SEEDS would not be here without the generous support from our community, and we Thank you!

So we ask you to consider making a donation to our annual  fundraiser/SWAPAPALOOZA!  on Thurs evening May 3 at The Cooperage. This community event is growing every year and offers a great opportunity to reach a larger customer base, and help SEEDS at the same time!

SEEDS is celebrating our 10th anniversary, and this year’s event will be very special!

We feature a silent and live auction. Guests bid on items donated by our local businesses and individuals. Items in the past have included gift certificates, basket-fulls of goodies, tool boxes, gardening supplies, office supplies, massages, weekend get-a-ways, dinners, artwork, beer growlers, electronics, concert tickets, wood carvings and so much more! It is fun just to see the assortment!

Please email jocelyn@seedsgroup.net or call (570) 245 – 1256 to arrange a donation..and mark the calendar for this fun event for you and your employees.

Thank you so much for supporting SEEDS!

-Jocelyn Cramer, SEEDS Executive Director

ANOTHER SOLAR INSTALLATION AS A RESULT OF SEEDS DIY SOLAR WORKSHOPS!
Ed Zygmunt attended the SEEDS Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Solar Workshop this past June and took the leap in October after getting approval from Claverack Rural Electric Co-op, his utility in northwestern Lackawanna county. In November he completed the installation of eleven 305watt panels for 3.4kw of total capacity, with future plans to install 10 more panels. Ed says: “The do-it-yourself solar course gave me to confidence to finally say to myself ‘I can do this’. With their hands-on DIY class, SEEDS instructors Jack Barnett and Blair Buselli provided me the simple guidance I needed to finally take the plunge into renewable energy. Amber and I are eternally grateful to SEEDS for helping us carry our long-held dream 93 million miles to capture clean energy from the sun.”
(Claverack technician and Ed connect the solar system to the grid)
Congratulations to Amber and Ed!
SEEDS is hoping to hold our June 2018 DIY Solar Workshop actually on-site at a local non-profit where SEEDS volunteers will be installing a solar PV system. Look for more information on that coming soon!

SEEDS would like to share details about the Annual Maple Tour,  with bus available this year

MAPLE BUS TOUR INFORMATION

Tour Being offered on both Saturday, March 17th & Sunday, March 18th from 8:00am-3:00pm.
Join us on the maple tour to experience maple sugaring from the tap to the table! Enjoy a delicious pancake breakfast along the way!

Cost ~ $20 Adult, $16 Child(12 & under) – Cost includes bus, pancake breakfast & much more!

For reservations and more information please contact Kelley Stewart at Wayne Conservation District Phone: 570.253.0930.Payment can be made at the Wayne Conservation District Office located at 648 Park Street in Honesdale.

For complete details, visit: http://wayneconservation.org/645/Maple-Tour
Trip Details:
Parking & Departure from: Park Street Complex ~ 648 Park Street, Honesdale at 8:00 am
We will tour 6 Wayne County Maple Producers and stop for a pancake breakfast along the way!
You will get a chance to see how maple syrup is made from tapping the tree to bottling!
You will have time for tasting and time to pick up some locally produced PURE MAPLE products!
Maple Syrup ~ Maple Cream ~ Maple Candy ~ Maple Sugar ~ Maple Cotton Candy ~ & More

Feb
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SEEDS Membership Social

What are you doing the first day of spring?!?!?!

Join us on Tues March 20th for the first SEEDS membership social, to be held at 6 pm at Irving Cliff Brewery, behind The Cooperage in downtown Honesdale. Members get a chance to mingle and learn how Brian Cobb, owner of Irving Cliff Brewery, launched his business, and the role the environment plays in his business decisions. Suggested donation is $15. Appetizers are provided. Cash bar for beverages. All SEEDS members welcome! If you are not yet a member, you can join that night for only $10.

Please click HERE to register.

Jan
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Free Business Luncheon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you to all the businesses that joined us for: GREEN Your Business to GROW Your Business, and thank you to all our presenting partners.

SEEDS has compiled the list of websites below to help businesses put a green team in place. Contact us if you need any assistance. As a community benefit organization, serving northeastern PA, SEEDS is happy to be a part of your green team!

RESOURCES

 

RESCEDULED FOR THURSDAY MARCH 1 at 7 pm in Hawley

 

at Wayne Pike Workforce Alliance – 92 Main Avenue; Hawley, PA.

Learn the latest tools and online resources, to help manage home energy costs and shop for electricity. Save money by learning how your home uses and loses energy. Explore an overview of the benefits and limitations of renewable and nonrenewable fueled systems, including mini-split heat pumps and on-demand hot water systems.  What is the latest and greatest heating technology? What do you buy if your hot water tank fails?

