2014 PASA Sustainability School Programs — February Update

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

Scudder_Stevens_-_DSCF0088-225x300Sustain the winter wonder!

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!

    • 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

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…

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

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!

farm safety

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!

Take Note of November!

November 6, 2013 in Sustainability Schools, Uncategorized

A shot of pumpkins on the farmSustainability 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!

    • 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

Partner sites:

Chatham University Food Farm Field Program

Country Barn Farm

Dickinson College Farm

East End Food COOP

Eastern Pennsylvania Permaculture Guild

Greener Partners

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

Local Food Bash Supports Scholarship Fund for Aspiring Farmers

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!

 

Check out all the fun happenings that make up Local Foods Month in Pittsburgh!

 

 

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

 

Chatham University’s Food, Farm & Field Program – Canceled

June 4, 2013 in Sustainability Schools, Uncategorized

Chatham FFF logo

A living, learning, and earning experience on the farm

July 28 – August 10, 2013

Register by June 14th to receive an “Early Bird” 25% discount!

A Partnership between PASA’s Good Food Neighborhood™ Program and Chatham University’s Food, Farm & Field Program (Chatham University’s Eden Hall Farm Campus, Gibsonia, PA).

Chatham University‘s Food, Farm & Field program is a dynamic and immersive two-week program (July 28 – August 10, 2013) investigating the relationship between food, farming, and the environment. Run through the School of Sustainability and the Environment, the program is held at Chatham’s Eden Hall Campus, placing students in a rural and idyllic setting that encourages a connection with nature and countless opportunities for hands-on work. Undergraduates, Graduates, and continuing learners are welcome to join the program with course credit satisfying each students current level of study.

Students will live on Chatham’s Eden Hall Campus farm for two weeks where they will experience classroom learning, group discussions, field trips, and interactive lab activities on the farm and in the kitchen. The program will be led by Chatham’s renowned faculty in sustainability, food studies, agroecology, creative writing, and film and digital media, lending unique holistic perspectives to how we interact with the facets of the food system. Guest lectures will also be provided by local farmers, chefs, and food suppliers to create a better understanding of food sourcing and use.

Credit and cost: All students will receive three academic credits at the upper division undergraduate or graduate level. The program cost is $3,000 and includes all courses materials, lodging, meals, and activities. Current and incoming Chatham undergraduate and graduate students will receive a tuition discount for the program. Please contact Kelsey Sheridan with the School of Sustainability and the Environment at 412-365-1343 or e-mail at foodfarmfield@chatham.edu.

 

Chatham’s School of Sustainability and the Environment also offers a Master of Arts in Food Studies, a Master of Sustainability and an Executive Master in Sustainability Leadership.

PA in September: PASA Blankets the Commonwealth in Support of Local Farms & Food

September 16, 2012 in Community Events, Community Resources, Community Support for PASA, Uncategorized

The Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) announces an exciting array of events and opportunities to support your local farmer while enjoying the lovely fall weather in Pennsylvania. To celebrate the harvest season, PASA is hosting and attending farmer-focused and family-friendly events throughout the Commonwealth. Read on to find an event near you or mark your calendars for a PA road trip!

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South Central PA:

Join PASA at Farm Aid 2012 on Saturday, September 22, at Hersheypark Stadium. The concert will feature Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Dave Matthews with Tim Reynolds, Kenny Chesney, Jack Johnson, ALO, Pegi Young & The Survivors and Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real. Farm Aid is much more than a concert – there are plenty of events leading up to the concert, including the following:

  • Farm Aid’s 2nd National Gathering of Farm Advocates on Thursday, September 20, is a working meeting that will bring together new and established farm advocates and financial, legal and farm policy experts for a day of training and skills development. Register at farmaid.org/advocates.
  • The Farm Aid Forum – Shale Gas Extraction & the Family Farm is an educational session provided to discuss the range of impacts, resources and protections for those facing unconventional natural gas extraction on their land or in their community. This open meeting will be held Friday, September 21st from 9:00am – 12:00pm at the Holiday Inn Harrisburg East (4752 Lindle Road, Harrisburg PA 17111). RSVPs are required – please email alicia@farmaid.org to RSVP.
  • Farm Aid’s HOMEGROWN Village is open from noon to 5:30pm on Saturday, September 22, and is a lively space where concert goers enjoy interactive and experiential exhibits about soil, water, family farmers and good food! Stop by and visit PASA’s three exhibits in the HOMEGROWN Village. Play ag trivia, help recreate a mural of the Buy Fresh Buy Local® logo, learn about backyard conservation and homesteading in the Skills Tent, try out our bicycle powered generator at our Good Food Neighborhood™ booth and enter to win amazing raffle prizes donated by PASA member farms and businesses.

