $100.

Other items include gift certificates and baskets from many local businesses, and services like a Guided Bird Walk, Leaf Blowing Services, and Spring Cleaning. Get your Mother’s Day shopping done and enjoy delicious food from the Market Café. Ant Hill Farm Chef, Monique, has generously offered to donate a portion of her proceeds that to SEEDS.  The Café will open at 5:30. Festivities begin at 6:00 pm. Cash, checks and credit card purchases are all accepted for auction items.

But don’t forget the SWAPAPALOOZA is FREE! Bring 1 item you no longer love, and “SWAP” it for another item for FREE. This fun, fast paced recycling activity has been a unique feature of our event every year.

Please take just a moment to RSVP to help us plan food!

Irving Cliff Brewery is donating a special brew for the event. So come enjoy good company, and perhaps take home an incredible gift that will support our organization. For any questions, or to donate an item, contact or call (570) 245 – 1256.

Help us get the best results and share this notice with nature lovers who might be interested in some of our auction items. We thank you!