Crown Point Ecology Center’s Annual Taste of Earth Gala is Saturday, August 20

Crown Point Ecology Center’s 18th Annual Taste of Earth Dinner and Auction Gala is Saturday, TOE2016flyerAugust 20 at 5 p.m. on the grounds of Crown Point, 3220 Ira Road.  VIP hosts for the evening are Drs. Joe and Michelle Blanda and Ed and Libby Upton.   Libby Shippy, a former Bath resident, is the Chair of the event.

The festivities will begin with cocktails, appetizers, a silent auction in the Century Barn and live music by fiddler Mary Ann Roth.  A delicious wine dinner of beef tenderloin and salmon or a vegetarian selection will follow in a large tent on the lawn.  Fresh organic veggies from Crown Point’s gardens will comprise major elements of the menu. This year’s theme is Come to the farm: A slice of Americana we love.  Guests arriving at Crown Point will be immersed in the theme as they are greeted by valet parking attendants “assisted” by a few visiting farm animals.

In addition to auction items, the winner of the ever-popular Taste of Earth Raffle – A Year of Fine Dining, will be drawn (winner need not be present).  The lucky winner of this raffle will enjoy twelve $100 gift certificates to upscale restaurants in the Akron/Cleveland area. Tickets are $10 each, three for $20, and eight for $50.

Another raffle this year will provide two VIP tickets to one day (Friday, April 7; Saturday, April 8; or Sunday April 9) in Augusta, Georgia at the 2017 Masters Golf Tournament.  Total value of the package for the winner including two nights lodging is $6,320.  Raffle tickets for the Masters golf Tournament are $100 each and only 200 tickets will be sold.

To request an invitation for the evening or to purchase raffle tickets, please contact Ellen Otto at ellen@crownpt.org or on 330-668-8992, Ext. #106.

Proceeds from Taste of Earth will benefit Crown Point’s general fund and the pursuit of its mission and principles of sustainability, community, justice and spirituality.

Crown Point Ecology Center is green space that matters – a biologically diverse living laboratory that serves to demonstrate practical applications of ecology.  The 115-acre Crown Point farmland in Bath, Ohio is a regional model for sustainable agriculture and environmental education.  We believe that ecological land stewardship encourages structural and social change through local food production, positive impacts on the environment, health of our citizens, and local economic development.  Visit Crown Point at www.crownpt.org.

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Certified Organic Plant Sale: May 12 -27

This year Crown Point Ecology Center is expanding its Annual Certified Organic Plant Sale from one weekend to three weeks from May 12 through May 27.  The sale, held at Crown Point, 3220 Ira Road, begins on Thursday, May 12 with a members’ only day pre-sale for members of Crown Point Ecology Center and opens to the public on Friday, May 13.    On Saturday, May 14 is the Annual Farm Festival Day, which features music, workshops, gardening vendors, and food along with the plant sale.

Hours for the Organic Plant Sale are Tuesdays – Fridays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; closed on Sunday and Mondays.  Credit cards are accepted.

There will be plants galore – some 16,000 potted garden plants in all — for every backyard farmer and gardener. The sale will feature more than 200 varieties of organic vegetables, herbs and perennial flowers.   All plants are grown at Crown Point’s certified organic farm.

Farm Festival Day on Saturday, May 14

On Saturday, May 14, Spice of Life Catering will be selling breakfast and snack items.  In addition several garden supply vendors will be on hand with items to enhance your garden.     Saturday, May 14 will also feature several lectures and seminars throughout the day.

CSA Shares Still Available for the 2016 Season
Crown Point’s Community Supported Agriculture program still has a few shares left for sale.   The CSA season begins in mid-June and runs through October offering shareholders a variety of fresh, organically grown vegetables each week.  Half and full shares available.   Shares may be purchased online at www.crownpt.org, by calling 330.668.8992 or at Crown Point during the plant sale.

All proceeds from the sale benefit Crown Point Ecology Center and support its principles of sustainability, community, spirituality and justice. For more information, visit www.crownpt.org or call 330-668-8992.

Crown Point Ecology Center is green space that matters – a biologically diverse living laboratory that serves to demonstrate practical applications of ecology.  The 115-acre Crown Point farmland in Bath, Ohio is a regional model for sustainable agriculture and environmental education.  We believe that ecological land stewardship encourages structural and social change through local food production, positive impacts on the environment, health of our citizens, and local economic development. Visit Crown Point at www.crownpt.org.

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Crown Point to Host Wellness Workshops

Crown Point Health and Wellness Series Workshops
Four Wellness Programs sponsored by AGMC held in April

Crown Point Ecology Center is pleased to host four Health & Wellness Workshops, sponsored by Akron General Medical Center, this April.  All workshops are held on Thursdays from 6  to 7:30 p.m. at Crown Point Ecology Center, 3220 Ira Road, Bath.

