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Sustainable Food and Farming Systems

Newsletter of the
for Sustainable

Serving the Community of Sustainable Farmers, Consumers and Businesses Throughout Pennsylvania and Beyond
Number 70 January/February 2008

PASA’s 17th Annual

Farming for the Future conference
PASA’s signature event — the Farming for the Future
conference was a success in early February. Widely regarded
as the best sustainable agriculture gathering in the East,
this diverse 5-day spectacular brought together an audi-
ence of over 1,900 from 39 states and 8 countries.
Pennsylvania Association
Jan/Feb 2008
for Sustainable Agriculture 2008 Farming for the Future 6 Director’s Corner
114 West Main Street Conference Review
7 Board Perspective
P.O. Box 419
3 Sustainable Ag Awards
Millheim PA 16854 13 Consumer News
Phone: (814) 349-9856 • Fax: (814) 349-9840 5 Conference Volunteers & Friends,
Website: www.pasafarming.org Brownback Scholarships 14 Business Member Profile
Passages STAFF & OFFICE 8 Conference Photos 15 Regional Marketing
Staff Editor: Michele Gauger
Layout: C Factor 16 Farmer Profile
Advertising Sales: Michele Gauger,
PASA office, michele@pasafarming.org 20 Membership News

BOARD OF DIRECTORS 22 On-Farm Research

President: Kim Seeley, Bradford County
Vice President: Brian Moyer, Berks County 24 Editor’s Corner: The Grapevine
Secretary: Mary Barbercheck, Centre County
25 Classified Ads
Treasurer: Louise Schorn Smith, Chester County
David Bingaman, Dauphin County 30 Calendar
Jennifer Halpin, Cumberland County
Mena Hautau, Berks County 31 Membership Form
John Hopkins, Columbia County
John Jamison, Westmoreland County
Don Kretschmann, Beaver County
Jeff Mattocks, Dauphin County
Sandra Miller, Cumberland County
Rita Resick, Somerset County
Anthony Rodale, Berks County
Jim Travis, Adams County Photographs on the Eleven students from the Sixty young Future Farm- During the Hands-On
front cover (clockwise Penn College of Technolo- ers enjoyed activities Pastured Poultry pre-
At-Large Board Member from upper left) gy Culinary program (one including the exploration conference track held at
Jamie Moore, Allegheny County of whom pictured here)
Keynote speaker, Diane of wooden instruments. Poultry Man LLC in Mif-
Wilson, signs copies of contributed a great PASA thanks Joan Turns flinburg PA, participants
her book, An Unreason- amount of labor in pro- and George Vahoviak of worked together to build
Brian Snyder cessing the raw ingredi- Shaver’s Creek Environ- two 9’ x 9’ cattle panel
Executive Director able Woman: A True Story
of Shrimpers, Politicos, ents for our conference mental Center as well as hoop houses. The Ameri-
Polluters, and the Fight meals. Chef Mike Ditch- the Penn State Sustain- can Pastured Poultry
Lauren Smith field touted Willy able Agriculture Club for Producers Assn. (APPPA)
for Seadrift, Texas for an
Director of Development Benedetto (pictured rear) their dedication to this then generously donated
eager crowd following
lauren@pasafarming.org as “one of the guys that important program. one of the hoop houses
her inspirational opening
Chris Fullerton remarks. has made the sustainable to the PASA Auction.
Director of Consumer Outreach5 food program at the con-
chris@pasafarming.org ference happen!”
Allison Shauger
Educational Outreach Director
Michele Gauger Passages January/February 2008 Contributors
Director of Membership & Research Assistant
michele@pasafarming.org Contributing writers & photographers: Marilyn Anthony, David Eson, Chris Fullerton, Mena Hautau, Ron Hoover,
Kristen Leitzel, Pat Little, Paul Morgan, Gayle Morrow, John Rhodes, Kim Seeley, Allison Shauger, Kate Sigler,
Brandi Marks
Lauren Smith, Brian Snyder.
Office Coordinator/Bookkeeper
PASA’s Mission is… PASA in the News
Carrie Gillespie Promoting profitable farms which produce Have you seen articles about PASA in your local news-
Bookkeeping Assistant healthy food for all people while respecting the papers or other media? PASA is active across the state,
natural environment. and we’d love to know what coverage we are getting
Southeast Regional Office PASA is an organization as diverse as the Pennsylvania in your area. Please clip any articles you see on PASA
Phone: 610-458-5700 x305 landscape. We are seasoned farmers who know that and mail them to our Millheim headquarters to the
Marilyn Anthony sustainability is not only a concept, but a way of life. attention of Office Coordinator Brandi Marks.
Southeastern Regional Director We are new farmers looking for the fulfillment of land
stewardship. We are students and other consumers, Do you have a great
Western Regional Office anxious to understand our food systems and the
article idea for Passages?
Julie Speicher choices that must be made. We are families and chil-
Want to share a farming practice with members? We’d
Marketing Manager dren, who hold the future of farming in our hands.This
love to hear from you. Please contact the newsletter
julie@pasafarming.org is an organization that is growing in its voice on behalf
staff at newsletter@pasafarming.org.
Sarah Young of farmers in Pennsylvania and beyond. Our mission is
Program Assistant achieved, one voice, one farm, one strengthened com- Deadline for March/April 2008 Issue:
sarah@pasafarming.org munity at a time. March 17, 2008

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Conference Review
Annual Awards Celebrate Leaders in Sustainable Agriculture
By Gayle Morrow, sion statement, which Snyder
PASA member shared:
Who gets the Sustainable We care for the Earth by pro-
Ag Business Leadership Award moting organic and bio-dynam-
or the Sustainable Ag Leader- ic farming methods. We conduct
ship Award this year? As always our business in a respectful and
it was a surprise — right up ethical manner while building
until the Farming for the Future strong cooperative ties within
conference awards banquet, our larger community. In a more
only a handful of folks knew. personal way, we support each
It was especially surprising individual’s quest to learn more
to the recipients — they did about healthy choices in diet and
not recognize themselves in lifestyle. Finally, we are commit-
PASA executive director, Brian ted to honoring each customer
Snyder’s announcements. with outstanding service.
“When Brian started out I Jerry Brunetti was honored with the Sustainable Ag Leadership Award “I would really rather be on
thought — I wonder who this at the conference. Jerry was surprised and very grateful to be recognized. a farm,” said Brett as he accept-
Pictured left to right are Kim Seeley, PASA board president; Jerry
is,” said Terry Brett, who, with Brunetti and Brian Snyder. ed the award (and who would-
Kimberton Whole Foods, n’t rather be on a farm?). “But
earned the 2008 Sustainable Ag Business least are connected to a farm?” mused thank you for honoring all of us at Kim-
Leadership Award. “I couldn’t believe he Snyder in his preface to the announce- berton Whole Foods for what we do.”
was talking about me.” ment of Brett’s award. “There are proba-
Jerry Brunetti, who took the 2008 bly many reasons for this, but I’m sure we Sustainable Agriculture
Sustainable Ag Leadership award, was could all agree that farm-based businesses Leadership Award
equally amazed at his own achievement. often do well simply because of the work Want to reduce your use of pesticides,
He didn’t know who Snyder was describ- ethic learned on farms.” eliminate dependence on chemical fertil-
ing, but admitted with a laugh that he That ethic, and the dedication of Brett izers, and learn to toss around terms like
thought “this is my kind of guy.” and Kimberton Whole Foods to “provide phenolics, terpenes and sterols?
the highest quality products possible, at a “Who ya gonna’ call?” asked PASA
Sustainable Agriculture fair price, based on the cost of production board president, Kim Seeley as he intro-
Business Leadership Award rather than simply what the market duced Jerry Brunetti.
Terry Brett is the first to admit he’d would bear,” are exemplified in their mis- continued on page 4
rather be farming, but customers of Kim-
berton Whole Foods are, perhaps selfish- Kimberton Whole Foods was honored with the Sustainable Agriculture Business Award during the
ly, glad he’s not. “I shopped there last Friday evening awards banquet. Terry Brett, who accepted the award on behalf of everyone at Kim-
berton, was thankful to have their work recognized. Pictured from left to right are Terry Brett of Kim-
Monday night and I counted so many berton Whole Foods, Brian Snyder and PASA board treasurer, Louise Schorn Smith.
locally grown products,” said PASA
board member, Louise Schorn Smith in
her introduction. “His personal strengths
include business and management style,
super-human energy, and dedication to
the local food system.”
Brett and Kimberton Whole Foods
have, she said, “set the gold standard” for
what they do.
Brett started out in 1986 with culture
— yogurt culture, that is. He was hired to
make and market yogurt for the Camp
Hill Village/Kimberton Hills biodynamic
farm. The result was Seven Stars Yogurt
and the expansion of an existing natural
foods store that eventually morphed into
Kimberton Whole Foods.
“Have you ever noticed how many
successful businesses start on a farm, or at

Conference Review
PASA Leaders
continued from page 3

Snyder characterized Brunetti as “a

true Renaissance person,” one who “elic-
its strong reactions of all sorts when he
teaches, which is rather refreshing in an
era of increasingly boring, standardized
ways of thinking and learning.”
Brunetti began his professional career
in animal sciences, then, as Snyder said,
“branched out in both directions along
the food chain…on subjects as far-rang-
ing as soil and forage quality and alterna-
tive approaches to treating human
His dynamic and energetic speaking
style has made him a favorite at the PASA
conference and other venues. PASA and
its members are fortunate, Snyder said,
PASA board fundraising chair, Mena Hautau was honored during the Friday evening banquet.
that Brunetti “considers this conference Mena will be leaving the board due to term limits after the conference and she was recognized for
to be a home base…where he is not just her efforts by former board president, Kim Miller (left) and Brian Snyder.
a speaker but a member of the family.”
“I’m overwhelmed by this,” said Mena Hautau, who had served on the someone like her on any board,” said
Brunetti as he accepted the honor. “It is board since 1999, is a senior Extension Miller. “She’s always willing to do her
family, and it is my greatest joy and priv- agent in agronomy and agriculture with part and beyond. She helped us to come
ilege to give [to you]. Thank you.” Penn State Cooperative Extension in up with an evaluation system for the
Berks County. She chaired the search board and employees. These are things
Departing Board committee that ultimately hired Brian that lend credence to an organization.”
Members Recognized Snyder as Executive Director and has “I’ve normally been in a role to thank
The Friday night banquet was also a been an invaluable leader and partner in others for what they’ve done with PASA,”
time to honor outgoing board members the organization’s fundraising efforts. said Hautau. “You get out what you put
Mena Hautau and Anthony Rodale. “It’s an absolute pleasure to have into it. I’m thankful to the board for
coming together as a team, and it is a
PASA board vice president Brian Moyer (left) presented outgoing board member Anthony Rodale privilege to work with the staff we have.
with a gift from the board. Anthony was honored during the Friday evening awards banquet for his
It is up to us as members to make sure
years of service to the organization.
they have the resources they need to get
the job done.”
“Anthony Rodale (who was not able
to be at the banquet) is from the first
family of agriculture,” continued Miller.
“We could not be more pleased than for
him to lend his name to our organization
in its early years. It is unusual to have the
opportunity to have someone with inter-
national stature put his shoulder to the
same wheel as our shoulders.”
Rodale is the grandson of The Rodale
Institute’s founder J.I. Rodale. Under his
guidance, the Institute has worked to
develop educational programs geared
toward children — helping them under-
stand the vital connections between
healthy soil, healthy food and healthy
people. He and his wife, Florence, live in
Allentown. They have two children, Mar-
low and Coco-Margaux. n

Conference Review
The annual PASA Charity Auction was once again a success in raising funds for our Annu-
Arias M. Brownback
al Fund. One of the items featured included the original painting by Kathy Frank, which Scholarships Awarded
served as our conference graphic this year entitled “Brush Valley Cows.” Stay tuned for
the March/April Passages for a complete recap of this fundraiser. PASA is pleased to announce that the
Arias M. Brownback Scholarship Fund
supported 50 scholarship recipients to
attend the 2008 Farming for the Future
conference. The Scholarship Fund
annually benefits from members’ gener-
ous contributions. As the conference
has grown over the years, so have the
number of requests for and awards of
Thankfully, member support for this
important fund has kept pace with the
demand for scholarships and we have
never turned away an aspiring farmer in
need. Applying for the scholarship is easy.
Applicants must demonstrate two quali-
ties: an interest in pursuing farming as a
vocation and a financial need that would
otherwise prevent them from attending
the conference. A sincere thank you to
everyone who has contributed to this
worthy cause! Stay tuned for the
March/April issue of Passages to hear
from some of our scholarship recipients.

