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Native Bees & Plastic Tube Habitat

Native Bees & Plastic Tube Habitat

An informal experiment conducted by Chester County, Penn State Master Gardener, Tony Buck. I had read that native bees, especially Mason Bees, do not nest in plastic tubes. However, due to my day job of fixing houses, I once observed them nesting in an electrical outlet, so I knew they were adaptable....

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John Good on Farming and Life

John Good on Farming and Life

Since the summer of 2000 John and Aimee Good have been growing food for themselves and their community. They currently farm certified Organic vegetables on 18 acres in Germansville, PA in northern Lehigh County. Nearly all of their produce goes to their 200 member CSA, with the remainder going to one farmer’s market as well as a few wholesale and restaurant customers. Having recently moved to a new farm site, John noted that this year “many crops, yields and quality are the best we have ever seen.”

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Chicano Sol's Sunny Outlook on Farming

Chicano Sol's Sunny Outlook on Farming

In October of 2009, as a tribute to her husband’s Mexican heritage and with a respectful bow to the essential role the sun plays in growing plants, Jarrah and Agustin Cernas’ “Chicano Sol” began to shine....

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Master Grazier Brian Moyer and Apprentice Joseph Moyer Approach Milestone

Master Grazier Brian Moyer and Apprentice Joseph Moyer Approach Milestone

Joseph Moyer grew up on a dairy farm, but he didn’t work on the farm. His older brother, Jacob, eventually became a dairy farmer, but Joseph tried his hand at carpentry, instead. After a relatively brief time working in that trade, however, Joseph began to become curious about the farm and, when he became aware of the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship program, he expressed interest....

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About the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship

About the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship

In late 2015, the PASA team met with the founders of the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship (DGA) to talk about a partnership. At that time, DGA was the only formalized apprenticeship in agriculture. PASA was interested in bringing this program to Pennsylvania, to help strengthen and expand a system of dairy farming that has not only proven to have economic viability, but can also be viewed as sustainable and regenerative, both ecologically and socially...

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Setting and exceeding benchmarks for soil health

Setting and exceeding benchmarks for soil health

Soil health is the foundation of productivity and profitability on any farm. While most farms regularly test their soils, it can be challenging to put results in a meaningful context. For instance, how do you understand what a “good” soil test result is for your farm, and how do you develop a practical strategy for improving soil health over the long term? ...

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New Formal Apprenticeship for Vegetable Farmers

New Formal Apprenticeship for Vegetable Farmers

PASA is excited to officially unveil the news about our Diversified Vegetable Apprenticeship program or "DVA" for short. The program will help to give structure and support to farmers and apprentices alike as they work through the process of on-farm training and skills development...

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From Farm Manager to App Creator: Meet the Farmer Doing it All

From Farm Manager to App Creator: Meet the Farmer Doing it All

One of the many joys of working for PASA is getting the chance to personally connect with our farmer members. There is such diversity among our farmers that I never know with whom I’ll be speaking from one day to the next. When we recently launched the PASA Organization and Individual Profiles, it gave me yet another chance to learn, in depth, about some of the members who make our organization great. One of the first farmers to complete the Organization Profile was Alex Smith, who as farm manager at Living Hope Farm and developer of the farm app BeetClock, actually filled out two profiles. I was lucky enough to speak with him...

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