Ways To Give Program
Ways to Give is an opportunity for you to help PASA in your own unique and creative way. PASA is always seeking inspiration, and there is no better place to look than to you, our supporters. There are many ways to help PASA with events that also promote your business. From a percentage contribution of sales during a promotional period, to events that integrate fun activities and sustainable farming, many businesses have helped PASA through Ways to Give. These events also promote participating organizations, and offer great experiences to their supporters. Many companies have raised awareness of both their culture of giving and sustainable agriculture issues. Below you will see a wide variety of events, both upcoming and from the recent past. The more Ways to Give, the better we all live! To set up your event or for more information, contact Chris Rand at 814-349-9856.
UPCOMING AND ONGOING EVENTS!
North Mountain Pastures Farm visiting day will be held on October 1st 4pm - 7pm, North Mountain Pastures will be hosting a pig roast from the butchering class, and sampling other items such as pate and blood sausage taught in the class. Arrive at 4pm for a tour shortly after, with the highland games following at 5. Dinner will be served in the barn at 5:30, with bluegrass and dancing in the barn. Bring a dish to share, and North Mountain Pastures Farm will provide the meat and the drinks from Big Hill Ciderworks, Troegs, and the Millworks Brewery.
Sign up for the butchery class and the highland games to benefit the Shon Seeley Legacy Fund and PASA. No matter what your level of experience in either butchering or throwing heavy objects, it will be a fun and educational experience for all! Hosted by Brooks Miller and Anna Santini www.NorthMountainPastures.com
Dine Fresh, Dine Local - Harrison’s Wine Grill—a long-time Buy Fresh Buy Local® partner—and PASA are partnering up again for a delicious fundraiser! Join in the goodness: dine in or carry out at Harrison’s at 1221 East College Avenue in State College, from Monday, September 19 to Sunday, September 25, and 20% of your check before tax and gratuity will be donated to PASA. Simply mention your intended support of PASA or BFBL to your server when you pay your check to ensure proper credit goes to PASA. There is no limit to the number of times you can participate. Local fundraising never tasted so fresh!
East End Food Co-op in Pittsburgh offers all of the products of a full-service grocery store, but with a natural and local touch. During all of September, you will have the chance to shop at this wonderful store and benefit PASA at the same time. At checkout, you will have the chance to round up your purchase to the nearest dollar, with those proceeds going directly to PASA. They will even take special orders! East End Food Coop specializes in fresh, organic and local produce, affordable bulk foods — from granolas and nuts to local honey and whole grains — and local dairy and meats. If you haven’t tried this co-op, this is your golden opportunity.
Spiral Path Farm CSA has issued a challenge to fellow CSA farms. Not only is Spiral Path Farm giving $1 to PASA for each CSA share they sell, they will match other CSA Farms' gifts to PASA! Spiral Path Farm has been certified organic since 1994. Mike and Terra Brownback are supporting the continued growth of the Arias M. Brownback Memorial Scholarship Fund, created in memory of their son Arias. All funds raised through this challenge will benefit the Brownback Fund, which helps young farmers reach their full potential.
Kitchen Table Consultants donates to PASA each time they take on a new farm client...and they just added several more! Since 2012 Kitchen Table Consultants has donated over $1,800 via this promotion. We deeply appreciate their ongoing, longtime support. Kitchen Table Consultants works to help farmers and food artisans build lasting, profitable, locally-focused businesses. As Ted Lebow and Jennifer Brodsky explain their mission, “We enjoy working with farm and food entrepreneurs because they are passionate, strong, independent, hardworking, innovative and dedicated -- their businesses make a positive impact on the land and our community, and we believe in what they do.”
PASA fans celebrated all things nourishing, sustainable and delicious during the 2nd Annual Food Fair on July 23 at Harvest Market Natural Foods in Hockessin, Delaware. A percentage of total daily sales went directly to PASA, and Harvest Market raised an impressive $1,000. Harvest Market emphasizes a broad selection of organically grown foods, sustainably grown without petroleum-based pesticides and fertilizers, with an emphasis on locally sourced food.
Josie Porter Farm hosted its inaugural Farm-to-Table Tasting event featuring local foods and chefs on the farm located in beautiful Cherry Valley. A variety of small plates to appeal to conscious eaters were served, along with live music, an art sale, and guided nature walks. Executive Chef Daniel Mattrocce of Lanes End Farm kitchen prepared intriguing tapas featuring an assortment of fresh-from-the-farm foods sourced from the Josie Porter Farm and their family of growers and producers. In all, this event raised more than $600 for PASA's SOIL Institute!
