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March 29 – Northcentral PASA Member Potluck
6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., Jeremiah’s (above the Bullfrog Brewery) in Williamsport, Lycoming Co. The educational spotlight will feature a series of informal questions posed to attending producers to learn more about their operations. Remember to bring business cards or brochures to share with other PASA members. RSVP to Leah Tewksbury, 570-437-2620 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please bring a dish to share, as well as your own table service/cup. Bring a friend or co-worker to introduce them to PASA!
March 29 – Natural Gas Pipeline Information Meeting
April 2 – Farmers Market Success: A Workshop for Farmers Market Managers and Vendors
10:00am-1:00pm (Please Bring a Packed Lunch; Beverages and Dessert Will Be Provided) Venango County Fairgrounds, Auditorium , 867 Mercer Road, Franklin, PA 16323. Cost: $12.00. Farmers markets are fast becoming America’s favorite way to access fresh, locally grown foods and develop relationships with farmers, and there is tremendous potential for the growth and development of farmers markets in Western Pennsylvania. This workshop, led by experienced farmers and market managers, will cover some of the best practices in operating, supporting, and participating in farmers markets. Learn about and discuss ways to develop and improve your farmers market. Network with other farmers market managers and vendors to share common issues and learn from one another. Pre-Registration Required. For more information and to register contact Leah Smith at 412-365-2985 or email@example.com . Make checks payable to PASA and mail to: PASA c/o Farmers Market Workshop P.O. Box 116 Bakerstown, PA 15007
April 9 – Understanding GAP (Good Agricultural Process Audit)
9:00am-11:00am Location: Penn State Extension, Allegheny County Office, 400 North Lexington Street Pittsburgh, PA 15208 Registration fee: $12.00. Is GAP Certification right for you? Learn about the Good Agricultural Practices Audit Verification Program, why you may consider this certification, and resources available should you decide to complete an audit. Lee Young provides an overview of what GAP is and shares resources and templates used to prepare for the audit process. Mikal Merlina describes his services assisting farmers in preparation for GAP audits. Pre-Registration Required: To register for this workshop contact: Heather Mikulas, Penn State Extension, 412-473-2540 or firstname.lastname@example.org
April 9 – Dickinson College 2011 Local Food Dinner
6:00 pm - Please join us for our annual celebration of food, farmers, and building community! This fundraising event supports our regional Buy Fresh, Buy Local campaign and is sure to tempt your taste buds! This year’s local food dinner will host Anna Lappe, daughter of Frances Moore Lappe and international advocate on issues relating to “sustainability, food politics, globalization, and social change” as the evening keynote. A vibrant farmers’ market will precede the dinner event in the Holland Union Building lobby from 3pm to 6pm! This event is FREE. A suggested donation of $15 – $20 is requested. For more information and to reserve or purchase a ticket, please contact email@example.com or call 717-245-1969.
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Youngstown, OH. 10 a.m. presentation & lunch at the First Unitarian Universalist Church (Channing Hall, in basement), followed by 1 p.m. field session at Fairgreen Neighborhood Garden.
Do you farm in an urban area with limited space availability? Would you like to make more efficient use of your space in order to increase your profit potential? Do you have a small plot in which you would like to see food being produced for market? You can make significant earnings from small land bases under an acre – or even less – using appropriate farming techniques and minimal infrastructure. Join PASA, Grow Youngstown, the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation, and the National Center for Appropriate Technology to explore intensive plantings in small spaces in this workshop designed especially for urban farmers.
Andy Pressman, Agriculture Specialist with the NCAT/ATTRA (National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service) will lead us in our exploration of what it takes to use SPIN-Farming, Permaculture, and Biointensive methods to maximize efficiency in your existing space, while improving the environmental and financial sustainability of your operation. Topics will include business planning, site design, bed preparation, planting, weeding and harvesting techniques, tool choice and marketing considerations. We will discuss how farmscaping for beneficial insects and native pollinators in urban spaces can help to reduce inputs and increase production. Following a delicious, locally prepared meal, we will get our hands dirty as we put into action the methods we learned during the morning session. This field day will take place rain or shine, so please come prepared for the weather and for working outdoors. All tools needed for this workshop will be provided, but we welcome you to bring your own hand tools as well. $15 PASA members, $25 all others; lunch is included. Registration for this event is limited to 35; please pre-register. Click here to register online now.
April 30, 2011 – Pastured Pork Field Day at Owens Farm
Sunbury, PA. Three pastured pork producers and a nutritionist will share their experience on the day-to-day realities and challenges of raising pigs outdoors. Guest speakers include Jeff Mattocks from Fertrell Co., John and Todd Hopkins from Forks Farm in Columbia Co., Nate Thomas from Breakaway Farms in Lancaster Co., and David and Caroline Owens. Preregistration is required. For more information, visit www.owensfarm.com or call 570-898 6060.
May 23-25 – Mob Grazing Conference
Rotokawa Cattle Company at Kananga Farm , Ligonier, Westmoreland County. With Ian Mitchell-Innes, Blanerne Ranch, Elandslaagte, South Africa . In this three-day intensive learning experience, Ian Mitchell-Innes, leading mentor and trainer of holistic high intensity grazing techniques (aka, “mob grazing”), will inspire you to change how you view and implement grazing systems. Properly managed mob grazing systems increase the health of animals, land and soil, and improve water and land conservation efforts. Ideal for both dairy and beef cattle operations, as well as for experienced practitioners or those who are new to mob grazing and holistic management.
Save by registering early! Before April 15th: $650 PASA members, $700 all others, $550 family members/2nd persons. After April 15th: $750 PASA members, $800 all others, $550 family members/2nd persons. *Price includes breakfast, lunch & dinner each day, books and materials. Lodging is the responsibility of participants. Click here for a downloadable menu of lodging options being facilitated by PASA. Registration for this event is limited to 50 participants. For more info, and to register, please contact Rebecca at 814.349.9856 x 20. This event is supported by the PA Women’s Agriculture Network (PA WAgN), the PA Gazing Lands Conservation Initiative and the North American Devon Association.