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Newsletter of the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture
Serving the Community of Sustainable Farmers, Consumers and Businesses Throughout Pennsylvania and Beyond Number 63 November/December 2006
The Conference is Coming!
16th Annual Farming for the Future Conference
Cultivating Excellence — Farming to Serve the Common Good Feb. 1–3, 2007, State College, PA By Heather House Oddly enough, I love it when people complain about the conference. I can’t tell you how many people have said to me, “I’m stuffed! There’s just too much good food!” or “There’s not enough time to meet all these great people!” Or my all-time favorite complaint, “There are just too many amazing workshops to choose from!” PASA’s 2007 Farming for the Future conference, February 1–3, 2007 at the Penn Stater Conference Center in State College is going to be no different. The line-up of workshops our planning committee pulled together is astounding! Our theme, Cultivating Excellence: Farming to Serve the Common Good motivated us to strive for excellence in the program and gave us the vision to think of farming as something more than just a means for creating food. The committee developed a workshop program that offers both technical production information and inspirational tips for living well. Without question, PASA’s annual conference remains one of the single most important investments you can make in achieving your educational and networking goals. You will be receiving your conference brochure soon, if you have not already, but here’s a glimpse of what to expect. PRE-CONFERENCE PROGRAM Now in its fourth year, the pre-conference program continues to expand and
Don’t miss out on the 2007 Farming for the Future conference coming up February 1–3, 2007 in State College, PA. The conference is your chance to network with other farmers and consumers, learn new skills, learn from noted experts, eat great food and meet sustainable businesses. Register today at www.pasafarming.org or request a brochure.
improve! On Wednesday, we are offering the opportunity for novices to learn to operate tractors and other machinery through hands-on learning in the Supplementary Basic Machinery Operation Course. Also on Wednesday, we will open the two-day Strategic Business Planning workshop with Lee Hargrave. Participants have the opportunity to submit their current business plan for review by this world-renowned consultant in advance of the course. Contact Heather House at PASA for details. Choosing from our other Thursday PreConference Tracks might be one of the hardest things you do this winter. Here’s a list of titles to whet your appetite: • The Link Between Nutrition and Agriculture with Arden Andersen and Jerry Brunetti
• Introduction to Equipment Maintenance and Repair with Shane LaBrake • Apple Growers Intensive with Michael Phillips • The Art of Cheese featuring Margaret Morris, Peter Dixon, The Cowgirl Creamery girls and more! • Seedsaving with Miguel Alteri, Brett Grohsgal, William Woys Weaver and many more! • The Secrets to Successful Marketing with John Ivanko, Lisa Kirivist, Janet Chrzan and special appearance by Joel Salatin • New and Beginning Farmers with Mara and Spencer Welton, Robert Herr, Cliff Hawbaker, Kim Miller and a special appearance by Joel Salatin
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Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture
114 West Main Street P.O. Box 419 Millheim PA 16854 Phone: (814) 349-9856 • Fax: (814) 349-9840 Website: www.pasafarming.org Passages STAFF & OFFICE Staff Editor: Michele Gauger Layout: C Factor Advertising Sales: Michele Gauger, PASA ofﬁce, firstname.lastname@example.org BOARD OF DIRECTORS President: Kim Miller, Westmoreland County Vice President: Kim Seeley, Bradford County Secretary: Lyn Garling, Centre County Treasurer: Chris Fullerton, Huntingdon County Mary Barbercheck, Centre County David Bingaman, Dauphin County George DeVault, Lehigh County Jennifer Halpin, Cumberland County Mena Hautau, Berks County John Hopkins, Columbia County John Jamison, Westmoreland County Don Kretschmann, Beaver County Brian Moyer, Berks County Anthony Rodale, Berks County PASA STAFF Headquarters Brian Snyder Executive Director email@example.com Lauren Smith Director of Development & Membership Programs firstname.lastname@example.org Heather House Director of Educational Outreach email@example.com Michele Gauger Membership & Research Assistant firstname.lastname@example.org Brandi Marks Ofﬁce Coordinator/Bookkeeper email@example.com Conference Registration Staff Will Wise Conference Registration Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org Allison Shauger Conference Registration Assistant email@example.com Western Regional Ofﬁce Phone: 412-697-0411 David Eson Director of Western Programs firstname.lastname@example.org Julie Speicher Marketing Manager email@example.com Sarah Young Program Assistant firstname.lastname@example.org
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Cover Story: The Conference is Coming! PASA Fundraising Director’s Corner President’s Corner Regional Marketing
10 Educational Outreach 13 Business Member Proﬁle 14 Farmer Proﬁle 16 Agricultural Plastic Recycling Opposrtunities 18 PASA News 20 Editor’s Corner: The Grapevine 21 Classiﬁed Ads 22 Calendar 23 Membership & Contribution Form
This year's conference image is a pastel painting by Alice Kelsey, a full time artist whose work focuses primarily on landscapes in central Pennsylvania. Alice is a founding member of the Farmland Preservation Artists, a group of artists that promotes and supports farmland preservation through their work. For more information about the upcoming conference, see the cover story. To see the beautiful full color rendition of Round Bales/Bright Sun, come to the live auction at the conference where this donated piece will be available for sale!
Passages November/December 2006 Contributors
Contributoring writers and photographers: Sam Cantrell, Aimee & John Good, Maria Graziani, Sandy Guzikowski, Mena Hautau, Heather House, Lyla Kaplan, Pat Little, Kim Miller, Gayle Morrow, Charlie Scheidler, Lauren Smith, Brian Snyder, Alice Varon.
PASA’s Mission is…
Promoting proﬁtable farms which produce healthy food for all people while respecting the natural environment. PASA is an organization as diverse as the Pennsylvania landscape. We are seasoned farmers who know that sustainability is not only a concept, but a way of life. We are new farmers looking for the fulﬁllment of land stewardship. We are students and other consumers, anxious to understand our food systems and the choices that must be made. We are families and children, who hold the future of farming in our hands.This is an organization that is growing in its voice on behalf of farmers in Pennsylvania and beyond. Our mission is achieved, one voice, one farm, one strengthened community at a time.
PASA in the News
Have you seen articles about PASA in your local newspapers or other media? PASA is active across the state, and we’d love to know what coverage we are getting in your area. Please clip any articles you see on PASA and mail them to our Millheim headquarters to the attention of Ofﬁce Coordinator Brandi Marks.
Do you have a great article idea for Passages?
Want to share a farming practice with members? We’d love to hear from you. Please contact the newsletter staff at email@example.com. Deadline for January/February 2007 Issue: December 30, 2006
PASA is an Equal Opportunity Service Provider and Employer. Some grant funding comes from the USDA and complaints of discrimination should be sent to: USDA Ofﬁce of Civil Rights, Washington, DC 20250-9410.
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Conference is Coming!
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Early bird gets the worm!
Register by December 29, 2006 and save $10. Also any farmer who derived at least 75% of their annual income from farming is eligible to take a $5 discount on registration fees on Friday & Saturday only.
An additional pre-conference track, entitled Sustainable Ag in the Classroom is supported by a grant from the Department of Environmental Protection. If you, or someone you know, is a Pennsylvania certiﬁed K–8 teacher, you may have the opportunity to attend the conference for free while earning Act 48 credit hours! Watch for details in the conference brochure, or contact Heather House at PASA to learn more. MAIN CONFERENCE PROGRAM While it’s great to spend a day in a Thursday track concentrating on one subject, it’s even more fun to choose from the smorgasbord of workshops on Friday and Saturday. In selecting workshops for this program, the committee aimed to offer at least one workshop every session on thirteen different themes. So in every workshop session, you’ll ﬁnd something on typical production themes like vegetables, fruit, and livestock, but also consumer-interest topics like energy, health, and activism. The program is balanced, but that doesn’t make deciding which workshop to attend any easier, does it?
Product (And Yourself ) for Farm Markets. Or perhaps you’ll consider Tapping into Ethnic Markets with Sandra Miller. We’re especially fortunate to have two butchers with us for the conference this year: Mike DeBach will give his perspective on getting your meat From Farm to Market and Nils Bailes guarantees you will increase customer satisfaction when you Understand the Butchering Process.
I Health John and Dana Eisenstein will present Lactofermented Beverages and Katherine Sherif will explain the role of Omega-3 Fatty Acids in Health and Disease. Charis Landrooth will help you protect your health with Medicinal Herbs, while
I Other Fun Stuff Learn What to do with those CSA Surprises when Kitty Leatham and Annmarie Butera give a cooking demo, bring your compost for a Hands-On Clinic with Tom Richard, and learn how to make money with Jodi Verbanic in Cut Flowers in Theory and Practice. This is just the tip of the iceberg. With over 100 workshops, 150 presenters and four days of learning, networking, and rejuvenation, the Farming for the Future conference will ready you for another season of Cultivating Excellence! I
I Policy, Activism, and Engaged Citizenship Feeling a little overwhelmed? Deb Habib and Ricky Baruc have ideas for Living Lightly in this Heavy World. Sam Fromartz will give you a history lesson in Organic Inc., while Aloma Dew plans to empower with tips for Creating Demand for Local Food.
Michael Phillips will teach defense strategies for Living in these Viral Times.
I Livestock Production Fred Provenza is offering two back-toback sessions on the Plant/Herbivore Relationship to help you understand why animals choose to eat what they do. Euguene Fychte offers solutions for Protecting Your Livestock from Predators and Doug Gunnink offers amazing insights into Raising Choice Grass-fed Beef.
