Penn State Extension and Dickinson College’s CSA School

December 7, 2013
9:00 am to 5:30 pm

Community Supported Agriculture School

Dickinson College, 272 W High Street, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, 17013

You may attend any workshop within the conference with your registration depending on your desired topic and level.

Advanced Track

Food Safety—Practical Guidance on Compliance
Terra Brownback, Spiral Path Farm
Learn from seasoned CSA farmers on how they handle food safety in a CSA setting.

Year Round CSA
Elaine Lemmon, Everblossom Farm
A discussion on expanding your CSA season including planting schedules, logistical tips and share expectations.

Financially Speaking
Ted Lebow, JRI Consulting
Reading and understanding your financials to keep your CSA profitable and efficient.

A Helping Hand—Finding the Best Staffing Model for Your Farm
Terra Brownback, Spiral Path Farm
Mike Alhert, Red Earth Farm
A panel discussion focusing on staffing with paid employees, seasonal interns and formal apprentices.

Beginner Track

Food Safety
Brian Moyer, Penn State Extension
Learn the basics of food safety and how they apply to your CSA

Finding and Keeping Shareholders
Simon Huntley, Small Farm Central
What entices customers to join? How to keep members happy and coming back each season.

It’s a SNAP! – CSA’s and EBT sales
Heidi Secord, Josie Porter Farm
Integrate SNAP into your CSA

All Levels Track

How to Find a Helping Hand
Mike Alhert, Red Earth Farm
Learn the basics of where, how and when to advertise for employees and interns.

Innovative Models
Judi Radel, Yeehaw Farm
Heidi Secord, Josie Porter Farm
A panel discussion focusing on how others have transitioned the traditional CSA model.

Finding your Niche
Brooks Miller, North Mountain Pastures
Learn how innovative CSA owners have expanded and adjusted to find their niche and make they’re farm stand out.

Tracking Your Success
Jean-Paul Courtens
Jean-Paul talk about his software program that manages production and financial information.