SRU Good News for Feb. 27, 2009
SRU graduate in sustainability is engine for change
The sustainability movement - especially as it relates to food - is moving slowly, but surely, across Pennsylvania, and Greg Boulos, a 1999 master's graduate from Slippery Rock University's sustainable systems program, is clearly an engine driving the trend.
Boulos also earned his undergraduate degree in creating writing and philosophy at SRU.
A farmer and the western regional director of the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture, Boulos was a prime organizer behind the PASA's recent 18th conference at State College.
The conference and Boulos were featured in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette coverage where Boulos explained the movement and its growing success. The PASA, founded in the 1990s, now includes 5,000 members. The organization, which offered workshops on all-things sustainable related to farming, draws some 2,500 interested parties to its conference.
Boulos told PG reporter Patricia Lowry, "We have the largest membership [in the country] of any organization like PASA, a statewide membership-based nonprofit dedicated to making farmers more profitable through sustainable techniques.
Boulos' organization promotes community building, reduced chemical exposure and operational efficiencies, among other ideas that help farmers remain, or become, sustainable.
"Finding Your Foodshed," was the theme for this year's conference with "foodshed," a new term, used to indicate how food arrives in the local region. Boulos promotes the smallest foodshed possible, by urging local production and local purchase of food supplies.
PASA's Web site links consumers with area farmers and is also working to link restaurants to local growers. The Web site is: www.buylocalpa.org.
"Restaurants can actually be 'friends' with the farmer, like Facebook," Boulos told Lowry.
Boulos also outlined a number of problems facing Pennsylvania farmers and his work to bring small farm farming back into vogue.
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