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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Launching "The Local Fresh Food Alliance" - Bald Eagle Valley by Rosalind McIntosh

It is about looking at who we are, our talents, delights, and experience, and matching it with the need at this time and place.

Or as Roshi Bernie Glassman says, "Look in the refrigerator to find how to cook the meal!" (Or perhaps look out the back door if you have come to our "How to Make and Grow Your Own Raised-Bed Vegetable Garden" free demonstration workshop on Saturday May 22, 2010!)

So we take great pleasure in launching for the enjoyment of many --

Opening mid-June the community Green Shop!

Our Local Fresh Food Alliance project is opening in mid-June The Green Shop, a farm stand on Rte 220 Alt near the glider port. It serves as a community outlet for local produce, plants, flowers, crafts, baked goods, products of Teen Entrepreneurs, and as a yard sale. Vendors and customers wanted!

Surplus produce is donated to local food banks, shelters, and soup kitchens.

Voluntary work is available, and for unemployed persons, there is work in exchange for produce or pay.

Next to the Green Shop is our 8' x 4' demonstration raised-bed garden, showing how much produce can be grown in a small closely planted area on top of any surface. The free demonstration workshop building this garden happens this Saturday, May 22, 1 to 3 pm. Please phone Deb 814 353 1270.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Being a Worry Buster – Neighbors Helping Neighbors by Rosalind McIntosh

Kelle is now a "Worry Buster"

Who said “Hey! Isn’t this just the best thing we’ve done in a while?”

Members of Appalachian Zen House joined a dozen members of Martha and Julian United Methodist Churches for a morning of work for neighbors who had requested assistance - weeding a steep bank and covering it with a mulch with strong whisky aroma, shifting furniture, using donated carpet to mulch a nursery of young trees intended for the ball park, painting shutters, and cleaning up the community garden.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Summer Camp Assistant Wanted

Ahimsa Village is seeking a summer camp assistant for the 2010 Summer Camp. Support teens in building environmental and community awareness. Compensation: Stipend and garden produce. Details at
To learn more about the Ahimsa Summer Camp visit the 2009 web page at

Make and Grow your Own Raised Bed Gardening Workshop - May 22, 2010

Free demonstration workshop to be held at Julian Woods Community, Julian, PA on Saturday from 1-3pm. Contact Deb Fisher at 814-353-1270 to reserve your spot. Details at

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Intentional Community and Success: Lecture by Bob Flatley on Friday, April 30, 2010 at 7:30PM

Cooperative living makes a lot of practical sense in terms of saving resources, maximizing return on labor, and building synergistic relationships. However, it has been estimated that 9 out of 10 intentional communities in the United States fail within the first few years. Why do some communities succeed while others fail? What factors characterize successful intentional communities? This talk presents research on these questions through a historical review of major intentional communities, a review of the literature and a survey of people currently living in intentional community.

Bob Flatley has been researching intentional communities for over 20 years. He is a long-time member of the School of Living and a founding member of Ahimsa Village, an intentional community startup near State College, PA.