PASA invites you to participate in our FREE Ride and Room Share program for the Farming for the Future conference
Have room for an extra passenger in your car? Or are you looking for a ride to the conference? Help make Farming for the Future greener by traveling with your neighbors. What a great way to build community and conserve gasoline! You can also be more efﬁcient with your lodging. Find a roommate to share a hotel room or be a local hero and offer a guest room in your nearby home. Visit the PASA website to save money, share space, and conserve fuel. PASA is excited to make this network available, creating one more way to be sustainable.
Encourage Green Travel *Conference ride, room & ﬂight match* *Carpools to cultural events & rallies* *College rideshare systems* Your nonproﬁt can use our tools to recruit at festivals Technology for Communities *Nonproﬁt membership networking* *Custom database & web devel.* *Community websites*
Tell us your technology dreams or woes and we may be able to help Join us! Tell event organizers about us! www.SpaceShare.org/newsletter
I Marketing Looking to diversify or get a better price for your product? PASA members Gary and Bonnie Schubert volunteered to teach us how to Make Your Farm a Vacation Destination and Rob Amsterdam is giving a lesson on Valuing Your
I Fruit/Vegetable Production Lee Reich is returning with more promising tips for raising marketable No Spray Fruits. We’ll also get a progress report from Robert True and Howard Zuses in Ten Years of Blueberry Gardens. And hoophouses or no, Brett Grohsgal has tips for Winter Cropping.
Farming for the Future Carpools!
replacing cars with community.
Pennsylvania Sustainable Gifts
for the Holidays
The Buy Fresh, Buy Local Collection pasa’s Buy Fresh, Buy Local (bfbl) campaign is part of a
national movement to strengthen marketing opportunities for farmers, while enhancing aware-ness about the importance of supporting local and sustainable agriculture. This collection includes an 8” x 10” bfbl framed print, a set of six bfbl note cards and a bfbl T-shirt. It all comes packaged in a gift box with a festive ribbon. (Please specify T-shirt size when ordering — S, M, L or XL).
Pennsylvania Cheese Box
Pennsylvania is blessed with some of the ﬁnest dairy farms and cheese makers in America and is emerging as a leader in cheese making. We have assembled a delicious sampling of 6 cheeses ranging from an aged artisan sheep’s milk Romano to a variety of cheddars. Included are: Keswick Creamery Cheddar and Dragons Breath Jack (slightly spicey), Otterbein Acres Sheep Milk Pecarino Romano, Stone Meadow Farm Cheddar, LeRaysville Smokey Delight and Spring Bank Acres Tomato Basil Cheddar.
The Pennsylvania Pantry and Market Tote
This roomy organic cotton tote bag is adorned with a big red tomato and the words Buy Fresh, Buy Local. We have ﬁlled it with seven delicious value-added farm products that are pantry staples, as well as a wonderful seasonally inspired cookbook. Included in the tote are: the Simply in Season Cookbook, Macneal’s Maple Syrup, Spiral Path Pasta Sauce, Mad Mex Salsa, Vollmecke Apple Sauce, Tait Farm Foods Ginger Vinaigrette, Demeter’s Raspberry Jam and Cooke Tavern’s Barn Raising Vegetable Soup Mix.
his is our fourth year offering gifts in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA). The food collections include an enclosure that introduces the participating family farms. These are great gifts for friends, family and neighbors for the holiday season. Tait Farm will donate 15% of the proceeds from the sale of these gifts to PASA.
To order, call Tait Farm at:
or order online by visiting: www.taitfarmfoods.com
Bringing Our Fruit to Fruition
By Mena Hautau Chair, PASA Fundraising Committee Members and friends — here are my thoughts as we bring 2006 to a close, on the Annual Fund progress and a tally on the beautiful red fruit I so enjoy! It’s been an exciting year for the PASA Annual Fund. I so much appreciate those of you who’ve attended the Harvest Dinners, participated in the conference auctions, shopped at Whole Foods Market on our 5% day and/or mailed contributions directly to the ofﬁce. We are now further ahead than ever before as we go into the ﬁnal two months of the year. We have also made great strides this year in helping our Annual Fund become a very signiﬁcant source of revenue for the organization. PASA once depended almost entirely on restricted grants & contracts for operating revenue; that category now comprises a little less than half our total income — once an aspiration and now achieved! This allows our staff, board, volunteers, and members the ﬂexibility to grow the organization with our collective priorities leading the way. Purchases of the lovely PASA holiday gifts sponsored by Tait Farm (see page 4) will contribute to the 2006 Annual Fund. Sending extra contributions with your membership dues in the last months of this year will also help to fully grow our tomato plant. Let’s all help our board identify the last $46K needed to reach our goal. As we look to wrap up this exciting year of supporting this organization we all value, I want to thank each and every one of you for your efforts and contributions. Now, in gratitude, let us enjoy the fruits of our labors! I
PASA Staff and Board Would Like To Thank the Following Volunteers
Eileen Clark Anne Quinn Corr Bill Dietrick Lauren DeMartini Phoebe Faden Chris Farber Kate Hunter Lyla Kaplan Cathy Kelley Saskia Madlener Liz Miele Abby Morgan Sue Walker-Moyer Tom Murphy Claire Murray Judy Olinski Flory Perez Katherine St. Onge Matthew Shockey Ian Smith Louise Schorn Smith Chef Christopher Sotkovsky Leah & John Tewksbury Jay Totman Gary Truckenmiller Chris Wahlberg Mary Whittam
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Becky & Steve Forman Steve Frey Carrie Hahn John Haviland Rose Hoberman
Michelle Niedermeier Holly Tyson
PASA Welcomes Our Newest Business Member
Solair Energy Inc. Ralston, PA
Editor’s Note: In our last issue we made an omission in our Lifetime Membership listing and would like to acknowledge the following Lifetime Members:
David & Lilly Smith Doug & Valerie Lafferty Springﬁeld Farm Sparks, MD
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The “Golden Age” to Come
By Brian Snyder Lately here at PASA we have been thinking a lot about the future, both in terms of our organization and the people we serve. I identify the folks we work with more generally as “people” in this context rather than as “farmers” speciﬁcally because our membership is made up not only of those who farm, but also many who wish to farm, even if only in their own backyards. In fact, it has occurred to me that the real purpose of PASA with respect to the long-term future is to make sure that within our reach, anyone who wishes to farm can always do so successfully, as long as they are willing to put in the necessary work. It is sobering to realize there is really nothing we can do to make farming easy for anyone. There will always be the vagaries of weather, disease and pests, ﬂuctuating prices, stiff competition and other unpredictable factors to confront. But why shouldn’t it be that anyone with the patience to deal with such factors, in addition to possessing a vision and a strong back, could be a successful farmer wherever they choose to apply the craft and work very hard? My sense is we may be on the verge of at least partially realizing such a dream in this country. Public interest in knowing and understanding the sources of food is on the rise everywhere these days, despite what you might hear from the industrialists who wish this were not the case. Every misstep of our industrialized food supply increases this trend and creates more demand for food that comes with the “face” of the farmer emblazoned upon it — just look at what happened with the spinach scare earlier this year. In the last issue of Passages I also reported on a transformation occurring in the dairy industry with regard to the use of artiﬁcial hormones. Indeed, almost no week goes by when there is not an event, a series of articles, an editorial or published
This is why there is no occupation nobler than that of “farmer,” and why every bite of food brings with it the ﬂavor of those who raised it, prepared it and delivered it to our tables.
study that trumpets the emergence of a new food paradigm…positive change is ﬁnally at hand! I was thinking about all of this recently as I toured with some of my colleagues the urban gardens and small farms that have sprung up on vacant lots in Holyoke, Massachusetts. The inner city of Holyoke is home to some of the poorest neighborhoods in America, inhabited by Puerto Rican immigrants who make up about 40% of the city’s population. What an inspiration it was to see the enthusiasm, hope and actual farm products (we enjoyed roasted pork from one of those farms!) that have been inspired by Nuestras Raíces (meaning “Our Roots”), a mostly Latino organization with goals similar to PASA’s. I’ve seen the same kind of spirit in other cities around Pennsylvania and other parts of the country, and even in Havana, Cuba when I traveled there three years ago. You see, the coming change in the way our society views food and farming systems is not merely a rural revival, but a celebration of what it means to be human in relation to our environment, our communities and the rest of the world, regardless of the circumstances that must be overcome.
