Farming for the Future Conference
Our annual Farming for the Future Conference is PASA's signature event and our main vehicle for community building. Widely regarded as the best of its kind in the East, this event brings together an audience of over 2,000 farmers, processors, consumers, students, environmentalists and business and community leaders annually.
Daphne Miller, MD
Author of Farmacology & The Jungle Effect
Miguel Altieri, PhD
Professor of Agroecology at
PASAbilities Plenary Main Speaker
Daphne Miller, MD is a family physician, writer, and Associate Professor at the University of California San Francisco. She cares for patients across the lifespan at WholefamilyMD, San Francisco’s first integrative primary care practice. Part clinician, part ecologist and part anthropologist, Miller approaches medicine with the idea that opportunities for health and healing are found not only in the medical system but in such unexpected places as home kitchens, school gardens, community organizations, spiritual centers, farms and nature trails. She is the author of Farmacology: What Innovative Family Farming Can Teach Us About Health & Healing and The Jungle Effect.
About the Conference
The numbers and diversity of business and organizations associated with the conference is notable, be that through their sponsorship, presence as exhibitors or contributions to the presentations and workshops. Typical conference workshops focus on practical topics relating to production, value-added processing, business planning, marketing and more. The programming also covers topics that affect the farming community through health, policy and activism. The very popular day-long "Pre-Conference" tracks offer in-depth exploration of special topic areas.
Keynote speeches in recent years have featured such visionaries as human rights advocate Anuradha Mittal, environmental leader William McDonough, world humanitarian Vandana Shiva, Native American activist Winona LaDuke, environmental activist Diane Wilson, ag economist extraordinaire John Ikerd and peak oil specialist James Kunstler.
The Farming for the Future Conference continues to bring the PASA membership a high quality program with knowledgeable field experts, acclaimed keynote speakers and special events. Year after year, conference staff and volunteers plan and provide this inspiring event, always with an eye to improve things as we can. Special features of the conference include: youth & teen programming, a youth program, a triumvirate of benefit auctions, the sustainable TradeShow and Marketplace and conference meals featuring sustainably, organically and regionally raised foods from over forty PASA members throughout our region.
Every year, our attendees asked to hear more from the inspirational experts sitting with them in the audience. So, beginning with the 20th annual conference in 2011, we introduced the PASAbilities Leadership Award Series. On Saturday of the conference, we will feature two speakers, this year’s winners of our Sustainable Ag Leadership Award as well as the Sustainable Ag Business Leader Award!
Arias M. Brownback Memorial Scholarship Fund
PASA is committed to ensuring that farmers can our conference, regardless of their financial situation. The Arias M. Brownback Memorial Scholarship Fund provides assistance to aspiring, beginning and long-time farmers. The fund continues to grow with the support of PASA members and conference attendees.
Help Form Conference Programming
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