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SEEDS Newsletter • October 2020
Empowering Sustainable Communities

Chair Message

Dear Friend:

A world brought to a near standstill by the pandemic has given us opportunities to re-visit how we are carrying on our lives. A shortage of canning jars and lids signals a renewed interest in growing and harvesting our own food. The impacts of remote learning upon our children brings the vital role of schools and staff into sharp focus. Weaknesses in our health care system have been laid bare. State park visits are soaring because people find the need to get out into nature. We have a chance to step back and look at how we can start things up again in new and better ways, finding more resilient ways to live into the future. I invite our readers to send us their thoughts on this:
As a non-profit 501C(3) organization, SEEDS does not endorse any candidates, but we can support policy, so we ask that when you vote, please consider air & water quality, healthy food systems, renewable energy, climate issues, and sustainable communities in general. If you need a mail-in ballot or other information about the election, go to
I hope you were inspired by the Judy Wicks presentation at our annual meeting. Judy puts her convictions to work with great imagination and creativity. You can re-visit the presentation here:
Please keep wearing those masks to help us get out of this pandemic. Thank you.

Katharine Dodge
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Thanks to everyone who joined our Annual Membership Meeting!

Although there were some issues with posting comments, overall the Meeting was successful. We want to thank everyone who was able to "attend" and engaged with us and our guest speaker, Judy Wicks. Here are some links for you in case you want to revisit the information mentioned during the presentation:
  • Re-watch the broadcast on Facebook  or YouTube
  • The All Together Now website
  • Hempcrete Week is a weeklong event to celebrate Hempcrete, an eco-friendly construction material made from combining the woody core of the fiber hemp plant with natural limestone. The first three days will take place in Stroudsburg. Join if you're interested! 
Post-Meeting Survey
Did you attend our virtual Annual Membership Meeting last Tuesday? If your answer is yes, then please take 5 minutes to share your experience! This will help us better prepare for our next virtual event and improve on things with your experience in mind.
Bipartisan support for community solar

Nearly 80% of Pennsylvania voters want the option of enrolling in community solar projects, according to the leading Republican pollster, Susquehanna Polling and Research. While 20 other states permit these types of arrangements, Pennsylvania’s utility laws currently block community solar projects.
Congratulations to future chemical engineer, Christian Dury!

Christian is one of six winners of a PPL Electric Utilities Future Environmental Leaders Scholarship. He will receive $2,000 toward his studies at Penn State University, where he plans to pursue a degree in chemical engineering. Excerpt from his essay: “The residents of the tiny blue dot have a very limited number of years before unalterable change comes to our very home that we are polluting. I have dedicated and continue to dedicate myself to preserve the natural environment, reduce pollution, and promote environmental consciousness.”
Sustainability Movie Recommendations

Living Soil (2018)
60 min
This documentary tells the story of farmers, scientists, and policymakers working to incorporate agricultural practices to benefit soil health for years to come. From lush landscapes in Oregon, the sun-baked fields of California, the vast green acres of the Midwest, to the waterfront farming and fishing communities in and around the Chesapeake Bay, this is a journey that you won't forget. Each farmer shares a story as unique as the soil they manage with a shared theme that resonates throughout the film: Our soil is a special resource we should all cherish and strive to protect.
Establishing a Food Forest: The Permaculture Way (2008)
82 min
Learn how to establish your own Food Forest with International Permaculture teacher Geoff Lawton as he takes you through the essential stages of designing and building your own garden of Eden from start to finish. Geoff’s video shows the evolution of a food forest from day one up to seven years, thirty years, 300 years and even a 2,000 year old food forest still working in the Middle East.

A Simpler Way: Crisis as Opportunity (2016)
78 min
This documentary follows a community in Australia who have come together to explore and demonstrate a simpler way to live in response to global crises. Throughout the year the group build tiny houses, plant veggie gardens, practice simple living and permaculture principles, and discover the challenges of living in community.
Farm Days: Winterizing Your Home Workshop
Saturday, October 10 at 10am via Zoom (Registration required)

Stay warm this winter.  Michael Chojnicki, Architect, and Stephen Stuart, lifelong advocate of energy efficiency, will discuss the importance of enhancing and maintaining a healthy home in this online workshop via Zoom.

They will explore the various principles guiding energy efficiency, as well as review approaches to winterizing homes using “no and low” cost ways to lower your home’s energy use and save money. Discussions will include home energy audits, the principles of energy efficiency along with a simple awareness and understanding of how the occupant's activities can affect their home energy usage.

This workshop is FREE and donations are greatly appreciated. 
Registration is required.  You will receive the Zoom link upon registration.
Register here:

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