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 email@example.com. 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 6, 2013 in Sustainability Schools, Uncategorized
Sustainability 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!
Chatham University Food Farm Field Program
Country Barn Farm
Dickinson College Farm
East End Food COOP
Eastern Pennsylvania Permaculture Guild
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
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:
October 17, 2013 in Community Support for PASA, Take Action, Uncategorized
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 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.
October 14, 2013 in Take Action, Uncategorized
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:
October 1, 2013 in Community Events
Lehigh Valley Harvest:
A Celebration of Local Food and Farms
(formerly Taste of the Lehigh Valley)
Sunday, October 27, 2013
1-4 PM; VIP Hour 12-1 PM
Allentown Brew Works
(812 W Hamilton St, Allentown, PA)
Tickets: $25 in advance / $30 at door
Students, Seniors: $20 (must provide ID at door)
Children 10 and under: $10 (pay at door)
VIP Tickets: $75
NEW This Year: The “Preparing the Harvest” cooking demonstration”.
Executive Chefs Jon Middleton of Muhlenberg College, John Soder from Lehigh Valley Hospital Network, & Chad Licsko from Lehigh University will demonstrate innovative recipes & techniques in “Preparing the Harvest” using ingredients sourced from some of our favorite local producer-farmers. Guaranteed to be fresh, delicious, & fun!
And much much more! Visit the Lehigh Valley Buy Fresh Buy Local Chapter Website for more information.
September 23, 2013 in Community Events
Farm to City Dinner
Join the community of York Pennsylvania for a celebration their County’s rich agricultural heritage and healthy foods. This 1st annual Farm to City Dinner and Silent Auction will benefit the York Co. Buy Fresh Buy Local Chapter, the Horn Farm Center, and the Healthy World Cafe.
What: Farm to City Dinner and Silent Auction
Where: Beaver St./ outside the Central Market House in York, PA.
When: Sunday October 6 at 2:30 PM
Tickets are available on a first come, first serve basis for $65. Proceeds from the event will be evenly divided between:
• The Horn Farm Center for Agricultural Education showcases and interprets the rich heritage, viable present and exciting future of York County agriculture
• York County Buy Fresh Buy Local connects consumers with locally grown food and farm products to make it easier to find, choose, and appreciate great local foods while supporting the farmers and lands that produce them.
• York’s Healthy World Café is dedicated to providing fresh, locally sourced meals, in a welcoming, non-stigmatized environment where once pays what they are able. If one is unable to pay, they are able to exchange work in lieu of payment
September 20, 2013 in Community Events
Local Food + Local Art + Educational Programs = CELEBRATION!
This unique event raises funds and awareness for two local initiatives that support sustainable food systems and celebrate the arts in our region: Carlisle Arts Learning Center and Pennsvlvania Association of Sustainable Agriculture.
Fee: $40 ($20 for students with ID)
Each ticket brings you a full dinner made with locally sourced ingredients; appetizers from Piatto, Gaia Cafe and Mountainside Supper Club; drinks (including beer, wine and fruit spritzers if you’re 21+); live bluegrass and jazz; the chance to meet artists working in a wide range of mediums as they create one-of-a-kind pieces throughout the farm fields; and the opportunity to purchase pieces by regional artists. Join over 200 of your fellow community members, farmers, students, entrepreneurs and artists to soak up local food, music, art and drinks!
September 12, 2013 in Uncategorized
September is Local Foods Month in Pittsburgh and the Buy Fresh Buy Local® brand will be traveling around the city — big and bold on the sides of 10 downtown buses.
These ads were installed yesterday, along with Farmers Market schedules to help promote Local Foods Month in the City. Look for these ads all around downtown Pittsburgh and the East End for the next month. The ads are the result of a USDA Farmers Market Promotion Program.
Pittsburgh loves to EAT LOCAL!