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Fwd: [PASA e-News] 20 Days to Register, and an Ode to Young & Beginning Farmers!

From: Melissa M
Sent on: Thursday, January 10, 2013 4:56 PM
PASA Conference reminder (see below).  
A bunch of EPPG members will be attending, some of us are doing talks/workshops at the Conference. I hope to see many of you at this important, regional event! It's a great place to network, learn (& eat)!

PS: I've created a page for those interested in carpooling to Stare College on the EPPG meetup page.

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Date: January 10, 2013, 4:42:53 PM EST
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Subject: [PASA e-News] 20 Days to Register, and an Ode to Young & Beginning Farmers!
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22nd Annual Farming for the Future Conference 
Everybody starts somewhere. For those not lucky enough to grow up on a family farm, many seek out opportunities that supply them with farm experience through hands on work.  Others decide to just dive into farming head first.  Regardless of where farmers get their start, this age old profession has an enduring influence on people and communities.

My work managing an educational production farm allows me to interact with the next crop of farmers on a daily basis. At our farm, students and apprentices are fully immersed in the day to day work, rain or shine.  We are united by the work that we do and the rewards of our labor. Whether they are college students or recent grads, I am continually reminded that the future is bright for many young and aspiring farmers.


As time passes, I am able to witness the accomplishments of those who we once mentored on our farm. I am amazed by the creativity and tenacity of our farm alumni. Whether they embark upon agriculture education positions overseas or find land to steward on their own, it is always a pleasure to follow their adventures. Many continue on the path of farm-based education through the healthy network of internships and apprentices available, from dairy farms and vineyards to permaculture gardens and livestock husbandry.


We are proud to know that many of the students and apprentices who have worked alongside us over the last 15+ years have decided to join the global community of food producers. Like Ben, who is now the production manager at a vineyard in Northern Virginia or Jillian, who just landed a position as manager at a farm that grows for Philadelphia restaurants. Whether they are developing plans to start a goat dairy or brainstorming alternative land lease arrangements, they are each cultivating something positive in their lives that will have a reverberating effect on those around them. It gives me comfort to know that our farm alumni will soon join the network of farmers who are willing to share what they know in hopes of inspiring future generations.

 - Jenn Halpin, Dickinson College Farm & PASA Board Chair   


Young & Beginning Farmers 
Pre-Conference Tracks
New & Beginning Farmers, Wednesday 
Join a group of experienced presenters who will give you valuable information that you can use as you start or continue to ramp up your new farming venture. You'll get hands on machinery use and maintenance training and learn how to approach layout and design of fencing and irrigation needs. You'll also get tools & tips to succeed in the business side of farming and learn how to connect with other farmers as mentors and friends to coach and cheer you through those beginning years.

Youth in Farming, Thursday
You're never too young to start your own farm venture! Join the Orner family to learn how you can take on your own projects on the farm - you'll see examples, brainstorm ideas and get some help learning how to market your very own farm product. Open to kids in 6th to 12th grade only.
Main Conference Workshops  

Education as a Value-Added Farm Product with Claire & Rusty Orner, Quiet Creek Herb Farm
Putting the Attainable in Sustainable with Becca Zinn, Fox School of Business & Bill Kitsch, Farm Credit
Finding Your Niche: Creating the Farm that Works for You with Katie College, Stoney Creek Farm
And many more!


Young & Beginning Farmer Mixer
, Thursday Evening
Enjoy some free time over the social hour with a group of your fellow young and beginning farmers. Share stories and tips over light snacks. Towards the end of the evening, join in on some good music and dancing at the live music following the Winter Picnic.
Seeking Work / Seeking Workers Session, Friday Afternoon
As part of the Friday afternoon discussion sessions, PASA will host a room for farms seeking workers and those looking for on-farm work. 
Future Farmers Programs, Thursday to Saturday
Kids of all ages (K to 8th grade) can participate in the conference, too! Our three days of programming brings together exciting farm and garden related activities and lessons with time for swimming, yoga and kick boxing. Parents must attend the conference as well.

PASA's 22nd Annual
February 6 - 9, 2013
State College, PA

Registration Closes in

Financial Assistance to Attend the Conference
Now accepting applications for Brownback Memorial Scholarship Fund & WorkShare Program.

Attention SE PA Farmers & Food Professionals!
Funding is available to you from the SE PA Ag Industry Partnership. 



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We are looking to our members for the inspiration that will adorn the walls at the Penn Stater for the Farming for the Future Conference. Please suggest your favorite sustainable agriculture related quote for us to share with attendees this February 2013!





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Beginners Beekeeping 

*a portion of each registration fee will be donated to PASA!  



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Economic Diversification for Large Acreage Farms 



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