July 10, 2013
Announcing the Newest Certified Organic Slaughterhouse in Pennsylvania!
Kistlers Butcher Shop of Loysville PA has recently been certified organic by PCO. This USDA inspected and Animal Welfare Approved
processing plant now increases the opportunities organic dairy, beef, and swine operators have for processing their meat products and is a great step in removing the barriers organic meat producers have faced in marketing organic meat.
Contact Dennis Kistler
3692 Shermans Valley Road
Loysville, PA 17047
NOP Publishes Request for Public Comment on Time Spent On Record-keeping
The NOP is requesting public comment to better estimate the amount of time organic stakeholders spend developing and maintaining required documentation. Comments due August 27, 2013. For more information see the Federal Register
Summer 2013 Organic Matters Available Online
Cover crops, grazing, and an organic classroom highlight this issue.
Read Leslie's article on the nature of organic community and consider her arguments regarding proposed Farm Bill amendments dealing with organic research and promotions. New board members, organic updates, and a pretty nice piece on this year's FarmFest round out this issue.
Early Registration for FarmFest 5K ends July 15
Race-day is August 3rd and registration begins at 7:30 a.m. at the PCO Welcome Tent. The Fun Walk begins at 8:30 am and the 5K Run starts at 9:00 am. The entry fee is only $15 if postmarked by July 15, 2013 & $20 thereafter. A special kids rate of $10 for those 12 and under if pre-registered by July 15, 2013 and $12 thereafter.
All runners will receive a custom designed short-sleeved t-shirt, and there is a very limited supply on the race day, so book early! Kids size t-shirts are only available with pre-registration.
Runners and walkers can register at the FarmFest 5K website
or call Kathryn at (814) 422-0251 for more info.
JOEL SALATIN TO APPEAR AT FAMILY FARM FESTIVAL
A one-day festival featuring homegrown food, activities, workshops and music
A workshop by Heinz Award-winner, author, farmer and holistic agriculture advocate Joel Salatin highlights the Free Spirit Family Farm Festival
, August 10
at the Free Spirit Recreation Center
and Campground in Landisburg, Perry County, PA.
Salatin, whose farm has been featured in Smithsonian, National Geographic and Gourmet, will address a wide variety of topics including real food and sustainable farming. His humorous
and conviction-based workshops are akin to theatrical performances.
In addition to farming demonstrations, workshops and vendors, this one-day event will also include live entertainment, homegrown food and outdoor activities for the whole family.
The Failor Family welcomes the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture, Pennsylvania Certified Organic, and local family farms including Spiral Path Farms, Earth Spring Farm, North
Mountain Pastures, Jujo Acres and Purple Sol Farm. Music will be provided by Hexbelt, Bailey’s Crossing and the CrossCountry Band. More farms and entertainers will be announced. General admission is just $5.00, Children under 13 are free and the gates open at 12 Noon.
Turnkey Certified Organic Farm w/Well-Established Markets — Lawrence County, Plain Grove, PA
Wanted Office Manager
Part-time position, (free coffee), Barbour's Creek, VA
Submit cover letter and resume to: Mattie at
Grand View Dairy is taking applications for our herdsman position for the 2013 growing season. We run a 120 cow organic, grass based farm in southwest PA. Knowledge of grazing is a must. Housing is also provided. Call Steve for more details, 412-580-9692
or email email@example.com
Retiring certified organic farmer offering a seventy-five acre certified organic farm in Western Pennsylvania, Plain Grove Township Lawrence County. Turnkey operation is available for beef or dairy. The dairy barn is modern with 36 comfort stalls tail-to-tail. Full line of equipment for grain and forage operation with modern grain bins all with aeration floors.
Twenty head of high quality angus brood cows with calves at side. An additional high quality eight to ten heifers of breeding age available. These animals are proficient on forage utilization since I have been a grass fed beef producer since 1980.
Remodeled three-bedroom ranch with great room. Full-size kitchen with new cabinets, countertops, refrigerator, range, dishwasher and floor. New bathroom. Laundry room with washer and dryer hook ups on the main floor. New thermopane windows and new oil furnace. Detached two-car garage with asphalt driveway.
Details available upon request.
Please inquire to:
; Cell phone: 724-730-6488
July 10, 10am-4:00pm
Herbs for Profit: Incorporating Medicinal & Culinary Herbs into Your Business Model
PASA's Farm-Based Education Program
Herb production can open new opportunities for sales to restaurants, CSAs, farm markets, herbal products companies and medicinal markets. Join PASA at Quiet Creek Herb Farm to explore adding or expanding herb production as part of your farm business.
