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.

 

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…

PASA Wants to Hear From You!

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!

Please click here to to learn more, select a focus group to attend & RSVP.

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!

Michele
Michele Spencer

Membership Director

PASA’s Good Gifts: GREEN YOUR HOLIDAY SHOPPING!

November 21, 2013 in Community Events, Community Resources, Community Support for PASA, Uncategorized

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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!

Art & Crafts
Artisan Cheeses
Books & Clothing
Breweries & Vineyards
CSA Shares
Dining & Catering
Farm Camps
Farm & Garden Supplies
Gift Baskets & Specialty Foods
Honey & Bee Products
Jewelry
Lodging
Meats, Eggs & Fish
Natural Foods & Gifts Retailer
Soap, Lotion & Herbal Products
Wool & Fiber Items
PASA Gifts
On-Farm & In-Store Sales Only

 

 

 

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!

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!

Wrap up your summer with learning!

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 PartnersDickinson College FarmQuiet Creek Herb FarmSpring Creek HomesteadingEastern PA Permaculture GuildHome Grown InstituteJennings 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!

    • April 18, 2014
      • Mycoremediation Workshop @ the Land Conservancy of Southern Chester County
        Location: New Leaf Eco Center, 776 Rosedale Rd, Kennett Square, PA 19348
      • Spring Break @ the Land Conservancy of Southern Chester County
        Location: New Leaf Eco Center (776 Rosedale Rd, Kennett Sq)
    • April 23, 2014
      • Parenting by Connection @ East End Food Co-op
        Location: East End Food Co-Op, Meade Street, Pittsburgh, PA, United States
    • 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 30, 2014
      • Small Space Gardening @ East End Food Co-op
        Location: East End Food Co-Op, Meade Street, Pittsburgh, PA, United States
    • May 4, 2014
    • 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 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)
    • 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
    • July 6, 2014
      • Sharing Nature With Children @ the Land Conservancy of Southern Chester County
        Location: Bucktoe Creek Preserve (432 Sharp Road, Avondale, PA 19311)
    • 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 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

 

Welcome East End Food Co-op!

June 26, 2013 in Sustainability Schools, Uncategorized

east end food co-op logoPASA’s Good Food Neighborhood welcomes our latest Sustainability Schools partner, the East End Food Co-op in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The East End Food Co-op is Pittsburgh’s only member-owned natural and organic foods grocery store.  This urban co-op has been serving the community since 1980 and is owned by approximately 10,000 members.  As they grow and strive to meet the changing needs of their members, customers, and community they remain true to their roots by continuing to uphold the cooperative values on which they were founded. Best known for their bulk foods and produce departments, they specialize in a variety of organic and local products.  Their award-winning vegetarian café serves fresh soups, hot entrees, deli salads, and sandwiches that are all made in-house daily.  Their commitment to sustainability is demonstrated by the care that their buyers take in selecting all of the products available throughout the store, including fair trade coffees, local products, and environmentally-friendly household cleaners.  They also provide for the special dietary needs of their customers by offering a wide variety of gluten-free and raw items in addition to their cutting-edge supplements.

In addition to the market and café, East End Food Co-op also encourages customers and members to take advantage of the numerous ways they can become more involved in their co-op, including: volunteering both in the store and the community, participating in classes and lectures, attending special events and board meetings, and learning more about the cooperative principles they were founded on.

East End Food Co-op will be offering Sustainability Schools focusing on nutrient rich foods and preparation techniques.

The first workshop is on making Bone Broth. The presenter is Carrie Hahn. To register for workshops, simply call 412-242-3598 to reserve your spot!

Carrie Hahn is a radical homemaker, wife and mother of two beautiful girls.  Carrie has been a chapter leader for the Weston A. Price Foundation since 2004; board member of the Mt. Lebanon School District Wellness Committee; created and managed the Mt Lebanon Uptown Farmer’s Market for four years, which earned her Mt. Lebanon’s prestigious Outstanding Citizen Award in 2008. She spent most of her life in the city until 2009 she and her family had the opportunity to move to an organic farm in western Pennsylvania to pursue her dream of being a farmer.  She is now working with members of the Amish community to develop a cooperative of organic produce and naturally raised grass based animal products for area restaurants and consumers.