Real Organic Podcast

Hannah Smith-Brubaker: Growing On-Farm Organic Research

September 19, 2023 Real Organic Project Episode 134
Real Organic Podcast
Hannah Smith-Brubaker: Growing On-Farm Organic Research
Show Notes

#134: Hannah Smith-Brubaker,  aReal Organic Project farmer and the Executive Director of Pennsylvania-based  sustainable agriculture organization PASA, shares what her peers are learning as they ramp up efforts to collect data from on-farm organic trials and experiments.

Hannah Smith-Brubaker married into the farm family at Village Acres  farm, a highly-diversified, organic operation founded in the 1980s in Juniata County Pennsylvania by her wife Deb's parents Roy and Hope Brubaker. She is the Executive Director of PASA, a sustainable agriculture organization that focuses on farmer-driven research and education.

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