The art and science of sustainable farming


A local network of peers who openly share their skills and knowledge


Formal apprenticeships for dairy graziers and vegetable growers

Join Us 2019 Conference

February 6-9, 2019
Lancaster County Convention Center
Lancaster, PA

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We're a community of farmers and supporters, focused on education and evidence-based research, for the purpose of building a more economically-just, environmentally-regenerative, and community-focused food system.

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2017 Ag Census Shows Positive Trends for Sustainable Agriculture in Pa.

Wed, May 1, 2019

The recently released 2017 Census of Agriculture revealed some troubling numbers. We now know that, between 2012 and 2017, the total number of farms in the U.S. declined by three percent; the average age of U.S. farm producers rose from 56 to 57.5; and farms across the country are increasingly consolidating, with one percent of […]

Honoring the Milk, Honoring the Farm

Fri, April 26, 2019

Second-year dairy grazing apprentice Jessica Matthews considers the journey of milk from cow to consumer and the ongoing dairy crisis. This is the second of three blog posts—read Jessica’s first post, “From Backyard Chickens to Grazing Cattle.”  Though I had no dairy grazing experience when I started my apprenticeship at Hameau Farm, toward the end […]

From Backyard Chickens to Grazing Cattle

Fri, March 29, 2019

Second-year apprentice Jessica Matthews shares her journey into dairy grazing. This is the first of three blog posts. I had four day-old chicks nestled under a warm lamp in the spare room. This was my first small foray into animal husbandry, and I hadn’t realized before I brought them home that I’d need straw for […]

Pennsylvania Registers Its First Formal Apprenticeship for Farmers

Fri, March 15, 2019

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry approved our Diversified Vegetable Apprenticeship on March 14th, making it the first formal apprenticeship program for farmers in the state. We developed Diversified Vegetable Apprenticeship to provide a guided pathway for training aspiring vegetable farmers to manage or start a farm while also meeting the employment needs of […]

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Managing Weeds Using Cover Crops & Poultry [CRAFT]

May 29, 2019

Rodale Institute, 611 Siegfriedale Rd.
Kutztown, PA 19530 United States

Weed Control for Small Farms [CRAFT]

June 4, 2019

Garfield Community Farm, 509 Wicklow St
Pittsburgh, PA 15224 United States

Intro to Aeroponics and Biogas [CRAFT]

June 12, 2019

Solar CITIES, 973 Font Rd
Glenmoore, PA 19423 United States

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