Ways To Give Program
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 resraurant fundraisers, 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.
This year's annual Earth Week Celebration organized by Four Seasons Produce Inc. was held on April 19 - 25. This was the eighth year that Four Seasons has donated a portion of their organic produce sales during Earth Week in the most successful fundraiser for PASA by an outside company. It has raised over $168,000 since 2008! Four Seasons Produce was joined by loyal members Lady Moon Farms and Mother Earth Organic Mushrooms. We are incredibly proud of these companies for their dedication to supporting regional farmers and giving back to the community!
THANKS TO OUR MANY CREATIVE SUPPORTERS!
Kudos to Sam Fox of Salem Mountain Farm! For the fourth 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, and conducting farm tours on local farms to share best practices. We deeply appreciate his energy and commitment.
Kitchen Table Consultants donates to PASA each time they take on a new farm client...and they just added several more! 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.”
The Steel Fork donated 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!
Tait Farm Foods participated in our Good Gifts Guide and donated 10% of the proceeds to PASA for all orders placed through the website using the PASA group code ‘PASA2014’. Tait Farm Foods is the home of The Original Shrub, now available in 10 delicious flavors. They also produce a wonderful selection of fruit spreads, savory condiments, dessert sauces, vinaigrettes and gift collections for all occasions. Visit their website at www.taitfarmfoods.com.
Wild for Salmon participated in our Good Gifts Guide and ran a special promotion for PASA! On Black Friday, November 28th 10% of all in-store sales were donated to PASA resulting in $174.98. Wild for Salmon offers Wild Caught Alaska Seafood, direct from the fisherman! With over 14 Sockeye Salmon products, over 15 whitefish options, crab, scallops, along with gift certificates and sampler boxes there is something for everyone!
Paragon Foods donated 25 cents per case of local produce sold during the week of September 22nd to PASA, raising $1,210.25! Paragon is Pittsburgh’s largest, independently owned fresh food distributor. 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 Foods works directly with over 20 local farmers and indirectly with another 50 plus dairy farms. Paragon Foods demonstrates excellent transparency in communicating the source of their local products. Under the branding program “Farmer’s Table by Paragon,” each local item is labeled with the farm or producer name and location.
PASA Day at the Market - Liberty Place, Kennett Square. On July 16, Paradocx Vineyard held PASA Day at the Market at The Market at Liberty Place. PASA received $130 as a result of this exciting event where PASA’s own Becca Logan was a guest bartender. is in the heart of historic Kennett Square and is home to an exciting mix of merchants selling freshly prepared foods, produce, and other retail goods. We're grateful to Paradocx Vineyard, PASA member and market vendor, for sponsoring this event!
Culinary Week - State College, Centre County was celebrated in mid-July and each day was dedicated to a local charity. PASA was featured and received $78 from a raffle held on Friday night. Happy Valley's 2nd annual Culinary Week, was organized by the Central Pennsylvania Convention & Visitors Bureau a celebration of local restaurants and local food. The week features local chef's demos, social hour tastings, and raffles to support a featured nonprofit each day.
Dine Fresh Dine Local at Harrison's Wine Grill in State College. In celebration of Local Foods Week in Centre County, from August 4 - 17, Harrison's will donate 20% of each check to PASA for diners who mention PASA or Buy Fresh Buy Local. We're grateful to this Buy Fresh Buy Local partner and longtime supporter!
Harvest Market Natural Foods of Hockessin, DE held a benefit on June 24 and donated 5% of sales to PASA in support of our work for sustainable agriculture, raising $750! Harvest Market Natural Foods is an independently owned health food store, and they are one of PASA's Permanent Business Partners!
City Tap House of Philadelphia held a Wrapped in Love Happy Hour on June 6, 2014 to benefit PASA. This delicious beer and bacon celebration featured Bespoke Bacon and Yards Brewing Company beers. Thanks to City Tap House for this creative fundraiser.
Cure Restaurant chose PASA as their beneficiary for Negroni Week during June 4 - June 8. Bars across the U.S. mixed up their favorite Negroni beverages and donated a portion of proceeds to a charity of their choice. Cure of Pittsburgh is a neighborhood restaurant with a small menu focused on local urban Mediterranean food that reflects the seasons in Western Pennsylvania. We are grateful for their support!
2014 Earth Week a Spectacular Success!! This year's annual Earth Week Celebration on April 21 - 27, organized by Four Seasons Produce Inc.,raised a record-breaking $33,261! This is the seventh year that Four Seasons has donated a portion of their organic produce sales during Earth Week in the most successful fundraiser for PASA by an outside company, raising over $130,000 since 2008!
Four Seasons Produce contributed $21,459 through their own produce sales, and they were joined in this event by loyal members Lady Moon Farms, who contributed $10,790, and Mother Earth Organic Mushrooms, who contributed $512. New to Earth Week this year, I Love Produce also participated and contributed $500. We are incredibly proud of these companies for their dedication to supporting regional farmers and giving back to the community!
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.