Celebration of Life Planned for Grace Lefever

April 18, 2014

Sunday, June 8, 2014
Grace Fellowship
1405 Seven Valleys Road
York, PA 17408
(Rt. 616 south of York New Salem)

4:00 to 5:00pm - Visitation
No viewing; Grace donated her body to Hershey Medical Center

5:00pm - Memorial Service
Followed by a covered dish / potluck / carry-in meal. more»

3rd Annual Philly Farm & Food Fest a Success!

April 14, 2014

Thanks to all sponsors, exhibitors, volunteers, presenters & attendees for another wonderful Philly Farm and Food Fest on Sunday, April 13th. more»

PASA Member Three Springs Fruit Farm Featured in Country Folks Grower

April 10, 2014

by Sally Colby

Families who operate successful farm businesses often hope that their children or other family members will be interested in continuing the farm. However, the process by which the transition occurs isn’t easy, and can be awkward and difficult. more»

John J Jeffries Restaurant To Host PASA Benefit Dinner

April 9, 2014

John J. Jeffries Restaurant
300 Harrisburg Ave
Lancaster, PA 17603
Reception begins at 5:00pm
Dinner begins at 6:00pm more»

PASA Is Hiring a Western Region Program Coordinator

April 9, 2014

Are you interested in joining the PASA team?

We now have a position open in our Western Region office in Richland Township (near Gibsonia), PA (Allegheny County). If you are interested in planning regional education and networking events, as well as coordinating our Buy Fresh Buy Local® Chapter in the region this position may be for you! more»

State Ag Council Celebrates Political Trifecta

April 7, 2014

PASA's Executive Director, Brian Snyder, is also the President of the PA State Council of Farm Organizations. Check out this nice article in the recent issue of Lancaster Farming.


USDA Farm to School Grants - Deadline April 30

April 2, 2014

FY’15 USDA Farm to School Grants request for applications was released earlier this month- applications are due April 30th.

1. Planning grants are intended for school districts or schools just starting to incorporate farm to school program elements into their operations. more»

Intern Guide for Producers

April 1, 2014

from The Capital Resource Conservation & Development Council

For Immediate Release

For More Information Contact: Cheryl Burns, 717.241.4361

Intern Guide for Producers more»

Volunteers Needed for Philly Farm & Food Fest - April 13

March 31, 2014

We are looking for volunteers to assist with the 3rd Annual Philly Farm & Food Fest coming up on Sunday, April 13th at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. Full details are below!

3rd Annual Philly Farm & Food Fest
Sunday, April 13

11am - 4pm

New Pennsylvania CSA Guides

March 28, 2014

PASA's Pennsylvania CSA Guides promote our members and Buy Fresh Buy Local® partners who offer Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs. Thanks to all those farms that elected to be included in the guides this year!


Grace Lefever, founder of Sonnewald Natural Foods & PASA Member, Passes at the Age of 91

March 28, 2014

PASA was saddened to learn of Grace Lefever's passing earlier this week. Grace was a long-time member of PASA and she supported us in various ways; from teaching workshops to donating her beautiful finger paintings to our conference auction and to always be a smiling and generous face to see at our many events. more»

Local Markets at Whole Foods Jenkintown - Vendors Needed

March 27, 2014

A message from Dana Mensah, Marketing Team Leader at Whole Foods Market - Jenkintown:

Hi local producers and artisans! more»

Niche Pork Survey - Participants Needed

March 27, 2014

Jamie Picardy is a graduate student of Ag, Food and Environment at Tufts University in Boston, MA.  She is researching both the production and consumption side of niche meat (pork in particular) for her dissertation, which is detailed more below. She is specifically collecting data on performance metrics at all life phases. more»

Cover Crop Research Participants Needed

March 27, 2014

Abbe Hamilton is a student at Penn State University currently beginning a research project on the topic of cover crops. She is recruiting farmer participants now, for both this spring and next spring for her work - please read her full announcement below and be in touch with Abbe directly if you are interested in participating. more»

PASA/FMC Webinar Recording Available - Your Edge in a Changing Marketplace: Thinking Like a Retailer

March 21, 2014

This webinar was the 3rd in a series planned through a joint partnership between Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture and the Farmers Market Coalition, supported by a USDA Farmers Market Promotion Program grant. 

