Friday Workshops

Our Friday and Saturday workshop series offers something for everyone. You are not required to select the sessions you will attend when you register. Descriptions of the workshops will be available in our mobile app, available prior to the conference, as well as our program book, available on-site.

The registration desk will open and a continental breakfast and beverages will be available at 7am. Lunch is not included in the registration; you may purchase the conference lunch, pack your own, or take advantage of one of the two on-site restaurants.

Please note that this page is updated to reflect workshop additions and speaker cancellations as they happen. This list may not match what was listed at the time the brochure went to press.

Friday 8:30-9:50am

Biodynamic Farming Principles & Practices
Laura Riccardi Lyvers, BioAg Resources & Mac Mead, Pfeiffer Center

Native Appalachian Medicinal Forest Plants: Finding a Niche in Forest Herbs
Eric Burkhart, Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center & John Munsell, Virgnia Tech

Lean Vegetable Growing: Tips & Techniques
Ben Hartman, Clay Bottom Farm

QuickBooks for Farmers
Julia Shanks, Julia Shanks Food Consulting

The Independent Homestead: Reducing Off-Farm Inputs
Beth & Shawn Dougherty, The Sow’s Ear Farm & Pottery

The Dynamics of Farming with Family: A Panel Discussion
Terra & Will Brownback, Spiral Path Farm; Anna Santini & Brooks Miller, North Mountain Pastures; Linda Shanahan & Eric Vander Hyde, Barefoot Gardens

Allium Pests & Diseases from Allium Leaf Miner to Rot
Beth Gugino, Dana Roberts, & Shelby Fleischer, Penn State University

Mycotoxins, Manure Signals, & Health Issues in Poultry
Casey Trinkaus, The Fertrell Company

Growing Cut Flowers for Market, CSA, & Events
Charis Lindrooth, Red Earth Farm

DGA: Formal Apprenticeship as a Pathway to a Successful Farming Career
Altfrid Krusenbaum, Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship

Fruit Tree Planting & Establishment
Lee Reich, Springtown Farmden

Why the Farm Bill Matters: Subsidies, GMOs, Pollution, & Big Opportunities
Colin O’Neil, Environmental Working Group

Managing Cover Crops with Reduced Tillage for Improved Soil Health
Bill Curran, Ron Hoover, & Wade Esbenshade, Penn State University

Farmers & Local Government: What’s in It for Me?
Judy Chambers, Penn State Extension

The Graziers Tool Box: Improving Pasture Productivity & Quality
Sarah Flack, Sarah Flack Consulting

100% Beef: Farmers & Processors Work Together to Use the Whole Animal
Kristina & Tony Page, Rooster Street Butcher Shop & Cathy Pomanti, Sugar Hill Farm

Friday 12:50-2:10pm

Farmers Market Management: Who’s Running the Show?
Judy Chambers & Brian Moyer, Penn State Extension

The Biodynamic Preparations: Connecting to Our Plants, Animals, & Farms
Laura Riccardi Lyvers, BioAg Resources

Q & A: Applying Lean to Your Farm
Ben Hartman, Clay Bottom Farm

Marketing for All: How to Stop Overthinking & Get Back to the Basics
Angela Corrado, Against The Grain LLC

Farm Hack: Democracy, Tools, & Soil
Dorn Cox, Farm Hack & Tuckaway Farms

Integrating Laying Hens on a Vegetable Farm
George Brittenburg, Taproot Farm

Growing Sweet Potatoes from Start to Finish
Pam Dawling, Twin Oaks Community

An Introduction to Vegetable Transplant Production
Sarah Bay, Tuscarora Organic Growers Cooperative

Sheep 101: How to Have A Successful First Year
Caroline Owens, Owens Farm

Unshelling the Chestnut Industry from Orchard Planting to Marketing the Harvest
Ian Cheek, I.M. Chestnuts & Gary Gilmore, PA DCNR

Q & A: Conversation with Our Keynoter
Janisse Ray, Farmer/Author/Ecologist

Data-Driven Farming & Citizen Science with FARMDATA
Franklin Egan, PASA; Trey Flemming, Two Gander Farm; Matt Steiman, Dickinson College Farm

Q & A: Nutrient Management on Organic Farms
Heather Darby, University of Vermont

Pennsylvania Farm Policy Roundtable
Heidi Secord, PA Farmers Union; Erin Smith, PA Department of Agriculture; Geoffrey Whaling, PA Hemp Industry Council

Growing Food & Community through Multi Plot Urban Farming
Sunil Patel, Patchwork Urban Farms

Freezing Local Food to Address Health Issues & Food Waste
Anna Dawson, Hometown Foods LLC


Membership Meetings

Join members of the PASA Staff and Board and your PASA neighbors to discuss what’s happening in PASA. These sessions are a great opportunity to network and get engaged for the coming growing season.

Friday 3:40-5pm

Preventing Pasture Pitfalls: Learning from Our Livestock & Pastures
Sarah Flack, Sarah Flack Consulting

Biodynamics & Permaculture: Intertwining Holistic Farming Systems
Stewart Lundy, Perennial Roots Farm

High Tunnel Raspberry Production
Claire & Rusty Orner, Quiet Creek Herb Farm & Kathy Demchak, Penn State Extension

Mixing Your Cover Crop Cocktail
Ebony Murrell & Dave Mortensen, Penn State University

Preparing for & Protecting the Farm from the Cost of Long Term Care
Karen Hackman, RHP Law Group LLC

Baby Carriers around the Farm…for Babies & Much More!
Rachel Gaston-Pifer, CBWS Certified Babywearing Consultant

Sustainable Energy Projects on the Farm
Matt Steiman, Dickinson College Farm & Don Kretschmann, Kretschmann Organic Farm

Creating Enterprises to Take Advantage of Opportunities on Your Farm
Gabe Brown, Brown’s Ranch

Rotational No-Till & Insectary Strips for Organic Cucumber Production
Gladis Zinati, Rodale Institute

Goat Health Triage: Learning to Read the Signs & Keep a Healthy, Holistic Herd
Gianaclis Caldwell, Pholia Farm

What Eaters Want
Simon Huntley, Small Farm Central

Climate Change: Why & How to Reverse Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Mark Dixon, Blue Lens LLC

Developing a Soil Health Plan & Integrating Test Results
Dan Kittredge, Bionutrient Food Association

Food Rescue: A Grassroots Response to Food Waste & Food Inequality
Cathy Snyder, Rolling Harvest Food Rescue

Cheese from Sunlight & Rain
Jonathan White, Bobolink Dairy & Bakehouse