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Promoting equity in local food systems through Extension: Webinar 9/6
August 4, 2017
By Heather Manzo, Extension Educator. Please join us for an eXtension CoP Community, Local, and Regional Food System webinar. When: Wednesday, September 6, 12 - 1 pm Pacific Time/3 - 4 pm Eastern Time How can we apply equity and anti-racism principles to our food system work? In answer to this question, this webinar provides three examples from the Cooperative Extension System of efforts
Improve Access to Healthy Food and Create a Better Sense of Place with a Well Managed Farmers Market
August 4, 2017
By Heather Manzo, Extension Educator, Allegheny County. If the proper assets are in place a farmers market can create activity in building local economies and leveraging assets for mainstream redevelopment projects, enhancing relationships between business, increasing access to fresh food, and making social services more visible to community members. Farmers markets have historically
Farm Business Transition
March 17, 2017
By John Berry, Penn State Extension Educator, Lehigh County Many of the farmers I work for have a tough time with the process of getting their business into the hands of the next owner/manager. The reasons for this are many; no time, unwilling to think about mortality, not aware of what should happen, and uncertainty about losing control are some of the primary reasons often heard. Because of
Cultivating Knowledge; Food, Fruit & Veggies… For thought
February 15, 2017
By John Wodehouse, Penn State Extension Educator, Chester County Hundreds of fruit and vegetable growers and industry exhibitors gathered in Chocolate Town for the 2017 Mid Atlantic Fruit & Vegetable Convention.   Take heed, chocolate, there’s a new sweet in town. For four days in early February, vegetable and fruit producers met at the Hershey Lodge & Convention Center to learn more
The Impact of Federal Reserve Interest Hikes on Your Farm
January 25, 2017
By Miguel Saviroff, Penn State Extension Educator, Somerset County The Federal Reserve’s decision to increase interest rates in December has raised questions in the farming sector. The feds have announced at least two new hikes in interest rates in 2017. Although farm level interest rates have been too low for a long time, low agricultural prices can’t cover for any operational expense

Upcoming Events

Exploring the Small Farm Dream
When: September 7, 2017
Where: Ambridge, PA
Are You Crazy: Retail Farm Market Bus Tour
When: September 19, 2017
Where: Allentown, PA
Self-Guided Farm Tour
When: September 30, 2017
Where: Beaver, PA
Exploring The Small Farm Dream
When: October 11, 2017
Where: Honey Brook, PA
Exploring the Small Farm Dream
When: October 19, 2017
Where: Mercer, PA