CONFERENCE Friends of the Conference

VOLUNTEERS The Farming for the Future conference is an extremely important event for the PASA
PASA staff and board would like membership. It’s our chance to learn from and network with interesting people and field
to thank our dedicated volunteers experts and gather new ideas for improving our businesses and lives.Those who donat-
who helped make our recent ed $100 to become a Friend of the Conference were contributing to ensure everyone
conference a success. can participate by keeping registration fees affordable. Thanks to all of these generous
Chris Adamski • Nitya Akeroyd • Kat folks for being a Friend!
Alden • Val Alexander • Wendy Allem • Amsterdam Produce Don Kretschmann Susan & Don Sauter
Amanda Barker • Michele Briggs • Chris Enterprises, Inc. David Lembeck Allison Shauger
Brittenburg • Sabine Carey • Eileen Bob Anderson
Tracy & Jeff Mattocks Louise Schorn Smith
Clark • Moie Crawford • Heather Donald Mary Barbercheck
Maryann & Dennis Peggy & Joseph Schott
• Adam Dellinger • Sarabelle Eisenfeld • Nancy & Bob Bernhardt Mawhinney
John Lee Fisher • Meghan Fridirici • Nancy Shorsher
Linda & Tim Blakeley Milky Way Farms
Heath Gamache • Donald Gibbon • Kress Simpson
Jane & Dick Burlingame Dianne Miller
Greta Haney • Maggie & Dale Henry • Lauren & Ian Smith
Charlestown Farm Kim Miller
Todd Hopkins • Liz Hunsberger • Karl Paula & Brian Snyder
Moie & Jim Crawford Sandra Miller
Ingram • Shira Kamm • Rachel Kohn
Bill Curran Rick Stafford
Obut • Pat Leary • Warren Leitzel • Gin- Dave Mortensen
Lisa & Duane Diefenbach Genelle Sweetser &
ger Marshall • Julie Mason • Cindy& Eric Martha Noble
Gene Chenoweth
Noel • Patti Olenick • Sunil Patel • Andy Bill Elkins Northern Tier Sustainable
Debbie Swettenam &
Pressman • Colette Skundberg-Radtke • Helen Elkins Meat Cooperative
Linda Humphreys
Tony Ricci • Penny Sandoval • Rachel Chris Fullerton Mary Ann & William Oyler
Tuscarora Organic
Schaal • Dan Shimp • Becky Smith • Meg Gleason Nora Pouillon Growers Cooperative
Shana Tritsch • Holly Tyson • Bob Ver- Greener Partners Rita Resick Barbara & Michael Wahler
non • Sue Walker-Moyer • Bill Wolfe • Todd & John Hopkins Melissa Reynolds Sandie & John Walker
David Wrestler • Steffany Yamada •
Carl Hursh Thomas Reynolds West Penn Power
Karen & Phil Yanak • Heidi Zellie • Effie
Becky Kretschmann Carolyn Sachs Sustainable Energy Fund
Zuck • Leslie Zuck

Director’s Corner
order. This tremendous victory came involved in an epic struggle to recover the
about not only because hundreds of questions that have been obscured in our
PASA members made their voices heard, big box research institutions. In fact, I am
but indeed because in working with other convinced that the struggle for food sov-
state and national partners, we collective- ereignty and the research that will get us
ly generated thousands, perhaps tens of there is rapidly becoming the major civil
thousands of messages to the governor’s rights struggle of our time.
office, all of which were simply appealing But as a struggle, it’s also becoming
to the commonsense proposition that a clear that there is another side out there
growing number of consumers want to fighting against us every step of the way.
know more, not less, about the food they The food labeling issue has at least served
buy for their families. to expose the unholy alliance that has
It also happened because the milk occurred between some factions within
dealers in Pennsylvania threatened to sue government, industry and the scientific
if they could not put something on the community. The aim of this alliance is to
label about not using rBST. So let’s also control the food system for the relatively
Scientism and keep this “victory” in perspective. It’s short term gain of its members, and their
strategy is to “divide and conquer” those
quite likely that letters, phone calls and
the Rise of the emails would not have been enough by other groups, such as ourselves, who have
Agricultural-Industrial themselves. Why is this? I believe the rea- the longer term aims of preserving our
farms, saving the Earth and maximizing
son is that a new voice has emerged that
Complex considers itself above that of the general the quality of life for all humankind.
By Brian Snyder, Executive Director public in terms of both intelligence and We know for instance that a principle
political importance, and that voice is goal of this alliance is to redefine the con-
what I’m calling “scientism.” cept of “sustainability” as it relates to agri-
Some excerpts from my talk at this I use the word “scientism” very care- culture, essentially requiring the use of
year’s Farming for the Future conference: fully to mean something other than the the latest technology for a farming opera-
This talk is entitled “Scientism and normal practice of science, which is tion to be considered sustainable. We also
the Rise of the Agricultural-Industrial something we all appreciate as the pursuit suspect that the next step would be to
Complex,” a heading that not so long ago of empirical knowledge, properly done pick apart the National Organic Program
would have conjured images of shady fig- without undue bias and in the public’s and the organic movement in general to
ures on grassy knolls and visiting aliens best interest. Scientism, on the other the point where the term “organic” loses
from other planets whose spaceships and hand, describes a situation where there is its meaning and becomes irrelevant to
bodily remains were being hidden away no longer a dialogue going on about the farmers and consumers alike…as though
somewhere in the deserts of New Mexico. nature of reality from many different per- we don’t already see evidence of this hap-
But isn’t it interesting, and a true measure spectives, like religion, science, history pening. Ultimately, however, it is the
of how things have changed in our socie- and philosophy, as you would normally Local Food Movement that represents
ty, that it no longer is even controversial expect. But in this case, science has the greatest threat to the Agricultural-
to suggest that a coalition of government, become a religion, and in fact the final Industrial Complex, because you can
industry and university personnel might arbiter of truth in all those other impor- never reproduce a true local food system
be involved in an effort to manipulate tant disciplines as well. on an industrial scale.
our food system, altering the process of This new attitude toward science is so In order that we never again get
otherwise “free” markets to ensure the ubiquitous today that one could almost caught flatfooted on issues of importance
benefit of the few over the many? fail to notice it. But its arrogance is felt to our members and our mission, we are
I was actually out of state at a meeting on a regular basis in meetings I attend joining with some close partners today to
with several other sustainable ag and food around the state and country. Scientism form a new coalition of our own for the
system leaders when the Pennsylvania even has its own language, or “liturgy” promotion of local, organic and sustain-
Department of Agriculture issued its you might say, in expressing its confident able food and farming systems here in
first-in-the-nation directive to ban what hold on reality. In this way of thinking, Pennsylvania, and possibly beyond. Join-
it called “false and misleading labels.” an “activist” is simply someone you ing me in forming this coalition will be
The department was clear right from the strongly disagree with, and the concept of representatives from Pennsylvania Certi-
start that this ban was to be applied not “sound science” is used consistently to fied Organic, the FoodRoutes Network,
only to claims about growth hormones, indicate the use of science that is biased White Dog Community Enterprises and
but also to other substances like antibi- on behalf of industry. The Rodale Institute.
otics and pesticides. One identifying mark of scientism is In all, we hope to connect through
So let us celebrate our achievement in that it controls the answers it gives by first this alliance with thousands of people
getting the governor and his Dept of Ag controlling the questions that are being who understand the value of high quality,
to reconsider and rescind their original asked. It is now very clear that we are continued on page 12

PASA Board Perspective
As a sophomore in college at the time, quiet voice in our head guides us to
I clearly saw my future in dairying and enhanced vision and problem solving.
proudly grabbed all the technology avail- This mindset only can be achieved by
able to help design what would become reading, listening and sharing with the
my lifelong future. What my family did- brilliance among us.
n’t realize was that all the shiny new Over the years the PASA conference
“stuff ” wasn’t built for longevity. Our has continually brought us the brightest
super steel structure would prove to be stars in the form of keynote and work-
fire proof, but not rust proof like our shop speakers. This year was no excep-
native wood buildings. tion. In my daily life, it is not uncommon
Our feeding equipment would need to remember and reflect on these various
to be rebuilt in less than five years presentations and bring the knowledge to
because of the abrasiveness and acidity of reality in the work I do. Our farm today
our total mixed ration (TMR). Our milk- is an ongoing research and development
ing system would need to be “modified” experiment based on sustainable practices
because of the design of both milk flow we have learned from others and discov-
and pulsation. The more serious problem ered with nature’s help.
Laws of Nature, yet to be diagnosed was herd health and
As I write this column, the proposed
milk labeling change by Pennsylvania leg-
Laws of Man All of these things were extremely
challenging and frustrating, considering
islators and dubious lobbyists has been
rescinded. What a victory for free speech
we had invested in the latest technology and the democratic process. It is impor-
By Kim Seeley, Board President and yet none of it had even depreciated. tant to voice our opinions through PASA
Our family had an act of nature throw us when it comes to rulings and propaganda
a curve ball and we had humanly swung that may be for the gain of some but not
Have you studied a sunrise lately? This at it without ever addressing the laws of all of mankind. I am so proud of the
morning, the color was infinitely precise nature. response from members voicing the need
and woke up a countryside that was For years after our fire we were pro- for truth, transparency and democracy.
enjoying 50 degree winter weather. ducing milk in a chase for volume instead Keep it up!
Unfortunately the only blemishes were of nutrient density. After all that is what We are all tiring of hearing the con-
the jet streams created by man. we were being paid for. Where would tinuous sound bites that the corporate
Man’s impact leaves a mark every- Milky Way Farms be today if we had machine creates. “You are being emotion-
where we turn these days, sometimes PASA to turn to at that time? The by- al not scientific, your technology tool bag
good and sometimes just plain disgusting products of animals (meat and milk) is being taken away by misinformed con-
(from antibiotic resistant MRSA, to managed against the laws of natural sci- sumers, the FDA and USDA allow it so it
Colony Collapse Disorder, and even the ence are causing serious economic, envi- is 100% safe.” The technology industry
continued decline of the Chesapeake Bay ronmental and nutritional problems that and its supporters are intentionally leav-
and other watersheds). If man’s technolo- all of us need to help solve. ing out the most important rule —
gy is so foolproof, scientifically proven The laws and science of nature, not to nature and the laws and science of it.
and positive, as well as methodically be confused with the laws and science of The growth of PASA and the message
reviewed and approved, why do we still man need to be respected. of sustainability advocates around the
struggle with impending environmental I still see dairy farmers being encour- world are based on the laws of nature. We
collapse? aged to add more technology as a way out have seen real life case studies and testi-
Laws of nature are being broken daily. of the current dairy crisis. Massive farm monials that have occurred in front of
In 1976 my family’s barn was hit by debt is as insidious as poor animal nutri- our own eyes, on our farms, as we chal-
lightning during a fast moving thunder- tion. Anyone looking for advice and is lenge the laws of man.
storm. We were actually in the barn and currently being wooed by non-sustain- Nature, as the morning’s sunrise
were fortunate to move all the animals able lending experts, should be encour- reflects, is a wonderful spectacle that no
out to pasture, as we watched years of aged to visit PASA farmers who readily one can debate. Thank goodness the sun
work go up in flames. share their farm successes and failures. is the fuel for everyone’s spirit. Thank
The few weeks following the fire were Since joining PASA, I try to search for goodness that all of you aspire and work
consumed by decisions about the kind of sustainable solutions to things I do every to produce and process food that is the
structure to rebuild in its place. These day on the farm and in life. I look for nat- best it can be for our children’s spirit.
events were happening in the ‘70s, when ural teachings, which to an open mind, Thank goodness that all of you support
the new farm model was encouraging are all around us. These ideas come when the work and truth of the PASA family.
centralization and concentration of ani- sometimes I least expect them. Most importantly we must teach our
mals in large, efficient, mostly metal Daily stress can sometimes cloud our children to respect the laws of nature and
buildings. objectivity. Under calmer conditions, the nature’s science. n

8The Farmers Market Café was a popular alternative
for a healthy snack or light meal. Vending PASA
members provided sandwiches, cheeses & breads,
salads, and other healthy fare, including raw milk!

Pennsylvania Certified Organic (PCO) supported the conference in a big way with both a Patron of Sustainability
sponsorship and bringing sixteen representatives to the conference. Their creative exhibit booth “Bring Organic
Home” was the perfect backdrop for a group photo.

One item featured in the Live Auction was

“Dinner in your Home” courtesy of Chefs
Mike Ditchfield from Penn College and Willy
Benedetto of the Penn Stater. Both chefs have
an important role in creating the delicious
meals served at the conference.
Grammy nominated artist Adrienne Young and
her band Little Sadie had folks dancing
to their foot-stomping original music after
Thursday’s Winter Picnic.

Participants learned the ins and outs of poul- Jim Amory of the LeRaysville Cheese Factory
try processing at Kathleen and Eli Reiff’s farm (also a Bronze Key Conference Sponsor)
in Mifflinburg, PA during one of Thursday’s demonstrates the art and chemistry of
pre-conference tracks. cheesemaking to an attentive crowd.
Brian Moyer, PASA board vice president, Several PASA members, farms and businesses
was master of ceremonies during the donated items that were part of PASA’s annual
Friday morning plenary session. Charity Auctions. The auction held in Deans Hall
was also site of the new Photography Exhibit
coordinated by volunteer Donald Gibbon.
The photographs were continuously played
throughout the conference.

Dr. Michael Fox signs copies of his

books following his workshop on the
bioethics of food and agriculture.

