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!
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!
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.
SPECIAL FUNDRAISING EVENTS ON BLACK FRIDAY:
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.
NOW THROUGH DECEMBER – SHOP ONLINE AND IN PERSON:
Good Gift Shopping Offers Something for Everyone on your list!
November 20, 2013 in Community Support for PASA, Take Action, Uncategorized
Whether you missed the deadline last Friday or have just thought of something else to say, now is the time to say it!
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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!
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 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 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!
December 10, 2012 in Community Support for PASA, Take Action, Uncategorized
IDEAS TO TREAT YOURSELF OR TO SHARE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON!
GIFTS FOR YOURSELF…
GIFTS TO SHARE WITH OTHERS…
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?