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Sue Pengelly

PASA Member Since 2009
Misty Knoll Farm

Royersford, PA

Have you heard the one about the accidental farmers? Ask Sue Pengelly (pictured in photo: from left: Fabian Smith/Karen Fedor/Sue Pengelly) and her family to tell you about it sometime. Sue first heard about PASA at the Mid-Atlantic Renewable Energy (MAREA) Festival in 2005. At the time, she was a concerned consumer, but that was the extent of her interest. Lo and behold, several years later Sue and her husband Keith inherited Misty Knoll Farm in Royersford, PA, from Keith’s family. Lacking any farming experience, they looked to many different farming organizations for help and discovered that PASA was the perfect fit for the kind of sustainable farming they wanted to practice.

“Sustainability is work that is ongoing. It means giving more to the land and your animals than what you take from them. I want to leave this land better than when I found it,” says Sue.

Sue believes PASA has influenced her farming practices in “every way.” She and her family have learned critical farming skills through participating in PASA’s conference, field days and master classes. An educator herself, Sue appreciates PASA’s combination of theoretical and hands-on education.

To achieve the land’s full potential, Sue and Keith have since welcomed Sue’s sisters (and fellow PASA members) Fabian Smith and Karen Fedor to help raise a wide diversity of livestock and vegetables. Together, they have come a long way in only a few short years. This October, they will be hosting a PASA Field Day on Portable Fencing. Come meet these remarkable PASA members and hear more about their sustainable farming journey!

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