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.

The Free Book Swap aims to provide area residents and visitors with a venue for parting with beloved paper-filled treasures while looking find some “new” books to take home.


This year’s event brought 10,500 books and 400 people to the Wayne County Park Street Complex for the Fifth Annual Free Book Swap. A little over 4,500 pieces of media were taken to a new home with Wayne County’s friends and neighbors, about 200 books were donated to the Wayne County Prison, and 2,500 lbs were donated to Better World Books to support global literacy efforts.

This year, a repair station for books was made available, so even some books that needed a little TLC could be shared. img_1968

Volunteers were essential to the success of this event and the rehoming of as many books as possible! These persons counted and sorted the books into their broad categories, and assisted attendees. This year, 15 volunteers donated a total of nearly 70 hours over 4 days. Thanks to the Free Book Swap sponsors, each volunteer received a free t-shirt… and first dibs on any books! Lunch was provided on Friday and a generous donation of snacks were available to them during the main event. If you’re interested in joining a welcoming team of like-minded, literacy-lovin’ neighbors, email Jenna at jw1704@gmail.com.

Do you have books you’d like to see go to a new home? Follow www.freebookswap.wordpress.com for the 2017 event dates. Large donations are appreciated pre-counted and dropped off prior to the main event. Drop offs are also welcome on event day. Check out photos from this year’s event at www.freebookswap.wordpress.com/about-2.


Take a moment to thank the following sponsors for their generous contributions! Advertising Sponsor: Honesdale National Bank Book Sponsors: Frey-Fetsock Funeral Home, Inc. and Brookfield Renewable Gold Community Sponsors: SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education Development Support), NBT Bank, and the McCabe Mortgage Group of Benchmark Mortgage Silver Community Sponsors: Keep Northeastern PA Beautiful and Platform Industries


PHONE: (610) 392-7219



Seventh Graders Seize Upon Sustainability –

Everybody Wins!

SEEDS, a proud co-sponsor of The Chamber of the Northern Poconos annual awards dinner was very pleased to present this year’s Green Business Award to Wayne Highlands School District, for their Sustainability Program.


(Corporate Waste Consultants, and WHSD team receive honor) 

Each year, SEEDS presents the Green Business Award at The Chamber of the Northern Poconos annual awards dinner, and this year we wish to congratulate  The Wayne Highlands School District for their Sustainability Program, and thank them for their efforts.

Several years ago, 7th graders attended an environmental education program and came up with the idea of diverting food waste from landfills. The school district gave these students ownership of this idea and encouraged their progress. Soon, a more comprehensive recycling program was launched. The students worked with fellow students, teachers, faculty and staff; they partnered with Corporate Waste Consultants and local farmers. In 2015, it was estimated that they prevented over 20 million tons of waste from landfills! But it didn’t stop there. The County got involved and authored a grant for an A900 Rocket Composter, a continual food waste composter capable of processing nearly 500 gallons of food waste each week. The grant was approved, and serendipitously, the Rocket Composted was delivered to the school on October 20, 2016, the day they received their Green Business Award.

Presenting the award, SEEDS executive Director Jocelyn Cramer, lauded the effort not only for its environmental benefits, the partnerships it spawned, the learning experience for the students to work with county government and agencies, but also for being the first school district in the state of Pennsylvania to have a Rocket Composter, and only 1 of 13 in the nation!

“For all that the sustainability program has done, and for all it is yet to do, and quite frankly for raising the bar for the rest of us, SEEDS was proud to present the 2016 Green Business Award to the Wayne Highlands School District and all who were a part of their Sustainability Program” said Cramer.

Their Superintendent, Greg Frigoletto gave all the credit to the students, and talked about how proud he was of their efforts, and also thanked Stu and Cheryl Badner of Corporate Waste Consultants for their diligent efforts.

SEEDS plans to work with Wayne Highlands to offer an opportunity to see the Rocket Composter and learn more about this exciting program.

Wood Energy Workshop: Saturday, October 15, 2016. 
Wayne Conservation District, Park Street Complex, Honesdale, PA.
8:30 AM – 2:30 PM. Lunch included. 

View wood-energy-workshop-flyer.

Would you like to learn how advanced wood heat can help your school, business, or institution? Learn how to save money on heating costs and transform operations to a renewable and sustainable source while supporting the local economy and the environment by helping to create healthier forests.

Topics of presentations include the availability and sustainability of biomass fuels, advanced systems for wood heat, and project development considerations. There will also be educational and vendor displays. 

This event includes a tour of the biomass heating facility at The Cooperage, which features a high efficiency wood pellet boiler system. Advanced registration is required. Registration deadline is Friday, October 7th. The cost is $10 per person. This course counts for 4 hours (1 year) of PA SFI C.E. Credits. 

