This issue of GRID features an article about PA-WAgN. The entire issue is focused on women farmers and includes profiles of other PA-WAgN members as well.
Excellent opportunity for PA-WAgN members. The Carrot Project and Julia Shanks Food Consulting are offering a webinar series on QuickBooks and farm accounting. QuickBooks is the industry-standard accounting software. At a minimum, it's a robust, digitized system for balancing your checkbook. At its best, it can help you understand your business and make effective managerial decisions based on your economic reality.
Dates for the last 3 Study circles have been set. Topics such as animal health in lambing and kidding in western PA, cost analysis and Quickbooks in central PA and marketing communications in NE PA.
The USDA and Saul High School FFA will present a program for small scale producers to learn what assistance is available to them.
A Fundme account has been set up to assist the family of Steering Committee member Chris Wise who recently lost her husband and farming partner, John Favinger. Donations will help the family with medical and funeral expenses as well as farming expenses for the coming season.
For all those people who have ever thought about serving on their school board, borough council or township board – here’s your chance to learn how to do it. Penn State Extension is offering a workshop ‘Toss Your Hat in the Ring’
Developed by Penn State Extension faculty and staff along with industry experts, this nearly 250-page guide gives case studies of successful organic crop farmers in the Northeast.
Register today for one of this month's women farmer learning circles. These events are FREE.
PA-WAgN partner, University of Vermont is looking for farmers to attend two focus groups on Feb 6. Topics include the effects of healthcare and childcare on farm businesses.
The PA Association for Sustainable Agriculture's annual conference is next week Feb 3 - 7. Walk-in registration is allowed for pre-conference tracks so see what is available at http://conference.pasafarming.org/
Claire and Rusty Orner of Quiet Creek Herb Farm and School of Country Learning will receive PASA's Sustainable Ag Business Award on Saturday morning of the PASA conference at the Plenary.
Penn State Extension is working in cooperation with PA-WAgN partners to bring three different Farmers Market Conferences across the state. Contact Brian Moyer at 610-391-9840 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Penn State Extension is in the process of compiling a list of farms that offer CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) shares in Pennsylvania by county. This list is available in the form of a searchable Google map. Click on the map below in the upper right hand corner to expand the map. You can also access the map by clicking here. Then enter your address in the search box to find a CSA near you. When you click on a green bubble in the map, the CSA's contact information will pop up. This map will be continually updated as Penn State Extension adds more CSA's.
PASA has extended pre-registration until Tuesday Jan. 27th at 5pm. You will be able to do walk-in registration for the pre-conference workshops as well although there will be an additional fee. PA-WAgN is an underwriter of Holistic Financial Planning Pre-conference Track (Track 1) at the PASA conference through a USDA-NIFA NFRDP grant. So sign-up today for the chance to have an experienced Holistic Management instructor (Byron Shelton) walk you through the process of how to make your farm or business financially sustainable.
PA_WAgN and Penn State Extension have partnered to bring three regional study circles for women farmers. The regions will be western, northcentral and northeast PA. Each circle will meet three times in the winter and are free events generally centered around a potluck networking meal.
Carolyn Sachs, PA-WAgN Working Group member and Professor of Rural Sociology, and Lyn Garling, PA-WAgN At-Large Farmer along with Virgina Harris of the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will speak on eXtension's webinar " By the Numbers - What the 2012 Census of Ag Tells us about Women Farm and Ranch Operators."
Two new awards to be given at PA-WAgN's Annual Networking Symposium will honor those who have helped to further the value of women farmers.
The Pennsylvania Women’s Agricultural Network will deliver a One-Day Networking Symposium – Women Farmers: Heroes of Our Communities, on December 8, 2014, at the Penn Stater Conference Center, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Four major educational events are happening in the beginning of December: PA-WAgN's Symposium on Dec 8th, PA Farmers' Union Meeting on Dec. 6th, Growing PA's Organic Farms Conference on Dec. 9th & 10th and PSU Extension's Two-Day Organic Vegetable Intensive on Dec. 11th & 12th.
The Risk Management Agency released the new Whole Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP) insurance policy. You can read about on NSAC's website.