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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 – $65,000, 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
Membership Meeting
Date: Thursday, February 2, 2017
Location: The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center, 215 Innovation Blvd, State College, PA 16803
Room: Room 109
Time: 4-6:15pm
To Register: Click here or call 717-576-0794 
Pennsylvania Farmers Union Annual Membership Meeting is being held in conjunction with the PA Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) Winter Conference.
Help the Pennsylvania Farmers Union set policy for 2017, find out about their new and developing insurance programs, learn about their activities and more.
Even if you are not attending the PASA Conference, you can still join the Pennsylvania Farmers Union for the Thursday night buffet dinner, just register for dinner at or call 717-576-0794.

Organic Educational Track at the Mid-Atlantic Fruit & Vegetable Convention!
Hershey Lodge and Convention Center
Hershey, PA
Tuesday, January 31st
For more info, click here.

Workshop Titles Include:
Organic Herb Production - Tony Ricci, Green Heron Farm
Rotational No-Till and Insectary Strips for Organic Cucumber Production – Dr. Gladis Zinati, Rodale Institute 
Organic Snap Bean Production - Jennifer Glenister, New Morning Farm
Using Cover Crops - Elsa Sanchez, Penn State Univ.
Managing Late Blight on Organic Farms - Abby Seaman, NYS IPM Program
Overcoming Tunnel Vision - Using Cover Crops in High Tunnels – Dr. Julie Grossman and Liz Perkus, Univ.of Minnesota
Zone Tillage for Organic Vegetables – Dr. Julie Grossman, Univ.of Minnesota 

Save The Date: Lancaster Ag’s Real Health Conference
February 17 & 18th at Lancaster Ag Products in Ronks, PA

The Real Health Conference will host over two dozen educational sessions led by experts in various fields of sustainable, organic agriculture. Speakers will be discussing topics such as:
  • nutrition
  • human and animal health
  • livestock breeding and selection
  • soil remediation 
  • cover cropping
  • real food processing
Anyone with an interest in sustainable, organic agriculture is encouraged to attend as there will be sessions which are more introductory in nature as well as sessions which are geared towards more experienced farmers.

This event is designed to be affordable in an effort to help spread awareness of and appreciation for sustainable, organic agriculture. Tickets for the keynote presentation on Friday night cost $15 before January 1st (regularly $20), while tickets for the main event on Saturday cost $35 before January 1st (regularly $45). A buffet lunch of locally produced foods is included with the price of admission. Tickets can currently be purchased over the phone or in person at Lancaster Ag’s store.

More information and online ticket sales will be available on the company’s website ( within the next couple of weeks. 
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January 26, 9am-3pm
Fertrell Dairy Meeting
Rebersburg, PA
January 27, 9am-4pm
Selling Beyond the FarmStand: E-commerce for Farm Businesses
Forest County Extension Office
Tionesta, PA

January 27, 9am-3pm
Fertrell Dairy Meeting
Belleville, PA
January 31, 9am-3pm
Fertrell Dairy Meeting
Miller's Natural Foods
Bird-in-Hand, PA
January 31-February 2
Mid-Atlantic Fruit & Vegetable Convention
Hershey Lodge and Convention Center
Hershey, PA

February 1-4
PASA's 26th Annual Farming for the Future Conference
Penn Stater Conference Center
State College, PA

February 2
PA Farmer's Union Membership Meeting
Penn Stater Conference Center
State College, PA

February 7, 10am-2pm
Organic Field Crops Study Circle
Shady Maple Smorgasboard
Blue Ball, PA

February 16
Delmarva Dairy Day
Hartly Fire Hall
Hartly, DE

February 17-18
Real Health Conference
Ronks, PA
(717) 687-9222

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


For Sale 
Cover Crop Seed & Straw
Rye, Triticale and Wheat with various blends of Hairy Vetch, grown and cleaned by Village Acres Farm. 50 lb bags at $23 and up, depending on blend of hairy vetch. Also, big round bales of straw at $175/ton. All certified by PCO. Contact or Roy at 717-513-8097. Mifflintown, PA
Rye Straw & Oat Straw Bales
Organic Rye Straw just baled recently and under cover. They are 3x3x7 in size. Purchaser of a distance will need to transport it to ones farm. Local people, we can transport. Also small square bales of oat straw recently baled and under a roof. Call for prices. Contact Randal Van Horn at 570-412-0899. 

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


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Member News

A Warm Welcome to Our December New Members

Newly Certified Organic
Abner S. Fisher
Amos E. Stoltzfus
Byler Family Farm
Chris Willhide
Costley Dairy Farm
Deer Creek Poultry
Gerald Hursh
Global Natural, LLC
Green Grinds LLC
Jacob Stoltzfus
James R. Lapp
Jehovah-Jireh Farm
Jonas R. Zeiset
Lavern Kauffman
Rachel Kauffman
Risser's Poultry
Sam F. Stoltzfus
Savor Street Foods, Inc.
Shady Creek
Southern Meadows Farm
Swatara View Farm
Triple M Farm
US Wellness Meats

New Grassfed Certified
Abner Riehl
Curvin Eby
Jason K. Zimmerman
Lewis & Doris Martin
Moore Farms

David Beiler
John F. Smith
Ronald Messick

Jeff Arner
Larry Pozzarelli

Dave Ritz

Anpario Inc.
David Eyster

Renew your membership or become a member today!
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