The U.S. Supreme Court – Landmark Decision Concerning Protections for Organic Farms

January 13, 2014 in Take Action, Uncategorized

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From PASA’s friends at Wood Prairie Farm in Maine — news concerning a disappointing pronouncement by the US Supreme Court in the  landmark federal lawsuit, Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association et al v. Monsanto.

Read the full article at their website: woodprairiefarm.com

 

 

PASA Wants to Hear From You!

December 4, 2013 in Community Events, Community Resources, Community Support for PASA, Take Action, Uncategorized

Dear Good Food Neighbors,

PASA wants to hear from you!

The Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) is working to evaluate their communication strategies – their websites, newsletters, blogs, emails and social media – to understand how they can serve their members better, involve all Good Food Neighbors and involve new people in our community. As part of this process, they are gathering in-depth input from members and non-members alike to get an accurate picture of their current efforts – what works, what doesn’t and what is missing.

PASA would like to invite you (and a friend!) to join us for a focus group discussion!

Please click here to to learn more, select a focus group to attend & RSVP.

Each focus group will last between 90 minutes to a maximum of 2 hours. The discussion will be held in a small group, no more than 8 people, to encourage a lively and productive conversation. The entire process will be extremely informal, think of it as a talk with friends!

All focus group participants will be entered to win a PASA Gift Basket loaded with PASA-themed gear & some local food treats. Refreshments and a light snack will also be offered during the focus group.

Thanks for your interest & participation!

Michele
Michele Spencer

Membership Director

Comment Period for FSMA — Extended Until November 22nd.

November 20, 2013 in Community Support for PASA, Take Action, Uncategorized

Comment Period Extended to November 22nd!

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Whether you missed the deadline last Friday or have just thought of something else to say, now is the time to say it!

In a Nutshell

The FDA needs to hear three things:

  • Get the definitions of farm and facility right.
  • Pay attention to the comments from PASA and NSAC
  • Submit newly proposed rules for public comment as a result of this process

Make your comments HERE

Want More Details? PASA on FSMA

Want Inspiration?  Write to Farm

This is it. Let’s fix FSMA together! — the comment period closes tomorrow at 11:59 pm

November 14, 2013 in Take Action, Uncategorized

(From the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition)

TWO DAYS LEFT!

That’s how long you have left to make your voice heard on the Food Safety Modernization Act – new food safety regulations that will unfairly burden family farmers, target sustainable and organic farming, and reduce the availability of fresh, local food in our communities.

These rules put us on a path to: 

  • put many farms out of business;

  • reduce the supply of fresh, local produce in schools and hospitals;

  • push farmers to tear out wildlife habitat; and

  • increase the use of chemicals rather than natural fertilizers.

The good news is that we’ve got a chance to fix this – the Food and Drug Administration is asking for comments from people like YOU before the rules become final law!  But the comment period closes at 11:59pm this Friday, November 15. We’re running out of time to have an impact on what these rules look like – so don’t delay. Submit a comment to fix FSMA today. Here’s how:

1. Get informed. If you’re new to this issue – or just feeling iffy on some of the details – we’ve got you covered. Read our Top 10 Problems with FSMA, or check out our issue pages for some of the real nitty gritty. Farmers and food entrepreneurs should check out our “am I affected?” information too.

2. Take action. OK, here’s the deal – submitting a comment takes a little longer than simply sending a form email. But FDA will read every single submission, and it takes only a few moments! We’ve put together templates for farmers and consumers to help you customize your comment. Basically, in as few or many words as you like, you’ll want to share your concerns about the rules. You have a story to tell – about your food business, favorite farmer, or the role that local produce plays in your community – and it’s critical to share it with the FDA so they understand how many people from across the country are taking note of these rules and demanding that they work for sustainable agriculture!

3. Be sure to submit (or postmark) your comment by the deadline: November 15, 2013. There are two ways to submit:

  • Electronically. Submit one copy of your comments to the Produce Rule and one to thePreventive Controls Rule. We have more detailed instructions online here that walk you through the simple process!

  • Snail mail. Send a hard copy of your comments to: Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305) Food and Drug Administration 5630 Fishers Lane, Room 1061 Rockville, MD 20852

That’s it! Have last-minute questions? We’re here to help at fsma@sustainableagriculture.net. Two days. This is it. Let’s fix FSMA together. Sincerely, The NSAC Food Safety Team P.S. Have you already submitted a comment? Fantastic! You’re the best! Help us spread the word via Facebook and Twitter, too!

November 15th is the Deadline. Don’t miss your chance to comment on FSMA!

October 23, 2013 in Community Support for PASA, Take Action, Uncategorized

All across the country local food communities are speaking out about the Food and Drug Administration’s  Proposed Food Safety Regulations. Please take time to learn about these regulations and submit your comments before November 15th.