Perrydell Farm Dairy, in conjunction with Brown’s Orchards, Leg Up Farms and the York Road Runners Club put on a three-race series to benefit the Shon Seeley Legacy Fund and the Leg Up Farm Foundation. 125 enthusiastic runners braved a crisp, chilly morning to run through forest, fields, and of course lots of MUD! Everyone had a great time, and between the three races, The Mudrun raised $1,000 for the Shon Seeley Legacy Fund.
Four Seasons hosts Earth Week annually, partnering with other organic wholesalers including Lady Moon Farms and Mother Earth Organic Mushrooms. Earth Week benefits PASA with every case of produce sold, and this year Four Seasons helped raise a record $34,336.50 for PASA. In nine years, Earth Week has raised over $200,000 for PASA! This is the single biggest external event to benefit PASA, and we are grateful to be partners with Four Seasons and all Earth Week participants. Earth Week also helps to promote awareness of Four Seasons' important work in supporting sustainable agriculture, and their innovative environmental programs.
This year Kimberton Whole Foods jumped aboard Four Season’s Earth Week fundraiser, launching it into the retail world by incorporating the event into their chain of natural food stores. They made a matching donation for every case of Four Seasons, Mother Earth Organic Mushrooms and Lady Moon Farms produce purchased at their stores during Earth Week. Creative communication to their customers included blog posts on PASA, Lady Moon Farms & Mother Earth Organic Mushrooms, featuring the program in their company newsletter, and incorporating signage in their produce department. Kimberton Whole Foods Earth Week promotion raised over $450 for PASA. Visit kimbertonwholefoods.com.
Centre Foundation sponsored Centre Gives, an online giving event in early May. Through generous donations, PASA received more than $2,000 to benefit our work in Centre County! Thanks to all who participated!
presented the Second Annual dinner, a Ways to Give benefit for PASA. The dinners were held February 19 & 20 at mPeace Tree Farm, Kintnersville, Bucks County and raised over $400 for PASA.
White Rose Farm donated 10% of sales from seed circles to PASA. Seed circles are living mandalas, hand-crafted using recycled paper, seeds, flowers and leaves from the farm, including rose water and sacred basil seeds. They are designed to honor the circle of life, celebrate major life transitions and provide comfort to those who are grieving or shut-in. Thanks to Sally Voris for giving back to PASA in this way.
Doug Michael, Columbia County Bread and Granola in Bloomsburg, Columbia County participated in the PASA Good Gifts Guide and donated 20% of sales to PASA on Cyber Monday, November 30 resulting in over $82 for PASA. Columbia County Bread & granola makes their breads without flour, they sprout the whole grain, and ferment their breads with a natural leaven. Their flax granola is certified grain free and comes in a variety of options. Check out Columbia County Bread & Granola! Many thanks to Doug and his gang for this tasty Way to Give!
Wild for Salmon, Bloomsburg, Columbia County participated in the PASA Good Gifts Guide and gave back to PASA for the 3rd year in a row! On Saturday, November 14, Wild for Salmon's Thanksgiving Tasting was a fun day where customers sampled their popular items and got some new recipes. 5% of all in-store sales were donated to PASA resulting in a donation of over $385. This Ways to Give program with Wild for Salmon has raised over $750 in the three years they've participated in our Good Gifts Guide. We thank Steve and Jenn Kurian for continuing to support PASA in this way! Check them out on the web at wildforsalmon.com!
Many thanks to Jennifer Halpin of Dickinson College Farm in Boiling Springs, Cumberland County for once again hosting Art on the Farm with event partner Carlisle Arts Learning Center (CALC). On Saturday, September 12, this ticketed event celebrated local art and cuisine as guests enjoyed seasonal hors d'oeuvres and local craft beers & wines while watching live artists en plein air despite a bit of a rainy day. Art on the Farm included a local foods dinner of wood-fired oven baked pizza, salad and dessert followed by the featured Live and Silent Art Auctions – offering paintings, pottery, photography and sculpture donated by local artists. This year's event raised $5,280. Having been held four times, Art on the Farm has raised over $16,400 for PASA! Much thanks to Dickinson College Farm and CALC for this incredible Way to Give!
