PASA Field Day at Kretschmann Farm

Soil Building with Climate Change Threat

PASA Field Day - 

Adapting to Climate Change 

by Building Soil Health

Saturday, November 7 

Kretschmann Family Farms 

Rochester / Beaver County


Pennsylvania's future under climate change is full of uncertainties, and it can be overwhelming for farmers to form a strategy to adapt to shifting weather patterns. Fortunately, the fundamental principles of soil health - soil cover, living roots, crop diversity, and limited tillage - are all sound principles for adapting to a changing climate.

For more than 40 years, Don and Becky Kretschmann of Kretschmann Family Farms have been putting these principles of soil health to work on their highly diversified, CSA vegetable farm. Join us for a guided tour of the Kretschmann's systems and strategies for crop rotation, cover cropping, and limiting cultivation, all with the intention of building organic matter, providing biological fertility, and reducing erosion. Discussion will focus on how these soil health practices have evolved over four decades of varying weather and how practices are adjusted among the range of soil types and conditions on this 80 acre operation. Participants will also be engaged in an active exploration of how the Kretschmann's might shift their windows for planting, harvest, and cultivating in light of current projections for Pennsylvania's changing climate.


Lunch will be provided by Burgh'ers Restaurant--a treat in itself, with many ingredients provided by the Kretschmann Farm.