Become a Tree Tender and learn how to plant and care for the trees in your backyard and community. Two Tree Tenders workshops will be held this fall in the southwestern region of Pennsylvania, one in Ligonier on Saturday, September 29th and one in Slippery Rock on Saturday, October 3rd.
Junior riders from Allegheny County 4H equine clubs took home first and second place at the 2nd Annual Pennsylvania State 4H Junior Horse Championship Show on July 25 and 26. Held in Centre Hall, PA the 2015 show had over 500 entries in performance and inhand classes, as more than 200 4H members from across Pennsylvania converged on the Centre County Grange Fairgrounds.
Saturday August 15th the Master Gardeners hosted Garden in the Park Field Day at their North Park and South Park Demonstration Gardens.
Applications will be accepted until August 31st.
Right now, in the vast prairie pothole region of southern Canada and the United States' upper Midwest, waterfowl are mingling, raising their young and instinctively preparing to migrate, some leaving as early as August. All spring and summer these wild birds have shared aquatic habitats, food supplies, brood-rearing responsibilities and likely something ominous—avian flu.
This past spring at the Homewood/Brushton YWCA, extension staff offered a program on the planning and preparation of healthy family meals. Recipes for an evening meal were created and nutritious ingredients highlighted.
Experts aren't sure why Pennsylvania so far has been spared in the outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza that has caused massive losses to the poultry industry in the Midwest. But it could be just a matter of time until the virus shows up in the Keystone State.
Are trees not top-of-mind during the winter? Maybe they should be. Winter is an ideal time to inspect tree branches for defects, decay, or structural issues without the camouflage of leaves. Wounds, decay cavities, crooked growth, and weak branch unions are problems in the making that can be more easily spotted when the trees are bare.
We would like to welcome Robert Ware as a new urban 4-H educator in Allegheny County. Robert has bachelor degrees in Speech Communication and Philosophy and will shortly complete his master's degree in Science, Law and Public Policy at California University of Pennsylvania.
I am one of those people who love their job. I am ever so lucky to be someone who gets paid for doing a community service. I work for Penn State Extension and I am a nutrition education adviser. My job is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program.
According to Urban Forester Brian Wolyniak, last summer's moderate temperatures, paired with abundant rainfall, signals local "leaf watchers" of an impending show. Interviewed by the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, Brian expanded on his colorful forecast and the science that produces our annual foliage display...
This past Saturday,the Penn State Master Gardeners hosted more than 1,200 Allegheny County residents at the North and South Park Demonstration Gardens. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., visitors tasted, voted, collected information and enjoyed perfect fall-like weather. The votes have been tallied and the 2014 favorites recorded.
Artemisia (family Asteraceae) is a large genus including over 300 different species. It was chosen to be the "2014 Herb of the Year" by The International Herb Association.
This past Tuesday, May 6th, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, along with county council, recognized and congratulated the Cooperative Extension of The Pennsylvania State University on its upcoming 100th anniversary. The May 8th anniversary date marks the signing of the Smith-Lever Act which established the Cooperative Extension, the nationwide transformational education system operating through Land-Grant universities in partnership with federal, state, and local governments.
Steve Repasky, president of Burgh Bees is also the owner and operator of Meadow Sweet Apiaries in Dormont. Steve is a certified Master Beekeeper and manages numerous honey bee colonies in and around Pittsburgh.
Etna Borough is no stranger to the destructive power of stormwater runoff, and the situation has only worsened with continued development higher in the watershed that replaces open land with impervious surfaces – roads, parking lots, and buildings. While making improvements to engineered stormwater management elements, borough official have also readily embraced green infrastructure as part of the solution. On Saturday, September 7, Etna Borough hosted a rain garden workshop aimed at helping landscape professionals learn to properly design, install and maintain rain gardens.
Through the generous support of The Heinz Endowments, 4-H Pittsburgh has teamed with two long standing grass roots organizations (The Kingsley Association and Nabhi Christian Ministries) to deliver an innovative youth development program geared towards African-American males. The project will primarily involve two neighborhoods, Larimer and Lincoln-Lemington.
Penn State Extension – Allegheny County and the Pittsburgh Food Policy Council served up a good old fashioned community corn roast to Pittsburgh’s East Liberty Farmers Market on August 19, 2013. Chef Bill Fuller, Executive Chef of BIG Burrito Restaurant Group presided over the grill, roasting local corn to perfection using his popular ‘Kaya Corn’ recipe, served with chipotle aioli and lime wedges to farm market customers and farmers.
Creator of the gardens at Brandywine Cottage, David Culp is an expert on garden layering and perennials. No where is his expertise more apparent than the majestic display of plants at his Brandywine Cottage, a garden listed in the Smithsonian Institution Archives of American Gardens and regularly highlighted by Martha Stewart Living and HGTV.
It seems that we are experiencing more unusually warm periods during mid- and late-winter, so trees may be more susceptible than in the past to moderately low winter temperatures. Lessons from years in which there was a sudden drop in temperature indicate that trees most injured were those that lacked adequate vigor, those that were too vigorous, and those that had been pruned before the cold event.