MILLHEIM, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture will focus on Farming in a Time of Transition at its 27th Farming for the Future Conference on Feb. 7-10 at the Penn Stater Conference Center in State College.

“We are entering a challenging time,” said Hannah Smith-Brubaker, PASA’s executive director. “A majority of our farms will change hands in the not-too-distant future. It’s up to us to be prepared.

“It will take determination, know-how and generosity,” she said. “Together, we can ensure the continuation of our farms, our markets and our livelihoods.”

The keynote speakers at the 2018 conference will take three approaches to exploring this theme of transition.

Lindsey Lusher Shute, executive director of the National Young Farmers Coalition, comes from the front lines of making farming a viable option for the next generation through policy changes and access to capital.

Karen Washington is a farmer and activist who is working to include people of color at the table of food and farming.

And Chris Blanchard, a farmer and the producer of the Farmer to Farmer podcast, will ask the tough question of how farming can be a viable and attractive career path with a healthy work-life balance and the ability to support a farmer through retirement without selling off the land.

Other featured speakers will include Pam Dawling, Amanda Feifer, Craig Haney, Hue Karreman and Suzanne Nelson Karreman, Heather Manzo, Jeff Mattocks, Andrew Mefferd, and Jim Travis. For more information about their presentations, visit

To register, visit or call 814-349-9856.