Tuesday, April 17, 2012

2012 Delaware Water Gap Earth Fair & Enviro-Film Fest

was a huge success! Vendors and attendees were thrilled and I'm happy to say we did right by our excellent films..........."Living Downstream" by Sandra Steingraben, and "Queen of the Sun: What the Bees are Telling Us". Here is the Photo Album of the event, by Paul Adam Smeltz!

On Sunday April 15, 2012 from 11 am-5 pm, Dutot Museum and the borough of Delaware Water Gap will host the Delaware Water Gap Eco-Film Fest and Earth Day. The Earth Fair is free, with Educational booths and presentations by Josie Porter Farm & CSA,  Forwardian Arts, Brodhead Watershed, Pocono Wildlife Rehab, Dierdre Nonnemacher Jewelry, Youth Infusion and Trips for Kids, Lehigh Valley Gas Truth, Stop Fracking PA, Liz Forrest for 189, Maureen Madden for 176, Cartwright for Congress. Musical performances by Lois "Earth Lovin'" Heckman & Maxwell Kofi Donkor, Seed Mandala Necklaces for Kids w. Flora and Friends. Organic popcorn, snacks and munchies will be provided by Black Bear Farm Organic Catering!! 
Documentary film screenings include "Queen of the Sun, What the Bees are Telling Us?" with a  1 hr. Family Screening @ 11, and a full screening at 3:20. "Living Downstream" , by Sandra Steingraber, Phd, documents the scientist's personal journey through cancer and her observations on the ecology of industrial contamination, screened at 1:30 and 5 pm. Advance tickets are $4 for the family screening for one adult and up to two children, and $5 for the full screenings for ages 12 and up, available at the Deerhead Inn during regular business hours. Door tickets will be $5/$6, and seating is limited.

Festival Events will take place at the Dutot Museum, the Deerhead Inn and the Castle Inn. The Dutot Museum is at 24 Main Street, Delaware Water Gap, PA 18327. More information, please contact Black Bear Farm, (BlackBearFarmFun@gmail.com)

Thanks to:
The Dutot Museum for being such a gracious host,  Josie Porter Farm for sponsoring Queen of the Sun and Brodhead Watershed Association for sponsoring Living Downstream. The Fair would not have been the special community event it was without the loyal participation of our vendors: Genesis Farm, Lehigh Valley Gas Truth, Monroe County Democratic Progressive ClubPocono Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, Josie Porter Farm, Flora Schubert Children's Activities

Read more about this event!
Pocono Record Article 1 "People & Owls Enjoy the Delaware Water Gap Eco-Film Fest"
Pocono Record Article 2 "Movie Screenings Part of Delaware Water Gap Earth Fair" 

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Good Night Irene!

We were blessed with only one tree down.........on the neighbor's powerline.......I have a sense that increased dramatic weather events as a result of climate change, and increased demand on power grids due to overuse  will result in more "domestic inconveniences". In the meantime, I think figuring out how to be sustainable at home is a good idea.....I'm looking for small scale solar panels and an in home micro grid to power the essentials......water pump, laptop, cell phone, plate warmer.........we have firewood and a fireplace for heat......and there's always the gas grill for cooking...........we're also going to be retrofitting our oil burner for waste vegetable oil..........Here's my favorite link to info on the WVO oil furnace retrofit . We'll also be attending Pennsylvania's Alternative Energy Fest this year, just two weeks away!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Autumn Planting Garden Prep

Wednesday morning, I found a great sale at Johnny's Seeds, and got all my autumn crops ordered for 8.95, including shipping!!! Marty doesn't know it yet, but I am really hoping to get a greenhouse over my raised beds using some scrap 2 x 4's and rated greenhouse polymer film........"I've lost my shit" was a common expression in my art school days, referring to everything from misplaced glue to emotional distress. Well, yesterday at Twin Willows Farm, I truly "lost my shit"......my garden is high mineral, low nutrient, so I'm bringing home a bag or two of manure from the barn.........seems I left it on the parking lot last night! Whoops! "Lost shit".......my bad...........wonder who will find it!

Friday, July 29, 2011

A Factory of Farms

We are all familiar with the horrors of Factory Farms..........and we are all excited and grateful for the new day in sustainable, local, permaculture inspired Agriculture...........I've been thrilled to morph my
FB Women's Agriculture group into a much larger initiative "Sustainable Poconos".

Busy, Busy, Busy...........Summertime!

It is AMAZING how busy this farm girl can be, while spending precious little time in the dirt.
Big storm knocked out power. I'm super safety conscious, and hardworking MET ED crews had neglected to put out safety cones. I've learned through umpteen horrific encounters that guys who drive big trucks are not particularly interested in public safety, nor taking suggestions from the nice lady on the road, despite protocol ( Am I really to believe that the cones in the back of that truck weren't supposed to mark the perimeter of the work site.........was I born yesterday??)

To make a long story short, we had a King's Pond Showdown. I was the loser, but at the crew supervisors none too considerate invitation, hopped in the back of the MET ED truck and got the cones where they needed to be................which was gave ME peace of mind...........and even THAT pissed them off! Yuck, where are the courteous gentlemen in this world, and WHAT ever happened to the courtly love tradition?? There aren't many Robin Hoods out there! Newsflash guys! Black Bear Farm is Sherwood Forest, and we like Merry Men, not obnoxious Arrogant Argue Guys........ so behave accordingly please.

PS. Thanks to Marshall's Creek Fire Company for all their hard work clearing the road. Now THESE guys get it!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Full Steam Ahead!

I've been spending a lot of time at Mountaindale Farm as an intern and CSA volunteer. I've learned a lot, and met some great farmers, including Jeff and Mary Jean Henry of Cranberry Creek Farm, and Tom Dente of Jones Farm. I'm ready to embark on my own initiative, getting my kitchen licensed to produce jams, jellies, baked goods, flowers, herbs and medicinals.

Mountaindale Farm, which has been operated on chemical free, sustainable agriculture principles for three generations, in Minisink Hills, PA.


Saturday, April 9, 2011

"From Keith's Farm". Flavia Bacarella Woodcuts at the Patisserie in Milford, PA

"A Farmer and His Dog" Flavia Bacarella woodcut, $350 framed, at Patisserie, from the book "It's a Long Road to a Tomato"
I often sneak up through the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, north from Black Bear Farm along the Delaware River,  a most beautiful and reflective drive at any season. One of my favorite stops is Patisserie, on Broad Street. My friends Mark Edmonds and Christian Garcia run an amazingly exquisite business, featuring organic foods that I love! I'm happy to say, the Patisserie is currently the ONLY retail outlet offering Black Bear Farm Maple Syrup. In 2009, I purchased a book there, "A Long Road to a Tomato", a collection of narrative essays of life as an organic farmer, written by farmer Keith Stewart, who supplies the Patisserie with organic produce, and illustrated with the inspired woodcuts of Flavia Bacarella, Keith's wife. Flavia's original woodcut illustrations are currently shown at the Patisserie, and a visit to "Keith's Farm" is one of my favorite farm visits.