Jenna Wayne Mauder, and many indefatigable volunteers braved snowy weather to make the 7th annual FREE Book Swap a record success!!! Stay tuned for all the updated statistics.

To all of you who came, and swapped….a very heartfelt Thank you!

 

The Annual FREE Book Swap, with co-producer NaturED, with community support from Wayne County Bar Association, Honesdale National Bank and the Frey-Fetsock Funeral Home has become a staple in our community calendar, and encourages recycling and re-using in a way that is reaching hundreds of people each year.

SEEDS would like to extend a very special thank you to all those who make this happen each year!

 

 

By: Tammy Preble/Fertile Valley Farm

What is raw milk? Raw milk has not been processed in any way. It has not been pasteurized, homogenized, nor has it had any amount of fats removed.  It comes directly from the cow into a storage tank that cools it quickly, and from there, bottles are filled. We also call raw milk LOCAL milk. More about that later.

What is pasteurized milk? Pasteurized milk has been heated to a certain temperature for a certain period of time to kill bacteria.  There are several levels of pasteurization.  During this process, however, all bacteria is killed – the good and the bad.  Think about taking antibiotics.  It kills all the bacteria, and can sometime leave you with digestive upset.  Not only does pasteurization kill the good bacteria, but it also denatures the proteins, causing some people to have a difficult time digesting it, and destroys certain vitamins and enzymes.

What is homogenized milk? Homogenization breaks down fat molecules in milk so that cream doesn’t separate and rise to the top. Nothing is added to milk during the homogenization process.

Is raw milk safe? Pasteurization was originally instituted in the 1920s to combat TB and other diseases from sick animals and/or unsanitary milking conditions.  In order to sell raw milk in the state of PA, farmers must undergo rigorous inspections of the barn and milking facilities, cattle must be tested for TB and Brucellosis yearly, and the milk tested for various bacterium on a regular basis.  However, with twice daily milkings, even regular testing is just a snapshot of a farmer’s sanitary practices.  It is recommended that people who have immune system issues or women who are pregnant should not consume raw milk, just as they should avoid deli meats, bagged salad greens, sushi, and undercooked meat.  A lot of foods we consume have a risk of contamination, so be wise in your own risk assessment.

RAW MILK IS LOCAL MILK

 

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Why choose whole raw milk? Whole raw milk is teaming with vitamins (vitamins A,D, E, and K are only found in fats, which is why skim milk will not have these vitamins), and beneficial bacteria.  Pasteurization actually changes the flavor of the milk through the heating process.  Raw milk tastes sweeter.  No processing means less travelling and handling. Raw milk is local milk, and has a much smaller carbon footprint than grocery store milk.  Raw milk standards are determined by the individual states and not the Federal government.  Milk sales and distribution across state lines is not legal at this time. Buying directly from your local farmer puts more money in the farmer’s pocket.  Keeping money in your community is the best way to support local businesses and keeps the community thriving. There are currently 4 raw milk producers in Wayne County: Fertile Valley, Gross Family Farm, Hardler and Miller’s Farms. Some sell at various farm stands and grocery stores, and others you can buy directly from the farm. For more information, visit the Weston A. Price Foundation and read about their campaign for Real Milk.

Eat Local Food! Support Local Farmers!

These guides will help you find them!

(These guides are by no means complete. If you know of more options, please email info@seedsgroup.net)

Contents: NEPA’s Farmer’s Markets Local Meats & Farm Products

Eating food from local farms ensures the food is fresher and more nutritious, supports your neighbors and the local economy, and reduces the transportation costs, spoilage and vitamin loss, and carbon emitted when food is shipped in from other states or even other countries.  It’s not always obvious how to find out about all the local farmers markets and farm stores, so we’ve listed the ones we know about here.  Check the websites for the most up-to-date information.

NEPA’s Farmer’s Markets

Town Location Day Held Time Website
Barryville Behind River Market (3385
Route 97)
Saturdays,
May through
Oct
10am-
1pm
http://www.barryvillefarmersmarket.com
Callicoon When outdoors:
Callicoon Creek
Park (Audley Dorrer Drive)
Sundays,
YEAR ROUND (outdoors May through
Nov 5)
11am-
2pm
http://callicoonfarmersmarket.org
Hawley Bingham Park
(4 Main St)
Fridays,
May through
October
2pm-
6pm
https://www.facebook.com/Hawley-Farmers-Market-365105663605824/
Honesdale Wayne County Farmers Market
{Next to Dave’s
Foodtown at 200 Willow Ave)
Saturdays,
May through October
9:30am-
1:30pm
https://www.facebook.com/Wayne-County-Farmers-Market-342783086762/
Honesdale Stourbridge Pie
(The Cooperage at
1030 Main St)Nearly Year Round
2nd Saturdays,
May through
October (See website for times)Saturdays, weekly Nov 4 to Dec 23biweekly Jan6 to Mar31
Winter market hours: 11am –