The PASA staff took a bow at the closing ceremonies,

to a standing ovation! Pictured here left to right:
(front row) Kristin Leitzel, Carrie Gillespie, Kate Sigler, Brian Snyder,
Michele Gauger, Julie Speicher, Marilyn Anthony
(back row) Brandi Marks, Lisa Diefenbach, Chris Fullerton,
Allison Shauger, Lauren Smith. 9
Mark McAfee shared a passionate account of his raw milk
activism during the closing keynote address.

Participants in Saturday’s drum circle workshop found their rhythm and

learned to build community through music.

State Senator Rob Wonderling (R-24th) addresses the Friday morning

crowd, telling his story of how he came to know more about sustainable
agriculture and why he thinks it is applicable in making Pennsylvania a
better place for its citizens. The senator drew a cheer for talking about
getting wholesome, locally grown food into the public schools.

Sharing the bounty of our regional foods is always a highlight at the conference, be it at the Chef Ken Stout carved
social hour (pictured here), the special cheese tasting, or the featured meals. A complete list of the grass-fed Steam
farms and businesses that participated in the food program will be in the March/April Passages. ship Rounds of beef
at the Thursday Winter
Picnic. The beef was
donated by Bakewell
and enjoyed
very much.

The Farmland Preservation Artists

held a show of their food and farmland
art during the conference, with a percentage
of sales benefiting PASA. Their beautiful show
was a delight to browsers and shoppers alike.
Yvonne Post, Denise Sheehan and David Kline
demonstrate ways of incorporating healthy eating
as well as nutritious food production and
preparation into school curricula.

A popular exhibitor for over a decade,

Paul Goland of Hardscrabble Enterprises,
(Franklin, West Virginia) sold a wide vari-
ety of mushroom related products
including the shiitake logs shown here.

Over 60 children ages, 18 months to 12 years old, participated

in the Future Farmers’ Program. PASA thanks Jill Shankel of
Munnell Run Farm and the Penn State Sustainable Agriculture
club for their efforts to offer engaging programming.

At the conference, PASA announced the formation of a coalition among

representatives of White Dog Community Enterprises, Pennsylvania Certified
Organic, FoodRoutes Network and The Rodale Institute to help promote
local, organic and sustainable food and farming systems in Pennsylvania.
We hope to connect through this alliance with thousands of people who
understand the value of high quality, nutritious food coming from sustain-
able farms, produced and served in the convenience of their own communi- The “PASA Mercantile” was a great place to shop for gifts and
ties. Pictured left to right: Brian Snyder, PASA; Andrew Altman, White Dog support the organization. Attendees welcomed newly devel-
Tim Schlitzer,
Community Enterprises; Leslie FoodRoutes;Certified
Zuck, Pennsylvania Leslie Zuck, Pennsylvania
Organic; Tim oped and designed merchandise, such as fleece vests, thermal
Certified Organic;
Schlitzer, FoodRoutesandand
Wicks, White
Wicks, DogDog
White Community
Enterprises. mugs and totes, cheese kits and more!

PASA’s Consumer Outreach efforts included hosting a Buy Fresh Buy

Local (BFBL) booth at the conference. Consumer Outreach Director,
Chris Fullerton and several volunteers from Pennsylvania’s BFBL
chapters distributed information on how to join regional chapters
and more. See page 13 of this newsletter for further details.
Fundraising Update
Our Successful Haymow
Thanks to ALL!
DEC 31

$185,000 — Our goal

$150,000 — NOV 16

$109,747 —
$100,000 —
— JULY 15
MAY 15

— $58,467
$50,000 —

Illustration courtesy of Phyllis Kipp


By Mena Hautau, Board Fundraising Chair

Greetings members and supporters! The PASA haymow is stacked to the barn Director’s Corner
rafters and then some! As we brought in the last of our 2007 hay crop, we gathered
continued from page 6
extra winter stores represented here in our Annual Fund meter as wrapped baleage.
Our goal of $185,000 was surpassed as we reached a “final harvest” of $193,498. We nutritious food coming from sus-
would like to thank everyone who helped and participated! tainable farms, produced and served
We empathize with those of you who had a hay shortage this year. However, in in the convenience of their own
the mythical land of the PASA hay harvest, we owe a great deal of thanks to the good communities. They will not fall eas-
weather and fortitude of our hay farmers, those of you participated in writing letters, ily for the more profane, self-indul-
making calls, joining in fundraising dinners or contributing to our benefit events and gent intentions of scientism or the
auctions. In the late fall, a very generous challenge gift of $15,000 from Lady Moon agricultural-industrial complex, but
Farms enabled our board and staff to reach out to members and friends in seeking will respond heartily to the dream
the final dollars needed. Over 120 donors came together to help us reach our goal, of sustainability for our farms and
by participating with a matching gift. the communities in which they are
So, there you have it. Be grateful for the earth that gives us her harvest. Be grate- situated…which is a sacred trust we
ful for our membership who cares deeply about keeping the organization viable, so must never betray, except at our
that good works can continue. n own peril. n
Editor’s Note: The 2008 Fundraising Campaign kicks off in the March/April issue.

Consumer News
Eaters of Pennsylvania, Fire Up Your Browsers!
A major overhaul of www.buylocalpa.org will give PA consumers new tools for local eating.

we can also tap web-users to help us keep

By Chris Fullerton, Director of Consumer Outreach information up to date and accurate —
Consumer research during the past six months on how PASA can step up its it’s just a matter of creating the right tools
outreach to the non-farming public has provided us with a clear goal: we need that are easy to use.
to enhance our online presence for the Buy Fresh Buy Local (BFBL) program, Using a request for reviews to turn a
which helps people connect to nearby sources for local food. Thanks to funding one-way website into an interactive com-
from the Henry A. Wallace Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Winrock Inter- munity is one example of “social net-
national, PASA has the resources to begin meeting this challenge, and to work working” on the web. But we don’t have
on other ways to expand our BFBL programming. For the vast majority of Penn- to stop with ratings. Consumers will also
sylvanians, eating is the only opportunity they have to be “involved” in agricul- be able to build a personal portfolio of
ture. PASA intends to increase our efforts to connect and communicate with their favorite local foods, markets, farms
consumers about their food choices. and restaurants; respond to surveys on
various topics; and connect with other
local consumers to share information and
Consumers hear more and more bakers, bed & breakfasts, and other busi- cooperate on local food shopping, cook-
about the nutritional, environmental, nesses that sell locally grown products. ing and/or gardening. While basic search-
economic and social benefits of eating But the website does have limitations. es and information will remain
local food that is produced in a responsi- For instance: it is not easy for a family to free-of-charge to the general public, some
ble manner. But in this age of informa- find a CSA with a drop-off location near of these new services will be available on
tion overload, what consumers want their home, because CSA farms are listed the site only for auxiliary “consumer
most is exactly what PASA can offer, by farm location, not service areas. members” of PASA.
advice on finding the best foods available Another challenge is keeping the
in their region. For most people, thinking information fresh. Currently there is no A Sustainable Local
about food starts with a shopping list! system for regularly updating entries in Food System — it takes a Village!
Since 2005, the www.buylocalpa.org the online local food guide to make sure PASA, for all it has grown, is still tiny
website has been a useful resource. The they remain accurate. Clearly, we need to when you consider the breadth of our
site features background information on address these weaknesses. Our goal is to vision for a more sustainable food system.
the benefits of eating local as well as cal- create the most comprehensive, reliable, An upgraded BFBL website will help us
endar listings for local food events, but user-friendly source for local food infor- build a network of informed eaters across
the main feature is an online local food mation in the state or perhaps anywhere. the state who will be additional eyes and
guide. This search engine allows con- ears and hands and feet (and let’s not for-
sumers to find family farms including An “Angie’s List” for Local Food? get “mouths”) of our movement.
Community Supported Agriculture The Internet has made it possible for When consumers who have only
(CSA) and u-pick farms, farmers’ mar- people to quickly find and share all kinds recently begun to think about their food
kets, restaurants, grocers, caterers and of information. Some of the most suc- choices are ready to take the next step, we
cessful websites are those want to provide them not just with infor-
that act as guides for con- mation, but also with a community. An
sumers by collecting and interactive website will allow those who
organizing “reviews.” are already experts in local food to serve
Zagat does this with as “trusted guides” to those who are new
restaurants and Angie’s to the search. We can’t forget that for
List does this for home many people, CSAs are a new idea. Or
servicing companies. those long-time grocery store shoppers
Why can’t we do the might need a little handholding before
same for local food? By they make their first visit to an outdoor,
offering opportunities seasonal market.
for consumers to rate and But even existing “local food loyalists”
comment on local food should benefit from the new web tools we
sources at www.buylocal- have in mind. If a family wants a differ-
pa.org, our online food ent choice for milk than currently offered
guide will become a by their local grocery store, we will help
much richer and more them connect to other like-minded fami-
interesting resource. And continued on page 21

Buseiness Member Profile
What is unique about your business?
Jenn and Steve Kurian of
Wild for Salmon created
We’re unique in that my wife and I go up
the business to provide and fish and bring back the wild Alaskan
natural, sustainably Sockeye salmon to local consumers.We try
harvested salmon to bring back enough so people have it all
products of year ‘round, as we sell it at local farmers’
superior quality, markets and through orders.
priced for the
common good. Why did you join PASA?
We sell a lot of product to people tied to
PASA. We became aware of the Buy Fresh
Buy Local campaign and became interest-
ed in that concept. We are interested in
and supportive of small farms. PASA is an
“alert market” with a very focused audi-
ence and they’ve been very supportive of
what we do.

How has your membership been a bene-

fit to your business?
We had a booth at the conference and
when we were there word spread around
the PASA “web.” We’ve done networking
and have learned a lot, on a personal scale
and with the Buy Fresh Buy Local and
organic campaigns.

What does the term “sustainable” mean

to you and how do you incorporate that
Go Wild for Salmon into you business?
Bristol Bay Sockeye fishery is one of the
best managed in the world. Others haven’t
By Gayle Morrow done so well. With Alaska being so rural
Imagine a wild grilled Sockeye salmon filet, topped with a sauce of creamy dill and remote, man hasn’t had a chance to
or lemony white wine and garlic. Now imagine you can get that salmon filet here, damage it. It’s been doing extremely well
in Pennsylvania, and that it has that “direct from the boat” flavor. on account [of fish] being harvested from
You don’t have to use your imagination anymore. All you have to do is call it (Bristol Bay earned commendation from
Jenn or Steve Kurian at Wild for Salmon and that Sockeye The Marine Stewardship Council). As a
filet can be on our table. marketer I feel confident in the sustainabil-
It was a trip to Alaska that “spawned” the Blooms- ity of the runs. There are ups and downs,
burg couple’s business. They traveled there about but I think long-term it will stay strong.
five years ago to do some commercial fishing with a What do you see as some of the critical
friend, and came home with salmon for other issues facing ag an ag-related business
friends and family to try. To say it was popular is a today?
bit of an understatement. The most critical issues for our business is
“It went like wildfire,” says Steve Kurian. world population growth and global
So they decided to buy their own boat. warming, if it is happening. Both issues will
Now, says Kurian, “This is becoming a full-time operation.” have negative influences on the salmon
The Kurians fish out of the Bristol Bay fishery, using their 32-foot boat with population. There are problems with an
a four-person crew — Steve (the skipper), Jenn and two deckhands — and is out environment that is changing, for instance,
four to five weeks during the June and July salmon spawn. “There is usually a permafrost is melting and putting more
week of work on the boat first,” reports Kurian. He explains that the fish they sediment in the streams.
catch are kept in refrigerated holds on the boat. Then the salmon are periodical-
What do you see as the connection
ly transferred to another boat, which takes them to the processing facility where
between sustainable agriculture and
they are filleted, flash-frozen and vacuum sealed. From there the packaged salmon the consumer?
go on a barge to Seattle and are then trucked east. The consumer gets to vote with their dol-
“There are five rivers we can fish,” Kurian says. “We see whales, sea otters, lar. As more people become aware, they
bears and all kinds of great birds.” get to come to the farmer or the wild
For more information about Wild for Salmon or to order, visit www.wild- salmon fisherman and know they are get-
forsalmon.com or call 570-387-0550. Then fire up the grill! n ting a good product that supports the