Wayne Pike Workforce Alliance, PPL and SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support) will present this workshop to help you build the tools needed to make wiser choices about your home’s energy use. Attendees will receive an overview of subzero air source heat pumps, air source hot water heaters and on demand hot water systems. This workshop is geared for residential electric and heating fuel customers. Learn what to shop for and what rebates are available. Computers will be available for demonstration of some of the online tools and resources available. Or bring your own a personal smart phone/tablet. Free WIFI is available. If you are a PPL customer, bring a current bill.

Presenters include Brian Stafford, Key Accounts Manager for PPL and Larry Reeger, Green Building Associate Professor at SUNY Sullivan.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED as space is limited.

Click HERE to register or call: (570) 245 – 12546

All registrants will be provided with information about any changes that weather may impose.

This event is free and open to the general public. Light refreshments will be served. Donations are appreciated.

 

SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support) is a non-profit organization that promotes energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable living. Click HERE to join the SEEDS newsletter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

SEEDS is celebrating a milestone: 2018 is our 10th anniversary!

We are grateful to all of you who have helped make that happen. Whether you have attended one of our free 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 you!

Many of you have received our letter in the mail. But to our electronic supporters, we ask that you please consider making a tax-deductible DONATION TODAY  to help us begin our second decade of serving northeastern PA.

 

SEEDS 2017 student interns l to r: Shea Stanton, Lacy Foster, and Nate Mansfield holding Wesley Conklin (horizontal). These students, and many more in past years, receive training on basic building science, then help homeowners save energy by performing free energy assessments! This program helped SEEDS win a 2016 Governor’s award for environmental excellence. 

 

This year, 2 donors have offered to match all donations up to $5,000!  Please donate  today!

You may be familiar with some of our accomplishments:

  • SEEDS sponsored small-scale wind and solar training for contractors in 2009.
  • 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.
  • 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 10 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 by this year’s lead event sponsor, the Wayne County Bar Association. The event will be held on Saturday November 18th 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 is working with partners on a comprehensive recycling guide for our area.
  • SEEDS is working with Wayne Highlands School District on their Continued Energy Improvement program, led by some of the high school students.
  • SEEDS is a stakeholder in Finding PA’s Solar Future, helping Pennsylvania reach its renewable energy goals.

You can read more about SEEDS on our website. Click HERE.

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.

The reality is that SEEDS is entering 2018 with fewer financial reserves than we have had in recent years. If you are a regular donor, won’t you please consider increasing your contribution? If you are new to SEEDS, please consider making your first donation and joining the growing list of people who are helping usher in a cleaner energy future!

You can mail a check payable to SEEDS (use donation form and envelope provided) or click HERE. A contribution can be made via MasterCard, Visa, Amex, Discover or PayPal. You may even select a monthly sustaining amount! A donation in any amount would be greatly appreciated!

All the money raised by this campaign will be used to cover operating expenses, including executive director salary, rent and insurances. It is increasing difficult to get funding for these general expenditures. This annual appeal provides more than half of our operating expenses. Once again, we simply could not do this without you! Thank you for supporting a sustainable future, and being a part of the SEEDS group!

All of us at SEEDS wish you and your family a safe and joyous 2018!

Sincerely,

David Ford

SEEDS Chair

 

“It is a privilege and an honor to be starting my 6th year with SEEDS. In addition to all the good work SEEDS does in our community, we remain dedicated to transparent and ethical business practices; responding to all of the inquiries and requests from our community; and increasing the community partners on all our initiatives. I invite any/all of you who have an interest in lending a hand, to contact me. You can be an integral part of our next 10 years!” 

                                                                                         – Jocelyn Cramer, Executive Director of SEEDS

 

 

 

Dec
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Annual Book SWAP Wrap Up

Free Book Swap  – A Record Breaking Community Success!

Residents of Wayne County know this area is special, and the recent book swap highlighted many reasons why. A passion for literacy, sustainability and helping others brought community organizations, local businesses and dozens of volunteers together to make the 6th annual Free Book Swap a record- breaking success!

The book swap was held Sat. Nov. 18 at the Park Street Complex in Honesdale, corresponding with America Recycles Day.  The former auditorium of the Stourbridge Elementary School was turned into a busy marketplace, welcoming more than 650 “swappers” from Wayne and neighboring counties and as far away as New York City.

The stage area was transformed into the children’s section. Dozens of children were seen grabbing a book and reading it right there on the spot.

The Wayne County Bar Association was this year’s lead event sponsor. Other repeat and new sponsors include Frey-Fetsock Funeral Home, Platform Industries, Honesdale National Bank, Wayne Memorial Hospital, and Your Way Travel. None of this was possible without their support. Another great benefit of the event, over 100 of the attendees were from outside of Wayne County and had the rest of the day to shop, play and enjoy the other businesses and attractions in Honesdale.

The Rules: Bring as many as you want; take as many as you want. 16,000 (yes, sixteen thousand!) books were donated this year and volunteers sorted them all into categories, making it easy for people to make their selections.

