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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

July 1, 2019

The demand for locally grown food is rapidly increasing in the Pittsburgh region. However, it can be difficult for farmers, particularly those just starting out, to find farmland close to urban markets due to high costs of land. There is a need for a proactive effort to make affordable farmland available to new and established farmers. To help address the challenge of land access, the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is working to acquire several farm properties that are highly suitable for diverse, small-scale agricultural operations and are easily accessible to the Pittsburgh market. After properties are acquired, we will work closely with farmers and help them lease the land. Currently, the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is seeking two farmers to lease a property in Mercer County.

June 27, 2019

Farm Walk Kitchen Talks (FWKT) are grower-led tours at farms and gardens across the state where women growers share their work and get together for an activity, meal, and discussion. We have a number of upcoming FKWT's in Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, and Philadelphia this coming July and August.

June 27, 2019

All farmers deserve access to a farm safety net that protects against the inherent risks of farming. However, the vast majority of federal crop insurance policies sold in the U.S. today are designed for farmers who grow a single crop – leaving diversified grain, livestock, and produce operations with few options to manage risks on their farms. One of these options, which is growing in popularity, is Whole Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP) – a crop-and-enterprise-neutral revenue insurance policy designed to protect revenue on a farmer’s whole farm – not just a single crop. WFRP is also currently the only policy offered in every county and state in the country.

June 25, 2019

PA-WAgN's 13th Annual Symposium will be held on Wednesday, December 18th, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pa. The theme of the symposium is 'Growing Rural Urban Perspectives' and promises to be a event to remember with two featured keynote speakers: Leah Penniman of Soul Fire Farm and Audra Mulkern of the Female Farmer Project. Sponsorship opportunities are available and registration will open soon!

June 24, 2019

This 3-day conference brings together women with roles in all aspects of sustainable agriculture, from farming to education to food-system activism. Pencil in this exciting weekend and watch this page as the schedule unfolds. Registration opens Aug. 1.

June 23, 2019

The election of responsible agricultural producers to FSA county committees is important to ALL farmers and ranchers with large or small operations. It is crucial that every eligible producer take part in this election because county committees are a direct link between the farm community and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Committee members are a critical component of the day-to-day operations of FSA. They help deliver FSA farm programs at the local level. Farmers who serve on committees help decide the kind of programs their counties will offer. They work to make FSA agricultural programs serve the needs of local producers.

June 22, 2019

Learn and network at this exciting conference for women in the dairy industry! Hosted by the Penn State Extension Dairy Team, and planned by a great committee of dairy producers and dairy industry leaders, the Women in Dairy Conference promises to be a strong learning and networking opportunity for women in the dairy industry. Keynote speaker Sadie Fredericks, of Blue Diamond Dairy, will kick off the conference. The keynote will be followed by some outstanding breakout sessions, and conclude with small group facilitation and discussion.

June 21, 2019

PA-WAgN is sponsoring $50 off registration for the 5-Day Solar Electric (Photovoltaic) Certification Course with Blue Rock Station at the Quiet Creek Herb Farm & School of County Living. Workshop is 5 days, July 15th-July 19th, and participants will leave with the skills needed to get a job in the solar industry. To receive PA-WAgN discount call Annie to register.

June 19, 2019

Women Rooted in Agriculture is a discussion group for a women that are interested in learning more about their industry. The discussion group is designed to provide support and education to women who work in the agricultural industry. Discussion topics include: Agritourism, Managing farm and family stress, GMOs, Using social media, Sharing your story, Agriculture in other countries, Farm safety, Understanding food labels, and Other topics as requested.

June 15, 2019

Did you know that the U.S. Small Business Administration has resources that can help you start, protect, and grow your farm business? From resources on cybersecurity, to webinars on brand development and promotional products; funding for start up businesses, to courses on business development. The SBA is available to support your budding farm business needs.

June 13, 2019

Are you a new/beginning farmer wondering where to begin when choosing land to farm and how to get started? This online course is a series of nine free lessons that walk you through business planning, loan options, choosing farmland and much more. This course is brought to you through a collaboration between the National Young Farmers Coalition and several partner organizations.

June 12, 2019

Are you social media savvy? Do you want to share your farm or garden story? Are you looking to commune with female growers across the state and nationally? Then look no further, PA-WAgN has the perfect opportunity for you! PA-WAgN invites you to be a Guest Instagrammer and 'take over' the PA-WAgN Instagram page for a week (pawagn6954). Each week will feature a different female grower who then shares pictures, videos, stories, and inspiration from the field. We encourage growers of all types, styles, and locations to share their story and hope you will consider sharing yours! Interested? Email PA-WAgN Program Coordinator Patty Neiner ( to sign up and 'take over' the PA-WAgN instagram page for a week.

June 12, 2019

In this episode (of Voices from the Field), Kara Kroeger, a sustainable agriculture specialist with NCAT’s ATTRA sustainable agriculture program, talks with Nicole Masters, a New Zealand agroecologist and director of Integrity Soils...They talk about ways in which the “soil microbiome” system that acts as a plant’s digestive system mirrors the microbiome of the human digestive system. They discuss how to understand the health of an agricultural operation’s soil microbiome, and they talk about ways regenerative agriculture with its focus on soil health can help mitigate the challenges to agriculture that come with a changing climate."