Regional Marketing

Regional Food Infrastructure Network Project

By David Eson, Western Program Director final report will be ready for public pres- trends, current agricultural production,
During my first two years at PASA, entation by sprinmg 2008. economic impact and farmer survey
many farmers, food businesses, and con- The project was conducted in three information.
sumers talked about the lack of markets phases with the first phase being the n Consumers in Western Pennsylvania
for their products, need for organized assessment of agricultural production and
— demographics, food purchasing, pref-
transportation to ship and receive local economic impact in the region. The sec-
erence, marketing strategies, and con-
products, and the inability to find local ond phase focused on consumers to
sumer survey information.
products at area stores and restaurants. In determine their food purchasing power
January 2005, a group of PASA members and preferences. The final phase looked n Opportunities and Challenges for
in the western region came up with a plan into the opportunities and challenges for Western Pennsylvania Agriculture —
to begin to address these problems and western Pennsylvania agriculture. The agribusiness survey information, identi-
find potential solutions. phases collected the following informa- fied gaps between farms and consumers,
That plan was to determine the feasi- tion: distribution and processing information,
bility of producing value-added food n The Structure of Agriculture in West- and community focus groups informa-
product from local farms and selling ern Pennsylvania — geography, historical tion. n
those products to consumers in local
markets. This plan would collect a com-
prehensive baseline of information that Each phase of research was bundled into reports. The reports created were the Western
could determine what current consumer Pennsylvania Agriculture Structure Analysis, Regional Assets Assessment, Barriers and
Unmet Needs Assessment, Workforce Assessment and Consumer Market Research. Below
demand for food in the 19 counties of
are a few highlights from these reports:
western Pennsylvania totaled, what the
current supply of food produced in the Western Pennsylvania Region
region totaled, where the food manufac- 19 Counties: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Clarion, Crawford, Erie, Fayette, Forest, Greene,
turers were located, where farmers were Indiana, Jefferson, Lawrence, Mercer, Somerset, Venango, Warren, Washington, Westmoreland
located in the region who were interested 3,365,0001 residents hold $108 billion2 in annual purchasing power.
in selling directly to consumers, and what
The Region’s Farm Families
local farm products in the region local
17,648 farms, average farm size: 137 acres3
consumers were looking for.
• 89 farms (28% of state) selling $349,000 of organic products, 4% of Pennsylvania’s production
At about the same time our plans were
• 1,973 farms sell $13 million of food directly to consumers (1.2% decrease from 1997 to 2002)
being finalized, the Rendell Administra-
Region’s farmers produce $656 million per year4, yet spend $672 million5 to raise it, losing $16
tion announced the initiation of the First
million in production costs each year. This is a total loss of $80 million over the last five years.
Industries program, a $150 million grant
This loss is offset by an average of $24 million of federal subsidies6 and $58 million of farm-relat-
and loan program aimed at strengthening ed income7 each year.
Pennsylvania’s agriculture and tourism
industries. Over the next six months, The Region’s Consumers
PASA’s Western regional office worked The region’s consumers spend $7.9 billion buying food each year8, an estimated $5.9 billion of
with members and a consultant to draft a this from outside the region9, while farmers lose $16 million each year selling commodities. Of
feasibility study proposal for the First the $7.9 billion spent on food, only $13.6 million was spent purchasing directly from farmers.
Industries program. The proposal was
Farm and Food Economy Summary
submitted to the Pennsylvania Depart- Farmers lose $16 million each year producing food commodities, while consumers spend
ment of Community Economic Devel- $5.9 billion buying food from outside the region. Of the $672 million in agricultural production
opment in July 2005 and a grant was costs, about 10% is on hired labor. It is assumed that a large percentage of the remaining $600
awarded in September 2005. This plan million in costs (ie. fertilizer, seeds, feed, livestock, petroleum products and other expenses) is
is now known as the Regional Food spent on goods from outside the region.
Infrastructure Network (RFIN) feasi-
bility study. Western Pennsylvania Region: markets for food10
Foods purchased for at-home consumption
In October 2005, Tripp Umbach, a
Meats, poultry, fish and eggs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1.2 billion
consulting firm that provides customized
Fruits and Vegetables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $841 million
marketing research, strategic planning Cereals and bakery products . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $723 million
and economic impact analyses, was con- Dairy products . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $529 million
tracted to conduct the research and data “Other” including sweets, fats & oils . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1.3 billion
analysis for the project. Their work took Foods purchased for consumption outside of the home . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $3.3 billion
place from the fall 2005 until the fall
continued on page 17
2007. As of the writing of this article, the

Farmer Profile
New England and when they first arrived
at what is now Watson Farm, they took
over an existing cattle herd, overgrazed
pasture and poor fencing.
“We had an interest in setting up rota-
tional grazing in order to produce grass-
fed beef and lamb. We set up permanent
high tensile fencing and used portable
fence to subdivide the pastures. We
worked progressively to raise the pH of
the pastures from 4.5 to 6.8 using lime
and farm-made compost was applied to
about 26 acres per year. We are still con-
tinuously improving our pastures by no-
till seeding legumes and grasses, utilizing
foliar applications of fish oil, trace miner-
als and soil amendments.
Over the years it became evident that
proper genetics were essential for produc-
ing quality grass-fed beef. Today red
Heather and Don Minto of Watson Farm have managed the historic property since 1980.
Devon is their breed of choice due to
their breed’s docility, tenderness, intra-
Watson Farm: muscular marbling and the ability to fin-
Grass-Based Farming by the Sea ish extremely well on grass alone. Watson
Farm is now home to about 90 head of
By Michele Gauger was studying historic textiles and wanted red Devon cattle for seed stock sales as
While interviewing Don Minto of to eventually raise sheep. well as for the local market.
Watson Farm in Jamestown, Rhode Don and Heather leased a few farms The Watson Farm also produces wool
Island over the phone, I was wishing I and around 1979 began looking for their and lamb from their 50 Romney cross
were able to conduct this interview in own. However the cost of land made this ewes. The Mintos market their own wool
person and see he and his wife, Heather’s dream out of their reach. Luckily they as the “Conanicut Island Blanket” and
operation, first hand. According to Don, formed the partnership with Historic continued on next page
their current 256-acre property is one of
the oldest, continuously farmed acreages
in the United States, originally cleared by Interview with Don Minto
the Narragansett Tribe practicing slash
What do you see as some of the critical issues concerning agriculture today?
and burn agriculture in their production
Some of the important issues for us are the problems with the industrial model of
of corn, squash and beans. When the first
agriculture and the health of our food system. In addition, the collapse of the agri-
English settled in the region, Conanicut
cultural infrastructure particularly the USDA livestock processing plant issue and
Island was already in grassland.
the high cost of fuel.
The Minto Family has managed the
Watson Farm, owned by Historic New What is unique about your farm?
England, since 1980. Their mission has Watson Farm has a rich agrarian past with the land being used continuously for
been to manage the farm in the most sus- agriculture for over 2,000 years.
tainable manner possible and to provide This 265-acre, seaside farm was bequeathed to Historic New England, www.his-
public access, educational programs and toricnewengland.org, a preservation organization in 1980 to be preserved in per-
programs to connect people to the land. petuity as a working farm with public access and educational programming.
The farm is open three days a week from How has your operation evolved?
June 1 to October 15 to anyone wishing In 1980 we began our enterprise with the goal of managing the grasslands for pro-
to hike the property or take a tour or pas- duction of high quality grass-based beef and lamb and marketing it to the local
ture walk along the 3⁄4 mile shoreline. community.Today we have evolved to raising Red Devon cattle of the right type for
According to Don “I grew up in sub- breeding stock marketed to other grass farmers and market fifteen head per year
urbia, but we turned our yard into more direct to consumers at the Coastal Growers Farmers’ Market.
vegetable gardens than actual grass.” Don Why did you join PASA?
attended the University of Rhode Island, Our philosophy has always been to “learn by doing.” We joined PASA and started
where he studied plant and soil science attending conferences in the early 1990’s for the quality and content of the work-
and also met his wife Heather. They both shops offered, networking, and the comradery of like-minded farmers.
had an interest in farming, as Heather

Regional Food Infrastructure… Marketing Local Products to Regional Consumers12
• Consumers most often shop at and would be most interested in buy-
continued from page 15 ing locally grown food from regular grocery stores and farmers’
Consumer Preferences and Perspectives on Local Products11
• Consumers get most of their information about food products from
• Top three qualities consumers look for: safety, freshness and taste
in-store signs and newspapers
• 61% intentionally seek out local products. Of those:
• 57% of consumers would pay 5–10% more for locally grown or pro-
93% have purchased local vegetables duced food
38% have purchased local beef
• 81% would be likely to buy a product with the Buy Fresh Buy Local
90% have purchased local fruit
label on it versus a commercial/nationally branded product.
30% have purchased local cheese
• The top three reasons for buying local are its fresher, supports the
A final report of the RFIN project’s findings is available by contact-
local economy and tastes better.
ing the PASA Western Regional Office, 412-697-0411.
• For those that don’t seek out local food products, the top three rea-
sons for not buying locally are: Access/availability, labeling/adver- 1 US Census 2002, estimates for 2005.
tising and convenience/location 2 Bureau of Economic Analysis, Regional Economic Accounts, Calculated from personal
income data from 2004 available for each county.
• If available… 3 All of the following data is calculated from county data from the 2002 US Census of Agri-
98% would buy local fruit cultural
4 Average taken over the years 2000 to 2004, from Cash Receipts from Marketing data from
84% would buy local chicken
the Bureau of Economic Analysis, www.bea.gov/bea/regional/reis/.
98% would buy local vegetables 5 Average taken over the years 2000 to 2004, from the Total Production Expenses data from
82% would buy local beef the Bureau of Economic Analysis, www.bea.gov/bea/regional/reis/.
6 Average taken over the years 2000 to2004, from the Government Payments data from the
87% would buy local cheese
Bureau of Economic Analysis, www.bea.gov/bea/regional/reis/.
79% would buy local pork 7 Average taken over the years 2000 to 2004, from the Imputed and Miscellaneous income
• There is a higher demand for local meat (beef and pork) and dairy received data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, www.bea.gov/bea/regional/reis/. This
includes imputed income such as value of home consumption, and other farm related
products in rural communities and higher demand for local fruits and
income components such as machine hire and custom work income, rental income and
vegetables in urban communities income from forest products.
• There is a higher demand for local products versus organic products 8 This number is calculated using the Average Annual Food Expenditures per Consumer Unit
(2.4 people on average per unit) from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1999–2000 Northeast
• There is a demand for local value-added products such as jams, Region Consumer Expenditure Survey multiplied by the number of households (2.48 peo-
syrups and salsas. ple on average per household) in Western PA from the US Census 2000
9 Using the same percentage (75%) used by Ken Meter, Crossroads Resource Center, Black
• Only 17% of consumers have concerns about buying local products, Hawk County (Iowa) Region’s Food and Farm Economy.
the greatest of which is safety/health/pesticides/preparation. 10 These numbers are calculated from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1999–2000 Northeast
Region Consumer Expenditure Survey as above in Footnote 8.
• 69% consider “local” to be within 100 miles or less of the point of 11 From PASA’s Regional Food Infrastructure Network 2006 Consumer Survey.
purchase. 12 From PASA’s Regional Food Infrastructure Network 2006 Consumer Survey.

Watson Farm For more information on Watson Farm, contact Heather and
Don Minto at 401-423-0005, watsonfarm1796@yahoo.com.
continued from previous page Editor’s Note: The Mintos were part of the Thursday Pre-Confer-
through the statewide “Rhody Warm Blanket” initiative. ence track at the PASA conference entitled “Grass-fed, Grass-finished
“Our biggest challenge right now is to find a suitable Beef.” To order recordings of that workshop contact Cocalico Audio
USDA processor,” said Don. “We have been able to develop a at 717-336-4179.
wonderful customer base and sell at a local farmers’ market but
we have to haul cattle 6 or 8 hours to get them processed.” ADVERTISEMENT
Don mentioned that about four years ago he acquired a permit
from the Rhode Island Department of Health to sell meats Hungry Parasites,
direct to the consumer at their farmers’ market. They were the
first farmers in Rhode Island to get such a permit, although Predators on Patrol
other farmers were still selling “under the radar.” Don reports Use Biocontrol in the Field to Control:
that today there are about five other producers in the state that Corn Borer, Mexican Bean Beetle, Manure Flies
also have this type of permit. Use Biocontrol in the Greenhouse to Control:
“Currently we sell about 15 head of cattle during the farm- Aphids, Whiteflies, Spider Mites, Thrips, Fungus Gnats
ers’ market season and one whole lamb per week at our market
which runs May–November” continued Don. We also provide IPM Laboratories, Inc.
customers with whole lambs and 30 lb. portion packs of grass- www.ipmlabs.com • ipmlabs@baldcom.net
fed beef during the winter months. Shortening the distance Phone: (315) 497-2063
between the farm gate and the dinner table has been their pri-
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Down to Earth Exhibit A Success for the & CONTRIBUTORS

