The Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) is offering various ways to help everyone attend the 2016 Farming for the Future Conference to be held February 3 to 6 in State College, PA. Funding is available through three programs. Applications are due by January 4 at 5 p.m. Last year, over 170 people were provided support to attend the conference.

PASA has available two scholarship programs. The Arias M. Brownback Memorial Fund was created in 2001 to support young and/or developing farmers through financial assistance to attend the conference. The PASAbilities Fund, now in its second year, assists established farmers who are seeking to learn about and incorporate new sustainable practices into their current operations.

For individuals not currently farming, PASA proudly offers the WorkShare program. Applicants earn a reduction in conference registration fees in exchange for help with conference work. WorkShare hours can be completed before, during and after the conference. There are also limited hours available to be done remotely, or from either our Headquarters in Millheim, PA (Centre County) or our Western Region office in Gibsonia, PA (Allegheny County).

“There is a lot of work to be done for our biggest event of the year, and we couldn’t do it without these WorkShare volunteers,” says Kristin Hoy, Conference Manager for PASA.

One application, available on the conference website, is used to apply for either scholarship fund or WorkShare program.

PASA wants to ensure everyone can take advantage of the programs and networking opportunities available at the 25th Annual Farming for the Future Conference, regardless of financial ability. The Brownback Scholarship Fund, the PASAbilities Scholarship Fund, and the WorkShare Program all make that possible.