Life at Penn Forest – Quarterly eNewsletters
Please welcome John Davis, our new assistant manager. He’ll be covering a lot of things for us now and in the future.
We’re excited to report the Park House renovations are moving along, so come check them out.
Make sure you get our seventh annual picnic date, Saturday, June 24th, on your calendar.
We are looking ahead to spring, having yoga classes with goats and offering pet burial to our lot owners. Remember too, lot price increases are coming March 1st.
We’re seeking your input on the funeral rituals that you’d like to have for your family interments.
Check out the upcoming events you might be interested in. We’d love to have you join us.
Please let me know if you have ideas or questions.
Happy New Year!
There seems to be increasing interest in green burial. We saw a big increase in sales in the past year as did other green cemeteries. On December 11th at 9:00 a.m., I’ll be making a presentation at the Pittsburgh’s First Unitarian Church titled, “Why Green Burial is Growing in Popularity, A Historical Perspective.” If you want to learn why this option is increasingly being preferred over conventional cemetery burial or cremation, you might want to attend.
In this newsletter issue you’ll learn about Jingles our donkey, coming price increases, our new lending library, a Sprout Fund Grant Green Burial Pittsburgh won, a PCTV program on Penn Forest, some home-schooler’s visiting us, a Deco Resources article about our aquaponics project, our memorial tree-planting event and signs now being installed all around our property. I hope you like it.
Summer is a busy time at Penn Forest and Returning Home Farm. It’s a great time to visit us.
We were so sad to say goodbye to our dear friend, Roger Westman. Read about his lifelong commitment to the environment and his love of Penn Forest.
Upcoming events: Saturday, August 20th, Death Café at Penn Forest; Saturday, September 17th, Tree ID Walk; Saturday, October 1st, annual memorial tree planting; and the fall series, “Approaching the Unapproachable: Finding Peace in Preparedness”.
Other news in this issue: We had a great picnic in June; the Steel City Grazers left their mark on our brush; the meadow gets seeded; aquaponics is coming to Penn Forest; and more blacksmith training. Check it out.
This issue of Life at Penn Forest is largely about sustainability. There’s a new video from Chatham University about our sustainability work, there’s an announcement about our June picnic with sustainability workshops, our meadow restoration project is moving ahead, we’ll soon be planting sally gardens, and our blacksmithing classes will begin in May. Spring brings a lot of life to Penn Forest.
JANUARY 2016 eNewsletter:
Pictures! We’ve got pictures!
So much has happened so fast on our Returning Home Farm property that the only way for you to understand what’s new here is through photography. So, in this “Life at Penn Forest” issue we have pictures of the barn, of the chicken coop, of the education shed and of the animals (new and old), which include goats, chickens, ducks, bunnies and an English Shepherd puppy named Sophie. The only thing that’s missing from this menagerie is a needed guard animal for the goats (probably a donkey), and then we can start clearing the cemetery of brush this spring, summer and fall.
This was not the planned schedule. We were thinking we’d build a goat shed and coop now and the barn next year. But through a lucky combination of available construction skills and favorable karma, it’s all done now, a year ahead of schedule. Wow! We’re still taking it all in.
Pictures are good, but a better way to see everything is by visiting us. No need to schedule much in advance, just give me a call to make sure I’m here; then come on out.
And, as they used to say on those late night Veg-O-Matic commercials, “But, wait, there’s more!” Penn Forest won a Sprout Fund grant last month; we had a memorial tree planting in November; Tim Means plans to build a memorial stone wall in our cremated remains scattering area this spring; we’ll be offering classes in blacksmithing; and there’s another Death Café happening next month.
Read on, folks,
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OCTOBER 2015 eNewsletter:
We started out to establish a green cemetery in Pittsburgh so we and other Pittsburghers would have this option locally instead of needing to travel to green cemeteries hours away in other states. We’ve expanded our mission to become a model for sustainable living too by adding hiking trails, bees, forest restoration, meadow restoration, and both educational and community-building events.
Soon we will be getting goats for clearing brush instead of using gas-powered equipment or herbicides. Additional plans include gardens and local food production and aquaculture. Our new Returning Home Farm site will also include chickens for eggs and an education shed where we can offer sustainable living classes, starting with blacksmithing.
You may be asking, “What does Returning Home Farm have to do with running a natural burial park?” We now have thirty-five acres of land, and we only use a little over two acres for burial, so we want to make the rest of the land available for community enjoyment and learning. In other words, we want Penn Forest to be a place for the dead and a place for the living. I hope this idea resonates with you as it does with us. Please enjoy this issue of ‘Life at Penn Forest’ and send us your ideas for other things we might do to encourage sustainable living, and dying, here and elsewhere.
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