Sustainable agriculture educational events.
Penn State Extension
Various programming across the state.
Penn State: Start Farming
The program’s goal is to enhance the success of beginning farmers by providing information and hands-on training in production, marketing, financial management, as well as land and other resource acquisition.
Quiet Creek Herb Farm & School of Country Living
If you enjoy natural living, you will love what Quiet Creek has to offer! Quiet Creek Herb Farm and School of Country Living is a non-profit dedicated to increasing the public awareness of conservation, ecological thinking and healthful sustainable living. Come and wander through our lush gardens of organic vegetables, herbs and edible flowers. Explore our 30 acres of nature trails, wind/solar energy system, yurt, earthen oven, straw bale house and benches. We feature our own herbal teas, soaps, salves, and mushrooms. We also carry whole foods, local art, essential oils, and literature to enhance healthy living. We provide education-based experiences to schools, churches, organizations and friend/family groups. We offer a wide variety of classes and intensive seminars for students of all ages and levels. Please come visit us and join our sustainable learning community. We also have a 30 acre farm available for leasing and will assist others in developing a non-profit farm school on their property.
The Seed Farm
A new farmer training program and farm business incubator (located in Emmaus, PA in the Lehigh Valley, eliminating the top three barriers to new farm entry by providing new farmers access to land, equipment, and training.
Rodale Institute – Veteran Farming Program
Our primary program is a partnership between Rodale Institute and Delaware Valley University. The Organic Farming Certificate Program, http://www.delval.edu/continuing-and-professional-studies/credit-certificate-programs/organic-farming-program, is a program that received a USDA, NIFA Beginning Farmer Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) grant in December 2014. This program is open to all veterans and civilians who are interested in organic agriculture. Veterans are able to use their GI Bill and civilians can apply for financial aid with the certificate program. Our secondary program, the Veteran Farmer Training Program offers tailored, flexible, two-to-four month training in organic farming, that includes a stipend and housing allowance. This program targets the needs of those veterans who are interested in organic agriculture, but are not sure if they want to make a career change into agriculture or who do not want to return to a college setting. This training can occur at Rodale Institute in Kutztown, PA and applicants are able to apply from April to September. This is a link to the application for this program, http://rodaleinstitute.org/assets/Application-VeteranFarmerTraining-1.pdf. This program is funded through grants received from Newman’s Own Foundation and a donor in the Lehigh Valley who wishes to remain anonymous. This program is exclusive to veterans.
The Center for Produce Safety
CPS Mission The Center for Produce Safety provides and shares ready-to-use, science-based solutions to prevent or minimize produce safety vulnerabilities. CPS is an industry-wide partnership. Industry-wide problems require industry-wide brainpower. CPS brings together leaders from industry, government and the scientific and academic communities to identify the most pressing research needs, fund the most promising investigations and advance real-world solutions. We are largely a volunteer-run organization, with just three paid staff and minimal overhead. In 2014, CPS funded research projects in 9 states, from California to Massachusetts, from Michigan to Colorado. CPS was launched as a public-private partnership and is now international in scope with projects in 5 countries around the globe. CPS has compiled an impressive seven-year body of work, awarding $16.4 million and funding 100 one- to two-year research projects at 30 universities and organizations. First, last and always, it’s about the research. CPS provides our industry with credible, independent, science-based research that is applicable across the produce supply chain. Our Technical Committee provides the necessary scrutiny and tight controls needed to ensure funded research projects are practical, measurable and translatable. Issues range from employee hygiene to wash water sanitation, to the use of soil amendments and composting, to addressing the management of domestic animals near farms and irrigation sources. Education completes the loop. CPS does more than fund research. It’s critical that we disseminate the results of that research and ensure that new knowledge is put to use across the supply chain. Our annual symposium — augmented by year-round seminars, webinars and reports — equips industry leaders to implement actionable steps to ensure positive food safety outcomes. CPS provides knowledge of industry processes, applications, varieties and conditions to academia and the research community to better target and direct research that will have immediate application in the produce industry. Our educational efforts extend to regulatory agencies as we partner with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Centers for Disease Control and others to shape food safety guidelines.
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