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Hurricane Sandy - a message from Executive Director, Brian Snyder

Posted by michele@pasafarming.org at Nov 01, 2012 05:19 AM |

To all our PASA friends and members,

Some of the photos of devastation we have seen from the aftermath of this week’s storm have been heartbreaking.  Mother Nature’s strength is something we count on for our farming livelihoods every day, but she also has the power to wreak havoc in our daily lives that cannot be anticipated or adequately prepared for under any circumstances.

PASA’s resources are minimal compared to the damage, but we wish to be mindful of any members who sustained losses, and helpful wherever we can be.  If you have a particular challenge where we may be able to assist, please do not hesitate to contact us, and we’ll see what we can do.  Perhaps it is just in contacting appropriate government agencies for help, but it might also be a situation where your fellow PASA members can lend a hand . . . through the power of a database, we can sometimes mitigate the destructiveness of natural events!

In any case, please feel free to be in touch. We also appreciate just hearing your stories, which very often end up being an inspiration to others.

Sincerely,
Brian
Brian Snyder
Executive Director

 On Halloween, ghosts, ghouls, and goblins should be scary – not the farm bill! Have you signed the petition yet?

On Halloween, ghosts, ghouls, and goblins should be scary – not the farm bill! Have you signed the petition yet?

Posted by michele@pasafarming.org at Oct 30, 2012 01:29 PM |

What’s scarier than a food system built on industrial mega-farms that’s rigged to favor corporations and processed junk over family farmers and healthy local food? Not much.

Last month, Congress left town just as the current farm bill expired, leaving critical farm programs high and dry with no funding – and dodging the chance to make real reforms and an investment in an equitable, sustainable future for food and farms in America.

On Halloween, ghosts, ghouls, and goblins should be scary – not the farm bill!

These are scary times for American agriculture. We have no farm bill, no extension, and no guarantee that Congress will work on a bill when they return to DC.  So we need to make it clear that we will not end 2012 without a farm bill that invests in an equitable, sustainable future. Join us in telling Congress they need to get a bill done, and get it done right.

When Congress returns after Election Day our partners at the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) will be in DC - with thousands of signatures in-hand - telling them we need a 2012 Farm Bill that:

-    Invests in the future of healthy farms, food, and people
-    Protects our precious air, soil, and water, and
-    Reforms farm subsidies and levels the playing field.  

Join over farmers, ranchers, and concerned citizens – sign on today!

P.S.  We need YOU to help us reach 50,000 signatures!  You can help by sharing this message via email, Facebook, and Twitter with your friends, family, and colleagues!

Are you a PASA member in the North Central Region? Consider coming to the Barter Fair

Are you a PASA member in the North Central Region? Consider coming to the Barter Fair

Posted by michele@pasafarming.org at Oct 30, 2012 12:14 PM |

How did the First Annual North Central Region Barter Fair come about?

According to Lifetime PASA Member, Leah Tewksbury, "A while back, there were a few of us PASA folks who wanted to do some alternative trading ... so we looked up some models of swap meets, and put one together for PASA members. The purpose and outcome is to exchange goods that we all make or produce ourselves, without the use of money."

Leah continued, "There will be some excellent products available. It is open to current PASA members/businesses. Bring as much product as you wish...refer to the list of instructions included on the event page. We will explain the exchange rules at the event, though it will be quite simple.

To see the updated list of products available for bartering, click here!

Do you use debt financing? Help Temple University & their new lending model research

Posted by michele@pasafarming.org at Oct 29, 2012 09:55 AM |

Financing is often critical to starting a farm, maintaining operations or driving expansion.  But some producers have an easier time getting a loan than others.  A team of graduate students from Temple University is working to design a new lending model that will better evaluate sustainable farmers as loan candidates.

As part of their research, these students are looking for first-person testimony on farmer experiences in obtaining a loan.  Were you successful at getting a loan? Were you denied? This information will be very important in developing an improved lending process. If you are willing to share your experience, please contact Ryan Davies at ryan.davies@temple.edu. Those who respond will receive a Temple University thank you gift for their participation.

2013 - 14 Mid-Atlantic Berry Guide now available both print & online

2013 - 14 Mid-Atlantic Berry Guide now available both print & online

Posted by michele@pasafarming.org at Oct 29, 2012 07:08 AM |

The 2013-14 Mid-Atlantic Berry Guide is now available both in print and on-line. The guide has contributors from Penn State University, Rutgers University, The University of Delaware, The University of Maryland, Virginia Tech, West Virginia University and USDA-ARS.

