Spring is almost here — Don’t miss these great March workshops!

March 10, 2014 in Community Events, Community Resources, Uncategorized

 

Seedling_Cyanotype_1-150x150START GROWING WITH PASA’s SUSTAINABILITY  SCHOOL PARTNERS!

PASA’s Sustainability Schools continue through the spring with a great line up up of workshops on American Beef, Bread Making, Charcuterie, Star Gazing and Backyard Mushrooms! Scroll down for a complete listing and register today!

Thanks is due to all our partners: Fair FoodIMBY at Misty HollowChatham University’s Food, Farm, and Field ProgramCountry Barn FarmDickinson College FarmEast End Food Co-op, Eastern PA Permaculture GuildGreener PartnersJennings Environmental Education Center, the Land Conservancy of Southern Chester CountyPennypack Farm & Education CenterSpring Creek Homesteading, and Quiet Creek Herb Farm.

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

    • April 25, 2014
      • A Week of Vegetables -- Friday Night Out @ IMBY
        Location: In My Back Yard at Misty Hollow Farm -- 1020 East Street Road, West Chester, PA
    • April 26, 2014
      • Wildflower Walk @ the Land Conservancy of Southern Chester County
        Location: Bucktoe Creek Preserve (432 Sharp RD, Avondale, PA).
      • Successful Organic Fruit In Your Own Backyard @IMBY Misty Hollow
        Location: IMBYat Misty Hollow Farm 1020 East Street Rd. West Chester, Pa.
      • Shiitake Workshop @ Master of Arts in Food Studies / Chatham University
        Location: Chatham University’s Eden Hall Farm, 6035 Ridge Road, Gibsonia, PA 15044
      • SOLD OUT -- Gnocchi 101 @ Dickinson College Farm
        Location: Dickinson College Farm, located at 553 Park Drive, Boiling Springs, PA 17007
      • Living History Hike @ the Land Conservancy of Southern Chester County
        Location: Starting location: Chandler Mill Bridge (Kennett Square, PA).
    • April 27, 2014
      • Swarm Prevention and Capture Techniques @ Country Barn Farm
        Location: Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve 614 Dorseyville Rd, Fox Chapel, PA
    • April 30, 2014
      • Small Space Gardening @ East End Food Co-op
        Location: East End Food Co-Op, Meade Street, Pittsburgh, PA, United States
    • May 3, 2014
      • Creatures of the Farm @ Dickinson College Farm
        Location: Dickinson College Farm, Park Drive, Boiling Springs, PA, United States
      • Parasite Control in Sheep and Goats @ Dickinson College Farm
        Location: Dickinson College Farm 553 Park Drive, Boiling Springs, PA 17007
    • May 4, 2014
    • May 5, 2014
    • May 7, 2014
      • Continuing... Tree Care Series @ Master of Art in Food Science / Chatham University
        Location: Chatham’s Eden hall Campus
    • May 12, 2014
      • Continuing... Tree Care Series @ Master of Art in Food Science / Chatham University
        Location: Chatham’s Eden hall Campus
    • May 14, 2014
    • May 17, 2014
      • Open Hive Day @ the Land Conservancy of Southern Chester County
        Location: New Leaf Eco Center (776 Rosedale Rd, Kennett Square, PA).
    • May 18, 2014
    • May 21, 2014
      • Continuing... Tree Care Series @ Master of Art in Food Science / Chatham University
        Location: Chatham’s Eden hall Campus
    • May 23, 2014
      • Continuing... Tree Care Series @ Master of Art in Food Science / Chatham University
        Location: Chatham’s Eden hall Campus
    • May 24, 2014
      • Cool Season Grass Walk @ the Land Conservancy of Southern Chester County
        Location: Bucktoe Creek Preserve: 432 Sharp Road, Avondale, PA 19311
    • May 31, 2014
      • Medinal Plant Walk @ the Land Conservancy of Southern Chester County
        Location: Bucktoe Creek Preserve (432 Sharp Road, Avondale, PA)
      • Stalking Wild Edibles @ Dickinson College Farm
        Location: Dickinson College Farm, located at 553 Park Drive, Boiling Springs, PA 17007
    • June 1, 2014
      • Sharing Nature With Children @ the Land Conservancy of Southern Chester County
        Location: Bucktoe Creek Preserve (432 Sharp Road, Avondale, PA 19311)
      • Queen Honey Bee Rearing Methods @ Country Barn Farm
        Location: Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve 614 Dorseyville Rd, Fox Chapel, PA
    • June 8, 2014
      • Sharing Nature With Children @ the Land Conservancy of Chester County
        Location: Bucktoe Creek Preserve (432 Sharp Road, Avondale, PA 19311)
    • June 21, 2014
      • Ladybugs and Toads and Bees, Oh My! Cultivating Biodiversity and Crop Health @ Dickinson College Farm
        Location: Dickinson College Farm, located at 553 Park Drive, Boiling Springs, PA 17007
    • June 22, 2014
      • Honey Harvesting Methods @ Country Barn Farm
        Location: Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve 614 Dorseyville Rd, Fox Chapel, PA
    • July 6, 2014
      • Sharing Nature With Children @ the Land Conservancy of Southern Chester County
        Location: Bucktoe Creek Preserve (432 Sharp Road, Avondale, PA 19311)
    • July 20, 2014
      • Varroa Mite Treatments @ Country Barn Farm
        Location: Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve 614 Dorseyville Rd, Fox Chapel, PA
    • 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 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:

Fair Food

IMBY at Misty Hollow

Chatham University Food Farm Field Program

Country Barn Farm

Jennings Environmental Education Center

Pennypack Farm & Education Center

Land Conservancy of Southern Chester County

Greener Partners

Dickinson College Farm

Eastern Pennsylvania Permaculture Guild

Spring Creek Homesteading

Quiet Creek Herb Farm & School of Country Living

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
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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

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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

 

 

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…

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!