This event is organized by NTHA and the Pennsylvania State Wood Energy Team, a USDA Forest Service collaborative effort of Penn State Extension and over 40 organizations and companies. The Northern Tier Hardwood Association is a non-profit organization serving the wood industry and its supporters throughout Wayne, Pike, Lackawanna, Susquehanna, Bradford, Sullivan, Wyoming, Luzerne, and Tioga counties of Pennsylvania. 

Click HERE  to register

Join SEEDS on a GREEN BUS TOUR: Sunday, October 2nd, 2016

8:30am to ~3:45pm

and visit exciting renewable energy systems and sustainable community projects in our area.

SPACE IS LIMITED, but seats are still available.

The cost is $25 per person, including a local farm-fresh lunch. We will be departing Honesdale promptly at 8:30. (See reservation and payment details below)

Reserve early for this opportunity to:

  • Visit a unique straw bale private home with a solar thermal radiant heating system, currently under construction near Narrowsburg. The homeowner will discuss how it’s based on a super-insulated, post and beam design from the book HearthSpire by renowned architect John Silverio and how she built it using wood harvested on-site and milled in Beach Lake.
  • See Haven for Humanity, where nature and technology peacefully co-exist: a self-sustainable educational campground and community wellness center with a bio-energy greenhouse dome. They will be featured guest speakers at SEEDS annual meeting on Tues Sept. 20th.
  • Enjoy a Farm-to-Table light lunch while touring a pole-mounted solar array and the recent energy renovations at The Ant Hill Farm, where they manage ecological food production systems that mimic nature and a perennial-based production model that uses agroforestry and silvopasture as its foundation.
  • Learn about the greening of the 150-year-old Cooperage building in downtown Honesdale, now a non-profit community center. Learn about their super-efficient pellet boilers and the community-financed 27kW solar array on their roof.

SPACE IS LIMITED. To reserve your spot, make a $25 payment on our website. Click the Donate Today button on our homepage. You can also mail your check made payable to SEEDS and contact information to: 1030 Main Street, Honesdale, PA 18431. Please note: your payment is non-refundable and must be received to confirm your reservation. Departure details will be provided when payment is received. Because your payment will go toward the bus fees and lunch, this payment is not tax-deductible. For questions, or to notify us of any dietary restrictions, call 570-245-1256 or e-mail info@seedsgroup.net.




SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education & Development Support) will present a FREE Solar Workshop from 7 to 9 PM on Thursday September 22nd at Pike County Public Library Milford Branch, 119 East Harford Street, thanks to a grant from the Greater Pike Community Foundation.

Registration is encouraged. Please see below for details.

This ‘Solar 101’ course will teach you all about the different types of solar systems, how they work, how to evaluate your home or business for solar, how much it costs, and how to take the next steps. SEEDS will provide information on rebates and incentives, local solar installers and even an option for Do-It-Yourselfers.

Come learn why so many people are interested in going solar!

The session will discuss how the different technologies work, how to calculate financial payback, and installation techniques and concerns. The presenters will show samples of solar equipment and tools. The workshop will also be very helpful to businesses or non-profits who want to lower their energy consumption and/or generating their own electricity.

 Blair demonstrating DIY solar - small(Blair and Bill Buselli conduct a hands-on-training at a previous SEEDS DIY Solar Workshop)

The SEEDS presenters will include:

  • Jack Barnett – a principal consultant in sustainability, solar, zero net-energy buildings, and telecommunications technologies and strategy; a past chair of a chapter of the American Solar Society; and President of the local Clean Energy Cooperative. Jack is a SEEDS Board Member.
  • Blair Buselli – is a NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners) certified solar installer, and native of Wayne county. Blair is a partner in the family-owned Buselli Solutions in Beach Lake PA. Blair currently serves on the SEEDS advisory committee.

“SEEDS’ mission is to educate our community about renewable energy, how it can save us money and improve the quality of life in our community,” says Jack Barnett, one of the workshop coordinators.  “If you want to attend this workshop just to learn more about solar economics or how it works, without investing in a system, that’s fine. And, if you thinking about investing in solar, this is definitely a valuable workshop for you.”

Although SEEDS has presented dozens of workshops in Wayne and Pike counties and elsewhere, this will be its first exclusively on solar in Pike County. The session is free and open to the public.

Registration is encouraged. Please email jocelyn@seedsgroup.net or call (570) 245-1256.

To learn more about SEEDS, you can visit our webpage at www.seedsgroup.net. You can also sign up for a FREE monthly SEEDS newsletter on our website by clicking the SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER button on our home page. This newsletter will announce all free SEEDS forums and programs as well as share sustainability initiatives in our region.

Martin Springhetti DIY Solar panels  - small image


Martin attended a 2014 DIY Solar Workshop and installed his own system shortly afterwards)




SEEDS is a non-profit organization based in Honesdale, PA serving neighboring counties. SEEDS promotes energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainability in our region. Our goals include improving the health of our environment and our local economy through energy savings and independence. To learn more, www.seedsgroup.net