PA-WAgN has a number of exciting programs on the horizon happening across the state. PA-WAgN events are a great place to learn new skills, network with women growers from diverse backgrounds, and connect with resources and services to support your agricultural enterprise. Upcoming programs include: Farm Walks and Kitchen Talks, Honeybee Workshops, Pastured Livestock Field Days, Farmers Market Tours, and USDA Service Provider Meetings.

Honey Bees - Fall Honey Bee Assessment & Care (*Rescheduled)
With the many issues affecting Honeybees, it is important to monitor hives closely.  Former PSU Senior Research Associate, Maryann Frazier, will show participants how to assess the pre-winter health of hives, prepare hives for winter, feed bees, and weigh hives to discern winter survival.  Jim Bobb, beekeeper at Morris Arboretum, will also discuss hive care and hive maintenance on public lands. 

When: *Rescheduled - Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 10:00am - 2:30pm
Where: Morris Arboretum & Bloomfield Farm - 100 E Northwestern Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118 (across from main gate on Montgomery County side)
Cost: $20.00 per person (includes lunch) - Register Here 
Presenters: Maryann Frazier - Former Extension Specialist in apiculture - PSU; Jim Bobb - Beekeeper - Morris Arboretum 
Questions: Contact Patty Neiner at or (814) 865-7031

Farm Walk Kitchen Talk with Norris Square Neighborhood Project (NSNP)
Over the summer, NSNP youth  trained in an urban garden setting to manage and grow market vegetables, cultivate cut flowers, sell at a bi-weekly farm stand, and lead tours of the NSNP gardens. The youth gained valuable job skills, explored and engaged in ag entrepreneurship, and developed public speaking skills while expanding their health and nutrition knowledge. This event will be a culmination of their learning experience to be shared with program participants and will include: a youth-led tour of the Norris Square Neighborhood Project's six cultural gardens, light farm refreshments, and workshops with Philadelphia-based women ag entrepreneurs on 'Cut-Flowers and 'Dry Flower Wreath Making’
 Sunday, September 22, 2019, 11:00am - 2:00pm
Where: Norris Square Neighborhood Project Cultural Gardens - Meet at Las Parcelas at 2248 N. Howard Street, Philadelphia PA 19133
Cost: There is no fee to attend this workshop – free, Register here 
Presenters: Jose Spellman-Lopez - Norris Square Neighborhood Project Urban Garden Manager, Cassie Plummer - Jig-Bee Flower Farm, Amanda Staples - Germantown Kitchen Garden
Questions: Email Dori Cross, Penn State Extension Urban Ag Coordinator at
* This workshop is made possible with support from The Pennsylvania Women's Agricultural Network (PA-WAgN) via funding support from USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Grant #2017-70017026848


Are You Crazy? Farm Market Bus Tour
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. 

 Tuesday, September 24, 2019, 8:00am - 7:30pm
Where: Cumberland County Extension Office
Cost: $280, Register here 
Presenters: Brian Moyer, Alicia Anderson, Tanya Lamo - Penn State Extension


Pastured Livestock Production Workshop
Co-hosted by PA-WAgN and Penn State Extension, this Pastured Livestock Production workshop is an educational day and pasture walk for livestock producers who operate predominantly on a pasture-based housing and nutrition system. Educational discussions will focus on pasture and forage management, beef cattle management, sheep management, and swine management.

When: Tuesday, October 1, 2019, 10:00am - 4:00pm
Where: Yeehaw Farm 51 Rohrer Dr. Duncannon, PA 17020
Cost: $15.00, Register here
Presenters: Liz Bosak - Extension Educator - Penn State Extension; Tara Felix - Beef Extension Specialist - Penn State Extension; Chelsea Hill - Extension Educator - Penn State Extension; Elizabeth Hines - Extension Swine Production Specialist - Penn State Extension; Jessica Williamson - Extension Forage Crop Specialist - Penn State Extension

Questions: Email Patty Neiner,

USDA Programs for Urban Growers: 
Meet Your USDA Service Providers - Learn How to Access USDA Programs - Explore Opportunities for Impacting USDA Programs in Philadelphia. In this interactive session, urban growers will have the opportunity to meet with USDA agencies and service providers to learn about the services they provide, technical and financial assistance, accessing program funding, and impacting USDA programming. Representatives from the Farm Service Agency (FSA), Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Extension Service, and Women’s Ag Network will be present, sharing opportunities and listening to growers about how to better serve them. Specific topics covered include microloans, high tunnel funding, conservation practice funding, educational programs, soil testing, and the ag census. There will also be opportunity for growers to sign up for a farm and tract number with the FSA onsite (required for many USDA programs). *

When: Wednesday, October 2, 2019, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Where: Penn State Extension Philadelphia, 675 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, Pa 19106
Cost: There is no fee to attend this workshop – Free, Register Here
Presenters: Trystin Corliss - State Specialist – FSA, Tiffany Lutz - Farm Loan Manager – FSA, Beth Sassaman - District Conservationist – NRCS, King Whetstone - Regional Director - NASS
Questions: Email Dori Cross,

* This workshop is made possible with support from The Pennsylvania Women's Agricultural Network (PA-WAgN) and NRCS in Pennsylvania . The USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender

Small Engines and Hand Tools, Safety and Maintenance Workshop
Do you work with young people and community members in your farm or garden?  Is maintenance of your growing space a continual challenge?  Are defunct tools and dull knives a daily struggle? Even with the right equipment and the right people, urban farm and garden maintenance can be tough.  Add to that the task of servicing and operating equipment safely with many different stakeholders and garden maintenance can turn quickly from a pleasure to a chore.  But have no fear!  Shane LaBrake is here with a 'Train-the-Trainer' inspired workshop designed to demystify small engine and hand tool operation, safety and maintenance. Specific topics covered will include 2-stroke (ex: weedwhackers) and 4-stroke (ex: lawn mowers) engines, proper hand tool maintenance and use (ex: trowels, shovels, hoes, knives), and strategies you can use for engaging community members around best practices for equipment safety and maintenance.  Participants are encouraged to bring their own equipment and tools to troubleshoot problem areas and gain hands-on experience with topics covered during the workshop

When: Sunday, October 6, 2019, 9:00am - 5:00pm
Where: Bartram's Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19143
Use the Bartram's Garden South Entrance off of 56th Street.  Turn on 56th Street off of Lindbergh Blvd. Go down the hill and under the train bridge. Then make the first left into the Bartram's Garden South Entrance.  Follow the driveway, and there will be a gravel parking lot on your right. The workshop will be held in the near greenhouse across the drive from the parking lot.
Cost: $15.00, Register here
Presenters: Shane LaBrake - Educational Specialist, Spanish translation by Maria Gorgo-Gourovitch - Penn State Extension Horticulture Educator
Questions: Email Dori Cross, Penn State Extension Urban Ag Coordinator at
* This workshop is made possible with support from The Pennsylvania Women's Agricultural Network (PA-WAgN), the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, and  with funding support from USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant #ME44187248.

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