2013 Film Series: Photos from the March premier of “Triple Divide”



The Indiana CSA Project: Take the survey now!

Photo by Lindsey Quakenbush

As we announced earlier this week, the Center for Community Growth is investigating the possibility of starting a CSA for Indiana.  Before any decisions can be made, we need to hear from you, our community members!

Please take a minute to complete the anonymous, three-question survey below and help us understand how Indiana residents feel about community supported agriculture.  The results from the survey will assist us in our efforts to create an efficient and convenient program for farmers and residents alike.

Thank you very much for your time and support!

(Survey written by Chloe Drew Hatcher. Post written by Lindsey Quakenbush)

The 2013 Film Series Continues: “Triple Divide” Indiana Premier, Friday, March 29th!

Image courtesy of the Public Herald, tripledividefilm.org
Image courtesy of the Public Herald, tripledividefilm.org

The 2013 Film Series: A New EconomyTriple Divide

When: Friday, March 29th, 7:30pm.

Where: The Indiana Theater, 637 Philadelphia St., Indiana, PA 15701

Admission: $5 suggested donation. (Those who aren’t able to provide one are still welcome to attend the screening!)

Join us for an evening of fun, food, collaboration, and the viewing of the Public Herald’s powerful documentary on fracking.  The March screening of the Center’s 2013 Film Series promises to be a fun, informative, and engaging event, including:

Light Food and Refreshments

Coffee, tea, locally made baked goods, popcorn, and more delicious snacks will be available for purchase at the concessions stand inside the theater!

Opportunities to Meet Local Organizations

We have a list of organizations lined up to table in the foyer of the theater before the film screening, so be sure to arrive early to chat with them and learn about their work in Indiana county!

Panel and Group Discussion

We are thrilled to welcome Triple Divide filmmakers Josh Pribanic and Melissa Troutman to our March screening.  Josh and Melissa will both participate in the intermission panel and group discussion after the film.  They will also be able answer any questions our audience may have!

In addition to Melissa Troutman and Josh Pribanic, other  panelists to appear are:

Our panelists will further explain gas fracturing during intermission, and introduce Indiana residents to the organizations and programs currently working to monitor Marcellus Shale development in Indiana.   After the film discussion will be opened up to the audience on this and many other issues, such as Indiana residents’ own experiences with the effects gas fracturing, ways to address those environmental and health effects, the policies that protect and allow gas companies to use unsafe drilling methods, and more.

The Center will also announce some of its upcoming projects, including a petition to limit fracking in Indiana county’s conservation zones, and our new plans for starting a CSA for Indiana.

We look forward to seeing you there!  Thank you to all of our sponsors and supporters!

To see what happened at our last film screening, click here!

(Written by Lindsey Quakenbush, Gerald Smith)

The Indiana CSA: The Center’s next step for 2013

Photo by Lindsey Quakenbush

The Center for Community Growth is exploring the possibility of setting up a CSA program for Indiana residents as a sub-group of the Center’s main organization.  CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture, involves establishing a direct, mutually beneficial relationship between farmers and communities that provides fresh food for residents while supporting local farms.  At the start of each year, residents would be able to purchase a share of the season’s harvest from farmers at a fixed price.  Once the harvest starts, farmers send some of their produce to the CSA, where it is sorted, boxed, and sent to a convenient location in downtown Indiana for participants fo pick up weekly.  Participating in a CSA means getting fresh, locally grown produce and food products every week, while also supporting the work and livelihood of local farmers based in Indiana.

Many who attended the Center’s 2013 Film Series expressed an interest in having a CSA, and although many farms and communities participate in these programs throughout the Pittsburgh region, there are none based in Indiana.  The Center plans to work with our residents and local farmers over the next few months to raise interest in the program and figure out how to make an efficient, convenient, and affordable CSA.

The Center is already creating a survey about CSAs for Indiana residents to fill out. The results will help make the demand for a CSA more visible, which will help when the Center’s members start to contact farmers about getting involved.  The survey will be available online on the Center’s website in April, along with more information and updates about the progress on this exciting new project, so be sure to follow our website, Twitter feed, or Facebook page to stay updated!

(Written by Lindsey Quakenbush)

Dreams into Action: Petition Supports Borough Council Efforts for Single Stream Recycling

Eric Barker presents the Center's petition to the members of the Indiana Borough Council.
Eric Barker presents the Center’s petition to the members of the Indiana Borough Council.

Eric Barker and G Smith presented a Single-Source curbside recycling petition on behalf of the Center for Community Growth at a meeting of the Indiana Borough Council on Tuesday, March 5th.  The petition contained over 200 signatures collected from community members over the course of 2 weeks, and requested that “The Borough Council of Indiana…contract with a provider to set up a single-stream recycling program for residents of Indiana,” and that the program “should permit recycling all recyclables from one container.”

The petition was first announced at the opening screening of the Center’s 2013 Film Series: A New Economy in late February, where audience members were given an opportunity to sign the petition.  Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Environmentally Conscientious Organization (E.C.O.) also volunteered to take the petition to IUP campus, where they gathered signatures from students who support having an improved recycling system.

Single stream recycling for curbside pickup would be more convenient for borough residents by eliminating the need to sort recyclable waste or transport material not accepted by the current program to the Homer City recycling center.  Some petition signers pointed out that Indiana’s current program makes it difficult for most people to recycle, especially for residents who are elderly, disabled, or are otherwise unable to travel to Homer City to drop off their materials for processing.  Implementing a new curbside program would make it possible for more residents to participate, and may also increase awareness about the environment within Indiana.

Indiana Borough Councilman John Hartman is chairman of the Public Works Committee, and is already committed to establishing a single stream recycling program in Indiana.  According to the Indiana Gazette, Hartman and the Public Works Committee have been actively studying single stream recycling, and are encouraging the Indiana County Solid Waste Authority to implement such a program in the borough.  The Center’s petition provides needed support for Hartman, the borough council, and the Public Works Committee in their continuing efforts to achieve this goal by demonstrating the community’s demand and interest in having single stream curbside recycling.

We would like to express our gratitude to everyone who signed and distributed our petition over the last few weeks, and to the members of the Borough Council and the Public Works Committee for their continued dedication, hard work, and service to our community.

(Written by Lindsey Quakenbush)

Read more about the petition and single stream recycling:

“Indiana Borough: New recycling effort would expand service” Indiana Gazette, March 6, 2013