With thirty-six acres of gardens, woods, lawn, and riverside walkways, Point State Park offers the experience of a natural forest in the City which has more than 3,000,000 visitors each year. It is an especially welcome respite for City residents, with its easy public transit access and connections to regional walking and bicycle trails.
It's the time of year when many adults renew efforts to be more active. Choosing the right types of foods will help you to feel energized and at your best for exercise and everyday activities.
Every five years the USDA and the Department of Health and Human Services update the dietary advice provided to Americans based on research accumulated during the past five years. The latest version was released on January 7 as the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines.
One of Pittsburgh’s best kept secrets is the lovely plaza inside the Allegheny County Courthouse. According to the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation, the plaza was originally used for tying up horses, carriages and, eventually, for parking automobiles.
It’s now mid- January and the holiday activities are over. Perhaps a few weeks ago you decided to make some New Year’s resolutions. Millions of Americans make resolutions each year. The most popular resolutions include starting an exercise program, eating better and reducing the consumption of alcohol, tobacco, caffeine or other drugs. According to research conducted by Psychology Central, 75% of people who make resolutions fail in their first attempts, and most of these people, 67%, make more than one resolution.
In addition to our North and South Park demonstration gardens the Penn State Master Gardeners maintain, several other smaller gardening projects in Allegheny County. The following is the first in a series of articles designed to introduce county residents to these gardening projects.
Our December break is over. Gardenline will begin regularly scheduled winter hours.
Created in the summer of 2013 the core objective of the Penn State Extension Master Gardener Endowment in Allegheny County, is to provide supplemental support for the local program.
Allegheny County 4-H participated in the annual 4-H State Horse show held from October 23-25, 2015 at the Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
The 21st Annual Garden and Landscape Symposium and Garden Marketplace is scheduled for April 23rd, 2016 at Shady Side Academy in Fox Chapel
Penn State is teaming up with establishing farmers to help new farmers become more profitable, productive, and sustainable. With funding from the USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher project the Penn State Start Farming team is offering study circles, courses and “Models for the Future” demonstration plots.
On September 11th and 12th, educators from Allegheny, Westmoreland and Beaver Counties filled the classroom at The Penn State Center Pittsburgh, where they received underwater robotics training from U.S. Naval STEM professionals and Engineers from Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory.
On September 2, 2015, more than 250 guests, including local elected officials, Penn State leadership and community partners, celebrated the official opening of The Penn State Center Pittsburgh’s (PSCP) new office at the Energy Innovation Center.
An art installation, called “The History of the Land Grant in Allegheny County” was unveiled at the September 2nd Open House at The Penn State Center Pittsburgh. Penn State is Pennsylvania’s only land grant institution and the permanent installation details University services in Allegheny County via the development of Extension in 1914 through the opening of the Penn State Center Pittsburgh this past May, 2015.
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.
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.