Come to The Cooperage for a discussion about OUR LOCAL FOOD HUB. Learn about eating locally and why it is such a good idea!


What is a food hub? What is happening here in our area? How can I eat more locally produced foods? Are you a farmer interested in a larger market? Are you interested in food, jobs, youth and the health and progression of our Wayne County community?

Come hear about the Wayne County Food Hub – an effort to stimulate the economy of our local farming community by purchasing food from our local farmers and producers.  It is already happening! And has already created training and job opportunities!

SEEDS wants to help organize a greater effort to support local food production and consumption. Come learn how you can benefit. Or learn how you might help!

Panelists will be discussing existing food hub initiatives, their community benefits, and how each of us can contribute to a larger effort.

This program is free and open to all.

Come early for delicious local food. The Cooperage Café opens at 6:00 pm. The forum begins at 7:00 pm.


The Cooperage is located at 1030 Main Street in Honesdale.


Pre-registration is appreciated. Contact SEEDS at (570) 245 – 1256 or email  or simply complete the Contact Us panel on the right.

Walk-Ins are also welcome!

A special thanks goes out to The Wayne County Employment Coalition for the development of this program.



Robert Muller – Wayne County Conservation District – Wayne Tomorrow, Agriculture subcommittee.

Cindy Matthews – Wayne County Human Services – “What is a Food Hub and how does it benefit our community”

Andrea Whyte – Wayne County Area Agency on Aging – “Purchase Local Initiative”

Tom Eccles – Farmer in the Dale, LLC. – “Meeting the Need of Institutional Purchasers”

Wayne County Employment and Training Office – Job Training Partnership Act Program

Kim Emmet – Community Vocational Services, Inc. – job coaching and school to work programming.

This event will be held at The Cooperage – 1030 Main Street in Honesdale.


Tues night Mar 18th:
Heating your Water Efficiently    

 7:00 – 9:00 pm at The Park Street Complex in Honesdale at 648 Park Street – just west of the Wayne Memorial Hospital


Discussions will include comparison of  on-demand systems, solar water heating and more!


Anyone considering either new construction or retrofitting your system shouldn’t miss these forums!


Presenters will be two members of SEEDS’ Advisory Committee:

  • Larry Reeger – Green Building Educator & Assistant Professor at SUNY Sullivan

  • Gordon Smith – President of the regional company: Renewable Energy Solutions


Listen to WJFF’s Making Waves program for a discussion with Gordon about this upcoming forum: Gordon’s discussion starts at minute 14 of the hour long segment.

Making Waves
Monday, March 3, 2014 8:00 pm





Registration is preferred. Please email us at, or by calling (570) 245 – 1256. You may also enter your information in the contact us panel on the right of this page. Please leave your name, number of persons attending, and email address or phone number to confirm.


ALL ARE WELCOME!  There will be coffee/tea and baked goods!

Free-will offerings appreciated

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SEEDS will start our 2014 forum schedule with something we are all thinking about right now….HEAT!!!!! 

Our first two forums of 2014 will cover Heating your Home and Your Hot Water Efficiently.

On Tuesday, February 18th, the topic will be “Heating Your Home Efficiently

On Tuesday, March 18th, the topic will be “Heating Your Water Efficiently”

Both will be held from 7:00 – 9:00 pm

at the Park Street Complex

648 Park Street, Honesdale, PA

across from the Wayne Memorial Hospital

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Discussion will include comparison of ground source heat pumps, air-to-air source heat pumps, packaged terminal air conditioning, wood/pellet burners, on-demand systems, solar water heating, and electric and gas furnaces.  If you aren’t familiar with these, it will be a valuable learning experience.

Anyone considering new construction or retrofitting an existing system should not miss these forums.

Presenters will be two members of SEEDS’ Advisory Committee: Larry Reeger, who lives in Waymart, PA and is a Green Building Educator and Assistant Professor of Green Building at SUNY Sullivan, and Gordon Smith, a resident of Honesdale and president of a regional company called Renewable Energy Solutions.

“Our goal is to help people be comfortable in their homes while saving money and energy.” says SEEDS Chair, Katharine Dodge. “Because of new and changing developments in heating technology, we thought these forums would be helpful.”

Registration is preferred. Please email us at, or by calling      (570) 245 – 1256. Please leave us your name, and the number of persons attending and an email address or phone number to confirm. Also let us know if you will be attending one, or both of these forums.

ALL ARE WELCOME!  There will be free coffee/tea and baked goods!




