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Scott Case

Scott Case

Chair

  • Centre County

Scott operates Patchwork Farm and Greenhouse in Aaronsburg, PA. Scott and his wife, Eda, have been running the farm for 22 years and are the second generation of Eda’s family to do so. One hundred percent of their income comes from their farming operations.

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Brooks Miller

Brooks Miller

Vice Chair

  • Perry County

After growing up in Berks County, PA and working in residential construction and landscaping, Brooks graduated from Penn State University with a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering. He worked briefly in the aerospace industry, but soon longed for a return to the outdoors and working with his hands.

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Jessica Moore

Jessica Moore

Secretary

  • Philadelphia County

Jessica Moore is an entrepreneur and has found her business home in working with farmers, food businesses and technologists working on important issues with our national food system.

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Lloyd Traven

Lloyd Traven

Treasurer

  • Bucks County

Lloyd Traven established Peace Tree Farm of Kintnersville in 1983. The business specializes in unique ornamentals,herb and vegetable plants. Certified organic in 2008, the farm now produces over one million starter plants annually for growers across North America. Lloyd attended Delaware Valley College and graduate school at Cornell University, focusing on Floriculture and Ornamental Horticulture.

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Roy Brubaker

Roy Brubaker

Board Development Officer

  • Juniata County

Roy is co-owner and operator of Blue Rooster Farm, a grass based livestock farm in southern Juniata County. Together with his wife and daughters, Roy raises and direct markets beef, lamb, and pork.

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Claire Orner

Claire Orner

Program Committee Chair

  • Jefferson County

Claire Orner stewards Quiet Creek Herb Farm & School of Country Living, a 30-acre nonprofit educational center committed to teaching sustainability for the past 19 years, along with husband Rusty, and sons Walker and Ashton.

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Nathan Holmes

Nathan Holmes

Cultivation Committee Co-Chair

  • Washington County

Nathan grew up in western Pennsylvania and attended Penn State University, where he worked in a tomato genetics lab. Currently, in addition to running Family Farm Creameries (FFC), Nathan operates Three Rivers Grown, a distribution and logistics company dedicated to local farms and farm products.

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Jessie Smith

Jessie Smith

Cultivation Committee Co-Chair

  • Dauphin County

Jessie is an attorney who was a Deputy Secretary at the PA Department of Agriculture from 2006-2011. She established the first USDA Certified State Mediation Program for PA. She is Chair of the PA Bar Association (PBA) Agricultural Law Committee and a member of the State Council of Farm Organizations and Farm Show Committee.

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Mike Brownback

Mike Brownback

  • Perry County

Mike and his wife, Terra, own and operate Spiral Path Farm in Perry County with support from their sons, Will and Lucas. Mike began farming in 1974 and moved to his current location in 1978. For 15 years, the Brownbacks operated a farrow-to-finish hog operation and grew hay and grain crops.

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Melanie Dietrich Cochran

Melanie Dietrich Cochran

  • Cumberland County

Melanie grew up milking Jersey cows on her parents' farm. She returned to the farm after graduating from Va Tech, and helped to milk while working off-farm. Her first PASA conference introduced her to cheesemaking and in 2001, she began making cheese and farming full-time.

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John Good

John Good

  • Berks County

John and wife Aimee own and operate Quiet Creek Farm CSA in Berks County. For the past 11 seasons, the Goods have farmed on land leased from the Rodale Institute. Currently, they have 10 acres of certified organic vegetables under production that serves a 265 member community supported agriculture (CSA) operation.

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Susan Miller

Susan Miller

  • Chester County

Sue is a first generation dairy farmer milking 80 cows with her family at Birchrun Hills Farm. Sue makes raw milk cheeses from her dairy herd and direct markets the cheese through farmers’ markets, restaurants and specialty cheese shops. Sue is committed to working with farmers to promote educational opportunities in sustainability, marketing and adding value to their agricultural products.

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Dave Mortensen

Dave Mortensen

  • Centre County

Dave is an active member of PASA participating actively through presentations, workshops and facilitated discussions at recent annual meetings and summer ecologically-based pest management workshops. Dave has been on the faculty at Penn State since 2001 and before that held a similar position at the University of Nebraska.

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Audrey Gay Rodgers

Audrey Gay Rodgers

  • Mifflin County

Gay lives in Mifflin County on Hameau Farm in the Big Valley. Gay graduated from college with a degree in European Studies and Political Science. After a job offer in Washington DC, she chose to continue working on her family’s dairy farm. Gay is a third generation Ayrshire breeder and dairy farmer. Her herd of Plum Bottom Ayrshires graze on 110 acres of grass and have won many awards.

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Heidi Secord

Heidi Secord

  • Monroe County

Heidi Secord, along with her husband, owns and operates the 48-acre Josie Porter Farm. Using biodynamic growing methods the farm supports a 100-member CSA on land leased from a local municipality.

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