Food is fundamental to life, farming is fundamental to the production of food and, despite all the automation that is commonplace on many farms today, people are fundamental to the operation of any agricultural endeavor, no matter what size and where it is located or how it is managed. Therefore, food provides sustenance to us in more ways than one…it is a sacrament, a reminder of our commonality and responsibility relative to all other human beings. This is why there is no occupation nobler than that of “farmer,” and why every bite of food brings with it the ﬂavor of those who raised it, prepared it and delivered it to our tables. It’s also why we can no longer tolerate food that does not inform us of, relate us to and reward fairly the people who stand behind it. The Golden Age of farming is indeed ahead of us, not behind as some would say, and it will teach us more about ourselves than anyone can imagine. This is why, when some of our more cynical detractors say “They’re just trying to restore the past,” I like to think to myself, if not proclaim out loud, “Let it be so!” as I am thinking back a bit further than they might imagine. I
The Necessity of Urban Viability
By Kim Miller Farmland affordability is an issue that continues to trouble aspiring farmers. Farmland that is reasonably priced is usually several hours from even a modestly populated city. Often farms of more than 100 acres are simply not available at any price. Yet a farming system that emphasizes fresh and local production of food requires that farmers raise food in close proximity to cities. Interestingly, the desire of Americans to move to the suburbs has dealt a crippling blow to both cities and farm communities. As urbanites and farmers became suburbanites over the last ﬁfty years, the price of farm real estate has forced farmers further and further from population centers. Of course the engine that has offered this choice and driven the move is cheap oil. Seemingly unlimited cheap oil gave us fast and easy ways to grow more crops on worse soils than ever before. It allowed us to ﬁght pests on the cheap too. It encouraged the farming of larger and larger tracts of land as a way of combating diminishing marginal proﬁt. And, due to the negligible cost of transportation, we could do all of this further and further from our urban centers. Because the price of all the farms near development is established by the price of those few farms that actually are developed, farming further from urban centers only made short-term economic sense. This helps to explain why there are often undeveloped tracts of former farmland near urban centers that are both vacant and no longer farmed. Any development in a particular location causes all of the local landowners to value their land according to the price paid for the developable acreage. This has the perverse effect of causing farmland that is not developable to be priced beyond its economic value as farmland, thereby forcing farmers further from their customers in search of reasonably
Farmland affordability is an issue that continues to trouble aspiring farmers.
priced farmland and fostering a greater dependence on cheap transportation. I believe that another negative effect on farming of this “run up in the price of land” was a great disruption in the transference of farms from one generation to the next. As farmland in the suburban belt has become “worth a fortune” the older generation has become more reluctant to pass it on to their children. Concurrently, society’s prevailing attitude is that the “highest and best” use of land is for something other than farming. Meanwhile our cities, created at the convenience of industry, largely unlovable and unloved, saw a mass exodus for the suburbs and concomitant falling of urban real estate values. Seemingly anyone who could move did move, leaving behind the disenfranchised to pay for services they could not afford as they watched their real estate assets disappear and level of taxation increase. In the stampede out of town we failed to see that there is much to appreciate about the city. The city is where a resident can have access to restaurants that are not franchises, stores that are one of a kind, great libraries, theatre, musical performance, universities, developed parks, neighbors, ethnic variation, farmers’ markets and all within walking distance. In fact work might well be within walking distance and, if not public transportation is generally available. Will increasingly expensive energy help us to view the city through a new pair of glasses? Will we begin to see an exodus from the suburbs and into cities
as a move up? If our cities rebuild as livable communities in the service of residents, it seems inevitable that the suburbs will lose some of their appeal. The suburbs simply cannot offer the level of amenity that is possible in the city. Ask yourself if you would rather spend the evening walking to the theatre or walking behind the lawn mower? The kinds of folks who are the new urbanites are exactly the same people who demand fresh and local food. Flavorful and nutritionally dense food is an integral part of the healthy and energetic lifestyle that these folks want. And they are willing to pay for it. Though conventionally raised, nutritionally vacant food that is hauled across the country can soon be expected to cost just as much as superior local food. If cities are allowed to rebuild as centers for livability (this assumes the government will be little involved) then we can expect to see downward pressure on the price of real estate in the suburban belt. And this is exactly what will be required for the development of a new agriculture that emphasizes the fresh and local production of food and value added products. Affordable farmland will move us toward a system where the countryside feeds the urban center that it surrounds. This is how the new agriculture will feed the world. By producing nutritious food and delivering it to customers nearby, in a way that serves the needs of both the city and the country, while respecting the new reality of expensive oil. I
“Down to Earth” — a functional art show beneﬁting the Chester County Buy Fresh, Buy Local Campaign
Michael Littlewood Biddison, woodworker, and son Mason looking on at Willi Wingleon's woodﬁred pottery displayed Scott Work's natural edge oak table.
By Lyla Kaplan Claire Murray, of Inverbrook Farm in West Grove, gallery owner Ben Gall of the Arts Scene in West Chester, and myself, a studio potter in Downingtown, held the ﬁrst annual “Down to Earth” exhibit October 6–8 with the intent to celebrate the intrinsic value of eating locally grown food using handmade art and to build community by introducing the community to local farmers and artists. It was our hope that by presenting food and functional work together in a vibrant gallery setting, with music and ﬁlm to boot, the experience of community, eating and art would be enhanced. As Robert Yellin puts it, “If we use objects in our daily life that move the heart and help us transcend our daily routines and ways of thinking, we may be able to lift our spirits to a plane that will incorporate caring for the earth as part of existence (Japan Times: Sept. 17, 2003, www.e-yakimono.net).” 15% of proceeds and $5 ticket entry donations went directly to the Chester County division of the Buy Fresh, Buy Local campaign (www.buylocalpa.org) Artists invited to “Down to Earth” had to be within a 100-mile radius and make art intended for food. This includ-
Claire Murray pouring Victory Brewing Company’s Hop Devil Ale into a salt ﬁred pitcher by Terry Plasket.
ed functional pottery, tables or cabinets. Willi Singleton, of Kempton, PA, had a special place in the exhibit because of his focus on using primarily local materials such as clay dug from the mountain where he lives and slips made from clay in his creek bed combined with ash from his wood stove or corn stalk ash. He also recently published an article in Studio Potter’s 2006 April issue devoted to local clays and sustainability entitled “Slow Clay” in which he draws an analogy between his approach to clay with the international “Slow Food” movement. Slow Food focuses on “defending biodiversity in our food supply, spreading the education of taste, and linking pro8
ducers of excellent foods to consumers through events and initiatives,” including being an organizational sponsor for the Down to Earth event. Willi states, “I see successful potting, like great cooking, as a collaboration. You have to start with good ingredients to come up with a satisfying result. The result isn’t just a conceptual construct, but a thing to be savored and enjoyed that can nourish and satisfy on multiple levels.” Local producers donated food, wine and beer that were available throughout the weekend. Victory Brewing Company’s beer surreptitiously found itself being poured from a few pitchers from the show. Highland Farm Artisan Sheep’s Cheese and Natural by Nature cheeses made their way onto serving platters and disappeared faster than they could be cut. A member of North Star Orchards pointed out to me the lovely combination of their Asian pear, sheep cheese and Stargazer’s Pinot Grigio. A natural foods chef who specializes in seasonal cooking, Lydia Chaudry, provided dips and hors d’oeuvres. As people enjoyed the local food, they could view pottery by 16 artists displayed on tables and cabinets made by four local woodworkers and one metal artist and placed throughout the 6,000 square foot gallery space. Over the course of the weekend, several ﬁlms about farming and pottery were shown including local ﬁlm maker Rich Hoffman’s “Fridays at the Farm” and Willi Singleton’s “Wild Clay, Ancient Fire.” Topping the weekend off was a performance by Cowmuddy, a Philadelphiabased band lead by singer/songwriter Michael McShane who also interns at Maysie’s Farm and Conservation Center. Michael’s personal treatise is to create the perfect synthesis of music, food, and color — which made Cowmuddy the ideal addition to the “Down to Earth” exploration of food and art. Farmers and artists both work with the earth: they nurture, create, and transform what the earth provides to nourish our bodies and our souls. It is our hope to turn “Down to Earth” into an annual tradition, where folks can come enjoy some of what the earth and spirit can provide. I
Lyla Kaplan works at her home studio in Downingtown, PA. She can be contacted at 610873-1771, email@example.com
PASA Farmers Travel to Europe to Study Organic Material Recycling
