Good Food Neighbors are Blogging: Because there’s nothing like the bonds formed around a good meal!

November 11, 2014 in Author Series, Community Support for PASA, Guest Bloggers, Uncategorized

Good Food Neighbors are Blogging! PASA thanks this volunteer corp of guest bloggers, who have stepped forward to share their experiences, points of view and the goings-on in their communities with the Good Food Neighborhood. We look forward to sharing their fresh perspectives in this blog.


 

Brittany Colatrella / Pittsburgh, PA

Brittany Colatrella / Pittsburgh, PA

Because there’s nothing like the bonds formed around a good meal

A Quick Dig into GFN Blogger Brittany Colatrella’s roots

“The best way to a man’s heart is through his stomach,” my grandmother would often say in imparting her romantic wisdom to me. In my experience, I’ve found this to be a universal truth: there’s nothing like the bonds formed around a good meal.

I am a Pittsburgh-native who is lucky to be raised by a family that nurtured a love of food. And while I have always lived to eat, my parents–both medical practitioners–also instilled in me the principles of eating to live. Good food nourishes the mind, body and soul; so I have always been an adventurous eater with a special appreciation for homegrown and homemade.

Although my career path has not led me to growing and making food for a living (at least not yet), the health and environmental benefits of organic and local are important to me. I am a conscientious consumer who reads labels, pays attention to the supply chain, and follows current issues; and I opt for sustainable produce and independent businesses as much as I can.

Like all PASA members, I am passionate about helping people lead healthier, happier lives. As a marketing professional focused on the health and wellness industry, I blend my creative zeal with my motivation to improve quality of life. Being a PASA volunteer affords me the opportunity to apply these skills to further support the entrepreneurs and enthusiasts who make it possible for consumers like me to enjoy a lifestyle of health and sustainability.

I hope the stories that I have the honor of sharing through GFN bring you moments of cheer, enlightenment, pride, incitement, and inspiration just as the PASA community does for me. What I love most about participating in PASA is getting to know members; so I’ll leave you with a “taste” of some of my favorite foodie delights:

  • Sunday evenings with the family around the dinner table, especially when Mom makes artichoke lasagna or stuffed peppers
  • Traveling to try regional cuisine
  • Learning about family recipes passed down generations
  • Indulging in my favorite treats like cheese, ice cream, dark chocolate and anything ginger
  • And shopping at markets, of course!

 

Is there a farm, supplier, restaurant, business, event or anything else noteworthy happening in the Southwestern PA region that we should highlight here? What topics on growing and making nutritious food deserve attention? Please stay in touch and keep us posted on what you like reading about on GFN!


 

As always, many thanks to our Sustainability School partners around the state:

 Chatham University’s Master of Arts in Food Study,

 Country Barn Farm,

 Dickinson College Farm,

East End Food Co-op,

Eastern PA Permaculture Guild,

Fair Food,

Glade Run Adventures,

IMBY at Misty Hollow Farm 

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 above to visit each partner’s page for workshops near you!

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Savor September with Sustainability Schools and Local Food Celebrations!

September 2, 2014 in Community Events, Sustainability Schools, Uncategorized

SO MUCH TO DO IN SEPTEMBER!

image002Local Foods Month in Pittsburgh! Celebrate the local bounty in Western PA, with a variety of fun events. Follow this link for more information.

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Sustainability Schools are offering great programming this month including Beginning Beekeeping at the Country Barn Farm, Sharing Nature with Children at the Land Conservancy of Southern Chester County and tsaving the seasonimely workshops on  preserving the season: Get the Skinny on Sauerkraut at Dickinson College Farm or learn about Saving the Season at East End Food Coop. Scroll down to see the whole calendar.

And don’t forget Chester County Bike Fresh coming up on September 21st.

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As always, many thanks to our Sustainability School partners around the state:

 Chatham University’s Master of Arts in Food Study,

 Country Barn Farm,

 Dickinson College Farm,

East End Food Co-op,

Eastern PA Permaculture Guild,

Fair Food,

Glade Run Adventures,

IMBY at Misty Hollow Farm 

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 above to visit each partner’s page for workshops near you!

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Get the Scoop From Your Good Food Neighbors!

