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Natural Awakenings South Central Pennsylvania

Pasa Sustainability Conference

The Pasa 2023 Learn & Grow Together Sustainable Agriculture Conference will take place online from January 17 to 19 and in person from February 8 to 11 in Lancaster. For more than 30 years, the annual conference has become home to people that love to get their hands dirty, care about where their food comes from, understand the power of farming in harmony with nature and want to take action to grow a more just and resilient food system.


The scheduled workshops and experiences help to hone our craft, grow businesses and advance causes. It includes more than 120 sessions on a diverse array of food and farming topics at the virtual conference and a trade show at the in-person conference. Participants attending live sessions can ask questions in real time and access on-demand sessions to learn at their own pace. The trade show includes special programming for grades K through eight.


Virtual keynote Col Gordon is a farmer and baker at Inchindown Farm, in the Scottish Highlands, and producer of the podcast series Landed by Farmerama Radio, in which he confronts the complex economic, ecological and colonial legacies embedded in the existing family farm model.


Other virtual speakers include Anita Adalja, of Not Our Farm; farmers from the queer-owned and operated cooperative Rock Steady Farm; and Ben Friton, of The REED Center for Ecosystem Reintegration.


In-person keynote Jessica Hernandez is an Indigenous environmental scientist and author of Fresh Banana Leaves: Healing Indigenous Landscapes Through Indigenous Science. Other speakers include Pam Dawling, of Twin Oaks Community, Steve Groff, of Cedar Meadow Farm, and Bryan O’Hara, of Tobacco Road Farm.


Plenaries include Sandor Katz, author of Wild Fermentation, in conversation with Owen Taylor, of Truelove Seeds, and Chris Bolden Newsome, of Sankofa Farm.


Pasa Executive Director Hannah Smith-Brubaker will address major organizational updates and a climate call to action.


Register by Jan. 10 for the best rates at