Workshops include:

APRIL 7 – 6-7:30pm
PSYCHOLOGICAL PRINCIPLES OF TIDYING
Presented by Dr. Carolyn E. Landis, Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Landis will lead an interactive session on the psychology of tidying with an emphasis on what can be learned from popular systems such as Marie Kondo’s “KonMari”. Participants will learn the main principles including cleaning more mindfully with a focus on gratitude and process rather than the end result.

APRIL 14 – 6-7:30pm
SPRING INTO CALM: Calm Practice for the Start of A Fresh Season.
Presented by Barbe Beaty, HHA, APP, Holistic Therapist

Join Barbe Beaty for simple ways to celebrate a spirit of calm through life’s everyday seasons.  Through simple calming stretches and cleansing guided breath meditation, participants will learn to calm their mind and take home a fresh outlook and a calm sense of well-being for rejuvenated mind and body.

APRIL 21 – 6-7:30pm
MAKING OUR WAY BACK TO WELLNESS
Presented by Kim Hemminger, RN, BSN,Certified Health & Nutrition Coach

Discover how the power of returning to simple, basic ways of taking care of ourselves can help us balance our health and overall well-being.  Participants will also experience a walk in Crown Point’s l-Labyrinth for a quiet meditation.

APRIL 28, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
LIVE HAPPY LIVE BETTER
Presented by Lori Peters, Owner of Happiness Hangout

Enhance your happiness level during this fun and interactive presentation. Everyone wants to feel their best, especially during our most challenging times. We will discuss how to raise and keep your level of happiness higher and the magic formula to feeling your best as your life changes and transitions over time. Our time will be well spent in group participation as well as interactive exercises that will help get you and keep you in the positive mindset.

All workshops will take place at Crown Point Ecology Center, 3220 Ira Road, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.  Cost is $10 per workshop.  Register by phone 330-714-2465 or email makingwellnesswork@gmail.com.

 

About the Presenters

Barbe Beaty (APP HHA, Certified Holistic Health Advisor and Practitioner) is the founder and spiritual director of Urban Calm, located in Peninsula. Beaty holds a space for others to navigate the changes and challenges of life with a greater sense of calm and clarity. She offers practices that encourage a sense of well-being. For nearly a decade, Beaty has worked with various organizations and reached more than 1,000 people to help empower mind, body and spirit.

Dr. Carolyn E. Landis, PhD, CBSM, is a licensed clinical psychologist in the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and Psychology, University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital.

Kim Hemminger (RN, BSN, CHC and Founder, Health and Wellness Manager, Certified Health Coach) established Wellness Works for You in 2001. For 13 years, along with a team of health professionals, she has provided customized events and sustainable wellness programs for organizations of all sizes. As a Certified Health Coach and graduate of The Institute of Integrative Nutrition, Hemminger  began her personal Integrative Health Coaching practice in 2012. Her office is located in Peninsula, Ohio. She practices a holistic approach to wellness, realizing that nourishment not only comes from eating real food but from having a loving support system and relationships, enjoyable exercise, spiritual awareness and a balance of work, rest and play.

Lori Peters is proud of her 25-year career in higher education, working with individuals and companies to fulfill  their educational and training needs. She has also been studying and training in positive life management, happiness and well-being — The Artist Way and the Law of Attraction — for 20 years. Peters is a Facilitator of the Artist’s Way – a program to help you unleash your creativity–  and is now a College Instructor teaching Counseling in social sciences. Peters has provided numerous presentations on various personal development topics including a program around happiness and well-being called Live Happy-Live Better. She also volunteers on a national level and had the opportunity to be part of a team that runs a major non-profit. One of her passions is work-life balance, something she was not so good at until the last few years. Peters earned her Bachelor’s in Business and Master’s in Counseling and Higher Education and provides resources and information through her radio show, social media and professional and fun presentations.

Crown Point Ecology Center is green space that matters – a biologically diverse living laboratory that serves to demonstrate practical applications of ecology.  The 115-acre Crown Point farmland in Bath, Ohio is a regional model for sustainable agriculture and environmental education.  We believe that ecological land stewardship encourages structural and social change through local food production, positive impacts on the environment, health of our citizens, and local economic development.  Visit Crown Point at www.crownpt.org.

 

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Crown Point Ecology Center Welcomes New Farm Manager

Dennis (2)Crown Point Ecology Center is pleased to announce that Dennis McEndree will take over as Farm Manager at the center’s 10-acre organic community-supported agriculture farm.

With more than 25 years of small-scale, organic farm experience, McEndree will not only manage Crown Point’s 10-acre farm and its community-supported agriculture (CSA) program, but he will also oversee the assistant farm manager and staff of farm apprentices and plan the Crown Point’s annual Organic Plant Sale Fundraiser in May.

