PASA – Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture has announced its 2017

Finding Hope and Healing through Farming
26th Annual Farming for the Future Conference dates – Feb 1 – 4, 2017.

Please see their press release below with full details.



Contact name: Kristin Hoy
Phone number: (814) 349-9856 x11
E-mail address:

December 20, 2016

Finding Hope and Healing through Farming
26th Annual Farming for the Future Conference Registration is Open

Millheim, PA – The Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) presents the 26th Annual Farming for the Future Conference in February at the Penn Stater Conference Center in State College, Pennsylvania. Full day tracks take place Wednesday, February 1 and half day sessions on Thursday, February 2 for in-depth learning. On Friday, February 3 and Saturday, February 4, attendees will enjoy keynotes, workshops, discussion sessions, and many opportunities for networking.

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.

Over the course of the conference, agricultural leaders from all over North America will gather to share their wisdom and experience with attendees. On Friday, keynote speaker Janisse Ray – activist, naturalist, and internationally-recognized poet and writer – will speak about healing ourselves and our ecosystems, and finding hope in nurturing a relationship with nature. Saturday’s keynote speaker, Gabe Brown, will speak to his family’s holistic management practices on their farm and ranch in North Dakota, and the promise such practices hold for the health of farms, farmers, their communities, and the ecosystem.

Full-day tracks on Wednesday and half-day sessions on Thursday provide the opportunity to focus on specific topics including soil health, strawberries, grazing, organic grains, data-driven farming, lean farming, commercial herbs and forest-grown medicinals, and adapting to climate change. Friday and Saturday schedules consist of multiple workshops and focus group sessions spaced over the course of the day. Grazing consultant Sarah Flack, lean farming guru Ben Hartman, fruit specialist Lee Reich, and biological farming expert Dan Kittredge are just a few of the featured speakers this year.

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.

Finally, the Farming for the Future trade show annually represents the leaders of the sustainable agricultural business community. You’ll find seeds, dairy equipment, tractors, soil mixes and amendments, hand tools, books, greenhouses, business consultations – all the tools a farmer needs to succeed (and a few others, besides) – on display.

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

PASA thanks Opening Keynote Sponsor Lady Moon Farms and PASAbilities Sponsor Kimberton Whole Foods for their generous support of this annual event.


About PASA
The Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) is one of the largest and most active sustainable agriculture organizations in the U.S. Through our SOIL Institute education programs, regional marketing assistance for farmers, advocacy, and public outreach, PASA seeks to promote profitable farms that produce healthy food for all people while respecting the natural environment. PASA’s hallmark event, the Farming for the Future Conference, draws thousands of participants from more than 30 states and six countries each February. For more information, visit

The Free Book Swap aims to provide area residents and visitors with a venue for parting with beloved paper-filled treasures while looking find some “new” books to take home.


This year’s event brought 10,500 books and 400 people to the Wayne County Park Street Complex for the Fifth Annual Free Book Swap. A little over 4,500 pieces of media were taken to a new home with Wayne County’s friends and neighbors, about 200 books were donated to the Wayne County Prison, and 2,500 lbs were donated to Better World Books to support global literacy efforts.

This year, a repair station for books was made available, so even some books that needed a little TLC could be shared. img_1968

Volunteers were essential to the success of this event and the rehoming of as many books as possible! These persons counted and sorted the books into their broad categories, and assisted attendees. This year, 15 volunteers donated a total of nearly 70 hours over 4 days. Thanks to the Free Book Swap sponsors, each volunteer received a free t-shirt… and first dibs on any books! Lunch was provided on Friday and a generous donation of snacks were available to them during the main event. If you’re interested in joining a welcoming team of like-minded, literacy-lovin’ neighbors, email Jenna at

Do you have books you’d like to see go to a new home? Follow for the 2017 event dates. Large donations are appreciated pre-counted and dropped off prior to the main event. Drop offs are also welcome on event day. Check out photos from this year’s event at


Take a moment to thank the following sponsors for their generous contributions! Advertising Sponsor: Honesdale National Bank Book Sponsors: Frey-Fetsock Funeral Home, Inc. and Brookfield Renewable Gold Community Sponsors: SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education Development Support), NBT Bank, and the McCabe Mortgage Group of Benchmark Mortgage Silver Community Sponsors: Keep Northeastern PA Beautiful and Platform Industries


PHONE: (610) 392-7219



Seventh Graders Seize Upon Sustainability –

Everybody Wins!

SEEDS, a proud co-sponsor of The Chamber of the Northern Poconos annual awards dinner was very pleased to present this year’s Green Business Award to Wayne Highlands School District, for their Sustainability Program.


(Corporate Waste Consultants, and WHSD team receive honor) 

Each year, SEEDS presents the Green Business Award at The Chamber of the Northern Poconos annual awards dinner, and this year we wish to congratulate  The Wayne Highlands School District for their Sustainability Program, and thank them for their efforts.