From Northeast SARE - How To Guide for Aspiring Urban Micro-Agriculture Entrepreneuers

March 20, 2014

The How-to-Guide for Aspiring Urban Micro-Agricultural Entrepreneurs was created by Sustainable Urban Development for residents of West Philadelphia who want to increase their access to fresh, healthy and affordable food. more»

Tickets On Sale for Philly Farm & Food Fest!

March 19, 2014

Fest is a unique opportunity for local farmers and producers to connect with thousands (this year upwards of 5,000 are expected) of visitors offering samples and products for sale while enjoying a full schedule of informative presentations and workshops. more»

PASA's Comments to the USDA on Coexistence

March 7, 2014

The Honorable Thomas Vilsack, Secretary
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
1400 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20250

March 4, 2014

Re: Docket No. APHIS-2013-0047

Dear Secretary Vilsack: more»

Brian's Latest Blog Post: Letter to the USDA on Coexistence

March 6, 2014

The Honorable Thomas Vilsack, Secretary
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
1400 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20250

March 4, 2014

Re: Docket No. APHIS-2013-0047

Dear Secretary Vilsack: more»

Two Additional Training Opportunities with AgSquared

February 25, 2014

PASA & our partners at AgSquared are hosting TWO additional training opportunities in the coming days - please join us:

Planning and Record Keeping for a Better Growing Season

Saturday, March 1
Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock (Butler County) more»

Joint PASA/FMC Webinar Recording Now Available

February 21, 2014

In case you missed the second in a series of three webinars PASA is hosting in collaboration with the Farmers Market Coalition - you can now view a recording of the February 19th webinar here.

Farm Manager Sought - Carversville Farm Foundation - Bucks Co, PA

February 17, 2014

The Carversville Farm Foundation (CFF), a 501 (c) (3) public charity, will be a fully diversified, 150-acre farm with a threefold mission of providing 1) nourishment to people with limited means and access to fresh and healthy food; 2) educational outreach to the general public regarding how food is grown in a setting based on principles of sustainability, and 3) experimentation and demonstrati more»

Share Your PASA Conference Experiences!

February 4, 2014

Attending our Farming for the Future Conference this week?
Help us share information & experiences with those who aren't able to be there!

Get in PASA's Pennsylvania CSA Guide!

January 30, 2014

PASA plans to publish a new Pennsylvania CSA Guide to promote our members and Buy Fresh Buy Local® partners who offer Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs.

Please submit your listing here by February 17th!

Presenters Sought - Certified Naturally Grown Gathering of the Farmers

January 28, 2014

Our partners at Certified Naturally Grown (CNG) are ooking for people in Pennsylvania and surrounding states who would be interested in presenting at their upcoming Gathering of the Farmers to take place on Saturday, March 8th in Chambersburg, PA. more»

Advertising Available for Philly Farm & Food Fest Program Book

January 28, 2014

On Sunday, April 13th, PASA, and our partners at Fair Food, will be hosting the annual Philly Farm & Food Fest (PF3). We are targeting an audience of 5,000 interested and engaged eaters from all around the region - just the sort of people you want to reach with your products and services. more»

GMOs Under Scrutiny at Upcoming PASA Conference

January 28, 2014

Intensive Track to Investigate Use of Genetically Modified Crops and
Associated Agrichemicals in the Field more»

Food Entrepreneurs Will Find Wealth of Resources at Annual PASA Conference

January 28, 2014

MILLHEIM, PA January 25, 2014 – Farmers and other food entrepreneurs are set to acquire tools for success at the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture’s (PASA) 23rd Annual Farming for the Future Conference, Feb. 5-8 at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel in State College, PA. more»

