We’re all a little chilly these days. We haven’t gone below zero yet at the farm, but close, and the furnace is sucking up lots of logs.
It’s conference time in PA for us farmers. We always send the crew to the annual meetings of both the Pennsylvania Vegetable Growers Association and The Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture. Lots of educational workshops, opportunities for networking, and displays of equipment and other useful products. These events really help inspire us and give us ideas and information for doing our job better.
I’ve been pretty active in both organizations for decades, serving on committees and boards and giving many presentations at workshops. I’m kind of retiring from all that now, and I’m proud to say that my younger, experienced crew members are taking over for me. Jenni Glenister, who’s been with us for ten seasons and has been farm manager for the last three, has really stepped up at the conferences, already having done several presentations, including two this year. Our 45 years of experience at organic vegetable production means we have a lot to offer younger farmers, and we enjoy doing it.
The organization we consider the most important is the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture. Back in 1991, together with about 15 other people, I helped to found this now-great, state-wide group. We are mostly farmers, not all certified organic, but all environmentally concerned. With about three thousand members (the annual conference attracts close to 2000), PASA is really effective at influencing state ag policy and really good at educating farmers and the public about environmentally benign farming practices. Look it up on the internet! It’s a great institution, and interesting to read about.
We’ll be at all markets this weekend, with plenty of our delicious winter vegetables, fresh homemade baked goods, eggs, etc. And it’s going to be sunny and MUCH warmer! Mmmm! See you then.