The current guide is 273 pages long with chapters on Preplant Considerations; Soil Management and Nutrition; Pesticides, Pesticide Safety and Chemical Fumigation; Weed Management; Wildlife Damage Control; Strawberries; Blueberries; Brambles; and Gooseberries and Currants.  Appendices include Expanded Special Topics (Frost and Freeze Protection, Conducting a Bioassay to Determine Herbicide Carryover, and Using Green Manures for Dagger Nematode Control - A Two-year Soil Conditioning Program), Diagnostic Services, Nursery Sources, Production Supplies and Services, and Additional Sources of Information. The online version is a pdf file, available for no charge beyond everyone’s tax dollars (despite dwindling appropriations) at http://pubs.cas.psu.edu/freepubs/pdfs/AGRS097.pdf .

Growers can obtain print copies of the guide for $25 through some County Extension offices (call ahead to make sure they have it in stock), or directly from the College of Agriculture’s Publications Distribution Center (tax plus postage and handling fee will be added). Call 814-865-6713 or 877-345-0691 to obtain the correct total price. You can also e-mail AgPubsDist@psu.edu.  All major credit cards as well as checks and money orders are accepted.

Growers in cooperating states (Maryland, New Jersey, Virginia, Delaware and West Virginia) should obtain the guides from your state’s Extension services if available through them – you might want to call ahead to see if they are selling this version, as with changes in funding, some states no longer have a means for distributing publications.  Growers from any state can order using the phone numbers listed above.

Have extra or unused canning supplies? The Greenhouse needs your donations

Have extra or unused canning supplies? The Greenhouse needs your donations

Posted by michele@pasafarming.org at Oct 29, 2012 06:40 AM |

Contact: Ashlee O. Shelton, the Greenhouse
(828) 230-0451

Yes We Can!

The Greenhouse is a community organization dedicated to transforming Harrisburg, Pennsylvania from a food desert into a food oasis by recovering food that would have otherwise been wasted, preserving it in healthy and creative ways and then distributing it to the community.

Yes We Can! is the Greenhouse's inaugural formal event. The group will be processing multiple bushels of apples that were recovered from Pennsylvania orchards and grocery stores. The apples will be made into applesauce and then donated to the Shalom House of Harrisburg. The Shalom House is a nonprofit organization that provides emergency shelter to women experiencing homelessness. A program of particular interest and importance to the members of the Greenhouse is the Shalom House’s transitional housing program for female veterans and their children.

The Greenhouse is working in collaboration with the Village Acres Farm & Foodshed located in Mifflintown. Village Acres is an organic certified farm in the Juniata River Valley that operates a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. It is also the home of the PDA certified kitchen space that the Greenhouse will use to process its first batch of applesauce on November 3 – 4, 2012 during the Yes We Can! event.

Donations of canning equipment, jars, seals, lids, and other general kitchen utensils are being accepted on an ongoing basis. Please contact Ashlee Shelton at (828) 230-0451 to arrange to make a donation or to be added to the Greenhouse mailing list.

It is time for a better Farm Bill. Now. Sign the petition & mark your calendar for Nov. 15th - the national day of action

It is time for a better Farm Bill. Now. Sign the petition & mark your calendar for Nov. 15th - the national day of action

Posted by michele@pasafarming.org at Oct 24, 2012 05:15 AM |

It’s now or never for the 2012 Farm Bill – speak out today!

As of this month, our nation’s food and farm policy in the form of the 2008 Farm Bill has officially expired, with no workable replacement moving forward in Congress. This has left critical programs high and dry with no funding – and means Congress dodged the chance to make real reforms and an investment in an equitable, sustainable future for food and farms in America.

With no new farm bill or extension, the programs that address rural and urban job creation, training opportunities for beginning farmers, natural resource conservation, and access to healthy food are in big trouble.

Can Congress still finish a farm bill this year?  YES! 

There is a short window of time for Congress to finish the bill when they return to DC after Election Day.  So when Congress returns to the Hill, we’ll need YOU and other farmers and advocates across the country to tell them loud and clear:  we need an equitable, sustainable 2012 Farm Bill!

