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Glasbern Inn Recognized as PASA Permanent Business Partner

Glasbern Inn Recognized as PASA Permanent Business Partner

Scottish Highland cattle photographed on the grounds at Glasbern.

MILLHEIM, PA. April 23, 2012 - The Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) recently recognized its newest Permanent Business Partner, the Glasbern Inn (glasbern.com). Nestled just west of Allentown in the Lehigh Valley, Glasbern is a quintessential historic Pennsylvania country inn and restaurant, tucked away on a peaceful and secluded 130-acre, 19th-Century farm.

Glasbern owner Al Granger began farming its land sustainably in 2005, reviving a parcel of farmland that lain fallow for 35 years. Currently, Glasbern grows vegetables and raises cattle, sheep, hogs, turkeys and chickens for use in its restaurant.  Guests at Glasbern are invited to explore the farm's pastures, gardens, and greenhouses while observing the daily work that mirrors the changing of the seasons.  Visitors are assured they won't find any pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics or hormones at Glasbern or in any of the food they raise and serve.

PASA created the Permanent Business Partner level of membership for businesses interested in establishing a long-term relationship with the organization. PASA’s commitment to protecting and preserving farmers and farmland across Pennsylvania and beyond is vital to each of its Permanent Business Partner’s business philosophies.

Mr. Granger first became a PASA member in 2004, primarily for the educational opportunities and the chance to network with area growers.  The Granger family has been a longtime supporter of PASA, and the Inn recently hosted a Cattlemen’s Salon, a fundraiser for PASA that raised nearly $2,000. The Salon brought together a diverse group of Pennsylvania cattlemen for inspired conversation about foraging and grazing strategies.  Salon attendees enjoyed a dinner featuring Glasbern’s own grassfed beef.  “Supporting PASA comes naturally, as we have similar philosophies and missions.  Becoming a Permanent Business Partner was a natural next step for us,” said Mr. Granger.  Glasbern has also been host to two of the three Grass-fed Beef Cook-Offs organized by PASA.    

“Glasbern’s approach to sustainable agriculture parallels the mission of PASA.  We’re proud to have the support of such likeminded businesses that have the foresight to make a longstanding commitment to preserving farmland and strengthening our local food system,” said Megan Epler, Business Outreach Coordinator at PASA.   Glasbern is PASA’s ninth Permanent Business Partner. 

The Glasbern Inn is also a proud partner of the Greater Lehigh Valley Buy Fresh Buy Local® chapter.

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Contact:
Megan Epler, Business Outreach Coordinator
megan@pasafarming.org
(814) 574-9077

About PASA
With over 6,000 members, the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) is one of the largest and most active sustainable agriculture organizations in the U.S. Through business support and regional marketing assistance for farmers, advocacy, and public education, PASA seeks to promote profitable farms that produce healthy food for all people while respecting the natural environment.  PASA’s hallmark event, the Farming for the Future conference, draws thousands of participants from more than 30 states and six countries each February.  For more information, visit www.pasafarming.org and follow PASA on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

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