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  • 1. OPENING KEYNOTE SPONSOR GUARDIAN SPONSORS MAKING NEW FRIENDS Farming for the Future is an extremely important event for the PASA family. It’s our chance to learn, network, and get invigorated for the year ahead! The 2014 conference will be no different, and we want to ensure an affordable experience for all who wish to attend. Please become a Friend of the Conference — a community of individuals whose tax-deductible contribution of a minimum of $100 enables the conference to flourish. Your gift will be acknowledged at the conference and in Passages newsletter. To become a Friend of the Conference, pledge support when you register. If you are not attending but would like to support this event, please contact Lauren Smith at (814) 349-9856, ext 22. Special Thanks to Our Lead Sponsors! CONTENTS 1 Conference Schedule 2 Opening Session & PASAbilities Plenary 3 Pre-Conference Tracks 6 Friday & Saturday Workshops 9 Future Farmers Program 10 Meals & Special Features 14 Scholarships 15 Registration Rates 16 The Small Print See the back cover for a full list of conference sponsors as of the printing of this brochure. The PASA Mission Promoting Profitable Farms that Produce Healthy Food for All People While Respecting The Natural Environment Contact Us! PASA PO Box 419 Millheim, PA 16854 ph (814) 349-9856 fax (814) 349-9840 Find Us on the Web pasafarming.org Like Us on Facebook pasafarming.org/facebook Follow Us on Twitter @pasafarming • @goodfoodhood Watch Us on YouTube youtube.com/pasafarming PASABILITIES KEYNOTE SPONSOR PATRON SPONSOR Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds KITCHEN TABLE CONSULTANTS
  • 2. Each year our Farming for the Future Conference seeks to inform our members of the latest innovations in sustainable agriculture, while also giving them an opportunity to celebrate the past year and look forward to the next. As our 23rd annual conference approaches, we are especially mindful that our community is part of a movement that has taken the national and international stage and is making waves. Whether we’re talking about limiting the influence of genetic engineering in farming, sensible food safety, or food security in a time of changing climate and sensitive economics, this movement toward more sustainable food systems holds the greatest promise for the future of anything now happening in our society. This year our theme is very simple: Letting Nature Lead. At a time when it seems we have exhausted the ability of contemporary governments and large institutions to “lead the way” in any area important to the health and wellbeing of our people, it is time to do the most radical thing by prioritizing what we can learn from the natural, living systems that were on this planet long before modern civilization. In a way, this is simply a homecoming to the spirit and pragmatism of agrarian culture. But in another, it is the single most daring adventure our society has undertaken in modern times. Simply put, everything we care about is at risk unless we get this right, by following where nature will lead us in solving the most difficult problems we now face. We look forward to welcoming you to this latest edition of one of the largest and most respected gatherings of sustainable agriculture experts and enthusiasts anywhere in the world. Come join us as we continue to break ground for a new vision of agriculture, and to sow seeds of hope for the future! Brian Snyder Executive Director, PASA Wednesday, Feb 5 Walk-in registration not available. 7:00am Registration Opens 8:00am Light Morning Snacks & Beverages Available 9:00am Pre-Conference Tracks Begin Lunch as scheduled by track. 5:00pm Pre-Conference Tracks End 8:00pm Registration Closes THURsday, Feb 6 Walk-in registration not available. 7:00am Registration & Continental Breakfast Open 9:00am Pre-Conference Tracks Begin Lunch as scheduled by track. 5:00pm Pre-Conference Tracks End Sustainable Socializing Begins TradeShow & Benefit Auction Open 5:30pm Cheese Tasting Young & Beginning Farmer Mixer 6:30pm Winter Picnic (ticketed event) 7:30pm Registration Closes 8:00pm Live Music FRIday, Feb 7 Walk-in Fee $40* 7:00am Registration & Continental Breakfast Open TriYoga® Sessions & Knitting Circle 8:30am Workshops 10:15am Opening Session with Address by Dr. Daphne Miller 12:15pm Box Lunch (ticketed event) 1:15pm Workshops 2:45pm Discussion Sessions 4:10pm Workshops 5:30pm Sustainable Socializing 6:30pm Banquet (ticketed event) 7:30pm Live Auction Registration Closes 8:30pm PASA Theatre Movie Screenings SATURday, Feb 8 Walk-in Fee $40* 7:00am Registration & Continental Breakfast Open TriYoga® Sessions & Knitting Circle 8:30am Workshops 10:15am PASAbilities Plenary with Address by Miguel Altieri 11:45am Box Lunch (ticketed event) 1:30pm Workshops 3:10pm Workshops *A $40 Walk-in Fee will be added to your total registration fees. Please see page 15 for registration rates. We Need Volunteers! Volunteers are the lifeblood of Farming for the Future. Many hands are needed before, during and after the conference. You can help by volunteering to help with packing and moving, registration, merchandise, auctions and more. To get involved, please call PASA or email helen@pasafarming.org. 1 COME JOIN US! CONFERENCE SCHEDULE
  • 3. Join us for the PASAbilities Leadership Award Series as we recognize a farmer (or farming couple) and a business proprietor who exemplify the spirit of sustainability in agriculture and food systems. The recipients of the Sustainable Ag Leadership Award and the Sustainable Ag Business Leader Award will take the stage to share their stories and inspire us all. Special thanks to Kimberton Whole Foods, a former award winner, for their support of the PASAbilities Leadership Award Series and Saturday’s plenary session! PASABILITIES MAIN SPEAKER Miguel A. Altieri received a BS in Agronomy from the University of Chile and a Ph.D in Entomology from the University of Florida. He has been a Professor of Agroecology at UC Berkeley since 1981 in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management. Dr. Altieri served as a Scientific Advisor to the Latin American Consortium on Agroecology and Development Chile, an NGO network promoting agroecology as a strategy for small farm sustainable development in the region. He served for 4 years as the General Coordinator for the United Nations Development Programme’s Sustainable Agriculture Networking and Extension Programme that aimed at capacity building on agroecology among NGOs and the scaling-up of successful local sustainable agricultural initiatives in Africa, Latin America and Asia. Currently, he is advisor to the Globally Ingenious Agricultural Heritage Systems program, which is devoted to identifying and dynamically conserving traditional farming systems in the developing world. He also directs the US-Brazil Consortium on Agroecology and Sustainable Rural Development, an academic-research exchange program. He is also the general coordinator of the Latin American Scientific Society of Agroecology. He is the author of more than 200 publications, and numerous books including Agroecology: The Science of Sustainable Agriculture and Biodiversity, Pest Management in Agroecosystems and Agroecology and the Search for a Truly Sustainable Agriculture. Join the leaders from within PASA and the sustainable agriculture movement as we kick off the main conference. Special thanks to Lady Moon Farms for their support of Friday’s opening keynote! 2 PASAbilities Plenary &Award Series SATURDAY MORNING Opening Session FRIDAY MORNING OPENING KEYNOTER Daphne Miller, MD is a family physician, writer and Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of California San Francisco. In 2000 she founded WholefamilyMD, San Francisco’s first integrative primary care practice, where she still cares for patients across the lifespan. Part clinician, part ecologist and part anthropologist, Miller approaches medicine with the idea that opportunities for health and healing are found not only in the medical system, but in such unexpected places as home kitchens, school gardens, community organizations, spiritual centers, farms and nature trails. Throughout her career, her teaching, writing and advocacy work has reflected this perspective. In her latest book, Farmacology: What Innovative Family Farming Can Teach Us About Health and Healing, Miller discovers how learning from sustainable farmers can make her a better doctor. Her first book, the Jungle Effect, chronicles her voyages to areas around the world that are still relatively free of modern chronic diseases. Miller lives in Berkeley, California, with her husband and two sons. Most days after work she can be found walking in Claremont Canyon or tending to vegetables and fruit trees in her garden.
