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Raised Bed Workshop - 8.11.2019
July 19, 2019
Join Penn State Extension for a Raised Bed Workshop on Sunday, August 11th from 3p-5p at the God's Magnificent Oasis Garden in West Philadelphia. During this hands-on workshop you will have the opportunity to explore different raised bed materials, designs, and construction methods in a hands-on, small group setting. Participants will have the opportunity to construct a handful of raised beds that will be donated to local farms and gardens participating in a sustainable cover crop demonstration project with Penn State Extension over the course of the next year. Gain skills with small power tools, leave with the expertise needed to build your own raised bed with confidence, and go home with a pair of safety glasses to use during your next raised bed project.
Protecting Workers from Heat Illnesses
July 18, 2019
Exposure to heat can cause illness and death. The most serious heat illness is heat stroke. Other heat illnesses, such as heat exhaustion, heat cramps and heat rash, should also be avoided. There are precautions that can be taken any time temperatures are high and the job involves physical work.
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Farm to Table Western PA Lunch and Learn Events
July 13, 2019
Learn about local food resources from Erin Hart and host partners! This popular series brings together consumers, farms, food producers and a variety of other industry professionals for lunch and networking opportunities. Farms & producers are encouraged to attend & bring samples, business cards & order forms.
Symposium Keynote: Audra Mulkern - Women's Work
July 12, 2019
Audra Mulkern, founder of the Female Farmer Project and director of the documentary Women's Work, will be one of the keynote speakers for the 13th annual PA-WAgN Networking Symposium in Philadelphia in December. Audra Mulkern is a 2019 James Beard nominee, writer and photographer who is changing the way you look at farming and the food on your plate.
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Are You Crazy? Retail Farm Market Bus Tour
July 10, 2019
Join Penn State Extension for our annual Are You Crazy? Retail Farm Market Bus Tour to explore some of the premier farm markets. This tour is for retail farm market professionals and is held at the height of the season to enable participants to learn from their regional farm market peers during their best and most robust season. We have something for everyone -- seasonal, year-round, produce, food, tourism, value-added, pick-your-own, entertainment, and educational farm direct-to-consumer marketing at its finest! Not to mention the “classroom-on-wheels” as we travel between markets with opportunities to network and learn from each other.
Symposium Keynote: Leah Penniman - Farming While Black
July 8, 2019
Some of our most cherished sustainable farming practices - from organic agriculture to the farm cooperative and the CSA - have roots in African wisdom. Yet, discrimination and violence against African-American farmers has led to our decline from 14 percent of all growers in 1920 to less than 2 percent today, with a corresponding loss of over 14 million acres of land. Further, Black communities suffer disproportionately from illnesses related to lack of access to fresh food and healthy natural ecosystems. Soul Fire Farm, cofounded by author, activist, and farmer Leah Penniman, is committed to ending racism and injustice in our food system. Through programs such as the Black-Latinx Farmers Immersion, a sliding-scale farmshare CSA, and Youth Food Justice leadership training, Soul Fire Farm is part of a global network of farmers working to increase farmland stewardship by people of color, restore Afro-indigenous farming practices, and end food apartheid. And now, with the new book Farming While Black, Soul Fire Farm extends that work by offering the first comprehensive manual for African-heritage people ready to reclaim our rightful place of dignified agency in the food system. Join us to learn how you too can be part of the movement for food sovereignty and help build a food system based on justice, dignity, and abundance for all members of our community.
Gov. Wolf’s Vision For Longtime Prosperity for Pennsylvania Agriculture Comes to Fruition
July 2, 2019
Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf’s vision of a path to longtime prosperity for Pennsylvania agriculture came to fruition with the signing into law of new legislation establishing the Pennsylvania Farm Bill. The PA Farm Bill will make $23.1 million in strategic investments into the agriculture industry to grow opportunities and resources, remove barriers to entry, and cultivate future generations of leaders within agriculture.