PRESS RELEASE                               January 11, 2017

For Immediate Release


Bethany Keene




Delaware Highlands Conservancy Currently

Accepting Scholarship Applications

Upper Delaware River Region, NY and PA – The Delaware Highlands Conservancy is currently accepting applications from eligible high school seniors for the “Delaware Highlands Conservancy/Yeaman Scholarship” and the “Vanessa Van Gorder Memorial Scholarship,” both in the amount of $1,000.

The Yeaman Scholarship has been given annually since 2004 to a student planning to pursue a field in environmental studies in college, in honor of the Conservancy’s founder, Barbara Yeaman. It is open to students in school districts bordering the Upper Delaware River in New York and Pennsylvania. These include Hancock Central, Deposit Central, Eldred, Monticello, and Sullivan West in NY, and Wallenpaupack Area, Honesdale, and Delaware Valley in PA.

In 2015, the Conservancy established a Memorial Scholarship in honor of Vanessa Joy Van Gorder, who tragically lost her life on December 26, 2014. A recent graduate from West Chester University with a degree in education, Vanessa was passionate about the outdoors and loved exploring the lakes, rivers, and forests of the Upper Delaware River Region with her friends and family. The Conservancy established this scholarship in Vanessa’s memory and to honor her dream of becoming an educator.

The scholarship is open to high school seniors pursuing a career in education or environmental stewardship, in school districts bordering the Upper Delaware River in Pennsylvania, including Wallenpaupack, Honesdale, or Delaware Valley.

For both scholarships, students at eligible districts should contact their guidance counselors for applications. Applications must be submitted through the school’s guidance counselor for transmittal to the Delaware Highlands Scholarship Committee by March 30, 2017. Recipients of the scholarship will be notified in May.

The Delaware Highlands Conservancy works in partnership with landowners and communities to protect the lands and waters, eagles and eagle habitat, sustainable local economies, and quality of life in the Upper Delaware River region. For more information on the Conservancy or to make a donation to the scholarship fund, visit www.DelawareHighlands.org or call 570-226-3164/845-583-1010.



Discover the NEW Habitat Room at the Wayne Conservation District Office, when the 3D mural is revealed!  This is an experience to be seen, touched and enjoyed by all! See the exquisite beauty of the four seasons in our region. Special points if you can spot the solar panels!

SEEDS Board Member (and former Chairperson) Kathy Dodge has given generously of her time and talents with fellow artist Helena Guindon to make this display unforgettable! Both artists will be present to talk about the project.


Come Check It Out!

Date: January 13, 2017
Time: 4:00 PM  7:00 PM EST
Event Description:
Visit our NEW habitat room and take a journey through the seasons! Discover the native plants and animals throughout the hand painted mural! Meet the talented artists – Kathy Dodge and Helena Guindon.
Enjoy – Refreshments, Kid’s Crafts and Fun Activities
Park Street Complex
648 Park Street Honesdale
Date/Time Information:
Friday, January 13th 4-7pm



We would like to express sincere thanks for all the dues and donations we received during our year end fundraising campaign. We are very pleased to announce that you met our matching goal! Some funds are still coming in, and it is helping to reduce a manageable 2017 budget deficit. We can’t thank each and every one of you enough for the contributions that you made. Support from our community is critical to planning our programs and events, and especially planning our SEEDS future. A significant percentage of our operating costs needs to come from people just like you, as well as our local businesses. Many of our successful grant applications are based on being able to demonstrate consistent and significant support from our community. Thank you for making SEEDS a priority at this time of year.





SEEDS is very grateful to the support from our local business community. Without this support, we would not be able to continue and grow our organization. Please help us support the businesses who support SEEDS! Here is an entire list of businesses who donated to SEEDS this year (as of the printing of this article):

The Dime Bank

Honesdale National Bank

Wayne Bank

Woodloch Resort

Hamlin Dental Center

Top Notch

RE/MAX Wayne

Platform Industries

Vannie Williams CPA

Meagher Law

Mount Laurel Surgery Center

Nature’s Grace

Scarfalloto’s Towne House Diner

Turano Insurance

Beck, Gogolski, Poska & Company, Inc.

