July and August – Fun Learning is happening in your Good Food Neighborhood!

This weekend Earthen Building Intensive at Quiet Creek Herb Farm and Varroa Mite Treatments at Count

Sustainability School Programs — Jump Into June

Check out what’s going on near you! PASA’s Sustainability Schools are heating up in June

Bike Fresh Allegheny County / Sunday, June 1st / Walk-ins Welcome!



PASA Eastern Region Event: Evolutionary Nutrition and Local Food Systems

January 30, 2014 in Community Events, Community Resources, Sustainability Schools, Uncategorized

Evolutionary Nutrition and Local Food Systems

What are the connections?

Sponsored by: Red Hill Farm, Aston, PA and Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA)

Sunday, March 2, 2014 1:30 P.M.

Speaker: Janet Chrzan, Ph.D, PASA Eastern Region Member Services Manager Janet Chrzan is a California native who has lived in the Philadelphia area for 20 years, she has been a PASA member since 2005. She holds a Ph.D. inNutritional Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania, where her research explored connections between social activities, nutritional intakes, and mother and child health outcomes. While she continues to teach nutrition in the School of Nursing at Penn, her real passion is community-oriented food security and education.

Our Lady of Angels Convent 609 S. Convent Road, Aston, PA

Cost: FREE

*Parking lot: across the street from the main convent entrance – signs will be visible


PASA Announces PASAbilities Award Winners

January 21, 2014 in Community Events, Community Support for PASA, Uncategorized

PASA’s 23rd Annual Farming for the Future Conference

Sustainable Ag Leadership Award 

Sustainable Ag Business Leadership Award

Celebrating those who are moving us toward
a more sustainable food future!
PASA is proud to honor Victory Brewing Company and the Seeley Family of Milky Way Farms as the recipients of our 2014 Sustainable Ag Leadership Awards. These long-time PASA members have shown innovation and leadership within the agriculture community, and we are excited to showcase these experts during our upcoming Farming for the Future Conference!
Award recipients will be speaking as part of the PASAbilities Plenary, sponsored by Kimberton Whole Foods, and scheduled for 10:15 am on Saturday, February 8th. Full program details and conference registration are available here.
Winner of the 2014 Sustainable Ag Leadership Award
Pictured left to right: Kim, Ann and Jessica Seeley of Milky Way Farms in Bradford County; along with Brian Snyder, PASA.                                           
Winner of the 2014 Sustainable Business Leadership Award
unnamed-1Ron Barchet & Bill Covaleski founders and owners of  Victory Brewing Company based in Chester County.
Farming for the Future Conference registration continues through Tuesday, January 28.


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PASA thanks our Permanent Business Partner, Kimberton Whole Foods for their sponsorship of the PASAbilities Award Series. Their dedication to sustainability and community involvement has had a tremendous impact on the foodshed.


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

January 13, 2014 in Take Action, Uncategorized


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



Reignite your passion for living sustainably in 2014!

December 17, 2013 in Community Events, Uncategorized

Attend PASA’s 23rd Annual Farming for the Future Conference – February 5-8, 2014

The Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) is hosting its 23rd  annual Farming for the Future Conference at the Penn Stater Conference Center in State College, PA. This is PASA’s signature event and widely regarded as the best of its kind in the East. The Farming for the Future Conference brings together an audience of over 2,000 farmers, processors, consumers, students, environmentalists and business and community leaders annually.

Featured Speakers:

daphne_speaker1Daphne Miller, MD
Opening Keynoter, Friday Morning

In her latest book, Farmacology: What Innovative Family Farming Can Teach Us About Health and Healing, Miller discovers how learning from sustainable farmers can make her a better doctor. Read more…







miguel_speakerMiguel A. Altieri
PASAbilities Main Speaker, Saturday Morning

He is the author of more than 200 publications, and numerous books including Agroecology: The Science of Sustainable Agriculture and BiodiversityPest Management in Agroecosystems and Agroecology and the Search for a Truly Sustainable Agriculture. Read more…

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 Spencer

Membership Director


November 21, 2013 in Community Events, Community Resources, Community Support for PASA, Uncategorized


Turn BLACK  Friday and CYBER Monday into a green shopping days this year!       

