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 Natural Awakenings Lancaster-Berks

Annual Meeting of Agriculture-Minded Activists

Farmers, food system professionals and changemakers from Pennsylvania and beyond will connect at the 2022 Pasa Sustainable Agriculture virtual pre-conference from January 4 through 28, 2022, and gather at an in-person main conference and trade show from February 10 through 12, 2022, to share their knowledge, skills, and insights in the effort to build a healthy, sustainable and equitable food system. The trade show includes social and networking events and regionally sourced meals from Pasa’s farmer community.

Marking 31 years with more than 30 virtual sessions and 90 in-person sessions and 100 speakers, this hallmark event has served as a springboard for transformative food system change in the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond. The virtual keynote speaker is Leah Penniman of Soul Fire Farm, author of Farming While Black, who will speak on Sowing the Seeds of Racial Justice. The In-person keynote speaker is Sarah Mock, author of Farm (and Other F Words): The Rise and Fall of the Small Family Farm, who asks Why Is Farming So Hard & What Can We Do About It?

Other contributors include Anne Biklé, author of The Hidden Half of Nature; Steve Bogash, of Marrone BioInnovations; Pam Dawling, of the Twin Oaks Community; Ben Friton, from The Reed Center for Ecosystem Reintegration; JM Fortier, The Market Gardener; Michael Kovach, of the Pennsylvania Farmers Union and The Walnut Hill Farm; Jennie Love, of Love 'n Fresh Flowers; Leah Lizarondo , of 412 Food Rescue; Ken Meter, of Crossroads Resource Center; David Montgomery, author of Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations and Growing a Revolution; Ellen Polishuk, of Plant to Profit; Laura Beth Resnick, of the Butterbee Farm; Owen Taylor, of TrueLove Seeds; Eric Toensmeier, with the Global Evergreening Alliance; Ira Wallace, of Southern Exposure Seed Exchange; Russ Wilson, of Wilson Land and Cattle Co.; and many more.

The annual conference is one of the largest gatherings of sustainable farmers, food system professionals and changemakers in the nation. Attendees engage in an energizing and inspiring learning experience rooted in sharing, connecting and advancing a common goal of cultivating farms and food systems that nourish, heal and empower.

 The main conference will be held at the Lancaster County Convention Center, located at 25 S. Queen St. To learn more and register online, visit For more information, email Melissa Cipollone at [email protected].