2nd Annual Seminar on Sustainable Farming Practices

GMO Free PA – Lancaster County is hosting the annual Sustainable Farming Practices Seminar on January 30, 2016 at Miller’s Natural Foods, 2888 Miller Lane, Bird-in-Hand, PA, 17505.

The starting time is 8 a.m. and ending at 4 p.m.  Lunch will be served.

We would like to thank our Gold Sponsor, Fertrell, and our Silver Sponsors, Agri Dynamics and Organic Valley, for making this event possible.  An organic lunch will be served by GMO Free PA volunteers. Cost: $20 per person before January 24th, $25 at the door (children under 10 are free – no child care provided)

Click on 2016 SFP Flier print it out and mail a check with your name, phone number and number of people attending over the age of 10.  Please address it to GMO Free PA, c/o Dan Russo, 29 W. Roseville Rd., Lancaster, PA 17601

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If you have further questions:  email:  lancastercounty@gmofreepa.org  or Call asking about the Sustainable Farming Practice Seminar (717) 581-1331 and leave a message.

Ross & Hogs

Ross Duffield – Farm Manager, Rodale Institute

Modern, Family Farm-Scale Pastured Pork Production

Ross came to the Rodale Institute in 2013 with more than twenty years of farming experience. He grew up on a dairy farm in Northeast Pennsylvania where, at an early age, he learned the value and importance of animal care and pasture management. After attending Kutztown University and working as a school teacher for several years, Ross realized his true passion lay in organic agriculture. This path led back to farming and, eventually, to the Rodale Institute where he serves as Farm Manager.

At Rodale Institute, Ross is responsible for field maintenance including planting and seeding, maintaining the farm equipment necessary to work the fields, and expanding the livestock operations, particularly the vertical integration of the poultry and hog operations into crop rotations. In this unique position, he utilizes his teaching background and skills in sharing his farming expertise with aspiring and transitioning farmers.
Within the last year, Ross has overseen the construction and operation of the Rodale institute hog facility. This facility offers hogs the opportunity to forage on organic pasture crops when they choose, as well as provide a shelter that is efficient and clean. Free access to pasture and a deep straw bedding pack provide a healthy place for a variety of hogs whether they are farrowing or finishing. Animal comfort is a direct result of the operation and a reduction of labor allows for the farmer to spend less time cleaning and more time profiting from raising these wonderful animals.

Sue w: Forks Farm Pigs 8.2013Susan Beal, DVM

Holistic Management: An Introduction to the Foundation and Fundamentals of the Process

Susan Beal comes from a long background of holistic veterinary practice and is dedicated to providing holistic care for animals, humans and the environment. Dr. Beal is particularly interested in whole farm/whole system pasture-based ecology and offers common sense advice and counsel, with the goal of health from the ground up – thriving individuals and ecosystems. She is involved in Holistic Management, a whole farm/business decision making and planning process that considers the triple bottom line of relevant economic, social and environmental considerations, simultaneously. Susan lives at Laughing Oak Farm in west central Pennsylvania.

Don BrubakerDon Brubaker – The Fertrell Company

Brooder Management for a Great Start to the New Year

Don has been involved in agriculture his entire life, starting from a family farm in Lancaster County raising broilers and swine for conventional agribusiness, to eventually transitioning the family farm to natural, free-range poultry and hormone free beef with an on farm market stand. He now works for the Fertrell Company as a poultry and livestock consultant, where he can continue his pursuit of helping other farmers achieve their organic and sustainable farming goals.

Linda-Coulston-150x150Linda Coulston, BSN, RN, Master Gardener

Soil and Gut Microbiome… What’s the Connection?

Linda Coulston was born and raised in the Philadelphia area. In 1996 she graduated from Widener University’s school of nursing. Her first position was as staff nurse with the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Later she elected to transition to hospice nursing which enabled her to provide nursing care in a more interconnected way.
Her strong belief in a more holistic, environmentally sound world led to studying herbal medicine with several well-known herbalists. With knowledge of herbs in combination with her nursing science background, she was frequently invited to consult with clients in a healing touch practice for those wanting cleaner, more wholesome nutrition and alternative remedies.
In 2009 Linda co-founded the Media Farmers Market and is currently serving on the board as vice president. In 2013 she became involved with GMO Free PA, joining their board of directors based on her belief that GMOs are affecting every living organism. She has become an outspoken advocate for GMO labeling, attending functions and contacting members of the PA house and senate.
Linda lives with her husband, Rich, in Media, PA. There they maintain a National Wildlife Federation certified wildlife habitat. During the summer, they grow and market organic heirloom tomatoes.

AllanStreiffAllan (Maury) Streiff – Founder, Soil Regeneration Group

The Electrical Nature of Soil

Allan has a diverse background that includes experience in dairy farming, welding, construction, and service with Alaska’s Department of Fish and Game. Over the past 25 years, he has accumulated an extensive knowledge in biochemistry, biological farming, biodynamics, subtle energies and subtle energy technologies. Allan’s integration of these fields gives him a unique and comprehensive perspective on agriculture and soil, which he has successfully applied in his work as an agricultural consultant for gardeners and farmers throughout the United States. He studied with Elaine Ingham of the Soil Foodweb, Inc. and is a certified Qualitative Laboratory Technician. He is a specialist in increasing crop yields and nutritional value and reversing plant disease.

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