Chester Co. Buy Fresh Buy Local Campaign Special Thanks to Sustainer Sponsors:
Kimberton Whole Foods
Mr. & Mrs. Robert D. McNeil
By Claire Murray, PASA member local CSA combined with an evening of We Greatly Appreciate the
This fall I had the pleasure of helping local music and microbrews, a presenta- Additional Support from:
5 County Arts Fund
to coordinate the second annual Down to tion by a local chef and potter and their Hugh Lofting Timber Framing
Earth Exhibit with curator and potter, connection to the use of fire, and a Inverbrook Farm
Lyla Kaplan. The exhibit was held at The “Empty Bowls” fundraiser for a local Chester County Economic Development Council
Cooking for Real
Art Scene in West Chester, PA and ran community garden organization. Countryside Consulting
November 9th–December 8th. The overall theme that emerged from
Providing Farms
The mission of the Down to Earth these events was a celebration of connec- Birchrun Hills Farm
Exhibit is to display functional art that tions — connections between the artists, Charlestown Cooperative CSA
enhances the culinary experience, to cele- farmers, musicians, moviemakers, venue, Highland Farm Friesland Sheep
Inverbrook Farm
brate the intrinsic value of eating locally and audience. It was wonderful to see vis- Maysie’s Farm Conservation Center CSA
grown food using handmade art, and to itors holding pottery from which they Natural By Natural Dairy Products
build community by introducing visitors were sampling dishes prepared by local North Star Orchard
Shellbark Hollow Farm
to their local farmers and regional artists. chefs, from food grown by local farmers, Swallow Hill Farm
The juried show featured work from while watching films or listening to Walt’s Swarmbustin’ Honey
sixteen functional potters displayed on music by local musicians — and in some Vollmecke Orchard and CSA
the creations of seven fine furniture mak- cases while standing next to the artist Providing Vineyards, Breweries
ers — a “triptych” of food, vessel and who had crafted the bowl! & Restaurants
Stargazers Vineyard
foundation. In addition to the artworks, The exhibition was well attended Victory Brewing Company
this unique exhibition featured four spe- (with over 1,000 people specifically visit- Cafe Menta at The Arts Scene
cial events that highlighted the relation- ing the Art Scene to see the Down to Restaurant Alba
Talula’s Table
ship between food, farming, and art. Earth Exhibit) and well received — the
My role in the exhibition was to help positive feedback has been amazing. It Complete details at downtoearthexhibit.org
create the four special events, and I was a success in that it managed to raise
approached each as an opportunity to both funds and awareness for the South- food. Through this event, we raise aware-
have attendees leave with a deeper appre- east Pennsylvania Buy Fresh Buy Local ness of the centrality of what we eat, how
ciation for the beauty of functional art, as chapter. Thanks to Gwendolyn Yoppolo, we eat, and how we engage in communi-
well as an awareness of the importance of our ceramics juror, expressed it beautiful- ty life.
a thriving local, sustainable food system ly when she wrote: Thank you to all the wonderful vol-
to a strong and vital community. “It has been an honor to jury this unteers, sponsors, artists, musicians, film-
Events included a local food and bev- endeavor to form connections between maker, farmers, beer, wine and restaurant
erage reception, a documentary filmmak- those who make and celebrate handmade donors, speakers, Café Menta, and our
er who chronicled his membership at a pots and those who grow and prepare amazing venue The Art Scene. n

Sean Weinberg of Restaurant Alba, Inc. provided Cooking for Real’s Denise Sheehan and Yvonne Post provided their vegetarian soup to happy
pointers to Luke DeSimone while plating food patrons during the Empty Bowls event. The event raised $2,800 for Community Gardens of Chester
samples on plates purchased for the event. County. Photo by Paul Morgan

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grateful for how generous they have been
with their time and resources,” she said.
“I see my role as Southeast Director to
forge closer links with farmers and con-
sumers — focusing on the superior qual-
ity of local food. The most compelling
reason to support local food is the taste,”
said Anthony.
Current projects Marilyn is working
on include member potlucks in Lancast-
er and Berks counties, the formation of a
Buy Fresh Buy Local chapter in the
Greater Lehigh Valley, a field day on
Southeastern Farmers’ Markets on March
15, a Grass Fed-Beef Challenge Cook-off
in August, a Chester County Bike Fresh,
Bike Local event on September 21, and a
Marilyn Anthony, PASA’s new Southeastern Regional Director, is enjoying visiting various major fundraising Celebration of Local
farms and businesses in the region, including Sam Matthews’ Milky Way Farm in Farms dinner to be held at Longwood
Chester Springs. (Photo: John Rhodes)
Gardens on September 26.
“I welcome ideas, input and of course
PASA Welcomes Marilyn Anthony volunteer help from all PASA members
throughout the southeast. If you are
By Michele Gauger but also a chance to help revitalize the
interested in working on any of these
In November, PASA welcomed Mari- local economy,” said Anthony. It was her
events, or have ideas for additional
lyn Anthony to the staff to fill the posi- goal to open the restaurant, have it
efforts, or would like to serve on a region-
tion of Southeastern Regional Director. become established in the community
al advisory committee, please contact me.
Born in Allentown, Marilyn grew up in and then transition ownership to one of
PASA’s greatest strength is in our active,
the Bryn Mawr area. “I didn’t grow up on her project partners, which is currently
underway. committed, energetic members willing to
a farm, but the development where my
Anthony commented, “The restau- lend time and resources. I welcome your
family lived was next to an Angus beef
farm, so I spent a lot of time playing rant gave me the opportunity to work help to accomplish an improved food sys-
there,” she said. directly with local farms. We worked tem and more educated consumers in the
After attending Cornell University together to figure out the business issues southeast.”
and majoring in English Literature, she like pricing, supply, delivery, and market- “There is high demand for local foods
earned a Masters degree in teaching from ing. I learned much more about farming in the southeast region and I am very
Brown University. She was working for and the farmers learned more about the interested in continuing to increase sup-
an educational consulting company in restaurant business. I came to believe ply. We are exploring opportunities for
Philadelphia when she began a night job chefs and farmers actually have a great new and beginning farmers to have access
cooking for a restaurant. After that expe- deal in common, though we never want- to agricultural land without necessarily
rience she changed careers and spent the ed to change places. Farming seems purchasing it,” she said. She currently is
next couple of decades in the hospitality incredibly complex and stressful to me, meeting with land conservancy groups in
business in restaurants, hotels, and a cor- whether you’re raising livestock or vegeta- the region who may be interested in
porate food service company. bles, but the farmers felt the restaurant opening some tracts of land for agricul-
In 2005–06 Marilyn had the opportu- life would be way too crazy for them.” ture. Marilyn wants to pursue some proj-
nity to be CEO of the White Dog Café in When asked why she decided to apply ects with 4-H or FFA groups in a pilot
Philadelphia. While at the White Dog, for the PASA post, she noted, “It was a program to encourage students to raise
Marilyn began meeting area farmers and wonderful opportunity for me to pro- specific livestock for an alliance of restau-
became a member of PASA. She recalled, mote local living economies, which is a rant chefs.
“I attended the conference and was just passion of mine, and also promote agri- Marilyn lives in Montgomery County
overwhelmed and energized by the culture as part of the economic vitality of with her husband John, who owns MAJA
event.” Since that time, Marilyn’s most the area.” Recording Studio and Red Hill Pottery,
recent venture has been opening a sea- Since beginning her new role with and their rescued pit bull named Kaki
sonal restaurant designed specifically to PASA, Marilyn has been traveling around who is all bark, no bite. n
buy products from local farmers. the region to meet members and visit Editor’s Note: Contact Marilyn at 737
“Opening the Summerhouse Grill in their farm operations. “I have been Constitution Avenue, Exton PA 19341,
Susquehanna County was not only an amazed by the creativity and resourceful- 610-458-5700 x 305 or marilyn@pasa-
opportunity to work with local farmers, ness of the farmers I have met. I’m also farming.org.

Membership Notes
Membership News
n Changes at PASA
PASA staff and board would like to thank these dedicated
group of volunteers who helped staff our informational
booth at the recent PA Farm Show in Harrisburg: Earlier this year, PASA’s Western Regional Program
Betsy Albright Cameron Kelley Director, David Eson announced his intentions to leave his
position after over 5 years of service to the organization. All
Lee Bixler Amy Leber
of us at PASA want to thank David for his dedication
Wendy Briggs Sue & Tom Maurer and wish he and his family well in the future. At the time
Holly Cadwallader Patti Olenick of printing a search is currently underway for a new West-
Jason Collins Dave Palmer ern Regional Director, as well as Associate positions in
Tina & Clark Craumer Jo-an Rechtin PASA’s Consumer Outreach and Educational Outreach
Chrissie Dewey Linda Singley Departments.
Barbara & Charlie Gerlach Jessica Stought n Don’t Forget to Renew Your Membership!
Liz Hunsberger Ann Schwar PASA members who have not done so already, don’t forget
Carl Hursh Randy Treichler to renew your membership for the 2008 year. To make this
Cynthia Iberg Roz & Jim Yannaccone process easier, a personalized form was mailed in November
and a second mailing the end of February. You can also
renew via our website at www.pasafarming.org. Thank you!
PASA Staff and Board would like to welcome our newest n PASA Board of Directors Elections
business members as of February 1st:
At the time of publishing, absentee balloting was underway
Bethlehem Farm Innovative Farmers of Ohio for the 2008 PASA Board of Directors election. Ballots
Pence Springs, WV Richwood, OH were to be postmarked by March 8 in order to be counted
Eating Fresh Publications Leidy’s Pork Products in the election tally. An announcement of the winners will
Princeton, NJ Souderton, PA be made in the March/April issue of Passages.
Farm in the Hollow Lower Eastern Shore
Mifflinburg, PA Sustainable Organic Network
Washington DC Quantico, MD
Greenmarket Sustainable Lancaster
New York, NY Lancaster, PA
Griffis Lumber Turner Dairy Farms
Friendsville, PA Pittsburgh, PA

PASA Staff and Board would like to welcome our newest life-
time members as of February 1st:
Kat Alden William Heasom
Bill Torretti Down to Earth Design
Spring Mills, PA Quakertown, PA
Val & Scott Alexander John & Sukey Jamison
Back Forty Farm Jamison Farm
McConnellsburg, PA Latrobe, PA

Debby & Larry Bright Amos King Family

Bright Farm Lititz, PA
Floyd, VA Charis Lindrooth
Michael Ahlert
Hope & Roy Brubaker
Red Earth Farm
Village Acres
Orwigsburg PA
Mifflintown, PA
Beth & Ken Marshall
Kristin Curtis Family Next Life Farm
Journey’s End Farm Homer City, PA
Newfoundland, PA
Rolanda Ritzman
Martha Gallagher Gary Kendall
Boalsburg, PA New Berlin, PA
Mel Gehman Lucy & Rob Wood
LeValle Egg Farm Spoutwood Farm CSA
Annville, PA Glen Rock, PA

Fire Up Your Browsers!
continued from page 13

lies nearby to organize a “reverse milk

route.” If someone wants to buy a whole
hog but doesn’t have the freezer space,
they can find a “meat mate” or two
online. Don’t want to spend all day can-
ning tomatoes yourself? Use the website
to send invites for a “preservation party.”
Because most folks in our PASA com-
munity can already be considered “local
food experts” in their regions, we will
jumpstart our new online program by
offering current PASA members free
online access to these new interactive fea-
tures when they become ready later this Buy Fresh Buy Local Chapters in PA
spring (if you have an email address, The goal of PASA’s Buy Fresh Buy Local (BFBL) programming is to make it easier for
watch your inbox!). PASA has always Pennsylvania consumers to find, choose and appreciate great local foods…and to sup-
derived a lot of its strength from grass- port the farmers and lands which produce them.
roots organizing and local networking;
our hope is that our members will help n Philadelphia n Northern Tier
accelerate the reconstruction of local food Chapter Coordinator: [Bradford, Potter, Sullivan, Susquehanna,
systems across the state with these new Andrew Altman, Tioga and Wyoming]
White Dog Community Enterprises Chapter Coordinator:
online tools!
andrewaltman@whitedog.com Ruth Tonachel, N.T. Cultural Alliance
The Web is Just or 215-386-5211 tonachel@epix.net or 570-268-4093
One Piece of the Puzzle…
While upgrading buylocalpa.org is n Lancaster County n Western Pennsylvania
important, rest assured that we will also Chapter Coordinator: [Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler,
be working on plenty of reasons for folks Linda Aleci, Local Economy Center, Clarion, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Fayette, Forest,
F&M College Greene, Indiana, Jefferson, Lawrence,
to get up from their desks and go eat
linda.aleci@fandm.edu or 717-291-4293 Mercer, Somerset, Venango, Warren,
something delicious! Our eight active and
Washington and Westmoreland]
n Chester County
growing Buy Fresh Buy Local chapters Chapter Coordinator: Volunteer Needed!
across the state (see sidebar) will continue Contact Chris Fullerton (see below) if
Chapter Coordinator:
to be the organizing points for much of Claire Murray, Inverbrook Farm interested.
our consumer outreach, such as distribut- claire@inverbrook.com or 610-563-3116
ing local food guides and organizing local n Statewide BFBL Coordination
events (including regional Local Food n South Central PA Chris Fullerton, PASA Consumer Outreach
Weeks). As we build on a solid five-year [Adams, Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Cumber- chris@pasafarming.org or 412-246-0990
track record of BFBL programming, our land, Dauphin, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Buy Fresh Buy Local chapters in Pennsylvania
expectation is that our new web-based Lebanon, Perry & York Counties] are coordinated by PASA, on behalf of our
community building will help revitalize Chapter Coordinator: national partner, FoodRoutes Network
and expand this work, which depends Susan Richards, Capital RC&D (www.foodroutes.org). To explore your
largely on the contributions of local vol- susan.richards@rcdnet.net or 717-724-0009 region’s food system further, hear about
upcoming events and find more ways to get
unteers, market partners and other
n Centre County involved, please visit our website —
Chapter Coordinator: Volunteer Needed! www.buylocalpa.org — or contact one of
We know that one of the best the folks listed above.
Contact Chris Fullerton (see at right) if inter-
resources you can have as a farmer is a ested. Our work is made possible in part by fund-
network of informed, committed, pas-
ing from the Pennsylvania Department of
sionate and connected customers. We’re n Valleys of the Susquehanna Agriculture and by contributions from indi-
hoping to raise a bumper crop in the
years ahead! n
[Centre, Clinton, Columbia, Juniata, viduals and businesses throughout the
Lycoming, Mifflin, Montour, Northumber- state.
land, Snyder and Union]
For more information about PASA’s
Chapter Coordinator:
consumer outreach initiatives, contact
Trish Carothers, SEDA-COG
Chris Fullerton, chris@pasafarming.org or tcarothers@seda-cog.org or 570-522-7259