East Shore Lodging at Lake Wallenpaupack


Thank you to each of these businesses who are supporting sustainability in our region!

PASA – Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture has announced its 2017

Finding Hope and Healing through Farming
26th Annual Farming for the Future Conference dates – Feb 1 – 4, 2017.

Please see their press release below with full details.



Contact name: Kristin Hoy
Phone number: (814) 349-9856 x11
E-mail address: kristin@pasafarming.org

December 20, 2016

Finding Hope and Healing through Farming
26th Annual Farming for the Future Conference Registration is Open

Millheim, PA – The Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) presents the 26th Annual Farming for the Future Conference in February at the Penn Stater Conference Center in State College, Pennsylvania. Full day tracks take place Wednesday, February 1 and half day sessions on Thursday, February 2 for in-depth learning. On Friday, February 3 and Saturday, February 4, attendees will enjoy keynotes, workshops, discussion sessions, and many opportunities for networking.

This year’s conference theme is ‘Hope, Farm, Heal’, recognizing the inextricable link between sustainable agriculture and healing through regenerative processes both within the natural ecosystem, as well as within human society. The year’s theme recognizes such agriculture as a cornerstone for our collective hope, moving forward.

Over the course of the conference, agricultural leaders from all over North America will gather to share their wisdom and experience with attendees. On Friday, keynote speaker Janisse Ray – activist, naturalist, and internationally-recognized poet and writer – will speak about healing ourselves and our ecosystems, and finding hope in nurturing a relationship with nature. Saturday’s keynote speaker, Gabe Brown, will speak to his family’s holistic management practices on their farm and ranch in North Dakota, and the promise such practices hold for the health of farms, farmers, their communities, and the ecosystem.

Full-day tracks on Wednesday and half-day sessions on Thursday provide the opportunity to focus on specific topics including soil health, strawberries, grazing, organic grains, data-driven farming, lean farming, commercial herbs and forest-grown medicinals, and adapting to climate change. Friday and Saturday schedules consist of multiple workshops and focus group sessions spaced over the course of the day. Grazing consultant Sarah Flack, lean farming guru Ben Hartman, fruit specialist Lee Reich, and biological farming expert Dan Kittredge are just a few of the featured speakers this year.

PASA’s Farming for the Future conference is both a rigorous exploration of the current state of sustainable agriculture, policy, and practice, as well as a gathering of the sustainable agriculture community: farmers, homesteaders, educators, industry professionals, and more, from the Mid-Atlantic and beyond. Educational programming is complemented by many other special events, including early morning yoga sessions, a seed swap table, knitting circles, a movie screening, and live music and dancing. Recognizing the ‘family’ in ‘family farm’, the Future Farmers program offers parents the chance to fully engage in conference programming while their children engage in their own conference: three different care programs for three different age groups, from kindergarten up to 8th grade.

Finally, the Farming for the Future trade show annually represents the leaders of the sustainable agricultural business community. You’ll find seeds, dairy equipment, tractors, soil mixes and amendments, hand tools, books, greenhouses, business consultations – all the tools a farmer needs to succeed (and a few others, besides) – on display.

Registration is required to attend. Pre-registration closes on January 24, 2017. On-site registration is available, at increased rates, after January 24th. For more information please call (814) 349-9856 or visit pasafarming.org/conference.

PASA thanks Opening Keynote Sponsor Lady Moon Farms and PASAbilities Sponsor Kimberton Whole Foods for their generous support of this annual event.


About PASA
The Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) is one of the largest and most active sustainable agriculture organizations in the U.S. Through our SOIL Institute education programs, regional marketing assistance for farmers, advocacy, and public outreach, PASA seeks to promote profitable farms that produce healthy food for all people while respecting the natural environment. PASA’s hallmark event, the Farming for the Future Conference, draws thousands of participants from more than 30 states and six countries each February. For more information, visit pasafarming.org.