MILLHEIM, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture, or PASA, will hold its 22nd annual Farming for the Future Conference Feb. 6-9 at the Penn Stater Conference Center in State College, Pa. This year’s theme, will be Starting Fresh, Starting Local, Starting Now.
The conference is expected to attract more than 2,000 farmers, chefs, students, business leaders and others from more than 30 U.S. states and several foreign nations.
Conference programming will cover key policy issues, financial skills and labor topics, as well as cheesemaking, small fruits, season extension and beekeeping.
“No longer a fringe idea, sustainability’ has entered the lexicon of mainstream America,” said Brian Snyder, PASA’s executive director. “For us, the idea is more than a buzzword; it is a driving vision that must be implemented if humankind is to survive on this planet in the balance with the natural environment and in a way that promotes well-being and justice for all people.”
Charles Eisenstein, author of “The Ascent of Humanity” and “Sacred Economics,” will be keynote speaker on Friday, Feb. 8.
Ben Hewitt, author of “The Town that Food Saved,” which chronicles the story of Hardwick, Vt., will be the main speaker for the PASAbilities Award Series Plenary.
The conference will present numerous other leaders in sustainable agriculture, including Atina Diffley, Organic Farming Works LLC, an expert in wholesale marketing and food safety; Steve Moore, a pioneer in greenhouse and high tunnel production; Gianaclis Caldwell, Pholia Farm, an innovative farmstead cheesemaker; and Abe Collins of Collins Grazing LLC.
In addition to more than a dozen full-day pre-conference tracks and 100 conference workshops, Farming for the Future will include a seed swap, live music and youth programming.
For more informnation, visit pasafarming.org/conference.