On-Farm Research
approximately 800 feet long, measuring
Cover Crop Combinations 1.5 acres and was previously planted in
rye. Lime was also applied to the field at
at Varying Seeding Rates and a rate of two tons/acre. The field was pre-
pared by moldboard plowing and disk-
Subsequent Cash Crop Yields ing, followed by a single pass with a
cultimulcher. The five cover crop treat-
ments and associated seeding rates of
each species were: Treatment 1 — Rye
alone (172 lbs/ac); Treatment 2 —
Wheat alone (148 lbs/ac); Treatment 3
— Wheat/Oats/Nebraska Hairy Vetch
(74/47/37 lbs/ac); Treatment 4 —
Wheat/Oats/Oregon Hairy Vetch
(74/47/37 lbs/ac); Treatment 5 —
Wheat, Oats/Austrian Winter Pea
(74/47/123 lbs/ac). Seeding rates were
approximately 20% greater than recom-
In September 2006 the PASA/Penn The Penn State/PASA mended, due to the stiff drive mechanism
State On-Farm Research Program part- of the new grain drill and soft field con-
nered with PASA member Steve Misera, On-Farm Research ditions.
of Misera’s Organic Farm in Butler (But- Program has been working Esch Manufacturing (Lancaster
ler Co.) Pennsylvania. Steve’s interest in County, PA) loaned the Penn State On-
on-farm research was to learn how to uti- with PASA farmers Farm Research program a seven-foot
lize cover crops to provide nitrogen to wide no-till grain drill for use in various
subsequent cash crops grown on his
to improve cover crop on-farm projects. The new machine was
diverse farm. Steve and his family have management on their delivered several weeks prior to using it
been farming since 1998 and have been for this test. Use during this trial was the
at their current farm since 2000. They farms. first time it was operated in the field. The
raise organic chickens, eggs, corn, soy- stiff drive mechanism combined with the
beans, wheat, oats and hay, and are work- State On-Farm Research Coordinator, soft field surface resulted in drive wheel
ing on obtaining certification for their Ron Hoover and PASA’s On-Farm slippage during calibration. Seed weighed
new beef operation. Steve sells his prod- Research Assistant, Michele Gauger was into and out of the drill enabled the team
ucts to individuals, restaurants, CSA’s interested in comparing seeding rates of to determine actual seeding rates, which
and at a Pittsburgh farmers’ market. five different cover crop combinations for were determined to be about twenty per-
Visits with numerous farmers in increases in biomass production, compe- cent greater than recommended or
Pennsylvania have revealed many are not tition with weed populations and impacts intended seeding rates.
aggressively managing their cover crop on subsequent grain crop yields. Each plot was approximately 260 feet
programs. While many producers incor- The field used at Steve’s farm was long and fourteen feet wide. The five
porate cover crops into production sys-
tems, there is still important education to
be done concerning the management of Figure 1. Plot plan for treatments used for on-farm trials
these valuable crops. Improved manage- at Misera’s farm in Butler Co., PA.
ment of cover crops may result in large
impacts on weed population dynamics,
soil quality, yield of cash crops and ulti-
mately farm sustainability.
Areas for improving cover crop man-
agement include increasing seeding rates,
optimizing the time of seeding and select-
ing better performing species, especially
legumes. Thicker stands of cover crop
should improve weed control through
increased shading of emerging weeds.
Greater cover crop yields will also con-
tribute to increases in soil organic matter
and improvements in soil fertility.
Misera, in conjunction with Penn

transferred into a gravity bin that was
Table 2. Corn grain yields following various 2006/07 cover crops parked on four wheel scales. Grain mois-
(grain corrected to 15.5% moisture).
ture was also determined. Harvested plot
dimensions were recorded and used to
calculate grain yields corrected to 15.5 %
moisture. The treatment averages are pre-
sented in Table 2. While corn yields in
plots that followed a legume cover crop
were numerically greater, the differences
were not statistically significant. This is
likely due to the large variations between
Table 3. Cover crop species and seeding rates used for 2007/08 yields from individual plots for a specific
on-farm trials at Misera’s Organic Farm in Butler County, PA.
A second cover crop trial was begun
during fall 2007. In this trial, rye was
included in all treatments. Also, partially
composted horse manure and from
Steve’s beef herd was also added to the rye
and a rye/oat/hairy vetch treatment to
determine to what extent extra fertility
treatments were replicated three times not statistically significant. However, (especially nitrogen) will increase the
each, resulting in a test that included fif- average yield from the rye plots was sta- amount of cover crop biomass that will
teen plots. The actual plot plan and ran- tistically greater than those from the three be grown through spring 2008. Manure
domized block pattern for this on-farm treatments that included either hairy was applied at the rate of 11,000 pounds
trial is detailed in Figure 1. vetch or Austrian winter pea. per acre. This field previously was in
Visual observations during November PASA and Penn State worked with small grain and later, buckwheat. The
2006 indicated the cover crops had estab- Steve, who hosted a field day on May crop residues and manure were plowed in
lished well. The density of drilled species 15th, 2007, at his farm where partici- late August. On September 6, 2007, the
was good in all plots. Hairy vetch had pants learned more about this research field was seeded with a conventional
reached an average height of approxi- and Steve’s overall production methods grain drill to the cover crops outlined in
mately 3–4 inches, where the Austrian on his farm. Shortly after the field day the Table 3.
winter peas had grown slightly taller by cover crops were destroyed by moldboard The cover crops will be sampled for
this time. The hairy vetch also showed plowing. A disk harrow was used to dry matter production prior to plowing
signs of hardening off in the colder smooth the field and corn was planted on and corn planting in the spring of 2008.
weather. Two sources of rye were drilled May 30. Rotary hoeing and row cultiva- Stayed tuned to future newsletters for
in and around the study and leaf color tions were completed as necessary and as updates on this research.
differences were easily seen. Along with the weather permitted. On November 4, This on-farm research is funded by a
color differences, plant density differ- corn plots were harvested with Steve’s USDA special grant and a Northeast Sus-
ences were very obvious. The areas seed- combine, and grain weights were deter- tainable Agriculture Research & Education
ed with certified, untreated Aroostock rye mined when grain from each plot was (NESARE) Partnership Grant. n
clearly had a greater population of darker
plants than where the variety not stated Figure 2. Aboveground biomass dry matter yields for cover crop plots
locally grown rye was used. Some light taken at Misera’s Organic Farm taken May 11, 2007.
deer grazing pressure was also observed
on the oats.
In May 2007 aboveground biomass
samples were determined when plant
material was clipped at the soil line from
several areas that totaled one square
meter in each plot. The aboveground
material was transported to Penn State
where it was dried and weighed. Data
were subjected to statistical analyses. Fig-
ure 2 details the dry weights of each cover
crop combination. Although rye yields
averaged about 600 pounds per acre
greater than the wheat, the difference was

Editor’s Corner
Producers pick up the trailer and provide

The Grapevine all their own personnel, cold water and elec-
tricity. Rent is $100 a day. Professional Poultry
Man equipment includes a propane fired
automatic rotary scalder, drum plucker that
by Michele Gauger renders six chickens at a time in seconds.
Contact Jean to reserve a date in 2008 at
ahappyfarm@yahoo.com or 610-306-2796.
New Book: Reminder to PASA Farmers to
Remaking the North Update Your Listings Extending CSA Membership
American Food Just a friendly reminder to all PASA farm-
to Low-Income Populations
System: Strategies ers to update or add your listings to several
The PA Nutrition Education Network is
for Sustainability searchable databases available for con-
interested in working with CSAs to provide
Food and agriculture sumers to find local food sources. Be sure to local food access to low-income consumers.
are in the news daily. check out www.localharvest.org, www.buylo- They are gathering information about the
Stories in the media highlight issues of abun- calpa.org, agmap.psu.edu, www.newfarm.org potential for such a project so they can pur-
dance, deprivation, pleasure, risk, health, com- or www.eatwellguide.org to add your farm- sue funding opportunities. Any CSAs that
munity and identity. Remaking the North ers’ market, retail business or farm. may be interested in ways to extend their
American Food System examines the resur- membership to the low-income population
gence of interest in rebuilding the links Mobile Poultry Processing Unit should contact Linda Kronheim, PA NEN,
between agricultural production and food Available for Rent in SE PA 717-233-1791.
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operate small farm machinery, lift 70 lbs. work organic vegetable farm CSA with 100 members. to local eaters. Use your talents. Re-invent your-
independently required. Prefer 2 full days end of The educational side of project works with local self as we reinvent our farm. If this excites your
week. E-mail us at jacksfarm@gmail.com or call SUNY New Paltz, the Culinary Institute of Ameri- enthusiasm, check out the full and part time
Dan H. 610-326-1802. ca, other local organizations and individuals to opportunities. Must be in good physical health.
promote sustainable agriculture. Please email www.kretschmannfarm.com. Pittsburgh area.
ANIMAL HUSBANDRY & PRACTICAL FARM resume to brookfarm@hvi.net.
SKILLS INSTRUCTOR — The Farm School — APPRENTICE WANTED — Weavers Way Farm is
teaching the craft of farming — is looking for DAIRY FARMER WANTED — Experienced a one-acre, non-certified urban organic farm
qualified candidates to manage and thoroughly cheesemaker is looking for a farmer to partner located at Awbury Arboretum in the German-
teach all aspects of animal husbandry and other on small-scale handmade value-added project. town section of Philadelphia. The farm is part of
practical farm skills integral to the curriculum Need high quality milk. Call or email Kristie 484- Weavers Way Coop, a 3,000-member, communi-
for student-farmers participating in our Practical 302-6643, kristiemcgarry@yahoo.com. ty owned market located just two miles from
Farm Training Program. Looking for farmers with the farm. Visit www.weaversway.coop for more
3-5 years experience raising beef, pork and information on the farm and coop. To apply
Work with students and adults with develop-
lamb. For more information or to submit a send resume and letter of interest to Weavers
mental disabilities on a farm. $9-$11/hour; Max.
resume contact Jennifer Core at jennifer@farm- Way Farm, 559 Carpenter Lane, Philadelphia, PA
40 hours/week; Tuesday through Saturday. Mid-
school.org or call 978-249-2656. 19119 or email farmer@weaversway.coop.
May—Mid-September (dates flexible) Please
send resume and short cover letter to: Red Wig-
FIELD ASSITANT— The Red Wiggler Communi- INTERNS/AG STUDENTS — To design, develop,
gler P.O. Box 968 Clarksburg, MD 20871 or email
ty Farm in Clarksburg, MD is seeking a field assis- and implement a sustainable agriculture enter-
beth@redwiggler.org . Visit www.redwiggler.org
tant for the 2008 CSA season. Red Wiggler is a prise. I’ll provide land, equipment, and even
for more information on our farm.
non-profit that employs adults with develop- lodging on an 80 acre non-active farm in Potter
mental disabilities in the growing and selling of The National Center for Appropriate Technology County, PA. You provide ideas, vision, and hard
vegetables to an 80 member CSA in Mont- (NCAT) a non-profit org. working to promote work.We’ll share the successes and failures. Ideal
gomery County, Maryland. Starting pay: $9-- sustainable technologies and systems, esp. for opportunity for recent graduates seeking to
$11/hour, commensurate upon experience; the benefit of economically disadvantaged indi- apply their education while still acquiring the
Max. 40 Hours/Week; Tuesday through Saturday viduals and communities, has several job open- experience and resources necessary before
20 Weeks, Mid-April—Mid-September (start and ings for a Farm Energy Specialist, Forage & starting their own agricultural operation.Willing
end dates flexible). Please examine our website Pature Specialist, Organic Specialist & Sustain- to partner with educational or other non-profit
for more information: www.redwiggler.org, adri- able Agriculture Marketing Specialist. Visit entities. Email me for additional information at
enne@redwiggler.org. www.ncat.org/jobs.php for details. mark.chambers@adelphia.com.

