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Chester County Greenhouse Gas Reduction Task Force

The West Chester Farmers Market is open on Saturdays 9am - 1pm. Please support local farms and save by shopping locally! And they're now on Twitter too!


'Our Farmers and Markets' is an independent video to promote sustainable agriculture and small farms here in the county.

Produced and edited by Victoria Webb, camera by Thomas L Dougherty.

Watch the video below with local farmers from the West Chester Growers Market and the Market at Anselma Mill.



Sustainability Events at WCU, click here.

Rodale Farm Gardening Workshops 2010

Natural Water Gardens Whether it is a small pond or a sophisticated waterfall, water gardens need careful planning and execution Jul 10 2010 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

English Garden through the Seasons 3 Harvesting and Maintenance Aug 7 2010 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Shumei Natural Agriculture Open House Join the Rodale and Shumei staff and friends for a celebration of summer harvest Aug 7 2010 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Native Plants in the Landscape Using native plants makes going organic in your garden even easier Aug 21 2010 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

English Garden through the Seasons 4 Clean-up and Winterizing Oct 2 2010 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Shumei Natural Agriculture 3 Harvest/Seed Saving Oct 2 2010 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Trees for Your Backyard and Basic Pruning Practices Trees are the most long-lasting plants in the landscape, and in addition to their beauty, trees have a range of benefits Oct 30 2010 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Herbal Gifts from the Garden We get the most flavor and fragrance from the garden when picking fresh herbs and vegetables for immediate use Nov 6 2010 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

To schedule your visit or for more information, contact:

Rodale Institute
Visitor Center/Bookstore
611 Siegfriedale Road
Kutztown, PA 19530



click here for the calendar of events.

Penn Future Global Warming Digest - to keep you up to date on global warming news and events.

Pennsylvania state budget a mixed bag for the environment

Cuts to environmental agencies troubling, but funding for local conservation projects survive

(Harrisburg, PA - July 3, 2010) – Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future (PennFuture) thanked legislators for preserving funding for local conservation and restoration projects in the final budget passed today by the Pennsylvania General Assembly.
“A week ago we were looking at budget proposals that would have wiped out the Growing Greener; the Keystone Recreation, Parks and Conservation Fund; and a fund that cleans up damage from coal mining, and used the money in those funds to balance the budget,” said Jarrett. “Fortunately, legislators saw the great value in those programs for local communities and left them intact.

“The successful effort to preserve our flagship environmental funding programs was led by Representatives Mike Gerber (D-Montgomery), Kate Harper (R-Montgomery), and David Levdansky (D-Washington, Allegheny) and Senator Joseph Scarnati (R-Cameron, Clearfield, Elk, Jefferson, McKean, Potter, Tioga, Warren),” continued Jarrett. “These bipartisan efforts were strongly supported by members of all four legislative caucuses who convinced their leadership to save Growing Greener, Keystone and the abandoned mine clean up funds.”

“We remain concerned, however, over cuts to the Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources,” said Jarrett. “Pennsylvania has significant environmental challenges – including cleaning up our rivers and streams, and protecting our natural resources from gas drilling damage. Our state parks and forests are the foundation of our tourism industry and provide affordable recreation for many families in these difficult economic times. Both these agencies will be struggling to deliver the services Pennsylvanians expect from them with the resources they will have.”
The budget also contains a promise to pass a severance tax on natural gas extraction by October 1.
“We look forward to working with members of General Assembly to craft a fair tax on gas drilling that will help the environment and communities dealing with the impacts of drilling,” said Jarrett. “And we fully intend to hold them to this promise.”

PennFuture is a statewide public interest membership organization that advances policies to protect and improve the state’s environment and economy. With offices in Harrisburg, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, West Chester, and Wilkes-Barre, PennFuture’s activities include litigating cases before regulatory bodies and in local, state and federal courts, advocating and advancing legislative action on a state and federal level, public education, and assisting citizens in public advocacy.

PASA and the Good Food Neighborhood

Want to know more about where your food comes from and how far it travels? Check out the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) site and find Buy Fresh, Buy Local chapters for your area.