Slow Money

Mission

Protect the environment by promoting the concept of buying locally; facilitate local small business development; inspire local investment and seek ways to keep community monies circulating in the community. 

History

In late 2009, in the depths of the recession, a small group of residents of Penns Valley, inspired by the 1st Slow Money Gathering in Santa Fe, NM came together to explore how to create a more resilient economy in the Valleys. We focused on food, because that’s such an obvious place to start, and we had history in that area—PASA, PCO, Elk Creek, and our summer and winter Farmer’s Markets.

We looked at what infrastructure producers and growers in this area might need, which led us to realize that perhaps it was time for Penns Valley to move beyond food and broaden the “buy local” message to include the vast variety of small businesses we have in our Valleys. We asked to become part of the Penns Valley Conservation Association, which has always had an economic development goal. With funding from them, and after months of hard work, we brought out the first version of “Find It Here” a free local business directory, in time for the Christmas 2010 shopping season. Late in January, 2011, we introduced the on-line version. In November of 2012, we brought out an updated version. This can be purchased through our publications tab here.

Currently, we are working with the Millheim Business Community to create events and programs that foster a robust local business economy, as well as consulting with a variety of local small businesses to help them grow and prosper. Plans are underway for developing a low-powered community radio station in 2013-14. Our ultimate goal is to begin an organized local investment program within the 2014-15 time frame.

Values

  • Preserving the natural beauty of these mountains and valleys for our grandchildren
  • Keeping our local farms and businesses prosperous and sustainable
  • Coming together to grow a strong local economy;
    Igniting the fire of local entrepreneurship
  • Reinvigorating our towns so they are attractive, lively and thriving
  • Ensuring a well-thought out balance between old ways and new ways
  • Supporting families with vibrant local resources so our kids want to stay and enjoy the Valley too

Slow Money Committee Documents

Committee Members

Chair: Eli Ward (eliward@ymail.com)
Members: Annie Mascelli, Sue Haney, Barb Lange, Judith Fordham, Brian Burger, Larry Wolken, Lisa Marshall

Membership & Development

Mission

To gain and retain members through annual membership drive; develop and implement an annual appeal to secure monetary support; maintain and update the membership database; convey any member’s interest in serving on committees to appropriate committee chairs.

Activities

The membership committee organizes the fall membership drive and the spring appeal to generate membership dues and other campaign donations. The committee, with the approval of the Board, creates membership materials as needed. The database manager maintains a database for mailing newsletters, appeals, etc. The database also tracks membership status and dollars donated and is used to generate receipts for donations.

Membership & Development Committee Documents

Committee Members

Chair: Kat Alden (aldenkat@gmail.com)
Committee Members: Barb Lange, Lauren Smith, Greg Williams, Bill Torretti (Database)

Membership Brochure (front)
Membership Brochure (back)

Community Outreach

Mission

To organize and facilitate public events and meetings, secure media promotions for those events; assist the newsletter editor in gathering content for publication. 

Events 

See the PVCA calendar and events listed under the Events menu, in the  site’s Welcome Center, or  go directly to the Events page.

Community Outreach Committee Documents

Committee Members

Chair: Martha Hoffman (Hoffman.martha@gmail.com)
Members: Barb Lange, Greta Haney, Becky Bragg, Susan Haney, Annie Mascelli, Lexie Orr, Gary Gyekis

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Appeal

As you may imagine, this is a BIG undertaking. If you are interested in volunteering, this is a committee that could use your help. Please contact Martha for more information.

We are especially looking for a Newsletter Editor. Let us know if you’d be interested!*Thank you, Nell Hanssen, for all of the time and effort you have put in to this over the years.

Watershed

 Mission

To organize projects that promote the health of the Upper Penns Creek watershed and build relationships with landowners and funding organizations for those projects.

Projects

The Watershed Committee seeks out, initiates, and coordinates projects that preserve or enhance water quality and riparian habitat in the upper Penns Creek watershed.

Currently active projects of the PVCA Watershed Committee include agricultural BMP’s, streambank fencing, and riparian buffer planting. We have been monitoring water temperatures at 17 strategic locations in Penns Creek and important tributaries with in-stream data loggers for the last three years and plan to continue this effort to locate sites for buffer improvement and to assess impacts of projects. The Early Successional Riparian Forest project (details at –Habitat Projects-Mid Atlantic) is our current primary focus of attention.

Typical projects are streambank fencing, riparian buffer planting, wetland restoration, streambank regrading and compaction, sediment control devices in streams, and agricultural Best Management Practices (BMP’s) on farms.