Register online at http://herbs4profit-july11.eventbrite.com/
July 16, 6pm-8pm
FarmFest Activity Party
Old Gregg School, Spring Mills, PA
Aug 2, 1pm-3:30pm
PCO/PA WAgN Organic Dairy Transition Field Day
Ben Stoltzfus Farm
Spring Mills PA
Through the project Mentoring and Supporting Dairy Farmers towards Successful Organic Transitions
, funded by Horizon Organic, Organic Valley, and in partnership with PA Women in Ag Network, prospective organic farmers will learn the transition decision-making process and hone their skills in Organic System Plan development, dry matter intake calculations, organic pasture rule, monitoring systems, materials use, recordkeeping, and best management practices.
Register at http://www.paorganic.org/organic-dairy-field-day-aug-2
For more information contact Lee Rinehart at 814-470-9734 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Aug 13, 10am-3pm
Managing Risk using a Planned Grazing Chart and Biological Monitoring for Practical Management Decision Making, with Troy Bishopp and Susan Beal
James Burkholder Farm
$20 registration includes lunch
Participants will learn and implement a 12-month grazing season risk management plan based on a grazing chart and biological monitoring. Participants will learn to create production, financial, environmental, and personal goals and strategies around grazing season benchmarks and will monitor and track dry matter production weekly for planning decisions to reduce off-farm feed inputs and reduce feed costs by utilizing pasture. Participants will create scenarios and build in pasture recovery times for getting through weather events and plan back in time from projected and/or estimated major events.
For registration information visit the field day website
or contact Lee Rinehart at email@example.com or 814-470-9734.
Ag Progress Days
Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center at Rock Springs
Pennsylvania's largest outdoor agricultural exposition. Sponsored by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. For more information, visit: http://agsci.psu.edu/apd or contact Bob Oberheim: 814-865-2081 or firstname.lastname@example.org
. Visit the PCO Booth in the JD Harrington Building.
Save the Date for the 2nd Annual FarmFest!
August 2-3, 2013
Centre Hall, PA
Join thousands of regional farmers, backyard gardeners, and families
celebrating organic and sustainable living at the 2nd Annual Pennsylvania Organic FarmFest
on August 2nd
at the Grange Fairgrounds in Centre Hall, PA.
Hosted by Pennsylvania Certified Organic (PCO), FarmFest offers a number of opportunities for businesses and organizations to connect with a broad and diverse audience in its Exhibit Hall, Organic Classroom, Handmade & Homegrown Market, Organic Kidspace and more.
FarmFest is a fun and free community-building event that fosters knowledge of organic agriculture and sustainable living through educational opportunities, local foods, lively entertainment, and interactive events.
For more information, contact FarmFest Coordinator, Kathryn Tokarz, at Kathryn@paorganic.org
or 814-422-0251. To learn more about these opportunities, visit the FarmFest website: farmfest.paorganic.org
Special thanks to the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture
, FarmFest 2013 Steward Sponsor!
In existence since 1992, the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable
Agriculture (PASA) continues working to bring farmers together to learn from each other, and to build relationships between those farmers and consumers looking for fresh, wholesome, locally and sustainably produced food.
As the largest statewide, member-based sustainable farming organization in the United States, we seek to improve the economic viability, environmental soundness and social responsibility of food and farming systems in Pennsylvania and across the country. We place great value on efforts to build bridges between broadly diverse participants in the agricultural industry, from "farm to fork."
PASA grew out of the need for an educational and support system for farmers - both experienced and beginning - interested in non-traditional agricultural practices, such as organic, biodynamic and grass-based farming, as well as the desire to create local markets for sustainably produced food.
PASA's mission is the underlying theme of all of our programs - promoting profitable farms that produce healthy food for all people while respecting the natural environment
- as our work is rooted in education, support and outreach.
For Sale, PCO Certified Rye, Oats, Wheat and Straw
Contact Dan DeTurk at 610-972-2864, Berks County
For Sale: Approx. 25-30 round bales of PCO-certified 2012 1st cutting mixed grass hay
; made mature, no rain, stored inside. Bales weigh ~370#. $150/ton or $30/bale. We can load, you haul. Rebersburg, Centre Co. Call 814-777-3341.
For Sale: 203 McCormick International Combine
10ft grain head, 4 cylinder gas engine, 53 bushel grain tank capacity. Built in the early '60s. Operator's manual is with it. Always kept in a shed when not in use. MUST SELL. $2500 obo. Please feel free to call or email me with any questions.
