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Organization Offers Quality Programming with Innovative Leaders
MILLHEIM, PA. - PASA recently hosted its first Farm-Based Education (FBE) event of the season at a Clarion County farm….and it was all about troubleshooting in the greenhouse. The farmer-focused educational program is now in its 21st year, and excels at sharing critical information - drawing on a bevy of experts.

“At this time of year, it’s all about the farmer!” exclaimed Rebecca Robertson, coordinator of PASA’s FBE programs. “Farmers are looking at their equipment, assessing their fields, and making sure they have the resources needed to get back out there and have a great farming season.”

PASA is ready to help with an extensive farmer education program developed for the 2012 season -- offering on-farm Field Days on topics such as renewable energy, poultry processing, small grain production and orchard basics, among others.

“Our goal is to empower farmers to implement practices that improve profitability and reduce environmental impact while producing safe and healthy food for the community,” stated Robertson. “We do this by facilitating opportunities for farmers to learn from other farmers. These innovative farmer leaders who share their time, experience and operations, are the key components of our Farm-Based Education programs.”

PASA strives to ensure all those interested in becoming a member of the organization or attending an event can do so at a reasonable rate. For the first time, PASA is offering a new member special combo deal. Membership in the organization, combined with a Field Day registration -- an $80 value -- is being offered for $45.

To access this special combination rate, and review the list of 30 events planned for this year, visit pasafarming.org/FarmBasedEducation. This special rate gains attendees access to a quality educational program, a delicious locally-sourced lunch, all of the benefits of membership for the rest of the year, and adds them to PASA’s growing network.

“We have a multi-dimensional spring campaign underway,” remarked Michele Gauger, PASA Membership Director, “and growing our network is at the root. We have a strong base of educational programs targeted to farmers, and over the years, PASA has attracted a broad audience. We’ve seen a ‘common ground’ created – enabling farmers to network and share skills, and bringing them together with eager ‘eaters’ who want access to local foods and to do their part to keep farms viable. Keeping farmers on the land and in business, and providing access to healthy, local food, has become paramount.”

Delivering skills and resources to farmers, and bringing the farmer and consumer together, while enriching that sense of community is the network that PASA wants to grow and maintain.

“PASA’s Spring Campaign 2012 is bringing these messages to the public, in hopes to reach new audiences, grow our network & gain allies along the way,” said Gauger. “And we invite everyone into the circle.”

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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.
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