By Sandra Guzikowski PASA member farmers Dave Albert (Lycoming County), Ned Foley (Montgomery County), and I (Bucks County), recently traveled through Germany and Austria on a study tour to learn how these countries recycle organic material, particularly food scraps and yard trimmings, for compost and renewable energy. We were part of a diverse group organized by Penn State Extension Specialists Dr. Richard Stehouwer and Dr. Robert Graves. The others in the tour group included Penn State Extension educators, community recycling coordinators, a soil scientist, an environmental scientist from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, public works directors, and an environment engineer for a landﬁll. While composting and recycling of organic material is common for practitioners of sustainable agricultural in the state, Pennsylvania currently still lets far too much valuable organic material simply rot in our landﬁlls. By failing to recycle this material, we are wasting enormous amounts of valuable resources that are needed for agriculture, landscaping, soil remediation, and renewable energy. For more than a decade, Germany and Austria have banned recyclable organic material from entering landﬁlls. Today, they have what are considered to be model systems for handling and recycling organic material into compost and renewable energy. Farmers have a vital role in the success of these systems. Municipalities routinely collaborate with individual farmers and farmer cooperatives to receive the community’s food scraps and yard trimmings and manage composting operations on their farms. In some cases, the organic material is ﬁrst processed through an anaerobic digester to capture valuable gases, such as methane, to be used for producing heat and electricity. The compost is used on the farms (both organic and conventional) and extra compost is often sold, providing opportunities for both soil improvement and a lucrative additional farm business. Over the course of 10 days, we toured nearly 20 recycling facilities and farms. At each site we observed the processes
and learned from the key people responsible for the operations. Both Germany and Austria design their recycling programs to ﬁt local or regional needs, as opposed to a standard, one size ﬁts all approach. Through legislation, ongoing public education, and a community focused approach, Germany and Austria have succeed in developing organics recycling programs which are keeping these resources out of landﬁlls, building the nutrients and organic matter in their soils, producing renewable energy, and providing additional revenue streams for family farmers. Now safely back on Pennsylvania soil, the study tour group has the challenge of using the experience to develop strategies that will substantially improve organic materials recycling in the state. This will mean shifting away from a predominantly waste disposal approach, to a resource recycling approach that fosters mutually beneﬁcial relationships between municipal and agricultural sectors, in ways that enhance the environmental and economic sustainability of both. This strategic effort will take place over the course of about two years. A second study tour with a new group of participants is planned for spring of 2007. Farmers are encouraged to apply. Details and an application can be found online at http://environmentalsoils.cas.psu.edu I
REGIONAL CONTACTS & DISCUSSION GROUP ADDRESSES
Discussion groups are open to PASA members only to join and discuss issues related to sustainable agriculture. To join the group in your region, send an email to the appropriate address provided. Western PASAWesternfirstname.lastname@example.org David Eson 412-697-0411 • email@example.com Southeastern PASAsoutheastfirstname.lastname@example.org Brian Moyer 610-944-9349 • email@example.com Mena Hautau 610-378-1327 • firstname.lastname@example.org Southcentral PASAsouthcentralemail@example.com Julie Hurst: 717-734-2082 • firstname.lastname@example.org NorthCentral/Eastern PASAnorthcentralEastemail@example.com Leah Tewksbury 570-437-2620 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Western Southeastern Southcentral
Out of State discussion group addresses: States North and East of Pennsylvania PASAOutofStateNortheastemail@example.com States South and West of Pennsylvania PASASouthandWestfirstname.lastname@example.org
Certiﬁed Naturally Grown —
The Grassroots Alternative to Certiﬁed Organic
By Alice Varon, www.naturallygrown.org When the National Organic Program (NOP) was implemented in 2002, the word “organic” took on a speciﬁc legal meaning. Most farmers were forbidden to use the words to describe their produce unless they became certiﬁed organic by a USDA-accredited agency. Small-scale organic farmers were faced with a difﬁcult decision: refrain from calling their produce and livestock “organic” — even if they had maintained impeccable organic practices for years – or become Certified Organic by a USDA-accredited certifying agency. For many farmers, neither choice was attractive. Certification through the NOP requires a detailed amount of record keeping — a paper trail of everything that happens from seed to sale. This is certainly appropriate for large farms that grow a few types of vegetables and sell in bulk or processing plants. But for many diversiﬁed small farms that may grow upwards of 200 varieties of vegetables, herbs, ﬂowers and fruits, the mounds of paperwork have been prohibitive. Even setting aside the paperwork, the high cost of certification fees puts the USDA organic label beyond reach for many small-scale organic producers. Many farmers decided it just wasn’t worth it. As Melanie and George DeVault of Pheasant Hill Farm in Emmaus, Pennsylvania explain, “Our customers know us and how we farm. Many have walked our fields and scratched our pigs’ ears. These people aren’t looking for a stamp of approval from the USDA. We think they trust farmers a whole lot more than they trust the government these days. Certified Naturally Grown (CNG) was created by farmers who wanted the beneﬁts of certiﬁcation without having to buy into the USDA program.” The DeVaults dropped their organic certiﬁcation in 2005. Organic growers who opted not to participate in the NOP were not authorized to describe their produce as organic. They lost a very valuable marketing tool at a time when more and more people are
becoming aware of the environmental and health beneﬁts of organic growing methods. Farmers needed a simple way to describe their growing practices to customers. CNG was created specifically for small-scale, direct marketing, organic farmers, by organic farmers who anticipated that the NOP would be better suited to large-scale agribusiness than to the local farmers who had ﬁrst started the organic movement. CNG began as a regional marketing program in New York State, but as national media publicized the program more broadly, CNG quickly expanded to include farms around the country. Today nearly 400 farmers from 46 states — including the DeVaults — have enrolled to use the Certiﬁed Naturally Grown label. As one farmer talks to another about the program, participation continues to grow. How is Certiﬁed Nat- You may begin seeing fresh lettuces like these labeled “Certiﬁed Naturally Grown” at a market near you. urally Grown different from Certiﬁed Organic? For starters, producers are exempt from the high fees and paperwork requirements associated with the National Organic Program. CNG runs on a free-will donation basis. Farmers are encouraged — but not required — to contribute $50 or more to cover the basic costs of running the program.
The online application can be completed easily in half an hour, and a ﬁve-page paper application is available for farmers without internet access. Unlike the National Organic Program, CNG is not subject to agribusiness pressure to water down the certiﬁcation standards. Because it’s an independent program, CNG can and does maintain higher standards above and beyond those deﬁned by the NOP. As a farmer-driven organization, CNG strives to provide a credible certiﬁcation alternative that is tailored for small-scale direct-market farmers. While Certified Naturally Grown presents itself as an alternative to the National Organic Program, it doesn’t by any means oppose the NOP or intend to slight certiﬁed organic farms. The National Organic Program has an important role to play in helping to create a food production system that is good for people and the environment by deﬁning organic standards that are observed for many thousands of acres of farmland in this country — acreage that, without such a program, would be much more likely to be farmed conventionally. CNG stands behind the farmers and advocates who strive to ensure the integrity of the NOP program, and joins them in the effort to build and strengthen the organic movement by providing a certiﬁcation program to those smaller, direct-market farms for which the USDA program is not particularly well-suited. Another unique feature of Certiﬁed Naturally Grown is that it does not rely on third party inspectors. CNG’s certiﬁ-
cation model is deﬁned and recognized by the International Federation of Organic Movements (IFOAM) as a “Participatory Guarantee System.” Instead of third party inspectors, CNG relies on volunteer farmers to inspect other farms. To discourage fraudulent “trading” of inspections, you are not allowed to inspect the farm of the farmer that inspected yours. So it always takes three farmers to ﬁnish an inspection round: Farmer A inspects Farmer B, Farmer B inspects Farmer C, and Farmer C inspects farmer A. Neighboring farmerinspectors who are more likely to regularly and randomly visit their neighbors, and are intimately familiar with pest pressures in their region, can be more aware of cheating — and thus serve as better deterrents — than professional inspectors who may be from far away and typically see a given farm only a few hours a summer — at pre-scheduled times no less! Certiﬁed Naturally Grown also stands apart when it comes to transparency. All the certiﬁcation documents required for every farm are available to the public. Farmers accepted into the program have publicly-available proﬁles, organized by state, on our website at www.naturallygrown.org. Each farm’s proﬁle includes a Grower Declaration signed by the farmer stating she or he will abide by Certiﬁed Naturally Grown’s standards, the farmer’s Inspection Report, and the farmer’s online application, which includes details about his or her growing practices. Over time, more and more customers have come to recognize the colorful Certiﬁed Naturally Grown label. Most of this recognition comes by word of mouth or its presence at farmers markets and farm stands. Like any true grassroots movement, CNG has grown because of the many people who are committed to the ideals of organic agriculture and the health of our communities. If you’re a farmer, consider becoming Certiﬁed Naturally Grown (apply online at www.naturallygrown.org). If you’re someone looking for organically grown produce and wanting to support small farms in your community, just look for the CNG label. You can trust it’s grown right, and right nearby! I
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On-Farm Research & Cover Cropping
Rye is one of the easiest cover crops to grow, as it establishes quickly, even when planted in late fall. It develops a dense root system that holds soil in the ﬁeld, gathers nutrients from the soil proﬁle making them available to succeeding crops and provides competition with unwanted weeds.
