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SEEDS Newsletter  March 2020
Empowering Sustainable Communities
Contents:
  1. Message from Our Chair
  2. Resilient Regional Economies
  3. New Executive Director
  4. Earth Week Walk
  5. Electric Vehicle Charger
  6. Supporting SEEDS
     


 

Mark Your Calendar!
  • March 21Judy Wicks: Resilient Regional Economies, 10:00 am - noon, The Cooperage Project, 1030 Main Street, Honesdale, PA
     
  • April 18Earth Week Walk on the Hawley Trail Extension, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm, along the Lackawaxen River, Hawley, PA
     




Sustainability Tip of the Month

Doing some spring cleaning? Here's a resource to help you recycle or repurpose your old or no-longer-needed items.

Visit the NEPA Recycles website for a comprehensive list of locations where various items can be recycled around our local area.

You'll find out what can be recycled, and where to take it. You can even search by item.


 
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NEPA Recycles.

 


 Chair Message

Dear Friend:

A spring spruce-up is underway in our SEEDS office at The Cooperage in Honesdale! I have been doing NEW THINGS for SEEDS, which surprises me as I have been in a leadership role since 2008. I have been poking my nose into our office, upgrading our look, re-organizing our stuff, recycling, re-purposing and getting rid of the clutter that inevitably builds up over time.

Others have helped, including my husband, Pete Snyder, who designed and built new shelving in our closet that makes it a much more efficient space. He also built doors for some of our shelves to provide much-needed storage space.

All this is being done just in time to welcome our new Executive Director, Olga Trushina (see article in this newsletter), with whom we have been working these past few weeks to acclimate her to her new job.

We are excited to bring Olga on board as we implement our new Strategic Plan. As Chair, I have worked closely with SEEDS’ past Executive Directors, Jocelyn Cramer and Sandy Long, and now with Olga. It has been a great privilege for me to do this. I have learned a huge amount from them and from all the volunteers on our board and among our members and advisors.

I hope you, dear readers, will have ample opportunities to interact with Olga. You can start by coming to our next major event on March 21 (see article in this newsletter.) We can show off our cleaned up office, too!

Katharine Dodge
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Judy Wicks: Resilient Regional Economies


SEEDS will host a presentation on “Resilient Regional Economies” by renowned entrepreneur, author, and acclaimed speaker, Judy Wicks on Saturday, March 21, from 10:00 a.m. to Noon, at The Cooperage Project, 1030 Main Street, Honesdale, PA. Admission is $10 ($5 for SEEDS members with the code SEEDSGREEN at online checkout). Tickets are available through our website.

Judy Wicks.An early pioneer of the farm-to-table and local economy movements, Wicks is nationally recognized for developing a blueprint for sustainable, local business practices. Since starting Philadelphia’s landmark farm-to-table restaurant, White Dog Cafe in 1983, she has founded many regional and national organizations such as BALLE (now Common Future), the Sustainable Business Network of Philadelphia, and All Together Now PA.

Wicks’ work continues to connect urban and rural communities, farmers with entrepreneurs, investors with borrowers, producers with consumers, and engage them in a collaborative effort to build just, resilient, and self-reliant regional economies throughout Pennsylvania.

“Judy brings an entrepreneur's perspective of regional supply chains and local economy. Her restaurant was wildly successful because of its practices, which restaurant schools at the time considered to be all the ‘wrong things.’ From that success she learned the critical importance of investing in local businesses, of local businesses buying from other small businesses, and especially for agriculture and local food providers,” says SEEDS Board Member Jack Barnett. “I'm excited that she'll be sharing this with us, just as our community leaders have recognized the key role agriculture has in our economy.”

The March 21 program will include light breakfast refreshments and a presentation by Wicks, followed by a brief question and answer session.

“Resilient Regional Economies” Gold Sponsors include: Pocono Mountains Visitor Bureau, The Settlers Inn, Turano Insurance & Financial, and Wayne Economic Development Corporation. Silver sponsors include: Buselli Solutions, Farm Arts Collective, Gincgo Inc., Here & Now Brewing Company, Lewith & Freeman Real Estate Inc., Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture Wayne County Chapter, and Wayne/Pike Farm Bureau. Bronze sponsors include: The Cooperage Project and Wolfe Springs Farm.

