Special Features

Benefit Raffle

PASA’s Annual Fundraiser — with a Twist!

A tradition for 14 years, PASA has brought a beautiful and useful collection of wares and services to the conference via our various Benefit Auctions. This activity has been rewarding to our donors, items winners, and PASA. We’d like to thank all who have contributed in your own way over the many years.

For the 2017 conference we are going to mix it up. We’re developing an exciting Raffle with a few carefully chosen spectacular prizes – including our premier item: a BCS walk-behind tractor!

The 6 other Big Raffle Packages include:

  • The Vegetable Grower Package
  • The Livestock Producer Package
  • The Poultry Producer Package
  • The Homesteader/Gardener Package
  • The Locavore Package
  • The Cheese & Heritage Grain Experience

The Benefit Raffle will debut on Thursday evening in Dean’s Hall and run through Saturday afternoon.

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Attendees can stop by the PASA Mercantile to stock up on PASA-related gear and browse a selection of books specially selected for our agriculturally inclined audience. If you left your reusable water bottle at home, get one here! If you’re in need of a fleece to keep you warm, check out the selection!


Info board pictureA three-dimensional community board! The PASA community’s classified ad section is a great place to learn about new resources and stay connected with the sustainable agriculture community. Got information to share? Get it into the hands of conference attendees! Posters, fliers, magazines, catalogs, newspapers and other reading materials are all welcome. Bring your materials with you to the conference or, if you would like to send the information ahead of time, call PASA or email helen@pasafarming.org to make arrangements.


We love our books! Especially the broad selection brought in for the conference. We proudly feature books authored by this year’s speakers and will have book signings throughout the show. A fun place to browse and dream, please be sure to stop by the PASA BookNook & Mercantile.

CGP final logo_LARGE COLORSpecial thanks to our BookNook underwriter Chelsea Green – a leader in bringing the politics and practice of sustainable living to the world.

Swap Seeds

One person’s extra seeds are treasures for another! Bring along your extra or saved open-pollinated seeds to share, and swap them for some new varieties to take home. It’s easy to join in the PASA Seed Swap!Seed Swap

  • Gather the seeds you’d like to share.
  • Place your seeds in envelopes or bags clearly labeled with
    • plant name & variety
    • location and date seeds were saved
    • include your contact information if you’re willing
  • Bring them with you to the conference.
  • Drop your seeds off at the swap table and browse for some new-to-you seeds to plant this spring.

The seed swap area will be open from Friday until late afternoon Saturday. Seed company representatives will be on hand during social hours to answer your seed-growing and seed-saving questions.


Immerse yourself in the hustle and bustle of the conference by touring PASA’s well known TradeShow. This showcase of organizations and businesses reflects PASA’s mission, to equip, educate and inspire you to continue to work for a more sustainable world. Our exhibitors are all part of the agricultural community, from farming tools and services to educational opportunities – and everything in-between. Be sure to visit our TradeShow during breaks in the educational programming.

Cheese Tasting

Thursday Evening
PLI_6930Join some of your favorite cheesemakers and discover tasty new fromage during the Thursday evening Social Hour. Sample a variety of artisan cheeses and make your purchases to take home. Be warned – you might not have room for dinner after this tasty social hour!

Thursday Night Music!

Following the Thursday Dinner, Chuck Darwin & the Knuckle-Draggers will take the stage.

The Knuckle-Draggers bring influences from many styles, but it all comes back to root music: country, folk, blues, bluegrass, old-timey, string band, jug band music. Come prepared to clap, tomp, and sing along. Everyone is invited to join and dance the night away!

Music is free to everyone attending. Doors open at 8pm.

Knitting Circle

Friday & Saturday Mornings

Bring along your knitting needles and start your days at the conference with some creative social time. Conference knitters gather on the cozy couches by the Penn Stater fireplace on Friday and Saturday mornings. If knitting isn’t your craft of choice, please feel free to join in with your own project – sewers, chrocetters, cross stitchers and others are also welcome! Meet new friends, share yarn, patterns, tips and ideas! Supplies not provided.

Yoga Classes

Friday & Saturday Mornings, 7:00am
Get energized for the day ahead with yoga on Friday and Saturday morning, led by teachers from Tri-Yoga® of Central Pennsylvania. Bring your own mat if you have one, wear comfortable clothing and come prepared to breathe, move and focus. Two sections will be offered: a gentler Basics Tri-Yoga® Flows and Level One Tri-Yoga® Flows, on a first-come, first-served basis.


Sustainable Movie Screening

Friday, 9pm


Everyone is invited to join a screening of How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change on Thursday evening after the live music. This is not a ticketed event. The movie will begin at 9pm on Thursday.

In How to Let Go of the World and Love All The Things Climate Can’t Change, Oscar Nominated director Josh Fox (GASLAND) continues in his deeply personal style, investigating climate change – the greatest threat our world has ever known. Traveling to 12 countries on 6 continents, the film acknowledges that it may be too late to stop some of the worst consequences and asks, what is it that climate change can’t destroy? What is so deep within us that no calamity can take it away?

Not rated, suitable for older children and adults