1 pm

http://thecooperageproject.org/markets/
Lakeville Sculpted Ice Works Market
(311 Purdytown Turnpike)
(check website for dates and times) http://www.sculptediceworks.com/the-market.html
Milford Milford Farmers Market       (The Columns Museum, 608 Broad St) Sundays,
May
through
Oct 15
10am-
2pm
https://airsoilwaterorg.wordpress.com
or
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Milford-Farmers-Market-Milford-PA/283591451985743
Narrowsburg Narrowsburg
Union
(7 Erie Ave)
Fridays,
May 26 through Oct 6
5pm-
8pm
http://www.narrowsburgfarmersmarket.org/index.html
Scranton South Side Farmers Market
(300 block of Alder St, off Cedar)
Saturdays
YEAR ROUND
10am-
2pm
https://www.facebook.com/southsidefarmersmarket/
Scranton Co-op Farmers Market
(900 Barring Ave, behind Glider Diner)
Mondays, Wednesdays,
& Fridays
(mid-July to
Thanksgiving Eve)
Noon-
6pm
https://www.facebook.com/coopfarmersmarketscranton

 

Local Meats & Farm Products

Here is the list we have compiled so far:

Farm name Address Webpage
LaCoe’s Custom Butchering Wyoming County

 

2075 College Rd, Factoryville

https://www.facebook.com/LaCoesCustomButchering/
Hardler Farm Wayne County

 

19 Hardler Farm Rd, Honesdale

https://www.facebook.com/Hardler-Farms-220987918055349/
Quails R-Us Plus Wayne County

 

192 Cochecton Turnpike, Honesdale

http://www.quailsrus.com/

or

https://www.facebook.com/QuailsRUSPlus/

No Bull Ranch Lackawanna County

109 Woodruff Lane, Jefferson Township

www.NoBullRanchLLC.com
Fern Cottage Farm Wayne County

 

1046 Tresslarville Rd, Lake Ariel

https://www.facebook.com/ferncottagefarm/
The Buffalo Shop Wayne County

 

679 Easton Turnpike, Lake Ariel

http://www.thebuffaloshoppe.com/index.html
Hickory Ridge Custom Cuts Lackawanna County

258 Cemetery Rd, Moscow

http://hickoryridgecustomcuts.com
Zeiler-Caruth Quality Meats 139 Callapoose Rd, Moscow https://www.facebook.com/pages/Zeller-Caruth-Quality-Meats/155254401177005
Razny Family Farm Wayne County

134 Pine Grove Rd,

Newfoundland

https://www.facebook.com/Razny-Family-Farm-175328082826485/
Lackawaxen Farm Co. Wayne County

 

online sales (farm is in Honesdale)

https://lfcfresh.com/

or

https://www.facebook.com/lfcfresh/

Stevens Farm Wayne County

 

652 Sterling Rd, Sterling

http://www.thestevensfarm.com/index.html
Greene Acres Farm Wayne County

49 Marion St, Waymart

http://www.greeneacresfarming.com

or

https://www.facebook.com/Greene-Acres-Farm-176509349208984/?fref=ts

Fertile Valley

Farm

Wayne County

345 Carley Brook Rd
Honesdale

https://www.facebook.com/fertilevalleyrawmilk/
Absolute Pastured Poultry – SEEDS Members Luzerne County

572 West County Road, Sugarloaf

www.absolutepasturedpoultry.com

 

 

SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education & Development Support) of Northeastern PA is seeking a part-time Executive Director to continue its mission of promoting energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable living in our region. The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing the administration of the organization and its fundraising, and reports to the SEEDS volunteer Board of Directors. The ED may be involved in programming and the strategic direction of the organization.

Qualifications

  • Transparent and high integrity leadership;
  • Understanding and passion for sustainability, especially sustainable energy and energy efficiency;
  • Experience managing and successfully completing projects;
  • Experience budgeting, grant-writing, fundraising, and fiscal planning;
  • Excellent written and verbal skills; strong public speaking skills; and experience with print, radio, online, and social media;
  • Strong leadership and team-building skills; and also able to work independently;
  • Experience collaborating with other organizations and inspiring and mobilizing volunteers;
  • Degree in social sciences, environmental sciences, journalism, humanities or other related fields is strongly preferred, as this position is the very public face of a reputable community benefit organization.

