Monthly Archives: March 2013



These classes may be taken individually or as a set. Designed for farmers who want to diversify their operations to include grass-fed or pasture raised meats: beef, lamb, goats and swine. (No feathers here) And for chefs and food producers who wish to expand their knowledge of growing, handling and cooking grass-fed, pasture raised meats. Both days $195.00

Saturday, April 13, 2013

10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

$100.00 includes lunch

Participants will be led on a pasture walk by Catskill Delaware Permaculture retired NRCS conservation specialist George Stang on the Hardler Farm in Northeast Pennsylvania. They will learn about pasture and herd management and growing forages suitable for climates in the northeast and to produce quality meat for markets and restaurants.

Sunday April 14, 2013

10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

$100. Includes lunch



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Selling to the Wholesale Marketplace Free Workshop Honesdale PA March 18

Presented by Fair Food Philadelphia

With funding from The Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture

When: Monday March 18th, 9am – 3pm

Where: The Cooperage, 1030 Main Street, Honesdale PA 18431 in Wayne Co.

Selling to wholesale customers such as restaurants, grocery stores, and distributors can help farmers grow their business and their income. This workshop is designed to introduce farmers to a variety of wholesale markets and help them decide which customers fit their style of operation.

The workshop will cover:

  • Wholesale customers: who they are, what they want, and how they want it
  • Communication: what you have to sell, how you let them know about it, and how you keep them hooked
  • Logistics: packing, packaging, PLU’s and PO numbers, and getting paid
  • Compliance: know what you need – licenses, insurance, food safety
  • Strength in numbers: working together to aggregate and bring the food to market

Learn from industry professionals and farmers who are making it work.


To register please email:

A delicious lunch will be provided courtesy of Ant Hill Farm.

Please arrive at 8:45am so we can start promptly at 9am.


The Presenters

Ann Karlen is the executive director of Fair Food in Philadelphia. Ann and Fair Food have been connecting local farmers with businesses and consumers for over a decade, promoting the importance of family farms and creating a year-round marketplace for fresh, local and humane food products in the Greater Philadelphia region.


Lindsay Gilmour is the chef/owner of Organic Planet Handcrafted Foods and a long time local food systems advocate. In addition to her personal chef services, Lindsay works on Farmer Outreach and Product Development for Common Market Philadelphia, a local food distributor. Lindsay is the former Farm to Institution Program Manager at Fair Food and the current board co-chair.

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Call Your Senator Today!


Demand Fix to Important Farm Programs

This fall, Congress made a mistake that prevents farmers from signing up for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) this year, leaving over 9,000 farmers high and dry.
Today, the Senate will take up their own version of the bill to fund government programs through the rest of 2013. They have a chance to fix this mistake and restore funding for key sustainable agriculture programs. 
Don’t let Congress leave these programs stranded.  Speak out today!  Please call:Senator Gillibrand at (202) 224-4451

Senator Schumer at (202) 224-6542


An example message is:

“I’m calling about the Continuing Resolution.  Please tell the Senator to fix the Conservation Stewardship Program so USDA can hold a farmer sign-up this year.  Also tell the Senator to support mandatory funding in the bill for the programs that were stranded in the farm bill extension, including:

  • Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program
  • Organic Agriculture Research & Extension Initiative
  • National Organic Certification Cost Share Program

These programs are important to sustainable NYS farmers, and they must be funded.”
Just a few minutes of your time will make a real difference in the lives of sustainable NYS farmers.
Kate Mendenhall Executive Director, NOFA-NY

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