As the rules stand now, they are unfair to farmers & bad for public health. 
For more information, visit Write to Farm.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE ISSUES
AND TAKE ACTION:

http://sustainableagriculture.net/fsma/

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The safety of our local food future is at stake!

October 17, 2013 in Community Support for PASA, Take Action, Uncategorized

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And ask your friends to do the same.

Educate yourself about the Food Safety Modernization Act and make your voice heard!  The comment period is open until November 15, 2013.

Check out this video from the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute to hear the concerns of consumers and farmers.

The Food Safety Modernization Act. Consumers’ opinion

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The proposed rules will have a very negative impact on our access to fresh, healthy, and affordable foods. Please don’t miss this opportunity to voice your opinions on these rules and make sure that the FDA implements fair food safety provisions on all producers.

To learn how you can take a stand for our local food future click on this link to Stand up today for Food and Farms.

 

 

 

 

Food Safety Action Alert!

October 14, 2013 in Take Action, Uncategorized

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What is the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)?

 

The answer right now, is not good for our local food community.

 

The US Food and Drug Administration has proposed new rules this year that will have a huge impact on how fresh fruits and vegetables are grown and processed in the US. This is a big deal for farmers and eaters! Everyone has a role in ensuring safe food from field to fork – but FDA’s new proposed rules as written will unfairly burden family farmers, target sustainable and organic farming, and reduce the availability of fresh, local food in our communities. Right now, we have a chance to tell FDA that this is unacceptable – and we need your help to do it.

To learn more about these pending changes and how you can stand with farmers to protect your local food system follow the link below:

Stand up today for food and farms!

Holiday “Good Gifts” Ideas from PASA

December 10, 2012 in Community Support for PASA, Take Action, Uncategorized

IDEAS TO TREAT YOURSELF OR TO SHARE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON!

GIFTS FOR YOURSELF…

PURCHASE A PASA MEMBERSHIP
Join or Renew

REGISTER FOR PASA’S 
Farming for the Future Conference

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF
Exclusive PASA Member
offers in the Benefit Program

REFER A FRIEND &
Earn Rewards via
PASA’s Referral Program

GIFTS TO SHARE WITH OTHERS…

GIVE A GIFT PASA MEMBERSHIP
Purchase online OR
download the form to pay via check

HONOR SOMEONE SPECIAL
Give an honorary or
memorial donation to PASA

BUY FRESH BUY LOCAL® GEAR
Shop the marketplace

ELK CREEK CAFÉ & ALEWORKS
10% benefits PASA via sale
of Gift Cards. Call to purchase.

OTTO’S PUB & BREWERY
10% benefits PASA via sale of tankards.
To order visit the store or by phone.

TAIT FARM FOODS
30% benefits PASA via sales of the
Preserve CollectionSweet & Savory Collection & Fruit Shrub Sampler 
Use code PASA2 at checkout

THE STEEL FORK
10% benefits PASA via sales of
Custom Metal Letters and Word Signs

YELLOW SPRINGS FARM
10% benefits PASA via sale of
Goat Milk Caramel Sauce

THANK YOU TO ALL THE PARTICIPATING PASA MEMBERS FOR OFFERING
THESE GIFTS WITH A PERCENTAGE OF SALES TO BENEFIT PASA.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE!

PASA’s Fall Campaign kicked off September 1st.These biannual drives showcase PASA members, programs and our services. Our goals are to raise awareness, grow the membership, and inspire more participation & giving. Organizational growth will empower us to continue to strengthen quality education programs and services, and that is what it is all about.

 

How Can All Members & Friends Get Involved?

Farm Bill. Now.

November 2, 2012 in Take Action, Uncategorized

Everybody eats.  This means all of us have a stake in how our food is grown and produced.  And if we want organic, sustainable, healthy food everywhere – from our grocery stores to our schools, delivered from thriving family farms nationwide – we have to ask for it.

As of this month, our nation’s food and farm policy in the form of the 2008 Farm Bill has officially expired, with no workable replacement moving forward in Congress. This has left critical programs that support organic and sustainable agriculture high and dry with no funding – and means Congress dodged the chance to make real reforms and an investment in an equitable, sustainable future for food and farms in America.

When Congress comes back to Washington, DC after Election Day, please join the Good Food Neighborhood™ along with farmers, ranchers, and citizens like you across the country in telling Congress loud and clear:  we want our government to invest in a healthy future for our nation’s farms, food, and people!

The Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture has launched a major grassroots effort in collaboration with the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition and allies across the nation to make our voices heard.  Sign on to the citizens’ petition today – and mark your calendar for a national day of action on November 15!

Click here to sign your name to tell Congress we need a 2012 Farm Bill that:

Invests in the future of healthy farms, food, and people

Protects our precious air, soil, and water

Reforms farm subsidies and levels the playing field.