In existence since 1992, the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture(PASA) continues working to bring farmers together to learn from each other, and to build relationships between those farmers and consumers looking for fresh, wholesome, locally and sustainably produced food.
As the largest statewide, member-based sustainable farming organization in the United States, we seek to improve the economic viability, environmental soundness and social responsibility of food and farming systems in Pennsylvania and across the country. We place great value on efforts to build bridges between broadly diverse participants in the agricultural industry, from “farm to fork.”
PASA grew out of the need for an educational and support system for farmers – both experienced and beginning – interested in non-traditional agricultural practices, such as organic, biodynamic and grass-based farming, as well as the desire to create local markets for sustainably produced food.
PASA’s mission is the underlying theme of all of our programs – promoting profitable farms that produce healthy food for all people while respecting the natural environment – as our work is rooted in education, support and outreach
Pennsylvania Farmers Union (PFU), a membership organization, is committed to enhancing the quality of life of family farmers.
PFU was founded in 1982 as a charter member of the National Farmers Union (NFU) an agricultural advocacy organization founded in 1902 and based in Washington, D.C.
PFU members drive policy positions. Our members engage elected officials and public agencies, and press them to implement and enforce laws and regulations that will strengthen agriculture. Legislators from our Commonwealth look to PFU when deciding how to vote on policies that will have an impact on issues such as:
- Direct Sales: Our farmers rely on sales directly to consumers and local food producers. PFU fights to protect the economic viability of small-scale growers and producers.
- Sustainability: Pennsylvania farmers leverage resources from public agencies to develop sustainable practices that protect their long-term viability. PFU educates legislators about how small investments in our region can have a significant impact on our food, the environment and our economy.
- Dairy: PFU works with lawmakers to ensure that dairy farmers have a voice in shaping policies that affect dairy farms, including issues relevant to the sales of raw milk.
- Conservation: Our Commonwealth is rich with natural resources and beauty. PFU advocates for policies that preserves our landscape while enhancing our economic well-being.
- Energy and Food Security: By promoting co-operative educational and business enterprises, PFU works to ensure that our children will live in a state that can feed and fuel itself.
NFFC chooses its projects based on the potential to empower family farmers by reducing the corporate control of agriculture and promoting a more socially just farm and food policy.
NFFC carries out these projects through task forces – Trade Task Force, Farm and Food Policy Task Force (includes Dairy Subcommittee) and Credit Task Force.
Farmers representing their respective organizations share similar strategies for renewing family farm agriculture but politicians often pit regional groups against each other in public policy debates. Working in task forces enables farm groups of differing commodities and in various regions to develop national organizing strategies and directly participate in issue work.