We identify project sites in several ways. The Upper Penns Creek Watershed Assessment that PVCA commissioned in 2002 is still very useful in pointing out sections of major streams that need our attention. The Upper Penns Valley Watershed Stewardship Plan done by the Center for Watershed Stewardship at PSU in 2009-2010 is more current and more specific in pointing out areas of concern.

We have been doing temperature monitoring at various locations in Penns Creek and select tributaries since 2010 to obtain feedback on completed projects and to identify areas of temperature impairment. Our current major project is an attempt to solve a temperature problem on Muddy Creek, a major tributary of Penns Creek.

Some projects originate from our observations as we travel about the area or from information passed on to us by PVCA members and other valley residents.

Volunteer labor and donations of money and materials are utilized to accomplish many of our projects. To fund larger projects we use general PVCA funds, identify outside funding opportunities, write grants, and conduct occasional raffles.

Watershed Committee Documents

Partners

We partner with many agencies and organizations to accomplish our goals. Our recent collaborators have included: Centre County Conservation District, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, Pennsylvania Game Commission, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, US Fish and Wildlife Service, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Northcentral Pennsylvania Conservancy, Wildlife Management Institute, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Woodcock Limited of Pennsylvania, and Penn State Center for Watershed Stewardship.

All of these agencies and organizations are important, but our most important partners are the many farmers and private landowners who welcome us onto their land. Without them none of what we do would be possible and we all owe them our thanks. Their cooperation is essential to our mission of preserving or enhancing water quality and riparian habitat in the upper Penns Creek watershed.

Committee Members

Chair: Tom Doman (jtd1@psu.edu)
Members: Andrea Ferich, Art Gover, George Kelly, Cathy Pierce, Martha Ruhe, Lysle Sherwin, John Smith

Education

Mission

Enhance education throughout the Upper Penns Creek Watershed through placed-based learning in the mosaic of healthy and functioning ecosystems through experiential and service learning opportunities through walking tours, restoration projects, our demonstration sustainable sister organizations. 

Perspective

The Education Committee works on the assumption that everybody has something to learn as well as something to teach, and that any encounter with nature is a learning opportunity. While our primary focus is on student education projects in the Penns Valley Elementary and High Schools, the Education Committee works with other Board Committees to amplify the educational components of their projects as well as with independent conservation projects in the Valley.

Activities

The Education Committee is active and energized, which is good because everything PVCA does is educational. This year the Environmental Education Committee is working to strengthen ties and programming at the Penns Valley Learning Garden, Muddy Paws Marsh, Mountainside Homestead and more. Our top priority is obvious and was easily agreed upon: to support our Environmental Educator, Jim Flanagan. The dozen or so Committee members have also created quite a list of potential projects including:

  • Re-establishing one or more School Gardens
  • Reviving the Environmental Center behind the PV Elementary School
  • Working with PVHS students as they plan their Senior projects
  • Teacher Training
  • Partnering with Boy and Girl Scouts, 4H, Libraries, Churches, Farm Fest, PASA, etc.
  • Coordinating events in the Learning Garden

The Environmental Education Committee is also developing the educational components for PVCA sponsored events such as Crickfest This Committee is meets monthly.

Education Committee Documents

Partners

We partner with other conservation- and environmentally-oriented organizations in  the area, including Muddy Paws,  The Learning Garden, and  ChicoryLane Farm.

Committee Members

Chair: Lexie Orr Lexie@clearwaterconservancy.org
Members: Jim Pierce, Kim Forsythe, Willa Paterson, Claudia Wilson, Dan Shimp, Nell Hanssen, Mary Kay Williams, Jacqui Wagner

Communication

Mission

The mission of the Communications Committee is to maintain open lines of communications between the organization as a whole and the committees that comprise it and the media platforms which the organization utilizes. They will serve as a buffer between committees and platforms as well as act as an editing platform to ensure that the association has a consistent message in marketing.

Activities

Communication Committee Documents

Committee Members

Chair: xxx (xxx@gmail.com)
Members: Charles Boyer, Rebecca Bragg, Jim Flanagan, Chelsea Vecchiarelli

Front Office

PVCA Public Areas:
Additional Details and Documents

In this level  of the Web Site, you may view PVCA Standing Committees and Areas of Activity as well as browse a collection of public folders of PVCA documents including Board and Organization public materials. A collection of some three-dozen links are provided to other organizations and sources of information PVCA members and visitors may find useful. An area that is just beginning is Community Science.  It currently includes links to severaal computer system/databases that provide information regarding birding and native plants at both general Penns Valley locations as well as at specific sites.  Finally, you may return to the Welcome Level or go down to the Restricted Back Office Level (if you have a PVCA login and password).

 

 

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