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Come Learn with Us!

brian_slider3-246x300Each year our Farming for the Future Conference seeks to inform our members of the latest innovations in sustainable agriculture, while also giving them an opportunity to celebrate the past year and look forward to the next. As our 24th annual conference approaches, we are especially mindful that our community is part of a movement that has taken the national and international stage and is making a real difference. Whether we’re talking about sensible food safety, food sovereignty in a time of tremendous environmental and social challenges, or limiting the influence of genetic engineering in farming, this movement toward more sustainable food systems offers great promise for the future of our society.

Our theme this year builds on the success of last year’s conference, when we began to look more closely at the role of nature in leading us toward sustainability. We will be exploring our reliance on Nature as Mentor this year, with an emphasis on the part we all play as students, and not masters, of the precious resources at our hands. As such, it is a proper relationship with the natural world we seek, in helping to heal the damage that has accumulated over time, while also healing our own bodies of the ravages of an industrial food system run amuck. Never before have we known so much about the choices that must be made and stood so powerless to turn the tide wrought by cheap and faceless food. Maybe this is because it’s not really “power” that we lack or need, but an attitude of openness to learn from and a willingness to acknowledge the healing energy inherent in nature. Maybe sometimes we need to stop and pay attention to the way nature can heal itself, if we just get out of the way.

We look forward to welcoming you to this latest edition of one of the largest and most respected gatherings of sustainable agriculture experts and enthusiasts anywhere in the world. Come join us as we continue to break ground for a new vision of agriculture, and to sow seeds of hope for the future!

Brian Snyder
Executive Director, PASA

Our annual Farming for the Future Conference is PASA’s signature event and our main vehicle for community building. Widely regarded as the best of its kind in the East, this event brings together an audience of over 2,000 farmers, processors, consumers, students, environmentalists and business and community leaders annually. Each year, we feature:

  • Intensive pre-conference programming to give you in-depth training on focused topics.
  • Over 100 80-minute workshops on a variety of topics – there’s something for everyone!
  • TradeShow with exhibitors representing the best of the sustainable agriculture business community.
  • Delicious social hour receptions and meals featuring regionally sourced ingredients.
  • An ag-themed Future Farmers program for kids (K to Grade 8).
  • Many special events to entertain, educate, and more – including music, movies, yoga, knitting circles, seed swap, and much more.

Join us for an event that will inspire you to get back out into your fields or gardens for another year of sustainable food production!