The Farmers' Market Food Safety Workshop is a half day training session which will provide farmers' market vendors with a basic knowledge of retail food safety, sanitation, and regulatory topics suited for vendors selling food products at farmers' markets. Workshops are being offered at the following locations: University Park, Lancaster, Emmaus, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Juliette Enfield, Penn State Extension Educator, has addressed the challenging topic of farm accounting in an Agricultural Entrepreneurship blog.
One of our most popular farm tours is the Rodale Institute Farm. Join the tour on one of Rodale's tractor driven wagons and experience the longest running organic farming research trials and other innovative farming techniques from Rodale staff.
PSU Extension will host a workshop on running a hard cider business. Workshop to be held at the Blair County Convention Center on July 27, 2015.
There are more than 4,000 vegetable growers throughout Pennsylvania, planting over 55,000 acres of vegetables. Now these growers have a new tool to reduce pesticides by using predators and other biological controls. “Vegetable Integrated Pest Management with an Emphasis on Biocontrol: A Guide for Growers in the Mid-Atlantic” is available so vegetable growers can learn about managing insect pests using IPM principles.
Lyn Garling of Over the Moon Farm and Christie Badger of Badger's Millside Farm will discuss poultry raising and processing. These two women farmers will walk attendees through peeps to bagging the processed bird.
Perkasie Farmers Market is Looking for vendors. This market has been a Saturday market and has been around for about 20 years. They have a coordinator that works for the Borough who is tasked with strengthening and promoting the market.
USDA Food and Nutrition Services will host a webinar on Tuesday April 28th from 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM EST. The webinar is on bringing Summer meal sites to Farmers Markets. Summer meal sites at Farmers Markets can help increase food traffic and offer farmers another way to enhance the visibility of fresh foods or donate their products. This webinar will inform Farmers Market managers, sponsors, and the public about how to start and maintain Summer meal sites at Farmers Markets and will share best practices from Farmers Markets that currently administer the program. To learn more about the Summer Food Service Program please visit www.fns.usda.gov/sfsp
The Governor's Office of Homeland Security has partnered with the PA Department of Agriculture and Penn State University's College of Agricultural Sciences to host an awareness and prevention symposium on food defense for Pennsylvania's food and agriculture industry.
The project coordinator will work with new farmers to establish "Models of the Future" on-farm demonstration sites at five farms across the state.
McKee/Roaring Spring area looking to start new farmers market and they need input from local growers. Meeting to be held April 20th.
Farmers farm to farm, but in the process they often become marketers and retailers, and yet don’t always have the experience and resources to be expert in those areas. Join PA-WAgN and Blair County Conservation district for this event on April 30th to learn how to be a better retailer your product.
Join PA-WAgN for an information packed field day as farmer Gay Rodgers and Holistic Veterinarian Susan Beal address farmers' concerns in transitioning to natural treatments to optimize herd health.
PA-WAgN mentor Farminars have been recording webinars (that we call Farminars) on their specialty topics. These Farminars are archived on our website.
The Food Trust is currently seeking farmers to join our network over 25 Philadelphia farmers' markets.
PA IPM has put out a new publication, "Vegetable Integrated Pest Management with an Emphasis on Biocontrol: A Guide for Growers in the Mid-Atlantic." This publication is available http://extension.psu.edu/publications/agrs-128.
Join Rodale's Organic Allentown farmers’ markets and be part of an exciting opportunity to change a city through organic agriculture.
Don't have time to attend a workshop? ATTRA has online tutorials you can watch when you do have time. Check out the beginning farmer tutorials at https://attra.ncat.org/tutorials/.
This is an upcoming educational opportunity targeted at mid-to-top level retail farm market and agritourism enterprise management. PA-WAgN will be presenting a separate event in late April in Blair County on Farm Markets.
The Sourceress is an online site focusing on "wicked smart lifestyles for women in STEM." This month they featured Liz Brensinger and Ann Adams of Green Heron Tools with the Hergonomically correct shovel for women.