Conference: June 6, 2003 - June 7, 2003
3rd Annual Sustainable Hog Farming Summit

Location: Eisenhower Inn Conference Center, Gettysburg, PA

This is the 3rd annual hog summit. This year's event focuses on the role sustainable hog farming plays as a successful and promising solution to the social, environmental, and moral concerns raised by industrial hog production. Here’s a brief overview of the event:

Friday, June 6th:
• “Raising hogs naturally” field day at Springwater Farm in Lancaster County, PA. Starts at 10am, ends at 3 pm. The field day is sponsored by Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture. To register, call PASA at 814-349-9856, ext. 6. (Space is limited.)
• Sustainable Social Hour featuring barbecue, bluegrass music, and beer. From 7-10 pm at the Allstar Events Complex next door to the Eisenhower Inn. $12 entrance fee covers all food and first beverage.

Saturday, June 7th:
Full day symposium on sustainable solutions - including approaches to sustainable farming, building profitable farms and markets, as well as updates on technical and legal developments related to industrial livestock production. Keynote address by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. For a detailed schedule of events on Saturday, click here.

Lodging: Lodging at the Eisenhower Inn is available at the discount rate of $94.00 per night per room (share a room, split the cost!). Call 800.776-8349 or 717.334-8121.
Registration information: Register online at

For more information, call the Waterkeeper Alliance at 914.674-0622 x204, or email You can also visit two sponsoring web sites for more information:
Cost: There is a $35.00 registration fee.
Sponsorship: This conference is co-sponsored by the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, the White Dog Café Foundation, PASA, PennFuture, Animal Welfare Institute, Waterkeeper Alliance and GRACE.


Program: Saturday , June 7
7:00 - 8:30 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 am Welcoming remarks and Invocation
8:45 am Program #1
Posing the Challenge : the shortcomings of industrial hog production.
- Environmental impacts
- Human health impacts
- Animal Welfare Impacts
- Social and Community Impacts
10:40 am Break
11:00 am

Program #2
Creating Meaningful Solutions : Forum on Sustainable Hog Farming
Pt. 1-On the Farm
Pt. 2 - In the Marketplace

1:00 pm Lunch
Afternoon breatkout sessions
2:15 - 3:45 pm Breakout #1

- Sustainable Cuisine : Humane, High Quality Pork and the Restaurant Connection

- Factory Farming and the Economies of Rural Communities

- Agriculture and Activism in Pennsylvania

- Legal Developments and Opportunities for Activism

- On the Farm, Nuts and Bolts: Practical Tools for Sustainable and Humane

4:00 - 5:30 pm Breakout #2

- Citizen Activism and Options : Responding to CAFOs ( A Roundtable Forum )

- Connecting to Urban Markets in the Northeast :A Strategy Workshop (hosted by PASA & the White Dog Café Foundation)

- Environmental Impacts and the Law : A Closer Look

- Establishing and Preserving Local Control Over CAFOs

- USDA and 2002 Farm Bill– opportunities for sustainable farmers

- Human Health and Industrial Livestock Production

5:30 - 6:00 pm Socializing in the lobby
6:00 - 7:00 pm Dinner
7:15 pm Rejoin for keynote address

7:30 pm

Keynote address
Intro by Rick Dove (20 min)
Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
9:00 pm Close
Meals throughout the day will feature locally and sustainably raised foods, many grown by Pennsylvania farmers.