Responding to supply chain disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re developing the network and digital infrastructure necessary to better connect farmers, eaters, food producers, stores, restaurants, schools, food banks—in other words, all the people and places that make up local and regional foodsheds—to one another.
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Foodshed Mapping Project is led by Pasa Sustainable Agriculture in partnership with Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and PA Preferred, Feeding Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Food Policy Council, and Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, along with many other Pennsylvania organizations and businesses. The project is funded by grants from Henry L. Hillman Foundation, Richard King Mellon Foundation, The Heinz Endowments, and the U.S. Economic Development Administration.
In southeastern Pennsylvania, we’re working to establish the first pasture-based and regenerative organic dairy supply chain in the U.S. through our Dairy Grazing Project—a collaborative initiative that contributes to broader ongoing efforts to restore and preserve the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.
With moves toward more sustainable milk production methods, the project aims to improve water quality in the Chesapeake Bay by significantly reducing agricultural nitrogen and phosphorus runoff, as well as sediment erosion.
The project also serves as a model for evolving the dairy industry regionally and nationally to support healthier soil and cleaner water, and responds to increasing demand and lucrative markets for grassfed organic milk.
Are you a dairy farmer? Join Dairy Grazing Project to begin, improve, or expand grazing on your farm.
Dairy Grazing Project partners include Center for Dairy Excellence, Ephrata National Bank, Mad Agriculture, Origin Milk, Rodale Institute, and TeamAg. The project is supported by a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
"Farmers are scaling up the practice in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and beyond—and it could simultaneously help clean up the Chesapeake Bay, mitigate climate change, and save small family farms." —Lisa Held, Civil Eats