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Support the Brownback Scholarship Fund

Do you run a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program?  Do you have a desire to help new and beginning farmers attend our annual conference?

Participate in a Ways to Give program that benefits the Arias M. Brownback Memorial Scholarship Fund . . . and your contribution will be doubled!


Arias M. Brownback loved farming, from an early age. He grew up in western Perry County on his family farm and attended his first PASA conference when he was 18. Arias went home inspired by his fellow farmers’ dedication to sustainable practices.  In his honor, PASA established the Arias M. Brownback Memorial Scholarship Fund by request of his parents, Terra and Mike Brownback.  It is their hope that this memorial scholarship fund will inspire and aid young and beginning farmers to reach their full potential. The Arias M. Brownback Memorial Scholarship Fund currently enables over 60 young and beginning farmers to attend PASA's Farming for the Future Conference, annually. 

This year we want to kick it up a notch. Read on for a statement from Mike Brownback, of Spiral Path Farm, and learn how your participation in this Ways to Give program can benefit the Arias M. Brownback Memorial Fund.

“Greetings friends and fellow food providers,
As many of you know, our family has been supportive of the Arias M. Brownback Memorial Scholarship Fund that helps young and beginning farmers be able to attend PASA’s Farming for the Future conference. Our family has been humbled by the support shown by the greater PASA family in accomplishing this goal of making the conference accessible to those needing financial assistance.

We will offer $10,000 as a challenge to other CSA owners, 
and we will match dollar for dollar every contribution made by a CSA to the
Arias M. Brownback Memorial Scholarship Fund.

The Brownback family, for the last 10 years, has been supporting the scholarship fund by contributing $1 per CSA member.  This year we have decided, in addition to our regular CSA based contribution, we will offer $10,000 as a challenge to other CSA owners and we will match dollar for dollar every contribution made by a CSA to the Arias M. Brownback Memorial Scholarship Fund.  We hope to inspire the generosity of other CSA owners to participate.”

- Mike Brownback



The Josie Porter Farm owned and operated by Heidi Secord and Gary Bloss is also joining the cause this year.  This 48-acre vegetable farm utilizing organic and biodynamic practices in Monroe County is home to the Cherry Valley CSA and an on-farm market Buying Club.  Heidi and Gary are lifetime members of PASA and strong supporters of sustainable farming education.  They are pleased to be a part of this exciting challenge to support the Arias M. Brownback Memorial Scholarship Fund.  Heidi shared, “I utilized the scholarship myself the first few years of attending the conference and I’m thankful to pay it forward today, and to honor the legacy of Arias Brownback and his family. Our participation will provide a deeper meaning to the work we do on a daily basis.  We are grateful for the opportunity to strengthen the relationship with our CSA members and share with them the mission driven work of PASA in supporting new and beginning farmers.”

North Mountain pastures

One of the first CSAs to jump on board was North Mountain Pastures. Anna Santini and Brooks Miller offer a variety of meat CSA shares to customers in Central Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C., from their 84-acre farm in Perry County.

Anna says,  "I went to my first PASA Farming for the Future conference in 2003, and have only missed one conference since.  At least three separate years, I would not have made it to the conference without the aid received from the Arias M. Brownback Memorial Scholarship Fund.  And without attending the conference, we never would have farmed. PASA’s Farming for the Future conference has given me support, and allowed me to believe that it was possible to meet the challenges of farming.   We have deep gratitude for the support we’ve received from this scholarship fund.  Now that Brooks and I are finally in a position to give back what we can, we are proud to be a part of this Ways to Give program and contribute to the Arias M. Brownback Memorial Scholarship Fund and support the education of farmers-to-be."

Philly Foodworks

Born out of the urban farming movement in Philadelphia, Philly Foodworks (PFW) strives to support local, sustainable producers while bringing good food to the community.  They provide farmers with funding upfront and work with community groups to make local food more accessible for all.  Their rolling farm share features customizable shares; flexible payment options; over 40 pick-up locations or home delivery; and a wide variety of fresh and prepared items. PFW will donate $1 for every share sold in May and $10 when new members join using the code BROWNBACK.  Additionally, members can add an additional donation to the Brownback fund in their online shopping cart.

Spoutwood Farm Center

Just 45 minutes north of Baltimore, nestled in the rolling hills of southern York County, PA, lies Spoutwood Farm’s 26 acres of countryside, streams, and forest. Its CSA garden started twenty years ago and grows enough food organically on just three acres to support 100 families. Spoutwood provides produce to CSA members, its education programs, and also to restaurants and retail markets that support local and sustainable food sources.

Tine & Toil Farm

Tine celebrates the well-crafted and hand-powered tools required to produce organically grown vegetables on a small scale, and toil honors the choice to labor outside year round to grow fresh, seasonal food. Located near the banks of the Schuylkill River in Pottstown, PA, Nathan and his family believe the food we eat tells the stories of our lives and our values. As a result, they are committed to small-scale farming practices that preserve and restore the land; contribute to the local community; and produce the best fruits and vegetables.


Whether you contribute $1 per share, $5 per share, a flat amount or make some other contribution, by donating to PASA’s Arias M. Brownback Memorial Scholarship Fund you will support the education of beginning farmers and double your contribution, through this Ways to Give program.  Please join Josie Porter Farm/Cherry Valley CSA, North Mountain Pastures, Philly Foodworks and Spiral Path Farm in making it possible for beginning farmers to learn about sustainable farming, enrich their network with PASA member support and produce healthy food for our communities. Let’s make the 2016 CSA Season the best year yet to support beginning farmer education!

Contact Chris Rand (, (814) 349-9856) for more details or to participate.

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