Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) recently announced a summer full of field days and intensive training events designed to instruct and inspire farmers -- and teachers.
Hereâ€™s a brief rundown on the events. Unless noted otherwise, all are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.:
June 2: Whole farm design and small grain production, Berks County, Tim Bock farm, 379 Dunkels Church Rd., Kutztown, Pa.
June 9: Organic and IPM methods for the vegetable greenhouses and fields, Centre County, Patchwork Farms, 476 Jackson Hill Rd., Aaronsburg, Pa.
June 18: Elk farming for meat and antler velvet, Cambria County, Majestic World Farm, R.R. 2 Box 391A (Blue Knob), Portage, Pa.
June 29: Post-harvest handling for produce marketing, Butler County, Harvest Valley Farm, 125 Ida Lane, Valencia, Pa.
July 7: Equipping the family vegetable farm, Huntingdon County, New Morning Farm, HCR 71, Box 168B, Hustontown, Pa
July 24: Ginseng cultivation, Cambria County, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Pennsylvania Mountain Ginseng
July 28: Innovations in hog production, Montgomery County, Moyer's Family Hog Farm, 136 Cowpath Rd.,Telford, Pa.
August 9: Whole farm design and herb production, Jefferson County, Quiet Creek Herb Farm, RD 4, Box 302-A1, Brookville, Pa.
August 25: Small ruminant fiber and nutrition, Lycoming County, Steam Valley Mountain Fiber Farm, 2304 Steam Valley Rd., Trout Run, Pa.
August 27: Organic soy and corn crops for exceptional organic milk, Union County, Bev-R-Lane Farm, R D 2, Box 217, Lewisburg, Pa.
September 14: Mock organic inspection, Delaware County, Delaware Valley College, 700 East Butler Ave., Doylestown, Pa.
September 16: Vegetable and herb farm tour, Southwest New York State, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Keith's Farm, Westtown, N.Y.
September 23: Sustainable energy systems on the farm, Mercer County, Three Sisters Farm, 134 Obitz Rd., Sandy Lake, Pa.
September 29: Organic vegetables in high tunnels and cut flower production, Lehigh County, Pheasant Hill Farm, 3502 Main Road East, Emmaus, Pa.
October 11: Special small group tour for interns, Lycoming County, Beech Grove Farm, 3410 Route 184, Trout Run, Pa.
INTENSIVE LEARNING PROGRAMS
June 22: Raw milk cheesemaking, Montgomery County, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Hendricks Farm, 690 Godshall Rd., Telford, Pa.
June 23: Raw milk cheesemaking, Montgomery County, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Hendricks Farm, 690 Godshall Rd., Telford, Pa.
June 24: Raw milk cheesemaking, Montgomery County, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Hendricks Farm, 690 Godshall Rd., Telford, Pa.
September 10-11: Draft horse farming, Lehigh County, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Friday) and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Saturday.) Flint Hill Farm, 1922 Flint Hill Rd., Coopersburg, Pa.
October 1: Raising standard turkeys for holiday market, Crawford County, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Townline Farm Poultry Reserve, 14563 Townline Rd., Linesville, Pa.
October 2: Criteria for choosing breeder turkeys from your flock, Crawford County, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Townline Farm Poultry Reserve, 14563 Townline Rd., Linesville, Pa.
A full calendar listing with detailed descriptions of each event is available by request and online. To register for an event or to receive more information, please visit www.pasafarming.org, or call 814-349-9856, Ext. 7.