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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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!
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 17, 2013 in Community Support for PASA, Take Action, Uncategorized
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 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.
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!
July 31, 2013 in Community Resources, Sustainability Schools, Uncategorized
PASA’s Good Food Neighborhood welcomes our latest Sustainability Schools partner, the Country Barn Farm just north of Pittsburgh.
The Country Barn Farm is a family farm, tended by the Zgurzynski family with a keen focus on beekeeping, organic gardening, and sustainable agriculture. Joseph Zgurzynski is a second generation beekeeper with a lifelong interest in beekeeping and entomology. He manages beehives on the farm to produce raw honey that is lightly filtered and never heated, so we are able to offer the sweetest natural food in the world at peak flavor and nutritional benefit.
Joe is certified as a Master Beekeeper, with the Eastern Apicultural Society of North America and a member of Burgh Bees, Beaver Valley Area Beekeepers Association and the Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association. Joe offers beekeeping classes and equipment throughout the year.
July 22, 2013 in Community Events, Sustainability Schools, Uncategorized
Harness the Sun!
July 27th, 2:00-4:00pm
Dickinson College Farm – 553 Park Drive, Boiling Springs, PA 17007
$6 PASA or DC Farm CSA member/$8 non-member
Ever dreamed of building your own solar shower? How about a solar oven? Curious how solar panels convert the sun’s rays into electricity? This Saturday, learn homesteading skills that utilize Earth’s most abundant source of energy: the sun!
A complimentary in-depth solar tour of Dickinson College Farm will be led by Assistant Manager Matt Steiman at the conclusion of the main workshop.