For more information about these and other Farm Aid events surrounding the concert, visit farmaid.org/events.

ART on the FARM at Dickinson College Farm in Boiling Springs on Sunday, September 23, from 4:00pm to 8:00pm is a collaborative fundraiser to benefit PASA & the Carlisle Arts & Learning Center (CALC). Art on the Farm provides a unique opportunity for the Cumberland Valley to experience local flare through art, education and agriculture.

Area painters, ceramicists, fiber artists and performance artists will be engaged “en plein air” work from 4:00pm to 6:00pm. Guests will be given a map of the Dickinson College Farm for an opportunity to interact with artists in action. Educational programs will run concurrently with the “en plein air” sessions, allowing visitors to gain a deeper perspective and appreciation for key topics relating to sustainable land management and food production.

Hors d’oeuvres made by local restaurants will be provided along with samplings of craft beer and wines. This will be followed by a light dinner made with fresh, local ingredients. The night will culminate with a live and silent auction. The cost is $40 per Individual or $75 per couple. To purchase tickets visit carlislearts.org or call (717) 249-6973.

 

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Eastern PA:
PASA’s 5th Annual Bike Fresh Bike Local ride offers 25, 50 or 75 mile route options to make this the perfect ride for those who haven’t been on their bike in a while to cyclists looking for a challenge. Get your family, friends and co-workers out to appreciate the beautiful rolling hills of Chester County and see where our food comes from! The ride starts & finishes at event partner and Chester County’s famous beer destination, Victory Brewing Company. All participants receive a delicious locally sourced lunch and an award winning Victory draft beer (for riders 21+ years of age) after the ride!
Walk-in registration ($45) is available at the event. PASA also gratefully welcomes additional donations, which you can add at the time of registration. Register at pasafarming.org/bikefresh.

Join PASA from 11:00am – 3:00pm on Saturday, September 22, for an amazing event celebrating the official Grand Re-Opening of Kimberton Whole Foods’ Downingtown store in its new location! Come for the expanded organic produce section, the larger selection of great healthy groceries, the green building features throughout the store and the free samples, bike raffle, kids activities and food demos! The new Downingtown store is 2 doors down from the previous Downingtown location in the Milltown Square Shopping Center.  Directions to Kimberton’s store in Downingtown can be found by visiting kimbertonwholefoods.com/stores/downingtown.

 

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Western PA:
September is Local Foods Month in Western PA, and to add to the fun and celebration, PASA is hosting a Farmer Olympics at the Mother Earth News Fair! The Farmer Olympics brings local farmers and their supporters together for some friendly competition in fun, farming-inspired challenges. Teams of farmers and community members will test their skill, agility, teamwork and knowledge in competitions like the potato harvest scramble, tomato-trellising relay, box building, fence moving and farm trivia. Teams receive free admission to the Mother Earth News Fair on Sunday, September 23. Fun for all, and prizes to the winners!

The Mother Earth News Fair at Seven Springs Mountain Resort is a fun-filled, family-oriented sustainable lifestyle event. The Fair features practical, hands-on demos and workshops on topics like renewable energy, small-scale agriculture, livestock, gardening, green building, and natural health in addition to vendors of organic food and drink, books and magazines, tools, seeds, clothing and more. In 2011, over 9,000 people attended the Fair, and this year the event has been extended from two days to three. Look for today’s interview with Mother Earth News Fair keynoter and author of The Art of Fermentation, Sandor Katz on the Good Food Neighborhood blog!

 

Also, don’t forget about these upcoming Sustainability Schools workshops:

Potluck & Recipe Swap
Saturday, September 22
Longview Center for Agriculture
Collegeville, Montgomery County
In partnership with Greener Partners

Saving Tradition by Saving Seed
Saturday, September 29
Dickinson College Farm
Boiling Springs, Cumberland County
In partnership with Dickinson College Farm

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About PASA:

With over 5,000 members, the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) is one of the largest and most active sustainable agriculture organizations in the U.S. Through educational programs and regional marketing assistance for farmers, advocacy, and public outreach, PASA seeks to promote profitable farms that produce healthy food for all people while respecting the natural environment. PASA’s hallmark event, the Farming for the Future Conference, draws thousands of participants from more than 30 states and six countries each February. For more information, visit pasafarming.org.

 

Megan Epler
(814) 349.9856 x15
megan@pasafarming.org

“Promoting profitable farms that provide healthy food for all people while respecting the natural environment.”