By Michele Gauger PASA and Penn State’s On-Farm Research program offers producers an opportunity to conduct research on their farms, directly beneﬁting producers by answering questions that may improve the sustainability of their farms. The overall goal behind the process is for farmers and researchers to work in collaboration to design a research trial geared to serve the interests or questions of the farmers. The research design is planned to be uncomplicated and easily adaptable to changing situations on the farm. The partnership between PASA and Penn State ﬁrst began in 2002/2003 as former PASA Farm-Based Education Coordinator, Kate Gatski surveyed the PASA membership to ﬁnd out potential research interest areas. Overall results showed interest in three broad topics — cover crops, animal parasite control and methods to improve soil fertility. In early 2004 Ron Hoover, Penn State On-Farm Research Coordinator and I took this information one step further by targeting the topic of cover crops. Cover crops are considered to be essential for the success of many sustainable farming systems. Grown for a myriad of beneﬁts, cover crops are used to provide soil cover, to suppress weeds, build soil fertility, improve soil structure, reduce insect pests and prevent erosion. Cover crops are also a popular area of research. Over the last several years research has focused on best planting schedules, methods for incorpo11
rating or killing cover crops, selection of appropriate species and optimum seeding rates for local conditions and grower needs. We began on-farm trials in 2004 at two farms and received additional funding for our work in 2005 under a Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Partnership grant. The purpose of the grant is to increase farmers' knowledge of cover cropping and challenge them to manage these crops more intensively. Improved management of cover crops can result in large impacts on weed population dynamics, soil quality, yield of cash crops and ultimately farm sustainability. Through onfarm research, this project will address questions concerning improved production and proﬁtability when cover crops are used in speciﬁc situations. Currently we are working with four PASA members to conduct trials on their farms — Bob Keller of Penn Valley Farms in Lititz (Lancaster Co.); John & Linda Shenk of Shenk’s Berry Farm in Lititz (Lancaster Co.); Steve Misera of Misera’s Organic Farm in Butler (Butler Co.); and John & Aimee Good of Quiet Creek Farm in Fogelsville (Chester Co.). Beginning in the next issue of Passages, January/February 2007 we will detail each of these farms and trials — so stay tuned! If you are interested in participating in the On-Farm Research Program, please contact Michele Gauger at PASA headquarters. I
A Great Time of the Year for Gift Memberships
By the PASA Membership Department For those of you who may not realize it, PASA is a membership-based organization — meaning we are always looking for new individuals, families, students, and businesses to join our organization — both in Pennsylvania and beyond. As PASA works toward our year-end goal of 4,032 members, we encourage current members to consider purchasing a gift membership in PASA for friends, family, coworkers and businesses this holiday season. A gift membership is a great way to introduce others to PASA and for them to take part in our upcoming events. You can purchase gift memberships via our website at www.pasafarming.org or by contacting Michele Gauger at PASA headquarters. The recipient will receive a letter acknowledging who purchased the gift membership in addition to PASA materials. What a great gift! Also a reminder to current PASA members — you should have already received your annual membership renewal form in the mail. We encourage you to renew your membership for 2007 as soon as possible to limit the added costs PASA will incur for additional mailings. You can also renew online or by calling PASA headquarters. The only way we will be able to reach the goal of 4,032 members is with a little help from each of you. Remember PASA is your organization, you tell us what programming you would like to see, you tell us who you want to hear from at the conference and you tell us what issues are important to you. We are asking for each of you to help bring in members for PASA this year and into the future. Contact the Membership Department if you have any questions about membership or if you have someone in mind you would like us to send PASA introductory materials. I
PASA Board Election Reminder
A reminder to all PASA members who may be awaiting our usual mailing of the biographies of candidates for the PASA board of directors’ election that takes place at the Annual Meeting at the conference. Due to a change in PASA’s organizational bylaws (passed at the Annual Meeting at the 2006 conference), elections for the PASA board of directors from this year forward will be determined using absentee balloting. As usual, PASA members and associates attending the annual Farming for the Future conference and annual meeting on Friday, Feb. 2, 2007 can cast their ballots at that time. For all other PASA members and associates NOT attending the conference, you can contact the PASA ofﬁce directly to request a ballot to be mailed to you. With this new system in place, we expect the balloting to take place over a 2 week period after the conference. Election winners will be announced after that time. If you have any questions on this new balloting procedure, please contact the PASA ofﬁce at 814-349-9856. I
Business Member Proﬁle
Way Fruit Farm — way good!
By Gayle Morrow Get out your pie pans and turn your oven on — you might just be in the mood to roll out a crust and ﬁll it full of apples. Or peaches. Maybe cherries. A chat with Brooks Way can have that effect on you. The Way family has been growing fruit in Centre County for over 125 years; Brooks Way, with his wife, Sharon, represents the ﬁfth generation of farmers. He’s been back on the farm for 24 years. The Ways are Quakers, he says. The family came from England in 1815 and lived for a time in Kennett Square and in 1829 moved to Centre County. Way says his great, great grandfather gave his children the gift of apple trees. Those trees started producing fruit in 1875. Today the 50 acres of trees on Way Fruit Farm provide 28 different varieties of apples. Way’s current personal favorite is early season Honey Crisp. He is also partial to Gala. Customers seem to prefer Red Delicious at the moment — he says he grows more of that variety now than any other. “But that will change,” he predicts, as farming is wont to do. At Way Fruit Farm, change is part of the picture. They’ve added apple varieties; they’ve also added strawberries, sweet and tart cherries, apricots, peaches, corn and pumpkins (for Jack-O-Lanterns rather than pies). They still wholesale some apples but the bulk of their sales are direct (the marked disparity between the store’s proﬁt and the grower’s may have had something to do with that particular change). They have a farm stand and “a truck on the road four days a week.” Some of their produce is “you pick,” and, as apple season winds down, the farm has a “you sort” apple bin. It is a proven fact that apples, which are not perfectly round and blemish-free still make great pies, cider, crisp, and applesauce. They’re also hoping to be organic in the future, and are working toward that goal. They now use an integrated pest management system; Way says he tells customers who question him about not being organic that he probably eats more of his own fruit than anybody and “why would I want to poison myself?” “If the bugs or the fungus are not bothering me, I tend to just ride it out,” he says. Way would also like to see a change in the way farmers relate to one another. “None of us is right and none of us is wrong. We have to pull together to feed the nation and make a living. We’re down to less than 2 percent of people farming. We all just have to ﬁnd our niche, ﬁnd a way to work together and not fight amongst ourselves. I would rather feed the world than ﬁght about it. We need to all be partners.”
beneﬁt to your business? A. We had a tour of the farm (this summer) and it was a beautiful thing! We didn’t have tons of people, but it was the ﬁrst year. Now more people will get to know us and talk to us. We did make a connection with a market in Lancaster (as a result of the tour). Q. What does the term “sustainable” mean to you and how do you incorporate that into your business? A. It means a little different to me than to the “normal” member (of PASA). Sustainable is making it to the ﬁfth generation, to the seventh generation. It is growing a prod-
Sharon Way (right) and her father Walter DeArmitt at the State College farmers’ market.
You can ﬁnd Way Fruit Farm in Port Matilda at 2355 Half Moon Valley Road, where the Way family grows apples and other fruit at 1,700 feet above sea level and where they have a bird’s-eye view of Beaver Stadium. Q. What is unique about your business? A. We’re a family operation with handson management and labor. You can talk to the guy who actually grows the fruit. I take care of the outside crew. (The “crew” at Way Fruit Farm is Brooks and Sharon Way, ﬁve or six year-round employees, and as many as 20 other workers during the height of picking season.) Q. Why did you join PASA? A. We were working on looking at different avenues for marketing, and working in the direction of organic. We were trying to get the message out about buying and selling local — it was part of our ﬁt. It’s been a good ﬁt for us. I love reading the magazine. Q. How has your membership been a
uct I can sell to customers and make a living, a good living. What I want to see is farmers continuing. But I don’t want to hurt the soil — part of the business is to keep it healthy. Q. What do you see as some of the critical issues facing ag and ag-related businesses today? A. Labor costs and employee productivity. We have the technology to grow (the product) but there are a lot of issues there (with labor). You’ve got to ﬁgure out how to pay them and still make a living. You have to be more efﬁcient — but that’s agriculture. We have the technology to do just about anything, but we have to be able to market it proﬁtably. Today we are producing four times as many apples on half the land. Q. What do you see as the connection between sustainable ag and the consumer? A. Seeing as we just got over $3 a gallon gas, it is proximity to the market. Ninety percent (of our product) goes out the door at our own stand here. I
Healcrest Urban Community Farm
By Michele Gauger What is the best way to supply urban areas with fresh, local produce? How about growing it right down the street? That is what Maria Graziani is attempting to do on a few city blocks in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area. In 2002, Maria began growing herbs in small garden plots, about 50 square feet of land, behind her rented house. She also grows vegetables for family and friends. After beginning her own herbal products business, she now sells items such as salves, powders and soaps mainly at local festivals and by word of mouth. According to Graziani, “After attending a PASA conference my interests grew to consider a larger urban farming project, maybe starting with an herb school.” She was extremely interested in increasing the quality of fresh food available to those in urban environments. Today, she hopes to make urban agriculture work, as she has founded Healcrest Urban Community Farm and is in the process of purchasing 14 of 19 abandoned city lots. “In 2004 I started buying property and now currently own four pieces and have secured three more. We are also in negotiations with the city of Pittsburgh and the Urban Redevelopment Authority to acquire more land,” she says. “No one had interest in developing the lots, which were mostly under absentee ownership,” she continues “With some help I have formulated a plan to piece together the lots and buy them all in the next 5 to 6 years.” But there is still work to be done before this land is suitable for growing fresh, local produce — mainly soil remediation. The lots Graziani hopes to develop into gardens were used as illegal dumps in the past. Students from Slippery Rock University are using this area as a test site for urban soil health. Previous soil tests have shown high lead levels and detectable levels of arsenic. Raised beds have been established in the areas where there was no trash, while contaminated areas are undergoing remediation in a variety of ways, including using principles Graziani learned at a PASA workshop on the soil food web and microbes. “We are using concepts I learned to help remediate the soil with a microbial solution, turning the soil, adding compost, topsoil, leaf mulch and now planting spring cover crops (red clover and oats), which are taken out by the roots and put in the trash for landﬁll disposal. I have been using these principles the last 2–3 years and the lead levels have declined,” she says. Graziani has found allies at the University of Pittsburgh’s Public Health Department, as well as the Bloomﬁeld Garﬁeld Corporation, and Slippery Rock University. Further development of the city lots into urban gardens will come via small grants. One of which will be used for the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Engineering to put in a water source for the six raised beds currently in use. A grant through the Allegheny County Health Department and an Action Housing Savings Grant is allowing further development the site. She will be seeking funding to create a large-scale rainwater collection system in the future. In the meantime a hoop house is being constructed to collect water. “In 2005 about seven community members helped grow vegetables in several garden plots and we were able to hold several workshops on topics ranging from urban farming, composting, native plants and soil health,” continues Graziani. “It is my hope to use the urban gardens as primarily an education center, possibly adding a market and gather local community members to ‘grow’ together,” she says. A large portion of the community in Garﬁeld is working class on ﬁxed incomes. “This is a great opportunity to teach people about fresh food,” Graziani said. She continued, “It has been slow getting out all the information about the farm, but with attending different community events and having articles in the local newspaper, we are beginning to hear positive things from the community! As we grow and offer more services, more produce and more gardens, I know more people will come aboard.” I
For more information about Healcrest Urban Commmunity Farm, contact Maria Graziani at 412-362-1982 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maria Graziani (center) with area high school interns, as they take a break for a photo.
