Annual Farming for the Future Conference is PASA’s signature event and our main vehicle for community building. Widely regarded as the best of its kind in the East, this event brings together an audience of over 2,000 farmers, processors, consumers, students, environmentalists and business and community leaders annually. 

The numbers and diversity of business and organizations associated with the conference is notable, be that through their sponsorship, presence as exhibitors or contributions to the presentations and workshops. Typical conference workshops focus on practical topics relating to production, value-added processing, business planning, marketing and more. The programming also covers topics that affect the farming community through health, policy and activism. The very popular day-long “Pre-Conference” tracks offer in-depth exploration of special topic areas.

Keynote speeches in recent years have featured such visionaries as human rights advocate Anuradha Mittal, environmental leader William McDonough, world humanitarian Vandana Shiva, Native American activist Winona LaDuke, environmental activist Diane Wilson, ag economist extraordinaire John Ikerd and peak oil specialist James Kunstler.