News from PASA

Centre County CSA Fair – Feb. 27 at Friends Meeting House

Beginning Women Farmer Conference

March 22 – 23 – “Exploring Whole Farm Planning” – University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, Lincoln Campus Center – A two day conference for all farmers interested in improved quality of life, profitability, and land health sponsored by Holistic Management International, the USDA National Institute of Food & Agriculture and the University of Massachusetts. Register here.

PASA‘s Annual Meeting

Saturday, March 24, 2012 –  Harrisburg Area Community College’s (HACC), Wildwood Conference Center, Entrance #4, 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Spend a day learning more & giving input about YOUR organization! The Board of Directors decided to move the Annual Meeting to a separate venue other than the conference to allow more time for discussions and feedback from – you – our members. Please be sure to join us to have a voice in PASA’s policy positions, Board Director elections and more. And don’t forget it is another great opportunity to network with fellow PASA supporters.

All current PASA members are cordially invited to join your Board of Directors at our Annual Meeting. This is a free event, unless you opt to purchase lunch at the Conference Center (see details below).

The Agenda:

  • Learn more about PASA’s policy positions including; food safety, nutrient management & watershed protection, Marcellus Shale, GMOs & the Farm Bill
  • Find out about progress regarding PASA’s strategic plan
  • Hear from nominees for the 2012 Board of Directors election & acknowledge departing directors – Mary Barbercheck, Brian Moyer & Kim Seeley
  • Vote on organizational bylaw amendments
  • Review financial reports & activities
  • Ben Hewitt, author of Making Supper Safe and The Town That Food Saved will be our special luncheon speaker.
  • Pre-registration for this meeting is encouraged. Register Now!

We look forward to seeing you there!

Philly Farm & Food Fest!

April 1 – The first ever Philly Farm & Food Fest opens at the Pennsylvania Convention Center Annex on Sunday, April 1, 2012. A collaboration between Fair Food and PASA, Philly Farm & Food Fest will bring local farmers, food producers and organizations together with over 1000 attendees eager to connect with local and sustainable food sources and services.

The event will feature approximately 100 farmers, food producers, artisanal food businesses, and other providers of sustainable goods and services from across our region. There will also be cooking demos, cookbook signings, a seed swap, and fun interactive workshops for kids, and adults.

The Philly Farm & Food Fest has two components- the public festival from 11am-4pm, and a private Buyer’s Reception from 4:30-6pm for chefs, retailers, food service companies, and distributors. The Philly Farm & Food Fest is a fantastic opportunity for you to reach a new audience of customers, buyers and supporters.

Please check out our website for more information and to submit your exhibitor applications (and check back often for more updates!)

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