Farming for the Future Conference

by: Sara on 01/25/2017

The Pennsylvania Sustainable Agriculture Association (PASA) will be hosting the 26th annual Farming for the Future Conference February 1-4 at Penn Stater Conference Center in State College, PA.  


The conference is their signature event and main vehicle for community building. Regarded by some as the best of its kind in the East, the event brings together an audience of over 2,000 farmers, processors, consumers, students, environmentalists and business and community leaders annually.

This year’s conference theme is ‘Hope, Farm, Heal’, recognizing the inextricable link between sustainable agriculture and healing through regenerative processes both within the natural ecosystem, as well as within human society. The year’s theme recognizes such agriculture as a cornerstone for our collective hope, moving forward.

New Society Publishers is pleased to be supporting the conference by underwriting workshops lead by four of our authors:

Julia Shanks, the author of The Farmer's Office: Tools, Tips and Template to Successfully Manage a Growing Farm Business  and

The Farmers Market Cookbook: The Ultimate Guide to Enjoying Fresh, Local, Seasonal Produce will be leading the workshop QuickBooks for Farmers Friday at 8:30 AM and Planning for Growth Saturday at 8:30 am

Pam Dawling, the author of Sustainable Market Farming: Intensive Vegetable Production on a Few Acres, will be hosting the workshops Growing Sweet Potatoes from Start to Finish Friday at 12:50 pm, Crop Rotations for Vegetables & Cover Crops Saturday at 8:30 am and Succession Planting for Continuous Vegetable Harvests Saturaday at 3:40 pm.

Gianaclis Caldwell author of Mastering Basic Cheesemaking: The Fun and Fundamentals of Making Cheese at Home talks Goat Health Triage: Learning to Read the Signs & Keep a Healthy, Holistic Herd on Friday at 3:40 pmDairy Udder Health on Saturday at 8: 30 am and Q & A: Cheesemaking & Value-Added Dairy Saturday at 12:50 pm

Victoria Redhed Miller author of Pure Poultry: Living Well with Heritage Chickens, Turkeys and Ducks and Craft Distilling: Making Liquor Legally at Home will present a workshop on craft distilling on Saturday at 8:30 am and Poultry Unplugged: Free Ranging Poultry Just about Anywhere on Saturday at 3:40 pm.

The complete workshop schedule can be found here.

PASA’s Farming for the Future conference is both a rigorous exploration of the current state of sustainable agriculture, policy, and practice, as well as a gathering of the sustainable agriculture community: farmers, homesteaders, educators, industry professionals, and more, from the Mid-Atlantic and beyond. Educational programming is complemented by many other special events, including early morning yoga sessions, a seed swap table, knitting circles, a movie screening, and live music and dancing.

Recognizing the ‘family’ in ‘family farm’, the Future Farmers program offers parents the chance to fully engage in conference programming while their children engage in their own conference: three different care programs for three different age groups, from kindergarten up to 8th grade.

Registration is required to attend. Pre-registration closes on January 24, 2017. On-site registration is available, at increased rates, after January 24th. For more information please call (814) 349-9856 or visit


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