FARMER WANTED — Glynwood Center, in INTERN NEEDED — Anchor Run CSA in Wright-
Putnam County, NY, is seeking a hard-working APPRENTICES/INTERNS stown PA seeks apprentices for the 2008 farm-
person to work on our growing mixed species ing season. Apprentices will work alongside the
pasture-based livestock operation. Respon- INTERN NEEDED — Position in N.E PA is avail- farmers in all aspects of farming and have the
sibilities include: care of cattle, chickens, able for those interested in operating a green- opportunity to participate in a monthly region-
house business. Intern required to learn how to
goats, sheep, and horses as well as fencing, car- al apprentice educational program. Positions
operate a system designed to produce high
pentry work, land maintenance and general open from April 1st through mid-November.
quality baby greens and lettuce with low or no
farm maintenance. Contact Ken Kleinpeter at Visit www.anchorrunfarm.com, contact Tali at
pesticides. Please send a letter of interest plus
845-265-3338, ext 128, or 914-403-0171. E-mail: 215-598-1519, tali1968@gmail.com.
resume to mthrasher01@peoplepc.com.
INTERNS WANTED — Blooming Glen Farm is
ASSISTANT FARM MANAGER — for Red Fire Wilderness Foundation (F&W) is a 501(c)3 non-
seeking three full-time, full season interns from
Farm, an established certified organic produce profit organization located in Plymouth, Ver-
April 1st to mid-November for 2008 (Couples
farm, the largest CSA serving the Boston area mont. Farm Education Apprentices are
welcome). We are a diverse organic vegetable
and the Pioneer Valley, and a provider in local responsible for helping run an organic program
farm marketing to a 160 member CSA (all on
wholesale and retail markets. The position is a farm pick-up), a weekly farmers market in farm, organize activities and farm at one of the
year-round, long-term position with opportuni- Philadelphia, and local restaurants. Visit summer camp sites and also deliver farm cur-
ty for advancement. Contact Ryan or Sarah: www.bloomingglenfarm.com. riculum to school groups. For a full job descrip-
redfirefarm@gmail.com. www.redfirefarm.com, tion, visit www.farmandwilderness.org.
phone: 413-467-7645. INTERN — Yellow Springs Farm Native Plant
Nursery needs summer interns to assist in goat APPRENTICE POSITIONS — Red Fire Farm, a
VEGETABLE GROWERS — for the 2008 growing care & milking, plant care including weeding, certified organic produce farm and CSA in West-
season, Red Fire Farm, a certified organic veg- feeding with organic fertilizers, potting up ern MA, has three apprentice positions open for
etable farm in Western MA, has several positions plants to larger containers, irrigation mainte- the 2008 season. Candidates should have some
open for experienced vegetable growers to join nance, vineyard care and management, wood- prior experience with vegetable growing.
our production team. We seek individuals who land and pond restoration planting and invasive Apprentices learn how to farm vegetables and
have a minimum of 1 season of experience as a weed management. Also, there may be off-site berries in an efficient and profitable way at the
vegetable farm apprentice or the equivalent. installation work available as well for our design 25-acre scale. Contact Ryan or Sarah: 413-467-
Contact Ryan or Sarah: 413-467-7645, redfire- clients. Contact al@yellowspringsfarm.com or 7645, redfirefarm@gmail.com. www.redfire-
farm@gmail.com. www.redfirefarm.com. 610-827-2014. farm.com.

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APPRENTICESHIP — Experienced farmer set- FOR SALE — Planting by the Moon Calendar, A FOR SALE — Six cross bred beef cows bred for
ting up a new operation marketing to 2 small complete day to day guide for the cosmic bio- April/May calves. Most are second or third calf
college towns; Mansfield PA and Elmira NY. dynamic gardener. Lunar agriculture is an cows with many productive years ahead of
Over a dozen farmers’ markets in the area. ancient and venerable tradition. This calendar them. Oldest one is six years old. All are bred to
Apprenticeship program details and farm plan offers practical timing tips for living and garden- a registered Angus bull (#14909555) linebred to
sent to applicant for review before farm visit. ing in harmony with the cosmos for everything OCC Anchor, the bull Gerald Fry calls “the best
Come and start on a path to world-class food from starting seeds to harvesting crops, mow- black Angus bull in the country.” $700/head u
production and world-class husbandry of natu- ing, pruning, composting and even brewing pick, $3900 if you take all ($650/hd) Economical
ral resources. Andy Lyon 570-537-2128 beer, plus much, much, more. To order visit opportunity to get started in the grass finished
do_what_works@yahoo.com. www.plantingbythemoon.net. beef market. 717-734-2082 or cell, 717-808-8021

APPRENTICE PROGRAM — The Ecosystem FOR SALE — 43a Madison County, NY turnkey FOR SALE — Williams tool system flat spade
Farm of the Accokeek Foundation is an 8-acre organic (ready to be certified) vegetable. Barn cultivator. Includes 3-pt hitch, 78” tool bar, 4 side
certified organic vegetable farm on the banks of w/new roof, rootcellars, walk-in coolers, machine knives (flat spades), pair of gauge wheels, $550;
the Potomac River in Piscataway National Park. (used only 3 hrs, purchased new for $950). Calll
shop, beautiful apartment. 1/4a blueberry plan-
Growing season apprentices in the Jean Wallace 814-692-8432.
tation, irrigation pond, 5a fenced/ watered pas-
Douglas Center for Land-Based Training are
ture, machine shed, farmstand. 1300sq.ft new,
needed. Full description at www.accokeek.org. FOR SALE — Cove Mountain Farm, 320 acre
super efficient, timberframe house w/ bluestone
floors & amazing kitchen. 2 ledgewood farm farm has an agricultural easement, according to
INTERNS NEEDED — Rainbeau Ridge, located 1 the realtor, Judy Kelsey. More information is
high tunnels, 1 heated starter house. For photos
hour north of New York City, has 2 internship available at homes.realtor.com (enter zip code
and info, visit www.greenrabbitfarm.com. Con-
openings for the 2008 season. These will incor- 17236 and the price range $1,500,000 to
porate responsibilities in the areas of livestock, tact Suzanne Slomin or Aaron Locker at 315-
2,000,000 as the asking price is $1,595,000) Judy
cheesemaking, market gardening and ag educa- 893-7729 or rabbit7@frontiernet.net.
Kelsey, 717-328-9494.
tion for children. Specific job descriptions will be
crafted to match candidates depending upon AVAILABLE — 8.5 acre farm in South Hill, VA.
FOR SALE — Restored 1880’s farmhouse with
skills, background and interests. We value excel- Property has a large barn with four stalls, a large
restored summer kitchen, 11 acres of woods,
lence, have high standards and appreciate indi- machine / work shed with another two stalls, a
fields, gardens, fruit trees and berries in beauti-
viduals who can work in a fluid environment. hen house with a penned in area, two ponds,
ful setting on the same road as New Morning
Visit www.rainbeauridge.com. mature fruit & nut trees, open pasture / crop
Farm and TOG in southern Huntingdon County.
land & 4- bedroom ranch home Looking for
For information call 814-448-2029 or email jslat-
SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE INTERN POSI- alternative arrangement, to “rent” the property
TION AVAILABLE — Spoutwood Farm CSA for farm barter to a person who can adequetly
has an immediate opening for a willing, maintain / improve the property and its struc-
FOR RENT — Locust Grove Farm — Recre-
capable person effective immediately, and tures. May also “rent to purchase” arrangement.
ation/PSU Football Rental. Escape to beautiful
continuing through the end of the season This is a unique opportunity for a responsible,
central PA at this 4 bedroom, modernized, his-
(early November). Preference given to those sustainably minded person(s) to get on a farm
toric 1865 farmhouse. Visit http://locustgrove-
who can work for the full remainder of the sea- with flexible terms. Please email me if you think farm.vflyer.com or call Nancy Ferguson
son, but all will be considered. An information you might be the person(s). Ed Raynie, Desmond at 814-238-4423 or 609-967-3265.
sheet further explaining our Sustainable Agri- edraynie@yahoo.co.uk, 917-945-0561
culture Internship Program is available at
FOR SALE — Nine registered North Country
www.spoutwood.com/internship.html. FOR SALE — 36” Commercial Cider Press Cheviot ewes, 3 years old; 4 North Country
(Bloomsburg PA). Stainless steel tanks. Sanifeed Cheviot cross ewes, 4+ years; 2 Dorset cross
PASA Apprentice & Intern Listing system. Pumace pump. 20+ Polyethylene yearling ewes; 1 registered Horned Dorset ram, 3
We will post your listing in our newsletter and racks/spacers. Large and small rolling screens. years old. These sheep have been raised in an
on our web-based Intern Board. Submit your Numerous pumps and extras etc. If you were to intensive, rotational grazing system. 170% lamb
postings directly to Allison Shauger at alli- buy this new it would cost over 40,000. I can crop for ‘07 814-757-8540.
son@pasafarming.org or via mail at PASA Intern send you pictures if you would like. MAKE AN
Board, PO Box 419, Millheim PA 16854. OFFER! Give Mike a call at 570-784-2403. FOR SALE — New Nordell DVD of their 2007
workshop, “Weed the Soil, Not the Crop,” now
FOR SALE — Tunis ewe & ram lambs. Born April available for $15 plus $3 S&H. 72-minute video
FOR SALE 2007 all twins of twins, naturally raised, no hor- features rotational cover cropping for weed free
FOR SALE — 4 year old dun gray Miniature Jack mones or antibiotics, grass-fed w/ some grain. vegetables, alternative tillage techniques to
with Jerusalem cross. He loves people, but not Chester Co. area. Contact anne@shepherdsabid- manage the weed seed bank & how to develop
our sheep! Please help us get him back on pas- ingfarm.com. a holistic weed management plan. Please send
ture! Asking $300. Please respond to eden- payment to Anne & Eric Nordell, 3410 Rt. 184
vieworganics@aol.com, or call 814-632-8589. WINTER CONSULT AVAILABLE — 25 years of Trout Run PA, 17771.
organic growing & successful restaurant mar-
FOR SALE — Full blood English Large Black keting experience in Philadelphia — NY area. FOR SALE — Two reliable trucks for your refrig-
sows and gilts. 7 mature sows and 13 gilts rang- Any grower, any location, guaranteed to make eration “on the go” needs. Heavy-duty trucks can
ing in age from 16 weeks to 4 weeks. Health pro- you more money than consult costs; 10% of cost endure any venture. See www.pasafarming.org
gram includes Tetanus, Erysipelas, Parvo and donated to PASA. Call for details. 215-257-8491 for photos or call 412-697-0411.
Lepto vaccinations. Internal parasites controlled or 267-664-6217.
through selection and herbal tinctures. Contact: FOR SALE — Female Maremma guard dog. 3
rthompson@sdtc.org 845-417-6418 or kgre- FOR SALE — Planter — Cole 12 mx single row. years old. Neutered, current rabies vaccine. Good
fig@sdtc.org 845-337-1225. 610-326-1802. disposition. 814-757-8540.