Several years ago, 7th graders attended an environmental education program and came up with the idea of diverting food waste from landfills. The school district gave these students ownership of this idea and encouraged their progress. Soon, a more comprehensive recycling program was launched. The students worked with fellow students, teachers, faculty and staff; they partnered with Corporate Waste Consultants and local farmers. In 2015, it was estimated that they prevented over 20 million tons of waste from landfills! But it didn’t stop there. The County got involved and authored a grant for an A900 Rocket Composter, a continual food waste composter capable of processing nearly 500 gallons of food waste each week. The grant was approved, and serendipitously, the Rocket Composted was delivered to the school on October 20, 2016, the day they received their Green Business Award.

Presenting the award, SEEDS executive Director Jocelyn Cramer, lauded the effort not only for its environmental benefits, the partnerships it spawned, the learning experience for the students to work with county government and agencies, but also for being the first school district in the state of Pennsylvania to have a Rocket Composter, and only 1 of 13 in the nation!

“For all that the sustainability program has done, and for all it is yet to do, and quite frankly for raising the bar for the rest of us, SEEDS was proud to present the 2016 Green Business Award to the Wayne Highlands School District and all who were a part of their Sustainability Program” said Cramer.

Their Superintendent, Greg Frigoletto gave all the credit to the students, and talked about how proud he was of their efforts, and also thanked Stu and Cheryl Badner of Corporate Waste Consultants for their diligent efforts.

SEEDS plans to work with Wayne Highlands to offer an opportunity to see the Rocket Composter and learn more about this exciting program.

Wood Energy Workshop: Saturday, October 15, 2016. 
Wayne Conservation District, Park Street Complex, Honesdale, PA.
8:30 AM – 2:30 PM. Lunch included. 

View wood-energy-workshop-flyer.

Would you like to learn how advanced wood heat can help your school, business, or institution? Learn how to save money on heating costs and transform operations to a renewable and sustainable source while supporting the local economy and the environment by helping to create healthier forests.

Topics of presentations include the availability and sustainability of biomass fuels, advanced systems for wood heat, and project development considerations. There will also be educational and vendor displays. 

This event includes a tour of the biomass heating facility at The Cooperage, which features a high efficiency wood pellet boiler system. Advanced registration is required. Registration deadline is Friday, October 7th. The cost is $10 per person. This course counts for 4 hours (1 year) of PA SFI C.E. Credits. 

This event is organized by NTHA and the Pennsylvania State Wood Energy Team, a USDA Forest Service collaborative effort of Penn State Extension and over 40 organizations and companies. The Northern Tier Hardwood Association is a non-profit organization serving the wood industry and its supporters throughout Wayne, Pike, Lackawanna, Susquehanna, Bradford, Sullivan, Wyoming, Luzerne, and Tioga counties of Pennsylvania. 

Click HERE  to register

Join SEEDS on a GREEN BUS TOUR: Sunday, October 2nd, 2016

8:30am to ~3:45pm

and visit exciting renewable energy systems and sustainable community projects in our area.

SPACE IS LIMITED, but seats are still available.

The cost is $25 per person, including a local farm-fresh lunch. We will be departing Honesdale promptly at 8:30. (See reservation and payment details below)

Reserve early for this opportunity to:

  • Visit a unique straw bale private home with a solar thermal radiant heating system, currently under construction near Narrowsburg. The homeowner will discuss how it’s based on a super-insulated, post and beam design from the book HearthSpire by renowned architect John Silverio and how she built it using wood harvested on-site and milled in Beach Lake.
  • See Haven for Humanity, where nature and technology peacefully co-exist: a self-sustainable educational campground and community wellness center with a bio-energy greenhouse dome. They will be featured guest speakers at SEEDS annual meeting on Tues Sept. 20th.
  • Enjoy a Farm-to-Table light lunch while touring a pole-mounted solar array and the recent energy renovations at The Ant Hill Farm, where they manage ecological food production systems that mimic nature and a perennial-based production model that uses agroforestry and silvopasture as its foundation.
  • Learn about the greening of the 150-year-old Cooperage building in downtown Honesdale, now a non-profit community center. Learn about their super-efficient pellet boilers and the community-financed 27kW solar array on their roof.

SPACE IS LIMITED. To reserve your spot, make a $25 payment on our website. Click the Donate Today button on our homepage. You can also mail your check made payable to SEEDS and contact information to: 1030 Main Street, Honesdale, PA 18431. Please note: your payment is non-refundable and must be received to confirm your reservation. Departure details will be provided when payment is received. Because your payment will go toward the bus fees and lunch, this payment is not tax-deductible. For questions, or to notify us of any dietary restrictions, call 570-245-1256 or e-mail