July 28, 9:30 am to 10 pm
July 29, 9 am to 7 pm
The Pennsylvania House of Representative’s Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee unanimously adopted a proposal by Rep. Mark Keller (R-Perry) on June 19, 2017 that would “develop and disseminate agricultural education materials for school entities or private or nonpublic kindergartens, elementary or secondary schools in this Commonwealth.”
The proposal, House Bill 944, would create a Commission for Agricultural Education to be overseen by both the Pennsylvania Department of Education and Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.
HB 944 moved to the Senate and on June 23 was subsequently referred to the
Agriculture and Rural Affairs committee.
The language in the bill is our concern along with the lack of recognition for urban/small family/chemical-free farming. This is an important bill that has the potential to develop the mindset of our future famers and future consumers.
We ask that supporters of urban, small family, chemical-free and organic agriculture, biodynamics, sustainable farming and permaculture design principles contact their representatives to ensure that these practices are supported in future agricultural educational mandates in Pennsylvania.
To that end, below please find our suggestions to HB 944, underline. Please note, the underlined text is currently not included in the bill:
This is the status of HB 944.
Making a law in PA.
If you need more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Please help promote education that supports urban, small family and
chemical-free agriculture in Pennsylvania!
GMO Free PA
889 Westover Rd
Newtown Square, PA 19073
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If the donations exceed the cost of the event, then the proceeds will be donated to a local cause that is likewise putting forth effort to assist people towards good health by teaching and recognizing good stewardship of God’s creation.
On Friday evening, Sally Fallon Morell (President of the Weston A. Price Foundation) will be speaking about the work of Dr. Price and comparing the health of people living in remote areas, eating traditional diets, to their relatives living in areas with access to modern processed food.
On Saturday morning in keynote tent A, Sally will present a seminar on raw milk, followed by a session on “Why Baby Teeth are Important” brought by Dr. Pentti J. Nupponen. After lunch, Sally will be back sharing the principles of a healthy diet, followed by a Panel Discussion on milking goats, sheep, water buffalo and camels.
Join us in Keynote Tent B to hear a panel discussion on farm safety, then two sessions by Lois Douglas on extensive burn care and treatment. The last session at 2:50 we will have Dan Russo from “GMO” Free PA.
We have scheduled various milk processing demonstrations by local homemakers and cheesemakers. After lunch, learn about traditional baking and join in on a discussion on feeding the family!
Come to learn about seed saving by Tim Mountz, followed by Homer Walden and Dru Peters (with low tech solutions) about integrated animal and vegetable production. Lastly, Ashley Turner will share her knowledge on food fermentation.
A panel discussion is planned on brooding turkeys, then Eli Reiff will demonstrate turkey processing and curing. In the afternoon, David and Donna Hirsh talk about the joy of milking a family cow. The last session is on cultivating mushrooms.
Human Health and Nutrition Tent:
To learn more about health, join us here, where Kevin Turner presents two sessions on finding true healthcare with proper nutrition and digestive health. After lunch Tanya Bucci will talk on preventing and healing intestinal parasites. The last session is by Kristen Gonzalez, who will share her experience as the mother of an autistic child and how our diets effect how we feel and behave.
New for this year is a tent dedicated to beekeeping. Join Benuel Stoltzfus, Lamar Wenger, and Sergi Taranovich throughout the day for discussions featuring all you need to know about getting started with your own hives and keeping them healthy and thriving. The last session will be a Q&A for the Bee Panel.
Cuba Organic Production:
Enjoy the noon hour listening to Brian Snyder’s keynote address about how Cuba adapted to organic production after modern Ag chemicals and fertilizers were no longer available to them.
If you have any questions concerning the event, please call 717-925-0503.
A business meeting for members will be held from 3-4 pm. If you’re interested in a position on our board, please email a brief bio and why you’d like to serve to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Following is a community potluck from 4-7 pm. Bring your swimsuit and a dish to pass. Please no GMOs! Non-alcoholic drinks will be provided.
All are welcome!
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GMO Free PA is a 501(c)4 that educates people about how food is produced, and why that matters. We serve as a clearinghouse to help connect farms, food businesses, and eaters in Pennsylvania, with the goal of creating a sustainable farming system that produces nutritious food for all. We track farming policy legislation on the state and federal levels, and inform members when action is needed.