Position offers part time salary, based on experience, flexible work hours and some telecommuting hours. The SEEDS office is located in Honesdale, PA. To apply, please send cover letter, resume and writing sample by 11/9/18 to kathy@seedsgroup.net. SEEDS is an equal opportunity employer.

SEEDS is beginning our 2nd decade!

SEEDS celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2018. We wish to thank all of you who have helped achieve this milestone. Whether you attended one of our free sustainability workshops, had a free home energy assessment or solar assessment, and/or donated time and funds to our mission, SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education & Development Support) would not be here without our growing number of supporters.

SEEDS has done so much in our first decade to promote energy efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainable living, and is proud of the larger role we now play in our region’s operations: serving on Wayne Tomorrow; and participating in a PA statewide initiative Finding PA’s Solar Future. (For more details on our first 10 years, visit SeedsGroup.net).

Every November, we ask that you consider making a tax-deductible donation to keep us going. We know you receive many requests, so we are very grateful that many of our supporters make SEEDS a priority. This is the only fundraising letter we mail each year, and this is how we raise over 60% of our general operating budget. This is a great way YOU can help make our region more sustainable.

This year, seven donors have offered to match all donations received by December 31st up to $7,250!  This is our largest donor match yet, and we need your help to reach this goal!

Some 2018 Highlights:

  • Sustainable Business Practices Open House with The Chamber of the Northern Poconos
  • Launched com as part of the Wayne Tomorrow initiative
  • Presented Recycling: Past, Present, Future, with Wayne County Recycling Center featuring Wayne Highlands’ Rocket composter
  • Presented the 3rd annual Scholarship to Mason Marie Clark in memory of Jake Burkhardt
  • Installed a Solar System at Lacawac Sanctuary, as part of our annual DIY Solar Workshop
  • Offered 2 Free Energy Efficiency forums, with co-sponsor PPL (one residential, one commercial)
  • Presented Unlock Your Yard’s Potential with Northeastern PA Audubon Society
  • Installed solar chargers on National Park Kiosks to improve emergency communications for Rangers and visitors.

Coming up:

  • Saturday November 17th – SEEDS is one of the proud co-hosts of the Annual FREE Book Swap, with NaturEd, made possible by this year’s lead event sponsor, the Wayne County Bar Association. The event will be held at the Park Street Complex auditorium in Honesdale. Visit our website net for more info and book drop-off details. Last year’s Swap broke records: over 16,000 books collected, nearly 700 visitors, and not one book ended up in a landfill. The rules: bring as many as you want; take as many as you want.

     Good Books, Great Times at the Annual FREE Book Swap

  • Saturday April 27, 2019 – SEEDS is a proud co-sponsor of the 2019 NEPA Green Fair and 5k Race for Clean Air with The Greenhouse Project (Scranton). This event will be held at Nay Aug Park. This is the only sustainability fair of its kind in our region! So, plan to come by for a full day of sustainability workshops, FREE prizes, great gift vendors, presentations, Yoga classes, healthy and delicious food, music, and so much more!

SEEDS will continue our work promoting sustainability for years to come, and we invite you to help make that possible. Please make a donation before December 31 and your gift could be doubled!

You can mail a check payable to SEEDS (use donation form and envelope provided) or visit www.SeedsGroup.net  and click on DONATE TODAY. A contribution can be made via MasterCard, Visa, Amex, Discover or PayPal. You may even select a monthly sustaining amount!

Once again, we simply could not do this without you! Thank you for supporting a sustainable future, and being a part of the growing SEEDS group!

And from all of us at SEEDS, we wish you and your family a safe and joyous holiday season!

Sincerely,

Katharine Dodge

SEEDS Chair

Board Members: Jack Barnett, Jane Bollinger, Denise Bussiere, Colleen Campion, Sue Currier, Nancy DeYoung, Katharine Dodge, David Ford, Ella Hoerning, Jenna Wayne Mauder, Emily Rinaldi

Advisors: Savannah Brunette, Blair Buselli, Mary Anne Carletta, Andrew Drewchin, Chuck Heyn, Nick Hindley, Julie Hudson, Ryanne Jennings, Zachary Jennings, Dr. Carl Milks, Richard Pedranti, Jamie and Larry Reeger Michele Sands, Gordon Smith

MORE SEEDS ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

You may be familiar with some of our accomplishments:

  • SEEDS sponsored small-scale wind and solar training for contractors in 2009. As a result 2 local solar installation companies were formed in Wayne County.
  • SEEDS offers FREE residential energy assessments, saving homeowners in northeastern PA tens of thousands of dollars, and providing unique training and summer jobs for local high school students. To date, we have assessed nearly 300 homes, 12 non-profit facilities and trained over two dozen high school students in basic building science. (This program was made possible by dozens of SEEDS volunteers who contribute significant time to make this happen! and to the Department of Environmental Protection).
  • SEEDS installed the first solar system on a Habitat home in Pennsylvania in collaboration with Wayne County’s Habitat for Humanity organization and Buselli Solutions. We have since installed another solar thermal system on a Habitat for Humanity home in Pike County.
  • So far, SEEDS has helped 12 nonprofit facilities make energy efficiency upgrades.
  • SEEDS received a 2016 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence.

But you may not know:

  • SEEDS is one of the proud co-hosts of the Annual FREE Book Swap, made possible again by this year’s lead event sponsor, the Wayne County Bar Association. The event, the 7th annual, will be held on Saturday November 17th at the Park Street Complex auditorium in Honesdale.
  • SEEDS is a proud co-sponsor of The Chamber of the Northern Poconos annual dinner, where we present the Green Business Award each year. SEEDS salutes this year’s winner: Ledges Hotel!
  • SEEDS is a member of Wayne Tomorrow, and with other partners, helped develop NEPArecycles.com.
  • SEEDS is a stakeholder in Finding PA’s Solar Future, helping Pennsylvania reach its renewable energy goals.
  • SEEDS is partnering with Allison Petryk, creator of the first NEPA Green Fair and The Green House Project in Scranton to present the 2019 NEPA Green Fair and 5K Race for Clean Air on Saturday April 27th in Nay Aug Park in Scranton. Make sure you are on the SEEDS Newsletter list to reach monthly updates on participating vendors, entertainers, food, and educational workshops.

SEEDS is actively engaged in community partnerships including the Pike Wayne Conservation Partnership, comprised of the many environmental organizations that serve both Counties, and the Quarterly Quality Council, created by Wayne County Human Services to bring public and private sectors together to create a healthier community for Wayne County’s most vulnerable residents. SEEDS also serves on Wayne Tomorrow, an initiative with the Wayne County Commissioners, and business/community leaders to improve the quality of life and economic opportunities.  Through our involvement with these organizations, SEEDS has been able to better align our efforts with the needs of the community. And that’s just what we will continue to do with your support.

 

 

 

Honesdale, PA – A full house at the Cooperage recently celebrated ten years of sustainable energy projects, as SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support) turned ten years old.

A panel discussion on sustainable architecture, sustainable agriculture and sustainable energy highlighted how far Wayne County has come in the ten years that SEEDS has been in operation and provided a vision for a more sustainable future. In addition to the panel, Wayne County Commissioners Brian Smith and Wendell Kay told the attentive audience about Wayne Tomorrow, the county effort to anticipate and plan for emerging

local issues.

(Jack Barnett, Christine Ahern, Richard Pedranti)

As part of the ten-year review of the county Comprehensive Plan, Kay explained, Wayne Tomorrow was developed as a tool to get community members involved in presenting issues and working on solutions to those issues. The Stourbridge Project (a co-working space incubator for entrepeneurs), the Park St. Complex kitchen (providing space for those getting into commercial food production), the Wayne County Trails and Waterways Alliance Project (creating trails along the Lackawaxen River), and a successful campaign to re-introduce an agricultural cirrculum in the local school district were mentioned as endeavors coming from the Wayne Tomorrow committees. SEEDS Executive Director Jocelyn, a member of Wayne Tomorrow’s Sustainability Work Group, helped develop the NEPA Recyclopedia, a listing of local recycling locations, the items they take and how to further reduce waste. The website is NEPArecycles.com. It tells you what can be recycled, and where it can be taken. Register on the site, and please share additional information if you have any.

The Commissioners also emphasized the need for citizens of all political parties and beliefs to cooperate to accomplish community projects that benefit all the county’s residents and used themselves, Kay a Democrat and Smith, a Republican, as examples of what can be done, despite ideological differences. (Commissioner Joe Adams was unable to attend.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Wayne County Commissioners Wendell Kay and Brian Smith)

During the panel discussion, Christine Ahern, from the Lackawaxen Food Hub, talked about the dramatic rise in demand for fresh organic food and the accompanying increase in local truck farms and the local farmers’ markets. The Lackawaxen Food Hub was formed by 35 farmers as a way to market and distribute their produce to farmers’ markets, restaurants, food pantries, and through Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs), where individuals buy a share in a season’s vegetables and fruits and get a weekly box of this produce. She spoke with new and established farmers and resturateurs about their experiences. She said that the concerns were for sustainability, water quality, affordability and accessibility to the food being grown in the area. Their concerns for the future were for soil health, increasing crop diversity, educating the public about seasonal products and land affordability for new farmers.

