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!

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!


India Cook Class 2017


On Wednesday, April 19th,  at Nature’s Grace in Honesdale, guest instructor Rita Dibble will present Intro to North India Cuisine. Indian food is rich in flavor, taste and texture and can be one of the healthiest cuisines in the world. If you love Indian food, learn how to prepare these north Indian favorites.  If you don’t know Indian food, you are in for a treat! Call to register: 570-253-3469. Space is limited. The cost of the course is $15 per person.  Half of the proceeds will be donated to SEEDS. Thank you Rita and Jamie!

Click for flyer with full menu details: India Cook Class 2017 Indian Cook Class – April 19



Sustainable Energy Fund and SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education & Development Support) of Northeastern PA present a Lunch and Learn workshop on Thursday March 30th, starting at 11:30 am at The Cooperage – 1030 Main Street in Honesdale, PA.

Join us to learn about energy efficiency and energy conservation and start saving money immediately.   You will learn the typical energy management barriers, and how to overcome them.  Our discussion will include simple steps your organization can take to assess your energy usage, set goals, and implement an action plan.  By the end of the workshop, you will have an understanding of how lighting, HVAC, and the building envelope play a role in your utility bill. This workshop will help all facilities/maintenance staff and volunteers implement energy efficiency improvements for your organization.

This event is free for non-profit organizations;  $35 for for businesses and municipalities. Lunch  will be provided.
Registration is required. Please visit and click on the button for Honesdale (toward the bottom) to register online.

Also, during this session, you will learn details about the Sustainable Energy Fund’s

Nonprofit Energy Makeover Contest,

and how to enter your favorite non-profit for an energy efficiency makeover. The winning non-profit (must be located in the PPL service area) will receive a major energy efficiency building retrofit that will produce dramatic savings.  The energy savings can be used to further the non-profit’s mission. SEEDS is helping promote the contest hoping that one of our area’s non-profit might be selected.

For more information, email Kelly Sanders of Sustainable Energy Fund at, or  call (610) 264-4440. Alternatively, you can email Jocelyn Cramer of SEEDS at; (570) 245 – 1256.

Registration is required. Please visit and click on the button for Honesdale (toward the bottom) to register online.



SEEDS Active in Statewide Energy Development Planning

SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support) of Northeastern PA is proud to be a stakeholder in Finding Pennsylvania’s Solar Future, the 30-month planning process led by the Department of Environmental Protection to identify best approaches to increase solar energy development in the commonwealth. SEEDS is one of the only participants from Northeastern PA.

SEEDS volunteer board members Jack Barnett and David Ford, along with executive director Jocelyn Cramer, attended the all-day kick off meeting in Harrisburg on Thursday March 2nd.

SEEDS Board Member, Emily Rinaldi also attended, as Northeast PA Outreach Coordinator with Penn Future. State and local government leaders, consumer advocates, utility and business leaders, academics, solar industry experts, and others interested in solar energy attended the first stakeholders meeting.


(from left to right: David Ford, Emily Rinaldi, Jocelyn Cramer and Jack Barnett)

Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection released the following in their press announcement:

“In the same way that Pennsylvania is now among national leaders in fossil fuel-based energy,” said DEP Acting Secretary Patrick McDonnell, “we want to lead in solar energy development. This planning process demonstrates our proactive strategic work to position the Commonwealth as a solar energy leader by 2030.”

This includes exploring options to increase the amount of electricity generated from solar power and sold in Pennsylvania. A 10 percent increase has been identified as an aspirational goal.

McDonnell noted that Act 213 of 2004, the Pennsylvania Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard Act, requires that electric distribution companies and electric generation suppliers include a specific percentage of electricity from alternative resources, such as solar. By 2021, the percentage of the electricity sold in Pennsylvania that must come from solar power is .5 percent.

“After that point, there will be no new requirements for companies to purchase electricity from alternative energy sources, such as solar,” said McDonnell. “That’s why it’s so important that all stakeholders–government, industry, utilities, nonprofits, and communities–begin planning now for what comes next, so that markets have the opportunity to plan and respond such that all Pennsylvanians are included in the economic and environmental benefits of solar.”

Finding Pennsylvania’s Solar Future is funded by a $550,000 award from the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative and is one of eight projects across 20 states that’s working to maximize the benefits of state-level solar through technical assistance.

The participants learned the planning process details from Dave Althoff, program manager in the DEP Office of Pollution Prevention and Energy Assistance and project principal investigator. Work groups will be formed to focus on regulation and ratemaking, future markets and business models, and operations and system integration.

The Vermont Energy Investment Corporation presented an introduction to data modeling and overview of current baseline solar scenarios in Pennsylvania. One of the action items for participants is to generate inputs to the baseline scenario by the next meeting, which will be in June in Pittsburgh.

Meeting results and other information will be posted on the DEP webpage under Finding Pennsylvania’s Solar Future. Additionally, you can contact SEEDS for further information at; (570) 245 – 1256.





Did you know?

Conservation districts represent a unique effort to preserve and ensure the sustainability of Pennsylvania’s natural resources. They are located in 66 counties throughout the commonwealth and offer a variety of programs that unite farmers, municipal officials, homeowners, teachers, students, and others, in the common goal of restoring and conserving precious natural resources. Conservation districts seek to address a number of environmental issues defined in statute, including control and prevention of soil erosion, flood control, maintenance of dams and reservoirs, storm water management, air quality protection, wildlife preservation, and overall promotion of the health, safety and general welfare of the people of the commonwealth.

The 1945 law creating conservation districts, Act 217, followed a concerted effort to address the conservation of soil, water and related natural resources.

Forest land is a valuable natural asset. The land has the potential to provide periodic income, recreational enjoyment, aesthetics and improved habitat for wildlife. The Wayne Conservation District can help you reach your short & long term goals on your forest land. The annual seedling sale is one of the many offerings your conservation district provides.

Click 2017 Seedling Sale Oder Form to view and print the Seedling Sale Order Form. Mail the form and your check to:

Wayne Conservation District
Wayne County Park Street Complex
648 Park Street
Honesdale PA 18431

Telephone; 570-253-0930
Fax; 570-253-9741
Office email;

The District provides a myriad of services and programs. The document below provides a summary of the Conservation District. If you have any questions please contact our office.

Wayne CD Services Brochure

Conservation District Staff
Robert Muller Jr. — Manager
Heidi Ferber– Nutrient Management Specialist
David Mitchell — Resource Conservationist
Ed Vinton– Resource Conservationist
Sarah Hall — Forest Specialist
Jamie Knecht — Watershed Specialist

Sylvia Thompson — Secretary

Click on name above to email staff member