In existence since 1992, the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) is a diverse network of growers, businesses and consumers that facilitate and enable viable farming systems for providing healthy food as locally as possible through innovative programs of education, marketing and advocacy in service to its members and the general public.
As the largest statewide, member-based sustainable farming organization in the United States, we seek to improve the economic viability, environmental soundness and social responsibility of food and farming systems in Pennsylvania and across the country. We place great value on efforts to build bridges between broadly diverse participants in the agricultural industry, from "farm to fork."
PASA grew out of the need for an educational and support system for farmers - both experienced and beginning - interested in non-traditional agricultural practices, such as organic, biodynamic and grass-based farming, as well as the desire to create local markets for sustainably produced food.
PASA's mission is the underlying theme of all of our programs - promoting profitable farms that produce healthy food for all people while respecting the natural environment - as our work is rooted in education, support and outreach.
Just some of the programs & services we offer:
A comprehensive Farm-Based Education program, including an annual Farming for the Future Conference and a full season of Field Days and Regional Events on sustainable farming methods;
A Good Food Neighborhood® community outreach program, established to strengthen local food systems and the farmers, consumers, businesses and organizations that sustain them.
Coordination of Buy Fresh Buy Local® chapters in Pennsylvania, promoting businesses and farms, and connecting consumers to their local food sources; and
A third-party certification program for our region’s food producers through a partnership with Food Alliance.
PASA considers it both a privilege and responsibility to be at the forefront of the sustainable food movement, as we focus on market access, sustainability standards and public engagement.