-Thaddeus McQuaide. SW PA, Westmoreland co. Phone: 724-496-5509 Email: email@example.com
PCO Shelled Corn, First Cutting Mixed Hay and Straw
Call Joel Steigman at 717-362-9850. Call for pricing. Dauphin County.
First cutting wrapped hay
Grass and alfalfa, oat straw and oats
Contact: Jonathan Wise
For Sale- Certified Organic Hay
Are you planning for your 2013 forage needs? Marz Farm is taking orders. This year ourfarm is offering small square bale hay: $3.50 per bale or $175 ton (15% moisture), largesquare bales (3' x 3' x 7') at $175 ton (15% moisture), dry round bales: 1000lbs @ $35 and650lbs @ $25, and wrapped bales: 1200lbs @ $55. All square bale hay is stored in doors. Forage tests will be available. We ship throughout the country and have multiple delivery quantities available or pickup at the farm. Free samples will be available. Located in NY Southern Tier between Binghamton and Ithaca , Tioga County . Contact Tony Marzolino :607-657-8534 farm, 315-378-5180 cell, or firstname.lastname@example.org
For Sale- PCO Certified Organic Hay
Small square bales, Potter County. Call for price. Contact James: 570-439-7196
For Sale- Organic Corn
Master's Choice high digestibility. Booking 2013 Hay, 4x4 Baleage or Dry. Take delivery at harvest for discounts. Hauling available. 570-772-6095. Tioga County.
For Sale- Good Dairy Hay
Contact John K. Fisher at 717-768-0009. 30A Hollander Road, Gordonville, PA 17529.
For Sale- Certified Organic Barley new crop June ’13
Michael Moore Kent Co. MD, MDA Certifier
For Sale: Organic Yukon Gold and Russet Potatoes
Contact Eli Peachy at 717-935-2878. Belleville, PA.
B&J Farm. Union Co. 570-412-1392
Available in totes or bulk.
Dan Landis at Landisdale Farms. Delivery Available.
717-304-9386 or LandisdaleFarm@gmail.com
For Sale- 8 Lilliston over the row gangs
that mount on a 5X7 or 7X7 toolbar. Gangs are set up with discs, but can be easily converted to spiders if so desired. For pictures or more information please contact Steve Berlekamp at email@example.com call 419-680-5238.
For Sale: 8x14' cooler trailer on wheels,
220volts,compressor motor-$1200 Ephrata, PA Call Dave: 717-201-7867
For Sale: 30x96 (12' high) Gothic high tunnel,
double inflatable plastic, all season tunnel, sidewall hights 4' three purlins- $4000 similar greenhouse: www.gothicarchgreenhouses.com (list price for new $10,600) Ephrata, PA Call Dave: 717-201-7867
4-row s-tine cultivator
White. $950. Contact Dan Landis, Lanisdale Farm 717-304-9386. LandisdaleFarm@gmail.com
22' by 24' by 16' high walk in cooler, new condenser and evaporator. The cooler is dismantled and ready to load. Asking $22,000.00 Contact Dan Landis, Landisdale Farm 717-304-9386. LandisdaleFarm@gmail.com
Organic feeder pigs for sale
Certified by PCO
610-488-6471 or 610-488-7673
John Hartranft Berks County
PCO Certified Organic, 12 open or short-bred heifers
Call Joe Hertzler for more information: 607-582-7316 (8-8:30am best time to call) Seneca County, NY
Certified Organic Slaughtering Facility
Rising Spring Meat Company
Spring Mills, PA: Centre County
For Hire - Agricultural trucking services by Jim Weiss Trucking
. Flatbed, lowboy and van trailer services. Custom hauling or regular deliveries. Equipment or any ag commodities. Reasonable rates, great service, and always on time. 30+ years experience in the ag industry. Call anytime 607-725-1760.
Wanted to buy: Tine Weeder
- prefer Einbock. will consider others. Frank Reed
717-665-2442, 717-468-0243, firstname.lastname@example.org
Wanted: Tine weeder
, all makes considered, 10' or larger. Washington County 724 350 5891 Randy Metz
Wanted: Organic Raw Milk
ACF Organics, LLC, d/b/a/ Amish Country Farms located in Totowa, NJ is looking to procure certified organic raw milk from farmers in Pennsylvania. Ken Tensen: 800-990-3447 ext. 202.
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Spring Mills, PA 16875
814-422-0251 - Fax 814-422-0255
Assuring the integrity of organic products!
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