Milford Architect Richard Pedranti addressed the emerging technologies for building passive houses, those residences that use so little power that, with solar or wind arrays, might provide a net energy gain. He said that 40-50% of all energy consumption is from buildings. Reducing that useage by 80-90% is a reasonable goal, using the building standards of passive house construction, which can be applied to residential, commercial, multi family and skyscraper construction. The geographic orientation of the house, high-tech windows, super-insulation and effective heat-exchange ventilation systems all contribute to reducing energy use while enhancing comfort, as airtight construction eliminates mold and mildew, and the ventilation system provides improved indoor air quality. In the future, education of the public in the ideas behind efficient construction and implementing building codes that reflect the values of energy reduction would help promote sustainability and energy efficient housing.

 

SEEDS member and Clean Energy Co-op founder Jack Barnett spoke about the SEEDS efforts over the past ten years to provide Wayne County with the tools need to increase sustainability. Offering training for contractors and builders in solar installations has raised the number of providers from zero to two, who now have waiting lists for homeowners who want solar installations. Do-it-yourself solar installations have resulted in dozens of solar arrays throughout the county. Wayne County boasts the first Habitat for Humanity house project that installed a solar system, in 2014, thanks to the cooperation between Habitat and SEEDS. The Lacawac Sanctuary in Ledgedale just went on-line with its new solar array, installed with the help of SEEDS volunteers. A spin-off from SEEDS is the Clean Energy Co-op, a co-op which has used  investments from its members,  to install three solar arrays and now is looking for more opportunities to help increase sustainable energy in Pennsylvania. In the future, Barnett noted that California’s new building code will require solar arrays on ALL new construction, that the new PA code makes modest moves toward energy efficiency and that community solar projects will be expanding through the state.

After the brief membership meeting that opened the event, SEEDS Executive Director Cramer expressed deep gratitude to SEEDS founding member Michele Sands. Sands acknowledged the many people who had made SEEDS a reality and spoke about the need for resilience to make sure communities thrive.

More info on speakers:

Panelists include: Richard Pedranti, an award winning architect and certified passive house consultant based in Milford, PA. He specializes in Passive House and high performance buildings putting modern building science to work creating beautiful, healthy, comfortable, and energy efficient buildings. Richard earned his Bachelor of Science, Major in Architecture, from Pennsylvania State University in 1987 which included time abroad at the University of Florence in Italy. Upon completing his Masters at Harvard University School of Design, Pedranti was recruited to New York by Rafael Vinoly Architects, one of the leading modern architects of our time. Richard Pedranti Architect (RPA) began in 1996 in the Meat Packing District in the Lower West side of Manhattan. Licensed in Pennsylvania, New York State and New Jersey and member of the American Institute of Architects, Pedranti specializes in energy efficient residential and small commercial projects in Northeastern Pennsylvania, New York City, and Philadelphia with a particular focus on Pike County projects.

Jack Barnett – SEEDS board member and president of the Clean Energy Co-Op, Jack is an independent strategic consultant in the telecom industry, and in areas of sustainability. Jack has served on Finding PA’s Solar Future, performs SEEDS member solar assessments and serves on the Agriculture subcommittee of Wayne Tomorrow. Jack is a long time member of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA.org) and former chapter president for the American Solar Energy Society (ASES.org). With his partner of 26+ years, Dr. Mary Anne Carletta, Ph.D. in Environmental Science, they built a ‘nearly’ zero-net energy super-insulated home with solar thermal hot water and space heating, plus a 5.5kW photovoltaic system.Christine Ahern is the Executive Director of the Lackawaxan Food Hub, a regional food hub and multi-farm Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) located in Honesdale, PA, that connects farmers and food producers with consumers, restaurants, and food businesses throughout Wayne, Pike & Lackawanna Counties and Sullivan County, NY.

Christine Ahern ran WJFF Community Radio for 10 years, led the Pauline Oliveros Foundation, helped develop software for Global Action Plan and was an on-board Education Director for the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater. Christine studied Environmental Conservation, and feels that all work comes back to how we treat our environment, especially our food systems. Most recently she spent 10 years working in the global import/export food business as the Operations Manager for Global Natural Foods.

