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

Our mission

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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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 […]

Thank You!

Thu, February 28, 2019

Thanks to all who attended and supported our 28th Annual Sustainable Agriculture Conference, making it one for the record books. Nearly 1,900 farmers, food system professionals, and sustainable agriculture supporters gathered to learn, share, and connect at our new venue in Lancaster, PA. While many of you have attended our annual conferences for more than […]

First-Ever PA Farm Bill Strives to Grow & Protect Farmers

Wed, February 20, 2019

By Hannah Smith-Brubaker, Executive Director On February 14th, at a dairy farm in Dauphin County, I had the great pleasure of attending Governor Tom Wolf’s release of the first-of-its kind Pennsylvania Farm Bill. Gov. Wolf’s plan aims to “invest more than $24 million in Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry to grow opportunities and resources, remove barriers to […]

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