  • 4. Track 1 Tractor, Machinery & Facilities Safety for Small Farm Operators Ag Progress Days General Purpose Building Farm safety is unquestionably an important, but often overlooked, topic in the general daily schedule of farm activities. In this workshop, members of The Penn State Agricultural Health and Safety team and PA Women’s Agricultural Network will take participants through a rotating schedule of hands-on topics that include: How to Purchase the Right Equipment for Your Operation; How to Conduct Tractor & Machinery Audits; Hitching, PTOs & Hydraulics; Equipping Your Shop for Equipment Maintenance and Selecting, Using & Maintaining PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) for Farm Work. The day will conclude with the session Accessing Farm Safety Training on the Web that includes short videos developed by the team. Participants will take home a toolbox full of information they can utilize on their own farms. Presenters: Linda Fetzer, Bill Harshman, Patty Neiner & Sam Steel, Penn State University Track 3 Practical Food Safety Programs & Quality Control Strategies for Artisan & Farmstead Cheesemakers Every cheesemaker strives to create delicious cheese in a safe environment to ensure their customers are receiving an excellent product — and this session will help you achieve it. Get the latest information on how the Food Safety Modernization Act will impact cheesemakers and get tools and information to help you meet the new requirements. Learn how the same systems that control for food safety are essential to achieving consistency and a high quality product. Taste cheeses and hear what the experts have to say about them. Only the first 20 cheeses to be submitted will be critiqued — one cheese per producer. Presenters: Peter Dixon, Dairy Foods Consulting & Parish Hill Creamery; Kerry Kaylegian, Penn State University; Representative from Agri-Service LLC; Emilio Mignucci, Di Bruno Brothers Track 2 Food Safety for Farmers & Food Hubs — Adapting to Survive in the Regulatory Environment Food safety requirements, ranging from buyer expectations to government regulations, are here to stay. It’s all about RISK: will fears about on-farm food safety risks, plus the already formidable challenges of farming, be a bump in the road, or will they be the straw that breaks an already wobbly camel’s back? Speakers will discuss short and longer term strategies to begin to deal with implementation of the rules, to handle the pressures of potential inspections and to manage public relations and education. Attendees will also explore how the larger agricultural community can coordinate to build relationships and landscapes that will ensure both broad and specific food safety practices, to develop reasonable and scale-appropriate programs that protect the farmer and to initiate a national effort to prevent unmanageable expectations. Presenters: Lydia Johnson, PA Department of Agriculture; Ariane Lotti, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition; Brian Snyder, PASA; Steve Warshawer, The Wallace Center & Mesa Top Farm • HACCP Concepts & Proposed FSMA Rules: Practical Food Safety Programs for Artisan & Farmstead Cheesemakers • CONCURRENT SESSION 1: Prerequisite Programs for Preventive Controls & HACCP Programs • CONCURRENT SESSION 2: Equipment Choices & Facility Designs for Milk Processing Businesses • The Food Safety/Quality Connection: Good Practices make Great Cheese • See, Smell, Taste, Touch: Cheese Grading for Quality Control Pre-conference tracks are a great way to get an in-depth learning experience before the main confer- ence even begins. Participants can expect a full day of intensive study, during which they’ll dig deep into their chosen topics. All tracks begin at 9:00am and are held at the Penn Stater Conference Center unless otherwise noted. Participants who arrive at the Penn Stater before 9:00am will have the option of enjoying a light snack on Wednesday and a full continental breakfast on Thursday. Lunch is provided to all attendees. Tracks will sell out, so register early! Walk-in registration is not available. Tracks with a small class size are noted. More details on track schedules are available at pasafarming.org/conference. WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5 THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8 Funds for this program provided by PA Women’s Agricultural Network 3 Pre-Conference Tracks Program provided in collaboration with Funds for this program provided by by Agri-Service LLC THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6
  • 5. Track 4 Biodynamic Agriculture This track will cover the background, basic principles and practical applications of biodynamic agriculture. Specific practices essential in creating a healthy diversified farm organism will be covered, including establishing fertility, soil preparation, planting (seed selection and calendar use), use of biodynamic preparations, weed/pest management and creating social and financial viability. This track will inform farmers who are new to biodynamics as well as provide inspiration to those who are currently practicing biodynamic agriculture on their farms. Both presenters have practiced biodynamics for over 38 years and have each developed unique diversified farm individualities including animal husbandry, orcharding and vegetable/ herb production. Presenters: Hugh Williams, Threshold Farm & Mac Mead, Pfeiffer Center Track 5 Raising Dough: Financing Your Food Based Business In order to start or grow a business, you need money. Farmers have more financing options than ever before to raise capital for their farm-based businesses, but choosing which fundraising methods to pursue requires knowing how they work. In this track, learn the criteria, sweet spots, pros and cons, tips and techniques of the many financing options available. Complete with interactive exercises, success stories, and cautionary tales, discover what it takes to access the right kinds of capital for your farm. You’ll leave with steps you can take right away, whether you are currently seeking financing or don’t expect to for years to come. Presenters: Bill Kitsch, Mid-Atlantic Farm Credit; Rebecca Thistlewaite, Sustain Consulting; Elizabeth Ü, Finance for Food • Clarifying Your Values & Prioritizing Business Investments • Organizing Financial Records & Improving Your Credit Rating • Cash Flow, Budgeting & Enterprise Analysis • Overview of Financing Types & Laws to Keep in Mind • Loans; Land Financing Options; Grants; Community Supported Models; Crowdfunding • Social Capital: Why It’s Important & How to Build It • Equity Financing • Elevator Pitch Exercise Track 6 The Resilient Farm & Homestead Join Ben Falk as he discusses how to design and manage your farm or homestead with resiliency in mind. He will share strategies used at his home research farm to capture, store and distribute water and fertility, as well to deal with unusual frost events, increased pests and many other challenges facing us amid a rapidly shifting climate. Ben practices a whole system design that draws on the principles of permaculture. Presenter: Ben