Sunday, June 8, 2014
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.
In keeping with Grace's passion for living gently on the Earth, please bring a serving utensil for your covered dish and full place setting for each person attending.
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.
Communication throughout the transition process is critical, and can prevent worry and extra expense. Many families avoid the planning process simply because they don’t know where to start.
Three Springs Fruit Farm in Aspers, PA, has undergone several transitions. From partnerships/sole proprietorships in the 1800s, to father and son partnerships and to the current structure that includes several LLCs, the Wenks have remained solid in their commitment to producing the best possible produce for customers.
John J. Jeffries Restaurant
300 Harrisburg Ave
Lancaster, PA 17603
Reception begins at 5:00pm
Dinner begins at 6:00pm
JOIN PASA FOR A SPECTACULAR SPRING CELEBRATION DINNER!
Join us for a festive reception featuring Artisan Cheeses, Regional Fruits & Local Breads, followed by a four-course meal including Soup du Jour of Seasonal Ingredients, Local Lettuce Salad, and an entrée choice of Jamison Farm Pastured Lamb, Sweet Stem Farm Pork or the Seasonal Vegetarian. Our meal will conclude with an incredible selection of desserts.
A regional beer or wine selection is included.
PASA is excited to return to John J. Jeffries Restaurant. We applaud Chef Cavanaugh & Chef Carson for their dedication to sourcing local ingredients for their menus. Their long-term relationships with regional sustainable farmers is unmatched – and assures them an incredible array of fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy and more year-round. Their meats are raised naturally, produce grown organically, and the dairy products free of artificial hormones.
The Chefs are welcoming the PASA family back for this Spring Celebration Dinner. We are excited to enjoy a meal that is indicative of the coming season. Please join us for this festive evening. We will take time to share news of PASA, and some of the major issues that are facing agriculture.
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!
Dear PASA Members and Friends,
I am very pleased to announce that the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) is currently accepting applications for Director of Educational Programs, a staff position that will be fundamental to the future of our organization and represents a very significant career opportunity for the right candidate.
For some background, about 18 months ago the PASA Board of Directors established as our top strategic priority the reformulation and intensification of our educational programming, already nationally renowned for excellence in helping new farmers to get started and existing ones to become more sustainable in their growing and business practices. The board initiated this process knowing that, despite much progress, the challenges ahead in the agricultural community remain daunting, and will require the "best and the brightest" among us to take the lead in envisioning and establishing a more sustainable future. The job currently advertised is the symbolic capstone of that planning process.
We seek an inspired leader with wide-ranging experience to design our research agenda, curriculum and program delivery mechanisms to be as innovative and effective as any in the nation, working with the strong set of academic and other partners PASA has developed over the past 22 years. Interviews will start in the first full week of May, but our search will continue until exactly the right person has been identified.
As our members and closest friends, I hope you will do everything possible to help us get the word out about this important professional opportunity. The full position description is available on our website.
Wishing you all the best for the growing season ahead!
Brian Snyder, Executive Director
Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA)
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.
As a group, the organization focused on transportation funding, correcting issues with high-tunnel building codes and responding to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s proposed food safety rules.
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.
2. Implementation grants are intended for school districts or schools to help scale or further develop existing farm to school initiatives.
3. Support Service grants are intended for state and local agencies, Indian tribal organizations, agricultural producers or groups of agricultural producers, and non-profit entities working with school districts or schools to further develop existing farm to school initiatives and to provide broad reaching support services to farm to school initiatives.
Proposals for planning, implementation, and support service grants are due at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, April 30, 2014.
A 25% cash or in-kind match of the total project cost is required.
Farm to School Program Specialist
Mid Atlantic Regional Office (MARO)
USDA Food and Nutrition Service
(609) 259 5071
from The Capital Resource Conservation & Development Council
For Immediate Release
For More Information Contact: Cheryl Burns, 717.241.4361
Intern Guide for Producers
Available online at Capitalrcd.org
(Carlisle, PA) – More farms are utilizing interns and apprentices than ever before, not only to satisfy farm labor requirements but to share important agricultural knowledge. These educational opportunities are in demand and when well planned to incorporate hands-on education they can be mutually beneficial, yet without standardized requirements it can be difficult for farm businesses to know if they meet the legal and educational requirements for these positions. Capital RC&D developed the “Guide to Internships and Employment for Pennsylvania Farms” in response to this need and to help reduce the confusion experienced by both farmers and employees participating in internship and apprenticeship opportunities.