  • You can create chore coupons listing a favor (like weeding), a load of fire wood, dinner at your house, or your favorite casserole delivered to your friend’s door.
  • Go to to see a wide variety of holiday gift ideas that are kind to Mother Nature. Green America is a not-for-profit membership organization whose mission is to harness economic power—the strength of consumers, investors, businesses, and the marketplace—to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society.
  • Give the gift of energy saving: a wattage meter (about $20 to $30.) that will help people find out how much electricity their coffee maker, fridge, computer, television, etc. uses—including the phantom power when the appliances is presumably shut off. There are also more complicated and expensive ($200 or so) gadgets (one is called the The Energy Detective or TED) that monitor your electricity use all around the house, and help you make smart usage choices.
  • An LED bulb is a great gift. It will save the user lots of money! They now come in several varieties, including a lovely soft white.
  • Do you have gardening friends? Fill a garden tote with seeds, garden tools, gardening books, etc. Also, check out for self-contained self-watering planting systems. Nothing like reminding people of the promise of spring in the dark of winter!
  • Give a gift membership to our own organization, SEEDS. Family membership is only $10. OR, make a larger donation in honor of someone. It will help us keep our very valuable Executive Director in her position!
  • Give a basket of healthy green cleaning supplies–might not be the most fun gift, but, point out that you are helping to keep the recipient healthier!
  • Shop locally for your gifts. It helps support your community and saves transportation costs.
  • Create a gift basket or fill a re-usable grocery bag with locally made items.
  •  Do you make pottery, grow things, sew things, weave, bake, or paint? Home-made or home-grown gifts are really from the heart.

And don’t forget about a gift for yourself and your community! Volunteering is such a rewarding and fulfilling service. There are many great causes in our community, but please consider donating your time to SEEDS. We have lots of opportunities for you to get involved and it would really help us with our mission…


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SEEDS’ latest educational forum, Find it – Fix it – A Home Energy Efficiency Workshop,  was cosponsored by PPL and presented on Oct 9th, 2013  at their Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center. All attendees received valuable information on easy and inexpensive ways to save on energy (and energy costs!).  PPL donated CFL bulbs so that all received a free gift just for coming!  FIFI – our Find it – Fix it Mascot, helped us locate problem spots and FIX them!

A panel of experts included: Jamie Knecht from the Wayne Conservation District. Jamie  spoke about water conservation; Jenna Wayne of PPL spoke about phantom power and smart strips, her colleague Anthony from PPL’s ePower program talked about lighting and the difference in bulbs, their wattage usage and their costs. Phil Buckingham helped folks with questions about insulation and pipe wrapping; Jim Sanders and Pete Snyder walked us through caulking, Kathy Dodge, our SEEDS Chair demonstrated ways to save energy in the kitchen, and she shared lots of helpful energy saving tricks and tips, and 2 students, David and Kayla were on hand to talk about their TEAAM experiences and sing people up for 2014.

SEEDS prepared a checklist to summarize many of the helpful tips shared this evening. Click here to read the full article. Please share any of your great ideas with us too! We will update our list with the best ideas!



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Find It – Fix It!     


A Home Energy Efficiency Workshop…


An evening of fun, prizes and home energy saving tricks and tips!

To be held at the PPL Environmental Learning Center in Hawley.



There are many simple finds YOU can fix by spending little up front, to save BIG in the end! SEEDS and PPL have teamed up to offer Find It Fix It – A Home Energy Efficiency Workshop for Energy Awareness Month in October.  Professionals will be on hand to discuss energy savings projects like pipe wrapping, caulking, outlet gaskets, lighting, smart strips and more!  They will provide hands-on training to show you how to go home, FIND your energy leaks and FIX them! You will be amazed at just how easily and how inexpensively many of these problems can be fixed. Lots of helpful tips and prizes will be shared!


Join FIFI, our Find It Fix It mascot for the evening, as she helps guide you through the problems in your home. This is a fun and informative evening for the whole family!


FiFi with curls

Please call Jenna Wayne at (570) 253-7001 or email her at to register today!


The first 50 people to register will receive a free gift!



Location Directions:

PPL Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center
126 PPL Drive, P.O. Box 122
Hawley, PA 18428-0122

GPS Coordinates: N41 27.475 W75 11.022

Please join us for our SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support) Annual General Membership Meeting on Tuesday night, September 24th at 7 pm on the first floor of The Cooperage at 1030 Main Street in Honesdale.

SEEDS will present an overview of our organization, some of our many accomplishments, and new projects in the works. We will also conduct our election of officers & directors.

This will be a casual BYOB business meeting, with snacks and a dessert table provided. You bring your beverage of choice.There will also be a chance to mingle afterwards and discuss specific projects at break-out tables after the business concludes.

If you aren’t already a member, please come to learn more about what SEEDS is doing in your area. You will have an opportunity to join SEEDS … if you wish, and even volunteer for one of our programs…if you wish!

For any questions, or to learn more about us, visit


SEEDS’ Energy Conservation program, TEAAM – The Energy Awareness Action Movement has been busy this summer, and word is spreading about the benefits home owners receive from their FREE Home Energy Assessments performed by TEAAM.

On Dick Riseling’s CONNECTIONS program this week, TEAAM Program Coordinator, Jeremy Oettinger was interviewed. The specifics of some of the benefits past home owners have experienced as a result of these assessments was shared, as well as some of the most commonly found issues that can be easily and affordable fixed!

Click the link below on WJFF’s audio archive page to hear the program.