Falk, Whole Systems Design, LLC • Planning & Design • Managing Water & Fertility • Planting, Harvesting & Storing Nutrient-Dense Foods • Dealing with Unusual Weather & Climate Related Events Track 7 Rebuilding a Local & Regional Grains Food System: Where We Are — Where We Need to Go Demand for organically and locally produced wheat and other small grains has skyrocketed, particularly among regional bakeries, breweries and distilleries. Farmers and grain processors in the Northeast have made progress in meeting this demand, but to build a sustainable regional grain system they will need to work together to develop expertise in producing high- quality grains and build needed infrastructure. Organic grain grower and miller, Robert Beauchemin, has been at the center of a revival of wheat production and processing in Quebec, Canada. He will provide insight into the process of revitalizing a grains sector by overviewing the Quebec experience, including the development of best practices for wheat production, quality-control methods and the linkages forged between growers, millers and bakers that have resulted in a strong value chain system. Robert will be joined by a group of local farmers, millers, bakers and other grain processors to discuss the current state of our grain production and processing and the information, methods, infra- structure and vision required to establish a vibrant and enduring regional grains food system in the Northeast. Presenters: Robert Beauchemin, Les Moulins de Soulanges, Inc; Omar Beiler, Beiler’s Heritage Acres; Elizabeth Dyck, OGRIN; Mark Fischer, Castle Valley Mill; Thor Oechsner, Oechsner Farms; Joel Steigman, Small Valley Milling; Roberta Strickler, Greenberg Associates; Nina White, Bobolink Bakery & Dairy 4 THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6 Pre-Conference Tracks This program is part of the Organic Agriculture Research & Extension Initiative United States Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture
  • 6. 5 Track 8 How to Take Your Grass-Based Enterprise to the Next Level This track is geared to the experienced grass-fed/grass- finished beef producer who is motivated to take a hard look at their farming or ranching enterprise, to determine their goals and to take the next steps required so that they can be prepared to play in the growing grass-fed, grass-finished beef market. Options for individual farmers are virtually limitless and each farmer will help create their own success by finding his niche and playing important and unique roles in the supply chain. The complexity of the grass-based enterprise can be broken down into segments: the story, the type and use of cattle, the type and use of forage, and the places in which the farmer and rancher might fit into the overall supply chain. This day will look at several types of cattle and grazing management systems that have proven to be successful, will illustrate some different options for being in the “game” and, most importantly, will begin to generate some discussion among grass beef producers about where — and how — they might fit into some of these options. Presenters: Tim Blakeley, Mountain Spring Farm; Aaron & Melissa Miller, Miller Grass Farm; Henry Rosenberger, Tussock Sedge Farm; Ridge Shinn, Summerfield Farms Track 9 Diversifying Poultry with Turkeys, Ducks, Geese & Guineas Poultry production offers a viable option for farmers, either as a sole enterprise, but more often as part of their diversified farm. The size and scope of production can vary greatly, as can the season in which the poultry is raised on each farm. Join this varied group of experienced poultry producers for a day in which they share their knowledge and experience in raising classes of poultry other than broilers and laying hens. These grass-based, pastured livestock (both feathered and hooved) farmers have diversified their successful farm operations through raising turkeys (both heritage and commercial), ducks, geese and guinea hens. Topics will include health and nutritional needs, and how these needs differ from bird to bird. This day is geared for the experienced poultry producer who is interested in acquiring the knowledge needed for add turkeys, guineas and waterfowl to their operation. Presenters: Deb Aaron & Val Vetter, Piney Woods Ranch; Greg Gunthorp, Gunthorp Family Farm; Will Harris, White Oak Pastures; Jeff Mattocks, The Fertrell Company; Tom Wadson, Wadson’s Farm Youth in Farming Energy Efficiency, Wind Power, Photovoltaics & More! 6th to 12th Grade Only Explore the science of renewable energy and ways we can truly let nature lead us to more sustainable sources of power and energy for our daily needs. In this track, youth will design experiments to understand wind and solar energy, conduct an energy audit of the Penn Stater, and learn through hands-on activities, games and music. They will be challenged to consider how they can conserve energy and incorporate sustainable practices into their everyday lives, and they will have the opportunity to share what they have learned by planning a presentation on renewable energy for the 3rd–5th graders attending the conference the next day. Presenters: Claire & Rusty Orner, Quiet Creek Herb Farm & School of Country Living Track 10 Glyphosate & Genetically Modified Crops: Implications & Remediations An “in the trenches” researcher, a crop nutrition advisor and a long time student of the soil, Howard Vlieger is a third-generation family farmer, born and raised on the NW Iowa farm on which he lives today. Over the years, he’s seen the damage caused by GM crops and the agrichemicals involved in their production — damage that is evident , in his words, “in the soil, the crops, the livestock and, sadly, in the children and people.” Join Howard and PSU’s Dave Mortensen for a day in which they explore the science and reality behind the use of GM crops and the associated agrichemicals. There will be discussion around the mode of action of these chemicals, the resultant changes in nutrient balances and availability, and the subsequent effects on the workings of microbial, plant, animal and human systems. Functional and feasible strategies necessary for both chemical and biological remediation of soil and other ecosystems impacted by these crops and chemicals will be presented. Presenters: Dave Mortensen, Penn State University & Howard Vlieger THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6 Pre-Conference Tracks Program provided in collaboration with