Full Menu for Meat Producers at PASA Conference

January 27, 2014

Annual Gathering To Offer Numerous Sessions for Cattle, Hog, Sheep, Turkey Farmers more»

New Resource Helps Farmers and Farmers Markets Accept SNAP Benefits

January 27, 2014

MarketLinkTM is a program of the National Association of Farmers Market Nutrition Programs (NAFMNP) launched in 2013 to connect farmers, markets, and consumers through technology.  The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) set a goal to i more»

CSA Farms Face Increasing Pressure From New Food Distribution Models

January 23, 2014

CSA Online Conference Aims to Give Small Farmers the Tools to Keep Pace


PASA Member In the News: Margaret Schlass of One Woman Farm

January 22, 2014

A trip to Peru detours an art major onto a path to farming

By Ann Belser / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

If Margaret Schlass could go back in time to her first year as a farmer and give herself a piece of advice, it would be this: Stop throwing up so much. more»

PASA Business Member Historic Lewes Farmers Market Awards Scholarships

January 16, 2014

Recipients to attend regional conferences in January and February Jan 15, 2014 more»

Job Announcement - FoodRoutes Network Program Manager

January 16, 2014

PASA's subsidiary - FoodRoutes Network LLC is hiring a new program manager!

This position offers tremendous opportunity to engage in leadership of a significant component of the national movement in support of locally-grown food, and can be a career-building step for the successful candidate. more»

Major Opportunity for PASA & Future Harvest-CASA

January 15, 2014

January 14, 2014

Members of PASA and Future Harvest-CASA,

This letter is to inform you of an exciting new opportunity for both our organizations, and to ask you to share in the processes surrounding this opportunity that will unfold in the coming months. more»

Agricultural Innovation Prize - $200,000 Student Competition

January 13, 2014

I'm a student at the UW - Madison working to develop a new national Agricultural Innovation Prize: Powered by 40 Chances. more»

Enhancing Food Security in the Northeast through Regional Food Systems - Newsletter Subscription Invitation

January 13, 2014

"Enhancing Food Security in the Northeast" -- An invitation to subscribe to the EFSNE newsletter

A Gathering of the Farmers - Invitation & Call for Presenters

January 13, 2014

The first-ever regional Gathering of Certified Naturally Grown will bring together farmers, beekeepers and other friends of the earth who seek good clean food. We will build community, share stories, learn, and be inspired together.

A Call For Presenters

At the heart of this Gathering will be "Short Takes on Real Farm Life". more»

FACT's Fund-a-Farmer Project - Call for Applications!

January 10, 2014

Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) is now accepting grant applications from livestock farmers for its Fund-a-Farmer Project!   The Fund-a-Farmer Project provides grants to qualifying humane farmers who need assistance in improving the welfare of their farm animals. more»

eOrganic Webinar: Late Blight of Tomato and Potato: Recent Occurrences and Management Experiences

December 14, 2013

Join eOrganic for a webinar on late blight of tomato and potato on January 14, 2014 at 2PM Eastern Time (1PM Central, 12PM Mountain, 11AM Pacific Time). The webinar is free and open to the public, and advanced registration is required. A live chat session will follow. more»

PASA Members & Chester County Farmers Named Farmers of the Year

December 13, 2013

Congratulations to two PASA Member farmers - Barbara & Thomas Schaer of Meadowset Farm & Apiary, LLC & Pete Flynn of Pete's Produce Farm - for being named Farmers of the Year by the more»

Brian's Latest Blog Post - Letting Nature Lead

December 4, 2013

The past year has been an extraordinary one in the world of sustainable agriculture for many reasons, some of which may not be fully understood for many years to come.  That year (November ’12 thru November ’13) included much attention across the country to labeling of genetically engineered foods, including two high-profile public referendums that went down to defeat in California and the more»

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