 

 

SEEDS is a non-profit 501.c.3 organization promoting renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable living in our region. Visit www.SeedsGroup.net to join the SEEDS e-newsletter for all upcoming forums and workshops.

 

Wayne Tomorrow produced a new online recycling service:

www.NEPArecycles.com

This site was created to help you learn what can be recycled and where you can take it. Additionally, we want to hear from you! Tell us if this resource is helpful, what more you’d like to see done, and other recycling options that aren’t listed.

 

Help us make this resource more helpful and increase what we:

Reduce

Re-use

Recycle

 

visit www.NEPArecycles.com

 

 

We want your feedback!

 

 

 

 

 

Last week, SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support) issued a $1000 scholarship in memory of Michael “Jake” Burkhardt to Mason Marie Clark, a 2018 graduate of the Wallenpaupack Area High School District, who resides in Hawley Pennsylvania with her parents Darron and Jamie Clark.  Mason was selected for her winning essay on recycling, which can be read below. The scholarship honors the memory of Jake Burkhardt who loved life, his family, his community and the environment and worked with SEEDS as a high school student. SEEDS board members, Mason, her mother Jamie Mason-Clark and Jake’s parents Michael and Carol Burkhardt were at the check presentation ceremony. Mason plans on attending Marywood University this fall to major in Communication Arts and Secondary Education Theatre. She  has enjoyed being an active member of the WAHS Players, WAHS Players Council, Show Choir, Symphonic Band, Marching Band, Concert Choir, District Choir, Astronomy Club, Science Olympiad, Ambassador Program, National Honor Society, Prom Committee and Junior Leadership. Outside of her school extracurricular activities, she has been taking dance classes at Honesdale Dance Studio, studying piano at Black Bear Conservatory of Music, and voice lessons with Carol Diefenbach.  She was a co-chair of the Youth Advisory Committee, which encompasses many of her local school districts.  Mason is a Faith Formation Teacher for St. John’s the Evangelist Church in Honesdale, and in her spare time has participated in productions through the Delaware Valley Opera Company and the Ritz Playhouse.  She would like to especially thank SEEDS and the Burkhardt family for helping her make her dreams come true through their scholarship program.

Left to right: Jocelyn Cramer, SEEDS Chair David Ford, Mason, her mother Jamie, Michael and Carol Burkhardt

 

Mason’s Winning Essay to the question:

Describe some of the recycling progress that has been made in our rural community. What recycling efforts elsewhere could be adopted here? And why is it important? Include ways to replace or eliminate “disposable” items (e.g. straws, plastic bags, styrofoam)

Recycling is not just an optional choice but a compulsory lifestyle, if we want to have a sustainable planet.  Our local community understands this and has strived to preserve our planet through many recycling programs. These organizations help our community in so many ways.  They reduce the cost of waste removal and provide an alternate place for our discarded products to be turned into something useful again. These programs provide a location to bring items that may be thrown away along our backroads, such as tires and old appliances, to a cost-efficient place for removal.  Our programs reach out to other areas and connect us with the common goal of preserving our planet for future generations.

The Wallenpaupack Area High School, which I am proud to be a part of, has an extensive recycling program.  In every classroom, office, and part of our building we have designated containers for recycling.  These containers explain what can and cannot be recycled on them.  Our teachers encourage us to recycle within the classrooms and point out where these containers are in each of our room.  Each week, because of the number of items recycled, students collect all the items from our overflowing classroom containers and bring them to a room for sorting, and then finally off to the recycling center.  Our middle school has also recycled old printer cartridges and cell phones through the “FundingFactory ® Recycling Program”.  This program is a free fundraiser that benefits everyone by recycling these products that would only be taking up space in our landfills, and gives the district funds for needed programs. The FundingFactory has been around for almost twenty years.  During that time over 136,735 participants have earned $33.5 million.  Even more impressive is that this organization alone has kept 43.3 million pounds of these materials out of landfills.

Every day I recycle at home.  I have two garbage cans from County Waste in Greeley.  Our “green” one is for our recycled items.  It amazes me how little is placed in our regular trash.  County Waste throughout Pennsylvania and Virginia have 350,000 residential customers and recycle 300,000 pounds of trash each day, that would clog up our landfills. Even though I am only one person and cannot make a tremendous difference, many people just like me working together to preserve our planet can make a remarkable impact on our environment.  County Waste is not the only waste collection company in our area that places recycling at the top of its list.  Waste Management in our area has its “Think Green” initiative that is used throughout the country.  In their 2016 Sustainability Report “Leading Change Reinvigorating the Spirit of Environmental Stewardship” they promote recycling and use the gas byproducts of landfills to create energy.  They believe that 84% of all greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced if only 32% of the waste stream was reduced and recycled.  These two companies represent the many waste disposal businesses that work within our community, striving to preserve our rural environment through recycling, and the reduction of our carbon footprint.

