Muncy organic farm featured in Penn College TV series
Tewksbury Grace Farms located just outside of Muncy was featured in Penn College’s latest episode series “degrees that work” on career awareness, titled “Going Green.” The film was shown on WVIA-TV on Jan. 20.
“We have a serious problem with a dearth of young farmers,” said Leah Tewksbury, owner of Tewksbury Grace Farms. Tewksbury and her husband, John, have been farming sustainably full time for 10 years. “When we are done in 10 to 15 years, who is going to be growing fine, quality food?”
From greenhouse seedling to restaurant plate, the effort of a committed sustainable farmer to produce lettuce is documented, and the viability of careers in sustainable agriculture is explored.
Green careers hold promise for the future in Pennsylvania — which is among the states with the highest number of green jobs — and across the nation.
The episode examined two of the five green-industry sectors identified by Pennsylvania in its Green Jobs Report: agriculture and resource conservation, plus pollution prevention and environmental cleanup.
The episode also featured a trip to the recycling center in Pennsylvania’s largest county, revealing opportunities and challenges in the pollution prevention and environmental cleanup sector. An estimated 50 tons of recyclables enter the Lycoming County recycling center each day, but another 40 percent of the materials that enter the county landfill could be diverted to recycling centers, according to Jason Yorks, resource recovery manager and the Lycoming County recycling coordinator who also appears in the episode.
The show also included a look at how colleges are incorporating green concepts to better prepare students for an exciting future.
Among those interviewed, in addition to Tewksbury and Yorks, are Kim Seeley, president of the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture; Mary A. Sullivan, dean of natural resources management at Penn College in Allenwood, and Chef Michael J. Ditchfield, instructor of hospitality management/culinary arts at the college.