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Greg Bowman - Goodness Grows

PASA Member Since 1995

Goodness Grows
North Lima, Ohio

How did Greg Bowman discover the important role farmers have in any community? You might not have guessed it was via an assignment from his hometown newspaper. After college in Indiana, Greg returned to his eastern Ohio hometown and began writing a farm page for the local newspaper.

“While talking with the local farmers, I learned the important role they played in the community and how much they cared about the land,” says Greg. It was Greg’s brother-in law that first introduced him to New Farm magazine. “Reading editions of New Farm, when it was in print, was really where I first learned about taking a more holistic approach in agriculture.”

In 1990 Greg, and his wife Ellen, moved to Pennsylvania to work for The Rodale Institute as editor of that very same New Farm magazine. According to Greg, “I attended my first PASA Farming for the Future Conference with Rodale. The conference experience is all it takes to become a dedicated PASA supporter for life.”

“I am a proud PASA member, as the organization has been carrying a banner for sustainable agricultural practices by building bridges with groups on a national and even international level, and has been a model for many other food-related organizations. As Executive Director of Goodness Grows in North Lima, Ohio - just south of Youngstown and just west of the Pennsylvania line, I still have a strong connection to PASA via its Western Region office,” continued Greg. “I also hope PASA brings more urban farmers into its powerful mix of inspiring people, food politics and sustainable economics.”

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