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On Centre: Penns Valley | PASA gets ‘green grant’ from Ford

Ford Motor Co. dished out some green for the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture last month.

The company awarded PASA, of Millheim, a $2,000 Community Green Grant during the Mother Earth News Fair at Seven Springs Mountain Resort.

PASA Director of Development Lauren Smith said the money will go to its farmer education program, which includes regular field days throughout the year to educate farmers and consumers about sustainable agriculture practices.

“We do so much networking and mentoring and education that goes on all year, and laser focus on one topic at a time and bring in the best experts,” Smith said.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, PASA will host a field day in Doylestown about commercial-scale medicinal and culinary herb production, Smith said.

PASA is a member-based sustainable farming organization that aims to improve economic viability, environmental soundness and social responsibility of food and farming systems through farm-based education and community service outreach.

“PASA provides tremendous value to Pennsylvania and beyond, and we’re excited to contribute to their growing list of green projects and events,” Ford’s Stephanie Janczak said in a statement.

Janczak is manager of global electric vehicle supply equipment technology and deployment for Ford’s sustainability and vehicle environmental matters.

She presented PASA with the grant in September.

According to a news release from Mother Earth News, Ford created the Community Green Grant in 2011 to “make a difference in local communities by helping fund nonprofits’ innovative, sustainable projects.”

The grants are intended to help launch sustainable programs and to contribute to “existing green and forward-thinking projects that better the environment,” the release said.