Volunteers help to build a bamboo fence around some of the garden plots.
Q&A with Maria Graziani
continued from previous page PASA: What do you see as some of the critical issues concerning agriculture today? Maria Graziani: One of the most signiﬁcant issues for agriculture is the urban dwellers lack of knowledge of the food system. We are plagued with a myriad of issues ranging from contaminated water and soil, growth hormones and antibiotics in food, cost of transporting food from far-off places, monopolization of food sources, not too mention, racist policies that make up food system standards which affect who has access to certain types of food and who is making decisions about our food. The lack of education of some urban dwellers only contributes to the loss of the family farm and standards of healthy food. That is why urban farming is a critical issue. The urban farm serves as not only a food source but also a catalyst for learning about food. Connecting the city, the largest sectors of food consumption, with farmers and farm issues brings our whole society to a new level of understanding, tolerance, inclusion, collectivity and sustainability. PASA: What is unique about your farm? MG: In Pittsburgh, like other rustbelt cities, the inner city urban environment is being abandoned for a life in the suburbs; therefore, urban settings are becoming dilapidated and plagued by decay. There are often a lack of facilities available to those who continue to reside in urban settings, in particular are grocery stores that provide access to fresh, healthy foods. Urban gardens and farms are cropping up to address a myriad of social problems affecting the urban community. One of the highest costs in urban gardens/ farms, as the gardens grow, is the cost of using city water for plant watering. That is why we are looking at rainwater collection systems. PASA: How has your operation evolved over the years? MG: We started with a series of empty urban lots that were covered in trash. Our workdays were chaotic- just putting out calls for volunteers — we weren't even able to build any gardens because of invasive overgrowth and trash. This coming year we will be putting in new garden spaces and our levels of toxins and heavy metals have already gone down due to cover-cropping, beneﬁcial micro-organism use, raised beds and organic amendments. It is just beginning to turn into the Eden I hoped for and we are hoping for one of our largest grants this year — to build a sustainable rainwater collection and puriﬁcation system. We hope to be a model for urban farmers — that your operation can be healthy, sustainable, affordable and a true learning center for urban dwellers about health, food security, nutrition, environment and farming. PASA: Why did you join PASA? MG: PASA has provided a huge portion of the education needed to get the sustainable farming part going in the gardens. We are dealing heavily in urban development issues but PASA’s many programs such as the conference, ﬁeld days, newsletters and other resources have helped me manifest an urban farm. 15
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Agricultural Plastic Recycling Opportunities In Pennsylvania
Several years ago, few agriculture plastic recycling options existed. As a result, millions of pounds of agriculture plastics were thrown away. Now, a number of Pennsylvania (PA) companies are providing agriculture plastic recycling options. A summary of PA companies accepting this material and contact information is provided below. Concord Plastics, Inc., West Hazleton (570-453-0803); Cougle’s Recycling, Inc., Hamburg (610-562-8336); Sam Esh, Rebersburg (814-349-8646 ext.#4); Zook’s Plastic Recovery, Leola (717-6564422). Agriculture plastics accepted by these companies include plastic mulch, ag. bags, ag. ﬁlms, bale wrap, silo liners, silo covers, salt and mineral bags, plastic twine, net wrap and tape. All of the mentioned agriculture plastics should be kept as dry and clean as possible. These companies sort, consolidate and ship the agriculture plastics to end users. Waste Not Technologies, LLC located in the Saylorsburg area (570-992-7041) only accept speciﬁc types of agriculture plastic. The company accepts plastic vitamin buckets, plastic horse feed buckets and polypropylene coated animal feed bags. Also, HPDE pots are accepted in the following colors: red, yellow, brown, clear and white. They use these agriculture plastic materials along with other recyclable plastics to manufacture post rail fencing. Other PA manufacturers have been evaluating the use of agriculture plastics as a raw material substitute. Through the work of the PA Department of Agriculture and the farming community, agriculture ﬁlm plastics were located for Pandya, Inc., a manufacturer in Johnstown (814535-5467). After completing a successful agriculture ﬁlm trial, the company has started accepting this ﬁlm plastic at their facility.
Two PA start up companies are also interested in using certain types of agriculture plastics to make future products. Michael McNamara, President of a start up company called Innovative Rail Solutions, LLC (610-788-2267) is interested in using agriculture plastic ﬁlms as a raw material ingredient to manufacture their composite railroad ties. Estimated yearly waste plastic needs are 29,640,000 pounds. Tom Lotterman of New Generation Recycling, LLC (570-676-0676) another start up company, is interested in processing and using some agriculture plastics as well. If you generate any agriculture plastics and would like to recycle your materials, please contact any of the mentioned companies directly. They can provide you with their acceptance procedures and you can arrange to drop off your materials at their facility location. If you have any other questions, please contact Robert Meneses with the Recycling Markets Center at 717-948-6719 or Charlie Scheidler with the Commonwealth of PA at 717-787-0115. I
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Left to right: Dave Matthews, Aimee & John Good address the crowd at the Farm Aid press conference in Camden, NJ.
By John and Aimee Good, Quiet Creek Farm In early September Aimee and I came home tired and dirty after another tenhour day in the ﬁelds at our eight-acre farm. We went through our daily ritual of checking the farm answering machine only to discover we had a message from Brian Snyder. We both immediately perked up and said, “Brian is PASA’s head honcho; we should call back right away and see what this is all about!” When we reached Brian he asked us if we would be willing to represent PASA at the Farm Aid 2006 pre-concert press event in Camden, NJ. Farm Aid was looking for young farmers to be members of a panel discussion with the Farm Aid board of directors; Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, and Dave Matthews. They had asked PASA if they knew of anyone who could ﬁll that role. Needless to say, we were delighted to help out. Coincidently, Brian’s call had happened to come on my birthday. I’m not sure if at thirty I still qualify as a young farmer, but it was a great birthday surprise nonetheless. On September 30, Farm Aid concert day, Aimee and I spoke to over 200 members of the local and national media addressing today’s challenges that face young family farmers. We addressed two primary issues that have enabled us to succeed; operating our farm as a certiﬁed organic 130-member CSA on land leased from the Rodale Institute, and the value of having a dynamic organization like
PASA forming a supportive community for family farmers. Operating our farm as a CSA has enabled us to succeed by allowing us to market all of our produce directly to consumers. We have a relationship with our eaters, they know us and we know them. Because of our relationship, they are more understanding of the difﬁculties of farming. When the weather is challenging their primary concern is how we are doing and, secondly, how the crops are faring. We get to hear ﬁrsthand from our eaters how much they appreciate our work and the food we provide for their families. They value knowing where their food comes from. This connection with our consumers gives us a great sense of pride and dignity in the work we do and the food we grow. Although we love what we do, it does have its challenges. Farming is not a regular job. You never get away from it. The crops are always in our minds, and our ofﬁce is in our home. We have to be not only good farmers, but also have to ﬁll the roles of mechanic, handyman, marketing manager, bookkeeper, etc. And our work and yields are entirely subject to the whims of nature. By this time of year we are exhausted, and after working a full season of long hours under often adverse conditions we sometimes ask the question: Are we really going to do this again next year? But thankfully we get a winter’s rest, and we get to go the PASA conference. It is a rejuvenating, inspiring, and always
educational experience. The greatest thing about PASA is the people. We are immersed in a community of positive, active people working for the same cause. There is a collective sense that by helping each other we are working towards the common goal of rebuilding a local, sustainable food system. With the widespread decline in family farms, the support network of neighboring farms and farmers is disappearing. In this business, with its many challenges, it is essential to have this community of support. When we are having hard times, it is wonderful to be able to talk to other PASA farmers in our region, to get ideas or even just commiserate. We feel very lucky to have an organization like PASA in our home state. They are making connections from farmer to farmer, through the conference, farm tours and ﬁeld days. PASA is also working to rebuild the link between farmers and consumers, so eaters know where their food is coming from and farmers know where their food is going. We all need each other, especially if we want a healthy and safe regional food system. In the press event, Dave Matthews deﬁned Farm Aid’s role as “shining the spotlight on our family farmers.” During the press conference host Ann Cooper mentioned, “I am sick of celebrity chefs. What we need are celebrity farmers.” Aimee and I began joking with Dave Matthews that we needed to start a Farming Network to shine the spotlight on family farmers. Dave turned to us and said, “That’s a good idea.” He was so taken with the concept that when it came his turn to speak we were in deep conservation about our plans for the farming network and we had to alert him that it was his turn to speak. He was caught off guard and defended himself with the event’s ﬁrst media sound bite. “I’m working over here. We’re rifﬁng. We’re going to start the farming network. It will be 24/7 farming. So I was busy, working with these people here.” For one day at least, Dave Matthews, Farm Aid, and PASA shined the spotlight on two lucky young farmers. I
by Michele Gauger
New Book Available
You can also access these publications on the Agricultural Alternatives web site at: http://agalternatives.aers.psu.edu. Smithsonian Soils Exhibit The Soil Society of America (SSSA) is working with the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), the U.S. Department of Agriculture and others to plan a soils exhibit as part of the Forces of Change program at the NMNH, located in Washington DC. The projected opening for the completed soils exhibit is 2008 or earlier, depending on funding. Initial plans for the exhibit include 2 sections: one featuring state soil monoliths and the other an interactive component featuring educational displays, exhibit panels, artifacts, videos, activity tables, experiments and interactive games to help visitors understand how soil is intricately linked to the health of humanity, the environment and the planet. According to Paul Kamps, Development Ofﬁcer of the Smithsonian Soil Exhibit, it is expected to include much information on sustainability and respecting natural environments. Visit www.soils.org/smithsonian for more information. Consider Predator Friendly® Certiﬁcation Predator Friendly® products come from animals raised by ranchers and farmers who do not kill native predators on their land — coyotes, foxes, mountain lions, bears, hawks, eagles or wolves. Predator Friendly® growers reduce the risks of livestock losses by using guard animals such as llamas, dogs, and burros and by using pasture management strategies to minimize confrontations between their animals and predators. In 1991, a group of ranchers, conservationists and clothing manufacturers began to certify woolgrowers who agreed, in writing, to a strict
Real Food: What to Eat and Why
Sixty-ﬁve percent of Americans are overweight or obese and heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Fast Food Nation and Supersize Me make clear what we shouldn’t eat, but what are the alternatives? Should we look to the food pyramid? Should we avoid animal fat and protein? Should we cut out carbs a la Dr. Atkins? Nina Planck grew up on a vegetable farm in rural Virginia. At her parents’ table she learned how to eat right: fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grains, eggs, meat and whole milk — what she calls real food. In REAL FOOD: What to Eat and Why, Nina reveals why traditional foods are not only tasty but actually good for you, and how the conventional wisdom of the last thirty years — that low fat is best and saturated fat is deadly — had led to the triple epidemic of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. The experts are right: diet does matter. The real killer is industrial food — not bacon & eggs. In chapters on Real Fruit and Vegetables, Real Milk, Real Grains, Real Meat, and Real Fish, Nina describes the best foods, tells us why traditional foods are more nutritious, and illustrates how diet and health have been affected by trends and fads in the last 100 years. She explains how ancient foods like beef and butter have been falsely accused, while industrial foods like corn syrup and soybean oil are the real culprits behind the triple epidemic of obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Goodbye margarine, and hello, sweet cream butter. If you long for days when tomatoes had ﬂavor, when grass-fed cows weren’t a novelty, when you could butter your bread (or simply eat bread!) without thinking twice, Real Food will be a welcome reprieve. Nina Planck created farmers’ markets in London and Washington D.C. and ran New York City’s famous Greenmarket. The daughter of Virginia vegetable farmers, she wrote The Farmers’ Market Cookbook and hosted a British television series on local foods.
