March 2017 Newsletter
April FARMDATA Training Workshop- Registration Open!
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Registration Deadline- March 29th
April 1, 2017, 1-4pm
Dickinson College
Kaufmann Hall, Room 186
400 W. North Street 
Carlisle, PA 17013

FREE event!

Information is powerful, and running a produce farm efficiently requires tracking vast amounts of information. The Dickinson College Farm and the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) are working together to help farmers leverage the power of information using FARMDATA. 

Planting dates, harvest yields, soil amendments, tillage, pest scouting, sprays, and sales invoices are some of the many data points that can be useful if recorded in a convenient, searchable format. FARMDATA is a collaborative project built by farmers and computer scientists that has been field proven over several years to make record keeping fast, efficient and even fun. FARMDATA is an internet database system customized to your farm that is compatible with smartphones and desktop machines, allows multiple users simultaneously, and is password protected. FARMDATA is free and open source. To view an active working copy of FARMDATA please visit the Dickinson College Farm page guest access at
This hands-on interactive workshop will take place in a computer lab at Dickinson College. After an introductory slide show, participants will launch their own custom accounts with coaching from experienced FARMDATA users. Time will be provided for troubleshooting new account startup and demonstration of the function and use of a variety of FARMDATA pages. Our goal is to get you started on the right foot, so that you can begin fast and easy digital recordkeeping on your farm this growing season! If time permits we will also discuss crop planning theory and practice using Microsoft Excel. FARMDATA does not have automated crop planning functions built in, but the information collected by FARMDATA makes the crop planning process faster and easier in the long run.
Use of FARMDATA on your farm requires an internet connection.  FARMDATA will run on any device connected via cellular, wifi, or wired network. Pre-registration is required to prepare your FARMDATA account. Registered participants will be provided with a list of farm-specific information to bring along to get started. Registration will close at noon on March 29th. Click here to register. 

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Job Opening: Director of Marketing and Development 


Pennsylvania Certified Organic (PCO) announces an opening for Director of Marketing and Development. This director will lead the Education and Outreach Team and oversee PCO’s resource development, education and outreach, marketing and public relations programs. The ideal candidate will have education and experience in the following areas: writing proposals and securing funding, conducting community education and outreach, and leading marketing initiatives. We are looking for a well-organized and self-motivated person to join our team. This position is based in our Spring Mills, PA, office. Remote work locations will be considered.

This is a full-time, exempt position.

Salary: $55,000 – $70,000, depending on experience.

Benefits: health, dental, vision, disability and life insurance; Simple IRA, generous holiday, vacation and paid time off.

Position will remain open until filled. A full job description is available here. Please send resume and cover letter to

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March 15, 8:30am-4pm
Organic Cropping Systems for Agricultural Professionals
State College, PA
See full announcement above.

March 16-17
NOFA NY Organic Dairy and Crops Conference
Holiday Inn
Syracuse, NY

March 18-20
NOFA VT Conference
Burlington, VT

March 22
Fertrell Dairy & Poultry Meeting
Millers Natural Foods
Bird-in-Hand, PA

March 23
Central Susquehanna Growers Organic Crop Roundtable
Bonanza Steakhouse
New Columbia, PA

March 28
SE PA Womens' Ag Network Workshop
Milky Way Farm
Chester Springs, PA
(610) 321-8226

April 1, 10am-1pm
Dickinson College
Carlisle, PA
See announcement above for more details. 

For a full listing of events, visit the PCO online calendar.


New crop; oatlage, sudangrass, baleage, dry hay in round bails, & cleaned organic cover crop rye in bags, totes, or bulk- $15 bushel. Delivery available. Contact Ned Fogleman 717-994-4630
Organic hay for sale. 3x3x8 square bales. Contact Richard Kauffman for pricing and delivery: 570.367.6509. Bradford County.

Manure management plans, Ag erosion and settlement plans, manure brokering, and nutrient management planning. Government certified. Contact Ned Fogleman 717-994-4630

Ag plastic recycling- I can use black and white bunker covers, bale wrap, plastic twine, clear stretch film, greenhouse covers, flats, and pots. Call for details. 717-658-9660. Franklin County, PA.

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Member News

A Warm Welcome to Our February New Members

Newly Certified Organic
Cherry Lane Organics
Daniel Rhodes
Flaming Maple Farm
Millcreek Farm
Mountain Spring Farm
Phares Swarey
Ray-Chels Farm
Stoltzfoos Layers
Wilford Heater

New Grassfed Certified
Bricker Dairy
Maple Hill Farm
Pine Hill Farm
Rudy A. Byler
Sugar Hill Farm
Swampy Rock Farm II
Thorn Rose Farm
Ultra Dairy LLC
Windy Knoll Farm

Andrew Smyre
Ephraim Beiler
Kevin Caldwell
Matthew Bomgardner

Benuel J Stoltzfus
Johnathan Swarey
Lindsay Richardson

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