September 2, 2005
(Note: if you are attending the Wise Traditions 2005 Conference Nov. 11-13, we suggest you purchase your airline tickets as soon as possible as airfares are increasing in price)
1. Oct. 1-2: Mother Earth Harvest Fair: A Celebration of Sustainable Living Spoutwood Farm, Glen Rock, PA (near York, PA)
The second annual Mother Earth Harvest Fair will be presented by
Spoutwood Farm Saturday and Sunday October 1 and 2 from 10am to 6pm. The Fair celebrates healthy people working for and enjoying a healthy planet. Partly we pay tribute to the simple traditions and values of harvest festivals of the past where apples are pressed into cider, garden and farm bounty is proudly displayed, and the animals used to plow our fields or to clothe and nourish us are lavishly appreciated. In the spirit of good old-fashioned fun we’ll have country dancing in the big barn, lots
of other music and storytelling, harvest craft activities for kids, a
Mother Earth Nature Poetry Marathon, good food for all tastes and
natural and folk crafts to marvel and delight.
Over 30 speakers and more than 100 informative exhibits from
organizations and vendors will be featured. Admission to the Mother Earth Harvest Fair is $10 for adults and $5 for children, free to those 2 and under. Guests who decide to volunteer when they arrive at the Fair can request a 2-hour job assignment. Upon completion of the assignment, the admission fee will be refunded.
For more information and pre-registration, email Posie/Dana Stout at fairyfestivities (at) yahoo.com or go to the following websites:
http://www.motherearthharvestfair.com/ or http://www.spoutwood.com/
2. Oct 21-23: 2005 Women in Sustainable Agriculture Conference.
The 2005 Women in Sustainable Agriculture Conference will bring
together farmers, educators, and activists involved in sustainable agriculture to share educational and organization strategies, build technical and business skills, and address policy issues all aimed at expanding the success of women in sustainable agriculture. The conference, to be held October 21-23, 2005 in Burlington, VT, will work to set the agenda for the next decade of supporting women in agriculture. Who: Farmers, ranchers, growers, service providers, educators, social and political activists, and those who care about food, fiber and the natural world. Why: To honor the role of women in agriculture, to celebrate the power of women’s networks to create change and to plant the seeds for future work.
Happenings: A sensory feast… Speakers to capture your imagination…
Workshops to engage your hands and mind . . . Art to delight your spirit . . . Networking to stimulate your creativity. . . Activities to
nurture the child within and . . Locally grown food that celebrates the bounty of the season. On-Line
3. October 14-16: Chesapeake Bioneers Conference at the University of the District of Columbia, Washington DC, will feature a live satellite feed from the National Bioneers Conference in California, with local ecological pioneers giving hands-on presentations as well. The Chesapeake Bioneers are residents of our region who seek visionary, practical solutions for restoring the earth. For more information call Greg at (202) 686-9813 or ChesapeakeBioneers (at) earthlink.net .
4. October 18 – 19: Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable
Agriculture (PASA): Organic Dairying Midway Mennonite Center, Lancaster County, PA, 10am -3pm Cost: $80 PASA and PCO Members, $100 Non-Members Registration is limited. Lunch will be provided both days. Valuable resources guides included. Demand for organic milk far outstrips supply. This two day intensive is designed for all dairy farmers including those who
are currently certified and those who are considering transitioning to organic production.