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FW: PASA Conference news, Round I - calendar and full release

  • Subject: [cg] FW: PASA Conference news, Round I - calendar and full release
  • From: "Sally McCabe" <smccabe@pennhort.org> (by way of Sally McCabe)
  • Date: Mon, 7 Jan 2002 22:01:43 -0500

      -----Original Message-----From: Greg Bowman  [mailto:gregb@mrn.org]
Sent: Tuesday, December 18, 2001 3:46  PMTo: gregb@mrn.orgSubject: PASA
Conference news, Round I  - calendar and full release
1. Calendar

February 8 and 9,  2002
PASA (Pennsylvania Association for  Sustainable Agriculture) 11th annual
Farming  for the Future Conference, State College, PA. Featuring John Ikerd
and Cathrine Sneed, more than 45 workshops (tracks on farmer-to-farmer
economics, human nutrition/healing, agro-ecological health), rich
networking  opportunities and regional food. Contact Lauren Smith at
814-349-9856 ext. 1;  fax (814) 349-9840, info@pasafarming.org. Info and
register at www.pasafarming.org  Discount through Jan.  11.

2. Full conference summary, with workshop  highlightsContact: Lauren  Smith
814-349-9856 ext.  1Note: Discount  registration deadline Jan.  11!
Healthy Farms and  CommunitiesFocus at 11th PASA  Conference
MILLHEIM   More than a thousand farmers and  friends will convene for the
11th annual Farming for the Future  Conference Feb. 8 and 9 in State
College, Pa.  Healthy Farms, Healthy  Communities: Our Link to a
Sustainable Future  is sponsored by the Pennsylvania  Association for
Sustainable Agriculture (PASA). All farmers and others are  invited to the
dialogue and excitement at the Penn Stater Conference Center  Hotel.
Farmers, researchers and ag professionals  will be featured in more than 45
workshops in five time slots. In the series  titled  The Farmers  Own
School of Family Farm Economics,  a dozen farmers will  share the intimate
details of their gross sales, expenses and income   and what  they ve
learned. Other workshop themes will be health (human, soil and  livestock),
diversifying farm enterprises, grass-based livestock and agriculture
building community.

Keynote speakers are John Ikerd, Professor Emeritus of Agricultural
Economics at University of Missouri, and Cathrine Sneed, executive director
of  The Garden Project, San Francisco, Calif. Ikerd has inspired many farm
audiences  message that a  people-centered  agriculture allows farmers to
succeed by  utilizing greater creativity, dignity of work and attention to
social equity.  Sneed will describe how teaching life-skills to former
inmates through  commercial urban farming gives a real chance for them to
contribute to their  communities once released.

The four  "Farmers Own  School of Family Farm Economics" sessions are part
of eight workshops dealing  with financial aspects of sustainable farming.
A dozen producers will come ready  to share their intimate financial
details, using standardized reporting forms.   I ve been thinking about
this for years,  says series organizer Jim Crawford of  New Morning Farm,
in Hustontown, Huntington County.  I didn t want to have to  settle for
one workshop. Finances demand more explanation. 
 Experienced producers from Maine, New York  and Vermont will share their
farm's financial records in two sessions on Friday.  The intent is to allow
others to learn from their mistakes, successes and  analysis. In a
livestock session, veteran dairy, beef and poultry farmers will  use the
same financial reporting system to explain their  accounts.

Vegetable farmers who are willing to their  share finances will have the
chance in the conference s final workshop slot.  To participate in this
learning circle  format, contact the PASA office in  advance of the
conference to obtain the suggested  accounting format.
 ther economics topics  include:-  After 16 Years of Grazing: Keeping It
Simple Works the Best.  Art Thicke reflects on managing life, work and
finances  on a Minnesota family dairy farm. --  Big Bucks and Capital on
the Vegetable  Farm.  Five Pennsylvania farmers explain their struggle
with how and when  they've made capital improvements. These farms each
started  from scratch  from  19 to 30 years ago.--  Not Just Chicken
Scratch 100 to 10,000 in Four  Years.  Canadian farmers Ron and Sheila
Hamilton will present two poultry farm  development workshops with the
common heading The first is on how they scaled up  production from 100 to
10,000 birds in four years, the second on how they  marketed them.