For more information, contact Executive Director Olga Trushina at (570) 245–1256.
 

Buy tickets to see Judy Wicks.


Judy Wicks: Resilient Regional Economies
Saturday, March 21st
10:00 a.m. to Noon
The Cooperage Project
1030 Main Street, Honesdale, PA

Admission is $10 ($5 for SEEDS members)

Welcome, Olga!


We are pleased to announce Olga Trushina as SEEDS new Executive Director.

Olga Trushina.Olga brings more than a decade of professional experience in energy and sustainability disciplines through the lens of accounting, ratemaking, policy, and communications. Most recently, she specialized in energy-related consulting and content development for individual companies, highlighting their sustainability efforts, translating complex information into user-friendly materials and recommending policies and best practices for sustainability initiatives. Previously, she served as an auditor with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), ensuring compliance of jurisdictional companies in the wholesale electric power, natural gas pipeline, and oil pipeline industries.

“Olga’s background in the energy and sustainability sectors is a perfect fit for SEEDS, especially as we embark on the goals recently set in our Strategic Plan,” says SEEDS Chair, Katharine Dodge. “Our Board of Directors is looking forward to working with Olga as we continue to empower sustainable communities.”

Olga earned a Master’s degree in Renewable Energy and Sustainability Policy from Penn State and a B.A. in Public Accounting from The City University of New York. Her expertise and interests include energy and sustainability technologies, community resilience, and strengthening and empowering families. She also enjoys snowboarding, hiking and biking with her family and is an avid history buff.

 “I am so grateful for this opportunity to give back to our community—a place that's rich in history, natural resources, wonderful people and big ideas,” says Olga. “I am committed to strengthening our community's resilience as the world moves toward automation and faces new environmental challenges. I truly believe small improvements add up to big progress.” 

Olga can be reached by email or at (570) 245–1256.

Earth Week Walk on the Hawley Trail Extension


In honor of Earth Week, join SEEDS, Delaware Highlands Conservancy, and NEPA Sierra Club for a walk along the newly completed Hawley Trail Extension in Hawley, PA.

Participants will be led along part of the trail that connects the D&H Canal Park at Lock 31 to the Riverside Park Trail along the Lackawaxen River. Learn more about the water and wildlife resources of our area during this historical walk.

Hawley Trail ExtensionDress for the weather and wear sturdy walking shoes. The trail is mostly flat but contains uneven ground and stone steps in some areas.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Please email kate@delawarehighlands.org or call 570-226-3164 x 8 to register and receive directions to the meeting location.

New Electric Vehicle Charging Station Now Open


Honesdale’s newest Electric Vehicle charging station is up and running at The Stourbridge Project’s Park Street Complex. It’s a two port station, providing level two charging, and can fully power a vehicle in several hours.

SEEDS, in particular our Board Member Jack Barnett, was a key partner in proposing this new charging station in our community.

Ribbon cutting at the EV Charger station.

More Ways to Support SEEDS!

Lake Region IGA logo.•  Lake Region IGA Supermarkets donate 1% of your purchases to local charities through their Lake Region Community Dock Foundation.

Sign up for a new card, and choose SEEDS as your charity. Or visit www.lrcdf.org to link your existing Preferred Customer Card to SEEDS.

Amazon smile logo•  All Your AMAZON Purchases can support SEEDS. When you can't shop local, go to AmazonSmile, operated by Amazon with the same products and prices. The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of eligible purchases to SEEDS! To select SEEDS, search charities list for SEEDS in Honesdale, PA right before check-out.
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If you are not a member of SEEDS, please consider joining us today!
Our annual membership dues are only $10, and you will continue to receive our newsletters, invitations to our educational forums and other events. Please make your check payable to SEEDS of Northeastern PA and mail to SEEDS, 1030 Main Street, Honesdale, PA 18431.

You may become a more active member and join some of our project circles. If you are interested in hearing more about SEEDS and our programs, please contact our Executive Director at Olga@SeedsGroup.net
or call 570-245-1256.
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