  • 7. Over the course of the main conference, attendees can select from over 100 workshops to build a curriculum that will gain them skills and knowledge to expand and improve their farms or gardens. Attendees do not need to pre-register for individual sessions. We continue to offer workshop series that are designed to help attendees focus on a core topic during the main conference. Attendees can pick and choose to best fit their educational needs. This year’s series include The Business of Farming, City Farming and Finding Success in the Market along with concentrations on poultry, biodynamics and beekeeping. Additional workshops will be added after this printing of the brochure; go to pasafarming.org/confer- ence for the up-to-date list. 6 Water Before Soil: Design & Management for Drought & Flood, Resilience for the Long Haul Ben Falk, Whole Systems Design, LLC Finding Your Right Livelihood Growing Herbs Beth Lambert, Herbalist & Alchemist Improving Soil Health with Cover Crops Charlie White, Penn State Extension Nature as Mentor: Outdoor Pigs Craig Haney, Stone Barns Educational Center The Business of Farming: Crowdfunding 101 — Understanding the Many Forms of Fundraising from the Masses Elizabeth Ü, Finance for Food Super Organism: The Life of a Honeybee Colony Grai St. Clair Rice & Chris Harp, HoneybeeLives Current Research: Residential Proximity to High-density Livestock Production & MRSA Infection Joan Casey, Johns Hopkins University From Milk to Mold: Developing & Refining Cheese Recipes Peter Dixon, Dairy Foods Consulting & Parish Hill Creamery Growing Quality Vegetables Biodynamically Mac Mead, Pfeiffer Center The Business of Farming: Successful Farm Internship Programs, A View from Both Sides Johnny Parker, Dean Martin & Megan Gallagher, Edible Earth Farm Organic Pest Management for Wheat Production & Storage Greg Roth, Penn State University & Elizabeth Dyck, OGRIN Services Available to Migratory Farm Workers in Pennsylvania Jorge Perez-Rico, Brenda Reyes-Lua, Michael Hannum & Suzanne Benchoff, Lincoln Intermediate Unit #12; Mary Englerth, Keystone Migrant Health Homeopathic Methodology for Plants Nazirahk Amen, Purple Mountain Organics Selecting & Training Disease Resistant Apple Varieties for Organic Production Rob Crassweller, Penn State University & Jim Travis, Apple Tree Vineyard & Farm Earthen Building with Practical Uses Rusty Orner, Quiet Creek Herb Farm & School of Country Living Animal-Powered Farming: The Path to Draft Todd Newlin & Mary Wildefluer, Sankanac CSA Kimberton Food Safety Update Final Topic & Speakers TBD FRIDAY • 8:30 am Main Conference Workshops Weed Management in the Orchard Clair Kauffman, Kauffman’s Fruit Farm Utilizing Tests to Evaluate Physical, Chemical & Biological Changes in the Soil Dan Dostie, National Resources Conservation Services Q & A Session Daphne Miller, WholefamilyMD Goods from the Woods: Foraging, Growing & Marketing Edible Forest Produce Eric Burkhart, Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center Why Natural Beekeeping Matters Grai St. Clair Rice & Chris Harp, HoneybeeLives A Conversation on Milling Robert Beauchemin, Les Moulins de Soulanges Inc Raising Sheep: Farmer, Butcher, Chef & Consumer Considerations Sukey & John Jamison, Jamison Farms Integrating Organic Seed Production into Your Diversified Farm: Is It Right for You? Ira Wallace, Southern Exposure Seed Exchange Raising Your Own Turkey Poults Val Vetter, Piney Woods Ranch & APPPA Finding Success in the Market: Selling to Retailers Justin Pizzella & Evan Diamond, East End Food Cooperative Cold Hardy Winter Vegetables Pam Dawling, Twin Oaks Community The Business of Farming: Feasibility Studies & Business Plans 101 Rebecca Thistlewaite, Sustain Consulting City Farming: Farming for Social Change — A Different Kind of Bottom Line Sophia Buggs, Lady Buggs’ Farm & Greg Bowman, Goodness Grows Quality Management Systems & Group Gap Certification for Food Hub Managers Steve Warshawer, The Wallace Center/Mesa Top Farm & Others TBD Cheese Rind Microbes: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly Peter Dixon, Dairy Foods Consulting & Parish Hill Creamery FRIDAY • 1:15 Pm
  • 8. Meet and network with other attendees during our informal Discussion Sessions. We'll have a few topics picked out and moderators to help get the conversation going, but bring your own ideas and be ready to share! Topics include Starting a Young Farmers Coalition Chapter in PA, Urban Farming, Strategies for Farm Resiliency and more! You'll also be able to connect with PASA members and learn what’s happening in your region at your Regional Membership Meeting. 7 City Farming: The State of Urban Farming & Potential for Profitability Carolyn Dimitri, New York University & A Representative from Garden Dreams Urban Farm Producing Herbs for the Commercial Market Beth Lambert, Herbalist & Alchemist Modifying/Making & Using Your Own Equipment Eric Vander Hyde, Barefoot Gardens Farm Bill 2014 Final Topic & Speakers TBD Let’s Do It Together: Encouraging Honeybee Health in the Agricultural Community Grai St. Clair Rice & Chris Harp, HoneybeeLives Growing Organic Apples 101 Sara Baldwin, Oyler’s Organic Farms Meat Processor Panel Greg Gunthorp, Gunthorp Family Farm & APPPA; Will Harris, White Oak Pastures & APPPA; Ridge Shinn, Summerfield Farms The Mighty Microbiome Jerry Brunetti, Agri-Dynamics Backyard Poultry Basics: Common Questions & Pitfalls Mike Badger, Badger’s Millside Farm & APPPA The Business of Farming: Setting up A Family- Run Small Business Michael McGrann, St. Joseph’s University Finding Success in the Market: Co-marketing Strategies for Working with a Retailer Mark Mulcahy, CDS Consulting Co-op & Justin Pizzella, East End Food Cooperative Animal-Powered Farming: Successful Drafthorse Methods for Market Gardening Jelmer Albada, Biodynamic Farmer & Teamster Cows, Grass, Soil, Microbes, Sunlight, Rain… How Good Cheese Happens Jonathan White, Bobolink Dairy & Bakehouse Getting Started in Value-Added Dairy Kerry Kaylegian, Penn State University Garbage to Gardening — Worm Composting Rusty Orner, Quiet Creek Herb Farm & School of Country Living The Business of Farming: Make It Or Break It — Scaling Up Successfully Rebecca Thistlewaite, Sustain Consulting Effective Communication Between Butchers, Farmers & Consumers Panel of Experts TBD SATURDAY • 8:30 am FRIDAY • 4:10 pm FRIDAY • 2:45–3:45 pm Turkeys for Two Seasons: Pastured Turkey Production Craig Haney, Stone Barns Educational Center Habitat is Home: Creating Spaces for Pollinators, Predators & Parasitoids Dave Mortensen & John Tooker, Penn State University Finding Success in the Market: Marketing on a Shoestring George Latella, St. Joseph’s University City Farming: Urban Beekeeping Connects the Dots Grai St. Clair Rice & Chris Harp, HoneybeeLives Everything You Need to Know About Hiring Migrant Workers Jon Weirether, PA Department of Labor & Industry The FSMA Response: Forging Alliances & Building Persuasion A Panel of Experts TBD Starting from Scratch on Leased Land with No Infrastructure, No Equipment & No Skills Linda Shanahan & Eric Vander Hyde, Barefoot Gardens Producing Asian Greens for Market or at Home Pam Dawling, Twin Oaks Community Team Raw Milk: A Case Study of Collaboration & Cooperation Ernest Hovingh, Penn State University; Edwin Shank, The Family Cow; Lydia Johnson, PDA’s Director of Food Safety Orchards as an Enterprise — Method, Economics, Holism Hugh Williams, Threshold Farm Got Dirt? Get Soil! Howard Vlieger Building Farm Resilience to Pests & Climate Change Miguel Altieri, UC Berkeley Finding Success in the Market: Marketing Meat — Understanding Yields, Pricing & Selecting Marketing Channels Matt LeRoux, Cornell University & Brian Moyer, Penn State University Multispecies Planned Rotational Grazing Will Harris, White Oak Pastures & APPPA continued next page Main Conference Workshops
  • 9. 8 The State of Fracking in Pennsylvania Adam Garber, Penn Environment The Business of Farming: Farm Credit Resources to Gain Access to Capital & Education Bill Kitsch, MidAtlantic Farm Credit Methods & Recipes for Fresh Cured & Smoked Poultry Chef John Kapusta, IUP Academy of Culinary Arts Gunthorp Farms: Four Generations of Pastured Hogs Greg Gunthorp, Gunthorp Family Farm & APPPA City Farming: Considerations, Challenges & Best Practices for Growing Healthy Urban Soils Hannah Shayler, Cornell Waste Management Institute Year-Round Bounty for the Home Garden Ira Wallace, Southern Exposure Seed Exchange Homeopathy & Natural Healthcare: Tools for the Farm & Family Susan Beal, PASA How “Better Cheese for Pittsburgh” is Changing the Cheesescape of Western Pennsylvania Lori Sollenberger, Hidden Hills Dairy The Business of Farming: Farm Record Keeping 2.0 Joe Bozzelli, Five Elements Farm & Jeff Froikin-Gordon, AgSquared Integrated Pest Management in the Natural Orchard Sara Baldwin, Oyler’s Organic Farms & Ben Wenk, Three Springs Fruit Farm Specialty Herb Propagation Lloyd Traven, Peace Tree Farm Finding Success in the Market: Merchandising Your Product Mark Mulcahy, CDS Consulting Co-op Q & A Session Miguel Altieri, UC Berkeley Transitioning a Backyard Flock into a Market Flock Mike Badger, Badger’s Millside Farm & APPPA Shiitake Mushroom Cultivation Paul Goland, Hardscrabble Enterprises So, You Want to Be A Grass Farmer? Ridge Shinn, Summerfield Farms City Farming: Lowering Risks & Increasing Profits Andy Pressman, National Center for Appropriate Technology Traditional & Innovative Techniques for Meat Preservation Brooks Miller, North Mountain Pastures Testing Cover Crop Mixtures on the Farm Charlie White, Penn State University; Wade Esbenshade, Summit Valley Farm; Dan DeTurk, Dan-De Farm; Abram Bucky Ziegler, Paradise Valley Organic Farm Backyard Herbalism for the Medicine & Kitchen Cabinets Grace Lefever, Sonnewald Farm & Faye Burtch, Burtch Body Works Wastewater Management with Constructed Wetlands for Small Processors Greg Gunthorp, Gunthorp Family Farm & APPPA Food Waste: Today’s Problems, Tomorrow’s Solutions Leanne Mazurick, AmpleHarvest.org Growing Great Garlic & Perennial Onions Ira Wallace, Southern Exposure Seed Exchange Remediation Results: Vital Biology, Vibrant Soils Howard Vlieger Biodynamic Agriculture: Stories & Experiences Jelmer Albada, Biodynamic Farmer & Teamster & Others TBD The Business of Farming: $100K+ on a Small Vegetable Farm Johnny Parker, Edible Earth Farm The Business of Farming: Succession Planning for the Farm Business Michael McGrann, St. Joseph’s University How to Stage a BioBlitz & What You Might Learn About Land Conservation & Agricultural Biodynamics Steve Schwartz, Delaware Valley Ramps; Sarah Chamberlain, Riparia at Penn State; Gary Bloss, Josie Porter Farm Natural Animal Health for Dams & Young Stock Susan Beal, PASA Low-Cost Hacks: Mobile Pens, Hoophouse Rain Water Irrigation Systems & More Dru Peters & Homer Walden, Sunnyside Farm Main Conference Workshops SATURDAY • 8:30 amSATURDAY • 1:30 pm SATURDAY • 8:30 amSATURDAY • 3:10 pm
  • 10. 9 THURSDAY Lunch and snacks provided to all Thursday programs. Sprouts & Seedlings (K to 5th Grade) PASA is partnering with Grow Pittsburgh’s Edible Schoolyard to bring their school-garden and cooking education programming to PASA’s Future Farmers. Children in Kindergarten through 5th grade, together with the Edible Schoolyard Pittsburgh team, will dig into kid-centric activities and lessons inspired by pre-conference track topics. Snacks and a break for swimming will be included. Grow Pittsburgh teaches people how to grow food and promotes the benefits gardens bring to our neighborhoods. The Edible Schoolyard Pittsburgh program is based on the seed-to-table learning model, which integrates garden and cooking activities into the regular classroom curriculum to improve young students’ eating habits, invest students in their school communities and enhance students’ academic performance. Youth (6th to 12th Grade) On Thursday, Youth are invited to participate in the Hands-on Renewable Energy: Energy Efficiency, Wind Power, Photovoltaics and More! pre-conference track. See page 5 for the full description. FRIDAY & SATURDAY Snacks and breaks for swimming and yoga will be included. Parents are responsible for lunch. Sprouts (K to 2nd Grade) Kids can look forward to learning the underlying tenets of Permaculture. Participants will learn the ecological impact and food production benefits of an edible forest garden. Using Waldorf inspired crafts, stories, hands-on activities and games along with guest speakers, we will celebrate the harvest from our own edible forest design. The Sprouts program is organized by a team of local volunteers. Kat Alden brings over 20 years of teaching experience, her Waldorf Teaching Training and her love of gardening. Dorothy Habecker is a retired teacher from the State College Friends School where she managed the garden program. Both are getting certified to be Master Gardeners. Jackie Bonomo is a certified permaculture teacher and an avid organic gardener. Seedlings (3rd to 5th Grade) The Seedlings Program is designed around the theme of “Uncovering the World You Live in From Field to Fork.” Through hands-on activities, natural crafts, guest speakers and energizing games, kids will explore their involvement in agriculture and our food system from the fields to their forks! The Seedlings program is led by members of the Chatham University Naturality Club, a student organization at Chatham University that is focused on advocating for a healthier lifestyle in oneself and one’s environment. The program leaders are Nicole Werwie, a junior biology major, and Jade Lawson, a junior psychology and environmental policy major. Youth (6th to 8th Grade) Youth will spend time with conference speakers and local experts to further their knowledge of sustainability and agriculture through hands-on sessions that encourage them to dive into the local food system with all their senses, with lots of opportunities to learn, discuss ideas and build friendships! They will also have time for relaxing with a session of Yoga for Youth led by TriYoga® of Central Pennsylvania. Future Farmers Program The Future Farmers program is designed to educate and entertain your children while you attend the conference. Youth from kindergarten to eighth grade will enjoy a wide range of activities developed to increase their understanding of food, farming and sustainability. On Friday and Saturday, parents of the Sprouts & Seedlings are encouraged to sign up for a shift to assist the activity leaders. Space is limited, so register your children early. Please use the Future Farmers & Youth Meals section of the online registration store or paper form to purchase lunch and dinner tickets for children participating in this program. More detailed information will be sent with your registration confirmation. For more information about the programming, please call PASA or email alissa@pasafarming.org.
  • 11. CONFERENCE MENUS (menus subject to change) THURSDAY “WINTER PICNIC” BUFFET DINNER Fresh Green Salad Bar, Herbed Roasted Chicken, Mediterranean Style Beef, Pulled Pork Barbeque with Rolls, Mile-High Quiche, Roasted Rosemary Potatoes, Curried Winter Vegetables with Rice. Dessert Bar will include our famous Maple Crème Brûlée! FRIDAY BOXED LUNCH (Cookie & Beverage Included) Meat: House-made Chicken Salad Wrap with a Fresh Green Salad Vegetarian: Grilled Vegetable & Cheese Wrap with a Fresh Green Salad Vegan: Grilled Vegetable Wrap served a Fresh Green Salad FRIDAY BANQUET DINNER First Course: Our Traditional Mushroom Brie Soup & Fresh Mesclun Salad Meat: Pastured Pork Sampler Platter with Mashed Potatoes & Sauerkraut Vegetarian: Quinoa & Sweet Potato Cakes with Apple Slaw & Mashed Potatoes Vegan: Vegan White Bean Stuffed Cabbage over Polenta Children’s Meal: Fruit Salad, Baked Chicken, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Mixed Vegetables Dessert: Pennsylvania Ice Cream with Apples Normandy SATURDAY BOXED LUNCH (Cookie & Beverage Included) Meat: House-made Turkey Salad on Focaccia with a Fresh Green Salad Vegetarian: Grilled Vegetable & Cheese on Focaccia served with a Fresh Green Salad Vegan: Fresh Green & Asian Veggie Salad with Fruits & Nuts Meals & Receptions Featuring Regional Foods 10 Our Annual Tradition — A WINTER PICNIC When it comes to showcasing regional and sustainably raised foods, it doesn’t get much better than the popular Thursday Night Winter Picnic. If you’ve spent the day at a pre-conference track, this meal provides an opportunity to kick back and relax. If you’re coming early for the main conference, this is the perfect way to settle in and see old friends and meet new. We’ve worked out a menu to please many palates and it’s served buffet style so you can choose your favorites. We are proud to gather sustainably, organically and regionally raised foods from over 50 PASA members and friends for the conference meals. This flavorful fare includes plenty for everyone, meat-lovers, vegetarians and vegans alike. We hope you plan on attending these delicious and wholesome meals. Check the appropriate boxes when you register! Please note: Lunch is included in the package for our pre-conference registrants, and a continental breakfast is provided Thursday, Friday and Saturday mornings to all registered attendees. On Wednesday morning, a light snack will be available. Also, be sure to join us for a Sustainable Socializing social hour and reception on both Thursday and Friday evenings. Additional meals may be purchased when you register (available for conference registrants only). Mix and match your own lunch at the Farmers Market Café, which features an assortment of treats prepared by some of the region’s foremost purveyors of local food. This option will be available on Friday and Saturday. Farmers Market Café
  • 12. Special Features 1 1 Free Legal Consultations with Penn State Law Rural Economic Development Clinic Thursday to Saturday The Penn State Law Rural Economic Development Clinic is offering free legal consultations during the conference. Student attorneys and supervising faculty will meet with each client to discuss their legal issues. Get help with rental leases for farmland and farm facilities, CSA membership agreements, farmers market rules, business establishment and more. Consultations will take place in the clinic offices, a short walk from The Penn Stater. For more information, go to pasafarming.org/conference or email Ross Pifer at rpifer@psu.edu. You must provide a detailed explanation of the specific legal services desired along with appropriate background information by January 17. The service is provided on a first come, first served basis. Young & Beginning Farmer Mixer Thursday Evening Celebrate the next generation of farmers! Connect with old friends and meet new ones who understand the unique challenges and rewards of being a young or beginning farmer. Enjoy socializing as part of the Thursday evening social hour with snacks and beverages. Stick around to dance the night away to the live band following the Winter Picnic. Thursday Evening Join us for the Winter Picnic, then stay to dance the night away! We will once again kick off the conference with live music so you can catch up with your PASA family and cut the rug to some snappy tunes. Stay tuned to the PASA e-news and conference website. We’ll announce the band there. Cheese Tasting Thursday Evening Join some of your favorite cheesemakers and discover tasty new fromage during the Thursday evening Social Hour. Sample a variety of artisan cheeses and make your purchases to take home. Just make sure you save room for dinner! Live Music Seed Swap Bring Seeds, Swap Seeds — Get Growing! One person’s extra seeds are another person’s treasures! Bring along your extra or saved seeds to share and swap them for some new varieties to take home. It’s easy to join in the PASA Seed Swap! Here’s what you need to do: 1) gather the seeds you’d like to share, 2) place your seeds in envelopes or bags clearly labeled with plant name/variety, location and date seeds were saved — include your contact information if you’re willing and 3) drop your seeds off at the swap table and browse for some new-to-you seeds to plant this spring. The seed swap area will be open beginning Thursday evening.
  • 13. Knitting Friday & Saturday Mornings Bring along your knitting needles and start your days at the conference with some creative social time. Meet new friends, share yarn, patterns, tips and ideas! Supplies not provided. YOGA Friday & Saturday Mornings Come breathe, move and get focused for the day ahead with yoga led by Tri-Yoga® of Central Pennsylvania. Two sections will be offered on a first come, first served basis: a gentler Basics Tri-Yoga® Flows and Level One Tri-Yoga® Flows. Bring a mat if you have one. GROWING CITIES In their search for answers, filmmakers Dan Susman and Andrew Monbouquette take a road trip and meet the men and women who are challenging the way this country grows and distributes its food — one vacant city lot, rooftop garden and backyard chicken coop at a time. Join them as they discover that good food isn’t the only crop these urban visionaries are harvesting. They’re producing stronger and more vibrant communities, too. SYMPHONY OF THE SOIL By understanding the elaborate relationships between soil, water, the atmosphere, plants and animals, we come to appreciate the complex and dynamic nature of this precious resource. Symphony of the Soil draws on ancient knowledge and cutting edge science to explore the possibilities of healthy soil creating healthy plants creating healthy humans living on a healthy planet. The film also examines the use and misuse of soil in agriculture, deforestation and development, and the latest scientific research on soil’s key role in ameliorating the most challenging environmental issues of our time. PASA Theatre: Sustainability Movie Screenings Friday Night Special Features 12 THE GREENHORNS Monoculture; monopoly; cheap food; poor diets…the consequences of an agricultural system gone awry. Meet the young farmers who are re-orienting our food system. These dynamic entrepreneurs and stewards of place are starting businesses, partnering with others, inventing new social institutions, finding mentors, becoming apprentices, borrowing money, innovating and experimenting. They share a vision for a prosperous, satisfying, sustainable food system. It is ambitious and it will take work, but it won’t be boring.
  • 14. TradeShow & MarketPlace Immerse yourself in the hustle and bustle of the conference by touring PASA’s well known TradeShow. The participating organizations and businesses reflect PASA’s mission, and they’ll equip, educate and inspire you to continue to work for a more sustainable world. Our exhibitors are all part of the agricultural community, from farming tools and services to colleges and universities to food distributors to farm-based crafters and value-added products. Be sure to check out our PASA Mercantile to pick up PASA swag and conference gear to show your PASA pride and further support your organization! Within the TradeShow, you’ll find a special collection of vendors who make their home in the MarketPlace. Browse and buy featured items such as gourmet foods, textiles, books, gifts, handcrafted wares and much more. These local artisans, merchants and local food producers create a space that is bursting at the seams with creativity, color and flavor. 13 BENEFIT AUCTION Start on your Auction Browsing! New this year — we are premiering our Auction Catalog online at pasafarming.org/auction. Check it out and be the first to bid when the doors open on Thursday evening. Our members and friends have filled the tables in Deans Hall with an amazing assortment of cool stuff including: farm products, professional services and consultations, unique getaway and dining experiences, handcrafted jewelry and furniture, books, tools and more! Over a decade of gener- ous giving and bidding has helped raise over $250,000 for PASA. On Friday evening we’ll enjoy the auctioneer- ing style of Mike Dilliard as we cheer on the bid- ders in our Live Auction. The Silent Auction tables will entertain and delight with over 120 items. Be ready to support PASA programs by bidding generously in our auctions. You can help grow the Arias M. Brownback Memorial Scholarship Fund by playing the Bag Auction raffle. Not attending the Conference? You can still join the fun! We are selling Bag Auction tickets prior to the conference so every- one has a chance to play. Contact Jean at 814- 349-9856 or jean@pasafaming.org for info. General Information A three-dimensional community board! Need a job? Need a new tractor? Check out the General Information Area, the PASA community’s classified ad section. The information area is a great place to learn about new resources and stay connected with the sustainable agriculture community. Got information to share? Get it into the hands of conference attendees! Posters, fliers, magazines, catalogs, newspapers and other reading materials are all welcome. Just remember to bring your materials with you to the conference. Or, if you would like to send the information ahead of time, call PASA or email helen@pasafarming.org to make arrangments. Special Features
  • 15. Give to the Arias M. Brownback Memorial Scholarship Fund Arias M. Brownback loved farming from an early age as he grew up in western Perry County on his family farm. He attended his first PASA conference when he was 18 and went home inspired by his fellow farmers’ dedication to sustainable practices. In his honor, PASA established the Arias M. Brownback Fund in 2001 to aid young and/or developing farmers to attend the Farming for the Future Conference. Please consider donating to this worthy cause by indicating your financial gift on the registration form. 14 Lending a Helping Hand PASA is dedicated to making the conference affordable for everyone through the Brownback Scholarship Fund and our WorkShare Program. For the deadlines and registration process, see page 17. More information and the application are at pasafarming.org/conference. n Brownback Scholarship The Arias M. Brownback Scholarship Fund helps bring young and/or developing farmers to Farming for the Future. The scholarship is available to individuals who are currently farming or developing a sustainable farming enterprise. Applicants must demonstrate a financial need for support of continuing education and may request funds to cover any portion of registration fees. Please consider carefully what level of support you need to make your attendance possible, which will allow us to cover as many people as possible. Meals, lodging and travel are not covered. The maximum award per attendee is $145. n WorkShare Program Through the WorkShare Program, PASA offers a reduction in conference registration fees in exchange for help with conference work. WorkShare participants may trade 12 hours of work for 100% of 1-day registration fees or 50% of 2-day registration fees for the Friday/Saturday conference. This may be combined with scholarship support. People who are able to regularly travel to Millheim, PA may trade 24+ hours of labor for 100% of 2-day registration fees for the Friday/Saturday conference. We Need Volunteers! Volunteers are the lifeblood of Farming for the Future. Many hands are needed before, during and after the conference. You can help by volunteering to help with packing and moving, registration, merchandise, auctions and more. To get involved, call PASA or email helen@pasafarming.org.
  • 16. *6th to 8th Grade not available Thursday. Can register for Youth in Farming Track. See rates above. 15 $115 MemberNon-Member $165TRACK 1 Tractor, Machinery & Facilities Safety $115$165TRACK 2 Food Safety for Farmers & Food Hubs YouthAdult WEDNESDAY $115$165TRACK 3 Food Safety & Quality Control for Cheesemakers THURSDAY PASA Memberships Pre-Conference Tracks (Wednesday & Thursday) Main Conference (Friday & Saturday) Future Farmers (K to 8th Grade) Meals $100 $500 $3,000 $80 $70 $130 $1,400 Individual, Two Years* Family or Farm, One Year Family or Farm, Two Years* Sustaining Lifetime $150$45Individual, One Year Nonprofit Rate Business Patron Permanent Business Partnership * Renewal only Business This is not a registration form. See page 17 to learn how to register. An early bird discount is available, see page 16 for details. A $40 walk-in fee will be added to your registration costs after pre-registration closes. Walk-in registrations are not available for Pre-Conference Tracks. Meat, Vegetarian and Vegan options are available for all meals. Select preference when you register. PER DAY RATE* $45 Registration Rates $115$165TRACK 4 Biodynamic Agriculture $115$165TRACK 5 Financing Your Food Based Business $115$165TRACK 6 The Resilient Farm & Homestead $115$165TRACK 7 Rebuilding a Local & Regional Grains Food System $115$165TRACK 8 Take Your Grass-Based Enterprise to the Next Level $115$165TRACK 9 Diversifying Poultry $115$165TRACK 10 Glyphosate & Genetically Modified Crops $75$125Youth in Farming Track (Middle & High School Students only) $80 9th Grade – College Member 9th Grade – College $125 Adult Member Adult $50$100 $145$210 $115$175ONE DAY RATE TWO DAY RATE $17$35THURSDAY NIGHT WINTER PICNIC $11$15FRIDAY LUNCH $15$30FRIDAY NIGHT BANQUET $11$15SATURDAY LUNCH
  • 17. 16 The Small Print n Confirmations All paid registrations will receive a confirmation of purchase as well as information concerning conference logistics. Please note that a “confirmed” but not “completed” registration is not final. You must COMPLETE your online registration, even if you do not submit payment at that time. If you registered for a pre-conference track or Future Farmers Program, you will receive information about these programs closer to the conference. Registrants who provide their email address will receive an electronic confirmation. n Discounts & Scholarships • Children under the age of 5 years do not need to register. Parents may purchase lunch or dinner tickets for children under 5 when they register. • There is a special registration process for those wishing to apply for the Brownback Scholarship or WorkShare Program. See page 17 for details on how to register. • To inquire about group rates, please call PASA or email conference.registration@pasafarming.org. n Cancellation Policy • Requests received by January 10, 2014 are eligible for a 100% refund minus $20 processing fee. • Requests received by January 28, 2014 are eligible for a 50% refund minus $20 processing fee. • Requests received after January 28, 2014 are not eligible for a refund. • A $4.00 processing fee will be charged for all changes to a completed registration. • In the case of extreme weather or family emergencies, deviations from our cancellation policy will be made on a case-by-case basis. All requests for special consideration must be made in writing. n Travel & Directions You will receive detailed directions to the Conference Center in State College, PA with your registration confirmation. The closest Amtrak rail station, featuring daily arrivals from Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, is located 30 minutes away in Lewistown, PA. The University Park Airport (SCE) is located 10 minutes from The Penn Stater and is serviced by a complimentary hotel shuttle for hotel guests or by local taxi services. State College also features a bus service with Trailways, Greyhound and Megabus. Once in State College, local bus service is provided by CATA and there are multiple taxicab services. n Accommodations A block of rooms has been reserved at The Penn Stater Conference Hotel and the Nittany Lion Inn. Shuttle service is available between these two locations. The block sells out early. Call 1-800-233-7505 and ask for a room in block PAAB14A by January 3rd to receive the special rate. Information about other lodging options in and near State College is available on our conference website and with surface mail confirmations. Numerous motels offer a discount for the conference, so ask if they offer a discount when you reserve your room. If you are interested in sharing travel or lodging costs, saving valuable resources or using travel time to make friends and network, go to pasafarming.org/conference for information about the Ride Share & Room Share program. • A $15 Early Bird Discount is available for registrations received by 5pm on January 3, 2014. To receive the discount, enter EBD14 online or deduct $15 on your paper registration form. Discount only applies to the Friday/Saturday conference. • Pre-registration closes at 5pm on January 28, 2014. Those wishing to register for the main conference after January 28th may do so at the conference center. The $40 Walk-in Fee applies to all registrations postmarked after January 28, 2014 and all registrations on-site. There will be no walk-in registration for pre-conference tracks. • Registration fees must be paid in full by February 3, 2014. Event location — The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel.
  • 18. 17 The 2014 cover design was once again developed by the creative team at Wolfpack Design, PASA’s neighbors in Millheim, PA. Wolfpack Design is a graphic design firm that integrates concepts, strategy and technology to help companies and organizations create memorable brand expressions across multiple channels. The artwork was digitally developed and inspired by the vintage seed packet designs of the late 1900’s. The overall composition represents the outreaching tendrils of the butternut squash to illustrate this year’s conference theme of “Letting Nature Lead.” How to Register About the Artwork n Register online at pasafarming.org/conference. You must enter an email address to register — if you do not have one, register online by entering: noemail+your first name+ your last name@pasafarming.org. n Register by paper. Members for whom we do not have email addresses have received the paper form with their brochure. If you did not receive a paper registration form but wish to register by mail, you can download the form on our website or contact PASA and we will mail you the form. Return completed registration forms to PASA: Mail to PASA attn: Conference Registration PO Box 419 Millheim, PA 16854 Fax to attn: Conference Registration, (814) 349-9840 n Register by phone. Call the office at (814) 349-9856. n To apply for a scholarship or WorkShare, visit pasafarming.org/conference to access the application or call (814) 349-9856. You will receive instructions about how to register for the conference once your application is received; do not register until you receive those instructions. For the Brownback scholarship, current PASA members will be considered through Jan 10, 2014. Beginning Jan 11, we will consider all applicants. Applications for both programs will be accepted until Jan 17, 2014. Meals requested but not paid for prior to arrival at the conference center will be removed from your packet. n Group registrations. Call PASA or email brooke@pasafarming.org for details. Do not complete a registration form or register online. n Walk-in registration. You may register at the conference center for Friday and Saturday attendance only (not the pre- conference tracks). An additional $40 Walk-in Fee will be added to your registration. How to Register
  • 19. GUARDIANGUARDIAN SUPPORTER OPENING KEYNOTE SPONSOR PASABILITIES SPONSOR PATRON SPONSOR CHAMPION ALLY SUPPORTER OPENING KEYNOTE SPONSOR PASABILITIES SPONSOR PATRON SPONSOR CHAMPION ALLY Agri-Service, LLC Albert’s Organics Breakaway Farms Chatham University — School of Sustainability Chelsea Green Publishing Chesapeake Bay Foundation Earth Tools Eberly Poultry FarmMatch.com The Fertrell Company Harvest Market, Inc. Johnny’s Select Seeds Kretschmann Farm McGeary Organics, Inc. Mid-Atlantic Alpaca Association MidAtlantic Farm Credit & AgChoice Farm Credit Moyers Chicks Northeast Sustainable Agricultural Research Education Organic Mechanics Peace Tree Farms Purple Mountain Organics The Rodale Institute Schafer Fisheries Seed Savers Exchange Southern Exposure Seed Exchange Spiral Path Farm, LLC Tait Farm Foods US Department of Agriculture Weston A. Price Foundation/ Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund Agri-Dynamics East End Food Cooperative FoodRoutes Network Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds FRESHFARM Markets Kitchen Table Consultants Organic Valley/CROPP Penn State University — College of Ag Sciences Pennsylvania Certified Organic Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture/PA Preferred Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resources, Bureau of Forestry Pennsylvania Farmers Union American Health Care Group/Farm to Table • American Pastured Poultry Producers Association (APPPA) • BCS America • Bio-Organics • Center for Rural Pennsylvania • Delaware Valley College • Future Harvest/CASA • Green Heron Tools, LLC • High Mowing Organic Seeds • King’s Agriseeds Inc • Lakeview Organic Grain, LLC • Longwood Gardens • Marushka Farms • Organic Unlimited, Inc. • PA Farm Link • Pennsylvania College of Technology • Penn State University Press • Rimol Greenhouse • Seedway • Stonyfield Farm • USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service • Wild for Salmon Certified Naturally Grown • Fedco Seeds • Harris Seeds • Lancaster Ag Products • PA Department of Agriculture: Integrated Pest Management & Fruit Tree Improvement Program • Porter Farms • SQM Organic • Thorvin, Inc • Tierra Farm • Tuscorora Organic Growers Cooperative P.O.Box419•Millheim,PA16854 Pennsylvania Associationfor SustainableAgriculture Non-ProfitOrganization U.S.PostagePaid StateCollege,PA16801 PermitNumber21 SPONSORSSPONSORS