The Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture is gearing up for their annual “Farming for the Future” conference this week (Feb. 1-4), which will include the presentation of their leadership awards.
This year, Philadelphia’s own Mary Seton Corboy of Greensgrow Farms in Kensington will receive the Sustainable Ag Leader Award, while the Sustainable Ag Business Leadership award is going to Frankferd Farms Foods of Saxonburg, Pa.
The awards, given as part of the PASA-bilities Leadership Award Series, were created to honor the individuals and businesses leading the way to a sustainable food future.
Corboy began Greensgrow Farms in 1997, when she started growing gourmet lettuce. Since then, she’s expanded into a nursery, a farm stand and a 600-member CSA program—all on a single acre, a former galvanized steel plant site in Kensington. (Check out Grid’s September 2010 cover story on Corboy.)
Frankferd Food Farms, family owned and operated, was started 30-years ago when T. Lyle Ferderber and his wife left college and began grinding flour. Today, the Ferderbers run a farm, flour mill and natural foods warehouse.
Greensgrow and Frankferd are just two of the incredible farms part of Pennsylvania’s sustainable agriculture movement. Read about other PASA members in Grid’s annual Farmbook, hitting stands next week with our March issue.
For more information on the PASA conference, “Breaking Ground for a New Agriculture: Cultivating Versatility and Resilience,” visit pasafarming.org/conference2012.
-- Anna Louise Neiger