Pa. sustainable ag conference to focus on hope, healing


MILLHEIM, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) will present the 26th annual Farming for the Future Conference in February at the Penn Stater Conference Center in State College.

Full day tracks take place Feb. 1 and half-day sessions on Feb., 2 for in-depth learning. On Feb. 3 and Feb. 4, attendees will listen to keynotes, workshops, discussion sessions and opportunities for networking.

Conference theme

This year’s conference theme is “Hope, Farm, Heal,” recognizing the inextricable link between sustainable agriculture and healing through regenerative processes, both within the natural ecosystem, as well as within human society.

Agricultural leaders from across North America will gather to share their wisdom and experience with attendees.

On Friday, keynote speaker Janisse Ray — activist, naturalist, and internationally-recognized poet and writer — will speak about healing ourselves and our ecosystems, and finding hope in nurturing a relationship with nature.

Saturday’s keynote speaker, Gabe Brown, will speak to his family’s holistic management practices on their farm and ranch in North Dakota. Full-day tracks on Wednesday and half-day sessions on Thursday provide the opportunity to focus on specific topics including soil health, strawberries, grazing, organic grains, data-driven farming, lean farming, commercial herbs and forest-grown medicinals, and adapting to climate change.

Friday and Saturday schedules consist of multiple workshops and focus group sessions spaced over the course of the day.

Grazing consultant Sarah Flack, lean farming guru Ben Hartman, fruit specialist Lee Reich, and biological farming expert Dan Kittredge are among the featured speakers.

Get registered

Registration is required to attend. Pre-registration closes Jan. 24.

On-site registration is available, at increased rates. For more information, call 814-349-9856, or visit


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