The “Guide to Internships and Employment for Pennsylvania Farms” surveys legal requirements and provides an overview of legal definitions of intern and apprenticeships, wage and compensation details, and housing considerations. It is not a replacement for direct legal counsel but builds a strong foundation for farmers considering the hire of or already employing an intern or apprentice. Farmers will also find references for additional information from appropriate state agencies, national scope nonprofits and programs showcasing successful intern and apprentice programs.
The guide is available online at no cost to all Pennsylvania farmers at www.capitalrcd.org.
Funding support has been provided by the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service.
The Capital Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Area Council is a seven-county, non-profit that provides leadership to promote regional partnerships for the responsible use and conservation of our natural, community, and economic resources. The Capital RC&D serves Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, and York.
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
Philadelphia Convention Center Annex
1101 Arch Street, Philadelphia
Philly Farm & Food Fest (PF3) brings together regional farmers, unique food producers, sustainable food businesses and organizations under one roof for a day of sampling, shopping and learning in support of our region's diverse and delicious food system.
If you are interested in volunteering at Philly Farm & Food Fest, please click here & select "sign up" for the shift you prefer.
Here are the details of volunteer duties for each shift:
- Vendor Load-in
- Handwashing Station set-up
- Signage Placement
- Final Vendor Load-in
- Classroom Management
- Libations Lounge Management
- Shellfish Salon Management
- Demo area Management
- Customer Service
1pm - 5pm
- Classroom Management
- Libations Lounge Management
- Shellfish Salon Management
- Demo area Management
- Customer Service
- Clean - up of Hall G
- Exhibitor Load-out assistance
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!
FIND A CSA IN A PENNSYLVANIA REGION NEAR YOU!
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.
A message from Dana Mensah, Marketing Team Leader at Whole Foods Market - Jenkintown:
Hi local producers and artisans!
After receiving feedback from some of last year’s vendors, we have decided to make some small changes. This year, we will be concentrating all of the vendors into one area of the store so we can create more of a destination for shoppers. We also ask that everyone package their goods in a bag so we know that the items have been paid for. We are open to other suggestions as to how to make your day more profitable and enjoyable. Please let me know if you have any thoughts.
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. In addition, her study will attempt to define the term "niche" from the priorities of the producers and the understanding of the consumers - seeing where the two intersect.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (preferred) or email@example.com
Address: 251 St. Paul St. Unit #1, Brookline MA, 02446
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.
PASA/FMC Webinar Recording Available - Your Edge in a Changing Marketplace: Thinking Like a Retailer
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.
Farmers markets are no longer the only option for shoppers seeking locally grown foods. Is your markets’ brand, products, and shopping experience keeping pace with an evolving marketplace? Learn about savvy retailer strategies to understand and promote your best assets and make your customers feel special. This session will offer a variety of strategies to help put your market in the spotlight and grow customer loyalty to keep you on the cutting edge of the changing local food landscape.
Presenter: Eric Barrett, Ohio State University Extension
Moderator: Brian Moyer, Penn State University Extension
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. The guide equips anyone interested in urban farming with the information they need to reclaim vacant lots in the city and build a for-profit urban farm.
The guide contains information on building raised beds and maintaining healthy soils; zoning, code and permit requirements for community gardens; and business and market planning. While the guide is based off of research in West Philadelphia, it is intended to be a replicable model for individuals in other urban areas.
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.
Philly Farm & Food Fest is a joint project of Fair Food & PASA, presented by Whole Foods Market.
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:
The Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) is one of our nation’s largest member-based, sustainable farming organizations, with about 6,000 mostly farmer members located primarily throughout Pennsylvania and across the Mid-Atlantic region. Our mission is to promote profitable farms that produce healthy food for all people while respecting the natural environment. In keeping with this mission, we wish to express our grave concerns regarding the issue of “Enhancing Coexistence” as framed by the Report of the AC21 Committee in 2012.