Workshop highlights  include: Not  Just Chicken Scratch   100 to 100,000
in Four Years. Ron and Sheila  Hamilton of Armena, Alberta, have been
raising certified-organic, pasture-raised  meats since 1997. Last summer
they sold 10,500 broilers, hundreds of other types  of meat fowl, as well
as hogs and beef. They will cover production from brooding  to processing
in the first of two workshops. The second session will cover their
marketing experience: farmers  markets, farm-gate sales, health food
stores and  white-table restaurants.
 How s  My Compost Quality? -Will Brinton of Woods End Research Labs will
share his international expertise on compost. He will present compost
quality  benchmarks for agricultural use, including analysis of
contaminants. In a second  workshop, explain how well-made compost, in a
biologically monitored system, can  achieve new levels of productivity in
intensive cropping systems. A Pennsylvania  native, Brinton runs Woods End
Research Labs in Maine. He will be joined by Eric  Burkhart of the Penn
State Horticulture Department.
 Naturopathic Medicine Sustainable Agriculture: Natural  Allies. Dr.
Gregory Pais has worked in the field of natural medicine  for more than 20
years. A licensed naturopath for the last eight years, he uses  clinical
nutrition, herbal medicine, and homeopathy in his practice. He will
examine how a relationship between sustainable agriculture and natural
healthcare can benefit both sectors.
 Why  Butter is Better. Sally Fallon, founding president of the Weston A.
Price Foundation, will outline the 11 common factors of healthy traditional
diets. She will point out dangers in modern soy foods. In her second
workshop, Fallon will give  practical steps for implementing nourishing
traditional diets in your own  kitchen: breakfast foods, snacks, soups,
salads, enzyme-enriched condiments and  beverages.

 Food  is Elementary: Why We Need Food Literacy in Our Schools. Antonia
Demas -- a Ph.D. in education, nutrition, and anthropology -- has developed
food  based curricula for 30 years for socially and ethnically diverse
groups. She  finds that early education can help children reduce their risk
of diet-related  chronic diseases.
A  chef, a marketer of sustainable foods and a leader in Slow Food
Pittsburgh  of  will team up for  Appealing to  and Selling to the Urban
Customer.  Other workshops will be about managing  diverse mixed species
in pastures; using cover crops and season extension to  produce direct-sale
produce; reclaiming the land-grant mission of true service  to rural
communities; operating a Bed and Breakfast on a farm; harvesting a  woodlot
for building timbers; operating a five-cow micro-dairy; revealing the  true
costs of food; and organic berry  production.
The Sustainable Trade Show and Marketplace  will fill the center s exhibit
area with companies offering the latest  agricultural hardware, ag products
and services. Farm and food advocacy  organizations will exhibit their
efforts to build new markets and educate  consumers. As a convenience,
vendors selling farm-fresh and ag products will be  grouped together. A
PASA Mercantile  display will offer PASA-imprinted gear and  feature
signed books by major conference  speakers.
Three of the conference meals will feature  sustainably, organically, and
regionally raised foods from more than 40 PASA  members. Also featured:
youth program -- by reservation only -- for children  (K-8); scholarships
for young and beginning farmers; PASA annual meeting; and a  PASA awards
banquet with a local band.

Reserve accommodations at the Conference  Center before Jan. 8 by calling
(800) 893-4602. The conference opens 9 a.m.  Friday, Feb.8, and closes 5:30
p.m. Saturday, Feb.  9.
For details,  contact PASA, 114 West Main St., P.O. Box 419, Millheim PA
16854-0419, (814)  349-9856, fax (814) 349-9840, info@pasafarming.org. Full
details  and on-line registration at www.pasafarming.org  Early-bird
registration  discount ends Jan. 10.
 The PASA  Mission: Promoting  profitable farms which producehealthy food
for all people while  respecting the natural environment.

Prepared by Greg  Bowman:Office:   215.723.5513   gregb@mrn.org  Souderton
PA  18964Intermediate story sizes  available



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