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PASA Eastern Region Master Class - The True Cost of Production

This 90 minute hands-on, interactive seminar will focus on how you know if you’re making a profit, before, during and after your farming adventure begins.

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PASA Western Region Master Class - Exploring What Works and Opportunities for Change on a Pasture-Based Livestock Farm

Lewis Family Farms, owned and operated by Jane Lewis, her son, Michael, and his wife, Elizabeth, produce all-natural grass-fed, grass- finished beef and, more recently, pastured poultry.

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PASA Western Region Master Class - Greenhouse Production & Tomato Grafting

Take a tour and learn more about the organic vegetable farming systems at Who Cooks for You Farm, with a special focus on greenhouse and high tunnel production. Who Cooks For You Farm is a family farm founded in 2009 by Chris Brittenburg and Aeros Lillstrom.

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PASA Western Region Master Class - Introduction to Shiitake Mushroom Cultivation

PASA is partnering with the School for Sustainability and the Environment at Chatham University to present this introductory master class on log-based sustainable shiitake mushroom cultivation, harvesting, and marketing. Allen Matthews, Director of Sustainable Agriculture at Chatham University will lead participants in this hands-on workshop.

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PASA & Fair Food - Philly Farm & Food Fest

A collaboration of Fair Food Philly and PASA Philly Farm & Food Fest brings together regional farmers, unique food producers, sustainable food businesses and organizations under one roof for a day of eating and hands-on learning about our region’s diverse and abundant food system

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CANCELED - PASA Field Day - Farming on Open Space Land: Using Sustainable Farming to Conserve Public Land & Advance Local Food Production

The Josie Porter Farm is established on a 48-acre tract of land, acquired by Stroud Township with Open Space monies and protected in perpetuity. This farm is a model for creating access and opportunity for emerging farmers to grow food for communities that does not require a large capital investment and to become stewards of fallow land intended for agricultural use.

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2015 Local Foods Week (Aug 2-8) & Centre County Farm Tour (Aug 8)

Join us for Local Foods Week 2015 - celebrate local foods with local events!

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PASA Western Region Master Class - Plan to Make the Most of Your Marketing

In this workshop, learn how to evaluate and choose the direct market sales channels and marketing strategies right for you and your farm business. Begin developing your marketing plan to grow your customer base. Dr. John Golden, of the Slippery Rock University Sustainable Enterprise Accelerator, will guide you through the market planning process, and a panel of local growers will share their experiences planning and marketing their products through direct sales channels.

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PASA Western Region Event: Film Screening- American Meat

Please join the Penn's Corner Farm Alliance and Small Farm Central at the Melwood Screening Room on Wednesday May 23rd. We will enjoy delicious food from Penn's Corner and PASA-member farms and view a thought provoking film. We will screen the film American Meat. This film is a solutions-oriented macroscopic documentary surveying the current state of the U.S. meat industry. Featuring, Joel Salatin, Chuck Wirtz, Fred Kirschenmann Steve Ells, Paul Willis, and tens of farmers across America. The film takes an even-handed look at animal husbandry. Light food and beverages are included in the ticket price of $10 and proceeds will benefit our own Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA). Where: Melwood Screening Room When: Wednesday May 23rd from 7pm until 9:30pm How much: $10 Why: To enjoy the company of like-minded people in your community, enjoy tasty, locally grown snacks and to support PASA!

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PASA Western Region - Networking Potluck

Bring a friend interested in learning more PASA, and join us to share delicious food and some food for thought!  Our potluck celebrations are a great time to connect with other PASA members in the region, learn more about PASA's work and the Buy Fresh Buy Local Program, and share your ideas for the coming months.  Please bring a potluck dish to share!

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Western Region Master Class- Back to Basics Series: Harvesting and Packing Systems

PASA Master Class Back to the Basics: Harvesting and Packing Systems Thursday, July 12 6:00pm-8:30pm Harvest Valley Farms Valencia, PA 16059 Allegheny County Cost: $10 PASA Members, $15 Non-members Presented by experienced vegetable grower Art King of Harvest Valley Farms, this demonstration-based workshop will include a tour of the King's farm, washing, packing, and storage facilities and introduce best-practices for managing a variety of crops for multiple sales channels. Art will share his techniques and equipment for washing and grading lines, cooling produce through refrigeration and the use of ice, harvesting containers, packing, and display. Learn techniques and strategies for keep produce fresh for sale through farmers markets, wholesale, and CSA.

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PASA Western Region Master Class- Back to Basics: Small Scale Production Equipment and Tools

PASA Master Class Back to the Basics: Small Scale Production Equipment and Tools Monday, July 23 9:00am-noon Edible Earth Farm Tionesta, PA Forest County Cost: $10 PASA Members, $15 Non-members Join Johnny Parker of Edible Earth Farm for an introduction to tool selection and equipment maintenance. Discuss machinery and supplies suitable for all of your tasks in the field, covering everything from tractors to hand tools, including tillers, seeders, transplanters, mulch layers, bale choppers, plows, cultivators, high-wheel cultivators, irrigation and row covers.

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PASA Western Region Master Class- Kimchi and 'Kraut: An Introduction to Fermentation

Preserve the Harvest: an Introduction to Fermentation Saturday, August 18 1pm-3:30pm Harvest Valley Farms Valencia, PA 16059 Allegheny County Cost: $5.00 PASA Members, $10.00 Non-Members A demonstration-based workshop in home fermentation projects, join us at Harvest Valley Farms to learn how to make your own fermented goods from seasonal farm-fresh vegetables and discover the various health benefits of these traditions. Presenters, Carrie Hahn of the Weston Price Foundation and Jackie Cleary from Auburn Meadow Farm will be demonstrating how to make kimchi & kraut, and great suggestions for different ways to pickle your favorite veggies! We will also have plenty of recipes and information on hand about local sourcing for your DIY fermentation projects along with a brief history of food preservation and fermentation and its health benefits. Pre-Registration Required. Contact alissa@pasafarming.org or call 412-365-2987 A demonstration-based workshop in home fermentation projects, join us at Harvest Valley Farms to learn how to make your own fermented goods from seasonal farm-fresh vegetables and discover the various health benefits of these traditions. Presenters, Carrie Hahn of the Weston Price Foundation and Jackie Cleary from Auburn Meadow Farm will be demonstrating how to make kimchi & kraut, and great suggestions for different ways to pickle your favorite veggies! We will also have plenty of recipes and information on hand about local sourcing for your DIY fermentation projects along with a brief history of food preservation and fermentation and its health benefits.

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PASA Field Day - Veggies, Bread & Beer: Developing & Operating a Cooperative CSA

Participants will gain an understanding of the benefits and challenges of operating a diverse CSA, logistics and best practices for coordinating with an array of businesses and...

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Fresh Beets Music & Food Festival

Fresh Beets is a this summer's hottest festival celebrating the best Pennsylvania has to offer! The day will be filled with live music, a local farmers market, farm animals, mouth-watering food, and a children's sidewalk chalk project. Proceeds from this event will benefit PASA.

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Mother Earth News Fair - Visit the PASA Booth & Presentation Stage

The Mother Earth News Fair at Seven Springs Mountain Resort is a fun-filled, family-oriented sustainable lifestyle event. The Fair features practical, hands-on demos and workshops on topics like renewable energy, small-scale agriculture, livestock, gardening, green building, and natural health in addition to vendors of organic food and drink, books and magazines, tools, seeds, clothing and more. In 2011, over 9,000 people attended the Fair, and this year the event has been extended from two days to three. This year, PASA will be hosting a stage at the FAIR featuring presentations on sustainable living and small-scale agriculture by PASA members, a PASA information booth, and the first-ever Farmer Face-Off, which brings local farmers and their supporters together for some friendly competition in farm-inspired challenges like the tomato-trellis relay and potato harvest scramble. Fun for all and prizes for winners! Ways to Get Involved: Volunteer to Present at the PASA Stage Volunteer for a Shift at the PASA Information Booth Enter a Team in the Farmer Face-Off (Information Coming Soon- Contact leah@pasafarming.org with questions)

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PASA & Mother Earth News Fair - Farmer Olympics

Farmer Olympics, Competition, Mother Earth News Fair

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PASA Western Region - Local Food Month

Celebrate local flavor at its peak during Local Food Month this September! This year marks the7th annual Local Food Month celebration and we are excited to invite you to join the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) and the Buy Fresh Buy Local® program in bringing awareness to the food related challenges we face in our communities and the work being done to find local sustainable solutions. The goal of Local Food Month is to encourage direct participation in the local food system through education and celebration of healthy and ethical food choices, sustainable farming practices, and cooking with seasonal local foods. Through a dynamic calendar of events, strong community partnerships, and a Buy Fresh Buy Local Challenge, Local Food Month highlights efforts that support local farms and food businesses and all of the grassroots work being done by organizations, businesses, and volunteer groups in our region that strive to support a healthier regional food system. This year, our goal is to involve 500 people in western Pennsylvania’s 1st ever Local Food Challenge!We’re asking everyone to join the movement by committing to participating in activitiesthat show their support of our local food system during the month of September. This could include attending a class on gardening, composting, or food preservation; hosting a potluck with a local food theme; blogging about food and farming; attending a sustainable food related film screening or book discussion; volunteering at a community garden; or speaking with public officials about support for local sustainable farms and food businesses. There will be raffles and contests with fun prizes for participants to win. Many opportunities to participate will be shared through the Local Food Month community calendar of food–related events, but the choices are endless and we welcome new ideas! Learn about ways to be involved by contacting AlissaMatthews at (412) 365-2987 or alissa@pasafarming.org

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Cancelled: PASA Western Region Master Class - Raising Woodlot Turkeys

The driving mission at Big Horn Ranch is nutrient recycling...the raspberries that this turkey poult is picking were grown in composted winter beef manure from our herd of Highland cattle. The acorns the birds will finish on before Thanksgiving were fertilized by foraging hogs a few years ago. Come explore the many cycles of nature these fabulous birds thrive within as they self harvest small grains, eat grasshoppers we harvest from neighboring fields, and the various wild nut stands they will fatten on beside our hogs this fall.

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Dine Fresh, Dine Local for PASA

Eat delicious foods made with locally sourced ingredients, all while supporting PASA!

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PASA Western Region Master Class - Cheesemaking at Home

Co-hosted by the East End Food Cooperative as part of the Eat Local, America! Workshop Series Join Jackie from Auburn Meadow Farm for a hands-on workshop sharing some super-simple home dairy tricks. Think making cheese is complicated and time consuming? Not so – it’s easy, saves money and is so, SO much better! You’ll love how quick, simple, cool and delicious summer meals and entertaining can be when you have plenty of good, home made dairy on hand. You'll learn about good milk, make a simple European everyday cheese and versatile (and yummy) Middle Eastern style marinated cheese balls. This is a beginner's class: focus is on dairy products easily replicated at home with no expensive or specialized equipment. Take home cheese-ready milk, recipes and ideas for making your home-made cheese part of every day meals, plus tips and resources for finding equipment and ingredients.

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PASA Western Region Master Class - Fall in the Organic Orchard

First in a seasonal sequence of workshops about organic orcharding. Primarily, we'll be dealing with apples, though many principles might well apply to other tree fruit. Since this is the first time at the Kretschmanns, we'll spend a little time familiarizing with the history of the orchard itself. You'll see three blocks of apple trees, one of which is trelised, planted at about 10 year intervals. We'll focus on what concerns the grower at this time of the season, what he/she is looking for and looking at. This might include diseases, insects, assessing strategies which were used this season. Since it's natural in the fall to think about and order trees for planting the following year (and generally we don't mean spring of 2013, but spring of 2014), we'll converse about varieties and rootstocks and how to plan the once-in-a-lifetime orchard site selection and preparation. Also, since this is the harvest season for apples, we'll spend a little time considering storage. Next meeting will be in the winter during pruning season.

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PASA & Pittsburgh Day of Giving

Support PASA's Western Region and Maximize Your Giving! Pittsburgh Day of Giving Wednesday, October 3, 2012 All donations made to the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture through the www.pittsburghgives.org site on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 will be matched by a portion of the Pittsburgh Foundation's match pool. Donate Here on October 3! Only MasterCard and Visa donations will be accepted and matched for this event. Discover and AMEX donations will not be accepted or matched. Each gift is 100% tax deductible. The credit card charge will display as a donation to ”The Pittsburgh Foundation” on the donor’s credit card statement. The minimum gift per organization is $25. The maximum gift that an individual can give per organization that will be matched is $10,000.

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PASA Western Region Potluck

Join us for PASA's end of the year potluck to eat delicious food and share some food for thought at Chatham's Eden Hall Farm Campus near Gibsonia PA, the home of PASA's western regional office. The potluck, co-hosted with Chatham University’s Food Studies program, promises great company and conversations. We will celebrate the highlights of the past year, as we look forward to the next! Bring colleagues, neighbors, friends and the whole family. Children of all ages welcome! Remember to bring a potluck dish to share and your own plate and utensils if you can!

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