PASA has launched a major grassroots effort in collaboration with the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition and allies across the nation to make our voices heard. Sign onto the citizens’ petition today – and mark your calendar for a national day of action on November 15!


Sign your name to this petition and tell Congress we need a 2012 Farm Bill that:

Invests in the future of healthy farms, food, and people
Protects our precious air, soil, and water
Reforms farm subsidies and levels the playing field.

SPACE AVAILABLE in Frankferd Farms Field Day, Oct. 23

SPACE AVAILABLE in Frankferd Farms Field Day, Oct. 23

Posted by michele@pasafarming.org at Oct 19, 2012 11:59 AM |

Frankferd Farms is one of the oldest organic farms in Western PA and recently became home to the world’s first solar powered flour mill. Join PASA at Frankferd Farms Foods to check out their solar flour mill, learn about producing high quality small grains, explore adding value to grains and see why Frankferd Farms won a PASAbilities award at the 2012 Farming for the Future Conference.

When: Tuesday, October 23 - 10am-4pm

Where: Frankferd Farms: 166 Love Road, Valencia, PA 16059 (Butler County)

Cost: $20 PASA members; $35 all others.

Register: By Sunday at www.pasafarming.org/FarmBasedEducation. Walk-ins also welcome, but lunch is only guaranteed for those who pre-register.

Contact: Rebecca Robertson, 814-349-9856

REGISTER HERE

What’s the latest on the 2012 Farm Bill?

Posted by michele@pasafarming.org at Oct 18, 2012 01:53 PM |

As of this month, our nation’s food and farm policy in the form of the 2008 Farm Bill has officially expired, with no workable replacement moving forward in Congress. This has left critical programs high and dry with no funding – and means Congress dodged the chance to make real reforms and an investment in an equitable, sustainable future for food and farms in America.

With no new farm bill or extension, the programs that address rural and urban job creation, training opportunities for beginning farmers, natural resource conservation, and access to healthy food are in big trouble.

Can Congress still finish a farm bill this year?  YES! 

There is a short window of time for Congress to finish the bill when they return to DC after Election Day.  So when Congress returns to the Hill, we’ll need YOU and other farmers and advocates across the country to tell them loud and clear:  we need an equitable, sustainable 2012 Farm Bill!

On October 24th, Food Day, PASA is launching a major grassroots effort in collaboration with the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition and allies across the nation to make our voices heard. Stay tuned and look for a call to action soon – it’s going to take all of us.

Penn State Extension to provide free water test kits to dairy farms

Penn State Extension to provide free water test kits to dairy farms

Posted by michele@pasafarming.org at Oct 17, 2012 06:25 AM |

Penn State Extension has over 200 livestock drinking water tests available that will be given to Pennsylvania dairy producers, as part of an extension educational program that in part encourages livestock producers to regularly test their water supply. One free water test kit is available for each farm that applies. The test kits will be made available on a first come, first served basis to dairy producers who register online at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/dairywater (preferred method) or call Laurie Porter at 888-373-7232. The registration deadline for this free testing is October 31, 2012 or as long as supplies last.

Producers successfully enrolled in the free water testing program will be notified and sent a test kit in the mail with sample materials, instructions and a one-page survey about their water supply. Farmers can collect and return their water samples through November 30, 2012 using the postage-paid envelope provided.  Each water supply will be tested for pH, total dissolved solids, nitrate-nitrogen, calcium, copper, iron, manganese, magnesium, sodium, chloride, sulfate and hardness by the state-accredited Agricultural Analytical Services Lab at Penn State University. 

The Penn State Extension Water Testing Program will inform participating dairy producers about existing water quality problems that may be affecting herd health or milk production. Producers will receive their results along with basic interpretation within about four weeks after submitting their sample. Several Penn State Extension educational programs will be offered online and at locations around the state, after the testing is completed, to interpret the water test results and provide producers with recommendations to help solve their water quality problems.

Interested in learning more about land leasing? Join PASA November 3rd in Montgomery County

Interested in learning more about land leasing? Join PASA November 3rd in Montgomery County

Posted by michele@pasafarming.org at Oct 15, 2012 01:59 PM |

Join us Saturday, November 3rd to learn more about the land leasing options and learn first hand from those taking part in PASA's Farm Lease Connection program.

Land Leasing for New Farm Enterprises: A Workshop for Landowners and Farmers
Welkinweir Arboretum & Preserve
Pottstown, PA / Montgomery County

This workshop and farm tour brings together landowners and farmers, and provides both groups with useful information to facilitate the creation of successful new sustainable farm enterprises on leased land.

We welcome landowners with any size parcel of land--from ½ acre to hundreds of acres – who want to explore the rewarding possibilities of making their land more productive by leasing it to a sustainable farmer.

We welcome farmers of all levels of experience who are planning a new farm, or wish to expand an existing farm business.

Lunch included, advanced registration required.
Full details & registration available here.

For questions, contact Denise Sheehan, 610-458-3956

Are you a berry grower? Spotted Wing Drosophila - your input requested

Are you a berry grower? Spotted Wing Drosophila - your input requested

Posted by michele@pasafarming.org at Oct 15, 2012 08:40 AM |

From the Northeast IPM Spotted Wing Drosophila Working Group

Dear Berry Growers:

The Northeast IPM Spotted Wing Drosophila Working Group (headed up by Greg Loeb at Cornell University), is gathering information on the level crop damage that occurred on grower farms in the Northeastern U.S.

Please take five minutes to take the survey here to help fight the spotted wing drosophila (SWD), a new insect pest that threatens berry crops in the Northeast.

Unlike most fruit fly species that only attack overripe and rotten fruit, SWDs can lay eggs in ripening soft-skinned fruit such as raspberries, blueberries and strawberries, infesting them before harvest.

An Asian native, SWDs were first detected in North America in California in 2008, and made their way to the Northeast in the 2011 growing season.  In 2012, they were back earlier in the season and appear to have caused widespread damage, especially in late-season blueberry varieties, fall raspberries and day-neutral strawberries.  Extension educators and researchers received questions and reports of SWD damage daily.

So that we can better understand the scope and economic impact of this new pest to berry growers in the Northeast, we request that you to complete a brief online survey.  This information will be invaluable in defining the problem and informing policymakers and funders of the best way to support research and extension efforts to battle SWD.

The survey is anonymous and information about specific farms will not be released to the public. (The only identification information we ask is the county where you observed damage.)
So that we can share the results of our survey at an upcoming strategy meeting, please complete the survey by October 19, 2012. Questions? Cathy Heidenreich, 315-787-2367 or mcm4@cornell.edu.

Take the survey now

More about SWD from Cornell

Get PASA's weekly e-news - we want your feedback

Posted by michele@pasafarming.org at Oct 11, 2012 08:19 AM |

Feedback from our readers helps ensure our messages are useful & informative!

All those responding to the survey by Thursday, October 25th will be entered to win a "PASA Gear Pack". The pack includes a PASA t-shirt, stainless steel water bottle & hat.


PASA members in our North Central region invite you to the first annual barter fair

Posted by michele@pasafarming.org at Oct 11, 2012 04:45 AM |

PASA members from the North Central Region are invited to participate in the First Annual Barter Fair!

November 10, 12pm-3pm
Professional Development Center
Pennsylvania College of Technology
1 College Ave
Williamsport, PA 17701

The event room is located on a first floor of the Professional Development Center, near easily accessible parking in the Le Jeune Chef parking lot; there will be signs posted to direct participants. Bring a wagon to pull items inside, if that is easier. Each participant will have a 6-foot table space to display their wares for trade. Produce, meat, bakery items, cheese, soaps, canned goods, fiber products, and other farm produced products are welcome. The number of similar goods will be restricted, so variety is encouraged. RSVP early to improve your chances of participation. Please be prompt to set up your space so that as many participants as possible can view your products before the barter commences.

Some of the articles already available:
  • Wool Socks
  • Yarn
  • Blackberry Jam
  • Honey
  • Raw Fleece
  • Hot Peppers
  • Pumpkin Pies
  • Red Onions
Do you like some of the items listed?  Can you add some of your own?  Send us an email and tell us what you might be able to bring.  Help us make this a fun, successful event.
To reserve your space, contact: Leah Tewksbury or 570-437-2620

Your RSVP should include the following information:
- Identify your name, farm name, and contact information.
- List the main products you will bring for barter.
Requirements of Participation:
- Items need to be producer raised or handcrafted.
- Current member of PASA, residing in the North Central Region.
- Products grouped in $5 or $10 increments, to facilitate making trade agreements.
- Participants are asked to barter and avoid the use of cash.

