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PASA Education Event - Advanced Farm Management Using FarmOS

April 5, 2017 Farmer-to-Farmer Exchange Event

Event Overview
Location
  Village Acres Farm & Foodshed
  229 Cuba Mills Rd
  Mifflintown, PA 17059 
FarmOS
Village Acres
Date & Time
  Wednesday, April 5
  1-4pm                                                                  
Cost
  Free to Members
  Free to Non-members
Event Description
Farmers need to manage a complex web of information to build a successful business. The Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) is working to help farmers leverage the power of information using FarmOS, a free, open-source, web-based application for farm management, planning, and record keeping. FarmOS can be flexibility organized to track assets and operations on a variety of farm types, including produce, livestock, and dairy farms. FarmOS can make it easy to track planting and harvest dates, feed inventories, and pest management applications. FarmOS can run on smartphones and tablets, making it easy to stay on top of recordkeeping in the field and make better decisions all season-long.

In this workshop, Brooks Miller will help attendees set up a FarmOS account for their farm and start organizing recordkeeping tasks. Brooks is the co-owner North Mountain Pasture, an 80-acre diversified livestock farm in Perry County, Pennsylvania. Since 2013, he has been using FarmOS to track farm operations, and has found that efficient recordkeeping has really helped improve productivity and profitability. Brooks will help attendees get started in FarmOS and share some case studies for how this tool has improved his business. He’ll also offer some ideas for how FarmOS can be used to support farmer-driven research and to share knowledge across the sustainable farming community.

This workshop will be held at the Village Acres Farm and Food Shed in Juniata County. To make the most of this event, attendees should plan on bringing a laptop computer. Tablets or smartphones can be used to access and enter data, but setting up a farm account is easiest on a computer. PASA will also have 2-3 laptops available for use. This is a free event. Registration will close on Sunday, April 2.
Speaker Information
Brooks Miller has been raising livestock on pasture since 2007 with his wife Anna Santini. In 2009, they started North Mountain Pastures, a meat CSA originally selling pastured poultry and grass-fed beef to the central Pennsylvania and Washington, DC areas. They have expanded to include pork, lamb, and duck in the CSA, and provide CSA members with specialty cured meats and European-style charcuterie. Brooks also serves as vice-chair of the PASA board of directors and is a leading collaborator in the SOIL Institute’s farm-based research program.
FAQ
Do you allow walk-ins?
Yes! Walk-ins are welcome. Please bring a laptop computer if possible.
Is there financial aid for this event?
This event is free to all.
What should I prepare/bring with me to this event?
This event will be inside.
To make the most of this event, attendees should plan on bringing a laptop computer. Tablets or smartphones can be used to access and enter data, but setting up a farm account is easiest on a computer.
Bring a water bottle and/or snacks.
Remember your business cards- PASA events are an excellent networking opportunity.
Bring your questions! Make the most of this event by preparing several questions for the day.
Who do I contact if I have more questions about this event?
Please contact Franklin Egan at franklin@pasafarming.org or (814) 349-9856 for more information about this event.
Registrant Information



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