The 21st Annual Garden and Landscape Symposium and Garden Marketplace is scheduled for April 23rd, 2016 at Shady Side Academy in Fox Chapel
October is here, bringing with it cooler weather, an extra hour on the clock and a wonderfully abundant harvest of fall vegetables such as pumpkins and squash. Pumpkins are an especially hardy crop, dark orange in color and loaded with both alpha and beta carotene. These micro-nutrients are the phytochemicals, or “plant chemicals”, needed to form vitamin A. An essential component in our daily diet, vitamin A promotes the formation of a strong immune system, healthy skin and clear vision.
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.
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.