Co-op Events

Wednesday, August 21, 6:30 PM

Eco-chic: Making Healthy Choices

Michelle Naccarati-Chapkis of Women for a Healthy Environment

Many scientific studies have shown that some of the chemicals contained in consumer products (such as fragrance, parabens, and DMDM hydantoin) can cause symptoms ranging from allergic reactions, skin irritation, developmental defects, to cancer.  Join us for this workshop to learn more about the safety of personal care products, including information about ingredients to avoid, product testing, and product labeling.  Women for a Healthy Environment will also demonstrate natural do-it-yourself personal care product recipes for those interested in a natural approach that foregoes manufactured products.  All participants will have the opportunity to make their own personal care item and ask questions. 

This event is free; just call 412-242-3598 to reserve your spot!

Wednesday, August 28, 6:30 PM

Pittsburgh’s Green Buildings

Leslie Montgomery of Green Building Alliance

Buildings in the United States account for over 70% of the country’s electricity consumption, nearly 40% of its energy use and close to 40% of all its greenhouse gas emissions, according to the Energy Information Administration. Green building refers to a type of structure that utilizes and demonstrates environmental stewardship and resource conservation throughout its entire lifespan, from construction, operations, maintenance, renovation, to demolition. As a leader in developing healthy and high-performing buildings, Pittsburgh is home to many “Green Firsts” in the country.  Join us for this introduction to green building principles, an overview of industry standards, and an exploration of local examples.

This event is free; just call 412-242-3598 to reserve your spot!

Wednesday, September 4, 6:30 PM

The Values of the Small Local Family Farm

Philip Lehman, Swiss Villa Dairy Farm

Local dairy, meat, and cheese provider Philip Lehman will share his ideas on the positive relationships produced by a family working together on a small farm. Philip sees the small family farm as an ideal place for children to relate to their parents in a healthy atmosphere, with the goal of serving others quality goods, learning to properly care for animals, and thereby learning care toward fellow mankind.  He will also speak to the social benefits of folks working together in small farming communities, and the practical experience one gains from such a lifestyle.  This event will also include a sampling of the local products that Swiss Villa has to offer!

This event is FREE; just call 412-242-3598 to reserve your spot.

Wednesday, September 11, 6:30 PM

Fall & Winter Harvest: Growing Your Veggies Year Round

Bob Madden, Garden Dreams Urban Farm & Nursery

Winter gardening is more appropriately called “winter harvest.”  Plants are mainly planted and grown in the fall, yet with the cooler temperatures and proper protection, we can hold crops in the garden until we are ready to eat them. Outdoor educator, urban farmer, and self-proclaimed plant nerd Bob Madden will share his tried and true methods for fall and winter gardening success, and talk about the best plant options for keeping homegrown produce flowing into your kitchen all year round. It doesn’t get more local than your own backyard! 

This event is FREE; just call 412-242-3598 to reserve your spot.

Wednesday, September 18, 6:30 PM

Farm to Table: Keep it Real, Keep it Local

Erin Hart of American HealthCare Group

American HealthCare Group is a family-owned health benefit and wellness company whose goal is to bridge the gap between local producers and consumers. The organization, which created the annual Farm to Table Conference, feels that eating locally grown food benefits our physical health, as well as our local economic health. Some ways to increase your consumption of local foods is by eating seasonally and learning some food preservation techniques. Attend this event to learn more about the benefits of eating fresh, local foods and some methods to increase your consumption of locally grown foods.

This event is FREE; just call 412-242-3598 to reserve your spot.


Wednesday, September 25, 6:30 PM

In Pursuit of Beauty: Farming Naturally and Working Cooperatively

Zeb Bartels, Clarion River Organics

Clarion River Organics is a cooperative of 13 family farms working together with a shared vision to protect the watershed, produce high quality foods, and maintain a natural agrarian family life. Founder, manager, and fourth generation farmer Zeb Bartels, will explain how the farming methods and organizational structure of this local growers’ cooperative are designed to create beauty in the lives of its farmers, coworkers, customers, and neighbors. Come listen while you munch on a sampling of in-season produce and local farmstead cheeses!

This event is FREE; just call 412-242-3598 to reserve your spot.


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