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Showcase Your Farm & Photos in PCO's 2016 Photo Calendar!
Fast & Simple Online Submission
Submission Deadline- July 15th

Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall: Feature Your Farm on the Wall
 
Now is your chance to showcase your organic farm, operation or products to the whole PCO membership, and beyond. We’re looking for photos of what organic means to you during all seasons of the year. The top 14 photos will be chosen by the staff for both covers and the feature photos for each month. Runners up will be highlighted in the calendar grid. All selected photos will receive a photo credit and a storyline.
 
To submit your photos, click here. If you have any questions please contact April Fix at april@paorganic.org or call the PCO Office at 814-422-0251.

Farmers, animals, families, fields, flowers, fruits, children, veggies- whatever catches your eye- and is captured on your camera- share it with us!
 
Submission Deadline: July 15th! Click here to submit today!

Member survey
 
PCO is extremely committed to delivering invaluable services and programs designed to meet your needs. As a respected member of PCO, your feedback and perspective are critical to informing us where we are succeeding, and where we need to improve. We know this is a very busy time of year for everyone, so we are even more thankful for the 10-15 minutes you can dedicate to completing this member satisfaction survey.
There are several options for completing the survey:
OR
2. Email Diana Underwood (Diana@paorganic.org) to receive a paper copy to fill out and return. 
OR
3. Call Diana Underwood (814-422-0251 ext 215) to answer the survey questions over the phone 
Regardless of how you submit your responses, please be as candid as possible; submitted responses are anonymous and in no way tied to your identity. Should you choose to participate in this survey, please send in or call us with your survey response by July 10th.
If you have any questions about this process feel free to contact Diana Underwood (814-422-0251 ext. 215; Diana@paorganic.org) or our research consultant, Tom Piper / Pure Marketing (802-846-7626; tom.piper@pure-mktg.com).
We look forward to hearing from you as we work toward making PCO the best certification agency we can. Thank you very much for your participation in this process. 
Thanks to our E-news Sponsors!

             

To advertise/sponsor, contact april@paorganic.org or visit the advertising page of our website.



Events

June 24
Pastured Swine Nutrition
Kutztown, PA
rodaleinstitute.org
FREE for PCO Transitioning Members!

June 30

How to Improve Soil w/Grazing
John Mulenberg Farm
Kirkwood, PA
romans@springwoodfarm.com
717-278-1070

July 3
PCO Office Closed
Spring Mills, PA
 
August 6 & 7
PASA Summer Conference
Reducing Tillage: Practical Tools & Techniques
Featuring:
GARY ZIMMER, MIDWESTERN BIOAG
Centre County Grange Fairgrounds
Centre Hall, PA
814-349-9856

August 7 & 8
PA Organic FarmFest & PCO Member Day!

Featuring:
  • Michael Smith, Executive Deputy Secretary, PA Dept of Ag
  • Hannah Smith-Brubaker, Deputy Secretary for Markets & Economic Development, PA Department of Ag
  • Gary Zimmer, Midwestern BioAg
  • Coach Smallwood, Rodale Institute
  • Andrew Leu, Author of The Myths of Safe Pesticides
  • Ken Roseboro, Editor/Publisher of The Organic & Non-GMO Report
Centre County Grange Fairgrounds
Centre Hall, PA
farmfest.paorganic.org
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For a full listing of events, visit the PCO online calendar.


Classifieds

Plastic Recycling! I am taking in the following plastics for packaging and selling into the recycling industry.
  • clear and white shrink wrap (separated)
  • white bale wrap
  • black/white bunker covers and ag bags
  • super sacks
  • plastic feed bags
  • water softener salt bags
  • plastic baler twine (no net wrap at this time)
  • greenhouse covers, pots, trays
  • no hard plastics, mulch plastic, or drip tape
All plastics must be kept separate, as they are not all made of the same chemicals. PLEASE keep these clean and dry! Feel free to contact me with questions, comments, ideas and or to make a delivery appointment. Please no unscheduled drop-offs!
Justin Geisinger
717-658-9660
8445 Nyesville Rd Chambersburg, Pa 17202 (located just outside of Orrstown)

FARM FOR SALE
69 acre certified organic grass fed beef farm. Owners are looking for someone to pick up the soul of this farm and improve on it as only a younger person/s can do.
Included is a 23.5 KW Solar system, a full line of farm machinery, and a closed herd (for 20 years) of 55 beef cattle that have been acclimated,  bred, and thrive on this farm. Third party certifications on this farm are PCO, AWA and AGA. A five bedroom brick/frame house, barn and out buildings are situated on this Central Pennsylvania Conservancy preserved farm. Owner financing as well as mentoring can be negotiated, so that this farm can continue to provide nourishing food to a growing group of loyal customers. Owners make hay on  some 80 acres of certified organic hay fields nearby for winter forage. 
jstoltz@pa.net or 717-536-3618
 

To see the complete classifieds listings or to post an ad, click here

 


Member News

A Warm Welcome to Our May New Members

Business
David Mathes
 
Newly Certified
Reuben J. Peachey
Noah Peachey
Samuel F. Lapp
Jerry Colbine
Allen Dunlavy
Harold Brosius
Marilyn Breedlove-Giampa
Dean Stoesz
Alan Parker
Michele Coia-Veston
Landies Candies
 
Sustainer
Paul E. Fisher
David Bottomley
Daniel S. Yoder
James Foote
Mark Nuneviller
Noah J. Brenneman
Michael Hallock
David Haynes
Eli L. Stoltzfus
Larry Finnerty
Kevin Swenk
Joshua Crissinger
Levi King
Abner S. King
 
Transitioning
Daniel Lapp
Mark Heater
Emanuel S. Kanagy
Riki Shanks
Bevan Jones, Bevan
Gerald Kraybill
Dan Miller
 
PCO continues to grow and develop new programs, and the continued support of our members becomes even more crucial to our success. Our ties with organic farmers and business communities help us to give our members and supporters the best knowledge and resources available. Your membership helps our certification and education programs grow and flourish, so we invite you to renew your membership now and receive, in addition to specific member level benefits, the following:
  • Free listings in PCO E-News
  • Access to our support staff for answers to your certification or materials questions
  • A 2015 PCO Photo Calendar 
  • A PCO bumper sticker
  • Organic Matters subscription
 
 
 
 
 
 



 
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