Shop online for holiday gifts from participating members of the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) .Avoid the rush at big box retailers and shop at businesses that have shown their commitment to our local food future through their membership and support of PASA.



 On Friday, November 29th Wild for Salmon is donating 10% of all sales at their retail store in Bloomsburg, back to PASA.

On Friday, November 29th  Spotted Hill Farm is donating 10% of all sales at their annual Barn Sale back to PASA. Just be sure to mention “PASA/Good Gifts” when making your purchase.


Good Gift Shopping Offers Something for Everyone on your list!

Art & Crafts
Artisan Cheeses
Books & Clothing
Breweries & Vineyards
CSA Shares
Dining & Catering
Farm Camps
Farm & Garden Supplies
Gift Baskets & Specialty Foods
Honey & Bee Products
Meats, Eggs & Fish
Natural Foods & Gifts Retailer
Soap, Lotion & Herbal Products
Wool & Fiber Items
PASA Gifts
On-Farm & In-Store Sales Only




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)


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!

Take Note of November!

November 6, 2013 in Sustainability Schools, Uncategorized

A shot of pumpkins on the farmSustainability Schools Continue: From First Year Beekeeping and Backyard Chickens to the Love of Fungi there are great opportunities for do-it-yourself learning this month! And as the holiday season approaches, consider taking part in a sustainable alternative to “black Friday” at the Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County (TLC). If you can’t make it to the Bucktoe Creek Preserve on November 29th, maybe you’ll be inspired to come up with a “green Friday” activity of your own. 

Check out these opportunities and more as PASA’s Sustainability School programs continue through 2013.

Our Sustainability School partners include: Chatham University’s Food, Farm, and Field Program, Country Barn Farm, Dickinson College Farm, East End Food Co-op, Eastern PA Permaculture Guild, Greener Partners, Home Grown Institute, Jennings Environmental Education Center, the Land Conservancy of Southern Chester County, Pennypack Farm & Education Center, Spring Creek Homesteading, and Quiet Creek Herb Farm.

Visit our main Sustainability Schools page for more information or follow the links below to visit each partner’s page for workshops near you!

    • July 30, 2014
    • August 3, 2014
      • Sharing Nature With Children @ the Land Conservancy of Southern Chester County
        Location: Bucktoe Creek Preserve (432 Sharp Road, Avondale, PA 19311)
    • August 7, 2014
      • Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants and Mushrooms @ Quiet Creek Herb Farm & School of Country Living
        Location: Quiet Creek Herb Farm, Brookville, PA, United States
    • August 9, 2014
      • Simple Salsa in a Jar @ Dickinson College Farm
        Location: Dickinson College Farm, located at 553 Park Drive, Boiling Springs, PA 17007.
    • September 6, 2014
      • First Year Beekeeping Class @ Country Barn Farm
        Location: Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve 614 Dorseyville Rd, Fox Chapel, PA
    • September 7, 2014
      • Sharing Nature With Children @ the Land Conservancy of Southern Chester County
        Location: Bucktoe Creek Preserve (432 Sharp Road, Avondale, PA 19311)
    • September 13, 2014
      • The Skinny on Sauerkraut @ Dickinson College Farm
        Location: Dickinson College Farm, located at 553 Park Drive, Boiling Springs, PA 17007
    • October 11, 2014
      • Gluten-Free Baking for Beginners @ Dickinson College Farm
        Location: Dickinson College Farm, located at 553 Park Drive, Boiling Springs, PA 17007
    • November 1, 2014
      • Thanksgiving Centerpieces from your Garden @ Dickinson College Farm
        Location: Dickinson College Farm, located at 553 Park Drive, Boiling Springs, PA 17007
    • November 8, 2014
      • Backyard Chickens Workshop @ Country Barn Farm
        Location: Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve, 614 Dorseyville Road, Pittsburgh, PA, United States

Partner sites:

Chatham University Food Farm Field Program

Country Barn Farm

Dickinson College Farm

East End Food COOP

Eastern Pennsylvania Permaculture Guild

Greener Partners

Home Grown Institute

Jennings Environmental Education Center

Land Conservancy of Southern Chester County

Pennypack Farm & Education Center

Spring Creek Homesteading

Quiet Creek Herb Farm & School of Country Living

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.



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