Questions regarding the Barter Fair can be directed to PASA members, Leah Tewksbury, 570-437-2620 or Phylleri Ball, 570-998-2221      .
Grant funding for rural communities through National Endowment for the Arts

Grant funding for rural communities through National Endowment for the Arts

Posted by michele@pasafarming.org at Oct 10, 2012 09:51 AM |

On Thursday, October 11, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) will post guidelines and application materials for its Our Town funding program. Next year will be the third year of the program that supports creative placemaking projects that

“help transform communities into lively, beautiful, and sustainable places with the arts at their core. The grantee projects will improve quality of life, encourage creative activity, create community identity and a sense of place, and help revitalize local economies.”

In the first year of Our Town, the Wormfarm Institute received a grant to support their Farm/Art D-Tour, which included among its activities mobile farm stands designed and built by artists and interpretative signage about rural culture and the local arts, food, and farming communities. Here is their project description. Last year, 41 of the 80 grants went to communities with populations of less than 50,000 and five grants were made to communities with less than 1,000 residents.

Contact:

Victoria Hutter
Assistant Director of Public Affairs, Media Relations
National Endowment for the Arts
1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Room 525
Washington, DC 20506
202-682-5692 (P)
Web: arts.gov

Deputy Secretary of Agriculture to visit Penn State's main campus Wednesday, Oct. 10th

Deputy Secretary of Agriculture to visit Penn State's main campus Wednesday, Oct. 10th

Posted by michele@pasafarming.org at Oct 09, 2012 01:15 PM |

Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan, plans to visit Penn State's University Park Campus on Wednesday October 10. 



Secretary Merrigan would like to meet with students in the College that evening from 6:30 -7:30 PM in the auditorium of the Forest Resources Building. Merrigan oversees the day to day operations of USDA’s many programs and spearheads the $149 billion USDA budget process.
 


Specifically, Secretary Merrigan will give a presentation on Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food, an initiative that highlights the importance of local foods and aims to strengthen the connection between farmers and consumers. She will showcase the Know Your Farmer Compass and discuss how local food systems strengthen rural economies. Deputy Merrigan will also discuss various career opportunities for students interested in local agriculture, not only on the farm, but also in government, business, and the non-profit sector.


The talk is free and open to the public.

Research leads to profitable, sustainable approaches to onion production

Research leads to profitable, sustainable approaches to onion production

Posted by michele@pasafarming.org at Oct 09, 2012 06:47 AM |

From SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education) Outreach

Onions are one of New York's most valuable vegetable crops, but growers face a host of production challenges: For example, bacterial rot cuts deep into profits, and fragile muck soil, in which most onions are grown, is susceptible to up to one foot of erosion every 10 years.

But the toolbox of solutions is expanding fast, thanks to promising SARE-funded research projects by Cornell University Extension Vegetable Specialist Christine Hoepting, who is using a series of grants to investigate new approaches from conservation tillage to mulches to planting techniques to soil fertility.

In one study, Hoepting got unexpected and positive results: She found that halving plant spacing to four inches could reduce yield loss to bacterial rot by 63 percent beyond growers' standards and could boost net profit by up to $258 per 100-foot bed for fresh market onions. Using alternatives to black plastic mulch-which absorbs sunlight and can create favorable, warm conditions for bacteria-yielded similarly positive results.

"A lot of growers became aware of how they can manipulate mulches and plant spacing, so they're experimenting on their own now," Hoepting says.

One of those growers is Matt Mortellaro, who raises 200 acres of onions for retail distribution on his family's Elba, N.Y., farm. "We've increased densities of our transplanted onions," he says. "It sometimes results in smaller bulb sizes, which can earn less on the market, but the increased quality more than makes up for it."

Another unexpected finding helped Hoepting leverage a $10,000 SARE grant into a $220,000 grant from the Northeastern Integrated Pest Management Center: After noticing that onions grown in a low-lying area of one test plot suffered disproportionately high damage, she speculated that nitrogen buildup was feeding soil bacteria. She is now studying the relationship between nutrient levels and bacteria incidence.

Mortellaro, like most of New York's larger-scale onion growers, plants most of his crop in muck soil, which, because it was created from drained wetlands, is rich in organic matter but very friable. Wind damage poses a serious problem under conventional tillage practices, especially during planting season.

"I've seen 4-foot drifts of muck. It reminds me of snow," Hoepting says. "Onions can be decapitated or pulled right out of the ground by strong winds when they're young."

