Tuesday, June 23, 2009

PA Helping Farmers Transition to Organic

Pennsylvania has launched a pilot program "Path to Organic" transitions program for farmers considering a switch from traditional to organic practices. There are more than 60,000 farms in Pennsylvania and a growing number are adopting sustainable practices. Advocates like the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) say it's healthier for the consumers and for the environment. Many of these farmers who are switching train with or learn about sustainable practices from a Virginia farmer who is considered the guru of sustainable Agriculture, Joel Salatin who says he likes to share his knowledge with young farmers. Peter Burns, who, with his parents, owns a farm in Elk County, apprenticed with Salatin. Burns says having his chickens graze in the pasture eliminates the need for antibiotics.
Photos: Left top: Blackberry Meadows Farm: largest organic farm in Allegheny County; Left bottom: Movable Chicken Pen at Heritage Farm; Right: Elk County Farmer Peter Burns
Listen to a longer audio version of this story.
Listen to Part 1 of the series on Sustainable Farming.
Listen to Part 3 of the series on Sustainable Farming.

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