Educational Programs

Volunteer Needs, The Farm, Washington County
Currently, we have needs in the areas of managing our raised bed gardens and fruit tree orchard, including help with mowing the orchard. We are currently looking for plumbers who could assist with plumbing our aquaponics systems which will be installed in shipping containers on our property. Along with that, as our aquaponics and hydroponic systems get up and running this fall, we will have additional volunteer opportunities related to that. This could provide a valuable opportunity for individuals looking to get into aquaponics or hydroponic production themselves. The Farm @ the Greater Washington County Food Bank 909 National Pike West, Brownsville, PA 15417 - located about 1 hour Southeast of Pittsburgh 724-632-2190 ext.108

The Center for Produce Safety
CPS Mission The Center for Produce Safety provides and shares ready-to-use, science-based solutions to prevent or minimize produce safety vulnerabilities. CPS is an industry-wide partnership. Industry-wide problems require industry-wide brainpower. CPS brings together leaders from industry, government and the scientific and academic communities to identify the most pressing research needs, fund the most promising investigations and advance real-world solutions. We are largely a volunteer-run organization, with just three paid staff and minimal overhead. In 2014, CPS funded research projects in 9 states, from California to Massachusetts, from Michigan to Colorado. CPS was launched as a public-private partnership and is now international in scope with projects in 5 countries around the globe. CPS has compiled an impressive seven-year body of work, awarding $16.4 million and funding 100 one- to two-year research projects at 30 universities and organizations. First, last and always, it’s about the research. CPS provides our industry with credible, independent, science-based research that is applicable across the produce supply chain. Our Technical Committee provides the necessary scrutiny and tight controls needed to ensure funded research projects are practical, measurable and translatable. Issues range from employee hygiene to wash water sanitation, to the use of soil amendments and composting, to addressing the management of domestic animals near farms and irrigation sources. Education completes the loop. CPS does more than fund research. It’s critical that we disseminate the results of that research and ensure that new knowledge is put to use across the supply chain. Our annual symposium — augmented by year-round seminars, webinars and reports — equips industry leaders to implement actionable steps to ensure positive food safety outcomes. CPS provides knowledge of industry processes, applications, varieties and conditions to academia and the research community to better target and direct research that will have immediate application in the produce industry. Our educational efforts extend to regulatory agencies as we partner with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Centers for Disease Control and others to shape food safety guidelines.

The Seed Farm
A new farmer training program and farm business incubator (located in Emmaus, PA in the Lehigh Valley, eliminating the top three barriers to new farm entry by providing new farmers access to land, equipment, and training.

Quiet Creek Herb Farm & School of Country Living
If you enjoy natural living, you will love what Quiet Creek has to offer! Quiet Creek Herb Farm and School of Country Living is a non-profit dedicated to increasing the public awareness of conservation, ecological thinking and healthful sustainable living. Come and wander through our lush gardens of organic vegetables, herbs and edible flowers. Explore our 30 acres of nature trails, wind/solar energy system, yurt, earthen oven, straw bale house and benches. We feature our own herbal teas, soaps, salves, and mushrooms. We also carry whole foods, local art, essential oils, and literature to enhance healthy living. We provide education-based experiences to schools, churches, organizations and friend/family groups. We offer a wide variety of classes and intensive seminars for students of all ages and levels. Please come visit us and join our sustainable learning community. We also have a 30 acre farm available for leasing and will assist others in developing a non-profit farm school on their property.

Penn State: Start Farming
The program’s goal is to enhance the success of beginning farmers by providing information and hands-on training in production, marketing, financial management, as well as land and other resource acquisition.

Penn State Extension
Various programming across the state.

Sustainable agriculture educational events.

Wilson College

Slippery Rock University

Penn State University

Harrisburg Area Community College

Delaware Valley University

Chatham University

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