SEEDS puts the FUN in FUNdraising

On Thursday evening April 28th , starting at 6 pm, SEEDS invites all to attend our annual fundraiser in our office space, on the 2nd floor of The Cooperage at 1030 Main Street in Honesdale. For the second year in a row, this party will feature a silent auction and a SWAPAPALOOZA!

Come and bid on terrific gifts, baskets and services at our silent auction, just in time for Mother’s day!

But here’s a neat twist! Bring any household item that you no longer love, and you get to “swap” it for another item…FREE! You may walk away with great stuff for free at this fundraiser! What better way to recycle items? Bring two items and you can take home another 2 items…and so on and so on!

Last year, party guests brought and swapped artwork, plants, an exercise trampoline, a hedge trimmer, motorcycle helmets, a backgammon set, jewelry, fruit baskets, a yoga mat, a Christmas tree stand and so much more! (Please no clothing, shoes or books. There are other great places to donate those items).

Food and drink will be available for purchase. All proceeds will benefit SEEDS and their environmental education programs.

Bring any item* in good/working condition and take home another SWAPAPALOOZA  item for FREE!  What better way to recycle those spring cleaning finds you no longer use! Bring 2 items, get 2 items… etc. (*Please don’t bring used clothing, shoes or books to the Swapapalooza. We have info on several organizations that will accept these items.)

Local businesses have donated gift baskets/cards for the silent auction & food and drink for the event!



  • Doors open at 6:00
  • Swapapalooza begins at 6:30 pm
  • Silent Auction ends at 7:30 pm


Food and drink will be available. Hope to see you there!

For more information, please contact or call (570) 245-1256. Sign up for SEEDS e-newsletter at to get info about all our free forums and events.


SEEDS kicks off its 2016 education series with a free forum on Edible Yards to be held Tuesday, March 29 from 7 to 9 pm at the Park Street Complex, 648 Park Street in Honesdale, at the Wayne Conservation District.

Learn how to grow healthy food while becoming more self-reliant and creating a bio-diverse environment for a healthy planet.

Several expert panelists will share their tips and tricks on topics including: raising chickens, foraging, growing fruit trees, beekeeping, and much more. In addition, members from the Audubon Society and Master Gardeners will be part of this informative event with plenty of time for Q & A.

No space? No problem! Learn about Honesdale’s Community Garden that provides plots for residents.

SEEDS will also be hosting a free Seed Swap. Bring seeds you’ve collected from your own garden or extra seeds you’ve purchased, and share with others.

Come and participate in this fun and informative evening.

Baked goods and light refreshments will be served.

There will also be door prizes!

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

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SEEDS is presenting the last in a 3 part sustainable energy series:

Ground/Air Source Heat Pumps

This is a free forum for members of Wayne Pike Building Industry Associates. A free dinner will also be served!

Presented by SEEDS, co-sponsored by PPL Electric Utilities


Efficiency advancements in mini split HVAC technology in just the last couple of years have changed everything. Learn more about the technology and when they are the best heating/cooling options for your customers. Presenters: Gordon Smith of Renewable Energy Solutions and Blair and Bill Buselli of Buselli Solutions.

Dinner served at 5:30; Presentation from 6 – 7 pm, Q&A to follow

Hawley Senior Community Center – 337 Park Place, corner of Bingham Park in Hawley


Registration is required since dinner is being provided.


Please email: or call (570) 245 – 1256.


It is with the utmost sadness we share some terrible news about a remarkable young man’s passing, Michael “Jake” Burkhardt from Waymart in Wayne County.

Jake was killed in a car accident Monday night January 25, near Keystone College where he was a freshman.

Jake was the 2015 Audubon Society Environmental Scholarship recipient and a volunteer at Lacawac Sanctuary. Because of his love of the environment, nature and animals, he was highly recommended to SEEDS to be a part of our summer energy assessment program, and Jake was a perfect fit!

Not only did he do a great job learning all the requirements of the energy assessment program, but he was wonderful with all the families that he met. He was a happy, upbeat, energetic young man, and also a terrific partner to the other students on the program. Jake showed unusual thoughtfulness and kindness. Jake was studying wildlife biology.

Our hearts and prayers are with his family. Memorial contributions can be made to Lacawac Sanctuary, 94 Sanctuary road, Lake Ariel, PA 18436. 

Jake’s passing is a loss for our entire community. This was a remarkable young man.

We remember. . .

Happy Jake with cat

Jake having fun at Dessin Animal Shelter during the SEEDS assessment.

Jake in the center with his Energy Assessment team mates, Kyle McDermott and Ally Mosomillo.

Jake - Audubon Scholarship Recipient

Jake was the 2015 Audubon Society Scholarship winner. Also pictured are Chris Weigand, left, Scholarship Committee Co-Chair and Northeast PA Audubon Society President Sarah Hall-Bagdonas

SEEDS, with support from PPL Electric Utilities, is sponsoring 3 sustainable energy sessions for area builders and contractors. The Wayne Builders Association recently merged with Pike County and formed the Wayne Pike Building Industry Associates.

SEEDS wants to help the building industry better serve clients who are seeking energy efficient homes and/or solar installations, and to introduce our organization as a resource and support system for all local, state and federal rebates and incentives for energy efficiency upgrades and renewable energy installations.

3  sessions were designed to “wet the appetite” for sustainable energy topics:

Jan 7 – SOLAR – how it works and how much it costs, how to build for maximum solar potential and analyze an existing site to see if solar makes financial sense. Help clients with questions about whether solar works for them.

Feb 4- Designing & Buildings for Maximum Energy Efficiency – designing for maximum energy efficiency. Will include building tips to seal the building’s envelope and maximize the sun’s heat and light.

March 3 – Ground/Air Source Heat Pumps –efficiency advancements in mini split HVAC technology in just the last couple of years have changed everything, making them a great heating and cooling choice for many more buildings.

Presenters include Peter Vargo of Nu-Tech Energy Solutions, and 2 local solar installers: Gordon Smith of Renewable Energy Solutions and Blair Buselli of Buselli Solutions, both serve on SEEDS Advisory Committee.

Free buffet dinner will be served at 5:30; Presentation from 6 – 7 pm, Q&A to follow

At the Hawley Senior Community Center – 337 Park Place – corner of Bingham Park in Hawley

Registration is required since dinner is being provided. Email: or call (570) 245 – 1256.

For full details, click the flyer link: SEEDS and PPL energy sessions for builders Flyer