August 18, 2014 in Community Support for PASA, Guest Bloggers, Uncategorized

Good Food Neighbors are Blogging! Over the next few months we will be introducing some guest bloggers to our Good Food Neighborhood. These PASA members are passionate about local foods and sustainable agriculture. They will be sharing their experiences, points of view, and the goings on in their communities. We want to thank them for their contribution of time and  talent to our Good Food Neighborhood. We look forward to sharing their fresh perspectives in this blog.

If you would like to be a guest blogger in our Good Food Neighborhood please contact Jean Najjar at jean@pasafarming.org.


 

Hello Fellow Local Foodies!!!

Arlene Thayer / York County

Arlene Thayer / York County

My name is Arlene Thayer, a resident of beautiful South Central Pennsylvania, passionate local foodie, fiber artist and blogger.  I’ve stepped up to the plate to be a regular contributor in the Good Food Neighborhood to share my local food finds, recipes and reflections on the incredible bounty of the region.Chocolate_Mousse.jpg We’re kicking off my contributions here with a little bit about myself and the types of posts that will be coming your way from me.

I’ve loved good food for as long as I can remember born into a family where the women were all very good cooks.

My mother was a rather adventurous cook.  She was an avid reader of cooking magazines and many weekends were spent in pursuit of cooking through a slew of new recipes.  I can remember vividly a series of experiments where we went in search of the perfect chocolate mousse recipe.  There are worse ways to spend one’s time, right?

Now, while my mother would try anything and everything in the kitchen, my maternal grandmother was a different story.  Evelyn Mary pretty much stuck to the basics but oh, they were so good.  And, since she was raised in Delaware, right where Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania converge, her repertoire was heavily influenced by the foods and dishes of the region including favorites like: ham salad, chicken with slippery dumplings, and stewed tomatoes.

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One of the most valuable lessons I learned from my grandmother was the importance of buying and using locally raised and grown food stuffs.  For example, when corn was in season, she had a particular farm stand where she liked to buy corn.  The corn had to be from THAT farm stand.  The quality of the corn could be measured by what my grandfather put on the corn.  “OK” corn would be eaten with the additions of butter, salt, and pepper.  “Good” corn would be eaten with salt and pepper.  “Very Good” corn would get a dash of salt.  But, the “Best” corn would be eaten without anything else added.

“Best” corn is only possible when you know where THAT farm stand is.  And, so, this is what my type of posts are going to be about.  My husband and I are passionate about exploring and discovering the treasures of our region.  We feel incredibly lucky to live in the South Central Pennsylvania region which is a true treasure trove of wonderful locally produced food products.  Please feel free to share your finds with me too by commenting on the posts and sharing on the Facebook page .  If you are a producer, please email me at arc382001@yahoo.com so I can check you out!

 

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

July 18, 2014 in Community Events, Community Resources, Sustainability Schools, Uncategorized

 

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Summer Salsa at Dickindon (JeffreyWW, Flickr User)

Summer is speeding past — don’t miss these great sustainability programs and fun events!

The weather has been fine and PASA’s Sustainability Schools are offering great programs to fill out July and August! Check out what’s happening in your neighborhood!  This weekend Earthen Building Intensive at Quiet Creek Herb Farm and Varroa Mite Treatments at Country Barn Farm. Wrap up July with the Science Behind Raw Foods & Juicing at East End Food Co-op! August brings a continuation of the Sharing Nature with Children Series at the Land Conservancy of Southern Chester County. Delve into Wild Edibles, Medicinals, and Mushrooms at Quiet Creek Herb Farm or take a fresh look at Simple Salsa in a Jar at Dickinson College Farm. There are also lots of cool opportunities for kids and the whole family! Check out the programs near you!

 Scroll down for a complete listing of upcoming events and register today!

Thanks is due to all our partners:

 Chatham University’s Master of Arts in Food Study,

 Country Barn Farm,

 Dickinson College Farm,

East End Food Co-op,

Eastern PA Permaculture Guild,

Fair Food,

Glade Run Adventures,

IMBY at Misty Hollow Farm 

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 above to visit each partner’s page for workshops near you!

