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Update on Farm Lease Connection Program
Written by Lisa Diefenbach   
Tuesday, 21 January 2014 18:59

Attention Farm Lease Connection Users,

PASA's Farm Lease Connection program is currently dormant due to lack of further funding to support this program. We hope to acquire additional funds to reinvigorate this program in the future, but for now please feel free to peruse the resources available on the site. PASA staff will not be actively matching landowners with potential farmers.

PASA does also offer Classified advertising free of charge on our pasafarming.org website where you may also post information about available land and/or looking for farm managers, interns, etc.

Any questions can be directed to PASA Headquarters, 814-349-9856 or via This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Thank you.

 
High Tunnel Twilight
Written by Denise Sheehan   
Thursday, 13 June 2013 16:10

 

High Tunnel Twilight

 

 

Penn State Extension Vegetable and Small Fruit Team

 

 

PA Women’s Agriculture Network

High Tunnels provide a great opportunity to extend the season, protect high value crops, improve quality, and reduce weed and pest pressure. These twilight meetings will give you a chance to talk with growers and see good practices in action. At each twilight the grower will discuss their experiences with high tunnels and a visiting speaker will share knowledge on a special topic.

Date: Wed. June 19, 2013

Time: 5-7:30 pm

Topic: Cut Flowers and Berries

Location: 3502 Main Rd. E, Emmaus, PA 18049

Host: George & Melanie Devault, Pheasant Hill Farm

Co-Sponsor: Women in Ag Network

Contact: Tianna DuPont (610) 746-1970, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

George and Melanie DeVault have run Pheasant Hill Farm in Emmaus PA since 1984. High tunnel producers since 1990, they grow vegetables, herbs, cut flowers and berries in their tunnels. Participants will hear from George and Melanie on growing cut flowers and berries in tunnels and Kathy Demchak from Penn State will describe management for spotted wing drosophila a new invasive vinegar fly pest of berries. * One category credit.

To register email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with your name, Farm name address, phone and county of residence. Walk ins welcome.

There is no fee for this event.

Tianna

S. Tianna DuPont

Sustainable Agriculture Educator

Penn State Extension

Northampton County Extension

Greystone Building

14 Gracedale Ave

Nazareth, PA 18064

610-746-1970

 
Announcing: Kiva Zip 0% interest loans
Written by Denise Sheehan   
Friday, 07 June 2013 13:51

 

Announcing: Kiva Zip 0% interest loans

It sounds too good to be true, but it's a new loan program that is helping farms deal with cash flow and start-up expenses. Kiva.org has been a global microlender for decades, and Kiva Zip is their new subsidiary making 0% interest loans to small business owners in the US.

Loans are made based on a character reference, rather than on credit scores, amount of experience, etc., so the paperwork required to apply is very minimal. For your first loan, you can get up to $5,000; if you successfully repay it you qualify for a $10,000 loan and this process continues up to the max loan amount of $50,000.

A Kiva Zip trustee will put your loan request into their online portal where it is crowdfunded. Currently there are many thousands of people seeking to fund to farmers and very few farmers requesting loans, so loans are being fully funded in a matter of a week or less. (This timeline may of course get longer as more farmers apply, but it's still much faster than traditional loan programs!)

There is a 6-month grace period before you need to start paying the loan back, and then for the smaller loans you can select a repayment period up to 2 years beyond that.

To learn more, visit http://zip.kiva.org. If you're farming in NY, you can contact Sulin Lau at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
New Contact Information for Farm Lease Connection
Written by Denise Sheehan   
Monday, 13 May 2013 14:28

Attention All Current and Potential Farm Lease Connection Farmers and Landowners,

PASA's Farm Lease Connection program is currently dormant due to lack of further funding to support this program. We hope to acquire additional funds to reinvigorate this program in the future, but for now please feel free to peruse the resources available on the site. PASA staff will not be actively matching landowners with potential farmers.

PASA does also offer Classified advertising free of charge on our pasafarming.org website where you may also post information about available land and/or looking for farm managers, interns, etc.

Any other questions about this program can be directed to the PASA office, 814-349-9856.

Thank You,

The Farm Lease Connection

 
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