Wayne County Recycling in Beach Lake operates every day except Sunday.  It enables people to drop off all recyclable items to their main facility for free.  Tires and appliances can be dropped off for a small fee and occasionally electronics are collected.  In addition to these items the recycling center has many specialized programs.  It has a backyard composting program and Christmas tree chipper program that turns this waste into mulch.  Programs that are provided at Wayne Country Recycling Center help in reducing the amount of debris that would be found on our back roads.  With programs such as these, there is no reason for someone to dump old tires and appliances on someone else’s property, just because of the remote setting.

Recycling in our schools, promoting household garbage separation containers, or drop off centers for larger items has created great progress in recycling in our rural community.  But we cannot stop there.  We must look outside of our area at recycling efforts elsewhere that we can adopt in our community.  Some of these areas lie in the development of biodiesel fuels, the use of sewage sludge, and composting containers.

There are recycling efforts elsewhere that could be adopted in our rural community.  Used restaurant oils and discarded animal fats can be turn into a biodiesel product.  According to the US Department of Energy, biodiesels produce cleaner environmental emissions when compared to normal fuel sources.  If these fuels are spilled in the environment, their impact is far less than with petroleum diesel products.   Biodiesels are safer when handling, transporting and storing because they ignite at a temperature approximately 80 degrees Celsius higher than petroleum products.

Sewage sludge is another product that could be recycled in our area.  Companies like Casella Organics recycle organic and mineral resources.  They can create pellets from sewage to power coal fired power plants.  This would create a renewable fuel source for the power plant and greatly reduce the amount of sewage ash sent to the landfills.  The use of our local sewage sludge to create these pellets would reduce the cost of removing and processing the waste, and create a product with less emissions than coal.  The emissions given off in other counties, that supply our energy, effect the air quality of our rural area.

Composting containers could reduce the number of products in our landfills by recycling our food products into compost.  San Francisco signed a mandatory recycling and composting law in 2009.  While I do not think we should have such a law, I believe that having a third bin for composting would be a great way of further recycling and reducing the amount of materials on our landfills. San Francisco’s Department of the Environment believed that 90% of the garbage originally meant for the landfills would be diverted from them through the recycling and compost programs with this new law in affect.  Imagine the impact this could have on our neighborhoods and our landfills, if only half of the families also practiced composting.

Recycling programs are important to our rural community because it helps to preserve the beauty and health of our area.  Our rural community does not boost of the manufacturing plants, industrial sites, sky scrapers, or multiple lanes on the highway.  What we have is much more precious.  It is the crisp clean air, the clear water teaming with fish, lush green meadows and forest, and the animals that live there.  We have something much more valuable.  Recycling helps us to maintain those things that we hold dear.  By recycling we help to maintain the quality of our air, water, and land, not to mention the beauty of the area around us.

Recycling is only a first step in preserving our rural community.  We need to look at ways of replacing or eliminating our disposable items that clutter up our landfills.  The University of Nottingham and Nile University in Egypt are creating bags made of shrimp shells.  These new bags are biodegradable and a wonderful replacement for the conventional plastic bags and wraps for food items.  This new product has also kept the food fresher than the traditional plastic wraps.

We can also substitute other products to reduce our waste.   Taking old t-shirts and creating tote bags with them for groceries are both great ways to recycle old clothing and not use plastic bags for items.  Refilling our own containers with water, instead of using disposable water bottles, or bringing our own thermoses to McDonalds or Dunkin Donut will drastically cut down on disposable containers we throw away each day. Packaging lunches in a reusable bag or container will greatly reduce our waste throughout the course of the year.  Donating old clothes, electronics, and furniture to organizations like the salvation army or selling them at a local flea market instead of throwing them out promotes recycling.  What may be old junk to you could be the treasure someone has been looking for and the best way to recycle by giving that old item new life with someone else.

 

 

Works Cited

“Connecting Causes, Communities, and the Environment.” Funding Factory, www.fundingfactory.com/. Accessed 21 Apr. 2018.

Meinhold, Bridgette. “San Francisco Signs Mandatory Recycling & Composting Laws.” Inhabitat, inhabitat.com/san-francisco-mandates-recycling-composting/. Accessed 21 Apr. 2018.

