From PASA's Executive Director

To the Readers of Grid,

All of us at the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) are delighted to share our story with folks who truly understand the importance of building a food system that not only helps to keep good farmers on the land, but good environmental practices in the field and good food on your tables.

PASA is a statewide organization, but our reputation as one of the most “with it” agricultural communities around extends throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and, indeed, to the whole country. With nearly 6,000 members, we are also one of the largest groups anywhere working on sustainability issues on farms in both an intentional and intensive way. Our mission is to promote profitable farms that produce healthy food for all people while respecting the natural environment.

There are many ways you can participate in PASA’s programs, some of which you’ll find highlighted in these pages. If you want to farm, or just want to watch, maybe you’ll attend one of our very popular Farm-Based Education Field Days held throughout the year. Or, if you want to learn from and meet others who love sustainable agriculture, please join us at our Farming for the Future Conference, held in State College, PA every February, which draws 2,000 participants from nearly every state and several foreign countries. But if you really love the great food our farmers work so hard to produce, take a look on buylocalpa.org to see where you can find it, or join our Good Food Neighborhood™ to stay in touch with others who are in the know.

PASA is not just an educational program or advocacy group—we actually believe the world can be changed in real time, one food dollar at a time. We’d love to have you join us in that effort, on behalf of the farms, our food and the entire planet.

Brian Snyder
Executive Director of PASA