McEndree has been farming his whole life and has owned Katona’s Country Garden farm, a 30-acre certified organic vegetable farm in Marshallville since 1989. Katona Country Garden greenhouses provide organic bedding plants for wholesale and retail sales, primarily to health food retailers and restaurants for the last 24 years. He also started the farm’s thriving CSA program in 1998. While McEndree will maintain his ownership of Katona Country Garden farm, he but has turned the day-to-day operations over to his brother.

“Dennis’ expertise and passion for organic farming along with his belief that we are caretakers of the land will make him a great addition to Crown Point’s staff,” said Nancy Wolf, executive director of Crown Point Ecology Center.

McEndree is committed to organics, sustainable agriculture and caring for the earth. “The world wastes 40 percent of the food it produces by growing products with low nutrient levels laden with pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides,” he said. “By growing better food for others, we are able to help people have a better life. We can support a heathy lifestyle through mind, body and spirituality, while at the same time teaching the importance of what we have been given for free – air, soil, sun, and water.”

McEndree holds a Midwest Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) and has continued his farm education annually through industry seminars and workshops. He lives in Marshallville with his wife Jennifer, who works as a full time nurse for The Cleveland Clinic. Their grown son, Nate, lives in the area.

McEndree will start immediately at Crown Point, preparing for the upcoming growing season and this year’s CSA program, which serves and is supported by more than 150 families. In addition, Crown Point donates fresh, organic produce to the Akron-Canton Regional Food Bank, CANAPI and other area organizations. Registration for a Crown Point’s 2016 CSA share is available while supplies last. Register online at www.crownpt.org.

Crown Point Ecology Center is green space that matters – a biologically diverse living laboratory that serves to demonstrate practical applications of ecology. The 115-acre Crown Point property in Bath, Ohio is a regional model for sustainable agriculture and environmental education. We believe that ecological land stewardship encourages structural and social change through local food production, positive impacts on the environment, health of our citizens, and local economic development.
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Crown Point to Host Pope Francis’ Encyclical ‘Laudato Si’ Discussion Series

Crown Point to Host Series on Shaping Earth’s Future
Explore Environmental Challenges in Pope Francis’ Encyclical ‘Laudato Si’

LivingLaudatoSiCrown Point Ecology Center will host Living Laudato Si. On Care for Our Common Home, a seven-week series based on the second encyclical of Pope Francis about the urgency of our collective environmental challenges. The series, facilitated by Sister Janet Schlichting, O.P. with special guest speaker Jim McHugh, Ph.D., will take place on Thursdays afternoons starting February 11 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Crown Point, 3220 Ira Road in Bath.

These discussions will explore Pope Francis’ second encyclical published on May 24, 2015, which critiques consumerism and irresponsible development, laments environmental degradation and global warming, and calls all people of the world to take “swift and unified global action.”

On Feb. 18 and March 24, Dr. McHugh, professor of political science at The University of Akron’s Bliss Institute of Applied Politics, will lead the discussion. He will explore the foundation of the ideals expressed within the Pope’s encyclical as rooted within the legal philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas, especially in terms of the concept of Eternal Law. Although this concept has been the least examined and, often, a misunderstood category of Thomistic legal thought, it is essential for understanding the motivations that inform this approach to global warming and environmental policy and for appreciating the reconciliation of scientific and religious truth and their moral influence on public policy.LivingLSi

The workshop series is free to attend and no registration is required. Books will be provided, or bring your own if you have one. All faiths and theologies are welcome to attend.
ABOUT THE FACILITATORS
Janet Schlichting, O.P., is a Dominican Sister of Peace (Akron), who holds a D. Min. in Preaching from Aquinas Institute of Theology, a M.A. in Liturgical Studies from The University of Notre Dame, and a B.S. in Art Education from the University of Dayton. Schlichting has been an art teacher, liturgist, preacher and spiritual director at several retreat centers, given parish missions and offers presentations in the areas of pastoral theology, spirituality, liturgy, and preaching.

Jim McHugh, PhD, is professor and former Chair of Political Science at The University of Akron and an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Vermont. He was educated at the University of Vermont, University of Edinburgh, and Queen’s University in Canada, the latter where he received his doctorate. His areas of expertise include political philosophy, comparative politics, public and international law, and political history.

Crown Point Ecology Center is green space that matters – a biologically diverse living laboratory that serves to demonstrate practical applications of ecology. The 115-acre Crown Point property in Bath, Ohio is a regional model for sustainable agriculture and environmental education. We believe that ecological land stewardship encourages structural and social change through local food production, positive impacts on the environment, health of our citizens, and local economic development.

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