Rebecca Robertson, an outreach specialist with Pennsylvania Certified Organic, has me sold on the third annual Pennsylvania Organic FarmFest, Aug. 1-2 at the Centre County Grange fairgrounds in Centre Hall.
Robertson said that it would give folks a chance to celebrate local food and learn what organic farming is all about. The free event will feature two days of educational tracks, a small grain production field day, organic food, inspirational speakers, a family arena for kids, live entertainment, exhibits and camping. The event raises funds for organic farming education and certification.
Certified organic grain farmers Mary-Howell and Klaas Martens, owners of Lakeview Organic Grain in Penn Yan, N.Y., will present a keynote presentation. In the past, Mary-Howell and Klaas have always drawn a crowd with their engaging stories and insightful thoughts on heirloom and artisan grains.
Educational workshops will be presented by the National Center for Appropriate Technology and Spring Creek Homesteading. The events will share tips for raising backyard chickens, greenhouse gardening, maintaining soil health and the business of market farming. The new Wool Village will feature fiber arts vendors and teach about fiber farming, from “sheep to shawl.” Watch demonstrations, like horseshoeing and sheep shearing, and discover the joy of creating livable, people-focused landscapes. Talk to farmers and see live animals.
Maybe I can learn a new recipe for summer squash or all the broccoli I’ve harvested at the Organic Food Court and the free Sampling Barn, where local farmers and vendors will offer food items for sale or to taste and share methods of food preparation.
The Homemade and Homegrown Market is a farm, food and craft market full of vendors selling organic and handmade items. Support local farms and businesses and discover once again the rich cultural heritage and resources of Pennsylvania.
Visit farmfest.paorganic. org for more information on camping, the FarmFest 5K, educational programs and sponsor opportunities. Robertson said there are some sponsorship slots available and that they are always looking for local vendors for the exhibit hall, the organic food court and the Homemade and Homegrown Market. For more information on these opportunities, contact Robertson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 422-0251 or 470-0308.