PCO to attend Keystone Farm Show with Organic Exhibit
PCO invites members to stop by their exhibit booth at the Keystone Farm Show next week, January 3-5 at York Fairgrounds in York, Pennsylvania. Located in Building 3, booth space W-341, PCO’s Education Director Lee Rinehart will be on hand to discuss organic certification with interested farmers from across the mid-Atlantic. The Keystone Farm Show is an exclusive event, advertised only to full-time farmers and the event’s organizers anticipate over 10,00 visitors this year. PCO will be one of over 350 exhibitors at the show and welcomes members to stop by and chat with prospective organic farmers.
Information as well as an exhibitor list and grounds maps are available at http://www.keystonefarmshow.com/
Journeyman Farm Helpers
2 full time experienced helpers sought by highly successful, diversified certified organic fruit and vegetable farm. With over 30 years of growing organic produce, Kretschmann Farm has been very successful supplying Pittsburgh area consumers with their produce needs, now via a 1000+ member CSA. We'd like to continue to build a stable professional crew with the help of highly motivated and hard working individuals committed to farming and sustainability. Tasks and responsibilities range from the mundane--like driving produce for delivery, simple machine maintenance, and hoeing weeds in the carrots, to the complexities of pruning fruit trees and timing irrigation water, to sublime tasks like arranging crop rotations on fields of varying shapes, slopes, soils, exposure, and fertility. Pittsburgh area. 2-3 yr. experience desired. Salary/benefits commensurate w/ experience/committment. See www.kretschmannfarm.com
for introduction and application. References a must.
Investors, Equity Partnerships and/or Strategic Business Relationships
Established Eastern Pennsylvania Natural and Organic Foods Processor seeking investors, equity partnerships, and/or strategic business relationships in order to take advantage of rapidly expanding sales opportunities and growth potential. All situations and proposals considered. Contact Ben by email email@example.com
for a business information sheet.
23 Acre Farm for long term Lease or Sale
Located outside Aiken, S. Carolina in Williston, SC. This is an opportunity to lease or own a farm to extend your growing season, be able to grow some other types of products or move your entire operation. This property is located in flat, sandy, quiet countryside of western S. Carolina. Warm in the wintertime! Property has cleared areas and planted pines. Currently no residence, but a mobile home or cabin could be set immediately as there are wells, septic, and electricity available. There a few small usable storage and livestock keeping structures. The property has never had any types of chemical treatments lending itself to quick organic recognition. There is a small well fed pond which could be utilized in a number of ways. Location is close to good markets (some include Aiken, SC, Columbia, SC, Augusta, GA, Charleston, SC) and East coast truck routes. Suggested types of crops are asparagus, strawberries, peanuts, cotton. Hunting and fishing nearby for those so inclined. Other small parcels close by may be available as well. For further details call Deb Cohen 410-472-9158 or 443-739-9158.
Pennsylvania Certified Organic Office Closings
PCO will be closed January 2nd.
January 4, February 29, March 14
Winter Wednesday Lunch Series: Vegetable Production Webinars
Time: noon—1 pm
Cost: $15 for the series of four
(payable by check or credit card)
Register online or by phone:
Click on “Vegetable Production Webinars”
No computer? No problem! Call toll-free 1-877-489-1398
The Penn State Extension Vegetable and Small Fruit Program presents a series of webinars to keep you informed on critical production issues. The series provides convenient access to timely updates in vegetable and small fruit production for extension educators, producers and industry representatives in Pennsylvania and surrounding states.
Topics and Speakers
January 4: New Resources for Beginning Organic Vegetable Growers: What You Need to Know and Where to Find It. Tianna DuPont, Penn State Extension.
February 29: Vegetable Disease Management: What You Need to Know for 2012. Beth Gugino, Penn State Department of Plant Pathology. (2 recertification category 03 and 18 credits)
March 14: New Insect Pests. Shelby Fleischer and Greg Krawczyk, Penn State Department of Entomology, and Kathy Demchack, Penn State Department of Horticulture. (2 recertification category 03 and 18 credits)
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Keystone Farm Show
The Keystone Farm Show is the fastest growing farm show on the East Coast! Started in January of 1998 to address the needs of agrimarketers in the Mid-Atlantic area, the show has nearly tripled in size! The Keystone Farm Show has been extended to 3 days to accommodate the increase in attendance. http://www.keystonefarmshow.com/
Be sure to stop by the PCO Booth (#341). Lee Rinehart, PCO's Education and Outreach Director, will be on hand to answer questions! Would you like to volunteer to staff PCO's Booth? For more information, or to volunteer, please contact Kathryn@paorganic.org.