Brooks Miller and Anna Santini of North Mountain Pastures in Newport, Perry County hosted Highland Games on Saturday, October 3. The Highland Games was a Ways to Give fundraising event held to benefit PASA's Shon Seeley Legacy Fund and raised $355. The games began at 4pm, and consisted of three events: caber toss, stone put, and sheaf toss. This was a fun co-ed competition, and despite the rainy day everyone had a great time. We truly appreciate this continued support from Brooks and Anna in honoring the legacy of Shon Seeley.
Dine Fresh Dine Local at Harrison's Wine Grill in State College. In celebration of Local Foods Week in Centre County, from August 2 - 8, Harrison's donated 20% of each check to PASA for diners who mentioned PASA or Buy Fresh Buy Local. This promotion has raised over $1,550 to date. We're grateful to this Buy Fresh Buy Local partner and longtime supporter!
Through a collaboration of Chef Matt Yoder, Audrey Rodgers of Hameau Farm in the Big Valley, and 7Group PASA received $480. This Ways to Give project was a fundraising dinner held on Hameau Farm in the Big Valley, Belleville, Mifflin County on June 4th. The eggs, milk, meat and other ingredients for this dinner were from local sources and a group of dedicated eaters were rewarded with a delicious dinner. Many thanks go to PASA Members and Supporters Chef Matt, Audrey Rodgers and 7Group for keeping this fundraising tradition alive.
Jack Nachamkin and Margaret Goodman of J&J Farm in Glen Mills, PA have been making jams, jellies and pickles at their farm for years. The sealed and preserved goods have become very popular at the market in Media. Jack and Margaret have very generously donated all the proceeds from the sale of their goods to charities. Most recently they donated over $500 to PASA through our Ways To Give program. We’re honored to receive the benefits of Jack and Margaret’s work to help on our mission to promote profitable farms that produce healthy food for all people while respecting the natural environment! If you're in the Media area on market day be sure to look them up!
THANKS TO OUR MANY CREATIVE SUPPORTERS!
Good Food Markets, a neighborhood grocery store dedicated to organics, in the Woodridge neighborhood of Washington DC, collected donations from customers during Four Season's Earth Week. This Ways to Give project was a terrific way to help their customers learn about PASA and our programs. Store Manager Philip Sambol is a big fan of PASA and we appreciated his creative support.
Josie Porter Farm hosted its inaugural Farm-to-Table Tasting event featuring local foods and chefs on the farm located in beautiful Cherry Valley on June 12th, 2016. A variety of small plates appealing to conscious eaters were served, featuring an assortment of fresh-from-the-farm foods sourced from the Josie Porter Farm and their family of growers and producers. The event also featured an art sale, live music, and guided nature walks. In all, the Farm-to-Table event raised more than $600 for PASA!
Harvest Market Natural Foods of Hockessin, DE celebrated 20 years as a community grocer during a very special 20th Anniversary Food Fair highlighting the hardworking people and stories behind the most nourishing, sustainable and delicious food and health products available in the Brandywine Valley. On Saturday, July 18th they sampled a variety of their outstanding vendor's wares and served up some finger-lickin' treats on the grill. To show their dedication to local farming, Harvest Market Natural Foods donated 5% of total daily sales to PASA, raising over $1,000 for the organization. We are proud to be the recipients of this incredible support! Harvest Market Natural Foods is an independently owned health food store, and they are one of PASA's Permanent Business Partners!
Cure Restaurant in Pittsburgh participated in Negroni Week June 1-7, where bars and restaurants celebrate one of the world's great cocktails and raise money for charitable causes around the world. Negroni Week has grown to more than 1,300 participating establishments around the world. PASA has been the benefactor of Negroni Week at Cure Restaurant where they have raised $235 in the past two years. Cure is a neighborhood restaurant with a small menu focused on local urban Mediterranean food that reflects the seasons in Western Pennsylvania. We are honored that Justin and Hilary Severino have chosen to support PASA!
This year's annual Earth Week Celebration organized by Four Seasons Produce Inc. was held on April 19 - 25. This was the eighth year that Four Seasons has donated a portion of their organic produce sales during Earth Week in the most successful fundraiser for PASA by an outside company. It has raised over $168,000 since 2008! Four Seasons Produce was joined by loyal members Lady Moon Farms and Mother Earth Organic Mushrooms. We are incredibly proud of these companies for their dedication to supporting regional farmers and giving back to the community!