While many farmers plant protective windbreaks of barley between onion rows, in the spring the young onions are vulnerable to wind damage until the barley has grown tall enough to offer protection. With a SARE grant, Hoepting compared minimum-tillage systems that left the residue of fall-planted oat and wheat cover crops on the ground to a conventional system that plowed the residue under. Hoepting, who received another SARE grant in 2011 to continue this research, found the residue left from minimum tillage protected both the soil and the onions: It effectively prevented erosion, and improved net profit by 9 percent compared to the conventional system.

"It's right only for certain acreage," says Mortellaro, referring to a farm's most wind-exposed fields. But on the 30 acres where he takes advantage of cover-crop residue, "it's working to my economic benefit enough that I'm going to continue doing it."

Want more information? Visit SARE's database of projects and do a coordinator-name search for "Hoepting." For practical information, check out SARE's book Building Soils for Better Crops, or Cover Crops and No-Till Management for Organic Systems, a Rodale Institute fact sheet developed as part of a SARE grant.

Congratulations to Keswick Creamery for winning medals during the World Jersey Cheese Awards

Congratulations to Keswick Creamery for winning medals during the World Jersey Cheese Awards

Posted by michele@pasafarming.org at Oct 09, 2012 04:50 AM |

Check it out - results from the World Jersey Cheese Awards. PASA member, Keswick Creamery wins a silver medal for Talleginator (tallegio style- this is Mark Dietrich Cochran's creation), bronze for Blue Suede Moo (Mark adapted the recipe) and bronze for Vermeer (PASA Board member, Melanie Dietrich Cochran's creation).

Congratulations Keswick - see all of their products here.

PA Dept of Agriculture Direct Farm Sales Grant application period is open - deadline is November 9

Posted by michele@pasafarming.org at Oct 05, 2012 09:20 AM |

The application period for the PA Department of Agriculture's Direct Farm Sales Grant program for 2012 began September 17th and will close on Friday, November 9.

This program awards up to $7,500 with a 25% match to Commonwealth-based businesses operating farm stands or farmers markets for promotion of specialty crop consumption.

For further details, visit the PDA webpage or contact Sandy Hopple, 800-468-2433.

Unblurred event tonight at The Cotton Factory in Pittsburgh to benefit PASA

Posted by michele@pasafarming.org at Oct 05, 2012 06:31 AM |

TEEREX AND THE COTTON FACTORY OPEN FOR UNBLURRED
Foodies and spooks unite for a studio open house on Friday, October 5.
10% of sales tonight will be donated to PASA!

Cotton Factory
5440 Penn Avenue 
Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Start your holiday shopping early, Halloween of course, during Unblurred on Friday, October 5 from 6:00pm to 10:00pm at the TeeRex screen-printing studio. New hand printed Halloween tees will be on display, and all 2011 tees will be $10.  A variety of $5 spooky designs will be available for on demand printing.
October 5th special guests will include:
·    Chuck Amok, an artist transplanted from the Phoenix area, draws on Mexican influences and pop culture to produce a wide spectrum of projects ranging from pin up girls to the Latin American Dia De Los Muertos. Her art utilizes vibrant colors with an emphasis on detail and mixed media.
·    Dana Valente will bring a beautiful selection of handmade jewelry inspired by nature. Valente creates elaborate assemblage pieces made from salvaged vintage items. Her ultra-cozy hand crocheted items will also be available for purchase.

10% of sales on October 5 will be donated to PASA. PASA Business Member - Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance will be on hand on behalf of PASA providing information about local food production.

Along with these special guests, The Cotton Factory and TeeRex Syndicate will provide East End Brewery Beer, and PASA Business Member - Franktuary will server gourmet hot dogs just outside the studio. The TeeRex Studio is located 5440 Penn Ave.

The Pittsburgh Tote Bag Project is always in need of new or gently used totes. Donations of tote bags, canned foods, hygiene products or pet goodies will be accepted. Anyone who donates will be entered to win a free tee from the shop.

About TeeRex Syndicate:
TeeRex hand prints quality apparel with original designs created by a devoted staff of local designers. The TeeRex items found in the storefront are unique, experimental one-offs that can’t be found in their online store, CottonFactory.com. Based in Pittsburgh, PA TeeRex often partners with local groups such as the Grow Pittsburgh, Hello Bully, and more.

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