Farm Futures Program to Bring Landowners, New Farmers Together

Read Entire Article by Jennifer Hetrick from Lancaster Farming The Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) introduced its Farm Futures program last weekend at the Chester County Economic Development Council, describing how the program will assist new and beginning farmers as well as landowners interested in leasing out their acreage. During a workshop co-sponsored by the Southeast Agriculture Industry Partnership, Marilyn Anthony, PASA’s southeast regional director, told a packed audience that the organization’s goal is to help new and beginning farmers overcome their two main obstacles — access to land and capital. “We felt when we surveyed the landscape, it was clear that purchasing land was not going to be the solution,” Anthony said. Given an annually increasing demand for locally grown food, the need for assistance in setting up new, and often organic, operations is also on the rise.

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