Classified Ads
FOR SALE — Quality fed lambs: no hormones, FOR RENT — Farmhouse in Washington Co, WANTED — Straw, small square bales. Approx.
antibiotics, or growth promoters. Raised on Maryland. 3 BR, 2 BA. Looking for renter who can 100-150 bales. Does not need to be organic. We
organic pastures and hay. Some organic grains help with dairy farm chores in exchange for a can pick them up. We are looking within 50
fed with kelp and yeast culture added. Call 717- reduction in rent. Possibility of acreage with miles of Troy, PA. Call 570-297-4466
755-2149. house for gardening. Organic gardeners only
please, land is in process of being certified WANTED — Greensgrow Farm is looking for
FOR SALE — Several Belted Galloway/Jersey organic. Please email cmpp1@juno.com if inter- new or used beehive boxes for sale near the
cross heifers; 4 weanlings, 3 yearlings (bred for ested. Philadelphia area. If you have any or know
spring), and a 2 year old cow (bred). Also two Jer- where some could be found, let Ryan know at
sey cows — very friendly! You can lead them, FOR LEASE — Registered/Purebred Angus bull ryan@greensgrow.org or 215-427-2702.
they stand tied, and have been both machine & — American Angus Assoc registration #
hand milked. Both are bred. One is 8 years old, 15807509 — born Jan 07; available starting Jan WANTED — Interested in purchasing dairy
she is a two teater but still gives 2 gal/day. The 08; 2 to 3 month lease desired; for info, contact equipment for milking and cheese processing
other is 3 years old. I also have 40 Katahdin/Dor- DW Green — HisWay Farms — Glenville, PA; 717- for goat dairy. Equipment interests include:
per cross ewes for sale; ages range form lambs 235-5324. Milk storage tank (25–150 gal), Temperature
to 4 years. All of the animals are grass fed only! regulated cheese vat (25–150 gallon), Cheese
No grain! No shots! I am located in York, PA. Email FOR LEASE — certified organic dairy farm (in forms, Milking Machine, Milk Cans (5 gal each),
swisslandacres@msn.com or 717-227-9271. total 560 acres, 350 acres open land) in the Stainless Steel Shelving, Stackable trays,
foothills of the Blueridge Mountains. Also avail- Stainless Steel Hand sink, Stainless Steel Utensil
FOR SALE — Organic, 100% grassfed cows. able a state-of-the-art creamery & hearth oven Sink 3 section, 2” gate curd strainer, Rake, Stain-
Traders Point has a unique offering: Nature is not bakery. Some housing available, good terms & less Steel Cabinet, Stainless Steel Work Table,
always the nurturer and the Summer of ‘07 will good markets. Please send inquiries to P.O.Box Draining Table 8 ft, Refrigeration Unit for Milk
attest to that. The combination of unseasonably 563, Middleburg, VA 20118. Storage, Refrigeration Display Cases, Shelving,
warm temperatures and half of the normal rain- Cheese Press 2 piston. Contact al@yel-
fall has exacted its toll on the farm. We really FOR RENT — 3 story, 4 bedroom stone-cased lowspringsfarm.com or 610-827-2014.
have no other choice than to sell off a portion of house on three large lots w/creek at back. My
our herd. Traders Point remains one of the only grandfather built & ran it as a farmette. Would WANTED — look for a partnership with a farm
creameries in the nation to have a year round prefer family interested in sustainability/organic (min 10 acres, 20 miles from Lansdale, ideally
100% organic grassfed herd. USDA certified by gardening. Contact Brian Fisher, 814 280-0997 or crop land with light animal farming to provide
Indiana Certified Organic. Care has been taken e-mail Gary at gbstss@epix.net. manures).The partnership is to build a high-tech
to find high protein levels as well as higher fat eco-farm that produces a unique product with
content. The Brown Swiss heritage is also fore- no market competition. If interested, let’s discuss
most in the field of health nutrition with the WANTED details. Contact actionjzl@yahoo.com or 215-
highest CLA, Call or email Fritz at 317-9196234 412-4753.
or jane@tpforganics.com OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS — Alternative home-
steaders looking for kindred spirit(s) to rent
CARETAKER — Family seeking Caretaking or
FOR SALE — We are a MIG seasonal dairy and mobile home, share organic garden space in
Rent to Own opportunity in Pa. Family of 5 &
have 4 NOFA certified heifers born outside our rural Airville, PA. Opportunity for market garden,
CSA, etc. Commuting distance to York & Lancast- pets looking for an older farm (3-5 acres) w/ a
calving window. Crossbred with jersey and line-
er & Bel Air MD. Beautiful hiking trails & Susque- long term caretaking situation, or a rent to own
back 10 months old. Also, Four 12 month old
hanna River nearby. Contact us at 717-862-1737 opportunity. Currently own our home in west-
crossbred bulls; Normande, Lineback, Jersey, and
or 657 E. Posey Rd, Airville PA 17302. ern PA, will be able to provide a % down if rent
Friesian. Contact Jim Phillips, 607-591-0562
to own will work for you. Refernces available.
Cortland, NY.
WANTED — 4 beef calves for Spring 2008. We Need room for 1 horse & would like to add
are in New Tripoli PA, NW Lehigh County. Con- chickens & an organic garden. Cambria Co., Bed-
ford, Somerset or Ligonier are preferred loca-
FOR RENT/LEASE tact us at 610-298-2333 or rainbow9@ptd.net.
tions, would consider further away as well.
FOR RENT — farm in Cumberland Co., Southern WANTED — 4 piglets suited for pasture grazing Contact us if you think we can work something
NJ, a beautiful one hour drive from Philadelphia, for early Spring 2008. We are in New Tripoli PA, out — shawfam@atlanticbb.net.
Near Bridgeton and Delaware Bay. Opportunity NW Lehigh County. Please contact us at 610-
for CSA, organic growing, farmstand, livestock or 298-2333 or rainbow9@ptd.net. WANTED — Farmhouse & land to rent for Sum-
horse farm. 6 ac. available, rich, loamy soils, for- mer ‘08 (June, July, Aug…but could be flexible)
merly grazed, no chemicals used in last 10 years. WANTED — 3 farm families; Cuyahoga Valley in or near Williamsport, PA. Am looking for 4 or
30’x58’ Barn, currently with 7 stalls, 35 HP Kubo- National Park (CVNP) will publicly offer three more bedrooms. Friends from New York &
ta Tractor w/front end loader and brush hog, more farms for long-term lease in mid-February Williamsport interested in a summer “retreat” to
housing potential: Farmhouse w/3 bedroom, 2 2008 through its Countryside Initiative program. work on writing poetry, gardening, sailing, build-
bath, new kitchen; or cottage w/ one room, CVNP which covers some 33,000 acres between ing canoes & maybe putting on some plays.
kitchen, bathroom. Call 215-438-7533, email: Cleveland and Akron, OH made prior offerings in Responsible, fun, and have local Williamsport
urbanfern@aol.com. 2001, 2005, and 2006. Eight farms are now oper- references. Contact setholinsky@gmail.com or
ational — and a total of 20 farms expected to be 570-337-2976.
SPACE AVAILABLE ON REFRIGERATED DELIV- leased within five or six years. Contact Country-
ERY TRUCK — From Lancaster/Lebanon/Eliza- side Conservancy, 330-657-2542, www.cvcoun- WANTED — Looking for small beginning flock
bethtown area to Philadelphia and surrounding tryside.org. of ewes and possibly one ram, Prefer multipur-
communities. Currently delivering organic, sus- pose breed ( fine wool, milk and meat) with
tainable agriculture, CSA, etc. Experienced, cour- WANTED — Heirloom variety apple trees suit- worm resistance and suitable for grass based
teous city delivery. Please call Joe at able for Appalachian climate. Contact dawhet- organic production. Contact dawhetzel@hot-
717-286-6995 or e-mail at jbshirk@juno.com. zel@hotmail.com mail.com

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WANTED — certified organic, low input, IPM WANTED — 2-4 wool sheep (Shetland pre- WANTED — Registered Alpine or American
fruit & vegetable growers to supply the growing ferred) and dairy sheep (Lacaune and E. Freasian Alpine buck. Prefer pied. NWPA area. moosema-
demand for locally produced food. The Com- crosses) prefer some animals pregnant. Also, niac@velocity.net or call 814-440-1712 and
mon Market, a local food distribution center young (1-5 yr old) gelding or female donkey, leave a message.
located in Philadelphia, will begin operations in regular size to use as guard animal. Also looking
the spring of this year. The distribution center LAND WANTED — Family in search of 5 to 20
for 1-2 Brown Swiss cows, one recently bred, and
will offer produce to a select number of acres of farmland or small farm with a fixer-
2-3 polled Oberhasli goats, with at least one
Philadelphia area universities and hospitals in its upper. Reasonably priced. Within two hours
recently or soon to be bred. We are located near
first year and later add meat, poultry, and dairy from Pittsburgh. Please contact Cindy Totino
Susquehanna in NE Pennsylvania (near NY bor- @412-882-2799 or cindytotino@yahoo.com.
products to its list and restaurants and grocery der, 35 min. from Binghamton, NY), e-mail
stores to its customer base. Contact info@com-
Jerome or Lisa at skolfarm@comcast.net. WANTED — Looking for frizzle or cochin chicks,
monmarketphila.org for more information or
preferably females if possible. For a small hobby
call 215 275-3435. WANTED — growers and producers of organic, farm, only want four of each. Need to be within
low-input or IPM fruits, veggies & farm-based two hours of State College, will pick up. Contact
WANTED — Organically raised pullets- prefer
value-added products to supply the growing Katie, 814-360-5458 or kak280@hotmail.com.
ready to lay and good winter layer breed such as
demand for locally produced food in Northeast-
Buff Orpington. Will pick up. Contact dawhet-
ern PA. The Lands at Hillside Farms in Shaver-
town, PA is a non-profit educational farm with a
WANTED — 2 Jersey Cows looking for tempo- grass-based dairy, and a 30 year-old retail shop. FULL LISTING
We sell our own milk in the Dairy Store as well as
rary home. We have sold our NH farm & are NOW ONLINE
shopping for a PA farm. Need to park the cows locally produced meats, dairy products and
Check out PASA’s website: www.pasafarm-
somewhere during the buying/moving. Also a eggs. We will expand our offerings to include
ing.org for new features including classi-
chubby, friendly Haflinger pony. Cows in late lac- locally and sustainably grown produce through- fied ads and employment opportunity
tation — you could milk them or dry them off. out the growing season beginning in the spring listings.
Caroline or David Owens daowens@erols.com, of this year. Contact christine@thelandsathill-
603-635 8553. sidefarms.org or 570-696-4500.


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This calendar features many events some of PASA's sister
organizations are sponsoring that we felt many of our
members would be interested in learning more about. Stay
tuned for additional PASA events to be announced in the
coming months — including the Farm-Based Education

Mar 15 So, You Bought the Farm…Now What? Sponsored by
Cornell Cooperative Extension. Contact Rebecca Hargrave,

Mar 15 PASA Southeast Field Day, “Managing Farmers’

Markets,” 9:00am–1:00pm. Chester County Economic Devel-
opment office, 737 Constitution Dr, Exton PA. Cost $10 PASA
members, $20 for non-members. Contact Allison Shauger,
814-349-9856, allison@pasafarming.org or visit www.pasafarm-
ing.org to register.

Mar 26 4th Annual NE-PA Grazing Conference: “Today’s

Grass-Based Agriculture: Grazing Systems, Healthy Soils &
Healthy Livestock.” Harford Volunteer Fire Company, Harford,
PA. 8:30am-3:30 pm. Featuring Dr. Huebert Karreman DVM of
Penn Dutch Cow Care, Jerry Cherney of Cornell University and
much more. Contact Kris Ribble, 570-784-4401 x111, kris.rib-

Mar 25–27 SARE 20th Anniversary, New American Farm

Conference: Advancing the Frontier of Sustainable Agriculture.
Kansas City, MO. Visit www.sare.org/2008Conference/ ADVERTISEMENT

index.htm to register and learn more.

Mar 28 & 29 Northeast Grasstravaganza 2008. The Holiday Inn,

Binghamton, NY. Hosted by Central NY RC&D. Visit www.

Mar 29 22nd Annual Lahr Symposium, Native Plants: Cultivars

Considered, National Arboretum, Washington DC. Visit

Apr 3–5 Pennsylvania Land Conservation Conference spon-
sored by the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association, The
Desmond Hotel, Malvern, Chester Co. For more information call
Nicole, 717-909-1298 or email nfaraguna@conserveland.org.

Apr 5 The Role of Raised Beds in the Farm Organism, Pfeiffer

Center, Chestnut Ridge, NY. 9:00am–5:00pm. Cost $95. Contact
Carol Rosenberg, 845-352-5020 x20, info@pfeiffercenter.org,

Jun 5–8 National Barn Alliance Annual Conference in partner-
ship with the PA Historic Barn & Farmstead Foundation. Info —
Rod Scott, 641-648-4570.

PASA Membership Please clip this application and return with payment to:
PASA Membership, PO Box 419, Millheim, PA 16854
& Contribution Form or join online at pasafarming.org

Benefits of Membership Lifetime Memberships &

As a member you will receive: Permanent Business Partners
• A subscription to our bimonthly, Passages newsletter Contributions for Lifetime Memberships & Permanent Business Part-
nerships will be managed with care, sustaining both the ongoing
• A membership directory for networking membership as well as the long-term future of PASA. There are few
things a member or business could do to symbolize their lifelong com-
• Discounted admission to our annual conference mitment to sustainability than to place such confidence in the value
and viability of PASA itself.
• Discounted admission to our annual field day series $ 1,200
Sustaining Lifetime Member
• Invitations to other special events, such as our Please complete the Family/Farm Membership field at lower left

Harvest Dinners
Permanent Business Partner $ 3,000
• Free classified ad and discounted display advertising Please complete the Nonprofit/Business Membership field at lower left

in Passages
• Voting privileges
• The satisfaction of knowing that you are helping
sustain agriculture

Become a PASA Member Gift Membership

Name In addition to your own membership, you may give PASA membership
to a good friend, family member, business associate or other worthy
Company/Farm recipient on an annual or lifetime basis…a gift that keeps on giving!
Student $ 15
Individual $ 45

City State Family/Farm $ 60

Lifetime Sustaining Member $ 1,200
ZIP+4 County
Home Phone Work Phone Name(s)

E-mail Address

Web Address

State ZIP+4

Are you farming: NO YES — how many acres: Telephone E-mail

How did you learn about PASA:

PASA Membership Levels

Student $ 15 $
Individual $ 45
Family/Farm Please complete field below $ 60 PASA is a registered 501 (C) 3 organization and contributions are tax exempt.

Please list all names for this Family/Farm membership. You may include children Annual Fund $ .............................
between the ages of 14–22, and also multiple generations directly involved in the farm.

Arias M. Brownback Scholarship Fund $ .............................

Nonprofit Please complete field below $ 100 Check Make check payable to PASA Total amount due
Business Please complete field below $ 150 Credit Card Complete below $
Please list up to two additional people associated with your business to receive individ-
ual membership privileges. Card No.

Exp. Date
VISA MasterCard Discover
SUBTOTAL $ Cardholder Name

PASA Thanks All of the 2008 Farming for the Future Conference Sponsors



Non Profit Org.

Pennsylvania U.S. Postage
Association for PAID
State College, PA
Sustainable Agriculture Permit No. 213
PO Box 419 • Millheim, PA 16854-0419