According to its website, the fest, in its third year, is a free, community-building event that “fosters knowledge of organic agriculture and sustainable living” through educational opportunities, local food, live entertainment and interactive activities.
It will be held noon to 10:30 p.m. Aug. 1 and 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Aug. 2, and is sponsored by Pennsylvania Certified Organic, of Spring Mills — a Department of Agriculture-accredited certification program that educates and certifies growers, processors and handlers of organic crops, wild crops, livestock and livestock products in Pennsylvania.
PCO provides services to operations along the Eastern Seaboard.
The fest will recognize women in agriculture for Woman Farmer Day with a celebration hosted by Pennsylvania Women’s Agricultural Network, featuring singer KJ and sponsored by Green Heron Tools, the Penn State department of women’s studies and Hameau Farm of Belleville.
It will also include a 5K at 7:30 a.m. Aug. 2 and the “A Slice of Community People’s Choice Pie Contest” from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 2 sponsored by Friends & Farmers Cooperative.
The contest is open to amateur and professional bakers.
There are three categories:• Amateur or professional (defined as someone who works for a bakery, works for or owns a catering company, or sells pies, according to the FarmFest website);
• Children, age 8 to 17, or adults 18 and older; and
• Sweet, savory or gluten-free/vegan.
Prizes will be awarded to the first- and second-place winners in the amateur adult’s sweet, savory and gluten-free/vegan category. Best overall prize will be awarded in the children’s category and the professional category, according to Friends and Farmers Cooperative.
Entries are being accepted.
Last year’s event had 14 musical acts and attracted more than 2,300 visitors.
For more information, visit www.farmfest.paorganic.org.