“Waste Management 2016 Sustainablilty Report.” Waste Management, sustainability.wm.com/. Accessed 21 Apr. 2018.

“Welcome to County Waste.” County Waste, MRG, county-recycling.com/. Accessed 21 Apr. 2018.

 

 

SAVE THE DATE! Fri Aug 3
Wayne County Day of Giving!

SEEDS has been serving on a steering committee, with The Cooperage and Lacawac Sanctuary, to launch Wayne County’s 1st (Annual!) DAY OF GIVING! sponsored by the Wayne County Community Foundation (WCCF).
Modeled on similar events in other counties, WCCF wants to feature and celebrate some of the exceptional non-profit organizations in our area, and help each of them raise some money!
On Fri August 3rd, from 2 pm – 7 pm, before you head out to the opening night of the Wayne County Fair, come and visit the festive and fun event at The Cooperage. A dozen non-profits will be there. Any funds these organizations raise during  the entire month of August, will be matched by Wayne County Community Foundation (up to $1000 per organization)! That could mean up to $2000 in total for SEEDS and perhaps other organizations near and dear to your heart!

This first Wayne County Day of Giving promises to be fun for the whole family, with music, snacks, prizes and even a few surprises!

Help us make this event successful so we can keep doing it and feature even more of our area’s excellent non-profit organizations next year!

So come see what all the cool kids are doing!!! 🙂 Learn more about the organizations that are making Wayne County a great place to live, and hey, maybe even get more involved!!!

To our local businesses: Please encourage your employees to learn more and get more involved with some of these organizations. How many Boards do your employees sit on? How many are volunteers? This event offers a great opportunity for people to learn more about what suits them, and talk to folks about volunteer opportunities. 

YES – this event is kid friendly! This is a great way to introduce them to the care and compassion in our County and teach them that is takes people, JUST LIKE YOU, to make a difference!

SEE YOU AUG 3rd!

Learn how to improve soil quality; create beautiful and edible landscapes, and attract pollinators!

Attention large and small landowners: Unlocking Your Yard’s Potential!  will be presented on Tuesday July 10th at 7 pm at The Cooperage – 1030 Main Street in Honesdale. Three speakers will talk about edible landscaping and backyard food and medicine production, pollinators, and compost. The forum is open to the general public. A $5.00 donation is suggested.

Please take a moment to register (recommended, but not required). It helps us plan seating and refreshments.

Click HERE to register. 

Local soil expert Roger Hill will discuss soil food web restoration methods using soil mineral balance and compost inoculated with indigenous microbes to unlock your yard’s potential. “Dealing with local soils can be challenging; rocky, shallow and poorly draining compacted acidic soils are common.”  Roger has been farming using Biodynamic methods since 1985, and studying with soil consultant Neil Kinsey, Soil Food Web founder Dr. Elaine Ingham, and Biodynamic preparation maker, Hugh Cortney. He has also consulted and traveled extensively with the Himalayan Institute’s agricultural projects in India and Africa as well as area backyard garden and orchard projects.

Richie Mitchell will introduce basic concepts and benefits of ecological and edible landscaping. He will guide the audience through the process of how to analyze our properties and how to better plan for the development of your own edible landscape. He focuses on finding balance between your goals for your property, and what the land has to offer, putting a strong emphasis on his design process as he replaces lawns and traditional landscaping with plants that produce food, medicine and ecological benefits. Fruit and nut trees, berry bushes, native flowers and herbs, heirloom vegetables, beautiful garden beds and water features are some of his tools. Richie has a B.S. degree in Environmental Science and a lifetime of experience growing food in the northeast. He owns Bear Creek Organics which provides consultation, design, installation, and management of ecological edible landscapes. He also runs an edible landscaping plant nursery that carries many hard-to-find fruit and nut trees, berry and nut bushes, and native flowers.

Sarah Hall-Bagdonas will talk about a wide range of pollinators from birds, bats, butterflies, moths, and native bees to the non-native honey bee. She will tell us why they are so important, and how to attract them to your own back yard. “Pollinators are an important part of our ecosystems, responsible for the survival of over 30% of the human food supply and 90% of our wild plants.”  Sarah earned her B.S. in Biology from Millersville University in 2010. She is the President of the Northeast PA Audubon Society and Program Manager for the Northern Tier Hardwood Association.

Partners in production are: SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education & Development Support), the Northeast Audubon Society, and The Cooperage Project.

SEEDS offers many forums year round to promote renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable living.  Anyone interested in learning more about SEEDS or becoming a member, may visit www.SeedsGroup.net or call 570-245-1256.