New and Revised Agricultural Alternatives Publications Now Available The Small-scale and Part-time Farming Project at Penn State would like to announce that the new Agricultural Alternatives publications “Apple Production,” “Peach Production,” “Developing a Roadside Farm Market,” and “Garlic Production” are now available in print through the Publications Department at Penn State. The publications outline the steps involved in starting a small apple or peach operation and starting a roadside farm market. Topics covered in the apple, peach and garlic publications include: marketing, site selection, planting, harvest and storage and budgeting among others. Topics covered in the market publication include:
research, regulations, establishing an attractive market, and how to keep customers coming back among others. The revised publications are “Cantaloupe Production,” “Red Deer Production,” “Red Raspberry Production,” and “Financing for Smallscale and Part-time Farmers.” The topics included in the cantaloupe and red raspberry publications include: marketing, production considerations, harvesting, risk management, and budgeting among others. Topics covered in the red deer publication include: marketing, facilities and equipment, breeding, and budgeting among others. The ﬁnancing publication includes topics such as: business climate and obtaining a farm loan.
set of criteria to qualify for Predator Friendly® status. In 2003 they turned over the certiﬁcation task to Predator Conservation Alliance, a nonproﬁt wildlife conservation organization based in Bozeman, Montana. According to the Predator Conservation Alliance, more and more growers are choosing positive, sustainable alternatives to shooting, trapping and poisoning native predators. By choosing to become Predator Friendly® certiﬁed you are sharing the rewards and risks of sustainable agriculture in America. To learn more about Predator Friendly® certiﬁcation, contact Janelle Holder, 406-587-3389, email at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.predatorconservation.org.
ASSISTANT FARM MANAGER — for Atlas Farm, Deerﬁeld, MA — 12 mi. N. of Amherst. Farm grows a variety of certiﬁed organic vegetables, herbs, ﬂowers; selling via farmers’ markets & wholesale grocery stores & growers co-ops. Contact Gideon@atlasfarm.com or mail to: Gideon Porth/Atlas Farm, 8 Pine Street, South Deerﬁeld, MA 01373. DAIRY FARMER WANTED — for start-up operation in Northeast PA. The Lands at Hillside Farms, a not-for-profit conservation organization formed to promote organic and sustainable agriculture, is seeking an experienced dairy farmer to develop and operate a 50 cow dairy located in Shavertown, PA. Salaried position, but lease option is possible. Visit www.thelandsathillsidefarms.org www.thelandsathillsidefarms.org. To apply, send letter of interest with description of your dairy background/experience to email@example.com. ORCHARD ASSISTANT — needed for 30-acre fruit farm in Berks & Lehigh Counties. Applicants should be responsible, motivated, and hardworking.Through fall, duties will primarily include harvesting blueberries, peaches, pears, and apples. Pay commensurate with ability. www.clorchard. com. Contact Todd Smith, firstname.lastname@example.org 610756-6411. SEEDWAY, LLC — seeks qualiﬁed individual to coordinate various aspects of seed sales to commercial organic producers of both agronomic crops and vegetables. Responsibilities include market analysis & forecasting, development of sales initiatives including literature, website, direct mail & company representation at trade shows. Contact Seedway, LLC, Don Wertman, C.O.O., email@example.com, 800-836-3710 or PO Box 250, Hall, NY 14463. FARM MANAGER & INTERNS NEEDED — for startup Inn and Farm Market, located less than 1 hour from New York City. Salary based on qualiﬁcations and experience. Please send inquiries & resumes to Tom Nepola, firstname.lastname@example.org. ORGANIC FARM MANAGER — Rodale Inc. is currently seeking an Organic Farm Manager based at their Working Tree Center in Emmaus, PA. Duties include ongoing maintenance of the grounds, supervision of maintenance staff work & ongoing communication with the Rodale family, company & the community. For a full position description visit www.rodale.com .
FOR SALE — Cider press. It has been on our property for decades and could have some historical value to someone. It is quite large, enclosed in its own shed at our property in Paxinos, Northumberland Co. It is in need of repairs. Contact email@example.com or 570-847-5040. GOATS — One Nubian Doe (full-bred, with papers) and one Nubian Wether, both 1 ? years old. Doe — $100, Wether — $50. Located in Wrightstown, PA (near New Hope). Please contact Tali 215-598-1519, firstname.lastname@example.org. FOR LEASE — Juniata County farmland, in Mifﬂintown, PA, approx. 55 acres tillable. Most has been farmed for hay & spray free for the last 5 years. There is water available for approx. 20 acres. Terms are negotiable. Contact Kevin Kauffman, 565 South 100 West, Rupert, ID 83350, 208436-1217, email@example.com. FOR SALE — Tamworth breeding stock & feeder pigs. Excellent for outdoor operations. Contact Eric Levengood, Borderline Farms in Canton, PA at 570-673-8030. LAND FOR SALE — 6 arces with free natural gas hookup for sale off of a paved road. This piece of land is in the country yet only a few miles off I79,close to both Greenville, Mercer, and Meadville. Photos can be seen at www.landandfarm.com contact David 724-253-2453 firstname.lastname@example.org. FOR SALE — Reducing flock located in Mifﬂinburg. Bluefaced Leicester cross and Cotswold cross breeding stock and June lambs for sale. Call Peggy Lauver, 570-966-3464 or e-mail sheepeg@aol. FARMLAND FOR LEASE — Farming family seeks those interested in leasing 10 to 20 acres of farmland in southern Bucks County, PA. Also possible collaboration with existing fruit orchard, agritainment and farm education business. Contact email@example.com. FOR SALE — First and second clip kid mohair. White. First clip clean. Contact Evelyn at 717-5679720 or 717-787-0120. FOR SALE — Heritage pigs, excellent Tamworth stock. First time boar & sow produced 12 piglets. Very good mother. Available mid December. Call immediately for Boar breeding stock. They will soon be castrated. Contact Charlie & Barbara Gerlach, firstname.lastname@example.org, 570-924-3019. FOR SALE — Reg. Belted Galloway Heifer, born June 2005, grass-fed only. If you have any questions please feel free to ask! Marc & Jenny Shearer, Swissland Acres, 10618 N Main St Ext., Glen Rock, Pa, 17327, 717-227-9271 or email@example.com. FOR SALE — Farm / Land 50+ acres Greene County, Pennsylvania, partially fenced, no bldgs., good springs. Will trade for land in Washington County Pennsylvania. 724-745-6705 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
FARM SOUGHT — We are looking for an 80–100 acre farm that is a mix of pasture and woods with a pond, to relocate our New Hampshire grassbased, diversiﬁed family farm. Interested in the southcentral region of PA. Contact Caroline & David Owens, Pelham NH, www. owensfarm.com, 603-635-8553, email@example.com. HOUSEMATES SOUGHT — Farm couple seeks housemates for large farmhouse in southern Bucks County, PA. $350 to $625. Close to public transporation, easy commute to Phila, Trenton, NJ, and New York. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org. DESTRUCTIVE GEESE? — Older, safe hunter looking for a landowner in Central PA who is having problems with destructive geese. I usually hunt on Saturdays through December. I will gladly offer a portion of my catch to the landowner. Please call Daniel Murdock at 717-315-6195. WANTED — BARNS — We buy & dismantle old barns, warehouses, log homes & similar wood buildings, as well as barn beams already dismantled. We are fully insured and experienced. Call us before it’s too late. Keith 724- 763-2175 POSITION SOUGHT — Energetic young woman with 9 years experience in sustainable ag seeks a position in Philadelphia. Interested in community gardening, agricultural education, and sustainable agriculture advocacy. Contact Trista at email@example.com or call 540-987-8312. FARM SOUGHT — Farming family from NE seeks 80-100 acre farm in Cumberland Co. to relocate/expand our grass-based livestock operation. Pond, house,outbuildings, big pluses. 603-635-8553 or firstname.lastname@example.org . SMALL FARM WANTED — beginning farmer looking for small farm within a 75 mile commute to Pittsburgh, PA. Call or write Mark & Patty Pender, 214 Moe Place, Pittsburgh, PA; 412-481-2375. LAND WANTED — Farm couple seeking 12–30 acres to lease, buy or transition from an older farmer in PA or NJ within 2 hours of Philadelphia. We are planning to start an organic CSA with a small grass-based livestock operation. Contact Jeff Tober & Rebecca Free, 31 Maple Street, Belchertown, MA 01007, 413-323-6165, info@brookﬁeldfarm.org LAND WANTED — 50+ acres of open land in Central PA area (Hershey, Harrisburg, Lebanon or surrounding areas) to build a horse farm. Call 717-821-3723. LOOKING FOR HUNTING LAND — I live in Baltimore, MD and I am looking for some private hunting land for lease of approximately 25–100 acres. Anywhere in MD, WV, VA, or PA. I am a very respectful hunter and extremely safe. I can help out around your farm/home if necessary. Please contact Brent at email@example.com or 410-686-4218.
