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Ways To Give Program

Ways to Give is an opportunity for members and supporters to get creative and help raise funds for PASA.

The Ways to Give program is an opportunity for members and supporters to get creative and contribute to PASA via their own unique event or promotion. From your own backyard to the top of Mount Everest, the opportunities for members to contribute to PASA are endless. Ways to Give events are meant to offer opportunity for involvement with PASA, while helping to educate consumers, grow our membership, and help with community building.

Upcoming Events

This year's annual Earth Week Celebration, organized by Four Seasons Produce, is coming up on April 20 - 26. This will be the seventh year that Four Seasons produce has donated a portion of their sales during this week in what has become the most successful fundraiser for PASA by an outside company, raising over $100,000 since 2008! They will be joined by loyal members Lady Moon Farms for their 6th year,  and Mother Earth Organic Mushrooms for their 5th year.  And new this year, I Love Produce is jumping aboard. We can’t wait for this exciting week!


The Steel Fork is donating 5% of the sales of their steel word signs made with recycled farm machinery to PASA. Visit www.thesteelfork.com to see these delightful hand crafts!

 



Recent past fundraisers,
thanks to our many creative supporters!

 

Kitchen Table Consultants donates to PASA each time they take on a new farm client...and they just added number 19! We deeply appreciate their ongoing, longtime support. Kitchen Table Consultants works to help farmers and food artisans build lasting, profitable, locally-focused businesses. As Ted Lebow and Jennifer Brodsky explain their mission, “We enjoy working with farm and food entrepreneurs because they are passionate, strong, independent, hardworking, innovative and dedicated -- their businesses make a positive impact on the land and our community, and we believe in what they do.”


Inspired by PASA’s work on farmer education, MOYO Yoga of Schwenksville, Montgomery County, PA held a yoga benefit that raised $382 to support scholarships for this year’s Farming for the Future conference. MOYO Yoga is an integrative yoga lifestyle center committed to teaching people to live with awareness and create an overall healthy lifestyle.  MOYO Yoga believes that sustainable agriculture, in particular knowing how food is sourced and where it came from, is an important part of living well. We thank owner Maureen Priest and her students for their interest in supporting new and beginning farmers. They were excited to help “a fresh crop” of folks gain from the valuable education and networking that abounds at the conference.

 

Kudos to Sam Fox of Salem Mountain Farm! For the second year in a row, this loyal PASA member has donated his volunteer hours to facilitate a $250 grant through the Walmart Volunteerism Always Pays program. Walmart offers grant dollars to nonprofit charities on the behalf of volunteers who donate their time. Sam volunteered by holding and speaking at a library series devoted to sustainable agriculture, conducting farm tours on local farms to share best practices, and tabling for PASA during a fall harvest festival. We deeply appreciate his energy and commitment.


Whole Foods Co-op

Whole Foods Co-op Natural Foods and Cafe, of Erie Pennsylvania, has raised $336 for PASA. Through the month of September, they collected donations from customers, and Whole Foods Co-op also contributed a matching donation.

 

Porktoberfest featured a celebration of Highland Games, music, a pig roast, and seasonal activities  held at North Mountain Pastures farm in Perry County on October 5, 2013. This benefit event raised over $2,000 for PASA's Shon Seeley Legacy Fund for Sustainable Farming Education.


PASA participated in the Pittsburgh Day of Giving on October 3, 2013. A portion of donations raised through Pittsburgh Gives for participating nonprofit organizations will be matched by the Pittsburgh Foundation.

 

Art on the Farm was a collaborative event celebrating local art, food, farms, and cuisine, organized by the Dickinson College Farm and Carlisle Arts Learning Center (CALC). Guests enjoyed art "en plein aire" while feasting on hors d'oeuvres, a sampling of craft beers & wines, and a seasonal, local foods dinner, culminating with a live & silent art auction. All profits will be shared between PASA and CALC.



The Supper Club
at The Greensburg Train Station, a farm-to-table restaurant, held a Local Foods Bash on Thursday evening, September 19, in recognition of Local Foods Month.  This unique dining event  showcased the best of the region's local foods, and they raised $1,200 to benefit PASA’s Arias Brownback Memorial Scholarship Fund.


Oyler's Organic Farms featured a Summer Harvest Farm Dinner and donated 5 dollars per ticket is to PASA. Oyler’s Organic Farms is an organic-certified, family farm and farm market  in Biglerville (Adams County) and a member of South Central Buy Fresh Buy Local. Diners enjoyed a meal made from delicious farm-fresh seasonal ingredients served buffet-style on hay bale seating overlooking the farm.

Harrisons

 

Harrison's Wine Grill & Catering, a long-time Buy Fresh Buy Local® Partner and PASA supporter, held a "Dine Fresh Dine Local" fundraiser during Centre County Local Foods Week. They donated 20% of checks from guests who mentioned PASA or Buy Fresh Buy Local to PASA.

 

Paragon Foods is Pittsburgh's largest, independently owned fresh foods distributor and is the leader in local foods distribution. Over a decade ago, Paragon pioneered a local farm program to logistically bring local foods to area restaurants, and this program has grown tremendously since. Today Paragon works with over 25 local farms, and they are dedicated to increasing their positive impact on area growers. Paragon is celebrating 50 years in business this year, and to 'give back,' they donated 50 cents per case of local produce sold during the week of August 12th to PASA.

 

Have an idea for a Ways to Give program? Want to host a house party, farm tour, movie or event? Contact Development Director, Lauren Smith 814-349-9856 x22.

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Have a Ways to Give idea?

Have an idea for a Ways to Give program? Want to host a house party, tour, movie or event? Contact Lauren Smith,
814-349-9856.

Member Feedback - Why Participate in the Ways To Give Program

“We all need healthful, thoughtfully produced food, and PASA is at the forefront of this ideal.”

Michael Klein, a veteran food writer and editor, is the producer of Philly.com/food and writes a restaurant column for the Philadelphia Inquirer. Since 1993, he has edited the Philadelphia edition of Zagat Survey, the restaurant guide. This March, Michael Klein took on the amazing challenge to judge, making his way through everything from falafel sandwiches to cherry chocolate pudding cake. He chose to gift his judging award to PASA. Learn more about Michael’s recent gift to PASA in the Ways to Give section.

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