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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A Formal Apprenticeship for Vegetable Farmers… at Last!

Fri, October 12, 2018

We here at PASA are developing the first formal apprenticeship in our region for vegetable farmers: Diversified Vegetable Apprenticeship. The program launches this fall, when we’ll begin accepting applications for the 2019 season. Formal apprenticeships are training programs for an occupation that are registered with either the state or federal government. Through on-the-job training and […]

Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship: Q&A with Gay Rodgers & Jess Matthews

Sat, October 6, 2018

This post features a Q&A between a master grazier and apprentice pair—Gay Rodgers and Jess Matthews from Hameau Farm in Belleville, PA—who are participating in our Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship. Modeled after apprenticeships in the skilled trades, Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship balances paid, on-the-job training with related coursework and technical instruction. Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship is a first-of-its-kind, […]

Exploring Connections Between Soil Health & Nutrition at Blackberry Meadows Farm

Thu, September 20, 2018

By Dr. Franklin Egan, Director of Education This is the third installment of a blog series on soil health challenges and innovations revealed through three case studies that are part of our ongoing Soil Health Benchmark Study, a citizen-science project we began in Pennsylvania in 2016. Read previous installments: “Too Much of a Good Thing: […]

6th Annual Dairy Dash Raises $10,000 for Sustainable Farming Education

Tue, September 18, 2018

By Lauren Smith, Director of Development A huge THANK YOU to the nearly 200 walkers and runners, and 19 sponsors, who joined us earlier this month at our 6th Annual Dairy Dash 5K and 1-Mile Memory Walk. Collectively, you raised more than $10,000 to support sustainable farming education through the Shon Seeley Legacy Fund! This […]

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Pigs on Pasture, Hogs in Hedgerows

October 23, 2018

Blackberry Meadows Farm, 7115 Ridge Road
Natrona Heights, PA 15065 United States

Natural Soap Making

October 26, 2018

Quiet Creek Herb Farm, 93 Quiet Creek Lane
Brookville, PA 15825 United States

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