FOR SALE — Peanut & corn roaster, 75 lb. capacity, propane heated, portable — $1,500. Call Jeremy Jackson at 814-876-0282. FOR SALE — Free-range Khaki Campbell ducks. 11 females and 1 male. Hatched in April and have just started laying. Call Laurie at 610-683-6418.
Dec 7–9 2006 Acres U.S.A. Conference: Reinventing Your Eco-Farm, St. Paul, Minnesota. Each year, Acres U.S.A. presents an information-packed conference for organic/sustainable farmers covering all facets of ecological soil, crop and livestock management to help you take your farm to a new plane of resiliency, production quantity and quality, and proﬁt.To register and for details, visit www.acresus.com, phone 800-355-5313, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Dec 11–13 Vegetable Production: From Greenhouse to Market, a three-day farmer-to-farmer workshop for vegetable farmers. United Methodist Church, corner Henning & 5th Avenue, Saratoga Springs, NY. Presented by the Sustainable Farmers Network. Contact Sandy Arnold, 518-638-6501 or email@example.com.
Feb 7–8 2007 Pennsylvania Dairy Summit, Lancaster Host Resort, Lancaster PA. Call 814-355-1912 for more information. Feb 14–16 Organic Livestock Health & Management Conferences, sponsored by NOFA–VT & Cornell University. Workshops will focus on the comprehensive nuts and bolts of organic livestock production and will take place in two locations within the Northeast: February 14–16, 2007 at Alfred State College, Alfred, NY and March 6 –8, 2007 at University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH. For additional information, contact Lisa McCrory, Project Director, at 802434-4122 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Linda Tikofsky at 607-255-8202 or email@example.com. Feb 21–24 Mid-Atlantic Direct Marketing Conference (MADMC), Holiday Inn Select, Solomons Maryland. Discount registration & rooms before 1/21/07. For more information visit www. madmc.com or contact 410-822-1244.
This workshop presents the concept of conscious and mindful living made practical through a day-to-day approach to life on and off the farm. Contact Ann Stone at 814-863-4489 or 717-582-3858 for more information. May 11–12 5th Annual Pennsylvania Land Conservation Conference, Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel, State College,The Pennsylvania Land Conservation Conference is Pennsylvania’s annual training, networking and inspirational event for those involved with private and public land conservation. Learn more at http://conserveland. org/conferences/2007
Jan 11 11th Annual Vermont Grazing Conference, Vermont Technical College, Randolph Center, VT. Featuring keynote speaker Mark McAfee, founder & manager of Organic Pastures Dairy Co., an innovator in organic & raw dairy foods marketing. Contact Jennifer Colby, VT Pasture Network Outreach Coordinator, 802-656-0858, firstname.lastname@example.org, or www.uvm.edu/~pasture. Jan 17–18 Pennsylvania Women in Agriculture Workshop — Adding True Value: An Introduction to Cheese Making, Keswick Creamery, Newburg, PA. Add value to your dairy operation with an introduction to cheesemaking. Contact Ann Stone at 814-863-4489 or 717-582-3858 for more info. Jan 31– Feb 1 Pennsylvania Women in Agriculture Workshop — Hands on Heavy Metal: An Equipment Practicum, PASA Pre-Conference Track, Penn State Ag Arena, State College, PA. Add conﬁdence & knowledge necessary to maintain and operate large farm equipment. Contact Ann Stone at 814-863-4489 or 717-582-3858 for more information.
Mar 6–8 Organic Livestock Health & Management Conferences, sponsored by NOFA–VT & Cornell University. Workshops will focus on the comprehensive nuts and bolts of organic livestock production and will take place in two locations within the Northeast: February 14–16, 2007 at Alfred State College, Alfred, NY and March 6–8, 2007 at University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH. For additional information, contact Lisa McCrory, Project Director, at 802434-4122 or email@example.com or Linda Tikofsky at 607-255-8202 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Mar 21–22 Pennsylvania Women in Agriculture Workshop — Building Financial Sustainability: A Plan for Continued Success, Victoria Inn & Suites, Pittston, PA. Participants will have an opportunity to undertake the business planning process, develop a written business plan, and address key marketing and ﬁnancial management issues within the context of their farm business. Contact Ann Stone at 814-863-4489 or 717-5823858 for more information.
Feb 1–3 PASA’s 16th Annual Farming for the Future Conference, with the theme of Cultivating Excellence: Farming to Serve the Common Good, at the Penn Stater Conference Center, State College, PA. Keynote addresses by Joel Salatin, James Kunstler and Michael Ableman. Visit pasafarming.org.
May 4–5 Pennsylvania Women in Agriculture Workshop — Living in Balance: A Centered Approach to a Farming Life, One World Environmental Camp, Spring Mills, PA.
PASA Membership & Contribution Form
Please clip this application and return with payment to: PASA Membership, PO Box 419, Millheim, PA 16854 or join online at pasafarming.org
ASA is a nonproﬁt membership based organization working to enhance the positive social and economic impact of agriculture and food systems in Pennsylvania. We work with farmers, consumers, and those concerned with the ecological well-being of our environment and natural resources. PASA works to increase the number of farms and the economic viability of existing farms in Pennsylvania, maximize consumer awareness and access to safe and healthy food that is locally grown, and develop a strong constituency for preserving farms, farmers, and a thriving agrarian culture. Everyone is invited to be a member of PASA. We all have a stake in making sure agriculture has a healthy future — Be a part of PASA!
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I OUR FIFTH ANNUAL CHARITY AUCTION We are busy organizing our triumvirate of auctions to be held at the upcoming conference. Through our members’ generosity, we will showcase over 120 items, featuring original artwork, crafts, gift baskets, books, farm tools, antiques, and more. Come ready to peruse and leave with something new! If you have contributions for the auctions, please contact the PASA ofﬁce by January 5, 2007. We are looking for items in all price ranges. I ARIAS M. BROWNBACK SCHOLARSHIP FUND The scholarship expresses PASA’s commitment to providing educational opportunities for those wishing to learn sustainable agricultural techniques and methods regardless of ﬁnancial circumstances. Please consider donating to this worthy cause.Those who wish to contribute to the fund, or who wish to apply for a scholarship, should contact Allison Shauger at PASA headquarters or visit the website for additional information. www.pasafarming.org
I FOOD DONATION PROGRAM When asked, “What one thing about the PASA conference should not be changed?”— our conference attendees responded…the food!
The Farming for the Future conference is renowned for its extraordinary meals, made possible by farmers and producers, manufacturers and distributors throughout the region. All donations are acknowledged in a special program detailing the menus and donors. Please consider joining PASA in this unique venture in community — food contributions are important to Farming for the Future and help demonstrate the PASA mission in a very special way. If you are interested in getting involved in the meal program at the PASA conference, contact Lauren Smith at PASA headquarters.
I FRIENDS OF THE CONFERENCE Let’s make friends! At the Farming for the Future conference we learn, laugh, talk with and listen to interesting people, eat well, and gather new ideas for implementing in the ﬁeld whether on a farm or in other arenas. The 2007 event will foster an extensive network of friends and continue the tradition of supplying the PASA membership with a high quality program. We want to ensure that those who want to join in this friendship can, by keeping the registration fees affordable. Please consider becoming a Friend of the Conference with your tax-deductible gift of $100. You will be gratefully acknowledged at the conference and in the PASA newsletter. We are fortunate to have a grassroots community of individuals who, by becoming Friends, enable the PASA conference to be accessible and to ﬂourish. Please contact Will Wise at PASA headquarters for more information or to become a Friend.
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