Here's my annual publicity for PASA's Farming for the Future Conference. I've been attending this conference for the last four years, and have always come away excited, energized, and having learned many useful things applicable to my homesteading endeavor. The conference is held at the beginning of February each year in State College, Pennsylvania. If you're interested in the sorts of topics I cover here on the blog and reasonably local to PA, I suggest you consider attending.
In the coming year I'll have the honor to be presenting with the man who first inspired me to start keeping a tiny flock of backyard chickens at the PASA conference four years ago. Harvey Ussery will be leading an all-day pre-conference track on Integrated Homesteading. I'll be playing backup. Harvey is more than capable of presenting a knock-out presentation all by himself, as I have seen more than once. He's concise, well-spoken, and his talks are carefully honed. He does not waste the audience's time. My hope as a novice speaker is to not look incompetent by comparison. Frankly, I'd rather be learning than teaching, but it's hard to say no to an invitation from someone I admire so much.
From now until December 31st, you can receive an early bird registration discount, and additional family members receive discounted registration as well. There are many ways to reduce the cost of conference registration if you want to attend but need to watch your pennies; everything from scholarships, to facilitated carpooling, to a WorkShare program. So check it out even if you think it's not in the budget. The next conference is going to be an even better deal than in previous years, because PASA has decided to pack an extra workshop slot into the two-day conference. So I'll be able to attend six 80-minute talks instead of five. I look forward to all the other wonderful extras of the conference as well: picking up free shipping coupons from Johnny's, checking out the free seed-swap table, the local cheese tasting, free live music in the evenings, a free seed packet or two from various seed vendors, the great quotation posters, a wonderful fund-raising auction with so many lovely and useful items, and all the unpredictable things I'll learn from formal presentations and conversations with other attendees.
I'd love to see some of you there, whether at the Integrated Homesteading track or the main conference. If you plan to attend, please drop me a note. If you can't attend, I'll most likely to a summary post after the conference, detailing some of the highlights and things I learned.