January 9-13, 2012
Annual NOFA Accreditation Course in Organic Land Care: TEACHING LAND CARE PROFESSIONALS TO “GO ORGANIC”
The five-day intensive course provides professionals and master gardeners with the education needed to create thriving landscapes. “Our course teaches a way of landscaping that is much healthier for people, by not using toxic chemicals that get in our skin, our lungs and our water. The same methods also promote and respect biodiversity, creating a better environment for everyone,” says Bill Duesing, CT NOFA Executive Director.
This year, NOFA will be offering a group discount of 15% off total registration to any company, agency or organization sending three or more members or employees to the Accreditation Course. For information, contact the Program Coordinator, Caro Roszell at (508) 360-0874 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.nofamass.org/programs/landcare/
to register online.
PCO's Pasture Rule and 2012 Standards Meeting
Lititz Mennonite Reception Center
10-12 Pasture Rule Meeting, 12-1 Lunch, and 1-3:30 Standards Meeting
Cost: Both meetings are free for PCO members; lunch is included. Standards Meeting is free for non-members. A $40 fee will be charged for non-members to attend the Pasture Rule Meeting.
To Register: Contact the PCO office by phone, email, or fax by Friday, January 6th* OR register online at: http://www.paorganic.org/standardsmeeting2012
email@example.com, (p) 814-422-0251, (f) 814-422-0255
*Pre-registration is preferred but walk-ins will be welcomed.
NOFA NY 30th Annual Organic Farming and Gardening Conference: Cooperative Economy
To register for the 2012 NOFA-NY Winter Conference, please contact Katie Nagle-Caraluzzo, Member-ship and Registration Coordinator: (585) 271-1979, ext. 512 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOFA-NJ's 22nd Annual Winter Conference: Cultivating Change- Growing the Organic Movement
Register now for the premier sustainable food and agriculture event in New Jersey! The 2012 NOFA-NJ Winter Conference promises more sessions, more activities, and more fun than ever before. To get started, use the left menu to see what's new this year!
Register before 1/6/11 and receive a $20 discount!
Become a NOFA-NJ Member and receive a $15 discount again!
Register for Saturday AND Sunday and receive complimentary admission to the Saturday Farmer Mixer (single-day registrants can purchase a ticket for $10).
If you register for Saturday or Sunday, receive a discount on two fantastic Pre-Conference Workshops on Friday, January 27. For more information, or to register, visit: http://www.nofanj.org/winterconference.htm
February 2, 2012
PCO's Annual Meeting
PCO Celebrates 15 Years of Cultivating Organic Fields, Farms and Families
Penn Stater Conference Center
State College, PA
Winter is a great time for farmers to get together and create excitement for the upcoming growing season… call it a coping mechanism for getting through a cold and snowy winter. Honoring organic farms and organizations for the remarkable work they do all year long, as well as an address by Penn State’s Dean of Agriculture and a networking reception will be part of Pennsylvania Certified Organic’s Annual Meeting on February 2, 2012, in State College, PA.
This year’s Annual Meeting celebrates PCO at “15 Years Strong: Cultivating Organic Fields, Farms, and Families,” and includes an Organic Reception, from 2-5pm, that will serve as a gathering place for members and anyone interested in organic agriculture. A special highlight to this year’s Annual Meeting is a Keynote Presentation by Dr. Bruce McPheron, Dean of Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.
Registration, Sponsorship and Exhibitor Information for PCO Annual Meeting
Date/Time: Thursday, February 2, 2012, Reception 2 pm; Meeting 5 pm
Location: Penn Stater Conference Center, State College, PA
Reception/Meeting Cost: Free and open to all, both members and non-members.
Exhibitor/Sponsorship Costs: Various levels available, contact Kathryn Tokarz at Kathryn@paorganic.org or (p) 814-422-0251 or visit: www.paorganic.org/AnnualMeeting2012
To register or for more information: Visit: www.paorganic.org/AnnualMeeting2012 or contact the PCO office by phone, email, or fax:
email@example.com, (p) 814-422-0251, (f) 814-422-0255. Preregistration by January 20th preferred; walk-ins welcome.
Dinner is available following the Annual Meeting. Contact PASA at www.pasafarming.org
or 814-349-9856 to register for the “Thursday Evening Winter Picnic Buffet”.
For directions, information about the Penn Stater, or room reservations contact the Penn Stater at: 814-863-5000
For more events, check out the PCO website Event Calendar page