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!
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!
July 13, 2012 in Community Events, Community Resources, Community Support for PASA, Uncategorized
Farm Aid 2012 is taking place at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, PA on September 22nd!
The Farm Aid Staff have always been big fans of the annual PASA conference. Now it’s your turn to check out their annual event in your own backyard and even get in on the action. Volunteers are used throughout concert weekend and play a huge role in Farm Aid’s annual event- even the musicians volunteer their time! A limited number of volunteer positions still exist for this year’s show. Volunteers receive great perks in exchange for their time including a T-shirt, a meal, and parking. Saturday volunteers will gain admission to the volunteer section and be able to watch the show before and after their volunteer shift. Please email Anna Miragliuolo at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information and write “New Volunteer” in the subject line.
January 30, 2012 in Sustainability Schools
Spring Creek Homesteading February Reskilling Workshops are Filling Up Fast!
- Cooking Winter Soups & Stews – 3 spots Left
- Making Mittens & Scarves from Old Wool Sweaters – FULL
- Home Beer Brewing – FULL with 6 on waiting list
- Yogurt & Granola – 12 spots left
- Making Balms & Salves – 7 spots left
- Silk Scarf Salt-Painting – 4 spots left
- Cold Frames – 6 spots left
- Sauerkraut – 5 spots left
- Worm Composing – 13 spots left
- Homemade Pasta & Sauce – FULL
To sign up: