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  1. 1. Penn State Sustainable Ag Working Group October 2005 Volume 2, Issue 12 Sustainable Ag News Produced by the Penn State Sustainable Ag Working Group (PSU-SAWG), a multidisciplinary group that includes Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences personnel, farmers, and representatives from governmental and non-governmental organiza- tions that support sustainable agriculture. Also available at PASA’s First-Ever Bus Tour is Ready to Roll Inside this issue: On October 8, The Pennsyl- picking, sauerkraut making, vania Association of Sustain- take-home souvenirs, pastured able Agriculture (PASA) will BBQ chicken lunch (or Farmer’s Guide to 2 lead a bus tour of unique vegetarian option), refresh- Disaster Assistance south-central Pennsylvania ments including fresh cider farms. Participants will visit an and farmstead cheeses, a IPM Publications 2 orchard, a small-scale CSA, a hayride, tour of an on-farm Available diversified livestock operation, cheese plant, barn history, a What We’re Reading 3 and one of the largest organic dinner reception featuring vegetable farms in Pennsyl- organic fare and local wines, Sustainable Ag Field days 4 vania. and a group photo at a cov- and Workshops ered bridge. The tour will include special talks delivered by historians, The tour departs the PA Sustainable Ag Events, 5 Farm Show Auxiliary Park- farmers, and knowledgeable Meetings, and Conferences ing Lot, Harrisburg, at 9 am locals to help participants ap- Sustainable Ag Funding 7 preciate the beauty and diver- and will return at 9:00pm. Opportunities sity of the Pennsylvania land- Registration is $99. Call scape. 814-349-9856 or visit Learning Resources 8 for Throughout the day, PASA details and to register. will serve up an amazing array Sustainable Ag Headlines 9 of local fare, including lunch, --Contributed by PASA dinner and refreshments. Reg- Sustainable Ag Club 9 istration also includes apple Coming Soon: Organic Dairy Matters Monthly Newsletter Pennsylvania Certified Or- on a monthly basis. Highlights an ad in the classified section, To be added to the ganic's Dairy Team will be will include articles on herd please contact Erin at the PCO Sustainable Ag Working working with dairy farmers and health, nutrition, record- office at (814) 364-1344 or Groups’ mailing list, please other experts to publish a new keeping, pasture management, call Linda Stewart Moist at newsletter focusing on organic and crop production, and every 814-865-7031 or e-mail dairy issues. issue will have a classifieds The publication will be sent section for farmers and compa- free of charge to PCO certified nies to advertise products spe- and transitioning dairy farmers cific to dairy farming. For more information, or to place
  2. 2. Page 2 Sustainable Ag News Volume 2, Issue 12 Farmer’s Guide to Disaster Assistance The Farmers’ Legal Action disaster assistance programs Group (FLAG) has published for livestock producers, Emer- r.htm. The Farmers’ Guide to Disaster gency Loans from the Farm Other useful information on Assistance (2004), which de- Service Agency, the Disaster disaster relief includes scribes federal disaster assis- Set-Aside program for existing tance programs that are avail- loans from Farm Service ■ FLAG's Summary of Disas- able to help farmers, such as Agency, and Small Business ter Programs: housing and grant assistance Administration Disaster Loans. offered by the Federal Emer- velopment/DisasterProg1.pdf The book includes brief discus- gency Management Agency, sions of bankruptcy and federal ■ FLAG’s recommended steps disaster unemployment assis- income tax issues as they relate to be taken in a disaster: tance, federal crop insurance, to losses caused by natural the noninsured crop disaster disaster. velopment/DisasterProgUpdat assistance program, the Emer- e.pdf gency Conservation Program, The book and updates are posted on the FLAG Web site, IPM Publications Now Available Numerous publications about tures and descriptions of vege- Of course, all of these publi- integrated pest management table pests commonly found in cations are available both at (IPM) are now available as free the garden and flower beds. the IPM Program web site: The manuals were downloadable PDF files from and developed to provide Mushroom growers can also the Pennsylvania IPM Pro- as hard copies by contacting practical information find the help they need manag- gram’s Web site. For green- Publications Distribution for growers about IPM ing pests in "Pennsylvania house growers, the manual Center, The Pennsylvania and biocontrols. Mushroom Integrated Pest- “Greenhouse IPM with an State Univerity, College of Management Handbook." The Emphasis on Biocontrol” is Agricultural Sciences, 112 handbook is a joint effort of also available from the PA IPM Agricultural Administration Pennsylvania State University, Web site. The manual was de- Building, University Park, PA The American Mushroom In- veloped in response to the 16802-2602. You can also stitute, and PA IPM. The need for practical information contact them toll free at 1- handbook is intended to be on greenhouse IPM and bio- 877-345-0691. In addition to used by growers as well as re- logical control also known as these publications, pest man- searchers, both as an educa- biocontrol. It begins with an agement advice can be found tional tool and as a reference introduction to IPM and its in the Pest Problem Solver manual. Recommendations are principles, information on web site http:// to be used as a guide for devel- starting an IPM/biocontrol oping an effective IPM pro- program and using compatible problemSolv.html gram. pesticides, and addresses many The Pennsylvania IPM pro- of the most common green- The publication is divided into gram is a collaboration be- house pests and their biocon- two parts, the first covering the tween Penn State and the trols. theory of IPM and the second Pennsylvania Department of dealing with IPM in mushroom For gardeners trying to iden- Agriculture aimed at promot- growing. The first section ex- tify what six-legged creature is ing integrated pest manage- plains the concepts of pest damaging their tomato plants, ment. For more information, management, types of control PA IPM’s publication contact the program at (814) and the importance of under- “Identifying Vegetable Insect 865-2839, or visit the pro- standing pest life cycles and Pests in Pennsylvania” can gram web site. biology. The other half of the help them find the answer. --- Contributed by Kristie manual describes how the Targeted to the home gar- Auman-Bauer, PA IPM Pro- unique features of the crop can dener, the guide includes pic- gram. be used effectively in IPM.
  3. 3. Sustainable Ag News Volume 2, Issue 12 Page 3 What We’re Reading This month’s book choice is Sustainable Capitalism: A Matter of book as a vital addition recommended by Paul Mueller, Common Sense addresses the phi- to their libraries. Sustainable Ag Coordinator at losophical and scientific roots of North Carolina State University: Dr. John Ikerd spent sustainability, examines ne- the first half of his 30- “Sustainable Capitalism: A Matter of glected ethical and moral aspects year academic career as Common Sense by John Ikerd ad- of capitalist economic theory, a traditional free- dresses the philosophical and and advocates a new sustainable market, neoclassical scientific roots of sustainability, paradigm for all living organiza- economist. He served examines neglected ethical and tions, businesses, economics, on the faculties of four moral aspects of capitalist eco- and societies. major state universities nomic theory, and advocates a Over the past half-century, capi- during his career: new sustainable paradigm for all talist economics has deviated North Carolina State living organizations, businesses, from its original ethical and so- University, Oklahoma economics, and societies.” cial purpose. Recently, capital- State University, the Ikerd. John. Sustainable Capital- ism has mutated into an amoral University of Georgia, ism: A Matter of Common Sense, quest for economic growth at and the University of published by Kumarian Press, any cost. A relentless pursuit of Missouri. Growing August 2005, Paper $21.95 (1- profits and the "bottom line" concerns for the lack 56549-206-4) poses a constant threat to civil of ecological, social, society and the natural environ- and economic sustain- The press release that follows ment. The sustainability, indeed ability of American was taken from the publisher’s survival, of earth and the life agriculture during the web site . You may order the upon it, is at risk under this 1980s led to broader book from Kumarian Press; To brand of unfettered capitalism. concerns for the lack order visit http:// of sustainability for In order to maintain a new eco- nomics of sustainability, social American society in title=Sustainable+Capitalism/. general. As an econo- Or call 800-289-2664, or fax and ethical values must be rein- tegrated into capitalist econom- mist, Dr. Ikerd eventu- 860-243-2867. ally came to understand ics, thus restoring a sense of balance into the economic sys- that growing threats to “A relentless pursuit of ecological and social profits and the “bottom line” tem that ensures that communi- poses a constant threat to ties the world over will benefit sustainability are rooted civil society and the natural and thrive. Sustainable Capitalism: in the neoclassical para- environment. The A Matter of Common Sense sug- digm of economic de- sustainability, indeed gests how capitalism can be- velopment, which is survival, of earth and the life come a vehicle for these ends inherently extractive and upon it is at risk.” exploitative, and thus, is Both a penetrating critique of not sustainable. Dr. capitalism and an exploration of Ikerd spent the last half its vast and untapped potential of his academic career for maximizing human welfare, and much of his time Sustainable Capitalism: A Matter of since retirement devel- Common Sense is written for a oping and testing the wide audience, including stu- concepts and principles dents and professors whose of an alternative devel- fields and interests embrace opment paradigm, the development, economics, ecol- economics of sustain- ogy, sociology, and cultural an- ability, which are eluci- thropology. Those concerned dated in this book. with the future of our planet and the continued viability of global capitalism will regard this
  4. 4. Page 4 Sustainable Ag News Volume 2, Issue 12 Sustainable Ag Field Days and Workshops Seed Saving with Cover Cropping to Improve Integrated Small Ruminant William Woys Weaver Soil Quality, Manage Weeds Parasite Management September 28, 1-5 pm and Improve Production Workshop Pennypack Farm, Montgomery Charlestown Cooperative October 9, Tioga County County Farm, Chester County. Info: Craig Williams at (570) Cost: $15 PASA Members, $25 724-9120 or Non-Members. Light refresh- October 7, 2-5 pm. ments will be provided. For more Cost: $10 PASA Members, $15 information, contact Heather Non-Members. Refreshments Special Small Group Tour House, will be provided. This short after- for Interns with the Nordells, 814- noon tour will begin with an Beech Grove Farm, Lycoming 349-9856 ext. 2. Please pre- orientation of Charlestown Co., Monday, October 10, register at Cooperative Farm in Phoenix- 10 am-3 pm. Cost: $15 per ville led by operators John and apprentice. Bring a bagged lunch. ms/farm_based.htm. Aimee Good. This certified For more information, contact organic, mixed vegetable CSA Heather House at PASA. operation is about 40 acres in Pumpkin size with about 22 acres used 814-349-9856 ext. 2. Variety Demonstration for production – 8 of those September 29, 2005. acres for mixed vegetables. In None-Such Farms, Bucking- Using Bioproducts in Vehi- the past John and Aimee have cle and Landscape Mainte- ham, Bucks County. used rye and hairy vetch as nance Workshop Review 25 pumpkin varieties cover crops and recently tried grown under Southeast PA blending red clover into this October 13, 2005, 9 am to 4 conditions. Pre-registration mixture with favorable results. pm., Lancaster Farm & Home required. Contact Scott Guiser, In attempt to measure differ- Center. For more information, 215-345-3283. ences between the rye/hairy contact Courtnay McKeal vetch mix with and without red Email: clover, Penn State and PASA’s Phone: (717) 787-3568 Center for Sustainability on-farm research team de- Annual Fall Festival signed a replicated research October 2, 2005. 1-5 pm. trial to focus on the cover Passive Solar Greenhouse Penn State Center for Sustain- crops’ impact on both weed Workshop ability, Centre County. A vari- control and soil fertility. A October 14-15, 2005 ety of events and activities planting of heirloom tomatoes 1522 Lefever Lane, Spring planned for the afternoon in- will follow the cover crop. At Grove, PA 17362. Contact: clude a guest speaker, live solar the time of this field day we Steve and Carol Moore (717) powered music, hands-on will present the results of to- 225-2489 or sand- demonstrations, and opportu- mato yields, which will deter- nities to find out what’s hap- mine how useful inclusion of (continued on page 10) pening on the Penn State cam- the legume is in the cover crop pus and in Centre County. mix. In addition, Penn State Groups and organizations that researchers will be on hand to would like to have a table for discuss how cover crops can the day should contact David contribute to the overall weed Lettero,, CFS and soil management efforts Director of Operations. on farm. Please pre-register: programs/farm_based.htm.
  5. 5. Sustainable Ag News Volume 2, Issue 12 Page 5 Sustainable Ag Events, Meetings, and Conferences What Works! The Future of Fourth National Small Farm Great Lakes Dairy Sheep Rural Entrepreneurship & Conference - Enhancing Symposium Community Development in Opportunities for Small Nov. 3 – 5, 2005. Burlington. the Northeast Farmers and Ranchers New, aspiring and seasoned Windham Hotel, Burlington, dairy sheep farmers and ar- October 16-19, 2005. Vermont, September 28-30, tisanal cheese-makers from The 4th National Small Farm 2005. What Works! will bring across North America will Conference will be held at the together practitioners, re- gather to discuss dairy sheep Sheraton Greensboro Hotel/ searchers, educators, and deci- farming, cheese-making and Koury Convention Center at sion-makers to explore the marketing. The Small Rumi- Four Seasons, Greensboro, opportunities and challenges of nant Dairy Project of the Uni- North Carolina. For more in- entrepreneurship as a vehicle versity of Vermont (UVM) formation, contact Patricia for rural economic develop- Center for Sustainable Agri- McAleer, fax: 202-720-6071; ment in the Northeast. We culture will host the 11th an- Small Farm Program, USDA- anticipate that this event will nual Great Lakes Dairy Sheep Cooperative State Research, be the first step in the develop- Symposium to be held at the Education, and Extension Ser- ment of a regional plan of Sheraton Conference Center vice, 1400 Independence Ave., work that capitalizes on our in Burlington, Vermont. SW, Stop 2215, Washington, many strengths, provides op- DC 20250-2215. The first day will focus on portunities for future research starting a sheep dairy opera- and serves as a tool for leverag- ag_systems/in_focus/small- tion with presentations on ing resources in the coming farms_if_conferences_fourth.h farm and cheese start-up con- years. Questions or com- tml. siderations, flock manage- ments? Please contact Mary ment, lamb rearing techniques, Peabody, UVM Extension: 2005 Women in Sustainable finances, and milk and cheese Ag Conference: marketing. An optional 3-hour Please visit the conference A Celebration of Hope and workshop will train partici- website: Opportunity pants in how to taste and qual- October 21-23, 2005. A 2-day ify sheep cheeses. entrepreneur2005wksp.htm national conference to honor the role of women in agricul- The second day will bring PASA’s Fall Farm Tour ture, celebrate the power of more advanced seminars on Oct. 8, 9:00 am – 9:00 pm. women's networks to create grazing and nutrition, farm Departs the PA Farm Show change and to plant the seeds labor, lactational persistency, Auxiliary Parking Lot, Harris- for future work. Registration milk fat synthesis, raw milk burg, at 9 am. $99 registration information will be available in cheese safety, and retail cheese includes bus transportation, mid-2005. Location: Burling- marketing. lunch, dinner, refreshments ton, Vermont. For more infor- and souvenirs. Call 814-349- The symposium will conclude mation, visit with a tour of Vermont farm- 9856 or visit wagn/womeninag.html, e-mail for de- stead cheese operations: Three or contact Owls Farm in Granville and tails and to register. Berlin, VT 05602. Bonnieview Farm in Crafts- bury, and Creek Road Cheese 802-223-2389 ext. 15. Company in Irasburg. Open houses will also be offered at two well-known farms in New Pennsylvania Sheep, Goat, York, Old Chatham Sheep- Grazing and Production herding Company and 3- Conference. Corner Field Farm. The Ver- October 28-29 , Somerset, PA. mont Institute of Artisanal Info: Charlie Cathcart at (717) Cheese’s advanced French 349-2511 or cheese-making-workshop and (continued on page 6)
  6. 6. Page 6 Sustainable Ag News Volume 2, Issue 12 Sustainable Ag Events, Meetings, and Conferences (cont.) a starter culture short course The Tri-Societies yearly meet- Mid-Atlantic Fruit and will be a pre-conference offer- ings bring together 4,000+ Vegetable Convention. ings. The registration fee is people from 40 countries rep- January 31 – February 2, 2006. $135 per person. There are resenting academia, govern- For more information contact discounts for members of the ment and private industry, the Pennsylvania Vegetable Dairy Sheep Association of including a large contingent of Growers Association at North America (DSANA), undergraduate and graduate or visit http:// students, and children under students. 12. Registration is available on- line; visit sustainableagriculture/ Identifying Strategies to 5th Natural Resource Exten- smallrumi.html for details. Support Sustainable Ag sion Professionals Confer- ence: Finding the "Ability" in For more information about November 6 - 9, 2005. Loew’s Sustainability registration, call Candice Le Concorde Hotel, Quebec Huber at (802) 656-5459; sus- City QC. Contact Conference May 14 -17, 2006; Canyons tain Administrator, 1027 Pembroke Resort, Park City, Utah For symposium questions, Street East, Suite 200, Pem- ( please contact Small Ruminant broke ON K8A 3M4 Canada Conference Web Site: Dairy Specialist and conference T: 800-868-8776 or 613-732- organizer Carol Delaney at 7068. F: 613-732-3386, E: pro- Learn about ANREP at: 802-656-0915; e-mail . Issues sur- Check out PASA’s Fall Dairy rounding sustainability are Farm Tour on October 8 industry organizations are en- gaining increased attention. A couraged to become sponsors 7th Annual Future of Our variety of interpretations, defi- and exhibit at a vendor fair to Food and Farms Summit: nitions, and opinions surround meet farmers and learn their Farm and Schools: Growing the ways in which it is ap- needs. The symposium is spon- Our Future proached. To remain relevant, sored by the UVM Center for In conjunction with the 2nd the Cooperative Extension Sustainable Agriculture, Bab- Annual Pennsylvania Dept. of System must be at the fore- cock Institute, and the Dairy Agriculture Commodity Proc- front of sustainability educa- Sheep Symposium of North essing Food Show. December tion efforts, and this confer- America. 14, 2005. Harrisburg, PA. For ence will help enhance those more information, visit efforts. Consider attending and presenting at this important American Society of Agron- conference that will attract omy/Crop Science Society hundreds of Extension profes- of America/Soil Science sionals. Society of America (Tri- Societies) Annual Meetings November 6-12, 2005, in Salt Lake City, UT. This year's themes are: ASA: Agronomic Sciences--Serving and Enriching Humankind; CSSA: 50 Years of Crop Sci- ence, 1955-2005: From the Green to the Ever-Green Revolution.; SSSA: Mapping Our New Horizons: Educa- tion, Environment, Explora- tion, Experimentation, and Excellence.
  7. 7. Sustainable Ag News Volume 2, Issue 12 Page 7 Sustainable Ag Funding Opportunities or part-time commercial farmer in Northeastern Region IPM Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Pig Farmer Assistance Pro- Competitive Grants Pro- Massachusetts, Maryland, New gram gram Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Fair Food—a project of the The FY 2006 Request for Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, West White Dog Cafe Foundation Applications for the North- Virginia, Vermont, or Washington, in partnership with the SVF eastern Region Integrated D.C. Community farms and farms Foundation—is looking to Pest Management Competi- associated with a nonprofit institu- help independent pig farm- tive Grants Program is now tion may apply, but only if they are ers raise heritage breed pigs posted on the Northeastern growing and selling agricultural on pasture by offering small IPM Center’s website. The products under the same economic grants ($1,000 to $10,000). RIPM program funds IPM constraints that affect commercial Timeline: Grants will be projects in research, exten- growers. Farmer/Grower Grant dispersed between January sion, and combined research applications can be downloaded 1st, 2005 and October 31st and extension with project from the Northeast SARE web site 2005. We recommend that limits as high as $180,000 at, or a farmers apply early, as we will depending on project type printed application can be requested be accepting applications on a and number of states in- by calling 802/656-0471 or by send- rolling basis until funds run volved. In the 2005 funding ing e-mail to The out. What the grant can be cycle, approximately used for: Equipment/ materi- $604,000 was awarded to 7 Organic Planning Grants als/ infrastructure, breeding projects. For the first time, The SARE Farmer- The Organic Center for Educa- stock/animals, technical assis- Grower Grants deadline some awards were made in tance. For more information the "critical step" project tion and Promotion is offering is December 6, 2005. grants up to $5,000.00 for re- or for clarifications, contact type, with limits of no more Bridget Croke at 215-386- than $15,000 over no more search teams working to develop proposals for submission to pub- 9224 x123 or than 2 years. Letter of intent due: Monday, Oct. 7, 2005. lic or private research programs. Application Process: Letters of www.whitedogcafefoundation. Proposals due: Monday, Nov. org 18, 2005. The URL is: application may be submitted to the Center at any time during abou_fund.cfm 2005 and may support the prepa- First Industries Fund ration of a proposal for submis- SARE Farmer/Grower sion in a 2006 program cycle. First Industries provides $100 Grants Please limit your description of million for agriculture. Pro- The Northeast Region Sus- the team and proposed work to jects in production agriculture, tainable Agriculture Research four single-spaced pages; the agricultural processing, farm- and Education program additional information requested ers markets, wholesalers, and (SARE) recently released (resumes, research articles) retail grocers in rural and un- updated application materials should be included as attach- der-served urban areas are for its Farmer/Grower grant ments. Requests for more infor- eligible. Applications are program. These grants sup- mation and letters of application processed through the Com- port Northeast farmers who shall be sent to: Dr. Charles Ben- monwealth Financing Author- want to explore innovative brook. Chief Scientist, Organic ity (CFA) via the PA Depart- sustainable practices on their Center for Education and Pro- ment of Community and Eco- farms. The program allows motion, 5085 Upper Pack River nomic Development (DCED). farmers to conduct experi- Road, Sandpoint, Idaho 83864 Contact: For more informa- ments, try new approaches, Email: cbenbrook@organic- tion call Pennsylvania Depart- and test emerging ideas about Phone: 208-263-5236 ment of Agriculture’s Bureau ag sustainability. The average of Market Development, (717) grant is about $5,800, and 787-6041. awards are capped at $10,000. To apply, you must be a full-
  8. 8. Page 8 Sustainable Ag News Volume 2, Issue 12 Sustainable Ag Learning Resources NE-FOOD list serve cally distribute digital informa- disease extent. To determine NE-FOOD offers an up-to- tion as tools, primarily in the the percentage of infection the-minute virtual online fo- fields of entomology, forestry, present requires close observa- rum for information exchange forest health, and natural re- tion of plant leaves and com- on issues related to food and sources, but in fact offers parison with a known standard. agriculture in the Northeast. much greater diversity. The For Phakopsora pachyrhizi (Asian Over 450 subscribers use the Bugwood archives contain soybean rust), plant patholo- list serve to keep up with cur- over 30,000 downloadable gists S. Bissonnette and D. rent food and farm topics, images. Beyond the massive Malvick at the Univ. of Illinois discuss policy issues, link to file of photos there are also (U.S.) have developed a Soy- relevant news articles and numerous text information bean Rust Severity Key card background pieces, share infor- sources. Organism images depicting leaf surface areas mation, and also learn about carry full nomenclature as well showing 1, 3, 5, and 10 percent job and funding opportunities. as references to other sources. visible lesions. The durable No chatter, just great connec- And despite its name, Bug- cards, with a retractable holder tions. To subscribe to NE- wood knowledgeably includes and lanyard, can be used to FOOD, go to https:// extensive files of diseases and make quick comparisons with weeds. The main website is: actual field samples. A com- subrequest/nefood. panion item is a professional from which subsidiary sites can quality, folding pocket magni- be accessed. fication lens. Also available is a Bugwood network of web- ---Contributed by G.K. Douce, free CD, "Soybean Rust--Scout sites and resources Coordinator, Bugwood Network, Before You Spray." All the University of Georgia, PO Box items can be ordered using the The unique information de- form at: http:// pository recorded more than 748, Tifton, GA 31793, USA. Fax: 1-229- The Bugwood Network 43 million "hits" on its family pdf/orderform.pdf. of websites in 2004 as re- 386-3352. Phone: 1-229-386- offers extensive free resources covering the searchers, students, and others 3298. fields of entomology, took advantage of the images forestry, and natural and other information offered resources: at no cost for educational pur- Soybean Rust Scouting Tool poses (and on a fee basis for Keys to effective disease man- commercial use). The award- agement are scouting and iden- winning network exists to tification, followed by the im- gather, create, maintain, pro- portant question of assessing mote the use of, and economi- If you’d like to subscribe to the sustainable ag working groups’ list-serve, please send a blank e-mail to join-sustag To unsubscribe from the list, please send a blank e-mail to leave-sustag-
  9. 9. Sustainable Ag News Volume 2, Issue 12 Page 9 Sustainable Ag Headlines Fresh gets Invited to the many pluses, said Dr. S. Geor- respond to this." Serving local Cool Table gia Nugent, president of Ken- foods at public schools and Marian Burros, The New York yon College in Gambier, Ohio. colleges and universities "is not Times, August 24, 2005 As colleges compete for stu- just a fad," said John Turenne, dents, locally grown food has who was with Aramark for 25 “From the University of Mon- become a marketing tool for years, most recently as the ex- tana to public schools in Talla- baby boomer parents, who ecutive chef at Yale's Berkeley hassee, Fla., officials at more created the organic food move- College.” than 200 universities and 400 ment, and their environmen- school districts are supporting tally aware children. a farm-to-cafeteria movement Attack on the Commuter to build their menus around .... Some colleges feature occa- Tomatoes fresh local ingredients. And sional seasonal menus with students are cheering instead local products. A number of Carin Rubinstein, The New of complaining. them, including Bates College York Times, August 28, 2005 in Lewiston, Me.; Oberlin in “Residents fed up with bland ...Those who have embraced Ohio; Ohio University in Ath- the concept cite the advan- produce have also been signing ens; Berkeley College at Yale; up in increasing numbers for tages, from fighting obesity and Penn College of Technol- among the young to helping community-supported- ogy, an affiliate of Penn State, agriculture cooperatives, in the local economy. And while as well as Kenyon and Middle- the Department of Agriculture which each participant pays for bury, offer menus on which 30 a six-month share of farm- has provided very little money percent or more of the food is for farm to cafeteria programs, grown fruit and vegetable har- locally grown. vests. ...Co-ops offer yet an- individual administrators are using sustainable agriculture as .... Niles Gebele, Aramark's other way to go "really local." part of the new federal well- food service director at Ken- The most local of produce, of ness initiative, which requires yon, who helped pioneer the course, is one's very own....” school districts, in consultation company's participation in with parents, students and such progrms, said: "It's a real schools, to create a compre- departure from the traditional hensive wellness program, es- industrial supply source: one pecially nutrition guidelines. phone call and you get all your stuff. Now it's a little more ...At the college and university complicated, but there is evi- level, using local food has dence that good operators can Sustainable Ag Club The Sustainable Ag Club is a club is organized into four sources of WalMart foods, student-run organization that main parts: 1)educating our participate in the Shaver's Direct all questions about serves to help the Penn State members about sustainable Creek Halloween Trail, and the Sustainable Ag Student community understand the agriculture, 2)creating public select a long-term advocacy Club to President Kate issues and importance of sus- awareness, 3)fundraising and project. Our club meets every Nickles tainable agriculture, so that recruiting (to keep our club other Wed-nesday, starting ( )or community members may put going), and 4) a long-term Sept. 21 at 8pm in 118 ASI Vice President Erin Beasley ( their knowledge into action advocacy project. Some of the Building. Students can help both locally and globally. One activities we hope to do this with activities/events even if motto that easily sums up our semester are visit a sustainable they can't make the meetings. focus is "Healthy Food, vegetable farm in Mars, PA, Healthy Environment." Our have a speaker discuss the
  10. 10. The Pennsylvania State University Sustainable Working Group 502 ASI Building University Park, PA 16802 Sustainable Ag Field Days and Conferences (cont.) Organic Dairying For more information, contact with PCO Heather House at PASA: event on October 18 and 19.), 814- Registration is limited and October 18-19, an application is required. 10 am-3 pm Midway 349-9856 ext. 2. Only qualified applicants will Mennonite Center, Organic Dairy and Crop be accepted into this pro- Lancaster County. Inspector Training w/PCO gram. Lunch will be provided Cost: $80 PASA and October 20- 21, 9 am-6 pm both days. Affordable lodging PCO Members; Midway Mennonite Center, available; ask for details. For $100 Non Mem- Lancaster County. more information, contact bers. Registration is limited. Lunch Cost: $250 for PASA and PCO Heather House at PASA: will be provided both days. Valuable Members; $275 Non-Members, resource guides included. (includes costs of two-day field 814-349-9856 ext. 2. This publication is available in alternative media on request. Where trade names appear, no discrimination is intended, and no endorsement by the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences is implied. Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences research, extension, and resident education programs are funded in part by Pennsylvania counties, the Commonwealth of Penn- sylvania, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Pennsylvania State University is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to programs, facilities, admission, and employment without regard to personal characteristics not related to ability, performance, or qualifications as determined by University policy or by state or federal authorities. It is the policy of the Uni- versity to maintain an academic and work environment free of discrimination, including harassment. The Pennsylvania State University prohibits discrimination and harass- ment against any person because of age, ancestry, color, disability or handicap, national origin, race, religious creed, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. Discrimination or harassment against faculty, staff, or students will not be tolerated at The Pennsylvania State University. Direct all inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policy to the Affirmative Action Director, The Pennsylvania State University, 328 Boucke Building, University Park, PA 16802-5901, Tel 814-865-4700/V, 814-863-1150/TTY