Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture’s Farming for the Future 2016 Conference
Our annual Farming for the Future Conference is PASA’s signature event and our main vehicle for community building. Widely regarded as the best of its kind in the East, this event brings together an audience of over 2,000 farmers, processors, consumers, students, environmentalists and business and community leaders annually.
Each year, we feature:
Intensive pre-conference programming to give you in-depth training on focused topics.
Over 100 80-minute workshops on a variety of topics – there’s something for everyone!
Trade Show with exhibitors representing the best of the sustainable agriculture business community.
Delicious social hour receptions and meals featuring regionally sourced ingredients.
An ag-themed Future Farmers program for kids (K to Grade 8).
Many special events to entertain, educate, and more – including music, movies, yoga, knitting circles, seed swap, and much more.
Join us for an event that will inspire you to get back out into your fields or gardens for another year of sustainable food production.
The SFA Annual Conference, Minnesota’s farmer networking showcase, will be Feb. 13, 2016, at the Gorecki Center at the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, Minn.
A founding concept of SFA is that there is wisdom in the community, so YOU will help to determine and lead the sessions, which will include casual but focused networking conversations on topics that you choose. Using an online voting system, SFA members chose session topics; we are creating the schedule around your wishes.
To see the Schedule-in-Progress, as well as other features, click here.
New feature: WOC Talks (Wisdom of the Community). Similar to the popular TED Talks, this new program invites SFA members and supporters to submit talks on subjects relating to sustainable farming and food systems for possible selection to be presented at the Annual Conference. Read more here.
Building Soil Health Experts: Advanced Training for Professionals.
“Building Soil Health Experts: Advanced Training for Professionals” will provide expert soil health education for NRCS and SWCD soil specialists, Extension staff, crop consultants, agronomists, grazing and livestock specialists, and advisers who work directly with farmers and other ag advisers.
This event will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 17, 2016, at Arrowwood Resort in Alexandria, Minn.
Registration is below.
Training will encompass soil biology and measuring soil biology, integration of cover crops and livestock into cropping cropping systems, and seeding methods for establishing cover crops.
SFA has submitted applications for Continuing Education Unit soil and water management and crop management credit for this event.
Sessions will include:
Dr. Michael Lehman, “Managing Cropping Systems to Promote Soil Microbe Populations”
Dr. Rick Haney, “Measuring Soil Microbial Activity”
Dr. Scott Wells, “Cover Crop Establishment Strategies”
Dr. Allen Williams, “Integrating Cover Crops and Livestock Into Cropping Systems”
This special event is separate from the Midwest Soil Health Summit; registration for “Building Soil Health Experts” does not include MSHS registration and vice-versa. If you wish to attend the general Midwest Soil Health Summit as well you must register for that separately here.
Preregistration is required for “Building Soil Health Experts” and must be completed by noon Feb. 12. Limited scholarships may be available.
For more information about the workshop or scholarships, contact Wayne Monsen, SFA Special Projects Coordinator, atgro.nm-afs@enyaw or 1-844-922-5573 Ext. 712.
The second annual Small Scale Sustainable Sheep Farming Event will be Feb. 20, 2016, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Fosston Civic Center, 215 E First St, Fosston. This event is open to the public and focuses on the benefits of sheep as part of a sustainable farming system where meat and wool are viable value-added products.
Speakers include Mark Hayek, NRCS grazing specialist; Alethea Kenney, Sustainable Sheep Community Project; Keila McCracken, Northern Minnesota Fibershed; Jennifer Wilder, “Midwest Textiles: A Photo Journal Tour;” Lynn Mizner, Chengwatana Farm Black Welsh Mountain Sheep.
A full trade show will include educational displays and businesses related to sheep and farming.
Cost is $20 for adults, under 10 are free; pay at the door. Lunch and snacks provided. Please RSVP to Alethea Kenney at 218-657-2502 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Trade show booths are also still available.