 

Jenna Wayne Mauder, the indefatigable coordinator of the event explains “our goal is to have at least half of the donated books taken home that day and reused and reloved, and this year, we broke all previous records! 16,000 books were donated, which is more than the total books donated from the first 3 years combined! Some 679 attendees took home 9,100 books during the three day event.

Jenna’s environmental education organization, NaturEd and the non-profit group SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support) were the hosting organizations.  

After the event, volunteers packed up 2100 pounds of quality books that remained and shipped them to Better World Books in Indiana, an organization promoting global literacy. Shipping charges are the largest expense of the annual event. The remaining books, either torn or outdated were all taken to the Wayne County recycling center.

The book swap is also coordinated to provide more than just books.  In addition to giving free books to anyone that wants them, the event provides an opportunity for consumers from the Human Resource Center to help set up and clean up, and work side by side with the other volunteers. Many of them took home new books to cherish. Even the WCCF Work Program Detail assisted for the clean-up and contributed to the event’s impact and success.

In a digital world, the evidence of a love of books and reading was everywhere that day.  “There’s nothing quite like holding a book in your hand” said first-time Swap volunteer, Terri. “Books take me to places I may never see,” spoke one attendee.Another exclaimed “I make purses out of books!” A display table featured other fun possibilities for used books and their pages.

For more about the event, visit freebookswap.wordpress.com or email Jenna at livingthenaturedlife@gmail.com. MARK YOUR CALENDAR – Next year’s event is already scheduled for November 17, so save the date, save your books, and reach out if you want to join the volunteer team.

 

NaturED, a group of environmental educators, helps area organizations and schools with environmental programs. SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education & Education Support) promotes energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable living in our region. Learn more at seedsgroup.net.

 

Contact: JENNA MAUDER

PHONE: (610) 392-7219

 

                                                                                          

WHERE CAN I BUY LOCAL MEAT & POULTRY?        

You may remember that we published a list of farmers markets in our June newsletter.  It’s now on our website HERE. However, while the farmers markets do often have a local farmer or two providing meat, in some cases you can go directly to the farm to buy meat from the farmer, or buy from a local distributor who gets meat from nearby farms, or consult with a local butcher who can connect you with a farmer raising the meat you want.  In some cases, the farmers are selling whole, half, or quarter animals, and the butcher will process the meat into the cuts you prefer. In other cases, smaller quantities are available.

What we’ve assembled in this issue of the newsletter is a list of local farms and butchers that sell or broker locally grown meat, including poultry. This list is just the ones we know about; if you know of others, please let us know at info@seedsgroup.net , and we will add to this list on our website.

In addition to wanting to support local farmers and having fresher meat that doesn’t travel as far, some of us are interested in this because of the new agreement with China, allowing import of cooked chicken in exchange for China’s opening up their market for US beef. China has had food quality control problems in the past. That import hasn’t started yet, but could potentially begin after mid-July.  You can read more about the trade deal HERE.

Here is the list we have compiled so far, in alphabetical order by town:

 
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  

6th Annual Free Book Swap Nov 18th for America Recycles Day

Bring your beloved and dusty!

SEEDS and NaturED

 

 

are proud to co-host the 6th annual Free Book Swap, presented this year by our lead sponsor, the Wayne County Bar Association.

This is the only event in Wayne County that knows no limit! No requirements, no limitations, all books. The only goal is see every book into a new home. Whether you bring ten, one or none on Saturday, November 18, you have from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to browse the space and fill your arms (bags and boxes) with literary loot.

Do you have “a whole bunch of books” to drop off? Large quantities (50 or more) are encouraged to arrive early. Place the number of books on the outside of each bag or box for quick calculating! The event’s collection and distribution totals are recorded and submitted to the America Recycles Day website for bragging rights. Large quantities can be unloaded on Thurs., Nov.16 from 5:00 pm -6:30 pm and Fri., Nov.17 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

The Free Book Swap invites everyone to participate free of charge and to help themselves to as much as they can read. Community neighbors, organizations, agencies, businesses, groups, artists, and collectors are encouraged to visit the event on Saturday, November 18. Any leftovers will be shipped to Better World Books to support global literacy efforts.

Over the past several years, this annual FREE event, has relocated tens of thousands of books to new homes and families. It is one of the single largest recycling events in our area. Volunteers make this event possible! We welcome new volunteers to join in the sorting and story-sharing. Interested volunteers may contact Jenna at livingthenaturedlife@gmail.com.

This not-for-profit event is supported by community donations and sponsors to cover shipping expenses, event materials and volunteer hospitality. A special thank you to this year’s Presenting Sponsor, the Wayne County Bar Association!  Thank you to this year’s Book Sponsor, the Frey-Fetsock Funeral Home, and our Support Sponsors, Platform Industries and Wayne Memorial Hospital.

Search for the Free Book Swap on Facebook and for more info, with drop off details, visit:  freebookswap.wordpress.com.

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Contact: JENNA MAUDER

PHONE: (610) 392-7219