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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Farm Bill (Mostly) a Triumph for Sustainable Agriculture

Fri, December 14, 2018

The 2018 bipartisan farm bill passed by Congress this week makes critically needed investments in sustainable agriculture. Among other beneficial outcomes for farmers and food producers, once signed into law by the President the bill will: provide mandatory funding to support the development of regional food economies and market data initiatives focused on organic production; […]

Mushroom Compost Q&A

Thu, December 13, 2018

  Jacob Chalfin, Laurel Valley Soils Did you know that Pennsylvania mushroom farmers lead the U.S. in mushroom production? This means that the rest of Pennsylvania’s farmers have ready access to post-production mushroom compost—a valuable organic resource. Like other kinds of compost, mushroom compost can be a useful tool for improving soil health by providing […]

Starting a Farm: One Couple’s Story

Wed, November 28, 2018

By Aaron de Long, Delaware Valley Hub Manager, PASA For many first-generation farmers, there is an undeniable romance to the notion of stewarding a piece of land and growing food for one’s livelihood. These romantic conceits can be quickly dispelled, though, once the work is taken up. Beyond meeting the physical challenges of farming as […]

A Formal Apprenticeship for Vegetable Farmers… at Last!

Wed, October 24, 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 […]

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