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Sustainability School Programs — Jump Into June

June 2, 2014 in Community Events, Community Resources, Sustainability Schools, Uncategorized

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PASA’s Sustainability Schools are heating up in June with “hot” topic programs on composting, industrial hemp, honey harvesting, landscaping strategies for bees, cultivating biodiversity, seed balls, and making your own pesto. There are also lots of cool opportunities for kids and the whole family! Check out the programs near you!

 Scroll down for a complete listing of upcoming events and register today!

Thanks is due to all our partners:

 Chatham University’s Master of Arts in Food Study,

 Country Barn Farm,

 Dickinson College Farm,

East End Food Co-op,

Eastern PA Permaculture Guild,

Fair Food,

Glade Run Adventures,

IMBY at Misty Hollow Farm 

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 above to visit each partner’s page for workshops near you!

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

May 30, 2014 in Community Events, Community Resources, Community Support for PASA, Uncategorized

The Good Food Neighborhood invites you to Bike Fresh in Allegheny County this weekend!

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Join us for PASA’s 2nd annual Bike Fresh Bike Local in Allegheny County! The weather forecast is gorgeous for  this first Bike Fresh of the season –  this Sunday, June 1st in Western Pennsylvania! 

PRE-REGISTRATION IS CLOSED:

WALK-INS WELCOME!

$50 WALK-IN REGISTRATION

PROCEEDS FROM THIS EVENT SUPPORT PASA’S WORK IN WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA ON BEHALF OF FAMILY FARMS.

Celebrate at the end of the ride with Event Partners Whole Foods Market and North Country Brewing, who team up to provide a delicious local foods lunch and refreshing beer (for those 21 years and older) or root beer to all riders.

Menu

Your choice of:

Sweet Stems Farm Beer Brats braised in East End Brewing BeerSpicy
Chicken Sausage with peppers & onions in North Country BeerGrilled
Portobello Mushroom with peppers & onions with Chipotle Aioli

Served with the following:

Roasted Vegetable Quinoa Salad
Lemon Dill Petite Potato Salad
Watermelon Wedges

Many thanks to:

Allegheny Bike Fresh Event Partners – Whole Foods Market  and North Country Brewing

Allegheny Bike Fresh Sponsors – East End Food Co-op, Green Mountain Energy, Eat’n Park, and SOTA Construction Services, Inc.

BIKE FRESH BIKE LOCAL

Great Routes, Good Friends, and Delicious Local Foods! Best Sundays ever and a great chance to support local farms, sustainable agriculture, and our local food systems!

 

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Sustainability School Programs – MORE BUZZ IN MAY!

May 13, 2014 in Community Resources, Sustainability Schools, Uncategorized

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Check out what’s going on near you!

PASA’s Sustainability Schools are offering more cool opportunities in May including: Sheep to Shawl, Honey Bees, Medicinal Plants and Wild Edibles. Check out the opportunities in your area.

Scroll down for a complete listing of upcoming events and register today!

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

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MAY IS HERE! — Check out the timely offerings from our Sustainability School Partners

May 1, 2014 in Community Events, Community Resources, Community Support for PASA, Sustainability Schools, Uncategorized

mother's day baskets Glade runMay is here with a great selection of programs from our Sustainability School Partners!

Shop for plants, gear up for  backyard chickens learn about beekeeping or engage your children in learning about nature. There are wonderful opportunities for learning across Pennsylvania.

Scroll down for a complete listing of upcoming events and register today!

The Good Food Neighborhood welcomes our newest Sustainability School Partners:

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Email Jean Najjar jean@pasafarming.org  to learn how you can become a Sustainability School Partner

Thanks is due to all our partners:

 Chatham University’s Master of Arts in Food Study,

 Country Barn Farm,

 Dickinson College Farm,

East End Food Co-op,

Eastern PA Permaculture Guild,

Fair Food(New in 2014)

Glade Run Adventures, (New in 2014)

IMBY at Misty Hollow Farm,  (NEW in 2014)

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 above to visit each partner’s page for workshops near you!

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2014 PASA Sustainability School Programs — February Update

February 10, 2014 in Community Events, Community Resources, Community Support for PASA, Film Series, Sustainability Schools, Uncategorized

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PASA’s Sustainability Schools kick off 2014 with a series great work shops, films and more! Scroll down for a complete listing register today!

Thanks is due to all our partners: 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 above to visit each partner’s page for workshops near you!

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Partner sites:

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

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…