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 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 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:
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 11, 2013 in Uncategorized
Local food celebrations are springing up all over. In the Pittsburgh area, September is Local Food Month, with all sorts of fun events scheduled to promote the wonderful local food selections which abound, thanks to local farms and farmers markets. As part of this year’s Local Food Month, PASA Business Member, The Supper Club at the Greensburg Train Station is hosting a Local Foods Bash on Thursday, September 19th.
This unique dining event will showcase the best of the region’s local foods, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit PASA’s Arias M. Brownback Memorial Scholarship fund.The Brownback Scholarship Fund is dedicated to helping new and aspiring farmers to attend PASA’s annual Farming for the Future Conference — an important opportunity for learning about sustainable agriculture and connecting with more experienced farmers. Call 724-691-0536 for tickets and details!
August 13, 2013 in Community Events, Community Resources, Sustainability Schools, Uncategorized
Sustainability Schools continue to offer great opportunities through August and into the Fall!
Learn about “cooking the bone” with Carrie Hahn at East End Food Co-op, medicinal plants and earthen building at Quiet Creek Herb Farm, food preservation at Dickinson College Farm and so much more. Check out all the cool opportunities in our calendar.
Thanks is due to all our partners: Greener Partners, Dickinson College Farm, Quiet Creek Herb Farm, Spring Creek Homesteading, Eastern PA Permaculture Guild, Home Grown Institute, Jennings Environmental Education Center, Country Barn Farm, East End Food Co-op , Pennypack Farm & Education Center, Chatham University Food, Farm, and Field, and the Land Conservancy of Southern Chester County
Visit our main Sustainability Schools page for more information or follow the links above o visit each partner’s page for workshops near you!